47 Democrats revolt over Pelosi, Obama stance on tax hikes; Update: House adjourns, Boehner blasts Pelosi for blocking vote on taxes

posted at 1:36 pm on September 29, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Both Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama insist that they will not move to extend the current tax rates on upper-income Americans, creating by default a tax hike on those with capital and means to invest — and not just the wealthy, either.  While both Democrats attempt to paint Republicans objecting to massive tax hikes as bad policy in a stagnating economy as extremists, they are finding themselves increasingly marginalized in their own party.  Forty-seven Democrats have publicly demanded that Pelosi acquiesce to an across-the-board extension of existing tax rates on capital gains and dividends:

The debate over what to do about the expiring Bush-era tax cuts has focused mainly on income tax rates and the fight between Democrats and Republicans over maintaining the tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans.

But in a letter to the House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, 47 rank-and-file Democrats urged Congressional leaders to maintain lower tax rates on dividends and capital gains that are also due to expire on Dec. 31.

“Our fiscal policy should be one that maximizes economic growth and private sector job creation,” the lawmakers, led by Representative John Adler, Democrat of New Jersey, wrote.

“By keeping dividends and capital gains tax rates linked and low for everyone, we can help the private sector create jobs and allow seniors and middle class households to save and invest more,” the Democrats added in the letter.

Note the phrase for everyone.  A hike in capital gains tax rates will discourage both initial investments and turnover in capital, both of which are necessary to expand the economy.  In order for that to be effective in expanding the economy, it has to apply to those with the most capital on hand.  It doesn’t do a lot of good to penalize those with the most potential to expand the economy through new ventures and significant expansion of existing projects and companies.

That, by the way, also applies to income tax rates as well, especially since many small business owners file as individuals.  Taking more money from this class of entrepreneur means less capital for hiring and keeping employees, capital investment, and so on.  The exact same arguments apply to income tax rates, perhaps even more so since the very wealthy can usually structure their cash flow as income, dividends, or capital gains depending on which method provides the least amount of loss.

Generally speaking, of course, it’s considered economic suicide to raise tax rates in a recessionary environment, and even more to introduce massive uncertainty about tax policy.  Democrats have managed to threaten both, especially the latter, by delaying action for months on these issues and running away from it before the break.  Businesses normally have to budget for the next year before the end of the third quarter, and they are unable to do so because no one can project costs in the massively uncertain climate that Democrats have created.

Update: The House adjourned until after the elections on a vote that required a rare participation by the Speaker in order to break the tie.  As Nancy Pelosi sent the House home, John Boehner claimed he had the votes to settle the tax issue — and Pelosi blocked it:

House Democrats on Wednesday barely won a 210-209 vote to adjourn the House without extending the Bush tax cuts.

Thirty-nine House Democrats voted against adjournment after Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) urged opposition to the motion in a floor speech that said it would be irresponsible for Congress to leave without providing certainty on the tax issue. Dozens of Democrats in tough races voted against adjourning.

“Vote no on this adjournment resolution. Give Congress a chance to vote on extending tax rates,” Boehner said.

Boehner’s floor speech turned the vote on adjournment into a referendum on the tax cuts, which has divided Democrats for months.

There was probably a lot of vote-whipping by Democrats at the end in order to allow some of the most endangered Democrats to argue that they voted to stay on the job.  However, voters will not get fooled into buying that, not with Democratic leadership pushing to get out of Washington before Boehner really could beat Pelosi on the tax issue.


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Boehner has come out this morning saying that he had the votes to extend the tax cuts – Dems and Repubs voting to extend – and “leadership” refused to allow the vote.

AubieJon on September 29, 2010 at 1:40 PM

I’m sure she would cry if she still had tear ducts.

Claypigeon on September 29, 2010 at 1:40 PM

I love the smell of desperate Dems in the morning

Cookies Mom on September 29, 2010 at 1:40 PM

Businesses normally have to budget for the next year before the end of the third quarter, and they are unable to do so because no one can project costs in the massively uncertain climate that Democrats have created.

