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Harry Reid, Mitch McConnell
"Jesus, Mitch. Have House Republicans lost their mind?"
"Damned if I know, Harry. I'm as horrified as you!"
"Not just me. The American public, too."
(Joshua Roberts/Reuters)
 

Greg Sargent gets the full text of a letter sent from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to House Speaker John Boehner—and it's actually quite good:

Dear Speaker Boehner,

Our respective chambers have been seeking for weeks to negotiate a year-long extension of the payroll tax cut for middle-class families, as well as unemployment benefits and Medicare payments for physicians.

You and I agree that this should be our goal. But as these weeks have made clear, there remain differences between our parties over how to fund and implement these programs that will take longer then a few days to reconcile.

Recognizing this reality, eighty-nine Republican and Democratic senators came together to agree to a short-term extension of these programs. As you requested when we met last Wednesday, Senator Mcconnell and I worked together to find this common ground.

Once the House of Representatives acts on this immediate extension, we will be able to sit down and complete negotiations on a longer extension. But because we have a responsibility to assure middle-class families that their taxes will not go up while we work out our differences, we must pass this immediate extension first.

As the Senate vote made clear, there is no reason for this to be a partisan issue. I am fully confident that we can work out our differences and find common ground on a year-long extension. But in the meantime, families should not have to worry that they will wake up to a tax increase on January 1, 2012.

To provide middle-class families the certainty they deserve, I urge you to reconvene the House to act on the Senate’s bipartisan compromise as soon as possible.

Sincerely, Senator Harry Reid

This is a patient and thorough explanation of why the only course of action available to John Boehner—if he wants to extend the payroll tax cut—is to pass the Senate's bipartisan deal through the House. It underscores the firm resolve of Reid's position. And by reminding Boehner that Reid and McConnell worked out the deal at Boehner's request, it's also a bit of a fuck you. Finally, a letter that is a pleasure to read.

Originally posted to The Jed Report on Wed Dec 21, 2011 at 08:40 AM PST.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

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  •  Yes it is a bit of a fuck you!! (17+ / 0-)

    Love it!

    I'm from the Elizabeth Warren and Darcy Burner Wing of the Democratic Party!

    by TomP on Wed Dec 21, 2011 at 08:44:22 AM PST

  •  Talk about painting yourself in a box.....Take it (15+ / 0-)

    away Boehner!

  •  WOO HOO, a backbone for the (19+ / 0-)

    holidays.  Thank you, Harry Reid.   Oh, and a BIG FUCK YOU to Boner.

    The thing about democracy, beloveds, is that it is not neat, orderly, or quiet. It requires a certain relish for confusion. Molly Ivins

    by MufsMom on Wed Dec 21, 2011 at 08:52:33 AM PST

  •  GOP Sen. Bob Corker pushes back at House (11+ / 0-)
    Wednesday morning, on CNBC, he called on House Republicans to hold their noses accept the two month Senate compromise.

    “Both Republicans and Democrats have agreed that this is going to happen and probably the best thing to happen now is just to get it over with — one more policy blunder— but just get it over with and move on because now it’s been framed as a tax increase which it’s not,” he said.

    “I know what’s going to happen and I agree with the editorial this morning in the Wall Street Journal,” Corker went on. “Probably the best thing to do at this point is just get this behind us and move on and hopefully figure out a way to deal with the real issues that our country needs to deal with.”

    http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/...

    •  "now it's framed as a tax increase which it's not" (13+ / 0-)

      Sen. Corker has conveniently forgotten how they're treating the Bush tax cuts.  How *conveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeenient".

      "... a disciplined minority of totalitarians can use the instruments of democratic government to undermine democracy itself." -- Hannah Aredt, regarding the behavior of the National Socialist (NAZI) Party in the Reichstag in the Weimar Republic.

      by billlaurelMD on Wed Dec 21, 2011 at 09:06:24 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  "not intended to be a factual statement" (2+ / 0-)
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        billlaurelMD, Patate

        I was also wondering how letting the Bush tax cuts expire is indeed a tax increase, but this expiration is not.  What an asshat.  Looks like logic is a deported illegal immigrant GOP-land!

