I was thinking about the positions of each party on the debt ceiling earlier today. Republicans want 1) To avoid raising the debt ceiling & 2) To get significant spending cuts & 3) to avoid increasing taxes to burden the people Democrats want 1) To raise taxes & 2) To raise the debt ceiling & 3) To avoid spending cuts. The so called "deal" being proposed is that Republicans should capitulate now on raising taxes and raising the debt ceiling for a promise for "cuts" 12 years from now when no one currently in power will still control the government and be able to enforce any deal now. Now let's just look at that compromise here without the partisan emotion attached. Just pretend two groups are negotiating and in order to reach a "compromise" one group has to completely capitulate on 2 of their requests to get a vague promise of doing something in the future on the 3rd one while the other group immediately gets 2 things they want while promising something they are sure they can avoid doing in the future. Does anyone honestly say would be a fair compromise if this was a business deal or a private deal and that there were no emotional politics involved? You want a fair deal? Democrats get the debt ceiling raise and Republicans get immediate spending cuts. Both parties give up something they want and get something they want. Since the Tax debate is a bit more complex, we can address that next: Democrats want to increase taxes by 1) Increasing marginal rates and 2) eliminating deductions/exemptions. Republicans want to 1) Decrease marginal rates and 2) not touch deductions/exemptions A reasonable compromise here would be that we decrease the marginal rates and eliminate some of the deductions/exemptions that don't hurt average Americans much (such as the Housing costs). Everyone gets something they really want. Everyone gives up something. I humbly suggest that if we want a reasonable compromise in this matter Republicans get immediate spending cuts and tax cuts Democrats get the debt ceiling raised and elimination of tax exemption/deduction In this deal one side doesn't get everything they want while giving absolutely nothing. I think this compromise is reasonable and I could support such.