Peace in our time: Obama, House Dems strike bargain on tax cuts deal?

posted at 9:50 pm on December 9, 2010 by Allahpundit

Does this mean … no impeachment? Because I’ve got to tell you, after this morning’s unpleasantness, my expectations were sky high.

The AP’s vague on the precise terms — and cost — of the bargain, but it sounds like that righteous liberal rage over the new estate tax rate magically dissipated after it was sprinkled with a few ethanol subsidies. Let’s call this “The Cornhusker Kickback — part two”:

The White House and key lawmakers cleared the way Thursday night for swift Senate action to avert a Jan. 1 spike in income taxes for nearly all Americans, agreeing to extend breaks for ethanol and other forms of alternative energy as part of the deal.

Tax provisions aimed at increasing production of hybrid automobiles, biodiesel fuel, energy-efficient homes, coal and energy-efficient household appliances would be extended through the end of 2011 under the bill.

Debate on the expanded measure began almost immediately. While there is no precise timetable for passage, a test vote was set for Monday afternoon that appears likely to demonstrate overwhelmingly support for the legislation, which supporters say would help accelerate a sluggish recovery from recession…

Among the energy tax provisions added was an extension of the current 45-cent per gallon subsidy for ethanol, at a cost to the Treasury estimated at nearly $5 billion. The issue is of particular interest to lawmakers from Midwestern states with grain crops.

That’s the news this evening. Here was the scene this morning, when our proud progressive House caucus was dug in and ready to fightfightfight for principle and justice and mass wealth confiscation:

“We have tremendous concerns about what was given away by the White House to Mitch McConnell and the Senate,” DeFazio said after emerging from the meeting in the Capitol basement. McConnell and Vice President Joe Biden were key players in the final round of talks to reach the $900 billion agreement.

At one point during the meeting, a chant of “Just say no!” could be heard coming from the closed-door meeting of the Democratic Caucus. Then Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) led the group in a round of “No we can’t.”

Then Obama threw an energy bribe at them and they started chanting “Yes we can” again. What a gang of cheap losers. Here’s Tapper’s already dated report on ABC from a few hours ago citing sources who say they’re dealing with the five stages of grief over the deal. How easily grief is overcome when you get to wipe your eyes with thousand-dollar bills.


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Held hostage?

faraway on December 9, 2010 at 9:53 PM

So, just lard it up with pork to win over the holdouts. This is exactly the thing that the American people voted against. Republicans should kill this deal now. Stand on principle for once, and send the message that the old payoffs and bribes are over.

JohnInCA on December 9, 2010 at 9:54 PM

And the GOP will go for added goodies to the bill?

SouthernGent on December 9, 2010 at 9:55 PM

What a gang of cheap losers.

hostage takers on one hand, then give up the hostage for a few bill. Hell, what do we have up there a bunch of Somali Pirates or something. I wonder when Obama starts capping some of them to get his bills released…/

ted c on December 9, 2010 at 9:56 PM

I guess it’s still no fritos with my chili. Have you priced a bag of fritos lately?

kahall on December 9, 2010 at 9:57 PM

Friday night: Keith Olbermann rekindles his flame for President BroBama ?

Jeddite on December 9, 2010 at 9:57 PM

What part of this is a TAX CUT?

We’re being held hostage to tax increases.

Kini on December 9, 2010 at 9:57 PM

how soon before the POTUS sends in the Navy SEALs to rescue his bills from Anthony Weiner et al?

“cap ‘em chief, g’head–POTUS out”

ted c on December 9, 2010 at 9:57 PM

Senate is adjourned. No votes on Friday.

amerpundit on December 9, 2010 at 9:58 PM

It would have been interesting to see the Progressives stall it, January comes and the tax rates go up, and the Middle Class cast Dems to the wilderness for decades. Then the Repubs in the House could force much steeper cuts on capital gains.

John the Libertarian on December 9, 2010 at 9:58 PM

Here’s Tapper’s already dated report on ABC from a few hours ago citing sources who say they’re dealing with the five stages of grief over the deal.

