The President proposes this malarkey and his Democrat and media allies fall into line, telling us that they cannot tolerate “raising taxes on the middle class.” In fact, they actually tried to pay for this by raising taxes on other citizens. This leads to the question that no one seems to be asking: What happens a year from now? Are the Democrats going to pander again? Are they going to again mislead Americans about their pension plans? How are they going to pay for that extension? Don’t they get the idea that temporary tax changes – enacted for political purposes only – do nothing for long-term planning?
You now know the rest of the story. The Republicans stuff some things into the bill that will actually create jobs, like the Keystone XL pipeline. The President, in what I believe is his stupidest political move since being elected, vetoes the pipeline. He chooses support of the tree-hugger lobby over union members who need jobs. Sorry, Mr. President, the environmental wackos will vote for you, but the union members and their friends who are still looking for jobs will not.
For some mysterious reason, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, usually a brilliant strategist, agrees to a two-month extension of the payroll cut. That is just insane. Payroll is done quarterly. Only people who have never worked for a living would do such a thing. Even the payroll processing companies say this is nuts. The IRS should have concurred because they might have to create new forms with two different rates, but they don’t want to abuse their bosses. The Republicans in the House, most of whom have actually had jobs or employed people, point out the folly of the plan and pass a bill with a full-year extension – only to get hammered by the equally clueless mainstream media for not being “bipartisan.” The concept of “sensible” never comes into play. The House agrees to the two-month deal.
The punditry in Washington then tells the American people that the Republicans were routed; thereby giving the President the ability to claim that he is a friend of the middle-class. Has everyone lost their minds? How in the world is a two-month extension better than a year? How does a President, who has spent trillions on keeping his union friends employed while the rest of us suffer with fewer homes, fewer jobs, greater inflation and larger government debt, all of a sudden become a friend of the middle-class by handing us our own money and driving the nation into greater debt?
If you ever thought that our national government was totally screwed up and needed a makeover, here is your time. And if you ever had any doubt that this President will say anything, do anything, or embrace any policy whatsoever to promote his re-election, then you should be convinced by now. This man is nothing but a Harvard elitist who has never had and will never have a clue what we Americans face. I am once again reminded why so many people are so utterly disgusted with our political system.