Skip to comments.Senate Republicans Reject Obama's Plan to Extend Tax Cuts for Middle Class Only
Posted on 12/04/2010 9:24:38 AM PST by PapaBear3625
Senate Republicans on Saturday voted against extending the Bush tax cuts to only the middle class in a pair of votes Democrats are seizing to paint the GOP as guardians of the rich.
The Senate voted 53-36 to extend all expiring tax cuts on individuals with incomes of less than $200,000 a year and married couples making less than $250,000 -- seven shy of the required 60 to advance.
The other proposal, which drew opposition from White House officials, would have renewed them for all tax filers with incomes of $1 million or less. That also failed in a 53-36 vote.
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Gee, and I thought there were only 40 Republicans in the Senate....could it be that the other 13 were, GASP, DEMOCRATS!
Behind the scenes, the negotiation for tax cuts is throwing in the kitchen sink. Jobless benefit extension, more targeted stimulus to Democrat voters, etc.
AND THEY ARE TRYING TO BOOST THE DEBT CEILING LIMIT BEFORE THE TEA PARTY CAN STOP IT.
Do not let this happen.
There Is No Urgency For All These Matters. Instruct your GOP Congress critter to wait for the new Congress to get all these items addressed.
Bull patties. The rush is to get something passed while the Dems still have control of the House and Senate (they will still have a majority of the Senate in January, but it will be much harder to overturn a Republican filibuster).
A better title would have been “Senate Republicans Vote Down Tax Cuts for Specially Selected Americans”
I think that if it is OK to say the wealthy should pay more, it should be OK to say minorities should pay more.....in my view, both are equally evil.
Wow, that headline is right out of the democrat play book.
Fox news is on my probation list.
Why not just keep the tax cuts for All.
WHAT TAX CUTS?!?! There are no tax cuts on the table.
USE LIMITS TO YOUR ADVANTAGE.
These things with expirations on them place the burden on the wrong side.
SO DO NOT LET THEM NEGOTIATE A DEBT CEILING INCREASE.
With the limit, Obamacare is destroyed automatically. Huge portions of unneeded spending is destroyed automatically.
JUST DON’T LET THAT BE PART OF THE NEGOTIATIONS. Boehner is trying to end run the new Congress.
The GOP is the opposition party. Their job is to oppose. If the majority Democrats can’t pass something, thats their fault.
CORRECT!! EXTENSION DOESN'T EQUAL TAX CUT!
I thought this was to abolish the ‘Bush era tax cuts’ by the democrats. If I am wrong please help me out and give me more information.
Malfeasance in the state run media.
This why I didn’t bother to vote last time. The republicans are not on our side either. We’re all a bunch of fools for thinking either party have the interest of average folks in mind.
Cool - they’re starting to act like a political party.
They were tax cuts a decade ago. Now they are the prevailing rates. Raising any of them is a tax increase any way you spin it.
I saw some snake on Fox the other night claiming the democrats want tax cuts for everyone and by keeping the lowest rates where they are also benefits the rich since the first x$ they earn won’t be taxed any higher.
I’m sure that sounds logical and reasonably to millions of Fox viewers.
Alright how many Republicans voted in favor of extending middle class tax cuts?
Way to go Corprate Republicans!
Is your point, abolishing the tax cuts is a tax increase?
My point is if last year a tax rate was X% and this year it Y%, and Y>X you have had a tax increase.
okay, got it....This headline is biased though, so our leaders best get on the move.
Who wrote that headline? The Saudi prince?
I hope I didn’t come off as cruel. I think that exchange shows how easy it is, for ALL of us, to be swayed by smooth talking snakes unless we are constantly on guard and skeptical.
Biased headline. Could have easily said “Republicans reject tax increases only for high earners”.
Somehow the democrats discovered that Bush actually cut taxes for the middle class.
I hate lying liberals.
The usual pro-bank bailou,t free traitors are in support of their Repiblican corporate schills.
And to anyone who sees me sliding down the statist path, even slightly, please please correct me. I would consider it a public service. We’re all in this together.
Maybe I misunderstand what the vote was about. I understand it as a vote against raising the highest tax rates. Am I mistaken?
Thanks for nothing.
What ever comrade...
I hafta wonder if the Republicans would support entending the tax cuts for the rich only...Seems they've done this in the past...
It is nice to see the Republicans in the Senate showing some backbone for a change.
Garde la Foi, mes amis! Nous nous sommes les sauveurs de la République! Maintenant et Toujours!
(Keep the Faith, my friends! We are the saviors of the Republic! Now and Forever!)
LonePalm, le Républicain du verre cassé (The Broken Glass Republican)
Sure it’s possible. The democrats passed a retroactive tax increase. Why couldn’t you pass a retroactive tax cut.
The Democrats subscribe, in part, to the P.T. Barnum theory of taxation.
You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.
Why would you wonder that? Have you heard any republican suggest that?
“The voters” want a BIG government nanny state with lots of free handouts, goodies and freebies. They just want somebody else to pay for it. Alexis de Tocqueville was right. America is in BIG trouble.
Let's tell them! Tell them all!
They were from the “other” seven states.....
There actually is plenty of urgency. A lot of people have to make decisions about stock options on 15 December. Even if we do something retroactive after the first of the year, a lot of investors will have already done the safe thing (dump their stock in a year where the tax on the profit is low rather than depend on GOP congresscritters) screwing up the market and a lot of job creation potential early in the new year.
Besides, the GOP should be on the offensive in the lame duck because the American people spoke loud and clear on Election Day. Every time a Dem bitches, the GOP response should be “We ran on this tax cut and the middle class threw 65 of you jerks out of office over it. Quit whining and do what is right!”
Tax rate extension for everybody, as soon as possible, without any concessions. Beat them over the head in the media cycle if they expect to get the kitchen sink or any other bloody thing for avoiding a tax hike in a recession.
No 53 voted for this, the rest against. They needed 60 to pass.
No compromising. No to start, no to earmarks, no new taxes....This is a new tax. This is not the gov’t’s money.
Damnit....I am so sick of this political BS. Why not have the vote before the election? No...
No compromising with these bas*ards.
I think that is a canard. Do you think Americans would revolt if republicans disbanded the FCC? How about the Department of Transportation? How about 3/4 of the agencies in DC? There is plenty of low hanging fruit to pick before you need to get into the goodies (though that will have to come).
Businesses aren’t hiring because it is impossible to make long run plans with this government in place. You have no idea what your tax rates will be. You have no idea what the next regulatory punch to the stomach will be. There are laws on the books where even the bureaucrats who ill be enforcing it can’t tell you what the rules are going to be.
You could not stifle economic growth any more effectively if that was your goal.
Exactly. That’s why we need this done as soon as we can get it done. I don’t support concessions, but the idea that there is no urgency is ludicrous. In fact, a President who had any economic sense and cared about American workers would have demanded permanency for these cuts as soon as he arrived in office. This should have been done yesteday, or, rather, about 23 months before yesterday.
...so 36 Senators support the upcoming Obama tax HIKES??? Names, please?
Yup, yup, and yup.