Washington (CNN) - The House of Representatives gave final approval late Thursday night to the $858 billion tax deal negotiated by the White House and top Senate Republicans, sending it to President Barack Obama to be signed into law.
After a day of legislative wrangling that delayed consideration of the measure for several hours, the final vote of 277-148 had almost equal numbers of Democrats and Republicans in support.
This was a lousy deal for the middle class. The rich are not endearing themselves to the rest of us by playing like it's a zero-sum game.
Cry me a river all of you class warfare, entitlement loving liberals!! Though I am not rich, I am glad that the successful folks in our country do not have to pay a greater amount more than their fair share!! I also am glad that Dems can not steal a larger percentage of estates that folks have worked hard for all of their lives and want to pass along to their kids! People that want larger death taxes invoke socialist behaviors that are not part of our country!!
Those guys really have NO backbone, whatsoever!
'After a day of legislative wrangling that delayed consideration of the measure for several hours, the final vote of 277-148 had almost equal numbers of Democrats and Republicans in support."
Call me cynical, but a fair translation of that statement would be:
"It took a day of behind-the-scenes negtiations to prioritize which representatives would politically benefit with a Yea vote and which representatives would politically benefit with a Nay vote. Once the predetermined vote count was reached, the bill was brought to consideration."
BOTH of these parties suck. The founders warned about party politics.
Strictly Libertarian for me from now on.
Heretofore this great accomplishment shall be known as "The Obama Tax Cuts" that aren't really cuts at all since the rates aren't changing. I think we could have done without the payroll cut, especially given the state of SS, as well as some of the others. I guess Obozo wants to ensure the economy recovers and he has a fighting chance at re-election.
A sure-fire way to end Social Security for future generations is to cut funding for it at a time when it needs more funding. And lying repugs will later say: "We can't raise taxes (Social Security withholdings) NOW!!", and the rate will be considered 'written in stone'. Gutless dems will do nothing.
If we don't start paying for the here and now, and quit dumping our problems on the future generations, our country is in serious trouble.
"...the final vote of 277-148 had almost equal numbers of Democrats and Republicans in support."
Hmm, that sounds BIPARTISAN to me!! Where are the fireworks?? I think the next two years are going to be EXCITING and politics at its BEST!!
NOW, repeal DADT; pass START and the DREAM ACT!! It does not take MUCH to say YES and leave the "political circus" behind!!!!
I will continue to support our current leader, President Obama, as he MOVES AMERICA FORWARD!!