Most who know me understand that I am not a big fan of Harry Reid (D-NV). I call him the Nevada Leg Hound, due to his propensity for whining, humping Republican legs, rolling over and giving up. I think that he should be replaced as Majority Leader with a Democrat woman or man that has a pair. However, that said, I have to give him credit where credit is due when he gets one right.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has enough votes to pass President Obama’s plan to extend the Bush tax cuts for everyone’s first $250,000 in income, according to his office … if Republicans agree not to filibuster it.
The development positions Democrats and Obama to attack Senate Republicans for blocking extension of nearly all the Bush tax cuts, unless wealthy Americans get their tax cuts extended as well.
Reid’s complicated maneuvers on the Senate floor Wednesday night suggest he’s defied the GOP’s expectations and lined up at least 50 members of his caucus to pass Obama’s plan. Caught by surprise, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was forced to block a parallel opportunity for a majority vote on extending all the Bush tax cuts…
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Ed Schultz discussed the matter with a panel of two reasonable people and one Republican.
I have no doubt that Republicans will filibuster this. So, if you are in the bottom 98%, remember this. If the Bush Tax Cuts expire, Republicans will lie and say that Obama raised your taxes. Remember that Republicans had the opportunity to extend them for all but the very rich when they filibuster to prevent a majority decision.