Link?

nukemhill on December 9, 2010 at 9:58 PM

So, just lard it up with pork to win over the holdouts. This is exactly the thing that the American people voted against. Republicans should kill this deal now. Stand on principle for once, and send the message that the old payoffs and bribes are over.

JohnInCA on December 9, 2010 at 9:54 PM

+1, pork is a deal killer.

FloatingRock on December 9, 2010 at 9:58 PM

Jim Pethokoukis:

The Senate version of Obama-GOP bill is $857 billion

amerpundit on December 9, 2010 at 10:00 PM

This bill is a disaster… it’s given us the worst of the Dems and the GOP…

ninjapirate on December 9, 2010 at 10:03 PM

As promised the Repubs are selling out on the first major vote since the election. Pork is their middle name and even Rep Ryan is chowing down according to the latest reports.

patrick neid on December 9, 2010 at 10:08 PM

Seriously, I think this is a trap. An extension for Bush Tax Cuts will do little to either improve the economy, reduce the deficit, or create jobs.

This is window dressing just to justify to Obama’s base that, “Quote: Tax cuts for the rich don’t work”, blame Bush and the Republicans for the reason why the next two years are stagnate and no jobs were created.

The Republicans held the American people hostage with ideas that don’t work. Expect the MSM to continue to call GOP Terrorism over the next two years.

We’re being set up. It’s a Trap.

Kini on December 9, 2010 at 10:10 PM

As promised the Repubs are selling out on the first major vote since the election.

Whatever side is the least cynical in 2012 will win… the GOP better recognize that.

ninjapirate on December 9, 2010 at 10:11 PM

Again…

… What bill? Where is it? Do we even get a chance to read it? Is it online? Behind closed doors? Is it in committee? What are the amendments? What language is it written in? Does it include Sharia Law? Is being “white” now illegal?

What bill…!!!

Seven Percent Solution on December 9, 2010 at 10:15 PM

Didn’t it just come out that ethanol is pretty much a sham or did I imagine that?

gophergirl on December 9, 2010 at 10:16 PM

JohnInCA on December 9, 2010 at 9:54 PM

Kill the bill and pass a retroactive one in 12 with no pork, no attachments, only 1 item standalone bills from now on we have enough laws, rules and regs.

Oh and filibuster EVERYTHING else until the new congress takes over.

I wonder if someone showed OBLah Blah a copy of his original Birth Cert to get him to do a 180! Maybe Sarahcuda or Boehner got ahold of one. Say is Sarah going to Kenya with Graham this weekend?

dhunter on December 9, 2010 at 10:18 PM

So, just lard it up with pork to win over the holdouts. This is exactly the thing that the American people voted against. Republicans should kill this deal now. Stand on principle for once, and send the message that the old payoffs and bribes are over.

JohnInCA on December 9, 2010 at 9:54 PM

Amen! I guess no one heard us on November 2nd.

Kill The Bill. Kill it now.

Knucklehead on December 9, 2010 at 10:20 PM

The subsidies, at least the 45-cent/gal ethanol one IIRC from what I read, were always part of the original deal.

marybel on December 9, 2010 at 10:22 PM

And the GOP will go for added goodies to the bill?

SouthernGent on December 9, 2010 at 9:55 PM

Well they are already willing to break most of their “Pledge to America” why do you think they would balk at this. Remember these are the same members who brought us here in the first place. We are hoping the newly elected will change this. That is why I hope this fails and the new members can take this up in January when McConnell and Boehner will have to listen to others!

bluemarlin on December 9, 2010 at 10:23 PM

Pelosi’s, “A Bridge Too Far To No Where”!!!

canopfor on December 9, 2010 at 10:23 PM

Didn’t it just come out that ethanol is pretty much a sham or did I imagine that?

gophergirl on December 9, 2010 at 10:16 PM

It is a sham, it takes like twice the energy to make it than it produces. Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) pulled off one of the greatest scams in the world (only outdone by Obama) when they lobbied MTBE into the history bins and shepparded in corn based Ethanol.

bluemarlin on December 9, 2010 at 10:26 PM

BUY-PARTISANSHIP!

chickasaw42 on December 9, 2010 at 10:26 PM

$900 billion. They may be losers, but they’re not cheap.

flataffect on December 9, 2010 at 10:28 PM

Missing in Action…MIA…Commander In Chief….

