This is irresponsible. Tax bill do not originate in the Senate and the House should not bring up nor vote on any tax bill that originates in the Senate (even if the Senate would have to vote for it again to keep the constitutional illusion).
Instead, the House should pass an extension of ALL ratesand nothing else, send that to the senate, then adjourn (This would need to be done close to the end of the year since Obama has the power to call the House back into session). The Senate would then act or not act.
The republicans in the House of Representatives need to stop planning on playing games, and sieze that power that they hold, the power of the purse. They can starve the beast if they have the courage.
This is the equivalent of a game of tug of war where one side observes that the other is stacked with ringers and is going to pull them right into the mud. So the decide to just let go of the rope at the first pull, yell out “you win!” and let the other side fall on it’s @$$es.
I like it. Very similar also to the intentional walk in baseball. Especially the time(s) Babe Ruth (or maybe it was Gehrig?) was intentionally walked with the bases already loaded.
I think we need to outlaw this voting “present” BS.
Let the middle class continue to get its tax breaks. Leave the scheduled spending cuts alone, and let those happen.
“to express disapproval at the failure to extend all tax cuts, would vote “present” on the bill, allowing it to pass entirely on Democratic votes. “
By voting present Republicans are TOTALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR PASSING IT!!!!
If even one Republican votes in favor of the bill, the Democrats will then say it passed with "bipartisan support" , allowing them to spread the blame around when the s*** hits the fan.
Sounds like a plan. Before this I thought these fools couldn’t strategize their way out of a wet paper sack.
BTW, about one-tenth of the scheduled spending cuts are cuts in defense spending.
This would be excellent. Let the Rats win the battle but the GOP wins the war.
The subject covered by Bill Whittle here in “Episode 20” — along with a lot of other good info.
If the Republicans all vote "Present," what will the Democrats do?
I maintain the Dems will not want the whole thing on their shoulders.
They will vote "No."
Remember, if they do nothing more than this, the 2% increase in Soc Security withholding will hit everyone who has a job (going back to its traditional level, 2% holiday expires.) Likewise, the Obamacare tax is coming too and the AMT will still hit millions. If Obama wants it about one issue, let's have at it.
Then the fun will begin with the debt ceiling. 98% won't care anymore, getting their low taxes (well, as Romney noted, 47% don't care, they don't pay fed income taxes) and the GOP will have a little more leverage.
Excellent and apparently what the American voters wanted - stalemate.
Until they’re offered something better.
3 problems with this master plan:
-The Dems OWN Obamacare for the same reasons
-It is wildly unpopular
-Yet it did not seem to hurt them at the ballot box last month.
If they vote “Present”,
Then I vote “Democrat”.
The Devil I Know.