At this moment, Republicans in Congress need to examine which presents a more dire threat to the country:Except that's not the epiphany. The epiphany is when the middle class (where the real money is and who has been getting not nearly all the government they've been paying for) realize that they're the ones will have to ultimately foot the bill.
A) A double-dip recession driven by the sequester and the expiration of the Bush tax cuts, or
B) the public’s belief (verified through polling) that our giant debt, our ticking time bomb of entitlements, and our gargantuan government can be solved by “asking the richest Americans to pay a little bit more,” as Obama insists.
Option A is terrible, but Option B is the giant locked door blocking all of the real solutions.
So if we must have tax hikes, let the tax cuts for every income level expire and let everyone of every income level pay higher taxes. Destroy the illusion among so many voters that they can get all the government they want without paying more in taxes.
And I'm afraid that won't happen until It Burns! h/t Ace