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When You Lose The Wall Street Journal, You’ve Lost The Payroll Tax War

When You Lose The Wall Street Journal, You’ve Lost The Payroll Tax War

Dear Speaker of the House John Boehner, I hate to break it to you, but I think it may be over.

You’ve lost the Wall Street Journal, who says you may end up helping the president get reelected after handing over the mantle of “election-year tax cutter.”† You’ve long lost the Senate Republicans, who are telling the press things like, “Are Republicans getting killed now in public opinion? There’s no question.”† And you’ve definitely lost Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who’s simply leaving you out dangling.

Sure, you can keep playing the game as long as you want to by yourself.† But appointing four Republicans to the negotiation conference who never wanted the tax extended in the first place probably wasn’t your best move. And when they are already talking about how much they don’t even want to be there, you’ve got an even bigger problem to solve.

But I suppose having House Majority Leader Eric Cantor at your back, pretending that the House GOP really wants to work this out and it’s all the Senate Democrats and President Barack Obama’s fault now puts a lot of additional pressure on you.† Plus, your party’s intense insistence that Democrats must be bluffing, since they have caved every other time this has occurred, probably gives you a bit of comfort.

Still, you won’t win.† Even MSNBC says so.† “[T]here are three reasons why the House GOP probably wonít win this fight, PR-wise, especially if the tax cut expires. Reason #1: House Republicans allowed the Senate to break for the Christmas holiday without explicit orders it would need to come back. In fact, Politico notes that the silence from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is deafening. Reason #2: The Senate passed its legislation by a bipartisan 89-10 vote, raising the question whether a conference committee could produce a deal that could get 60-plus Senate votes. Reason #3: The House GOP didnít allow an up-or-down vote on the Senate bill, suggesting that it could have passed if they did. Those three reasons will be hard for the House GOP to explain away if the tax cut expires after Dec. 31.”

So, enjoy your theater.† It’s about all you’ll get out of this “negotiation.”

 

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10:31AM PST on Dec 24, 2011

A two month extension just means they come back next year and kill it. Tax cuts are only for the wealthy alleged job creators, which has been working out splendidly based on the plummeting unemployment rate. If you actually live paycheck to paycheck you’re just a slacker and don’t deserve anything, and if you’re unemployed you’re a waste of space anyway and don’t even count. But keep voting GOP until you’re starving in the street.

5:39PM PST on Dec 22, 2011

Sue J - You cannot currently send a star to Sue because you have done so within the last week.

4:27PM PST on Dec 22, 2011

Steve R, I know all I need to know about Ron Paul when I know he is a worshipper at the altar of Ayn Rand. See my previous posts. No matter what his outward appearance, he is no longer a human, but a cold, calculating, "me first" alien who has no sense of social responsibility and has, himself, voluntarily removed himself from the rest of the human race. IE: he's a sociopath. And he will lie about anything and everything, to get what he wants, because according to the philosophy of Ayn Rand, by whose words he lives, that is all that matters.

12:44PM PST on Dec 22, 2011

BTW -- That's not Steve R. posting under his name. It must be somebody else, like his wife or other relative. You can tell by the writing style.....not to mention the unusual glimmer of intelligence in the writing itself.

Also, unlike Steve R. who couldn't care less what the rest of us write, whoever is writing for him today had my previous contribution censored. Another free-speech hypocrit.

12:29PM PST on Dec 22, 2011

WOW! I thought I had stepped into the twilight zone....I found myself reading a contribution from Steve R. that actually had a bit of substance to it, an actual attempt at a reply to another contributor, instead of the usual senseless, one-track, vapid, drive-by attack on so-called "liberals" and "progressives".

Is it a coincidence that we finally get some substance in the VERY same contribution that he admits to having voted [D] in the last presidential election? It's as if he finally found and took his meds, and they were able to bring him partially out of his stupor.

Well, it seems Steve R.'s meds were out-of-date, or he needs a stronger dosage:

......otherwise, why would he claim [D] politicians need to "stay behind"? The [D]s did their job, compromising with the senate [R]s -- with rep. Boehner viewing and approving the compromise the whole way -- and PASSED a bi-partisan bill that the president will sign, that the economy needs, and that the American people approve of. What utter nonsense to imply that the [D]s have to somehow do more to appease the troglodyte Teatards!! These massively idiotic Tea-trolls are now left to stew in their own morbid juices!!!....and witless, uberpartisan apologists, no matter their meds, are left to whine at the [R] fiasco.

.....otherwise, why does he piss-and-moan that the [D]s didn't do even MORE with their majorities in 2009-2010, when all we ever hear from him and his [R]ightwing bretheren is that the [D]s did TOO much!

11:17AM PST on Dec 22, 2011

Ron Paul. the man that would do away with all social programs. He does not believe in any safety nets. So, Steve R, if Ron is elected I just hope you have a safety net of your own. I don't, and I know of very few people who really do. So the motto will be " Don't get sick and if you do die quickly".

11:11AM PST on Dec 22, 2011

Steve R - The Senate democrats and republicons did their part. They voted for the bill. Now the ball is in the House court. They chose to vote against it. Why should the senate stick around?

10:54AM PST on Dec 22, 2011

Thanks House Republicans for your unreasonable actions may be the tipping point for voting back into office the reasonable.

9:43AM PST on Dec 22, 2011

Steve R, My thanks to you, someone had to say it. Remember, when we would say, Damn counter, due to the fact that it didn't function as intended.

So Sigh...I'm with you, just left wondering.

Audrey, Diane O, the poster girl for the Repugnants is camped out on the article about Unemployment. Her handlers have assigned her the task of convincing the others that if your unemployed, it is ALL your fault, not the people who created this mess. Repugnants are like that.
I left there when she got hung up with, some rather odd behavior, i.e. TobyS, looks like you are back to your childish comments again. I don't have a DC office, dear, and never have. You have an active imagination. Soon you'll be posting that I'm a prostitute working in Alexandria....an old prostitute I might add.

After reading hers words, I needed a shower, D.O. does that to a discussion.

8:37AM PST on Dec 22, 2011

Why are they cutting the money going into Social Security and not income tax? S.S. is already underwater and this cut is making it worse, they need to take it from income taxes not payroll.

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