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Speaker of the House John Boehner (L) listens to House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R) discussing the Balanced Budget Amendment, which is scheduled to be considered on the floor of the House next week, at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washingt
Eric Cantor and John Boehner, in a jam.
Republican House leaders John Boehner and Eric Cantor are jammed up now on taxes, and they know it. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's big victory in passing an extension of just the middle-class tax cuts, finally separating them from the tax cuts for the wealthy, took a hostage away from Republicans. Reid and the Senate proved that the only viable tax cut bill out there now is the Democrats', and if it doesn't pass because of Republican stonewalling on behalf of millionaires and billionaires, it becomes an even more powerful campaign advantage for Democrats.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi obviously knows that, and immediately began putting pressure on Boehner to hold a vote.

The United States Senate voted to give 100 percent of Americans—everyone in this country—a tax cut. We all agree that’s a good idea. The only thing standing in the way of a middle income tax cut is the House Republicans,” she told reporters. “We call upon our Republican colleagues to bring this bill to the floor today.”
What Pelosi did particularly well there is to make very clear the point that everybody does continue to get this tax break, even people making more than $250,000, because they still get the break on that first $250K. So everybody's tax cut is being jeopardized by Republican obstruction.

Grudgingly, because it's the only thing they can do, Cantor and Boehner agreed to hold a vote on the Senate bill, what they're call the "president's tax hike," next week, when the Republican bill to extend all of the tax cuts will be considered. Their argument is that small businesses will be economically crippled, which is utter bullshit, of course, but it's all they got.

Well, they also argue that, as Cantor said, "The Senate bill is unconstitutional, because it contains a revenue measure in it. So we're unable to get to conference with the Senate." Yes, it is a constitutional issue. But not one that's held up the House on bills that they actually wanted to pass, so that argument is specious, as David Waldman and I discussed it yesterday on Daily Kos Radio. Listen here:

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It's not clear as of yet whether Republicans are going to allow the Democrats to offer the Senate bill as a stand-alone or as an amendment to their bill, which would extend all the tax cuts. Either way, Republicans will defeat it, proving their loyalty to millionaires and billionaires and Grover Norquist.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Fri Jul 27, 2012 at 09:08 AM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (14+ / 0-)

    "There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning." —Warren Buffett

    by Joan McCarter on Fri Jul 27, 2012 at 09:08:05 AM PDT

  •  Just a reminder the Bogus GOP Small Business (4+ / 0-)
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    TDDVandy, annieli, JeffW, jedennis

    impact number is based on a Stupid For Hire Ernst and Young Study.

    Not blaming Bush for the mess we're in, is like not blaming a train engineer for a fatal train wreck because he's no longer driving the train.

    by JML9999 on Fri Jul 27, 2012 at 07:05:11 PM PDT

  •  This is so so critical (10+ / 0-)
    What Pelosi did particularly well there is to make very clear the point that everybody does continue to get this tax break, even people making more than $250,000, because they still get the break on that first $250K. So everybody's tax cut is being jeopardized by Republican obstruction.
    I find it incredible that more Dems - including and especially Obama - do not explain this every chance they get.

    The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt. Bertrand Russell

    by accumbens on Fri Jul 27, 2012 at 07:05:47 PM PDT

    •  100% yes. Pelosi nails it again. (0+ / 0-)

      Your incredulity is also 100% correct. It is bizarre how they fail to say this all the time, because it cuts through easily 1/2, if not more, of the garbage that the rightwing spews about this concept.

      "Lone catch of the moon, the roots of the sigh of an idea there will be the outcome may be why?"--from a spam diary entitled "The Vast World."

      by bryduck on Sat Jul 28, 2012 at 11:53:27 AM PDT

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  •  Dems should say if a business owner has (7+ / 0-)

    a net income over $250,000 per year their business is not all that small, at least not in terms of profits. I know lots and lots of small business owners, some of whom have 20 or more employees, who do not make anything approaching that figure.

    We have only just begun and none too soon.

    by global citizen on Fri Jul 27, 2012 at 07:06:04 PM PDT

  •  Grover Norquist and Michele Bachmann (4+ / 0-)

    Präsidentenelf-maßschach"Nous sommes un groupuscule" (-9.50; -7.03) "Ensanguining the skies...Falls the remorseful day".政治委员, 政委‽ Warning - some snark above ‽

    by annieli on Fri Jul 27, 2012 at 07:06:56 PM PDT

  •  This is fucking brilliant. (2+ / 0-)
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    lonespark, jedennis

    See, the Republicans don't seem to get that if they don't pass anything, the Bush tax cuts expire.  On everyone.

    So, Obama and Pelosi are saying... you can raise taxes on incomes over $250,000, or you can raise taxes on all incomes.  Ball's in your court.

    Republicans are apparently going with the latter, I guess.