Found,Community Organizational Sh*tDistrubing
Social Justice BluePrinting Engineer that is
more concerned with fighting,argueing,and the
process of intimidation,

then..work’n together and Bipartisanship !!

canopfor on December 9, 2010 at 10:29 PM

When the girl says ‘No’, that’s it, the end of the story. When the American people say ‘No’, the greaseballs in DC just smile and say ‘of course I will respect you in the morning’.

GnuBreed on December 9, 2010 at 10:29 PM

And the GOP will go for added goodies to the bill?

SouthernGent on December 9, 2010 at 9:55 PM

Well, the next Congress hasn’t started yet….

steveegg on December 9, 2010 at 10:29 PM

http://washingtonexaminer.com/blogs/beltway-confidential/2010/12/oh-christmas-tree-tarp-special-interest-provisions-reappear-bipar

ninjapirate on December 9, 2010 at 10:23 PM

Holy crap! -7-year recovery period for motorsports entertainment complexes.

Dude! Kill the Bill wherever it may be.

Knucklehead on December 9, 2010 at 10:30 PM

DEAL?

Because they are lying Progressives and they want credit for any economic upturn………and this will allow the DOTUS to run and trumpet to the Independent voters how “moderate” he is……..and what a TAX CUTTER he is.

All a sham, he and his ilk are Government-is-God Progressives, nothing is beyond their reach.

PappyD61 on December 9, 2010 at 10:31 PM

bluemarlin on December 9, 2010 at 10:26 PM

Thanks

gophergirl on December 9, 2010 at 10:32 PM

Seriously, I think this is a trap. An extension for Bush Tax Cuts will do little to either improve the economy, reduce the deficit, or create jobs.

This is window dressing just to justify to Obama’s base that, “Quote: Tax cuts for the rich don’t work”, blame Bush and the Republicans for the reason why the next two years are stagnate and no jobs were created.

The Republicans held the American people hostage with ideas that don’t work. Expect the MSM to continue to call GOP Terrorism over the next two years.

We’re being set up. It’s a Trap.

Kini on December 9, 2010 at 10:10 PM

Cue Admiral Ackbar (actually, I cued him the moment the original deal came out).

steveegg on December 9, 2010 at 10:34 PM

Block it, block it all! the Dems lost huge now they get in the back seat and be glad there are a few left for the ride to 2012 oblivion!

dhunter on December 9, 2010 at 10:34 PM

Well they are already willing to break most of their “Pledge to America” why do you think they would balk at this. Remember these are the same members who brought us here in the first place. We are hoping the newly elected will change this. That is why I hope this fails and the new members can take this up in January when McConnell and Boehner will have to listen to others!

bluemarlin on December 9, 2010 at 10:23 PM

They’ve already broken 5 planks of the now laughable “Pledge to America”. And the ethanol subs are just free money to farmers. What can you expect from a House that just named Hal “the prince of pork” Rogers as head of appropriations. And Fred “kill the lightbulb” Upton as head of energy. Boehner better enjoy this next 2 years as speaker. It may be his last. Fool me once, shame on you………

TxAnn56 on December 9, 2010 at 10:35 PM

Ethanol subsidies are not the deal that was made. Thats the cover story.

I think we’re in for a blizzard of massive social spending in the next two weeks. Thats the deal.

Midnight Madness.

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned liberal voted out of office.

BobMbx on December 9, 2010 at 10:36 PM

What a gang of cheap losers.

Welcome to Congress,, 2012. Once a street walker, always a…..

joejm65 on December 9, 2010 at 10:38 PM

This compromise deal is as lame as the lame duck Republican party that negotiated it in the first place. The Democrats have already taken advantage of weak leadership in the Republican party, if our guys can’t hold the line and stop pork, from either side, from being added, they aught to start looking for a new line of work. But with the recent appointment of pork swillin good ol’ boys, they need to be replaced ASAP regardless.

