The Orange one, Boehner, as you may recall, gave his counterpart in the Senate, Mitch, the proxy to negotiate a compromise on the payroll tax cut extension and promised to support it. The Senate finally reached a compromise with 89 votes in favor.
Boehner described the Senate vote as "a good deal" and "a victory". All's good... until he talked with Cantor and other teabaggers on a conference call yesterday.
"The rank-and-file members are extremely opposed to it," said the GOP source, adding that most members were concerned with the uncertainty caused by just a two-month extension, as well as the political benefit the White House could gain in the national dialogue over taxes.
Let's read that one more time..,.
...most [teabag] members were concerned with the uncertainty caused by just a two-month extension, as well as the political benefit the White House could gain in the national dialogue over taxes.
I can't believe I am reading that. The House GOP is admitting their big concern is that the middle-class will get a tax cut, and Obama will get credit for it... so let's JUST F- them!!
Anybody in the middle-class who votes GOP is insane or not paying any attention.
There was NO problem whatsoever passing the Bush tax cuts, which overwhelmingly benefitted millionaires and billionaires. Those cuts didn't even have to be paid for... and we all know how they worked out. The Bush years dragged our economy down into the gutter... and ran our deficit into the stratsosphere.
Cutting taxes on the top 1% is the only kind of tax cuts the GOP likes. The payroll tax cut only benefits the middle-class (GASP) and will give the working families much needed relief that will actually HELP our economy because the middle-class has no choice but to spend on items they need. But because it primarily helps the middle-class, and because it is OBAMA who dares to ask for this tax cut, the GOP is fighting tooth and nail against it!
The same people who rail about tax cuts can't come up with any reason to oppose it... so they actually ADMIT that their main beef is that this will help Obama and the Democrats.
In case you had any doubt the GOP wanted to sabotage the economy to help themselves, look no further.
Now, obviously, the Weeper of the House reversed position right after that call and now opposes the payroll tax cut extension... making him not only a coward but a liar since he originally promised to back the deal by Sen. McConnell.
Chuck Schumer has had enough:
"This is a test of whether the House Republicans are fit to govern, and it is a make-or-break moment for John Boehner's speakership," Schumer said in a statement. "You cannot let a small group at the extreme resort to brinksmanship every time there is a major national issue and try to dictate every move this nation makes."
According to Schumer,
"This compromise was good enough for Mitch McConnell and Marco Rubio. It was good enough for Jon Kyl and Tom Coburn. It should be good enough for Speaker Boehner," Schumer said, naming conservative Republican senators who supported the plan. "The speaker needs to put the Senate's bipartisan compromise on the floor and let House Democrats and the remaining sane members of the House Republican caucus vote for it."
I've had enough too....