“What’s a ‘budget’?” – Congressional Democrats.

forest on September 29, 2010 at 1:41 PM

Boehner has come out this morning saying that he had the votes to extend the tax cuts – Dems and Repubs voting to extend – and “leadership” refused to allow the vote.

AubieJon on September 29, 2010 at 1:40 PM

The R’s should broadcast that loud and clear until November.

NJ Red on September 29, 2010 at 1:41 PM

Pelosi doesn’t care. Those 47 Dems will be gone after the midterms anyway.

Doughboy on September 29, 2010 at 1:41 PM

Democrats…THE PARTY OF NO!!!

NJ Red on September 29, 2010 at 1:41 PM

How many weeks of unemployment ‘compensation’ do I have now?

Lanceman on September 29, 2010 at 1:42 PM

The Dems are hearing the music
“This is the end
My guilty friends
The end”

LincolntheHun on September 29, 2010 at 1:42 PM

But how many of those 47 will flip script if they’re reelected? I’m betting at least half.

What they say a month before the election and what they do a month after an election are usually 2 different things.

ButterflyDragon on September 29, 2010 at 1:42 PM

Only 2 days left in this session. Ain’t nothing happenin’ until after the Midterms.

kingsjester on September 29, 2010 at 1:43 PM

Boehner has come out this morning saying that he had the votes to extend the tax cuts – Dems and Repubs voting to extend – and “leadership” refused to allow the vote.

AubieJon on September 29, 2010 at 1:40 PM

The Dem leadership will never allow that vote to be taken. Can you imagine how inept Reid, Pelosi, and Obama would look if the GOP despite being a minority in both houses managed to get the tax cuts extended for everyone?

Doughboy on September 29, 2010 at 1:43 PM

I’ll believe its a revolt…
when they start carrying torches.

tomg51 on September 29, 2010 at 1:43 PM

Most bi-partisan bill of this congress!

WashJeff on September 29, 2010 at 1:44 PM

How many weeks of unemployment ‘compensation’ do I have now?

Lanceman on September 29, 2010 at 1:42 PM

Nominally 99. However, if you are in a high unemplyment state you can get more supposedly.

Johnnyreb on September 29, 2010 at 1:45 PM

Hmmm…47 Democrats plus 178 Republicans make 225 House votes to extend tax cuts–a MAJORITY in the House! Hey Madam Speaker, how about listening the House majority?

If you don’t, you’ll hear from the majority of the American people…remember that “sleeping giant” that was awakened?

Steve Z on September 29, 2010 at 1:46 PM

Boehner has come out this morning saying that he had the votes to extend the tax cuts – Dems and Repubs voting to extend – and “leadership” refused to allow the vote.

AubieJon on September 29, 2010 at 1:40 PM

Bas*ards.

GrannyDee on September 29, 2010 at 1:46 PM

We need Dave Rywall to chime in and explain to us just who the obstuctionist are…/

SHARPTOOTH on September 29, 2010 at 1:46 PM

They are going against the party simply to have a sound byte for their next re-election ad.

If the vote is delayed until after Nov. 2, and these 47 dems lose, they will flip and vote not to extend the tax cuts.

They may be trying to show an outward appearance of economic intelligence and humanity, but they are still dem to the bone.

DuctTapeMyBrain on September 29, 2010 at 1:47 PM

Then this should be called what it is – the Obama/Pelosi Tax Hike – as clear as the Bush Tax Cuts.

Hang it around their necks in the media.

Oh. Media. Riiight.

tru2tx on September 29, 2010 at 1:48 PM

Corrected headline:
47 Democrats revolt over Pelosi, Obama stance on tax hikes
until the November elections are over.

albill on September 29, 2010 at 1:49 PM

They say our love won’t pay the rent….

…..Babe, I’ve got you Babe.

BobMbx on September 29, 2010 at 1:51 PM

I’ll tell you who REALLY doesn’t want this vote…OBAMA. He has told them loud and clear he doesn’t want the tax cuts for the “evil rich” people.

