I was eating my lunch at my desk today as I often do (I know a bad habit) and the Republicans were voting down the Senate bill in several complicated procedural moves I don’t pretend to understand. I do know the bottom line: Increase in payroll taxes, no unemployment extension, and funny things happen to reimbursements to doctors for Medicare. Anyway, I posted on the New York Times comment section on the story of the Republican vote, that maybe we should accept the tax increase as a way of contributing to the Republican’s defeat in 2012. Last time I check it had over 300 recommendations! Maybe I’m on to something here. But I have to give credit to my husband at FortRight who said at breakfast, “it might be worth $1000 to see the Republicans go down.”
Stand firm, Harry Reid. Stand firm, Mitch McConnell. You made your compromise as the House asked and just because John Boehner can’t herd his cats or maybe squirrels (Ana Marie Cox on her Guardian blog quoted a friend who called them squirrels because “[they] are panicky and prone to irrational running into traffic.”) doesn’t mean you have to save him. Here is John with his squirrels.
Now they want the President to order the Senate back. Stand firm, Mr. President. Yes, not passing the bill will hurt briefly, but the Republicans will get the blame and will be forced to come back in January and be serious about a real bill, with real funding to pay for it. As Ana Marie Cox said, “Congressional Republicans are roadkill.”