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The Democrats today abandoned the five Republican senators who had stood with them in opposing an extension of the Bush tax cuts that the government is unable to pay for.


"With Democrats capitulating to the Republican majorities in both the House and Senate, the handful of Republican holdouts have quietly surrendered as well.


The Republican rebels - Senator John McCain of Arizona, Senator Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island and Senators Olympia J. Snowe and Susan Collins of Maine - infuriated Mr. Bush and many Republican leaders. But their ability to block action evaporated without the votes of Democrats." (NYT)


What are the chances of these rebels once again standing up to Bush when the Democrats need them? The whole country has lost here as today's children see their future burdened by debt incurred irresponsibly now.

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I'm not dying to defend the Democrats who voted for this, but it does illustrate some of the dynamics at work in today's political environment:


It's very common on Capitol Hill when it becomes evident that a bill many people oppose is going to pass, anyway, that representatives will switch sides and support it to avoid future political attacks by their opponents. In this case, I assume the Democrats are trying to avoid charges by the Republicans of being opposed to tax cuts, or being in favor of tax increases. In some cases, representatives will vote for something like this in the expectation that the offensive provisions in a bill will be eliminated in the Senate or in a conference committee.


It's a sad and cheap display, but an inevitability in this era of sound-bite and attack-ad politics. :(

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>The Democrats today abandoned the five Republican senators

>who had stood with them in opposing an extension of the Bush

>tax cuts that the government is unable to pay for.



It will be easy enough to pay for them when the permanent tax cuts for the wealthy are repealed. No one was serious about allowing these middle-class tax cuts to expire ... they were just using them as leverage to get concessions on other issues.

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