Tax Cut Bill Brings Out The Best In Some Democrats

18 Dec

The Obama Tax Cut compromise-a-palooza bill was signed into law yesterday.  However, the weeks leading up to the passage of the bill were filled with passionate, full-throated defenses of the middle class from some very prominent Democrats on the floor of the house.  Most notably, the eight and a half hour floor speech given by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).

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From his website:

At 10:24 a.m. on Friday, Sen. Bernie Sanders walked onto the floor of the U.S. Senate and asked to speak. More than eight and a half hours later, after speaking almost non-stop and never once leaving the floor or even sitting, the senator concluded his remarks in which he laid out why exactly he opposes the tax cut agreement between the White House and congressional Republicans.

“In my view, the agreement they reached is a bad deal for the American people. I think we can do better,” Sanders said. The senator discussed the greatness of the nation: “I know my father came to this country at the age of 17 without a penny in his pocket. He became the proudest American one could ever see. He didn’t have much of an education, but he knew this country gave him a great opportunity. That is the American story. That is what it is all about.”

“I think the American people are saying, with a $13.8 trillion national debt, let’s not give tax breaks to billionaires and drive up that national debt, forcing our kids to pay more in taxes, and at the same time have Republicans coming forward to start slashing Medicare and Medicaid and Social Security because of this large debt that we are making larger.”

About a week previous, Sanders had taken to the floor of the Senate to give another rousing speech about the middle cllass and the war between the haves and have-nots in America.  It was the most honest speech given on the floor of the United States Senate in years.  It is absolutely must-see internet TV.

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Sanders wasn’t the only Senator or Representative to take to the floor to defend the middle class and argue against benefits for billionaires, Rep. Louise Slaughter (D, NY-28) also took to the microphone to explain why she was voting “no” on the Obama tax bill.

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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) also voted “no” on the Obama tax cut bill.

“I’m opposing this deal in its current form because right now we need to focus on the middle class, who are always left behind, not the people at the very top, who are doing just fine in this economy.

“Although this deal includes important measures I have fiercely advocated for, extending Bush tax cuts for the very wealthy will saddle our children with billions of dollars of debt. With unemployment near 10 percent and a growing budget deficit, every dollar in this deal should be spent in a way that creates jobs and gets our economy growing, and tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires do not create jobs and will not help our economy grow. This kind of fiscal recklessness is bad for our economy and bad for future generations.”

There are still some liberal champions in the Congress.

3 Responses to “Tax Cut Bill Brings Out The Best In Some Democrats”

  1. Mike In WNY December 18, 2010 at 10:43 am #

    Allowing the government to take more money is equivalent to giving an addict more heroin. It’s time for Washington to go cold-turkey. Also, I sincerely hope that the debt ceiling is not raised.

  2. LeoInTheSnow December 18, 2010 at 5:10 pm #

    Sales rhetoric from these people – and, sadly, their opponents as well – is always grand and inspiring.

    Too bad they deliver crap.

  3. dcoffee December 20, 2010 at 10:09 am #

    we need to get more good good people in congress. Tax cuts for the rich won’t trickle down and save us all. 

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