by Jacob Davies
What do the two major parties in the United States stand for? What priorities do they put higher than anything else, so high that they are willing to compromise on things they really don't like if that's the only way to make it pass?
|Republican Party||Democratic Party|
|Tax cuts for households making over $250k||MUST HAVE||AGAINST|
|Reductions in the estate tax for the very wealthy||MUST HAVE||AGAINST|
|Short-term employee-side payroll tax cuts||AGAINST||MUST HAVE|
|Unemployment benefits extended for another 13 months||AGAINST||MUST HAVE|
|Reducing the short-term deficit||DON'T CARE EVEN A LITTLE TEENY TINY BIT||DON'T CARE VERY MUCH|
So, are we clear?
I don't want to hear from anyone who says that Republicans are on the side of those who work for a living in the United States. I don't want to hear from anyone who says that Republicans care about the deficit. I don't want to hear from anyone who says that Republicans are not, now and forevermore, a political party devoted to the very wealthy over everyone else. They made what they stand for crystal clear here.
And whatever the Democrats may do that drives me crazy, when it comes down to it, they do look out for the welfare of those of us that work for a living. Whatever the merits or otherwise of this deal, it did us all a favor in clarifying those things.