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Monday, December 19, 2011

Early Christmas present

Are House Republicans really going to croak a middle class tax cut the week before Christmas?

There certainly is truth to Speaker John Boehner's assertion that the two-month extension of payroll taxes is "kicking the can down the road." That has been the GOP strategy since Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said the GOP's No. 1 is making sure Barack Obama is a one-term president.

But to allow taxes to go up on New Year's Day for the millions of Americans who do not benefit from the GOP's largess to the rich?

Somewhere in Chicago, David Axelrod is grinning brightly, like a Hanukkah menorah on the eighth day.

The decision by Boehner to cave to his unruly mob of a caucus and allow them to reject a short-term bipartisan solution, will be electoral disaster for his party, which is why I suspect rogue Tea Party Caucus members may yet be using their nice congressional health insurance to pay for straightening out their twisted arms.

And Boehner will need to see his doc about the knife twisted into him by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
“When we met last week, Speaker Boehner requested that Senator McConnell and I work out a compromise. Neither side got everything they wanted, but we forged a middle ground that passed the Senate by an overwhelming bipartisan majority.”
But faced with a mob rule mentality, it appears even McConnell is caving.
“The House and the president both want a full-year extension,” Don Stewart, a spokesman for Mr. McConnell, said in an e-mail to reporters. “The best way to resolve the difference between the two-month extension and the full-year bill, and provide certainty for job creators, employees and the long-term unemployed, is through regular order, as the speaker suggested.”
Boy does the GOP have egg nog on its face now.

Is it possible for congressional approval to shrink any lower? How do you think a Christmas Eve tax hike for working people will play?

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Anonymous Brian said...

It would make more sense to have it for an entire year instead of revisiting the subject in 2 months time. However, I do not think that Boehner really wants just a yearly extension. It depends on what he really wants to attach to the bill.

The payroll tax "holiday" is poor. It is defunding social security. They should have lowered taxes by 2% for the middle class.

December 19, 2011 8:47 AM  

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