WASHINGTON -- With both parties positioning for difficult negotiations to avert a fiscal crisis as Congress returns for its lame-duck session, Democrats are latching on to an idea floated by Mitt Romney to raise taxes on the rich through a hard cap on income tax deductions.
The proposal by Mr. Romney, the Republican presidential nominee, was envisioned to help pay for an across-the-board income tax cut, a move ridiculed by President Barack Obama as window dressing to a "sketchy deal." But many Democrats now see it as an important element of a potential deficit-reduction agreement -- and one they can claim to be bipartisan.
If you bother to read the entire article, you will note that not one mention is made of cutting spending. This is, merely, the Democrat Party cherry picking a portion of Romney's plan that allows the increase of taxes, so that when the public rebels at the idea, they can say it was a Republican's idea, not theirs. When it fails to solve any real financial deficits, they can say that they've tried the other side's way, and it wasn't successful.
This is how it works now.