“I mean if we can’t win that argument, we might as well fold up. These people are saying we are going to insist on tax cuts for the richest people in the country and we don’t care if they are paid for, and we don’t think it is a problem if it contributes to the deficit, but we are not going to vote to extend unemployment benefits to working people if they aren’t paid for because they contribute to the deficit. I mean, what is wrong with that? How can it be more clear?” Ted Strickland on the inability of the Democrats to sell the idea of only extending the tax rates for the middle class
Adding… Greg Sargent reports:
The House just passed an extension of only the middle class tax cuts, by a comfortable margin. There are now 229 votes in favor.
This is a minor victory. The Senate is the domain of mopes like Kent Conrad and Ben Nelson and that’s where the real test will be — even though only extending the tax rates for the middle class is supported by a 51 percent majority.