    28, white male, TX-26 (current), TN-09 (born), TN-08 (where parents live now)

    by TDDVandy on Fri Jul 27, 2012 at 07:08:59 PM PDT

  •  Ideology aside, the guys are the most incompetent (4+ / 0-)

    ... fools i've ever seen.

    If I include ideology in my assesment, and were I to believe in an afterlife, these guys shoud rot in hell.

    "So, am I right or what?"

    by itzik shpitzik on Fri Jul 27, 2012 at 07:12:34 PM PDT

  •  OBSTRUCTIONIST REPUBLICANS! (2+ / 0-)
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    lonespark, jedennis

    OBSTRUCTIONIST REPUBLICANS! OBSTRUCTIONIST REPUBLICANS! OBSTRUCTIONIST REPUBLICANS! OBSTRUCTIONIST REPUBLICANS! OBSTRUCTIONIST REPUBLICANS! OBSTRUCTIONIST REPUBLICANS! OBSTRUCTIONIST REPUBLICANS! OBSTRUCTIONIST REPUBLICANS! OBSTRUCTIONIST REPUBLICANS! OBSTRUCTIONIST REPUBLICANS! OBSTRUCTIONIST REPUBLICANS! OBSTRUCTIONIST REPUBLICANS! OBSTRUCTIONIST REPUBLICANS! OBSTRUCTIONIST REPUBLICANS! OBSTRUCTIONIST REPUBLICANS! OBSTRUCTIONIST REPUBLICANS! OBSTRUCTIONIST REPUBLICANS! OBSTRUCTIONIST REPUBLICANS! OBSTRUCTIONIST REPUBLICANS! OBSTRUCTIONIST REPUBLICANS! OBSTRUCTIONIST REPUBLICANS! OBSTRUCTIONIST REPUBLICANS! OBSTRUCTIONIST REPUBLICANS! OBSTRUCTIONIST REPUBLICANS! OBSTRUCTIONIST REPUBLICANS! OBSTRUCTIONIST REPUBLICANS! OBSTRUCTIONIST REPUBLICANS! OBSTRUCTIONIST REPUBLICANS! OBSTRUCTIONIST REPUBLICANS! OBSTRUCTIONIST REPUBLICANS!

    THEY ARE BLOCKING ESSENTIAL JOBS!
    THEY ARE BLOCKING NEEDED CONSTRUCTION!
    THEY
    GUARANTEE
    BRIDGES COLLAPSE
    UNDERNEATH YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS!

    THEY ARE BLOCKING ESSENTIAL JOBS!
    THEY ARE BLOCKING NEEDED CONSTRUCTION!
    THEY
    GUARANTEE
    BRIDGES COLLAPSE
    UNDERNEATH YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS!

    THEY ARE BLOCKING ESSENTIAL JOBS!
    THEY ARE BLOCKING NEEDED CONSTRUCTION!
    THEY
    GUARANTEE
    BRIDGES COLLAPSE
    UNDERNEATH YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS!

    MILITARY MANU/NO-CHECKS ARMSALES ARE USA JOBS! WHAT'S LEFT AFTER OBSTRUCTIONIST REPUPS ON THE HILL, THEIR EMPLOYEES ON THE RADIO! OUR TAXES; THEIR MILITARY? NO HEALTHCARE? NO EDUCATION? ROMNEY'S PAID-FOR CROWDS? VOTE EVERYDAY WHEREEVER YOU SPEND MONEY!

    by theChild on Fri Jul 27, 2012 at 07:22:59 PM PDT

  •  If it does pass (1+ / 0-)
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    JeffW

    and in such a way that the constitutional issues are resolved in the standard way, then not only will this be great for ordinary Americans, but this was one of Obama's main announced goals in 2008, so will be a very tangible victory for the president as well.

    Yes, I'll be amazed if it does pass, but I'm already amazed that it has gotten as far as it has already.

  •  I can't wait for our trusty corporate 4th Estate (2+ / 0-)
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    jedennis, tb mare

    ..to muddle things up into a mish-mash of false equivalencies and the he-said she-said argument between two hacks and then show me video of an Orangutan smoking a cigarette after a fetching smile and a momentary nipple-shot.

    OKAY - No newsreader wardrobe malfunctions and bare areola... Yet.

    I want a living planet, not just a living room.

    by Anthony Page aka SecondComing on Fri Jul 27, 2012 at 07:47:12 PM PDT

  •  They don't argue. They assert. (1+ / 0-)
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    tb mare

    "Their argument is that small businesses will be economically crippled."

    An argument is a thesis backed by reasoning and evidence. They've got a heap of thematically similar, tendentious assertions, but no actual reasoning that is supported by evidence. They just keep repeating the same disconfirmed bullshit claims and hope that no one notices that they're not really making an argument.

    American Exceptionalism: 10 percent of the people have 74.5 percent of the wealth.

    by psnyder on Fri Jul 27, 2012 at 07:54:04 PM PDT

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