Weekly Address: Filibustering Recovery & Obstructing Progress

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    “The President blasts Republicans in the Senate who are blocking unemployment insurance and small business tax breaks to create jobs, even as they push for permanent, massive tax cuts for the richest Americans.”

    So true.  They’re also blocking progress on just about everything else, and the sad thing is, in many cases it’s not even based on principle, just on politics.  It’s wildly irresponsible, and it certainly doesn’t deserve to be rewarded with your vote this November.

    • jsrutstein

      Sen. Kyl said tax cuts need never be paid for.  Now comes President Obama asserting the opposite.  “[T]hey’ve finally decided to make their stand on the backs of the unemployed.  They’ve got no problem spending money on tax breaks for folks at the top.”

      President Obama’s allies in Congress should relentlessly promote bill after bill providing relief to those in need and additional stimulus to state governments.  Those bills should be “paid for” with the expiration of Bush’s tax cuts, except for those making less than $250,000.  That dividing line worked just fine in the 2008 campaign.

      Before the election, Republicans and Blue Dogs are going to cave on extending unemployment insurance.  They know there are more compassionate voters than Tea Party sympathizers, even if the latter are louder.

      After the election, President Obama and the Democrats will make the case that a tax “increase” on the wealthier to pay for relief for the less wealthy is fiscally responsible, even if “independents” are skeptical about government  interfering in the “free market.”  Alan Greenspan said the Bush tax cuts should be allowed to expire.  I suspect his motives.  I don’t expect President Obama to fall for the trap of breaking his pledge on not “raising” taxes on the middle class, without the assurance of a significant number of Republican votes, which won’t materialize.

      Compassion plus fiscal responsibility is a strong campaign platform.  Will it be enough to close the enthusiasm gap and make most of the media characterize Republican gains as a loss for the GOP?  Probably not, but America loves underdogs and comebacks.  The lame duck session will be a preview of a strong and passionate two years leading up to November 2012.