Most of us are already talking about this a little so I figure for the last three weeks, we should have a thread about it. My position has vascillated a little but I firmly believe this showdown was necessary and I'm happy the republicans have created a sense of urgency. The democrats have also come to the table with good ideas to get something done. At this point, I think the biggest issue is that one side is going to have to give in on one of their "non-starters". The democrats have given the most so far but their position was initially further from a reasonable plan so that is to be expected. At this point, the showdown seems to come down to taxes and, if you believe Obama's speech this morning, we're talking about taxes in 2013. Shockingly enough to me, Obama has given in a little on entitlement reform. I think this was a big step and I think it's the republican's turn. While, I'm a fan of low taxes and don't think revenue increase should be part of this plan, the republicans have to give a little. Here's what I think we should do. Allow the closing of these so called "loopholes" in 2013, or even this year, and to offset the increase in taxes and make the plan overall revenue neutral, create very strong tax incentives to hire right now. It's all about jobs right? Both sides should like this plan. I guess we'll see what happens over the next couple of weeks but does anyone else have any creative ideas to make this work?