As a Tea Party-aligned conservative, I'm coming to like the prospect of the fiscal cliff. It's the best deal we're going to get. Spending will be cut significantly. Not in all cases the spending I'd like to see cut, but at least there are real cuts. Taxes go up on everyone, so it makes it clear that if you want all this stuff, you're going to have to pay for it. One irony of these tax increases is that even though the tax rates on upper income earners go up the most, they will see the least increase in actual taxes paid. They have the most flexibility and will either shift income, defer income, or just not earn it at all. The middle class, on the other hand, will change little and will just pay a higher tax bill.