It looks like at least the dems have gotten the message delivered in the 2012 election cycle, even if beady-eyed “Mooch” McConnell still doesn’t get it.
We knew, when we voted, that the possibility that ALL of the tax cuts would expire. And we indicated our willingness to go there. Thankfully, it appears that we may well have a Senate willing to go there as well.
Let the rump Klanbagger Kaukus go home and explain it to their constituents. We’ve shown them, TWICE, that their redistricting isn’t going to save them from themselves. They either need to find a way to gin up a whole bunch of new angry old white men, or they are going to keep losing. We’re tired of the freeloading rich getting all the breaks for speculating, while we have to pay a heavier tax on money made honestly. Their Kolob Knight wasn’t able to come riding in and save them. No one else should either.
Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) on Sunday said Democrats were prepared to allow the expiration of all George W. Bush-era tax rates if Republican lawmakers objected to raising taxes on the wealthiest.
“We can’t accept an unfair deal that piles on the middle class and tell them they have to support it. We have to make sure that the wealthiest Americans pay their fair share,” said Murray on ABC”s “This Week.”
Murray said one option would be to let the lower rates expire across-the-board and then return to the table next year with new talks on a tax-cut package.
“So if the Republicans will not agree with that, we will reach a point at the end of this year where all the tax cuts expire and we’ll start over next year. And whatever we do will be a tax cut for whatever package we put together. That may be the way to get past this,” said Murray.
The Washington senator is likely to become chairwoman of the Senate Budget Committee and previously served on the congressional “supercommitee,” which failed to finalize a deficit-reduction plan, which may trigger sequestration cuts in January 2013.
Economists warn that the tax-rate rises and automatic spending cuts could bring another recession and both parties have said they hope to avoid the so-called “fiscal cliff.”
“Look, no one wants to go off the fiscal cliff. But a fair deal is absolutely critical here,” said Murray on Sunday.
President Obama and Democrats have called for raising taxes on the wealthy to pay for the deficit-reduction plan, while Republicans want to extend the lower-Bush era rates across-the-board.
The so-called “fiscal cliff” is highly unlikely to bring as much pain as keeping the Boy George laws that reward criminal greed will bring us. We already know what those laws do for you, don’t we?
I’m not holding my breath, since I’ve been here a bunch of times before. But I’m hoping Senator Murray means what she says, and that she doesn’t get her legs knocked out from under her by someone above her.