        In 2010, I paid more taxes than General Electric.

        by GrogInOhio on Wed Dec 21, 2011 at 10:02:28 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

      •  It's Based on the Secret "Intent" of Republicans (0+ / 0-)

        If the Republicans 'intend' them to be permanent, it doesn't matter what the actual law says.  

        The High Priest of Tax-Increase Avoidance, his emminence Grover Norquist has issued a decree on the matter:

        ...Meanwhile, anti-tax advocate Grover Norquist, appearing on "Meet The Press," said he would back another extension while also suggesting that he'd be comfortable with it ending because the cut was initially passed as a temporary measure.

        "I'm not opposed to extending the payroll tax particularly," Norquist said. "I think it's destructive to extend it and raise some other tax the same dollar amount... But the other piece to this is the reason why people view the one-year tax holiday that Obama put in a year ago as a temporary tax increase was that President Obama said it was going to be temporary when he put it in. When the Republicans in the House and Senate passed the '01 and '03 tax cuts, those were, as their advocates said, intended to be permanent. They weren't for reasons of Democratic filibusters. But they were always intended to be permanent tax reductions. Obama was the guy who said that this was a tax holiday. Calling it a tax holiday kind of suggests they viewed it as temporary. Holidays aren't permanent."
        ...

        http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...

        So the word from Norquist's Upper Room is that tax cuts scheduled to terminate on a given date are actually intended to be permanent unless they are referred to by as 'holidays'.  

        Ok.  From now on,  the temporary tax cuts passed under George W. Bush in 2001 and 2003, were  "tax holidays for the wealthy".

        Happy holidays !!!!*

        *No 'war' on any specific holiday is intended or should be inferred from this statement.

        Someone in a very expensive suit is at the front door and says he wants to foreclose on our democracy. Where should I tell him he can put his robosigning pen?

        by Into The Woods on Wed Dec 21, 2011 at 12:01:05 PM PST

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    •  How is making us pay more not... (3+ / 0-)

      a tax increase while eliminating a subsidy is?  GOP is so full of shit it's hard for them to talk without mumbling.  Even so, the Sen's are agreeing to the right solution without knowing why.

      "Stupid fucker."- Erica Zwick (FB poster referring to Newt Gingrich).

      by rainmanjr on Wed Dec 21, 2011 at 09:19:02 AM PST

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      •  Notice How The Repubs Have Us All 'On Message'? (0+ / 0-)

        Taxes are bad.
        They're a burden.
        Tax increases are horrible during a recession.

        Even when they're loosing, they're winning.  

        Temporary tax cuts for the middle class, the 95%, the workers, the ordinary American familes are good, especially to help counterbalance the $740 Billion per year that has been redistributed from labor to the wealthy investors (compared to the average share since WWII).

        Those wealthy to whom that $740 Billion per year has been shifted could pay higher taxes to avoid cutting needed assistance programs such as food stamps, winter heating assistance, health care for the poor and elderly, and unemployment benefits that are extended to mitigate the unprecedented extension in unemployment.  

        Someone in a very expensive suit is at the front door and says he wants to foreclose on our democracy. Where should I tell him he can put his robosigning pen?

        by Into The Woods on Wed Dec 21, 2011 at 12:17:50 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  Sadly true but we can't get it. (0+ / 0-)

          If we held that hard line to raise wealthy's taxes then we'd lose our payroll tax cut.  There it is.  I don't want to pay more, right now, so I'd rather cave and get the hike by letting Bush cuts expire.  I believe Obama will do that.  I know--he's the great caver--but this is a mandatory thing for govt revenues.  That's the reason he chose to do HC as a first item so I think he won't ultimately cave on Bush's cuts.  It's a gamble I'm willing to take.

          "Stupid fucker."- Erica Zwick (FB poster referring to Newt Gingrich).

          by rainmanjr on Sat Dec 24, 2011 at 02:06:20 PM PST

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    •  What?? (0+ / 0-)

      Did he clear this with Marsha Blackburn? LOL

      If CEO's and their brethren have employment contracts, why do they insist that their employees don't need one?

      by JDPITALIA on Wed Dec 21, 2011 at 10:49:15 AM PST

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  •  It's asking Boehner to do something (21+ / 0-)

    at long last that he doesn't seem to be able to find the spine to do: throw the freshers out into the snow until they work out who actually runs the House. Boehner is the Speaker of the House - the whole House. He's not the GOP whip. If he doesn't want to be a doormat forever, he ought to put on his long pants and cause some pain to folks who won't get with the damned program. Not holding my breath.

