GOP should fight a retrograde movement ceding ground for time. Time to prepare the battlefield in the place they will make a stand. That place should be future budget battles not arguing about the past.
Remember how Hitler gave orders to not give up an inch of land and later got news his whole armies were captured as a result? That seems to be the repeating plan.
In 2010 GOP took a not-so-thought-out stand and ended up giving O a debt limit extension to get him through the election.
My favorite example was how O got Pelosi House to pass a full two year extension of all Bush cuts, even though many of her members ran against that in two elections, but it helped O get re-elected last year and left the time bomb for the GOP that worked.
That was thinking ahead, something few in the GOP seem to do. Their plan is boast and threat, symbolic vote, then cave.