Yesterday, the GOP Elite showed the country what they’re made of, spines of jello, once again, by caving in and agreeing to the Democrats’ two month extension of the payroll tax cuts, as opposed to holding out for a one-year extension.
According to cnbc.com:
The decision came after an intense day of maneuvering in which the Senate’s top Republican leader, Kentuckian Mitch McConnell, urged the House to accept the Senate’s short-term fix and negotiations later on a year-long extension. Obama, too, chided Republicans for blocking something all parties agreed upon.
Then a pair of GOP freshmen — the group most opposed to a short-term agreement — pivoted and urged a quick resolution before the tax cut expires Dec. 31. Absent a quick agreement, workers faced an increase of two percentage points in their Social Security taxes, or $1,000 a year for someone earning $50,000.
“I don’t think that my constituents should have a tax increase because of Washington’s dysfunction,” said freshman Rep. Sean Duffy, R-Wis., a former reality show star.
“An `all or nothing’ attitude is not what my constituents need now,” Rep. Rick Crawford, R-Ark., wrote in a letter to House Speaker John Boehner. “We are now in a position…that requires Republicans to not only demand a willingness to compromise, but to offer it as well.”
The rapid-fire developments underscored the political peril that House Republicans had courted after they rejected the two-month deal and insisted on dragging the Senate back into session to do it their way. The standoff rippled beyond Washington to Iowa, where Republican presidential candidates were making closing arguments less than two weeks before the caucuses that begin the nomination process.
Under the arrangement between Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., the House would pass a new bill mirroring the Senate measure — with modest tweaks to address concerns of payroll processors — in exchange for a guarantee that Reid would immediately name Senate negotiators on the House’s separate, year-long measure.
Just hours earlier, Boehner had criticized the idea.
“A two-month extension only perpetuates the uncertainty that too many employers already have in dealing with the economy and what’s coming out of Washington,” Boehner told reporters.
After the political massacre known as the 2010 Midterm Elections, John Boehner and the Republicans were as bold as Sir William Wallace, as played by Mel Gibson in Braveheart.
Boehner was preparing for his big speech in response to accepting the House Speaker’s gavel from San Fran Nan Pelosi. Wltx.com reported on the exciting moment:
“This is the people’s House. This is their Congress. It’s about them, not us,” Boehner is to say. “What they want is a government that is honest, accountable and responsive to their needs — a government that respects individual liberty, honors our heritage, and bows before the public it serves.”
Boehner will acknowledge the challenges that lie ahead for the 112th Congress, which comes into power as the nation struggles with the worst financial crisis since the 1930s. “Our debt will soon eclipse the size of our entire economy,” he will say. “Hard work and tough decisions will be required. …No longer can we kick the can down the road. “
In the speech excerpts, Boehner also touches on the politics and partisanship that has bitterly divided Congress in recent years, recognizing that “a great deal of scar tissue has been built up on both sides of the aisle.” He will urge lawmakers of both parties to “disagree without being disagreeable” and to keep their eyes on common goals.
“It is critical this institution operate in a manner that permits a free exchange of ideas, and resolves our honest differences through a fair debate and a fair vote,” Boehner will say. “We may have different — sometimes, very different — ideas for how to go about achieving the common good, but it is our shared goal. It is why we serve.”
Yeah, right, Mr. Speaker. William Wallace, you ain’t.
How can I express myself about this unbelievable display of squishiness?
I composed a poem, with heartfelt apologies to Clement Clarke Moore:
‘Twas two days before the night before Christmas and all through the House
The Republicans had shown us the courage of a mouse.
They agreed to two months – giving in to the Dems;
Why have the majority if you surrender to whims?
Ol’ Mitch he did plead to Boehner the Brave
To preserve the status quo, on this bill, we must cave.
We must not be seen as a stupid roadblock.
For squishiness’ sake: this is hurting our stock!”
The announcement was made with faces sincere,
A compromise must be made…Now, let’s all have a beer!
Throughout our land conservatives sighed;
According to the Repub Elite the Tea Party just died.
Now, John! Now, Mitch…now, Cantor and Lindsey!
Run, Jon! Ron, Mitt! Your competition is flimsy!
On to Iowa, New Hampshire – primaries great and small,
Don’t fret the Conservatives…You’ll beat them all.
While in the Heartland
Upon hearing the news,
Americans could not believe,
They were ignoring their views.
“Back in November,
Just one year past,
We let our voice be heard,
But their memories did not last.
We have another chance
This coming November,
To throw these bums out
And make them remember.
So, in the months to come
As we near that day,
Don’t forget their betrayal,
Let’s make the Elite pay.
As you head to vote on November 6th, 2012, remember moments like this.
And vote accordingly.