Cynical Synapse

Fri, 17 Dec 2010

Surprise! House Passes Tax Cut Extensions

Filed under: Congress, Deceit, Economy, Government, Hypocrits, Politics, Taxes — cynicalsynapse @ 3:37 pm

opposition to tax cut extension

After much wringing of hands and showboating, the Democratic Party-controlled US House passed the tax cut deal by 277 for and 148 opposed in Roll Call 647.

Interestingly, Michigan Rep. John Conyers (D-14) voted against the bill, but the doddering old fool Conyers thinks Pres. Obama is trying to usurp Congress’ power. Also opposed were Michigan’s failed gubernatorial candidate Pete Hoekstra (R-2) and pro-Wall Street Bailout Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick (D-13). You may recall, Kilpatrick is also Detroit’s felonious former mayor Kwame’s mommy. Thad McCotter (R-11) and self-immolating Bart Stupak (D-1) rounded out the Michigan Congressional naysayers. The remaining 5 Republicans and 4 Democrats voted in favor.

Rep. Sander Levin

Sander Levin, Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, summed up exactly why the Democrats’ huffing and puffing was just that. In his remarks on the House floor yesterday, Levin supported the bill because Republicans will be in charge next year.

I will accept the remainder of the bill because after the approach taken by Republicans in the House and the Senate these last weeks – obstructing and holding hostage everything until they get their way on the tax breaks for the very wealthy – I am not willing to put the fate of the middle class and the unemployed in the hands of the Republican Majority next year.

Thanks, Sander! I was going to make just that very case myself. Democrats voted in favor simply because they were afraid of what Republicans might do in the next session of Congress. There’s moral fortitude and courage for you.

Previously on Sander Levin:

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