REFORM the Republican tax cuts
The Democrats and progressives need to take charge of the issue of the lapsing Bush tax cuts. Instead of talking about letting parts of it lapse while renewing other parts, the talking point should be to REFORM the Republican tax cuts.
Republican tax cuts: Never paid for once in ten years. 40% of the tax cuts went to the super wealthy (those who earn over a half million dollars a year) while giving a sliver of the tax cuts to the middle 99% of Americans.
Reformed Democrat tax cuts: Paid for. All of the tax cuts go towards the middle 99% of Americans and small businesses, thus reducing the taxes on most Americans - the ones who most drive the economy.