Tax Cut Question

November 4th, 2010at 07:39am Posted by Eli

Maybe I just don’t understand politics or legislation or something, but I’m still mystified why Obama and the (for now) Democratic Congress didn’t simply split up the vote on extending the Bush tax cuts.  Why not have separate votes for the lower- and middle-income tax cuts and the high-income tax cuts?

Instead of battling with the Republicans over whether the one extension bill includes the tax cuts for the rich, let them vote on those separately.  If they pass, that’s too bad, but at least the Republicans own it and make themselves even more clearly the part of the rich.  Especially if they vote against extending the tax cuts for everyone else.

Of course, it’s probably too late now that the Republicans have won the House, and I don’t really hold out a lot of hope for anything getting done in the lame-duck session, but it sure looks like yet another missed opportunity to me.

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