The Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell gave Pres. Obama what he wanted on Dec. 31, 2012: More tax increases.
"The president wanted tax increases, but thanks to this imperfect agreement, 99 percent of my constituents won't be hit by those hikes," McConnell said.
So who will be hit with the new tax hikes if the House approves the bill rushed through one side of Congress on the final day of the year? The wealthiest Americans of course since Pres. Obama had been campaigning to raise their taxes for more than a year now.
And just who are those wealthy Americans? Originally they were people who made more than $250,000 a year. But Republicans have pointed out to the president that a small business owner can easily make that much money and yet they are far from being wealthy. And their costs for employee health care proves that, right?
Therefore, Pres. Obama agreed to the Republican demand that the "wealthy" bar be raised when it came to increased taxes. But that made some Democrats like Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa angry enough not to vote for the bill; but it passed in the Senate anyway, and with bipartisan support.
The new bill now has to clear the House if it is to become law, but it is clear that the House will not vote immediately on it when they return to work at noon on New Year's Day, as Republican leaders are insisting that this bill must not be a behind-the-door legislative effort. Thank God.
To prevent the American people from getting stuck with something they don't want, the GOP has said that there will be no acceptance or amendment of the proposed bill until they, as well as the American People, "have been able to review the legislation," Fox News reported.
And that's just how Americans want it, as who wants more bills that aren't understood--or that sneak in provisions or costs not clearly stated in press conferences? Not taxpayers, that's for sure.
(Mitch McConnell photo credit: The New York Times)