Senate Republicans are off the table, btw. All of 10 of them are up for reelection in November ? While 23 Dems are ? Do I have that right ? And none of the gOP seats are in danger. Meanwhile, all the House seats are up, as you know. The Senate GOP did just as the Senate Dems did. "Let's go home for the holidays". Boehner snatched one more arrow to put in his quiver for that February mess is all.
Boehner and Cantor had already read the Tea Leaves. Even a blind bowling ball could see there was zero traction to make this fight, this week. But they got their press, their sound-bites, and will now save them for two months.
I have to admit to an imperfect understanding of this issue.
First, the original tax cut was a Democrat idea, was it not? Cut payroll taxes, which are supposed to have been Social Security taxes, but have been spent on anything and everything for decades, in order to put a few more bucks in the pockets of the middle class and working poor. OK, so far.
Of course, the issue of keeping SS alive while cutting the tax hasn't been addressed.
Then, the Republicans want to extend the tax cuts for a year, while the Democrats want to extend their own idea for two months.
and, finally, they cave and the Democrats get their way, which is to continue the tax cuts they initiated only two months instead of a year.
I must be missing something here.
Can't we just turn Congress off and then turn it back on again?
I don't think the Dems so much as wanted the increase, as they did hope that the GOP would not go along, and they then had the common folks suffering, because the GOP were "protecting the rich". The GOP hit back by getting the pipeline, and its jobs, in the mix, such that Dems would have to vote for the pipeline now, which they do not want to do. So the 2-month thing was just kicking the can while the Dems refigure the politics on this.
What Obama wants most on this extension, and you can bank it, is for it to stalemate a bit, but with the blame being on the GOP for protecting their rich buddies. He wants that more than he does a solution that has no fanfare.
February is going to be a massive maneuver of the blame-game. Because that is Obama. The inept President. The worst President ever.
The ghost of Jack Kevorkian for President's Physician: 2016
If Boehner hadn't caved the GOP would almost certainly have lost control of the house in 2012. Even with him caving, he has done substantial damage to the GOP. I just can't even comprehend how he could have been so boneheaded...