NJ Red on September 29, 2010 at 1:54 PM

I’ll believe it’s a revolt when those 47 also sign letters pledging to support some other specific Democrat for speaker, rather than Pelosi. Until that occurs, you can assume all of them will fall in line with the radicals running the show.

michaelo on September 29, 2010 at 1:55 PM

They (Democrats) know that we (the people) know that they know that we know that their class warfare and Keynesian economics is and always was a sham.

IronDioPriest on September 29, 2010 at 1:55 PM

I see Tea People.

faraway on September 29, 2010 at 1:56 PM

Nominally 99. However, if you are in a high unemplyment state you can get more supposedly.

Johnnyreb on September 29, 2010 at 1:45 PM

I ain’t gonna sit around for 99 weeks! If something good does not happen, I’ll be looking at other means for making money.
Is the government hiring?

Lanceman on September 29, 2010 at 2:00 PM

Weeeelllll. San Fran Nan adjourned in the middle of week. How brave.//

kingsjester on September 29, 2010 at 2:03 PM

Oh ya, it’s gonna be epic.

Skandia Recluse on September 29, 2010 at 2:05 PM

Probably the most important vote that congress could have taken up this year. An issue that would have gone pretty far to bring some stability and certainty to the economy.

And Pelosi refuses to take any action on it.

May she rot in hell.

Well – I’d rather see her lose her seat in the House first. THEN rot in hell.

UltimateBob on September 29, 2010 at 2:06 PM

I see Tea People.

faraway on September 29, 2010 at 1:56 PM

Very funny!!! +10

PatriotRider on September 29, 2010 at 2:06 PM

They adjourned without passing the 2011 budget, right? The 2011 fiscal year starts on Friday.

Steven Den Beste on September 29, 2010 at 2:08 PM

This 210-209 adjournment is gonna be the last straw.

This election is going to be a bloodbath.

I know Pelosi wanted to grant some dispensations to vote against, but since it was decided by one vote, now every Democrat who voted to adjourn was the deciding vote.

forest on September 29, 2010 at 2:08 PM

Steven Den Beste on September 29, 2010 at 2:08 PM

It does appear that panic has set in concerning November 2nd.

kingsjester on September 29, 2010 at 2:09 PM

Abby Adams on September 29, 2010 at 1:47 PM

Thanks for answering who the 47 are.

SnowSun on September 29, 2010 at 2:10 PM

Democrats should be beaten like a rented mule over this.

They voted for this addled, corrupt, incompetent witch for Speaker.

It’s a little late to figure out this worthless woman is hurting our country, all the signs were there before she was elected.

NoDonkey on September 29, 2010 at 2:13 PM

Corrected headline:
47 Democrats revolt over Pelosi, Obama stance on tax hikes
until the November elections are over.

albill on September 29, 2010 at 1:49 PM

If she wouldn’t allow a vote to save their butts now, she won’t allow the vote later. Besides, Obama will veto any tax cut extension bill that includes the wealthy.

txhsmom on September 29, 2010 at 2:15 PM

TWICE now, Pelosi has locked the doors of Congress for an early break in order to prevent a vote that would help taxpayers, this time to lower taxes.

Last time, the Republicans introduced flicker and twitter to prove they weren’t electronically illiterate. Democrats had never tweeted as a caucus locked out by the House Speaker.

maverick muse on September 29, 2010 at 2:17 PM

If she wouldn’t allow a vote to save their butts now, she won’t allow the vote later. Besides, Obama will veto any tax cut extension bill that includes the wealthy.

txhsmom on September 29, 2010 at 2:15 PM

At his own peril

ButterflyDragon on September 29, 2010 at 2:17 PM

Well – I’d rather see her lose her seat in the House first. THEN rot in hell.