    The President keeps looking better as his opponents keep getting worse.

    •  I'm of the opinion (8+ / 0-)

      That they should keep doing what they're doing. We are never going to get what we want out of them, but if 2012 turns into a blue wave we'll be negotiating with the sane instead of the crazy stupid.

      Orange Foolius for House Minority Leader!!!

    •  Boehner can only lose - no matter what he does - (1+ / 0-)
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      ahumbleopinion

      as he has doubled down in refusing to reconvene and vote on the Senate bill.  If he caves, reconvenes, and the bill passes the House Boehner will be overthrown as Speaker in a few weeks.  If Boehner holds the line (which I believe he will do) then it's clear that there will be a tax increase for working Americans on January 1st - ouch!

      The reason I believe Boehner will opt to hold the line is that he would rather gamble that the Republicans can win the PR war by saying "Dems refused to negotiate" than get deposed by Eric Cantor.

      Could we be going back to Speaker Pelosi in a year's time?

      Then they came for me - and by that time there was nobody left to speak up.

      by DefendOurConstitution on Wed Dec 21, 2011 at 09:51:22 AM PST

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  •  But the pipeline is so important! (11+ / 0-)

    And this isn't a tax increase according to St. Norquist, so Boehner doesn't have to do anything.

    I'd love for Reid to make noise about rescinding the Bush tax cuts at the beginning of the year rather than at the end, just to point out that Boehner's tax cut is still in place while he's dicking with the majority of the taxpayers of the country.  Or perhaps he could make noise about raising the Social Security earnings cap, or any of the other popular tax raises that might actually get Democrats some votes, not just for primaries but for the General election.

  •  Boehner is (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Palafox

    wiping his ass with this letter as we speak, no doubt. Probably doesn't even realize there's anything written on the paper.

  •  " As you requested..." say goodbye John (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    TomP, Palafox

    and dont cry on the way out.

  •  Going down with the ship (3+ / 0-)
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    live1, happymisanthropy, TomP

    If this does not get resolved by the end of the year, could this cost him the position of speaker?  I would be surprised if it went that far, but you never know anymore...

    If you want to be a hero, you need to have dreams.

    by ZackFair on Wed Dec 21, 2011 at 08:59:34 AM PST

    •  The only way he'll be thrown out would be to (2+ / 0-)
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      TomP, rainmanjr

      take a stand against his 'bagger contingent. He watched that happen to Newt.

    •  Boehner has let the inmates run the asylum (4+ / 0-)

      If Boehner had a caucus full of serious people rather than nihilist crackpots, this would have passed.  Boehner has to do what his caucus wants, which appears to be politically suicidal brinksmanship.  He is following this lemming-like course because he has to stay ahead of Canter.  My impression is that, in the privacy of his office, Boehner recognizes that he's being set up time and again to look like an intransigent idiot, but he has to do these things to keep his position.  Canter would do the same things as Boehner, but really believe it.  I don't see how doing what most of his caucus wants him to do -- even though it's disasterous to them and their party -- costs him the speakership.  Though if you're talking about him losing the Speakership in January 2013 to Nancy Pelosi, I hope you're right.  

  •  The biggest threat to democracy (14+ / 0-)

    The biggest threat to democracy is when citizens don't vote (see 2010 elections)­. This is the worst congress ever.

  •  what about a "fuck you" (2+ / 0-)
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    Kitty, orange dog

    is helpful though? He must give Boehner a way to save face. Let Boehner deal with his own unacknowledged humiliation in his own time. As always, civility, charity and diplomacy seem best.

    In the wilderness, the one-eyed pig is king. - H.S. Thompson

    by whataboutthosesheep on Wed Dec 21, 2011 at 09:01:50 AM PST

  •  Money Quote (9+ / 0-)

    You'll love this quote by a Dem. Staffer from this Roll Call Article:

    “They got a lot of what they wanted. Keystone was huge. The president threatened to veto it,” one Democratic staffer said. “Now I think that our party leadership is going to beat the s--- out of them on taxes, on middle-class tax relief.”

