RINO Republican Senators, Scott Brown of Massachusetts, Dean Heller of Nevada, Richard Lugar of Indiana, Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins of Maine called on the House to stop being principled & agree with democrats on the payroll tax holiday extension.
“The House Republicans plan to scuttle the deal to help middle-class families is irresponsible and wrong”, Senator Brown said in a statement. “The refusal to compromise now threatens to increase taxes on hard-working Americans and stop unemployment benefits for those out of work.”
There’s that magic word; Compromise.
Mr. Brown; You and your ilk have been the virus infecting the Republican Party for as long as I can remember. Squishy, scared little pansies, more concerned with their own power than doing the right thing.
Digression: Why is it that conservatives always have to compromise & that compromise always entails agreeing with the left? Have you ever heard a cry for lefties to compromise & move right on any issue? I didn’t think so.
Back to it.
Pete Isberg, president of the NPRC (National Payroll Reporting Consortium) wrote Monday to the key leaders of the relevant committees of the House and Senate, telling them that insufficient lead time to implement the complicated change mandated by the legislation means the two-month payroll tax holiday could create substantial problems, confusion and costs affecting a significant percentage of U.S. employers and employees.”
Translation: American businesses cannot do what the Senate has mandated. That’s not surprising though. Very few in the Senate have ever been involved in any real business. That’s not their problem. Politicians don’t need to worry about such mundane things. They say, we do. It’s that simple. Whether it’s possible to do, is our problem.
Isberg continued, “Many payroll systems are not likely to be able to make such a substantial programming change before January or even February. The systems affected tend to be highly complex, normally requiring at least ninety days for a change of this magnitude for software testing alone; not to mention analysis, design, coding and implementation.”
Details, details. Doesn’t this guy get that it is not at all about the continuation of the tax holiday, but entirely about the photo op.
Illinois representative Joe Walsh (no, not that Joe Walsh) said business groups have been adamant that a two-month extension would result in a crippling burden of form filling and red tape.
Walsh said, “Businesses tell us that what the Senate just passed over the weekend is beyond silly, it is just not workable, they can’t process the paperwork necessary to put a two-month extension of a payroll tax cut into play.”
And then, chiming in, we hear the sage of the House & wizard of smart, Representative Sheila Jackson Lee.
Lee said Tuesday that President Obama “absolutely” should use his executive power to continue the unemployment benefits and payroll tax cut extension and said she hoped to discuss the option with the White House.
“I consider leaving Americans without unemployment insurance for January and February a crime. I consider not extending the payroll tax cut … a crime”, Jackson Lee added. To be this dumb & be a member of the U.S. House of Representatives; now that’s a crime!
In her defense, Sheila has only been in Congress since 1995 so we can’t expect her to know how the government works or that the President lacks that power. A Dictator or King does, but the Presidency, in its current form, does not. King Barack. Has a certain ring to it.
If they really wanted to solve this, it would be very easy for Senate leader Reid to dispatch a few Senators to represent the whole, back to Washington & iron out a temporary agreement to continue the status quo until they reconvene. It has even been suggested by the House Leaders. He has rejected that because the talking point is much more important to Reid than doing the right thing.
See, the thing is, Conservatives or Republicans (rarely the same thing) can’t win the publicity war. So, my advice is just do the right thing, because it is the right thing, knowing you’ll be damned if you do or don’t. Then send out real Conservatives to speak directly to the people. Go on every show, do every interview. Keep pounding your position. Call out the liars from both parties, publicly. Pull no punches.
Attribution: Jake Tapper (ABC), RedState, Newsmax, The Hill