I want to know how Mitch McConnell convinced 38 other GOP senators to vote for a tax increase
Yeah, that is the question that is bouncing around in my head right now. Maybe it was the fact that after watching this whole thing play out some things have become apparent to me. With Harry Reid playing Mitch McConnell like a fiddle again, it is obvious that the GOP House approach to working with the Senate must be changed. I don’t blame John Boehner for the most part in this horribly gummed up payroll extension “tax cut” fight. That may cause a great deal of disagreement among many of you but the bottom line is that McConnell cut Boehner’s legs off again (Remember the debt ceiling fight?) It seems as if these GOP senators whom were revealed in this fight as weak sucks. Some likely unknowingly because they were anxious to get home for Christmas. Some whom we have come to expect this from and you probably can guess who those are. Maybe this is just a way for the Senate to try to enforce its will the GOP-controlled House. Maybe….Boehner told McConnell that he could get easy passage of the Senate bill in the House, causing the GOP Senators to jump aboard…Houston, we have a problem.
Anytime any politician or media start talking about government “increasing revenue, enhancing revenue, increasing fees, etc.” it is a synonym for new taxes or increasing taxes
Yesterday the House voted to reject a Senate plan for temporarily extending the payroll-tax cut and subsequently moved to recess, and they deserve credit for doing so.
This move does not eliminate the possibility of extending the tax cut, which expires at the end of December: The House previously passed a bill extending the cut for a full year, and that bill is good policy. It doesn’t increase the deficit. It forces a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline. And it’s President Obama’s major year-end priority. So why is the Democratic Senate blocking the bill’s path between Capitol Hill and the White House signing desk, and pushing the bill the House rejected instead?
Because Harry Reid doesn’t like how the House version is paid for. Having failed — not once, but multiple times — to offset the payroll-rate cut with a new surtax on job creators, Senate Democrats were forced to huddle with Republicans to find common ground. What they came up with were enough offsets to fund a 60-day extension, mostly via increased fees on Fannie and Freddie. (This makes a certain amount of sense: Republicans abhor the government-sponsored enterprises, Democrats adore fees.)
The Senate plan, then, was to pass the temporary extension, send it back to the House, and enjoy a lengthy Christmas holiday. The New Year, they seem to believe, will bring with it fresh opportunities to kick the can down the road. But the 60-day extension is both irresponsible and unworkable, and House Republicans were right to hold the line against it, even if it keeps Congress in Washington through these holy nights.
Any time the offset in government revenue must be made up somehow, the Democrats mean to do so with new or more taxes. The GOP means to make up for the offset in cutting spending. The fact is, Harry Reid didn’t want this going to conference because he knew that it would be a losing fight. Debating publicly in conference the choice between increasing or creating new taxes versus cutting government spending is an argument the Democrats will lose every time in the public’s eyes. The worst part about this whole thing is even though the GOP and conservatives hate these GSEs, Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, it is still a tax increase on people who want to purchase or refinance their homes. These taxes….errr…fees, penalize people who want to purchase or refinance a home. The result is a portion of people will wait until this two month tax extension expires before they apply to purchase or refinance a home. Of course for a short time, this depresses an already very depressed real estate market and mortgage finance market. It’s incredible that Mitch McConnell got this many GOP Senators to go along with this.
I guess what the GOP House and John Boehner will have to do from now on, particularly the next go around when this comes up again, is simply pass their legislation and send it up to the Senate. The key here will be John Boehner telling Mitch McConnell that whatever and any bill comes out of the Senate after Harry Reid has tabled the House bill without a vote, the Senate bill will be rejected by the House and go straight to conference. Of course it will be up to us to bring the heat to the GOP senators whenever a House bill goes up to the Senate and let them know in no uncertain terms to come out publicly in support for the House bill. The good part about this new approach is that the GOP House will have a good starting negotiating position in the conference. This will of course make Democrats scream and GOP moderates moan and groan in the Senate. What will always be amazing to me is why the Democrats always want to keep Americans unemployed and miserable. What is even more amazing than this is why we have such weak-willed public servants in the GOP.
As much as Mitch McConnell deserves to lose his leadership post in the Senate, he certainly at minimum deserves a vote of no confidence from the GOP House. By demanding any bill that comes out of a Democratic-controlled Senate go to conference from now on would be a very good start. The GOP House will just have to be careful in the future to not let Harry Reid corner them with an impending deadline for political advantage.