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  •  With particular emphasis on the first two (7+ / 0-)

    We've got too many Blue Dogs in both chambers who have drunk the supply-side kool aid.

    There's a reason Nancy Pelosi didn't schedule a vote on it back before the midterms--and it's not because Republicans were opposed.

    It's because folks in her own damn caucus basically told her that no--they would not support the party on this.

    She probably should have held the vote anyway--my suspicion is that some of the blue dogs would have come around given the choice between voting on a tax cut and not--but then again, I don't know the caucus as well as she does.  I suspect that at least some of them believe that a middle-class-only tax cut is bad policy, not bad politics.

    Here's a question for you:  Should Obama threaten to veto any tax bill that includes the rich on the same terms as everyone else--make it clear that it's middle-class-first or nothing?

    If he's not willing to do that, and if progressives aren't willing to back him on that--then the votes aren't there.  And come January, the votes will be even less there.

    •  Here's an answer: (13+ / 0-)

      Here's a question for you:  Should Obama threaten to veto any tax bill that includes the rich on the same terms as everyone else--make it clear that it's middle-class-first or nothing?

      YES!

      My taxes will go up to where they were when Clinton was president -- everyone's will (except for those of us who have fallen into poverty or unemployment since 2001.)

      Veto any across-the-board extension of the Bush Tax Cuts.  The voters already know the definition of 'compromise' and will know who will be to blame when their taxes go up.

    •  then FORCE THE ISSUE by holding a vote (2+ / 0-)
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      cassandraX, jinx303

      Even if you fail to pass the legislation, you are putting people on the record for their votes.  If the Dems had done this more, we still would have lost a lot of Bush Dogs - but maybe not Russ Fiengold or Alan Greyson.

      ThAnswr "If the administration can't fight for it's friends, don't expect us to fight their enemies."

      by Uberbah on Thu Nov 11, 2010 at 02:04:21 PM PST

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