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Reid Wants A ‘Millionaires Tax’ In Jobs Bill

From a clearly amused by the Democrats’ wily antics Associated Press:

Senate Democrats rewrite Obama’s jobs bill taxes

Senate Democrats have different idea on paying for Obama’s jobs bill; White House open to it

Erica Werner, Associated Press
Wednesday October 5, 2011

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats are scrambling to rewrite portions of President Barack Obama’s jobs bill as they seek elusive party unity around the measure even as Obama tries to pin the blame squarely on Republicans for Congress’ failure to act.

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell moved to call the president’s bluff Tuesday by pushing for a quick Senate vote on the bill, but Democratic leader Harry Reid derailed the effort as all sides maneuvered for position in a potentially defining battle in the 2012 presidential campaign.

In the Senate, Democrats made plans to jettison provisions that Obama recommended to pay for the $447 billion jobs bill, substituting them with a tax increase on millionaires, officials said. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the closed-door developments.

Let’s review. Mr. Obama is attacking Eric Cantor for saying his ‘jobs bill’ would not pass the House as it was. Meanwhile, the White House has endorsed Harry Reid’s re-writing of the bill.

Mr. Obama also attacked Mr. Cantor for not allowing a vote on the bill. Even though his bill has not even been introduced in the House, the last we heard. But when the Republicans call for a vote on the bill in the Senate (the only place where it can be voted on), they are stopped by Harry Reid, who called it "a political stunt." (See below.)

Reid, D-Nev., outlined plans for a 5 percent surcharge in a meeting with the rank and file Tuesday, according to participants in the session, as Obama traveled to Texas to deliver his most caustic challenge yet to House Republicans who have not allowed a vote on the legislation unveiled nearly a month ago.

"What’s the problem? Do they not have the time? They just had a week off. Is it inconvenient?" he said in Mesquite, Texas, singling out House Majority Leader Eric Cantor for special criticism.

This from a man who has done nothing but vacation or campaign and fundraise since his first day in the White House.

Cantor has said the White House’s "all or nothing approach is unreasonable."

But after three weeks of presidential demands for Congress to pass his jobs bill without delay, White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer said Obama was open to Reid’s changes.

"We offered a balanced way to pay for the American Jobs Act, but if Congress has a better idea that ensures that everyone pays their fair share, we’re open to it," Pfeiffer said.

You see, Mr. Obama is open to changing his jobs bill, after all. As long as the changes involve even more taxes.

McConnell said he was ready for an immediate vote on the bill, even though he opposes it. Reading aloud on the Senate floor from a copy of Obama’s speech, he said, "I do think the president makes an important point that he is entitled to a vote."

The request was blocked by Reid, who called it a "political stunt" and said he would make sure the bill comes to the floor this month. Aboard Air Force One, White House press secretary Jay Carney accused Republicans of gamesmanship

Talk about being damned if you do and damned if you don’t. If the Republicans don’t vote on the bill, they get attacked. If they try to vote, they get attacked.

Of course all of this is very easy when you have a one party news media defending you every step of the way.

Democrats said Reid’s proposed millionaires’ surtax was designed to quell much if not all of the opposition from his own rank and file…

Except the Senate’s number two Democrat, Dick Durbin, said that Democrat Senators don’t want to run for re-election while raising taxes "even on the wealthiest people."

In political terms, Democrats appear to be hoping that Republicans will oppose both the higher taxes on million-dollar earners and the president’s call for new spending aimed at reducing joblessness, thus leaving themselves open to a charge of protecting the wealthy at the expense of the unemployed.

Just like with Karl Marx, everything with the Democrats is first, last and always ‘class warfare.’

Reid’s office declined to comment on the emerging plan for a higher tax on millionaires, but several Democrats said it was being drafted to cover the entire $447 billion cost of the legislation.

Reid predicted that by the time the jobs bill comes to the Senate floor, almost all Democrats would be behind it…

This tax surcharge would have to be a lot more than 5% to cover almost a half trillion dollars in new (public sector union) spending, when millionaires are such a small percentage of taxpayers. But of course it is not a serious proposal. It is just more political grandstanding.

If the Democrats in the Senate would put country before the party, we not have gone more than 888 days without a budget.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, October 5th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “Reid Wants A ‘Millionaires Tax’ In Jobs Bill”

  1. BigOil says:

    For some reason, I keep having this vision of Walter Mondale on the podium at the Democrat convention declaring “I will raise your taxes”.

    Keep it up jackasses. We need to win this election big to salvage our republic.

  2. Mithrandir says:

    The bill is a big smelly LOSER, it is another Stimulus 2…..a payoff to Democrat voters, and the Republicans need to call it what it is. Another 100% WIN, but I am sure Republicans will be to afraid to vote against it. Democrats are going to lose their seat anyway, so they will muster up the votes, but Republicans better vote against it, rather than try to defend this steaming turd in 2012.

    A President who called himself an UNDERDOG in the 2012 election. A sitting President assuming he is an underdog…..they don’t even have confidence in themselves, there is NO REASON to give them this tax and spend nightmare. There’s blood in the water…..there is no reason to give in to these people, the 2010 RESTRAINING ORDER was proof of that!

    They can’t do anything but tax, spend, and micromanage, there is no reason what-so-ever why Republicans need to compromise ANYTHING with these losers. No one will blame them for doing nothing, that is what we want government to do….NOTHING.

    • untrainable says:

      I think Obie’s “underdog” comment is more about trying to fire up the base than it is an actual self assessment of his chances. I agree that he is in serious trouble (thank God) but he doesn’t believe it. The depth of his self absorption would preclude believing anything other than that the unwashed love him because he is who he is. “How could they not love me? I’m Me.”

      As desperation begins to take over the left, the games will become easier to decypher, the lies will become more and more transparent, and the crimes will become more and more obvious. They’re on the cusp of crushing America as we knew it, and as the pushback gets stronger and stronger from the people and the right, libs will get progressively more sloppy. If it weren’t such a dangerous time for the US, it would be funny.

  3. proreason says:

    Nothing is ever proposed that doesn’t further the cause.

    They will never rest until the United States no longer stands in their path to rule the world under the iron fist of marxism.

  4. mr_bill says:

    Can we please stop calling it a “jobs bill?” It’s a tax bill and the taxes it establishes will still be in effect long after nerobama and his cabal have given up trying to pretend it created even a single job.

  5. sticks says:

    Obama is “focused like a lazer” on jobs and yet we have 400 and some odd thousand new unemployment claims every month. I’m glad he’s not focused like a lazer on world peace!

  6. wirenut says:

    How about we only tax muti-millionair pollitical hacks? Think of it as a, “recycle of taxpayers” dollars.
    Mr. Reid, HELLO? ,,,,,Mr. Reid. Click!………. Thought So!!!!!!

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