Your Congress at work: raising taxes, dodging pork vote

posted at 1:38 pm on March 13, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

Profiles in Courage, Capitol Hill edition: The Senate today voted to reject an attempt to make the Bush tax cuts permanent, while at the same time delaying a vote on a pork moratorium to attempt to hide the results. Harry Reid wants to ensure that the press has gone to sleep when the DeMint amendment comes to the floor:

Senate Republicans complained Thursday that a high-profile vote on a temporary earmark ban would be pushed back until late in the night, limiting press coverage and possibly preventing presidential candidates from voting on the measure.

According to the office of Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), Republicans asked Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to schedule the vote earlier in the day so that their presumptive nominee, Sen. John McCain (Ariz.), could cast a vote before returning to the campaign trail. But Reid declined, saying the vote wouldn’t occur until around midnight Thursday, if not later, according to DeMint aides.

“The porkers are throwing the kitchen sink at the earmark ban, using every trick to stop it,” said Wesley Denton, a spokesman for DeMint. “The white-knuckled grip on their pork would be funny if it weren’t so pathetic. Americans won’t be fooled.”

DeMint is being absurd. Didn’t he listen to Harry Reid when the Senate Majority Leader explained that the Founding Fathers sacrificed their all so that legislators could rob the Treasury to protect their incumbencies? George Washington and Thomas Jefferson probably also deeply believed that government business should be done in the dark, out of the oppressive eyes of the citizenry, or at least that’s what Reid will argue next.

Reid had other ideas in mind for today, which was to ensure that Americans will get a hefty tax increase in 2010:

The Senate on Thursday gave a sweeping endorsement to some of President Bush’s tax cuts but rejected renewing others as all three major presidential candidates interrupted their campaigns to cast key votes on the budget.

The chamber voted 52-47 to reject a move by Sen. Lindsay Graham, R-S.C., to extend Bush’s tax cuts for middle- and higher-income taxpayers, investors and people inheriting businesses and big estates. …

Obama and Clinton both promise to reverse Bush’s tax cuts for wealthier taxpayers, but the Democratic budget they’ll be voting for would allow income tax rates to go up on individuals making as little as $31,850 and couples earning $63,700 or more [emphasis mine].

Tax the wealthy — as defined by 1908 levels? Obama and Clinton want to raise taxes on the working class in order to fund their proposed expansions of annual federal spending, $287 billion and $212 billion respectively. The expiration of the Bush tax cuts will be felt all along the spectrum of earners, but the concern for the Democrats is finding all of the money it will take to fulfill their campaign spending promises.

Harry Reid wants people to ignore what will happen in the middle of the night and to protect his party’s presidential candidates from having to cast a vote on pork. I’d say they’ve done enough damage already today.


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What bothers me more than anything in the Democrats’ position on economy is that they used to say that Bush has increased the government beyond belief etc. Yet I haven’t heard a single proposal of rolling back any of those expansions.

freevillage on March 13, 2008 at 1:42 PM

No worries. All those tax increases will be spread out over 40 million new immigrants. We’ll never feel a thing.

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RushBaby on March 13, 2008 at 1:43 PM

PLEASE people, vote to get these idiots out the next time they come up for vote. I can not say how I detest that DC bunch of dem’s.
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letget on March 13, 2008 at 1:43 PM

Ed, there is no trackback button for me to link to you on this..

That being said, On the 28th, we saw the dems take away the tax breaks for the oil industry..look how quickly the oil companies raised the prices..People are stretching their paychecks as far as they can..they don’t need the government dipping in anymore than it already has!

Surpluses are over-taxation!

Pam on March 13, 2008 at 1:45 PM

ain’t that just beautiful?

f’in beautiful.

Jared_MA on March 13, 2008 at 1:46 PM

I wonder why people see a recession? Heck, with these new taxes onthe horizon, I see a all out depression.

God Help us all!

upinak on March 13, 2008 at 1:47 PM

Please Democrats…tax me to death…I dont need the money anyways

/sarc

SoCalInfidel on March 13, 2008 at 1:47 PM

Anyone really surprised by the Democrats regarding this? Really?

Weebork on March 13, 2008 at 1:47 PM

Do you Nevadans have someone that can beat this guy in 2010?