The real tea party is coming in ’12.

FloatingRock on December 9, 2010 at 10:39 PM

But with the recent appointment of pork swillin good ol’ boys to important positions, they need to be replaced ASAP regardless.

finished

FloatingRock on December 9, 2010 at 10:40 PM

They’ve already broken 5 planks of the now laughable “Pledge to America”. And the ethanol subs are just free money to farmers. What can you expect from a House that just named Hal “the prince of pork” Rogers as head of appropriations. And Fred “kill the lightbulb” Upton as head of energy. Boehner better enjoy this next 2 years as speaker. It may be his last. Fool me once, shame on you………

TxAnn56 on December 9, 2010 at 10:35 PM

I agree 100%, I am scared at what will really come out of this deal in the end. The fact they agreed to reinstate the death tax just blows my mind, we were at zero and they agreed to a 35% raise, WTH! They are right back to their old ways! McConnell and Boehner need to be history themselves and I would gladly take an inexperienced Rubio or West or whichever real conservative newbie than the ones we have now.

bluemarlin on December 9, 2010 at 10:43 PM

I am irritated by all of this.

HawaiiLwyr on December 9, 2010 at 10:43 PM

Ethanol subsidies are not the deal that was made. Thats the cover story.

I think we’re in for a blizzard of massive social spending in the next two weeks. Thats the deal.

Midnight Madness.

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned liberal voted out of office.

BobMbx on December 9, 2010 at 10:36 PM

I agree, I am worried about the underlying deals we don`t know about yet.

bluemarlin on December 9, 2010 at 10:44 PM

I agree 100%, I am scared at what will really come out of this deal in the end.

bluemarlin on December 9, 2010 at 10:43 PM

What happened to “we’re gonna read the bill” blah blah? If they accept this super-sized porked up bill now, it’s just a sign of what’s to come. It may be early, but I’d say they already blew their second chance. Or should I say last chance. What in Heaven’s name does it take to get through to these clowns? Apparently, they didn’t think we were serious. Maybe they’ll find out on 11/6/12.

TxAnn56 on December 9, 2010 at 10:52 PM

What about Dingy Harry’s online gambling payback to the casinos? What are the odds that’ll be buried in there somewhere?

I’ll see you and raise on that one.

Drained Brain on December 9, 2010 at 10:55 PM

No. This is the beginning of the end of a shot at a principled congress. This is our ONLY chance to turn back.

elfman on December 9, 2010 at 10:59 PM

ted c on December 9, 2010 at 9:56 PM
Maybe we should get a bunch of Somali Pirates up here so they can show these DUMB A$$ dolts how it’s done.

KATDADDY on December 9, 2010 at 10:59 PM

I’ve never been for a 3rd party, but if this goes through, I quit. It’s 3rd party time.

elfman on December 9, 2010 at 11:02 PM

Then Obama threw an energy bribe at them and they started chanting “Yes we can” again. What a gang of cheap losers.

Actually, I believe a certain joke about “we know what they are, we’re just arguing over price” references a more apropos term.

PackerBronco on December 9, 2010 at 11:05 PM

Whores on the left & Harlots on the right.

All the work done by the tea party & Conservatives undone in 1 week.

portlandon on December 9, 2010 at 11:08 PM

If the Republicans are smart, they’ll walk away from this deal.

And point out once again, it takes 1 1/2 gallons of gas to produce 1 gallon of ethanol. AND YOU DON’T USE FOOD FOR FUEL!

GarandFan on December 9, 2010 at 11:11 PM

All the work done by the tea party & Conservatives undone in 1 week.

portlandon on December 9, 2010 at 11:08 PM

Oh, it’s worse than that. Go take a look at the QOTD.

***Face Palm***

Knucklehead on December 9, 2010 at 11:18 PM

I’ve never been for a 3rd party, but if this goes through, I quit. It’s 3rd party time.

elfman on December 9, 2010 at 11:02 PM

Same here because of Perot. But it may be the only avenue left for conservative America. I think there’s alot of us thinking that same thing.

