The politics of a compromise
December 18th, 2010
10:12 AM ET
12 years ago

The politics of a compromise

(CNN) - Both parties touted the passage of the bipartisan tax deal signed into law Friday in their weekly internet and radio addresses, but their description of the process shows party divides are still alive and well.

The compromise, which passed in the Senate and House, was the result of negotiations between both parties and the White House that came together after Republicans made significant gains in both chambers, winning the majority in the new House.

Representing the GOP, Sen. John Cornyn of Texas said the agreement is an example of how the choices made in the election have "already changed the terms of the debate here in Washington" and show the "American people that we (Republicans) got the message."

"This bipartisan agreement was made possible because voters gave Republicans much more leverage at the negotiating table," Cornyn said Saturday. "Our leverage forced the White House to abandon its 'class-warfare' rhetoric; stop pandering to the President's left-wing base; and do the right thing for American taxpayers and job creators."

In his weekly address, President Barack Obama described the package as an important step for the economy.

"Like any negotiations, there was give and take on both sides," Obama said. "But I'm heartened by our ability to come together to do what's best for middle class families across the country, and our economy as a whole."

The bill includes a two-year extension of the Bush-era tax cuts, a continuation of unemployment benefits for the long-term unemployed for 13 months, as well as a two percentage point cut in the payroll tax and the revival of the estate tax at a lower level.

As an example of the changes in Washington since the election, Cornyn referenced the health care vote last Christmas Eve, calling it a "divisive 2.6 trillion dollar health care bill strictly along party lines."

"This year, God willing, Washington will give the American people a far better gift: a silent night," Cornyn said.

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soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Cornyn must watch Fox news a lot, because he is as misinformed as their viewers. The idea of a government take over of healthcare is hogwash and the CBO scored the reform as deficit reducing. I do enjoy this idiot trying to convince the right wingnuts that he deserves his own earmarks even though he signed a pledge eliminate them. You can send DeLay clone Texan to the senate, but you cannot take the republican culture of corruption out of this senator.

    December 18, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Since the Fox viewers did not know they got a stimulus tax cut in April of 2009, making taxes the lowest in 50 years, Taxes did not go up even though you won't hear that at Fox. If baggers worked, they would have known.

    December 18, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  3. NVa Native

    We keep hearing how the Repubs did well in the Congress, but we don't hear how they didn't do so well in the Senate.
    Come on lame-stream media (CNN) let's hear why you don't keep repeating that the Repubs are still the MINORITY party of the Senate?
    That the Democratic Party STILL controls the Senate and the White House?

    December 18, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  4. Rich

    I am not sure who Obama thinks will vote for him now.

    December 18, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  5. TheVeteran

    The politics of this is: Now Republicans cannot scream about fiscal discipline.

    December 18, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  6. a in austin

    This from a republican senator who loaded his pork and then said he was going to vote against the bill after he tried to side step the questions. This is what the party of no has done for last two years. They get theirs but vote no. Cornyn – Hypocrite? You betcha...

    December 18, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  7. Oy Vey AZ

    When the Titanic went down the first class passengers got the boats and the rest of us got frozen donuts. Pleas Mr. Republican, may I have one more bowl of gruel?

    December 18, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  8. Bill from GA

    Repugs can stop a bill with 41 of 100 Senate seats, and they use that to run the country
    With this tax bill, we have shown that America is the most selfish country on the planet. We are stealing millions each day from our children and their future, just so we can live better now.
    Under Clinton (when he still had guts) we were paying down the debt; now we have no viable plan to even pay for what we currently spend each year. How is that not stealing?

    December 18, 2010 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  9. one voice

    Our President was forced to compromise because the PARTY OF NO was blocking unemployment benefits and tax cuts for the working middle class. The CROOKED GOP said NO to 911 first responders, NO to the dream act, NO to the start treaty all because they want tax breaks foe millionaires and billionaires. Can you RIGHT-WING SUPPORTERS see what your party is all about? What is wrong with you people? Their cold heart is out in plain sight for EVERYONE to see. You are being DUPED and WE WILL BLAME YOU in a few years from now for your actions at the polls. I hope you can live with it because we are GOING DOWN!!!

    December 18, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  10. Marcus

    Ridiculous, simply ridiculous. Perhaps Cornyn voters don't know that there are things like 'Google' or 'CBO' or 'Archives sections' (in most, if not all, web pages of newsmedia). Perhaps that is what he's counting with next election. That they (the voters of his state) forget what he said and what he did instead.
    Yeah, most likely...

    December 18, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  11. Sorensen

    The word compromise makes it sound as if they reached an intelligent solution after realistic discussions. Nothing- of course- is further from the truth. Unfortunately, our so-called government is nothing but a bunch of immature, self-absorbed
    not overly intelligent bozos playing poker with the unfortunate population. They should all get fired without pension, so
    somebody could start from scratch. The USA is becoming the laughing stock of the western world.

    December 18, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  12. Marcus

    'Henry Miller – "We just don't see why we have to give an extra tax cut to the wealthiest." quoth Nancy Pelosi.
    It's not a tax cut, you moron! It's the absence of a tax increase!'

    No, the moron is the one that says that a tax that is reduced (temporarily) is not 'cut', or that when it is prevented that said tax RETURNS TO ITS NORMAL LEVEL the 'tax cut' was mantained, claiming instead that a tax increase (to its former and normal levels) was prevented.
    Got it?

    December 18, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  13. w l jones

    Most tax cut pump billion of dallors into the ecomomic thereby create twillion of dollars business activly, business person hire people get a piece of the action.

    December 18, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |