“Arkansas Sen. Blanche Lincoln said Monday she may propose extending the Bush-era tax cuts to wealthier Americans, as well as the middle-class tax cuts that President Barack Obama and Democratic leaders in Washington want to maintain.” “Lincoln, who last week said she may support including those who make as much as $1 million a year in the cuts, said she’s researching to see if a compromise is possible on the cuts.” “As a part of that tax-writing committee, I think I have a responsibility along with other members of that committee to figure out whether we can find some sort of compromise of what is the best way to meet our objective of strengthening the economy and bringing down our debt and putting people back to work,” Lincoln told The Associated Press in an interview.” “Clearly, if you just extend all of them, it comes at an enormous cost,” Lincoln said.” (De Millo, Andrew, 10/11/2010, Associated Press, Lincoln may seek compromise on Bush tax cuts, Retrieved from firstname.lastname@example.org). While she may have a point regarding the cut off for these tax cuts, I wonder why she was not jumping up and down when these cuts were first proposed. While it is true that all Americas will get this tax cut at least up to the first $250,000 to 1 million dollars but what is not true is that keeping the wealthiest from keeping the Bush tax cut will damage jobs because if that was the truth, this economy would be in a better position if these cuts had created any jobs in 2001 and 2003?
What may explain why Ms. Lincoln has just now found her voice is “Lincoln, a Democrat, is considered one of the most vulnerable incumbents in Washington seeking re-election.” “Lincoln said her openness to a compromise on the tax cuts shows that she’s willing to disagree with the Obama administration and fellow Democrats.” “I can sympathize with those of you all in the media that want to place me in one of these camps, whether I’m for Bush or I’m for Obama, because it makes it easier to check a box,” Lincoln said. “But that’s not where I am. I’m an independent voice, and I’ve said all along I don’t agree with President Obama’s plan and I don’t agree with a rubber stamp on a tax policy by President Bush that was adopted nine years ago.” (De Millo, Andrew, 10/11/2010, Associated Press, Lincoln may seek compromise on Bush tax cuts, Retrieved from email@example.com). No congress person should ever be a rubber stamp for any president but to not cry foul when these tax cuts were first proposed has to be something that is explored.