If the democrats are just figuring out that letting the tax rates go up is a bad thing then maybe they should just stand aside and let the republicans handle this. It should be a no brainer but I guess when you're dealing with the slow minded left then it shouldn't be a surprise to anyone that nothing has been done. They should just make the Bush tax rates permanent for everyone and then go back and try to raise taxes on those they want to. But it's never been about doing what's right or in this case the only thing that will truly work, no no. For the democrats it's always about getting more money to bribe their base to keep voting for them even though their policies have never made their lives better.