WashJeff on March 13, 2008 at 1:47 PM

freevillage on March 13, 2008 at 1:42 PM

On the contrary, they have stated that they plan to increase them:

The nonbinding plan predicts a balanced budget in four years and promises generous increases for many domestic programs, but achieves those goals only by assuming major tax increases when President Bush’s tax cuts expire in about three years.

Pam on March 13, 2008 at 1:48 PM

Gone are the days when the politicians used the word small when talking about tax increases.now they just say major!

Pam on March 13, 2008 at 1:50 PM

The white-knuckled grip on their pork would be funny if it weren’t so pathetic. Americans won’t be fooled.”

Oh yes they will!

dmann on March 13, 2008 at 1:51 PM

Pam on March 13, 2008 at 1:45 PM

Scarey isn’t it.

upinak on March 13, 2008 at 1:52 PM

Is it just me or are the arms in that picture wearing a slightly different color fabric than the suit jacket Reid is wearing?

James on March 13, 2008 at 1:53 PM

This man is a loser in every respect. Searchlight NV. How appropriate for such a clueless .uck

geminicontender on March 13, 2008 at 1:53 PM

Hey, Dems, I think I still have a little blood left for you to squeeze out and then flush down the toilet.

jsingood on March 13, 2008 at 1:55 PM

On the contrary, they have stated that they plan to increase them:

I know. My point is this. It’s one thing to generally favor bigger taxes and bigger spending. I’m against that. However, I’m not so retarded as to claim that Denmark isn’t a developed country with a fairly high standard of living. I don’t think what works for Denmark or Switzerland would work for the US, but I could envision a more or less coherent argument to the contrary.

That being said, it’s really gotten to a point where spending by itself has become a virtue for the Democrats. they don’t care on what. If they said: “OK, remember those horrible Bush’s programs we were screaming about? We’ll scrap those. Instead we’ll institute ours.” then I would at least see some honest and consistent approach. I would still be opposed to it, but it’s a different level of debate.

As it stands now, to every horrible Republican idea, the Democrats’ response is: let’s double that!

freevillage on March 13, 2008 at 1:56 PM

You know…….. I remember back in the day, when the Republicans had the majority, every day, every single loving day, the Democrats would hold a press conference on the steps of the capital and say the Republicans were eating kittens alive.

And the MSM plastered it all over the airwaves.

Is it left up to the Blogosphere to get the word out to how big of an As*-Clown Harry Reid is and what he is doing to our country?

Can a single Republican at least take of his clothes, stand on the Capital Steps, and start painting his body with his own feces, then when the press shows up, all of a sudden say, “by the way, thanks to Harry Ried, you all are screwed!”

What is it going to take?

Seven Percent Solution on March 13, 2008 at 1:56 PM

Good grief. Just on economics alone, the democrats should lose their majorities in Congress – why is anyone supporting their expropriation of our money?

Think_b4_speaking on March 13, 2008 at 1:58 PM

Can a single Republican at least take of his clothes, stand on the Capital Steps, and start painting his body with his own feces

I nominate Larry Craig.

freevillage on March 13, 2008 at 1:58 PM

I feel that water rising over my head every day.

ihasurnominashun on March 13, 2008 at 2:00 PM

Nobody can possibly believe a talking cadaver like Reid. When you have habitual lying crooks leading the Senate you know that the dims are like a rudderless boat adrift in a human cesspool. Thank God the dims were going to control the price of gas from going up. If they weren’t trying, we would probably see record prices by now. Crap, my bad, we are.

volsense on March 13, 2008 at 2:03 PM

“The white-knuckled grip on their pork would be funny if it weren’t so pathetic. Americans won’t be fooled.”

Oh yes they will!

dmann on March 13, 2008 at 1:51 PM

They want to be fooled. It absolves them of blame.

Frozen Tex on March 13, 2008 at 2:04 PM

Two words…..Tea Party! And you can even call me at 3am. I’ll be ready!

soulsirkus on March 13, 2008 at 2:08 PM

They want to be fooled. It absolves them of blame.

Frozen Tex on March 13, 2008 at 2:04 PM

But common Americans are too busy with work, kids, etc. to pay attention to their bank accounts being robbed.

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omnipotent on March 13, 2008 at 2:10 PM

Ultimately, we can all refuse to pay up, but it needs to be a large number of us (million?), not just a couple dozen that the jackboot IRS can flush away in some dark hole of a jail with no jury trial.

As intimidating as it seems (which is how fascists like it), we do have the ultimate say.

