(CNN) - In what would be a major concession, President Obama and Senate Democrats will drop their insistence that a surtax on millionaires pay for extending the payroll tax cut, a Democratic source tells CNN. This would be part of a new Democratic offer.
The move comes after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and other top Senate Democrats met with President Obama at the White House earlier today.
This is the only reason Obama’s approval ratings are below 50%
Sucks that the dems have to cave in, but it really is the only political move that makes sense. First they make the GOP look like the corporate shills they are by refusing to even touch the super-wealthy, and then make a compromise to get the middle class the tax break that the GOP are screwing up.
Four and The Door
Very good decision by the Democrats. And very good work by the Republicans in congress for holding your ground on this one. I still don't agree with the idea of de-funding Social Security just because it is a convenient way to make nice with a huge majority of voters leading into an election year.
Four and The Door – you got it backwards. Dems where adding the surtax to the Millionaires so it wouldn't defund Social Security. If I remember correctly it was .7% tax increase. But now it will defund the SS fund unless the republicans figured out some other way to pay for it that I'm on aware of.
This kind of concession is typical of Dems, and the result par for the course for Congress over the past 30 years: GOP advocates for the rich and for corporations, and does so relentlessly and stubbornly. Dems only pretend to advocate for the poor and middle classes, but fold like a sheet of origami paper. The outcome has been a steady move towards plutocracy, and it shows no sign of letting up.
I am an Obama supporter, but come on stop capitulating to the other side, this is what they want. Stay firm and you will see a dramatic upswing in support. Right now though people think you and Dems are too soft, prove us wrong.
Wondering if this is part of an heretofore unmentioned "deal" to strip out Keystone XL all together. . . the whole thing stinks. Why does State Dept get a say in this anyway? Maybe if they agree to cover the thing in solar cells. . . .
I say we let the tax cut go if the GOP can't bother to see that putting the tax surcharge on millionaires is needed to maintain the amount going into the Social Security fund. If we can't get the GOP to compromise here than we have lost the country to Grover Norquist (give Grovers everywhere a bad name).
DEMS DEMS please drop your pants and bend over, I heard over the radio the republican lord Grover Norquist is on the way!!
That's it. I have had it with Obama who cannot stand his ground and lets the GOP walk all over him, from tax cuts for the rich to cutting back on environmental regulations. Is he a Democrat or Republican?
How's that hopey changey thing working out for ya? LOL
Not a good move, Mr. President!
Obama has no guts, should have stood his ground on this. If he can't hold firm on a winning issue for the Democrats, he is a pushover and deserves the reaming he'll get next year.
Well this is dumb. Wish our Dems would stop caving in so easy! :/
I don't know the particulars. I don't know the particulars. I don't know the particulars......:(
What is Obama thinking? Everytime he has an opportunity to force the Republicans into a compromise, he gives in and gives them exactly what they wanted. This really pi$$es me off, to the highest pissivity. Obama is making it harder and harder to vote for him next time around,