Bush Tax Cut and Earmark Ban vote show mixed message

By Taxpayer Association of Oregon,

The House voted 234-188 to continue some of the Bush Tax Cuts while raising taxes in a recession on small businesses. 33 Democrats saw the anti-tax election wave and voted against the tax increase and against Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Three Republicans, Walter Jones (N.C.), Ron Paul (Texas) and John Duncan (Tenn.) broke from their leader and voted for the tax increase on small business.

More confusing is the Senate which rejected an Earmark ban amendment. Despite the earmark outrage in 2006 and the anti-spending wave of 2010 the Senate failed to pass it. Unlike the House, Senate Republicans in larger numbers opposed the ban. The six notable Republicans who voted against the earmark ban are Sens. Thad Cochran (Miss.), Susan Collins (Maine), James Inhofe (Okla.), Dick Lugar (Ind.), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) Richard Shelby (Ala.) Sen. George Voinovich (Ohio) and Sen. Bob Bennett (Utah).

The House Republicans got the message (except for three) but the Senate Republicans did not.

It is an insane vote against the will of the people.

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  • Bob Clark

    You know there is some significant confusion as to how earmarks work between congress and the president. Banning congressional earmarks is said to swing power to the president as he is allowed to continue submitting earmarks in his budget. But with the congressional ban on earmarks, congress is limited in its ability to adjust the president’s earmarks (its either yes as proposed, or none at all).

    So, not so sure, banning earmarks at congressional level is a good thing for those favoring a less meddling federal government. I wish the whole balance between federal and state spending responsibilites were adjusted back towards state control on most domestic issues like education, health care, and transportation. The current system is hugely wasteful, causing billions of tranportation dollars to be tied up in uneconomical passenger train projects.

    I get the gist of the article. I can’t recall any retarded first grader able to write at such a level.

  • SOL668

    Raise taxes on small business? Really?

    Well if your small business pays you 200k a year…

    http://politifact.com/virginia/statements/2010/nov/26/eric-cantor/eric-cantor-says-expiration-bush-tax-cuts-will-rai/

    The reality is most people who earn this very high wage (nearly 5 times the national average) aren’t small business owners

    which is just common sense, nobody pays themself 200-250k on a business grossing 1-2 million a year…thats 1/8 to 1/4 of total income, ridiculous

  • valley p

    “while raising taxes in a recession on small businesses.”

    The recession ended a year ago. I know…I know…recovery still in progress. But its Republicans arguing for dropping people from unemployment compensation because there are plenty of jobs to be had. And the same Republicans are arguing for balancing the budget, which would be stupid in a recession. So which is it?

    And, it was Republicans who passed the Bush tax cuts that were designed to expire at the end of this year. if they did not want them to expire, why did they vote for them to expire? Who is confused here?

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