    Let the Beatings Begin!

    OR

    The Beatings Will Continue as the Democrats Morale Improves!

    "Some men see things as they are and ask, 'Why?' I dream of things that never were and ask, 'Why not?"

    by Doctor Who on Wed Dec 21, 2011 at 09:04:18 AM PST

  •  I woke up this morning (9+ / 0-)

    knowing that the GOP just threw away the 2012 elections.

  •  Senator McTurtle, John Boehner's on the phone..... (1+ / 0-)
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    TomP

    John Who?

  •  Both parties are attacking SS funding (8+ / 0-)

    I am sick of hearing both parties describe the cuts in FICA as “payroll tax cuts.”  Since FDR initiated social Security, everyone pays into FICA so they are covered against poverty in old age or disability during their working life;  another essential aspect of this national insurance program is  that minor children are protected if their parents  die young. The entire program has been self-funded through FICA and is in no danger of going broke for decades to come.

    By design, neither paying for nor collecting Social Security is limited by your income or wealth. FDR wanted everyone included so everyone would understand its benefits and support the program. To yammer on, as both parties have been doing, about how the “middle class’ shouldn’t have to pay the set FICA rate is misleading and dangerous.

    Although the leading big mouths in Washington are all in agreement that FICA should be cut, none of them acknowledge that once the rate is cut, it will be almost impossible politically to ever restore it – and Social Security will be weakened to the point where it truly will be in trouble.

    Only a few responsible politicians in either party are willing to acknowledge  that the so-called payroll tax cuts are a hidden attack on Social Security itself. One is Senator Mancin from West Virginia. Another is former Senator Simpson. Three lonely Democrats in the House - Deutsch, Doggett and Critz- have fought against this undermining of  of Social Security but have received little to no  media attention.

    Press Releasefrom Rep. Ted Deutsch

    If my soldiers were to begin to think, not one would remain in the ranks. -Frederick the Great

    by Valatius on Wed Dec 21, 2011 at 09:14:28 AM PST

  •  yeah. just keep making promises . . . (1+ / 0-)
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    Norm in Chicago

    this is amazing. the rethugs move, the Dems counter and we keep believing this theater.

    like the Dems have any intention to do something meaningful, like stand up for civil rights or disavow Newt's disgraceful call to haul in judges to explain their decisions... or to stand up to the police beating civilians.

    when do we align reality with the bullshit? that's what i want to know.

    •  What? (1+ / 0-)
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      Melanie in IA

      I seem to be too stupid to understand this post.

      Deux poids, deux mesures.

      by Patate on Wed Dec 21, 2011 at 09:39:07 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  it's okay. (0+ / 0-)

        you're not stupid. it's easy to think the Republicans are simply obstructing sanity.

        but since 2007, i'm not buying it anymore. the Dems, whether by incompetence or design, have been just not getting the job done.

        no matter what, the economy is in worse shape, war expanded, civil liberties keep contracting, and now we have to hear that taxes are going up on the middle class and it is all the fault of the republicans, when their own fucking voters are pulling their hair out.

        the majority of people in America are moderate, no matter to which brand political party they belong. they want taxes on the wealthy. they want to to stop the bleeding of our treasury to bankers and brokers. they want to keep Social Security intact.

        this isn't tea baggers of rethugs. this is a system gone bad and most, if not all, of the actors in it are corrupted. imo.

      •  I doubt if you're stupid. (0+ / 0-)

        I'm not stupid, and I don't know what pfiore8 is talking about, either.

        Wishing you Peace, Prosperity, Health, and Happiness in the New Year!

        by Melanie in IA on Wed Dec 21, 2011 at 09:50:15 AM PST

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    •  Let Newt Stew in His Own Juices.... (0+ / 0-)

      Why should the Dems have to disavow anything Gingrich says?  That's part of Boehner & McConnell's job.  It's not up to us to run around disavowing inane comments made by their candidates.  They said it, they wear it around their necks.

      My husband just subscribed me to DailyKos as a Christmas gift this morning.  Now this GOP debacle.....it's going to be a Merry Merry.

