House Dems Gone Wild: ‘Just Say No’ to Obama’s Tax Deal
December 10, 2010
(ChattahBox Political News)–Democratic House members erupted in open rebellion against President Obama’s tax cut compromise earlier today, during a rowdy Caucus meeting that ended in a resolution opposing the tax deal. After the loud vote that led to shouts of “Just say no,” and a F-bomb directed at the President, Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced she would not bring the tax cut bill to the floor for a vote unless improvements were made to it. While the Democratic lawmakers were still all riled up, they provided some colorful quotes to the reporters lingering in the hallways. Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), said referring to Vice President Joe Biden’s remarks, “He said ‘take it or leave it,’ and we said “leave it.” And Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) was particularly worked up, saying “This is not an acceptable package. We want a better deal,” adding the “Republicans won a game of chicken.” Well, you get the idea. House Democrats are mad as hell and they’re not going to take it anymore.
After suffering heavy losses in the November elections and two-years of carrying the heavy legislative load for Obama, only to see their hard work die in the dysfunctional Senate, House Democrats feel angry and defeated. And it all came to a head, after President Obama took on his own Party, while trying to defend his compromise deal hammered out with Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), one of the most vile and classless members of Congress, who said it was his number one priority to topple Obama’s presidency, no matter what it takes.
Realizing the votes were not there in the Senate to only extend the Bush tax cuts for the middle class, Obama struck the best deal he could to protect the middle class from a tax hike, that also includes a 13-month extension of unemployment insurance, a payroll tax holiday and a number of middle class and student tax credits, that taken together would provide a second backdoor stimulus to the sour economy.
But the deal also included some bitter pills to swallow for progressive Democrats, such as an extension of tax cuts for the wealthy and a big gimme with the estate tax that was due to revert to a rate of 55 percent for estates over $1 million. The compromise deal lowers the rate to 35 percent that would be only applied to estates over $5 million.
Pelosi called the estate tax deal “a giveaway” to the wealthy, adding “it’s a bridge too far for many of our members.”
The Roll Call Newspaper provides a colorful report on the unusual Democratic Caucus meeting that took a symbolic stand against their own President and Party Leader.
“One unidentified lawmaker went so far as to mutter “f— the president” while Rep. Shelley Berkley was defending the package the president negotiated with Republicans. Berkley confirmed the incident, although she declined to name the specific lawmaker.” [...]
“Rep. Jerrold Nadler (N.Y.) was also overheard saying that “we can’t trust him” not to cave to Republicans and extend the tax cuts again in two years, according to a Democratic source.”
“The anger aimed at the bill was widespread. As Democrats moved to block the bill from coming up on the floor, chants of “Just say no!” could be heard by reporters outside the room.”
Rep. Berkley (D-NV) was the only House Democrat not to sign the resolution against the tax deal. She said after the contentious meeting that she supports the deal, because it helps the unemployed in her district.
What happens Now? After the House Democrats get over their anger and make some minor changes to the deal, most of them will vote for the tax cut package.
Pelosi indicated as much in her statement. “We will continue discussions with the president and our Democratic and Republican colleagues in the days ahead to improve the proposal before it comes to the House floor for a vote,” said Pelosi.
But the liberal anger towards President Obama is not going to go away anytime soon, unless he shows them he can stare down the craven corporate-worshiping Republicans and beat them at their own game.
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