There’s a full revolt taking place within the Democratic party following President Obama’s tax cut deal with Republicans

You need to know this. There’s a full revolt taking place within the Democratic party following President Obama’s tax cut deal with Republicans. House Democrats caucused last night to discuss the plan and count votes for it. Let’s just say it didn’t go too well and another meeting is scheduled for today. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi admitted last night that there was a lot of “unease” within her Party regarding a vote on the compromise deal. She needs to convince at least 39 Democrats to support it. And among Progressives – that won’t be easy. Congressman Anthony Weiner said the President “shouldn’t count on [it],” and Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey – co-chair of the Progressive Caucus – said the bill is simply not popular within her caucus. So if Pelosi can’t get progressives on board – she needs Blue Dogs. But they aren't enthusiastic either. Earl Pomeroy – a member of the Blue Dogs – has already come out in opposition to the bill. And others deficit hawks are likely to follow since the compromise adds nearly a trillion dollars to the national debt. The White House is sending Vice President Joe Biden to Congress today to rally support – though he is likely to face a hostile audience. If the Democrats blow this deal up – and taxes go up – it will then be up to the Republicans to solve the mess. And with the Americans people in large numbers supporting a tax increase for millionaires and billionaires – Republicans will be in a tough position not to listen. So could President Obama’s plan backfire – and in the end actually help him with his base? We’ll see – but I’m not holding out much hope.


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Scooter 12 years 26 weeks ago

I am still very interested in what is going to happen when the repubs are forced to deal with the debt ceiling. Imagine, passing a law that cuts taxes and costs 900 billion in December and then in March the legislature refuses to increase the amount of money available to the government. You can't all of a sudden say, "well then, we take the tax cuts back!" The repubs will be able to effectivley starve the beast by forcing the president to, as the chief executive, to use the limited funds available to him to pay for, (or not), the business of the country thus forcing huge cuts to everything. Am I just paranoid or is it possible that they are filling up the tub for the drowning that they have always threatened?

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Brad Allen 12 years 26 weeks ago

Today is proof positive that Democrats do not care about the Middle Class or the Nations unemployed.

ecoalex 12 years 26 weeks ago

Thom needs to get some real techs running his tv show.Obama is falling in a GOP trap.He seems ready to jump right in.Only the Dems can stop this.

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