      •  it is a basic principle Newt is attacking... (0+ / 0-)

        it sounds like we have become a third world country, where our gov't can disappear its citizens and haul its judges in to explain their rulings.

        in fact, not standing up to the police state actions against #OWS ought to put all of us on high alert.

  •  Dear Senator Reid, THAT's leadership! (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Kinak

    Obama and strong Democratic majorities in 2012!

    by TRPChicago on Wed Dec 21, 2011 at 09:22:50 AM PST

  •  I am absolutely appalled (6+ / 0-)

    to find that we have walkined well and thoroughly into the jaws of the trap.

    "Families should not have to worry that they will wake up to a tax increase on January 1, 2012"

    Hello?  Anybody home?  

    Restoring scheduled payments into our social security system is now defined as a tax increase.  

    They got us to stop paying into our pension system.  Voluntarily!  The longer we go without making payments, the harder it will be to go back to them.  Eventually that means no pension system.  Restoring the payroll tax is now a "tax increase".  We're screwed.  And we did it to ourselves.

    Those are our insurance premiums.  No premiums, no insurance!

    Hello?  

    "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

    by lgmcp on Wed Dec 21, 2011 at 09:23:52 AM PST

    •  Classic Progressive Moves (0+ / 0-)

      Screw up the advantages. The republicans are on the defensive and all we think about is how can we screw this up? This is how you get democrats in congress to be spineless, really? You think most families that are in dire need of these extra funds are thinking about this right now? These are dire times for many, many families, ethereal arguments regarding SS are not what people need and they won't be listening. We wonder why democrats don't show this kind of moves often. Jesus.

      Deux poids, deux mesures.

      by Patate on Wed Dec 21, 2011 at 09:50:42 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Foolish and short-sighted. (0+ / 0-)

        NOT destroying social security is supposed to be the Democratic brand that we are defending and selling.  

        What YOU are selling is, tell the public whatever they want to hear, NOT what will solve their problems.  Pandering -- and at our own expense, at that.

        Do you think five minutes of Mitch McConnell looking embarrassed is worth fifteen years of debate on how social security is "now" an unjustifiable tax increase?  Foolish, foolish.   The advantage is ludicrously momentary, the damage is deep and tenacious.

        There are a zillion ways we could have chosen to pump government money into the pockets of working people.  Many of them are even tax breaks, and thus theoretically subject to Republican compliance.   Why THIS tax, the ONE tax that is really an insurance premium for insurance that we should NOT choose to let lapse???

        "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

        by lgmcp on Wed Dec 21, 2011 at 10:01:04 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

  •  FAA FEE F I FIDDI FI etc etc (0+ / 0-)

    Wasn't there a similar showdown over the FAA bill where everybody left town and the house ended up passing the bill basically by conference call?

    Response: If you "got it" you wouldn't be a republican

    by JML9999 on Wed Dec 21, 2011 at 09:30:03 AM PST

  •  Here's the letter my Tea Party congressman sent: (0+ / 0-)

    Dear Friend,

    I am writing to update you on the recent debate over the year-end spending bills, and the extension of the Social Security Payroll Tax holiday and Unemployment Insurance.

    As you may know, the House and Senate agreed to a funding bill which will provide funding for most government agencies at a slightly lower spending rate than in Fiscal Year 2011.  While this cut is far short of what I would have liked, it is a small stop on the road back to balanced budgets and fiscal responsibility.

    However, the House and Senate have been unable to come to an agreement on the so called “Extenders” bill for the Payroll Tax and Unemployment Insurance.  In particular we continue to debate the best way of dealing with the issue of extending the payroll tax cut, unemployment insurance benefits and preventing a scheduled 27% cut in reimbursements to Medicare providers.  

    Last week the House of Representatives, with my support, passed a bill to extend the payroll tax cut and unemployment insurance each for one year while postponing the scheduled cut in Medicare reimbursements for two years.

    While far from ideal, I supported this legislation because it is paid for.  This is accomplished with a series of substantive reforms, including adjusting benefits for wealthy Medicare recipients and a significant reduction in the amount of time Americans can collect Unemployment Insurance (currently set at a maximum of 99 weeks)

    Unfortunately, the US Senate was unable to reach agreement on any substantive legislation and instead chose to pass a two month extension of the current law.  Because I believe strongly that long-term reforms are essential to any extension, I must oppose this legislation.

