The AP reported yesterday that the deal between the President and the GOP to maintain a taxation status quo is being modified to include load of pork. The pork is designed to bring reluctant Democrats on board.
Why? Let them vote no. Let them raise taxes; Just Stop Them From Spending.
The $5 billion dollar ethanol subsidy, by itself, demands a No vote. Just last week envirostatist, Nobelist, Oscar winner and former Tipper Dipper Al Gore called it a scam and a stupid idea.
The inconvenience of waiting until January to vote to preserve tax rates is well worth the message it sends: We are not going to buy votes for ethanol, windmills, transit subsidies, or any other unrelated items. If you want to preserve the current tax regime, lower payroll taxes and extend unemployment benefits - vote for it. If you don't, vote against it. We're done handing out billions of dollars to whiny political district-pimps at the behest of their lobbyist mobs. We don't need your damn vote.
If you vote no, we'll propose a bill you'll like a lot less in January. If the Senate stops it, or the President vetoes it, we'll bring it up again. And again. Until 2012. Higher taxes for the next 2 years will actually be a small price to pay for 5 decades or so of control of all 3 branches of government.
Every Republican should vote no if the tax-maintenance deal isn't voted straight up-an-down on the merits. Make ethanol the poster child. If the GOP is going to eschew earmarks, why pander to Democrats' earmarks?