Thursday, December 2, 2010

Pelosi Plays to Win: Republicans Vote Against Middle Class

Nancy Pelosi is a fighter, and today she yanked the fake populism mask off of House Republicans by voting on a bill to extend tax cuts to middle class Americans. Republicans, of course, only wanted these tax cuts to pass if they also included tax cuts for the wealthiest 2 % of Americans. Republicans tried to mask their concern for the wealthiest as "caring about all Americans," and some cowardly Democrats were all-to-happy to let them frame the argument that way. But Pelosi effectively destroyed that nonsensical argument by forcing Republicans to vote against tax cuts for people who make less than $250,000/year. TPM reports:
Using a wily procedural maneuver to tie Republican hands, House Democrats managed to pass, by a vote of 234-188, legislation that will allow the Bush tax cuts benefiting only the wealthiest Americans to expire.
Though this is a nice start, it's unlikely that Republicans will let this pass in the Senate. But at least we can make and have made them vote against the cuts.

I actually agree with Duncan Black, who says we should just let the "Bush tax cuts" expire and then introduce the shiny new Obama tax cuts. But I suppose that would be much too uncivilized.


  1. We should just let the Bush cuts expire. Period. Social Security is fine, and Medicare isn't doing as badly as the Catfood Commission implies. The problem is that the military, whose dicks everyone sucks, can't be expected to give anything up because "T'RISTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!OMG!!!!!!!!!" Tax the f*** out of the rich and the corporations, those freeloading parasites.

  2. Way to go Nancy!!!! She's the greatest! How can our country sit back and take this nonsense being dished out by the Republicans? It is time to stand up and be counted!