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Payroll tax fight is a big gamble for GOP

Rep. John Kline
Rep. John Kline

Democrats have already gone on the offensive.

Rep. Keith Ellison
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Rep. Keith Ellison

"It's emblematic of the sort of problems Congress has had," Republican Erik Paulsen told WCCO Radio. "Washington continues to be broken. … Instead of doing their jobs I think some politicians are more interested in winning their next campaign."

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The republicans couldn't, for a long time, figure out if they should cozy up to the tea party. They have their answer. The tea party has done nothing but push the republican party around like a toy. Day after day the republican party gives voters fewer and fewer reasons to vote for them. The moderates are no where to be seen, only the zealots. The political pendulum swings hard left and it swings hard right and it is at its best when it is in the middle. Right now the pendulum has swung all the way past hard right all the way to stupid. The electorate is finally starting to wake up so the republicans need to bring back their reasonable approach rather than the yesterday they were for it, today they are against it game playing they are currently engaged in.

Thom Hartmann says the House plan is larded with poisonous provisions that aren't talked about by journalists, most of whom wouldn't have time to read the entire bill and therefore wouldn't know about them. Those provisions, rather than the one-year length, may be what the House Rs are upset about.

And then there's keeping the Senate "in session" so Mr. Abama can't make recess appointments to the NLRB or any other agency.

This is pathetic. I have heard the GOP say that the 2 month extension provides too much uncertainty for business. So now, millions of businesses getting ready to do payroll in early January do what to prepare their computerized payroll systems? They need to know how much to withhold, how much cash they need to pay the feds, all kinds of stuff to consider. Large and small companies both. This actually affects people who employ people; quite in contrast to those who just cash dividend checks.

"The moderates are no where to be seen, only the zealots."

Let's remember that the "zealots" are simply for balancing the budget and living within our means.