No kidding. When you play the Democrats' game and keep preserving the federal welfare/entitlement system, it's a no-win scenario for Republicans.
Terry is concerned that if Republicans cave in to Democratic demands for tax increases to avert the fiscal cliff, that will anger the Republican base. But if Republicans hold their ground on taxes and the country goes over the fiscal cliff into recession, Democrats and their media allies will blame Republicans for it.
The number one option for Republicans is to blow the whistle on the federal welfare/entitlement system and declare that it's time to work our way out of it.
Republicans (at least those in leadership) are not likely to do that. They are more likely to agree to tax increases and/or raise the debt ceiling again. If so, they MUST get something tangible in return such as a balanced budget amendment.