Skip to main content

Last Thursday in our House Democratic caucus meeting, I was proud of my fellow Democrats for voting against the current tax cut compromise. We voiced what most people know: This was a bad deal and is worse policy.

Because right now the bill is not a "compromise" -- it's a mistake.

I agree with President Obama's comment that pushing through an extension of the Bush-era tax cuts for millionaires is the Republicans' "holy grail." They've been perfectly clear that they won't accept any compromise that doesn't include billions in tax bonuses for the wealthy.

But we've been letting them use that as a cudgel, trying to bully us into accepting a bad compromise -- rather than forcing that to be their albatross, and using their unwavering commitment to a deficit-busting tax bonus for the wealthy as a bargaining chip to get Americans a better deal.

And that is what this all comes down to, really: We demand a better bill.

I understand that an acceptable compromise might include some form of tax cuts for wealthier Americans. But, if we give in on that, then we certainly shouldn't give in on the estate tax, and we shouldn't give in on a payroll tax holiday (which is the keystone in the foundation of our Social Security safety net).

Instead we should be pushing to include money to invest in clean energy technology, education, and infrastructure improvements -- the things we know create jobs right now and put us on the path to economic prosperity.

Because the reality is, even while the Republicans were trying to hold middle-class tax cuts hostage, they want them. They need them. And they know it. But Republicans also know that each time they can convince Democrats to accept the bare minimum, each time they win a one-sided "compromise", we start the next negotiation that much weaker.

With our vote against this compromise, we fired a shot heard around the political world. We have the strength of the American people behind us, and we're not going to be bullied into accepting less than they deserve.

Finally, I want to say something about this media obsession that our caucus vote is us "thumbing our nose" at the President. That's ridiculous. We're a team. We're all trying to get to the same end zone. And the President is our quarterback.

Now, I used to play a little quarterback back in the day, and when my left tackle would come back to the huddle and tell me, "Hey -- we can block these guys. We can get the first down," I'd listen. And that's what we're telling the President now: We can block these guys. We can do this. With the power of our convictions, clear public support, his political skill, and the Presidential veto, we can get a better bill.

Join me -- sign the petition at www.NoTaxDeal.com calling on the House to demand a better deal and to vote "no" until we get one.

Thank you for being in our corner in this fight.

I'll be around now for about an hour to answer questions and discuss this issue further.

Originally posted to Jay Inslee on Mon Dec 13, 2010 at 02:39 PM PST.

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

JekyllnHyde, Alumbrados, Superskepticalman, Mike D, boydog, DeminNewJ, smallbrain, Paleo, Odysseus, teacherken, slinkerwink, Gooserock, mattman, PeterHug, tommurphy, Shockwave, eeff, leftyboy666, shwabout, DJ Adequate, TheMomCat, JohnInWestland, conchita, chuckvw, roses, LondonYank, bincbom, bwren, Eddie C, wader, danthrax, Dr Colossus, pat bunny, 2laneIA, alivingston, astronautagogo, noveocanes, Scarce, bmor, whyvee, grrr, lcrp, inclusiveheart, dkmich, Kitsap River, sfbrentb, lhuynh, d to the f, valadon, vacantlook, Josiah Bartlett, Sybil Liberty, jim bow, 3goldens, PAbluestater, sc kitty, Brooke In Seattle, Laurence Lewis, flo58, teknofyl, Bob B, neroden, mightymouse, Alan Arizona, Snud, Mehitabel9, kovie, myboo, vigilant meerkat, ej25, sfsalty, Hear Our Voices, J Chang, fizziks, Angie Tran, arlene, fou, blueoasis, triv33, american pastoral, profh, Lovo, kurt, PhilW, Picot verde, andrewj54, Nulwee, jopo, One Pissed Off Liberal, BeninSC, I voted for Kodos, Fredly, noofsh, Jimdotz, Lil Jon, bornfighting, aliasalias, newpioneer, Strabo, cyncynical, quadmom, Uberbah, millwood, JML9999, South Park Democrat, TomP, bkamr, lisastar, JeffW, chrisjhines, Rich in PA, elwior, jamess, monkeybrainpolitics, rssrai, Missys Brother, Horsefeathers, KimD, bob zimway, psilocynic, priceman, nb41, papicek, ZhenRen, J M F, Sarge in Seattle, Partisan Progressive, UnaSpenser, maxzj05, ArthurPoet, awcomeon, NMDad, roadbear, jethrock, Proud Mom and Grandma, melpomene1, k8dd8d, NY brit expat, Lady Libertine, Puddytat, 4kedtongue, roystah, Chase Mohney, Colorado is the Shiznit, targetdemographic, Lost Left Coaster, MaizeandBlue, tardis10, nokomis, PhilJD, KingofSpades, Willa Rogers, Tentwenty, HamptonRoadsProgressive, greenbastard, We Won, jarrettf, AnnieR, MinistryOfLove, supercereal

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site