UltimateBob on September 29, 2010 at 2:06 PM

She’s rotted Congress.

maverick muse on September 29, 2010 at 2:18 PM

They are going against the party simply to have a sound byte for their next re-election ad.
DuctTapeMyBrain on September 29, 2010 at 1:47 PM

Pelosi and Reid will have more leverage with Dems after Nov.2 regardless of the election results. They’ll likely band together against wealthy people.
Jerry Brown provided insight into Dem strategy in the debate with Whitman yesterday. Brown repeatedly referred to Whitman, Bush, and Republicans as doing the will of the wealthy. He called it tax breaks for herself and friends. Class warfare with promises of cutting big checks to those making less than $75,000 a year (Obama’s definition of the wealth dividin line from the 2008 campaign).
Exit prediction for California: In a seemingly close election both Brown and Boxer will be elected.

Dark days ahead…

Perfesser on September 29, 2010 at 2:19 PM

San Fran Nan adjourned in the middle of week.

She needs to be harassed for flying about in her Air Force One knock-off.

maverick muse on September 29, 2010 at 2:20 PM

The Dems are hearing the music
“This is the end
My guilty friends
The end”

LincolntheHun on September 29, 2010 at 1:42 PM

Come November 2, I plan on blasting “When The Music’s Over” to celebrate the lights coming down on the Dem control of the House and, possibly, the Senate as well.

teke184 on September 29, 2010 at 2:20 PM

But how many of those 47 will flip script if they’re reelected? I’m betting at least half.

What they say a month before the election and what they do a month after an election are usually 2 different things.

ButterflyDragon on September 29, 2010 at 1:42 PM

Either way, it gives them an out. The Dems don’t have to vote now, and if they aren’t re-elected, watch for them to punish the masses for their insolence, treachury, and disloyalty. Tax hikes cometh!

capejasmine on September 29, 2010 at 2:20 PM

I see a LOT of people who are signatories to that letter who are in big trouble in their districts this year. Deathbed conversions.

Red Cloud on September 29, 2010 at 2:20 PM

All true. The problem is, at no level has the GOP put together some kind of advertising or public information platform that comprehensively and devastatingly instructs voters on the failure and morbidity of leftist/democrat party economics. The republicans, as a whole, are not educating the people. We’re missing an absolutely historic opportunity. I’ve seen a bunch of slick, over-produced visual arias on the internet, but no hard-hitting point-by-point primers on the knuckleheaded, degrading, demoralizing, economy- and spirit-crushing policies of the Left, that is, an exact cause-and-effect of each ruinous policy that have led us to this moment. Reagan said more about idiotic liberalism in a few passages in any old speech than I’ve seen from Republicans in the past two years. Indeed, the GOP seems almost reluctant or afraid to robustly attack on one hand, and robustly defend the free market on the other. A whole generation of young people are watching, feeling the effects of Obamauism, and ready to learn.

rrpjr on September 29, 2010 at 2:21 PM

Perfesser on September 29, 2010 at 2:19 PM

Thank you for your concern, Eeyore. Sheesh.

kingsjester on September 29, 2010 at 2:21 PM

Both Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama insist that they will not move to extend the current tax rates on upper-income Americans, creating by default a tax hike on those with capital and means to invest — and not just the wealthy, either
=============

Most brilliant manoever,by “H*ll No Boehner to get a vote
scheduled before their break!

So,the politically super smart savvy Liberals,are going to
toy with the American voters,just before the mid-term elec
tions,and play politics with the vote!!

A month before the elections,the Progressives decide to pull
a Jim Jones Hari-Kari of their party!

So much for Bipartisanship,or Leadership!!

canopfor on September 29, 2010 at 2:22 PM

There was probably a lot of vote-whipping by Democrats at the end in order to allow some of the most endangered Democrats to argue that they voted to stay on the job.

Yep, 210-to-209; they didn’t waste a single vote they could use to let a Dem lie about their position instead.

Midas on September 29, 2010 at 2:23 PM

They’ll likely band together against wealthy people.
Perfesser on September 29, 2010 at 2:19 PM

One problem with your senerio. The Wealthy in CA for Pelosi… are Dems. How the heck does she want to be elected again in her own district?

Reid… we don’t know what is going to happen to him.

