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Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, joined by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., left, speaks to reporters about the fiscal cliff negotiations at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, Dec. 21, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) | Zoom
Fill in the Blanks is where you get a chance to participate in today's commentary.

Last night House Republicans couldn't bring themselves to pass Plan B, which was a compromise proposed by Speaker John Boehner to preserve the current tax cuts for everyone except Americans making over $1 million a year.

It would have meant raising taxes on the top .19 percent of taxpayers. As House Speaker John Boehner explained:

"They weren't taking that out on me. They were dealing of with a perception that someone might accuse them of raising taxes. Merry Christmas everybody."

And as a result, we now face a big increase in taxes on everyone.

So now let's Fill in the Blanks. Ready?


Last night, House Republicans refused to pass ________

Answer: Plan B.

Because most of the members thought that _________

Answer: It was about contraceptives?


Because they thought keeping taxes high on the top .19 percent would look bad.

Answer: Look bad.


However this means taxes are also going to go up on the middle class, which not only looks bad but would _________

Answer: Kill the economy.

At the same time, making sudden across the board spending cuts is bad because it would__________

Answer: Kill the economy.

But if you don't do that would increase the debt which according to some people would also _________

Answer: Kill the economy.

So what we've decided to is __________

Answer: nothing.

Which will ___________

Answer: Kill the economy.

All because raising taxes on high-income Americans would __________

Answer: Look bad.

All of which proves __________

Answer: the Mayans were right.

And Boehner can be heard saying, "Merry Christmas, everybody."

Dave Ross, KIRO Radio Host
Dave Ross hosts the Morning News on KIRO Radio weekdays from 5-9 a.m. Dave has won the national Edward R. Murrow Award for writing five times since he started at KIRO Radio in 1978.