    The Senate legislation also includes a provision requiring the President to make a final decision on the XL Pipeline, which would carry Canadian oil to American refineries in the Gulf Coast.  While I strongly support this provision, and the pipeline in general, I do not believe that this provision is a trade off for the significant spending included in the Senate legislation.

    This impasse is one more example of what is broken in Washington.  Some choose to misleadingly cheer short-term gimmicks while demagoguing long-lasting and commonsense reforms.  Our nation faces complicated problems that must be dealt with real reforms and long-term solutions, not 30-second soundbytes to score political points.  Americans are suffering due to excessive government and failed economic policies.  A 2-month extension only exacerbates uncertainty, hurting our economy and preventing job creation, Hoosiers deserve better.

    Sincerely,

    [s]Todd Rokita

    The Dude abides, now get off my lawn.

    by Boris49 on Wed Dec 21, 2011 at 09:34:15 AM PST

  •  Utterly stupid. (1+ / 0-)
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    greeseyparrot

    Why the hell do we have both parties competing on how to cut taxes the most?

    The Dems are the party of civilization, and civilization costs money - they should get off their asses and find a way to fund the godamned government, not bribe people short term.

    This strategy makes them look stupid and weak, and craven for idiot-GOP voters who will never go to them anyway.  If they can't justify the cost of government & paying our debts, they're terrible politicians and we need better.

    The GOP would put the elderly on icebergs if it would help cut taxes for millionaires - F*ck them.  Don't play their game.

    A nation of sheep will surely beget a government of wolves.

    by BlabberMan on Wed Dec 21, 2011 at 09:37:17 AM PST

  •  If Reid holds firm, the ques becomes (2+ / 0-)
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    DefendOurConstitution, Patate

    will Pres Obama jump in at last minute & start negotiating with Repubs.....it happened before. God, let him stand firm too. Dems all made of jello for some reason I have never figured out.

    This whole world's wild at heart and weird on top....Lula

    by anninla on Wed Dec 21, 2011 at 09:40:02 AM PST

    •  Pres Obama will cave (0+ / 0-)

      before he lets middle-class tax cuts expire. He will cave "for the good of the middle class." And this is what Repubs are banking on....if they can hold out long enough, Obama, no matter the political fall-out, will opt for protecting our tax cuts. Repubs have no qualms about letting the tax cuts expire, but Obama does. What I just wrote makes me want to go throw up.

      This whole world's wild at heart and weird on top....Lula

      by anninla on Wed Dec 21, 2011 at 10:10:12 AM PST

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  •  I know this is bad politics but.... (0+ / 0-)

    I do not support a raid on the Social Security Trust Fund for this "tax cut".  Social Security is a social contract and we do ourselves no good by taking money away from it.  We also risk hurting ourselves in the long term politically for a short term political deal.  

    •  you have $1000 you can spare in this economy? (0+ / 0-)

      ?

      Bully for you.

      Not everyone is in that position.

      Happy little moron, Lucky little man.
      I wish I was a moron, MY GOD, Perhaps I am!
      —Spike Milligan

      by polecat on Wed Dec 21, 2011 at 10:35:53 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Spare me the histrionics.... (0+ / 0-)

        I gave a reasoned objection.  What the hell are you going to do when this "tax cut" has to be raised?  Are you going to object?  Democrats have put themselves in a horrible long term position: namely that taxes ought not be raised but cut.  We can't afford that.  Do you really think Obama is going to let the Bush tax cuts expire?  I really doubt it.  You're cutting off your nose to spite your face.

        •  Histrionics? Booooring (1+ / 0-)
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          polecat

          Histrionics to you, reality for those millions that welcome this extra money. Right now, SS fund is NOT the main concern of these people, it does not put food on the table for the kids right this moment.

          Deux poids, deux mesures.

          by Patate on Wed Dec 21, 2011 at 02:57:23 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

  •  This is more Fodder for Evening TV (0+ / 0-)

    Actually, I thought the News was going to be boring and slow this week.  This has upended everything I ever thought could possibly go NUTS this week.

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