Keep that head up.

upinak on September 29, 2010 at 2:24 PM

Pelosi and Obama….two people who DESERVE to be unemployed!

afotia on September 29, 2010 at 2:25 PM

Adler is still crap. Time to vote him out.

http://runyanforcongress.com/

keepinitreal on September 29, 2010 at 2:26 PM

And the irony of ironies: Democrats are proposing that the upcoming tax increases be called the “Republican Tax Increase of 2011.”

UltimateBob on September 29, 2010 at 2:29 PM

Year end tax planning 101 for high end client’s this year involves taking capital gains and accelerating ordinary income into 2010 where ever possible.

I forsee artifical blip up in 2010 tax revenues followed by decline over next several years.

No charge for this advice!

Ann on September 29, 2010 at 2:29 PM

Well – I’d rather see her lose her seat in the House first. THEN rot in hell.

UltimateBob on September 29, 2010 at 2:06 PM

She’s rotted Congress.

maverick muse on September 29, 2010 at 2:18 PM

Congress, Hell, whatever.

Lily on September 29, 2010 at 2:33 PM

210-209 to adjourn means that a total of 419 House members voted, therefore 16 didn’t vote. If 39 Democrats VOTED not to adjourn, that leaves 170 Republicans who VOTED not to adjourn, but there are 178 Republicans in the House.

Where were the other 8 Republicans? If two of them had voted NOT to adjourn, the House would still be in session, and Pelosi would be forced to address the tax-cut extension issue. If Boehner really had the votes to extend the tax cuts, why didn’t he find the votes to prevent adjournment among his own GOP caucus?

What were those 8 Republicans, who didn’t vote against adjournment, thinking? Didn’t they want to force the Democrats to deal with the tax-cut issue NOW, or did they prefer having an “issue” against Democrats during the campaign?

RINO warning…

Steve Z on September 29, 2010 at 2:35 PM

I forsee artifical blip up in 2010 tax revenues followed by decline over next several years.

Ann on September 29, 2010 at 2:29 PM

So in other words, there’s a method to the Democrats’ madness.

They will try to use the spike in tax revenues as “proof” that their policies were beginning to have a positive effect on the economy. And of course, when revenues fall off in January, they can blame the evil, nasty, recently-sworn-in Republicans who swept the house and senate in November for the downturn.

Devilishly clever. Or am I giving them too much credit?

UltimateBob on September 29, 2010 at 2:38 PM

That list of 47 Dems included a LOT of names of people in serious trouble already, including Brad Ellsworth (NC), Loretta Sanchez (CA), Bobby Bright (AL), Earl Pomeroy (ND), etc.

I think it can be somewhat safe to assume that many of the 47 signees are in serious trouble this year, whether previously acknowledged or not. Lots of them were from Florida, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Virginia, and North Carolina.

teke184 on September 29, 2010 at 2:41 PM

The great uniter chooses class warfare once again. Big surprise.

Scrappy on September 29, 2010 at 2:41 PM

Maybe the Dim members of the House need time to figure out how they could extend middle class tax cuts after spending the last 8 years or so arguing that the Bush tax cuts were only for the rich. It would be hard to vote on extending something that, until recently, didn’t exist. Wouldn’t it?

joejm65 on September 29, 2010 at 2:42 PM

The House adjourned? Awesome. Thank you, Nancy for giving me something to blog about today.

I still say that the first act of the Republican congress should be to pass the tax cut extension bill for all Americans, and dare Obama to veto it.

Chris of Rights on September 29, 2010 at 2:48 PM

Is my math off? If 47 Dems signed the letter, and it only took 39 Dems to tie the vote, then their must be 8 (or 7)republicans who voted to go home…WTF? Who are these 8?

tommer74 on September 29, 2010 at 2:49 PM

8 GOP’ers: Aderholt AL, Blunt MO, Buyer IN, L. Diaz-Balart FL, Fallin OK, Griffith AL, Schock IL, Young FL

hat tip: twitter.com/jamiedupree

Chris of Rights on September 29, 2010 at 2:50 PM

Steve Z on September 29, 2010 at 2:35 PM

I should have read further down the comments…

tommer74 on September 29, 2010 at 2:51 PM

The House role call is up and lists the 8 non-voting Republicans on this measure.