Requires guts though. Not something that my fellow Americans (in general, of course) have a great reputation for nowadays. Sadly.

LimeyGeek on March 13, 2008 at 2:12 PM

omnipotent on March 13, 2008 at 2:10 PM

Wanna Bet?!?!

Who in the heck in here with a common job, kids etc doesn’t look at their paychecks?

upinak on March 13, 2008 at 2:22 PM

The party of those that want to be taken care of, and have no interest in finding the joy of being self sufficient.

“Ask not what you can do for your country, but what your country can do for you.”

Throw the bums out.

Hening on March 13, 2008 at 2:30 PM

When this country voted to approve the Constitutional Amendment providing public election of Senators, we also voted the many States to relinquish all controls over the Federal Government. We now reap the whirlwind of that gobsmackingly bad Amendment.

BTW, don’t expect to ever get control of Congress and its tax and spend proclivities any time before the next Ice Age.

SeniorD on March 13, 2008 at 2:31 PM

BTW, don’t expect to ever get control of Congress and its tax and spend proclivities any time before the next Ice Age.

SeniorD on March 13, 2008 at 2:31 PM

So, like, next year? 2010?

Frozen Tex on March 13, 2008 at 2:35 PM

one word for it: dem-o-rats.

jimmer on March 13, 2008 at 2:41 PM

I wonder why people see a recession? Heck, with these new taxes onthe horizon, I see a all out depression.

God Help us all!

upinak on March 13, 2008 at 1:47 PM

Funny thing is the recession/depression will be blamed on Bush

Vntnrse on March 13, 2008 at 2:50 PM

Maybe Al Gore should get together with Harry Reid and explain to him how the internet works. Harry doesn’t seem to understand that the results of the pork vote are going to be made available to the public regardless of how late at night the vote is scheduled.

But hey, isn’t it great to know that people making $32k a year are now considered to be “wealthy”? Why, with an income like that, you could probably fill up your gas tank three or four times a year.

AZCoyote on March 13, 2008 at 3:08 PM

…anyone else here feel like DeMint is making quite a name for himself?

lodestonejames on March 13, 2008 at 3:19 PM

with an income like that, you could probably fill up your gas tank three or four times a year.

Tell me about it. For the first time in my life I just paid over $3.00 for a gallon of gas. I guess this will be the new bechmark price going forward. No more

cannonball on March 13, 2008 at 3:23 PM

I wasn`t sure, did conservative voters stay home in some numbers in `08.

If so…………Thanks alot @#%^ers!

ThePrez on March 13, 2008 at 3:47 PM

We just had to teach the Republicans a lesson in ’06, didn’t we…?

ZK on March 13, 2008 at 4:35 PM

If so…………Thanks alot @#%^ers!

ThePrez on March 13, 2008 at 3:47 PM

We just had to teach the Republicans a lesson in ‘06, didn’t we…?

ZK on March 13, 2008 at 4:35 PM

You’re both welcome :)

Complacency must be punished. It’s the only way you’ll learn.

LimeyGeek on March 13, 2008 at 4:54 PM

Nobody can possibly believe a talking cadaver like Reid.

Obviously the people of Nevada will fall for anything. This goof is like Kennedy in Massachuetts. The people just keep re-electing him and re-electing him, and the rest of the country tries to understand why!

pilamaye on March 13, 2008 at 5:52 PM

A$$HAT$… the whole lot. Of course, now since a higher tax rate on lower wage income earners will bring more revenue into the treasury, earmarks can be adequately funded… no vote required! Funny how convenient.

Vote them ALL OUT.

MJR on March 13, 2008 at 6:07 PM

Lindsey Graham was stabbed in the back by democrats?

SouthernGent on March 13, 2008 at 6:10 PM

Bush could/should veto it. Any word from the White House on this?

SouthernGent on March 13, 2008 at 6:13 PM

Funny thing is the recession/depression will be blamed on Bush

News flash for some geniuses out there- we’re already in a recession, and Alan Greenspan and many other economists have already blamed it on Bush.

Are higher taxes all that bad, or is it worse to run up a massive budget deficit that permits only minor tax breaks when the economy slows, leaving interest rate cuts as the only lever to revive the economy? Do you think that perhaps it might be better to have higher taxes and a currency that the rest of the world actually wants to hold? Maybe when oil passes $120 a barrel and import-related inflation starts kicking in you’ll start to understand..

bayam on March 13, 2008 at 7:46 PM