A voice of sanity from the GOP, and that voice represents the pragmatic certainty that Republicans are either going to have to compromise or take the blame for a deal not being reached. The concept is simple. After this year, a tax cut, even one that doesn't cut taxes for billionaires, is still a tax cut. And, after the Bush tax cuts expire, any new proposal to bring them back, even if only for those making less than 250K, is still a tax cut. Logically, Tom Cole is saying cut taxes on the middle class, then wage the war for tax cuts for billionaires later. It makes sense, which is why I believe that the extension of Bush tax cuts for those making under 250K is going to pass, but not until January. It won't be a tax cut until then. It will be raising taxes, which the Democrats don't want to be saddled with. Yea, Democrats are playing their silly games too, but they are in a better position to be playing games. Doesn't make it right. It's just that they are in a better position.Republican Rep. Tom Cole urged colleagues in a private session Tuesday to vote to extend the Bush tax rates for all but the highest earners before the end of the year — and to battle over the rest later.
The Oklahoma Republican said in an interview with POLITICO that he believes such a vote would not violate Grover Norquist’s anti-tax pledge and that he’s not alone within Republican circles.
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