The Los Angeles Times is reporting that Republican Tea Party (GOTP) House leaders are “surrendering to political reality”, and doing “an about-face and said they were willing to extend a payroll tax cut for 160 million working Americans without insisting that it be paid for with spending cuts”.
Of course this shift isn’t because they’ve suddenly become compassionate and care about working America, it’s because the evidence is in, and they’re being pummeled in poll after poll over their decision to protect the uber-rich at the expense of everyone else, especially by blocking a tax break for the middle class.
It also means a huge legislative victory for the President, winning his top legislative priority for the year moving towards November’s election.
As the Times reports, Republicans have been arguing since November the cost of maintaining the tax cut had to be offset by spending cuts – especially cuts to everything they hate and despise, basically anything helping the poor and down trodden; a stance never gaining traction with a majority of voters, and an attitude allowing Democrats to hoist the GOTP on its own political petard, accusing Boehner and crew of rank hypocrisy, especially since the Bush tax cuts for the uber-rich have never – and I do mean never – been offset with spending cuts.
“This is not our first choice,” GOTP House Speaker John Boehner sobbed in a statement.
“In the face of the Democrats’ stonewalling and obstructionism, we are prepared to act to protect small businesses and our economy from the consequences of Washington Democrats’ political games”.
Wow, really? Democratic “stonewalling”? This from the man who hasn’t passed a single piece of legislation aimed at creating jobs in America, and from a party with a record number of filibusters in Senate? This is so blatantly false it’s absolutely laughable, and will no doubt come back to bite the Speaker.
There’s of course just one small problem with what the “leaders” of the GOTP Congress want to do – the Tea Party Caucus. Time and time again “deals” have been reached on various subjects only to be stopped dead in their tracks by the freshman class of tea baggers (a term created by the Tea Party movement to describe themselves until they were educated into what the term could mean) who block everything and anything that has even the appearance of the slightest approval of the White House.
So, while it great that the House GOTP “leadership” has seen the light, it remains to be seen if it can get its members to go along, and if it jumps that hurdle will Mitch McConnell and the GOTP Senate play ball?