The Lame-duck Congress is letting time run out for a vote on the Bush tax cut extension. With only days of voting left, the Democrats have so many other things on their agenda it doesn’t seem like the tax cuts will come up at all.
Lawmakers will return from Thanksgiving break on November 29, that leaves less than four weeks to go before taxes go up for everyone. There are not very many days left to vote on anything with the “vacation” time the House and the Senate take. Yet the most important things are not on Nancy Pelosi’s agenda. No one is calling for Congress to stay and vote as Pelosi did for the Health Care Bill. President Obama even cancelled his trip to Asia to stay in Washington for the Health Care Bill vote, but it seems like extending the Bush Tax Cuts for the middle class is not important enough. Maybe Obama is purposely waiting until “The Bush Tax Cuts” expire so they could be renamed the Obama Tax Cuts. Considering how two years later Obama still blames G. W. Bush for his own lack of leadership, he probably does not want Bush’s name attached to anything.
What is on the agenda is, The Dream Act” that would allow illegal immigrants who were brought here as children to gain citizenship if the join the military or enroll in college. These children would be eligible for in-state tuition breaks. Harry Reid is quoted as saying, that “the last time we sought to bring up this bill all Republicans blocked our effort” . (The LA Times) Now how can that be when the Democrats have enough votes to pass what they want, it could not have been the Republicans who blocked it, but a few Democrats who did not vote for it. Maybe that is because the American people are tired of shelling out millions of dollars in welfare to illegal aliens, and the “Blue Dog” Democrats see that.
The Omnibus spending bill is also on the agenda, fiscal year 2011 has already started, but Nancy Pelosi has failed to pass a single spending bill. The Medicare reimbursement rate for doctors is scheduled to shrink to 23% on December 1, but again Congress has done nothing about that. Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is also on the agenda for the Lame Duck session, so is the ratification of a New Start nuclear arms treaty with Russia. Let’s not forget about the Energy Bill, or Cap and Trade as some call it. Another great one is the “don’t call it a stimulus” stimulus package , which includes business investment tax cuts. (The New Republic) Nancy Pelosi told reporters that she also “wants to take up child nutrition legislation “, (The Hill.com) during the Lame Duck session.
Now that we are down to the wire with only days left for the House and the Senate to act on the economy and the Bush Tax Cuts, the Democrats are still trying to push through items that they could not get through before. If Pelosi decides not to vote on the Bush tax cut extensions, all taxes will increase on January 1, 2011, and we will have none other than Nancy Pelosi to thank.
Does Nancy Pelosi Live in the Real World?
Pelosi is quoted as saying, “from day one, President Obama and this Congress have been job creators”, (The Hill ) , tell that to the 1 out of 10 Americans that are unemployed. The stimulus bill was supposed to keep unemployment under 8%, it is still at 9.6 %, does that sound like they are job creators. Other than Government jobs that were created at an average pay of $123,000, the few private sector jobs that were created, pay an average of $61,000, unemployment is staying the same. Maybe the government workers’ should begin to spread the wealth around, or Nancy Pelosi could spread some of hers around.
What should be top on the list is extending the Bush Tax cuts, unemployment, and cutting spending. This should warrant Nancy Pelosi calling for the people we pay to represent us to give up some of their vacation time, as they did for the Health Care Bill. The things that are on the agenda are important issues, but there was plenty of time during the last two years to vote on most of these, not the last 11 days of the year that Congress will be in session. We are now down to the end of a democratic controlled House and it seems like Nancy Pelosi is not able to accept the fact that she will have to hand over the gavel. The least she could do is call for a vote on the Bush Tax cuts, but maybe she really doesn’t care about the middle class after all, maybe it is all about her.
The L.A. Times
The New Republic