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It's a waste of time to compromise with Republicans. The Lame Duck Congress must prove it's not lame. The House must pass the repeal of the Bush Tax Cuts for the top two percent and the Senate should use reconciliation to avoid a filibuster. The Bush Tax Cuts were originally passed via reconciliation.

It's a waste of time to compromise with Republicans. The Lame Duck Congress must prove it's not lame. The House must pass the repeal of the Bush Tax Cuts for the top two percent and the Senate should use reconciliation to avoid a filibuster. The Bush Tax Cuts were originally passed via reconciliation.

The savings from the cuts' repeal could then be used as pay-go for extending unemployment benefits.  I don't know if the unemployment benefit extension is deem and pass eligible, but linking them to the repeal may mean reconciliation is a legal tactic.  

I hear little talk in the liberal media and blogosphere and zero from the Obama administration and elected officials, about using reconciliation to permit the upper income cuts' expiration.

The cuts will be extended if deem and pass isn't employed.  The Republicans will definitely filibuster any legislation that doesn't extend the cuts, if not make them permanent and the Democrats will cave in the game of chicken over the extensions of the middle class tax cuts.  The President's "I didn't reach across the aisle enough" comment foreshadows Democratic wimpdom on the cuts.  

The extension vote may happen as soon as Thursday, so we must immediately contact each Democratic Senator and insist they support reconciliation to repeal the cuts.

Originally posted to Roy Moskowitz on Wed Dec 01, 2010 at 04:26 AM PST.

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