To open, keep in mind these words from the standup comedian Sheng Wang (although sometimes mis-attributed to Betty White):
“Why do people say “grow some balls”? Balls are weak and sensitive! If you really wanna get tough, grow a vagina. Those things take a pounding.”
It is clear now that the Democratic caucus in the Senate has indeed grown itself a vagina, as they prepare to force the Republicans in both houses to dance to their tune. The GOP’s previous attempts to use the impending middle class tax hike as a bargaining chip to allow them to further erode our country’s economic foundation through wealth redistribution to the top 1% now has come to a head.
The number 4 Democrat in the Senate, Patti Murray of Washington State, is speaking at the Brookings Institute this week where she has already said that she is putting forth the case to let the Republicans jump off what come have termed the “fiscal cliff.” Quoting from a letter sent to the Washington Post:
If we can’t get a good deal, a balanced deal that calls on the wealthy to pay their fair share, then I will absolutely continue this debate into 2013.
In response Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell called the plan an “outrageous ultimatum.”
Under the terms of the budget compromise last year, automatic cuts of $110 billion would occur to the budget after the legislative supercommittee failed to complete its task for crafting a debt reduction plan. The Republicans refusal to restore the tax code to one where those who utilize the most resources of our government pay for that use, and the GOPs push for further punitive taxes on the bottom 98% of wage earners through their “simplified tax code” while further cutting the taxes for the élite forced the supercommittee to adjourn without creating a plan.
What is more interesting is how right-wing think tanks state such obvious falsehoods such as the Carlysle Group’s claim that the estimated $3.3 trillion in revenue would fail “to address increasing indebtedness.” John McCain, one time GOP candidate for president, called out for instead of raising taxes to cut tax incentives, such as those on domestically produced biofuel for automobiles, in order to halt spending cuts on military programs such as the F-22 Fighter. It is uncertain how increasing our dependence on foreign oil would offset trillions lost from the budget due to the ill conceived Bush tax cuts nor why does a nation require an airplane which has already suffered from multiple accidents and is now considered unsafe to fly, but he doubled down.
With this move, the Democrats have literally shot the hostage, eliminating the entire Republican negotiation position. It is the only way to respond to zealots who adhere to ideology over doing their job. The Republican party has for years acted not like responsible adults, but as children throwing a tantrum in that either they get their way, or else they will refuse to play. That the Democrats are now treating them as such is the most positive thing which has come out of Congress this entire session.