TxAnn56 on December 9, 2010 at 11:18 PM

All the work done by the tea party & Conservatives undone in 1 week.

portlandon on December 9, 2010 at 11:08 PM

Oh, it’s worse than that. Go take a look at the QOTD.

***Face Palm***

Knucklehead on December 9, 2010 at 11:18 PM

Holy crap. DID THESE REPUBLICANS LEARN ANYTHING??????

Do we need a THIRD PARTY to get the message across?

portlandon on December 9, 2010 at 11:24 PM

Of course the extension of the Bush tax cuts will not revive the economy. Their extension is a maintenance of the status quo only, and will serve only to keep things the same.

Remove the tax cuts and the economy will crash again, only harder. That is what we’re trying to do. And extending the tax cuts doesn’t cost a dime. If you stand there and tell me that extending the tax cuts will cost x-hundred billion dollars, then you could also say that not taking every penny we make costs trillions ever year. BS. It is our money and it doesn’t cost anything to let us keep it. Stupid double-think to suggest otherwise. If you want to put a price tag on this thing, don’t try to lard it up with lost revenues from a tax hike that hasn’t happened. Look at the cost of the unemployment eligibility extension and the cost of the ethanol subsidies. Some of you economics professors would rather see the tax cuts expire if it would do damage to the Dems. I have no use for you sort. Playing games with other peoples’ lives.

Immolate on December 9, 2010 at 11:25 PM

All the work done by the tea party & Conservatives undone in 1 week.

portlandon on December 9, 2010 at 11:08 PM

Guys, come on now. The people elected by the Tea Party and conservatives haven’t even been sworn in yet. I don’t like how this is starting to shake out but the minority party can only do so much.

Missy on December 9, 2010 at 11:27 PM

Then Obama threw an energy bribe at them and they started chanting “Yes we can” again. What a gang of cheap losers

Harlots are indignant.

Schadenfreude on December 9, 2010 at 11:31 PM

All the work done by the tea party & Conservatives undone in 1 week.

portlandon on December 9, 2010 at 11:08 PM

It was a long two years worth of work too, starting with our first tea party in Houston in late Feb 09. The planning, getting organized, the rallies, calling, going block to block, using vacation days, etc.. And this is how they repay us. Boehner McConnell & Co. will have stuck a ginsu knife in the back of the tea party and conservatives if they roll over for this porcine “compromise.”

TxAnn56 on December 9, 2010 at 11:34 PM

Boehner McConnell & Co. will have stuck a ginsu knife in the back of the tea party and conservatives if they roll over for this porcine “compromise.”

TxAnn56 on December 9, 2010 at 11:34 PM

Consider it done.

Schadenfreude on December 9, 2010 at 11:48 PM

I don’t like how this is starting to shake out but the minority party can only do so much.

Missy on December 9, 2010 at 11:27 PM

They all need to be sent home. They’ve been there way too long. They are creepy, yes, the right too. After a few terms it’s offensive to even think of them there.

Schadenfreude on December 9, 2010 at 11:49 PM

Do we need a THIRD PARTY to get the message across?

portlandon on December 9, 2010 at 11:24 PM

Yes. I just don’t see any other way out of this insanity.

Knucklehead on December 9, 2010 at 11:52 PM

Great, this POS bill just gets worse and worse. If McConnell/Boehner and their crew are still signed on (and how can additional pork be stuffed into the deal without their acquiescence), they should, first, be taken behind the barn and beaten to a pulp and, second, fired from their leadership positions. I’ve had it with this BS.

SukieTawdry on December 10, 2010 at 12:02 AM

Obama is just now becoming familiar with the first vestiges of bi-partisan negotiation.
Coming from a one party town like Chicago, from what was pretty much a one party state, Obama is just now becoming familiar with the concept of herding cats.

J_Crater on December 10, 2010 at 1:06 AM

This is pretty much pork.

I hate that we really can’t do the simplest thing like leave taxes alone for a couple of years without larding up the bill with special favors.

