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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?

READY.

Last night, House Republicans refused to pass ________

Answer: Plan B.

Because most of the members thought that _________

Answer: It was about contraceptives?

No!

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

Answer: Look bad.

Right.

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 Morning News Anchor
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.
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