Friday, December 23, 2011

$40 Doesn't Even Buy A Muffler -- Spineless GOP Caves On 2-Month Payroll Tax Holiday

Someone needs to give Reince Preibus and the GOP leadership a book on messaging and how to lead, because they blew an opportunity to stand on principle and were made to look like fools (ABC News via Michelle Malkin).

House GOP leaders appeared to be adopting a compromise suggested by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to pass the two-month extension in exchange for the Senate appointing members to a conference committee, which will negotiate a longer-term solution. The proposal won a nod of approval from President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

But Boehner was visibly unhappy with the deal.

“Kicking a can down the road for a couple of months does cause problems,” he said at a news conference today.

Perhaps for Christmas, someone can find Mitch McConnell's balls, since he's been missing them for a long time.

With a willing media, Obama played this like a fiddle, which is why he accepted the two-month compromise instead of the year extension he'd originally asked for. And he trotted out a few of his liberal supporters to talk about how pizza night was going to be cut by those mean Republicans who took $40 away from them.

Forty dollars? Don't get me wrong, I know every little bit helps. But I can't get over the imagery of ten years ago, when tax cheat Tom Daschle (then Senate Majority Leader) and little Dick Gephardt demagogued Bush's tax cuts as millionaires getting a Lexus, while the low-income families would only be able to buy a muffler.

A muffler, for what was a $600 check to every American taxpayer under Bush!  Yet Obama thinks he can buy the American voter like a cheap trick for $40. Excuse me, Mr. President but $40 doesn't even buy a muffler.

$40 doesn't make up for the years my parents and others receiving Socialist Security didn't get a cost of living increase.

$40 doesn't pay for the cost of increases in health insurance that occurred, thanks to Obamacare.

$40 doesn't come close to paying for the higher cost of food, gas for our cars, air travel, and other items.

Meanwhile, more of our tax money was used for you to fly your dog back from Hawaii for your photo op in Alexandria on Tuesday at Pet Smart. $40 doesn't pay for some families to go on an overnight visit in the neighboring town or state.

Sure, we could all use an extra $40, even more if you and Dingy Harry would have negotiated for the year long extension. But thanks to you, Mr. President, $40 doesn't pay for a lot these days.

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