Bigot of the Week Award: August 3, House Democrats Opposing Tax Fairness

3 Aug

Bigot of the Week

This week 19 House Democrats put self-interest ahead of leadership and bailed on a key piece of legislation. Last week Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid exceeded all expectations and crafted a brilliant deal that allowed a great tax cut compromise to pass the Senate. The bill extended the cuts for taxpayers making less than $250,000 a year, protecting the middle class during the fragile economic recovery. By ending the cuts for those with higher incomes, it also introduced greater fairness into the tax system–truly a broken clock moment for our Harry Reid.

The bill was unlikely to pass in the House, of course, but it sent a strong message. The Republicans in the House shot it down on Wednesday — big shock. Sadly, 19 Democrats voted against the bill, joining the Republican chorus of class warfare. The majority of the 19 Representatives who crossed the aisle were so-called Blue Dog Democrats (or what I like to call Tea Bag Democrats), a loose caucus of “moderate and conservative” Democrats. Many are also in tight re-election contests or in badly gerrymandered new districts. These are not sufficient excuses.

It is a given that most Republicans will not vote for the Democrat. It is also true that the Senate approach to the tax cuts is very popular (polling at or above 60%), especially with independent voters and in swing states. What these 19 cowards have done is sold out the middle class and the most vulnerable for a callous political calculation. Why should Democratic voters in their districts care about showing up at the polls if they are offered a choice between two people who vote against them? Why should independent voters prefer a Democrat if that person voted against their preferences? Shame on you, Representatives! Bad dogs!

Personally, I am sad to see Rep. Kurt Schrader from Oregon’s 5th District on this list and grateful that the recent redistricting moved me into Rep. Blumenauer’s district. Oregonians are hurting, Rep. Schrader; why did you vote against 98% of them?

6 Responses to “Bigot of the Week Award: August 3, House Democrats Opposing Tax Fairness”

  1. prideinmadness August 3, 2012 at 4:36 pm #

    i always expect more from the Democrats and they sometimes let me down in ways that I would expect from Republicans.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt August 3, 2012 at 4:43 pm #

      You and me both! You are also a tender heart and a very loving and giving human, which makes it more difficult when people don’t engage in social justice.

      • prideinmadness August 3, 2012 at 5:22 pm #

        Why thank you! Yes, some stuff just boggles my mind.

      • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt August 3, 2012 at 5:42 pm #

        Me too. There are times I have to work hard not to give into misanthropy.

  2. Christine Noble August 5, 2012 at 8:18 pm #

    Too many Americans prove Steinbeck right about their viewing themselves as “temporarily depressed millionaires.” They allow our elected officials to get away with this sort of thing because everyone is convinced that soon it will be their turn at the trough.

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