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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Nails It

Some of us who are political wonks have been watching this fight over the extension of the payroll tax cuts but for the general public who has neither the time nor the inclination to follow the obscure working of both houses of Congress this letter or comment sums it up nicely my opinion. Who ever the guy or girl who wrote this is they do a nice job of it.

JB in MS

: 12/21/11 13:40

The speech John Boehner should have given:

Mr. President, we need your leadership on this. The Republican House, with bipartisan support, prepared and passed a bill which was what you claimed to want, a one-year extension of the payroll tax cuts, and sent it over to the Senate. For reasons unclear to me, Senator Reid and the Democratically-controlled Senate reduced the extension to two months.

We’re confused Mr. President; you asked for a one year extension, but now that we’ve given you that you come out and demagogue our bill, apparently seeking political gain rather than what’s best for America, and seem satisfied with a meaningless two month extension instead. Which is it Mr. President? Please tell the American people what it is you want.

Mr. President, a two month extension is meaningless. More importantly, it is also irresponsible, short-sighted, and unworkable. Stop campaigning for a few hours Mr. President, and start governing. Call Senator Reid and the other Democrats who are refusing to do the responsible thing, and ask them to do the right thing and pass this bill.

You claim to want to cut taxes for the middle class; which bill does the better job of that Sir, the one that creates uncertainty and reduces taxes by about $165, or the one that ensures that taxpayers will receive the tax cut for a full year and reduces the tax burden of the average American by about $1,000? In addition, the House bill pays for these cuts by reducing wasteful government spending elsewhere, and brings forth the Keystone Project, a job-creating energy project which requires no taxpayer funding and which will help our economy by creating thousands of new, good-paying jobs and will also reduce our dependence on unfriendly nations for our energy needs.

Give the American People an early Christmas present Mr. President, and get the Democrats in the Senate to pass this bill. You know it’s the right thing to do – and it is, after all, what you said you wanted.

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