The stand on the White House vs. Republicans on tax cuts is clear at this point. The White House wants to make permanent lower tax rates on the middle class, while allowing breaks for the top 2 percent to expire on schedule; Republicans (and many “blue dog” Democrats) want to extent all the tax cuts, no matter how much it adds to the deficit.
By mid-week, House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) had a new idea of sorts, which was pitched as a “compromise.” President Obama would agree to give Republicans everything they want for the next two years, at which point, they would of course demand the exact same thing all over again.
The president responded with a counter-offer of his own. No way.
My position is, let’s get done what we all agree on. What they’ve said is they agree that the middle-class tax cuts should be made permanent. Let’s work on that. Let’s do it. We can have a further conversation about how they want to spend an additional $700 billion to give an average of $100,000 to millionaires. Something that we can all agree to. Why hold it up? Why hold the middle class hostage in order to do something that most economists don’t think makes sense?
Well yesterday morning on Face the Nation Boehner suggested he’d be willing to go along with the president’s approach–but only if he had no other choice.
If the only option I have is to vote for some of those tax reductions I’ll vote for them.
Look I am a compromise kind of guy. I would prefer to work with other folks, not fight 24/7. Yet Obama and almost all Congressional Democrats can’t seem to realize that when you start a debate you don’t start with the minimum of what you want. You start with everything you want and maybe then some and start to give up this or that as you compromise. In this instance they did just that. Tax cuts for 98% of the American population. And what happens almost overnight, the most senior Republican in the House pretty much caves and agrees he’d vote for just that.