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  •  Mr. Waldman (5+ / 0-)

    YOu'e an expert on this and I am not, but - really - is there ANY such thing as "common ground" for republicans who appear 100% driven by delusional iedeologies?

    All they want is capitulation and they are handsomely rewarded for their obstructionism.

    They are 100% hostile to the ideas we have and have no discernible desire to cooperate with anything.

    Why can't Democrats be aggressive assholes in the purist of OUR goals instead of ...well.. what have seen recently?

    Once you ask somebody something nicely several times, it's OK to demand and raise your voice.

    IF it's important to you.

    America legalized torture before they legalized marijuana.
    Take your stinking paws off me, you damned dirty ape!

    by xxdr zombiexx on Sat Dec 04, 2010 at 06:05:28 AM PST

    •  I don't think political pros get it yet. (16+ / 0-)

      In their experience, there has never been a political party that had ideological aims that they would abandon, rather than happily agree even to an offer of complete capitulation to those aims. But this Republican Party does just that. Give them what they want, and they'll still oppose you... because you're you and they're them, and agreement means you get a share of the "win."

      •  David; (0+ / 0-)

        Can you please explain this to me?

        plus several additional items such as UI extension, AMT relief, estate tax, 1099 repeal, making work pay credit, and others).

        What change or "relief" for the estate tax does this bill make?

        "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

        by SueDe on Sat Dec 04, 2010 at 07:16:10 AM PST

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        •  I'm guessing. (1+ / 0-)
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          But based on previous go-rounds on the estate tax, it probably deals with the fact that the same reconciliation bills the Republicans used to enact these temporary income tax cuts were also used to phase out the estate tax, which under current law is actually 0%.

          But because of the intricacies of reconciliation rules, the phase out was sunsetted, and expires at the end of the year, after which estate tax rates return to their original levels. So that without any action being taken to deal with it, estate taxes beginning in 2011 go up to 55%, if I remember the figure correctly.

          I believe these amendments reset the rates to 2009 levels (45% at the top), with exemptions up to $3.5 million for individuals and $7 million for couples.

        •  It means that when you vote for Democrats, you (0+ / 0-)

          get Republican policies and when you vote for Republicans you get Republican policies.

          Frankly, it's a fraud to maintain an illusion of a Democracy, whereas we really are a plutocratic one-party state in which part of the ruling class pretends to give a damn about the people from time to time to maintain the illusion.

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