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House GOP Put Coal Instead of Tax Relief In Workers’ Stockings

| On 22, Dec 2011

House Speaker John Boehner should have this look permanently etched in his face. His party in the House has done absolutely nothing for the American people since January. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)

The House Republicans are determined to play Scrooge to a whole host of middle class workers this Christmas season.

You may have heard about the battle over the Social Security payroll tax deduction that has taken place in Washington, D.C. It’s a familiar fight, but one that has become more important in recent days.

In short, House GOP wanted a year-long tax payroll tax cut. But, to get it, they wanted to cut safety net programs, unemployment benefits, etc. Democrats and the White House weren’t going for it. The Senate was able to reach a two-month deal by a vote of 89-10 that spared the tax cut and money for unemployment. When they sent it back to the House for approval, it was met with a firm “NO” from its GOP members on Tuesday.

Not having accomplished anything, House members thought it would be great to head out of town for the Christmas holiday. Bah humbug!

Millions of American workers will be greeted with less take-home pay in their paychecks effective January 1. The taxes are set to go up from 4.2 to 6.2 percent in workers’ paychecks. Also, the long-term unemployed will see their benefits dry up. Doctors will take Medicare will see their reimbursements decrease from the program.

The argument is the same one that House Republicans use every time a piece of legislation crosses their desk. They want to know how it’s going to be paid for. Fair enough. Democrats (and this time additional Republicans) offered solutions, and the GOP still didn’t like them.

I’ll stand back while Republicans continue to piss in America’s cornflakes. I’m just the messenger.

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