Here's the first paragraph of a NY Times article:

Just a few years ago, the tax deal pushed through the Senate in the early hours on Tuesday would have been a Republican fiscal fantasy, a sweeping bill that locks in virtually all of the Bush-era tax cuts, exempts almost all estates from taxation, and enshrines the former presidentís credo that dividends and capital gains should be taxed gently.

Exactly. The republicans have won the war. We're skirmishing at the borders.
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