House GOP Agrees to Payroll Tax Cut Extension

Friday, December 23, 2011

Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) hods a news conference to announce that he and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) had negotiated deal on the payroll tax cut. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/Getty)

Responding to near-universal condemnation from the White House, The Wall Street Journal op-ed page, and senior members of their own party, the House GOP agreed Thursday to accept a temporary extension of the payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits the Senate approved last Saturday. House Republicans rejected an almost identical proposal on Tuesday. The stunning about face came after members of their own party criticized the House GOP for handing a political victory to President Obama. The deal will keep the payroll tax at 4.2 percent and expands the holiday to small businesses that have temporary caps on wages.

Todd Zwillich, The Takeaway's Washington correspondent, talks about what precipitated the House GOP's capitulation. 

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"The President surrounded himself with everyday people, you couldn't see the people behind him but they were very much everyday people."
As opposed to monthly people? What would HL Mencken make of this kind of laughable credulity in journalism? They "could really use $40 per pay check" thanks to a President who has spent more than any person in human history with all the money coming from those thankful peasants...sorry, everyday people...fighting for the $40 crumb during the President's billion campaign.

"The President is running against Congress... ie Republicans" Republicans are one half of one House of Congress. How do Democrats running for office next year feel about being thrown under the bus by the President they have faithfully supported as the media predictably discusses only fissures on the Republican side?

The media seems to be accepting every cyber gimmick, talking point and narrative the Democratic Party machine can churn out to misguide and distract the public. The goal this year is for the public to be seduced by the smoke, mirrors, bells and whistles of the political slight-of-hand and applaud it while their pockets are being picked. As our belief is suspended, villains are cast as heroes and heroes are cast as villains as we move swiftly to 16 trillion in debt and counting.

Dec. 23 2011 10:41 AM

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