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As Suzi pointed out over the weekend, the Republicans have finally found tax cuts they don't like. They're currently fighting to raise payroll taxes on working Americans, a move that would go into effect in a matter of months. What's behind the Republicans' logic? That Obama's plan to extend (and deepen) the payroll tax cut is temporary. It's better to raise taxes on American families now, the Republicans argue, than to raise them in the future, when these cuts would most likely expire.
Remember when all Republicans believed all tax cuts spurred economic growth, increased revenues, and promoted good old fashioned economic liberty? (You know, back before last Thursday?) Yeah, well those days are long gone. Now that the only tax cuts on the table are aimed at the middle class, providing workers and families with much-needed tax relief, we're beginning to learn that not all tax cuts are created equal.
We're still a day away from the unveiling of stimulus 2.0, and Obama's critics are already out there confusing their supporters. As usual, the President's proposal will again be chock full of tax cuts, but you'd never know that by listening to the Republican leadership.
I don't get people who say that Jon Huntsman's strategy won't work-- as if other GOP candidates have found a clear path to the nomination. Reasonable Republicans are still out there, and we want someone to say out loud what we've been privately thinking for years. Millions of us voted for Obama and still support him. Millions more held our noses and voted for McCain, despite his running mate.
There's a rumor going around that Obama wants to face Rick Perry in the general election. At first this seems counter-intuitive-- the Governor is agressive, has a somewhat-positive record on jobs, and has already been christened as the candidate who can get the support of various wings of the Republican Party.
That was quick. Support for anti-cancer vaccines for young girls, toll roads, and a pan-American currency are all conservative complaints being leveled at the candidate of the hour.
Although Bachmann will probably win Iowa, and Romney will likely win New Hampshire, there's no doubt that Rick Perry will be a strong candidate throughout the primaries. Sure, the man has created a ton of government jobs in Texas and is responsible for a $27 billion budget shortfall, but our party's fringe will never be swayed by such minor details.
And John Boehner walked away.
Here's an excerpt from the depressing, humiliating and completely unavoidable press release put out by Standard & Poor's just moments ago:
Mitch McConnell is just realizing this now, a week from disaster. All this time, all he and his fellow Dr. Frankensteins have been doing is stoking the flames and getting Tea Partiers' hopes up. Now that reality is approaching, the Tea Party is upset! (Not that I care.