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Mon Nov 19, 2012, 05:44 PM

Outnumbered conservative Senate Democrats blanch at taxing the rich

Here's another reason that progressives, in particular, need not fear Congress and President Obama letting the country step off the fiscal curb at the end of the year: The progressive caucus in the Senate will only be stronger in the new Congress, and that new cadre of senators shares a mandate with Obama for moving the country forward. What's more, we need them to counteract a handful of ConservaDem senators standing in the way.

Some of those seven Democrats, including North Carolinaís Kay Hagan and Louisianaís Mary Landrieu, say they arenít ready to commit to President Barack Obamaís proposals for boosting tax revenue. Instead, Hagan isnít ruling out support for extending the George W. Bush-era tax cuts for top earners. Landrieu said she opposes eliminating tax breaks for oil companies.
Possible Democratic defections heighten the need for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to woo Republican support for a deal to avert the so-called fiscal cliff -- $607 billion in tax increases and spending cuts set to begin taking effect in January. Lame-duck Republican Senators Scott Brown of Massachusetts, Olympia Snowe of Maine and Richard Lugar of Indiana are potential candidates.


Among those defections this story includes is Jay Rockefeller, who of course represents West Virginia, a state Mitt Romney won. Rockefeller, however, is spearheading an effort along with Sen. Tom Harkin to get 30 Democratic senators on board with a letter to President Obama insisting that the tax cuts for top earners expire, that revenue and cuts are matched dollar for dollar, that the defense cuts in the budget agreement go forward, that Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security cuts are kept out of the mix. So he won't be in that ConservaDem corps trying to protect the wealthy. Rockefeller and Harkin have 15 senators on their letter already, and are working to double that. They'll be boosted next Congress, when Elizabeth Warren, Tammy Baldwin, Mazie Hirono and Martin Heinrich join the caucus.
Stepping off the fiscal curb won't bring the sky crashing down on Jan. 1. But it will make negotiating for real balance much easier for the president and for Senate Democrats. And here's a bonus: If Harry Reid does filibuster reform right, he won't have to worry about a 60 vote threshold on this, and can cut Hagan and Landrieu loose.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/11/19/1163107/-Outnumbered-conservative-Senate-Democrats-blanch-at-taxing-the-rich

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 05:47 PM

1. The usual fucking suspects

Some of those seven Democrats, including North Carolinaís Kay Hagan and Louisianaís Mary Landrieu, say they arenít ready to commit to President Barack Obamaís proposals for boosting tax revenue. Instead, Hagan isnít ruling out support for extending the George W. Bush-era tax cuts for top earners. Landrieu said she opposes eliminating tax breaks for oil companies.

Hey Mary, you oil company johns wrecked your state, nearly wrecked my Florida, and still treat you with less respect than a Canal Street crack whore!

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 05:47 PM

2. As far as Senator Rockefeller goes, this is misleading

He isn't a defector. He's long advocated higher taxes on the rich.

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 05:52 PM

3. It's corporate Kochsuckers like these guys that make the "parties are the same" people credible.

 

And they are also why nothing good can ever get done, why the political center ALWAYS moves to the right.

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Mon Nov 19, 2012, 05:59 PM

4. I'm glad more people are starting to realize that......

the "fiscal cliff" is not going to be an immediate BFD. And tumbling off the fiscal curb (I like that expression BTW) will probably make a fairer deal easier next year. Sometimes doing nothing IS the best policy, when doing ANYTHING is all bad policy.

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Response to socialist_n_TN (Reply #4)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 10:30 PM

5. I'm with you

on letting the Bush-era tax cuts expire. I don't have a severe problem with the sequester. And the payroll tax holiday was a really bad idea from the get-go, as it undermined the faith in Social Security.

But we have to do something about an extension of unemployment benefits and the doc fix. And the raise in the debt ceiling looms, as well. We're in really serious-ass trouble if we let the Rethugs win the "do nothing" game that far.

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