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seafan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-19-12 12:11 PM
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Senate (Conserva)Dems balk at ending Bush-era tax rates on wealthy without a deficit deal
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From Alexander Bolton at The Hill this morning:

A growing number of Senate Democrats are signaling they are not prepared to raise taxes on anyone in the weak economy unless Congress approves a grand bargain to reduce the deficit.

At least seven Democratic senators have declined to rule out supporting a temporary extension of the Bush-era income tax rates, breaking with party leaders who have called for letting the rates expire for people earning more than $1 million per year.

That gives Senate Republicans a chance to push a temporary extension similar to the deal Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) struck with President Obama in December of 2010.


Well, now, WHO had any trouble predicting THAT? What we have is history repeating itself, yet again.

These conservative stragglers need to be replaced by progressive voices.

Senator Jon Tester (D-Montana)

Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.)

Senator Mark Pryor (D-Arkansas)

Senator Jim Webb (D-Va.)
----he's leaving the Senate

Senator Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) ----he's leaving the Senate

Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.)

Senator Bill Nelson (D-Fla.)
----who also just voted to continue sugar subsidies flowing to a very small number of highly profitable sugar barons, including the billionaire Fanjul family of South Florida, ensuring that sugar prices remain high. (But that's another story.)

This absolutely says it all. It makes me ill.


Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), who has faced a deluge of attack ads by outside groups in her reelection campaign, said she is willing to consider a temporary extension of all Bush tax cuts in the spirit of compromise.

This woman, in particular, has spectacularly blown it.

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