Republicans Speaking Half truths
In interview after interview this week, reporters allowed Republican House leaders Boehner and Cantor say, "We can settle this quickly, all the President has to do is call the Senate back from vacation." Not one reporter asked the key question, the one Republicans couldn't answer, that being, Why did you renege after agreeing to keep the payroll tax reduction at 6.2% and why are you blaming the Democrats in the Senate for limiting the extension to only 2-months when you knew your Republicans wouldn't agree to anything more than that? Then after the 2-month deal had been overwhelmingly approved by the Senate, 89 to 10, (Most Republicans as well as Democrats voted in favor) you've reverted to the argument that you want a full year. The Democrats have wanted a full year too. They couldn't get it, because you were arguing on where you'd get the money. You waited to play your card until the entire Senate left town late Saturday and early Sunday, thinking the House would vote for the bill agreed to in a House-Senate conference. I'm sure most Americans don't understand the details of the drama, above, but somebody's going to be blamed for a cut of 2% of the wages of 160 Million Americans and this miscalculation is now coming back on the Republican shoulders. President Obama is regaining his political foothold. Some say he is going to be blamed but when the Government shutdown took place in the Clinton years, Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich and the Republicans took the hit. This time, just as then, the Democratic president appears to be the victim of Republican gamesmanship. The Washington Post-ABC News poll and the CNN poll are now showing close to half the American people are back to favoring the incumbent, up from the low 40s earlier this year.