One is Roy Blunt, who is probably out campaigning in Missouri for the Senate, but the other 7 are Aderholt, Buyer, Diaz-Balart, Fallin, Griffith, Schock, and Young (Florida). I’m less sure why they didn’t vote.

teke184 on September 29, 2010 at 2:52 PM

Chris of Rights on September 29, 2010 at 2:50 PM

Thanks. I am wondering what the excuses are? THis would have been a great time to pound them on the tax rate increases and also the fact that they are leaving without a budget in place. Opportunity missed.

tommer74 on September 29, 2010 at 2:55 PM

Interesting,a Pelosi Website
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http://nancypelosistable.wordpress.com/

canopfor on September 29, 2010 at 2:57 PM

Hmmm…47 Democrats plus 178 Republicans make 225 House votes to extend tax cuts–a MAJORITY in the House! Hey Madam Speaker, how about listening the House majority?

If you don’t, you’ll hear from the majority of the American people…remember that “sleeping giant” that was awakened?

Steve Z on September 29, 2010 at 1:46 PM

They couldn’t get a “Majority” to pass a budget,

They wouldn’t allow a “Majority” to extend taxes as usual,

They did bribe a “Majority” to pass a healthcare bill they hadn’t read, at 2 A.M. on a Sunday morning, against the will of the vast “Majority” of We The People,

The House did manage to Pass a Cap and Tax Bill they hadn’t read, against the will of the vast “Majority” of We The People,

Barrack Hussein, “Pinnochio”, “Cousin Eddie”, Obama threatens the return to politics as usual:

THE VAST MAJORITY OF WE THE PEOLE WOULD WELCOME ANYTHING OVER THE CORRENT DISASTER WE HAVE IN D.C.!

VOTE THE BUMS OUT AND NEVER FORGET!

dhunter on September 29, 2010 at 2:58 PM

Democratics simply cannot put through a vote to extend the ‘Bush tax cuts’ because of the name. They have to change it somehow so they can take credit for it, and the easiest way for them to do that is play the class warfare card.

It just drives them crazy that they have blamed our poor economy on Bush for the last two years and even many in their own party agree that the prescription is -more Bush.

slickwillie2001 on September 29, 2010 at 2:59 PM

It’s time to permanently send Pelosi back to the Botox clinic. Can the “anti-Christ” be a female?

rplat on September 29, 2010 at 3:03 PM

With all of the news that has come out stating that not extending the tax cuts will harm the country economically, this vote so very clearly indicates the Dems do not care about the economic misery they have perpetuated on this country–power is trump for them every time. They should all lose their seats.

INC on September 29, 2010 at 3:08 PM

Two years a Democrat-controlled White House, a Democrat- controlled House, and a Democrat-controlled Senate…

And the GOP is blamed for them not being able to get all of Obama/Pelosi/Reid’s progressive agenda passed?

Need to get out the billboard painters all across the Nation to let the people know that the Dem-controlled Congress just raised everybody’s taxes…on purpose, by design, with malice.

Remember in November!

coldwarrior on September 29, 2010 at 3:10 PM

They will try to use the spike in tax revenues as “proof” that their policies were beginning to have a positive effect on the economy. And of course, when revenues fall off in January, they can blame the evil, nasty, recently-sworn-in Republicans who swept the house and senate in November for the downturn.

Devilishly clever. Or am I giving them too much credit?

UltimateBob on September 29, 2010 at 2:38 PM

Not at all. If there’s one thing the DC bunch knows do to well, it’s how to play politics, however moronic they might be otherwise.

