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  •  And how many were needed for the Bush tax cuts? (0+ / 0-)
    •  it's hard to say what the vote a year ago (0+ / 0-)

      would have been, but Lieberman voted against both dem plans, I'm guessing because he wants to extend them all.  If that was true then, then unless you think we could have gotten one of the Maine twins, then we were still stuck, even then.

      I agree they should have addressed this soon.  It would have had a better chance (though I'm still not convinced it could have even gotten through then).  However, that doesn't help us much now.

      Why don't you just stop pretending and support a primary challenger already?

      by FleetAdmiralJ on Mon Dec 06, 2010 at 10:27:36 AM PST

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      •  NO. It took a simple 50+1 senate majority (1+ / 0-)
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        As if the Dems couldn't play hardball like Bush and Team GOP did.

        For example, Obama could refuse to play the GOP game. He could let the Bush tax cuts expire, let unemployment insurance expire, and then have the minority leadership in the house propose unemployment extensions every day the house is in session. Then they might broadcast the GOP response, day after day after day.

        Presuming extending unemployment insurance was the Democratic leadership's actual goal. I now doubt that.

    •  50+1. They did it in reconciliation. (0+ / 0-)

      Which is why it's facing 'sunsetting' now.

      •  Not while a Dem majority votes it back into law (0+ / 0-)

        Hard to call this anything but BI-PARTISANSHIP.

        Do you approve of this tax policy?

        •  Which? (0+ / 0-)

          I would prefer all of the cuts to expire.  They're going to force us to attempt to borrow another 4 Trillion over the next decade, and we don't have the money to do so.

          More than that, I'd like to see marginal breackets expanded at the high end, such that we have brackets at 50%, 60%, 70% and even 80% or 90% marginal rates on the extreme high end, with all income treated equally.

          That's the only real way to disincentivize corporations from giving millions and billions in salary and 'options' to executives who slash jobs so they can get bonuses.

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