What most media is not telling you……
December 21, 2011
WASHINGTON – House Democrats were fuming Wednesday after Republicans adjourned the chamber just as Democrats were trying to bring up the Senate-passed payroll tax cut bill, a two-month extension that Republicans effectively rejected in a vote the day before.
House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer was cut off as he tried to call up the Senate bill for a vote. In an unusual scene, the presiding Republican in the chamber adjourned the chamber until Friday and walked out while Hoyer continued shouting on the floor for the House to vote “to extend the tax cut for 160 million Americans.”
“You’re walking out,” Hoyer said as officials left the chamber. “You’re walking away. Just as so many Republicans have walked away from middle-class taxpayers.”
Hoyer and Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., the top Democrat on the House Budget Committee, later slammed Republicans for the maneuver.
“We could have gotten this bill passed and by the end of the day it could be on the president’s desk,” Van Hollen said.
But while Senate and House Democrats were calling for a swift House vote on the Senate-passed bill, House Republicans, who’ve already approved a year-long extension for the payroll tax cut, made demands of their own.
Republicans were calling on the Senate to appoint lawmakers to negotiate a compromise between the Senate bill — which extends the payroll tax cut for two months — and the House Republican version which would last a year. The House voted in favor of launching that compromise process Tuesday, though it did not technically hold an up-or-down vote on the Senate bill.
“Our Republican strategy is pretty simple, we’re going to stay here and get the work done now,” Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, a conferee, told Fox News. “Get the job done first, vacation later and that’s our message to the president.”
“The House GOP leadership must listen to the American people and allow a vote on the bipartisan Senate compromise,” Nadeam Elshami, spokesman for Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said in a statement. “Unless they act responsibly and agree to the bipartisan short-term bill approved by Senate Republicans and Democrats, millions of Americans will see a tax hike.”
But as the standoff unfolds, most of Washington has left town for the holidays, participating in a mass exodus Tuesday night after a partisan vote to reaffirm the House position for a year-long extension to the payroll tax cut.
Asked where everybody is, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor told Fox News, “That’s exactly what we’re left wondering.”
“What the Senate passed is unworkable,” Cantor said. “The people that are in the business of payroll administration have said that prescription of a 60-day extension could cause increased uncertainty and costs and could actually hurt workers and small businesses. And I think right now, given the economic times and the tough year that people have had, they don’t need that.”
On Monday, the Treasury Department insisted that while a year-long extension of the payroll tax is preferable, a short-term cut is doable.
“While any short-term extension is bound to create some administrative complications, it is feasible to implement the bipartisan Senate bill, and the Treasury Department will work with employers to ensure the smoothest possible implementation,” said Jenni LeCompte, a Treasury spokeswoman.
Without a deal, Social Security taxes return to their 2010 rate of 6.2 percent. In 2012, that is on the first $110,000 of income. For households making $50,000 a year, that’s the equivalent about an extra $1,000.
While proponents like the White House say $40 a paycheck helps a lot of people afford a lot of items, critics say the cut does nothing to inspire hiring, and is merely a battle over which party gets to claim the mantle of tax-cutting.
The legislation doesn’t just provide $19 a week in extra income. Both the House and Senate restore cuts to Medicare doctors’ fees that are set to expire on Jan. 1, and they extend unemployment benefits for another year.
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Dems want a 2 month tax extension so they can continue using the issue throughout 2011 to help win 2012 votes.
3 yrs, NO budget.
So WHO actually is working to create jobs and pay-down our debt?
Leftist Media Types Meet With Obama, The Planning Begins
December 21, 2011
On December 19th, President Obama hosted a coffee with a bunch of Leftist blogger/media types in the Roosevelt Room of the White House.
“The group chatted with the president about economic messaging, his agenda for 2012, the various campaign arguments against different GOP candidates, the desire among some Democrats for him to highlight his foreign policy accomplishments, fighting corporate influence and the ‘crappiness’ of the Senate filibuster,” as one attendee put it.
So, basically, the “talk” was really a “here’s what were going to say about evil Republicans for the rest of the campaign season” planning session. It isn’t the first time Obama has had one of these little pow-wows with his lapdogs… um, fans. Back in 2010, right before the mid-term elections where the GOP demolished the Democrats across the country, Obama had this motley group in for a chat:
Joe Sudbay of AMERICABlog, Barbara Morrill (aka BarbinMD) from DailyKos, John Amato from Crooks & Liars, Oliver Willis from OliverWillis.com, and Duncan Black aka “Atrios” from eschatonblog.
As you can see, this strategy – bringing in people no one has ever heard of – didn’t really pan out for the brilliant folks in the Obama White House. So they’ve learned from their mistakes and have done a couple of things. First, they’re starting their lying campaign early. The Big Lie can’t really take hold unless it is repeated over and over again. The Big Lie for 2012 is that Democrats are going to pretend they didn’t have control over the Executive and Legislative Branches of the Federal Government for two years and their policies have obviously failed. The Big Lie is “Republicans are stopping Democrats from being super!” even though the super-duper stimulus that was supposed to bring unemployment down around 6% by now hasn’t worked.
The other thing the geniuses in the White House have done is bring in heavy-hitters instead of the rag-tag group of nobodies listed above. Here’s a sampling:
From the Washington Post, Ezra “The Constitution is Old” Klein, who recently advised Democrats on messaging. Ezra is known for getting mocked by everyone who has a clue. The number of people who are actually influenced by Klein numbers in the dozens. He was joined by his WaPo colleague, Greg Sargent (remember him?) who might actually be less influential than Klein, if that’s even possible.
Then there’s the MSNBC contingent: Ed “#3 Least Influential Person Alive” Schultz, Rachel Maddow, and her less interesting, more feminine mini-me, Chris Hayes. The power trio. All proven liars with zero credibility outside of the left’s echo-chamber.
Then we have the Nation’s Katrina vanden Heuvel. Yeah, you probably only know her by face. She’s the hyper-leftist who appears on CNN occasionally. She’s also the loon who famously said that the private sector had nothing to do with saving the coal miners in Chile. You know, the ones who were saved by the private sector company that designed a special drill capable of drilling a single hole which in turn retrieved the miners… and all the private companies who built all the machinery used to get them out. Yeah, that genius.
From The New York Times, Frank Bruni- their chief restaurant critic until 2009 when he became an op-ed columnist. Alrighty.
Also in attendance was Josh Marshall from Talking Points Memo. His claim to fame, besides making TPM a “go to” site for Lefties, was exposing the big nothingburger regarding the firing of attorneys at DOJ during the Bush administration.
Rounding out the attendee list was Joy Reid of The Reid Report – yeah… no idea who that is – and FINALLY someone with influence, Arianna Huffington. I wonder what Huffington thought when the other uber-Leftists were talking about too much corporate influence in politics. I would assume she has the self-awareness to realize she’s a “corporate influence” but you never know with these people.
Anyway, keep an eye out for a common theme coming from all these people and their websites, etc. My guess is that they’ll ratchet up the “income inequality” crap and pander to the “Occupy” movement in order to make the inevitable “make-up” more convincing.
The Obama/Media 2012 campaign should be fun to watch.