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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

It’s Hard to Believe Your Own Ears

The Democrats and the President would have you believe that the Republicans, who have supported the extension of the Bush Tax Cuts since 2006, are now the ones that are stopping them from taking place. House Minority Leader John Boehner surprised everyone by saying he would accept Obama’s offer of a tax cut extension for those who make under $250,000, and then work to make them permanent for all taxpayers in the new session. It undercut the entire Democratic argument of Republican intransigence on the tax cut issue. The Democrats wanted to argue that Republicans were against tax cuts for the middle class because the “rich” weren’t included. Boehner called their bluff and if it wasn’t for Mitch McConnell’s blunder (saying he would filibuster any bill that doesn’t include all taxpayers) the Democrats would be dead in the water on the tax issue. Once again the Republicans shoot themselves in the foot when they are in front. However, on the tax cut issue there is no dispute. Republicans have supported them since they were passed in 2003. The Democrats have refused to make them permanent and until two weeks ago Obama was going to let them expire. The media is cooperating with the White House and the Democratic Congress to help create the illusion that Republicans are against tax cuts for the middle class, while favoring those for the rich. The American people are getting more media savvy everyday. They won’t be fooled this time.