Pretty much I have no respect at all for Congress.

petunia on December 10, 2010 at 1:11 AM

Watching Obama’s negotiating skills, I think that the best course is for Obama to resign and have Billy Ayers write a new autobiography explaining why he was too far ahead of his times for his greatness to be truly appreciated.

And the Republicans should hold tight for a clean bill, let the people experience payroll shock in January and fix things retroactively.

Laurence on December 10, 2010 at 1:51 AM

Holy crap. DID THESE REPUBLICANS LEARN ANYTHING??????

Do we need a THIRD PARTY to get the message across?

portlandon on December 9, 2010 at 11:24 PM

Yes we do…It’s about time some of the “conservatives” have started to see the light…myself included…Democrats/Republicans…no difference just a different head of a two headed monster that is screwing the people…

PatriotRider on December 10, 2010 at 2:20 AM

Republican = warfare/welfare

Democrat = welfare/warfare

roflmao

donabernathy on December 10, 2010 at 2:44 AM

LIKE THE MAFIA FAMILIES

they may go to war every 5 or 10 years

THEY WILL ALWAYS PROTECT THE SYSTEM

ROFLMAO

donabernathy on December 10, 2010 at 2:46 AM

Seriously, I think this is a trap. An extension for Bush Tax Cuts will do little to either improve the economy, reduce the deficit, or create jobs.

And raising them will do even less.

It’s a bogus premise anyway. Lower taxes shouldn’t be conditioned upon creating jobs or improving the economy in the first place. People should pay lower taxes because it’s the moral, just, and right thing to do. We don’t exist to maximize profits to the government.

xblade on December 10, 2010 at 3:55 AM

Sounds like absolutely nothing has changed in DC. I’m shocked, shocked I tell ya!!!

dddave on December 10, 2010 at 6:02 AM

ethanol, really?

rob verdi on December 10, 2010 at 6:14 AM

So for more money going into a sham energy subsidy/kick-back system and more power over telling the American people what sort of cars they can buy… you get the very nice promise that they won’t take more money from you for two whole years!

This is what is known as: a bribe.

‘Your money or your life’ is now ‘we’ll spend your money now and tell you how to live your life, and then take more money from you later to pay for the things we are forcing you to do’.

Can we get a RICO investigation going on Congress?

ajacksonian on December 10, 2010 at 6:30 AM

How easily grief is overcome when you get to wipe your eyes with thousand-dollar bills.

Nicely stated…

Keemo on December 10, 2010 at 6:35 AM

Can we get a RICO investigation going on Congress?

ajacksonian on December 10, 2010 at 6:30 AM

Amen comrade! I can’t wait for the investigations to flow. Disgusting group of people hanging out in DC these days.

Keemo on December 10, 2010 at 6:37 AM

Serious minds are wondering how and when can the race card be played….

albill on December 10, 2010 at 6:37 AM

The GOP simply must stand up at this point and say, “No.”

The people spoke and they’ve had enough of this crap.

KILL THIS BILL.

dogsoldier on December 10, 2010 at 6:37 AM

Could the Zero have come up with this “poison pill” to kill the deal?

dogsoldier on December 10, 2010 at 6:41 AM

The United States of America is run by the biggest criminal organization to ever have been established in the history of the world. The new order is coming in January, and if they don’t do the job they promised to do, this country will have a revolution the likes of which will shake the entire planet. Everybody I’ve talk to from all sides of the political spectrum are up to their eyeballs with this corruption and dishonesty. It sucks big time when you can’t believe one word coming from our political establishment and or the media. We have all been played for stupid suckers.

Keemo on December 10, 2010 at 6:42 AM

We won’t know what is in the bill untill after it passes….

percysunshine on December 10, 2010 at 7:05 AM

Sources tell me that House Democrats calling for the impeachment of President Obama have begun exploring the novel, heretofore unknown possibility that his presidency may be illigitimate due to a constitutional technicality.

Apparently, only natural-born U.S. citizens are eligible to hold the office. House Democrats — enraged by Obama’s betrayal of progressive principles and desperate to punish him for exhibiting bipartisanship toward Republicans — suspect that the president may have been born somewhere other than Hawaii.

