Pardon my french but…FUCK! FUCK! FUCK! FUCK!
Senate Democrats are looking to punt the tax-cut debate past the November elections, facing pushback from Democrats facing re-election in 2010 who worry about getting tagged with raising taxes on small businesses, senior Democratic aides say. The party gathered Thursday afternoon for a caucus-wide meeting to set the pre-election agenda.
Democrats emerged from the meeting mostly mum about what final decision had been reached, though Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) said it was “generally accepted” that no vote would be taken before the election.
Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, the number two Democrat, added that “the likelihood of our passing anything by way of tax extensions is very, very slim.” Like many of his colleagues, however, he said no final decision was reached. “Harry will make the final decision,” Durbin said.
The White House has been pushing hard for such a vote, circulating polling showing that a majority of Americans, including wide margins of independents, support extending the middle-class tax cuts. Ultimately, though, Democrats up for election feared an assault from the GOP that the party was raising taxes on “small businesses,” even though a vanishingly small portion of those who would face a tax hike are real small businesses. But, in an age of 30-second commercials, it only takes one to stare into the camera and lament the effect of the tax change on hiring.
UPDATE – 6:10 p.m.: Reid spokesman Jim Manley released a statement confirming that the vote will take place after the election. “Democrats believe we must permanently extend tax cuts for the middle-class before they expire at the end of the year, and we will. Unfortunately, to this point we have received no cooperation from Republicans to do so. Democrats will not allow families in Nevada and across the country to suffer or be held hostage by Republicans who would rather give tax giveaways to millionaires and corporations that ship jobs overseas. We will come back in November and stay in session as long as it takes to get this done,” he said.
UPDATE – 9:10 p.m.: McConnell spokesman Don Stewart said in a statement: “Sen. McConnell introduced the Tax Hike Prevention Act which, as its name implies, ensures that nobody gets an income tax hike. We hope Democrats — who have yet to actually introduce tax legislation to prevent tax hikes — won’t hold it hostage to their burning desire to raise taxes on small businesses and families in the middle of a recession.”
You know, part of me almost…almost…wants to see the GOP take back the House this year just to teach them a Goddamn lesson about not being a bunch of Goddamn pussies. At the very least, I could tolerate Sharron Angle taking down Harry Reid and getting that Slinky Spined Jackass out of the Senate.
But then I take a deep breath and realize the insane GOP is still worse than the pussified Dems. And just a reminder, It’s the Blue Dogs that are blocking this. Pelosi and the Progressives are the ones still itching for this fight and they’re the ones we need to protect.
Remember the slogan for the year is this.
*Unless your Democrat is a dick.