After the tax fight, parties move to compromise.
-AP headline tonight-
I couldn’t believe my eyes when I read this. Why in the freaking world would the winners of the last election want to compromise with the party that actively had a hand in spending too much money and putting this country deeper into debt. A debt that in our lifetimes we would never be able to repay? The article, from the AP newswire goes like this:
After the tax fight, parties move to compromise
By JIM KUHNHENN, Associated Press Jim Kuhnhenn, Associated Press 2 hrs 50 mins ago
WASHINGTON – Their political options limited, Democrats and Republicans appeared to unite Sunday behind the outlines of an economic package that would temporarily extend expiring tax rates to all taxpayers as well as jobless benefits for millions of Americans.
Differences remained over details, and some Democrats continued to object to any plan that would continue Bush-era tax rates at the highest income levels.
Without action, however, Congress faced the prospect of letting the tax rates revert to higher pre-2001 and 2003 levels, and delivering a tax hike to all taxpayers. Negotiations between the Obama administration and a bipartisan group of lawmakers centered on a two-year extension of current rates.
At the same time, Friday’s jump in the unemployment rate to 9.8 percent added pressure on Republicans to accede to President Barack Obama’s demand that Congress extend unemployment insurance for a year. A deal could be reached this week.
“I think most folks believe the recipe would include at least an extension of unemployment benefits for those who are unemployed and an extension of all of the tax rates for all Americans for some period of time,” said Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona, the Senate’s Republican negotiator in tax talks between lawmakers and the Obama administration.
“Without unemployment benefits being extended, personally, this is a nonstarter,” said Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, the second-ranking member of the Senate Democratic leadership.
Republicans have insisted that any extension of jobless aid be paid for with cuts elsewhere in the federal budget. The White House opposes that, saying such cuts are economically damaging during a weak recovery. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell on Sunday said that “all of those discussions are still under way.”
But Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said Republicans would likely cede that point to the Democrats.
“Let’s take care of the unemployment compensation even if it isn’t … backed up by real finances,” Hatch said. “We’ve got to do it. So let’s do it. But that ought to be it.”
I do not care for this kind of thinking, and this kind of thinking is what got the democrats lambasted in this last election. And that kind of thinking is NOT what we elected you for.
Now don’t get me wrong here. I am not against helping someone in trouble. But there has to be an end to help. If after 99 weeks, which is much much longer than I ever got unemployment for, I would think that these people would find something. You can’t always get the job you want! And I know what I am talking about here.
In 2001, after 9/11, the printing industry slowed down to a stall in this nation. In November of 2001, I lost my job over that, and was out of work for 9 months. I tried for unemployment, and finally got it just before I found my next job, so I got ONE payment, and then I started work again, for 6 dollars an hour less than I was making before. Since then I have had to retrain into a different career, which is what I am full time working in now. Driving a truck. My graphics are on the backside of my life now, as I do it freelance out of my home. I do not get much work with it, but I work at driving a truck for still, less than I was making in 2001. Hell, I am now making less than I was making in 1991! But back to what I started to say, what Orin Hatch said is stupid to say the least. We voted a whole bunch of democrats out of office on November 2nd for thinking like his, we should “take care of the unemployment compensation even if it isn’t … backed up by real finances.”
I feel totally betrayed by the republicans on this. We cannot continue this stupidity. Isn’t that the message that we the people sent to Washington on November 2? If you can’t get that, then I guess another message is going to have to be sent. You guys there are all expendable.. There is always someone who wants to take your place. Like me maybe. I could do a better job than you have so far. Mark my words here…..I am not alone in this thinking. And you will all find out soon enough if you don’t stop COMPROMISING with LOSERS!! No wonder the republicans are perceived as spineless!!! You couldn’t stand up to a wet noodle and win. I hope the new members who come in power in January show some backbone. Go ahead and extend the benefits…but make sure there is money there to pay for it. And don’t hit us with the old adage of, ‘it’s for the children.’
May God bless our efforts to help get America back, and put God back into our country.
God, Bless America. Bless Americans.