Forcing Republicans to Choose
by Jason Williams, Tue Nov 16, 2010 at 03:13:33 PM EST
Trumka, Dem leaders in talks on forcing a vote on middle class tax cut extension only. Greg Sargent:
AFL-CIO chief Richard Trumka told reporters moments ago on a conference call that he's been aggressively lobbying the White House and Dem Congressional leaders to hold such a vote. Liberals are pushing for this course of action -- rather than a fake "compromise" on extending all the Bush tax cuts temporarily -- because it would represent a genuinely confrontational approach, forcing Republicans to choose between supporting Obama's tax cut plan and opposing a tax cut for the middle class.
..."It's absolutely insane that in these tough economic times, some people want to continue the George Bush tax giveaway for millionaires," Trumka continued. "It doesn't create jobs. It's bad policy and it's bad for the economy."
Trumka, in a formulation that just might stick, labeled an extension of the high-end cuts "Tarp Two."
For starters, Merkely is on board, and Schumer has forced Republicans on record that it's all about the breaks for millionaires for them.
This one is so obvious, the argument is writing itself. If Republicans want TARP Two, let them vote on that after you stake them out on cuts for the middle class.