Wednesday, January 2, 2013

151 Republicans Vote Against What Republicans Call the Biggest Tax Cut in American History

Hypocrisy 1, Rational Thought 0

The first battle of the cliff war has been largely won by the Democrats, with the Republicans getting ready to fight battles over the debt ceiling, spending cuts and the rest of the 2013 budget.  In less than a week the current cliff war will be largely forgotten.

But before everyone leaves this battlefield for a new one, let’s reflect on these two facts and statements about the conflict over what we will call Fiscal Cliff 1.

House Speaker John A. Boehner (Ohio) and most other top GOP leaders took no public position on the measure and offered no public comment before the 10:45 p.m. vote. Boehner declined even to deliver his usual closing argument, leaving House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.) to defend the measure as the “largest tax cut in American history.”

Wow, that’s pretty impressive.  And even more impressive is this.

With 151 Republicans voting “no,” the GOP tally fell far short of a majority of the GOP caucus. 

Can anyone reconcile those two facts, really anyone?  The only explanation here, it must be the triumph of those “tax and spend” Republicans. 

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