Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl announce McConnell’s “back up” plan at a news confernence on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 12, 2011. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Our story about the details of his proposal has raked in 3,000 comments and counting.

We think the two comments below encapsulate the tensions at play.

LuvDCArea: “It seems to me McConnell is the one who is using smoke and mirrors. Let’s just keep the wealthy from having to pay their fair share and go back to ‘trickle down’ economics, which never worked before and won’t work now, and stick with this as our promise to our voters as not raising taxes. If we held an election today based on this, McConnell and his tea party friends would be back on the streets of their districts rather than acting like they speak for the nation.”

CPRFerry: “McConnell’s the reasonable one here. It’s both unfair and unwise to raise taxes from the rates families, investors and business owners [already pay] because government can’t keep their spending wallet zipped up in their pants. Families and businesses have made long-term decisions based on the general assumption that the tax rates we’ve had for 14 of the last 23 years. To raise them now would restrict other spending from them. That will cause an economic shock!”

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