House Democrats say this notion is highly credible in their newly adopted view, my sources report.

Progressive leaders in the House are now said to be readying a resolution that will call upon Obama to produce his birth certificate. Failure to do so would be seen as grounds for moving forward with impeachment proceedings, House Democrat strategists are reported by my sources to believe.

Not.

FlameWarrior on December 10, 2010 at 7:11 AM

I think they all should go home. Next month when the new congress is sworn in, we can get what is basically the status quo passed. Is there any question now – in anyone’s mind that throwing these “tools” out of power was the right thing to do?

All that they ARE being asked to do is vote to keep the status quo. Keep the current tax rate that’s it. They want to hold it up to get 13 more months for unpaid for unemployment benefits also the status quo after 99 weeks.

So why have the Progressive wing of the Democrat Party turned themselves into such an immature spectacle? It has been their intention to always stick the “Wealthy” with the check, for their irresponsible out of control spending.

They are pitching a fit because they can’t soak the rich.

They need to all go home, and the Republican led leadership in the house can re negotiate with the White House in January. If the Republicans CAVE in, and let any CRAP get attached to this Bill – They are telling all of us, we voted back in, the same people we voted out in 2006. We The People. If the Republicans think this is business as usual, they didn’t get the message in November “Divided Government Works” Gridlock is under rated.

They all need to just go home. The President can sign an order to keep the tax rate as is until the Republicans take it up in January. There is no deadline to pass this in December. The only pressure will be on the Dems who want to extend unemployment benefits past 99 weeks.

Dr Evil on December 10, 2010 at 7:28 AM

When ever rich people start telling us they are going to tax the rich, check your wallet.

percysunshine on December 10, 2010 at 7:33 AM

The progs always tell the pretty girl that they’re “only gonna put it in a little” and nine months later, there’s another another screaming bastard to feed.

joe btfsplk on December 10, 2010 at 7:41 AM

It is so over. Now the Repubs are trying to circumvent their own earmark pledge. Rep Ryan is supporting ethanol. The three biggest rhinos have been made committee chairman. DeMint has already flip flopped on the tax compromise and he’ll now vote for ethanol.

None of this is because of Dems, the Repubs are doing this on their own. Obama will be elected easily in 2012.

patrick neid on December 10, 2010 at 7:49 AM

They are all busy ‘spinning’. Every time they turn around another bus runs over them, coming from a different direction.

Better reading than the back of the cereal box in the morning. :-)

Yoop on December 10, 2010 at 8:09 AM

Even with the pork, it looks like this will do arm more good for the economy than harm. But the pork does do some harm to GOP credibility. It will do more if this bill has to be resurected in the next Congress because then the GOP will not have the excuse of operating under the Dem leadership.

njcommuter on December 10, 2010 at 8:38 AM

patrick neid (Sponsored by Huffington Post™)on December 10, 2010 at 7:49 AM

Channeling Tom Daschle?

Inanemergencydial on December 10, 2010 at 8:45 AM

I heard on the radio during my commute that the progressives still intend to block the bill unless the rates for “the rich” are increased again. The news reader did not elaborate on that.

One cannot negotiate with socialists. As we have all said repeatedly, their definition of compromise and negotiate is “Bend over.”

Enough is enough. The GOP must pull the plug on this and make it clear that they like the American people are fed up with the socialist incompetensia. (heh, coined that, so I did)

dogsoldier on December 10, 2010 at 8:53 AM

Just say no

Vashta.Nerada on December 10, 2010 at 8:56 AM

McConnell and Boehner just didn’t realize that the deal they struck with Zero was just a starting point for discussion and all the goodies that could be thought up added on. This is a parting shot from the losers who are already planning their run in ’12.

Kissmygrits on December 10, 2010 at 9:13 AM

Rep. Jerrold Nadler (N.Y.) was also overheard saying that “we can’t trust him” not to cave to Republicans and extend the tax cuts again in two years, according to a Democratic source.

Well hopefully they won’t have to worry about that because they’ll all be out of a job – including “him”.

Rod on December 10, 2010 at 9:19 AM