On payroll tax: Rs right on policy, SO wrong on politics

Like most Republicans I know who do not live and work in the DC bubble, I am beyond exasperated with how this whole payroll tax holiday mess is playing out on the national stage.  This headline from Bloomberg is fairly representative of the media’s – and therefore the public’s – take: “House GOP rejects 2-month payroll tax cut.”  Bad enough.  This one is even worse:  “Obama urges public help pushing payroll tax cuts.”  Somehow in the space of just over a week, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama have managed to put themselves squarely on the side of tax cuts, battling doggedly against REPUBLICAN opposition.

Down is up.  Right is left.  Hot is cold.  And people are buying it. DC has slipped into the Bizzarro World.  

Of course the hypothetical headline: “House GOP insists on year-long payroll tax cut” would be equally accurate, and in fact “truer,” covering more context.  As would “Obama urges public help pushing political delaying tactic.”  But you aren’t going to see those headlines anywhere outside of the conservative media.

I don’t think the mainstream press is actually rubbing their hands in glee and giggling, “let’s stick it to the Republicans.”  Not most of them anyhow.  They are just constitutionally predisposed to buy into the Democrats’ preferred narrative, and to view the Republicans’ with suspicion.

This is not a moan about ‘media bias.’  That predisposition is simple political reality – has been for a long while, looks to be for a long while more.  As Bruce Hornsby might sing, “That’s Just the Way It Is” (try to get that out of your head now.  You’re welcome).  The gleeful hand rubbing and giddy giggling is emanating from the Reid/Pelosi/Obama press offices, where the staffers doubtless cannot believe they have managed to get to the House GOP’s right on tax cuts.  Tax cuts.  The mind reels.  What galls is less the rampant bias evident on this issue than the House Republicans apparent failure to predict how their intransigence would play in the press… READ THE REST at CriticalMASS

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  • Vote3rdpartynow

    Think about this…

    If the Republicans sign this deal then 60 days from now (actually less) Congress will be back again asking for the same thing – another payroll tax cut extension.  The voting public will get the idea that this President is not a person that can lead this country in the long term.  He is the guy that tapes the leaky pipe (at best) instead of fixing the leaky pipe.  

    This president offers ‘Boo Boo Kitty’ bandaids when what the American economy needs is massive bypass surgery.  This entire issue demonstrates the massive lack of leadership ability of Obama.  Yesterday he phoned in his encouragement to pass the payroll tax cut bill instead of showing up in person and talking to Boehner or any other Republican.  After he called in his support he went out shopping.  He is a no-show on the subject of leadership….

    I think the Republicans ought to pass the 2 month bill and make a big stink in about 50 days that they are back to square one because the President is failing to lead….  Make it an issue that the President is just kicking the can down the road in ever smaller increments.  What next, a 30 day extension to the payroll tax cut bill?  And then a 10 day extension?  

  • Have I enjoyed the money this year, yes, but if they wanted me to spend 2% more of my pay, they should have either allowed penalty free 401k withdrawls or cut my federal taxes.

    For 75+ years SS was its own separate thing, money in, money out. Now all of a sudden it’s in the mix- IOU’s, extendng temporary cuts, etc. Headline 2016: 2011-201? cut in SS witholdings jeopardizes solvency of SS.

    We created the rhetoric that expiring tax cuts are tax increases, so now these chickens have come home to roost as the Dems, assisted by the MSM turns them on us.

    The politics around this are bad, but the policy should be to remove everyone’s hands from the SS piggy bank.

  • CVarley

    Merry Christmas, Mr. President.

    I think our only saving grace is that people are busy with holiday stuff so maybe they missed most of it. I certainly hope so.