And do keep in mind that SOME of the Democrats are just playing the fool…

Dark-Star on September 29, 2010 at 3:13 PM

What happened to the other twenty missing representatives who didn’t vote on this? Surely two of them were republicans who could have broken the tie?

eaglewingz08 on September 29, 2010 at 3:31 PM

Ooooh snap, sharptooth

cmsinaz on September 29, 2010 at 3:32 PM

This should not surprise anyone. Obama and the democrat party have no intentions at all in extending the tax cuts. They do not give a hoot about the economy or the people.
They are and think like Marxists and the only concern they have is take as much money from it citizens as they can. Keep in mind that “National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility” co-chaired by Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles is to give their report at the end of this year. You know that they are going to recommend tax increases and Obama and the democrats will use this not only not to extend the tax cuts but to raise taxes. I would trust a “pitbull” before I would ever trust Obama or any democrat.

flintstone on September 29, 2010 at 3:35 PM

Tingles will hail this today….will blast boehner

cmsinaz on September 29, 2010 at 3:35 PM

What I don’t understand is how someone making just over $250,000 is a millionaire. There are a lot of small businesses who go over that threshold and yet are not millionaires.

The public is being diddled again by the national socialist democrat fascist party.

Dhuka on September 29, 2010 at 3:52 PM

Will Pelosi call them back just before the election OR will she really let the tax cuts expire as a giant F U to the American Electorate when they lose?

Yet another reason to spank the dems at the polls.

“Dhuka on September 29, 2010 at 3:52 PM” They aren’t. They have just enough to create a business and employ a couple other folks, if they want the headaches. Sadly, fewer can put up with the government regs, taxes, paperwork etc.

dogsoldier on September 29, 2010 at 4:00 PM

Are discharge petitions not allowed for tax policy so they could have forced a vote? I’ve been wondering about that for days.

lizzie beth on September 29, 2010 at 4:12 PM

I would trust a “pitbull” before I would ever trust Obama or any democrat.

flintstone on September 29, 2010 at 3:35 PM

Good choice. You can housebreak a pit bull.

Mary in LA on September 29, 2010 at 4:16 PM

Instead of doing her job, Pelosi has quit on the Ameican people. She had TWO years to address the coming tax hikes on the people. ALL Americans should be outraged!

WE deserve better: Fire the Congress QUITTERS.

TN Mom on September 29, 2010 at 4:53 PM

What I don’t understand is how someone making just over $250,000 is a millionaire. There are a lot of small businesses who go over that threshold and yet are not millionaires.

Dhuka on September 29, 2010 at 3:52 PM

Exactly. I got firsthand knowledge of this over the last year, when I worked for a small (8 people) web development company whose annual budget was roughly $300,000, reported as our boss’ personal income. He already had to let four people go (plus myself, who quit to take another gig because I saw the coming bloodbath), and they’re still struggling. Chalk up 5 lost jobs to Obamanomics already, and frankly, I’ll be shocked if they can survive the coming tax increases. I fear that my former boss (a good friend, only 24 years old, started his business a few years ago) will find his company gutted.

At least he’s spent a lot of the last year creating websites for conservatives! I call that self-preservation!

Animator Girl on September 29, 2010 at 5:25 PM

No surprise here. She didn’t have the votes.

AnninCA on September 29, 2010 at 5:31 PM

from The Hill:

Members who voted to adjourn were “putting their election above the needs of your constituents,” Boehner said in his speech. “Vote no on this adjournment resolution. Give Congress the chance to vote on extending tax rates.”

Following the vote, Pelosi’s office criticized Boehner’s speech, saying it did not contain productive solutions to help aid the economic recovery.

“After listening to House Republican Leader John Boehner’s speech on the House floor today, it is clear that Americans face a choice: keep moving America forward—or return to what Republicans themselves call the ‘exact same’ agenda of failed ideas that favored corporate special interests, pushed us to the brink of economic disaster and left the middle class and small businesses struggling,” a release from her office reads.

Pelosi is a whirling dervish of a spin machine who twists the root causes of economic stagnation to suit her own purpose and to denigate her political opponents with absolutely no understanding of economics. Pushing her “progressive” socialist agenda is the be-all and end-all. This is not a recipe for progress but a sure formula for regression.

onlineanalyst on September 29, 2010 at 8:28 PM