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Evil GOP Threatens Blockade Over Taxes

From an irate New York Times:

Senate Republicans Threaten Tax Dispute Blockade

December 1, 2010

WASHINGTON — Not even 24 hours after President Obama met with senior Republican Congressional leaders and expressed hopes for a “new dialogue,” renewed partisan fury engulfed the Senate on Wednesday, as Republicans threatened to block any legislation until a deal is reached to extend the expiring Bush-era tax cuts, potentially derailing the Democrats’ busy end-of-year agenda.

Gosh, those Republicans are evil. Why won’t they ever compromise? Why can’t they be bi-partisan, just for once?

The blunt threat was made in a letter to the majority leader, Harry Reid of Nevada, and signed by all 42 Senate Republicans. [See the letter below.] And it was reiterated by the Republican leader, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, in a speech in which he accused Democratic leaders and Mr. Obama of ignoring the midterm election results…

Which of course is true. And, after all, it was Mr. Obama who told us that this is "what elections are for."

The Republican maneuver came just as Senate Democrats seemed within reach of the votes needed to authorize repeal of the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy on gay service members.

A cause that is sacred to the New York Times. For not only does it advance the homosexual agenda, it weakens the US military. It’s a win-win for both The Times and their DNC masters.

The Republican blockade stalls debate on the military policy bill containing the repeal language, and it casts a long shadow over numerous bills awaiting action in Congress, including efforts to extend jobless benefits for millions of Americans about to lose them.

And Christmas is coming! 

It also complicates the chances of ratification of the New Start [sic] arms treaty with Russia that is a major priority for the White House, and it could prevent Mr. Reid from fulfilling a major promise of his re-election campaign, to try again to pass a bill that would create a path to citizenship for some illegal immigrants brought to the United States as children

Gosh, we certainly wouldn’t want to hold up any of these high priorities. By the way, notice that the New York Times neglected to mention that the federal government has been operating since October without a budget.

They also neglected to note that the Democrats have had super-majorities in both houses of Congress for most of the last four years, and yet they still failed to pass any of these supposedly vital items.

Mr. McConnell’s announcement of an all-out blockade came just a day after he applauded Senator Christopher R. Dodd, the retiring Connecticut Democrat, for a farewell address in which Mr. Dodd called for greater civility and cooperation among lawmakers

Yes, why can’t we have more Congressmen like Senator Dodd, who was precluded from even seeking re-election due to his rampant corruption.

Senate Republicans said they would even block a major food safety bill that the Senate adopted just on Tuesday but must be voted on again because of a parliamentary glitch

The heartbreak. Even though the nation seems to have gotten by for a couple of hundred years without such a bill.

Democrats had hoped to put political pressure on Republicans by portraying them as fighting to maintain tax breaks even for millionaires and billionaires. But the Republicans pushed Democrats against a wall, making it clear that if they did not quickly agree to extend all of the lower rates, they risked accomplishing nothing else before the end of the year, when they lose their majority in the House…

What thuggery. Let’s hope The Times continues to expose it.

For the record, here is the aforementioned letter from Mr. McConnell and the rest of the Senate Republicans:

Dear Leader Reid,

The nation’s unemployment level, stuck near 10 percent, is unacceptable to Americans.  Senate Republicans have been urging Congress to make private-sector job creation a priority all year.  President Obama in his first speech after the November election said ‘we owe’ it to the American people to ‘focus on those issues that affect their jobs.’  He went on to say that Americans ‘want jobs to come back faster.’  Our constituents have repeatedly asked us to focus on creating an environment for private-sector job growth; it is time that our constituents’ priorities become the Senate’s priorities.

For that reason, we write to inform you that we will not agree to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to any legislative item until the Senate has acted to fund the government and we have prevented the tax increase that is currently awaiting all American taxpayers.  With little time left in this Congressional session, legislative scheduling should be focused on these critical priorities.  While there are other items that might ultimately be worthy of the Senate’s attention, we cannot agree to prioritize any matters above the critical issues of funding the government and preventing a job-killing tax hike.

Given our struggling economy, preventing the tax increase and providing economic certainty should be our top priority.  Without Congressional action by December 31, all American taxpayers will be hit by an increase in their individual income-tax rates and investment income through the capital gains and dividend rates.  If Congress were to adopt the President’s tax proposal to prevent the tax increase for only some Americans, small businesses would be targeted with a job-killing tax increase at the worst possible time.  Specifically, more than 750,000 small businesses will see a tax increase, which will affect 50 percent of small-business income and nearly 25 percent of the entire workforce.  The death tax rate will also climb from zero percent to 55 percent, which makes it the top concern for America’s small businesses.  Republicans and Democrats agree that small businesses create most new jobs, so we ought to be able to agree that raising taxes on small businesses is the wrong remedy in this economy.  Finally, Congress still needs to act on the ‘tax extenders’ and the alternative minimum tax ‘patch,’ all of which expired on December 31, 2009.

We look forward to continuing to work with you in a constructive manner to keep the government operating and provide the nation’s small businesses with economic certainty that the job-killing tax hike will be prevented.

To which we can only say, ‘amen.’

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, December 2nd, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Evil GOP Threatens Blockade Over Taxes”

  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    because of a parliamentary glitch…

    That “parliamentary glitch” is the fact that the senate bill collects a new tax from the people. Only congress can do that. Yeah, just a slight “oversight” by our lords and masters.

    And as for the “evil GOP”, well…I still think that the American Public is largely ignorant of the goings on in DC. Perhaps it’s because they know it’s filthy and would just prefer to set it aside in their minds. Or perhaps it’s because they have lives that need tending to and would dearly love to have people in Washington whom they could trust. But they don’t have the time to focus on both issues so home/family wins out every time. I’m single, I have much free time and can pay attention to the miscreants in the government and what they’re doing. Most people at work have no access to the events as they occur and when they get home have to tend to the kids, the house, the bills, etc. Who wants to get online and read what crap the government has shoved down our throats now? Yes, it’s a sad state of affairs but it’s reality. And the socialists have demonstrated time and again that they like to slip legislation in under the door when no one is looking and when there is little that can be done.

    This is where the people’s trust must be restored by the republicans and it’s getting off to a shaky start with the healthcare bill repeal issue.

  2. proreason says:

    We need to blockade the entire Congress into cells until they all expire.

  3. bill148 says:

    There is hope if they hold. No compromise on this – and then start pushing the socialist movement back. I haven’t had much faith in ole McConnell in the past, yet he seems to be rising to the task at hand. This is war, my friends, and we have just a slim toe hold on this one front – the House. We can get America back.

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