Washington Gridlock v 2011

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Rosalind Helderman, Washington Post Congressional reporter, discusses the showdown over the payroll tax and who stands to win - and lose.


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Comments [10]



Dec. 22 2011 11:35 AM

Qui bone?

The "embarrassment" for our civil society has little to do with the legislative history 0f a particular measure. The greater dishonor is being earned by the "so-called" "free" press which has taken on the servile task of shaping the reporting for "reality show" drama.

Dec. 22 2011 11:34 AM

every time boehner comes up with a compromise the tea baggers nix it. he can’t control his team; he’s a bad leader. off with his head.
but we should also know it’s the voters who brought us this nightmare. Voters need define a clear path

Dec. 22 2011 11:10 AM
Pat Newkirk from Washington Heights

If the gridlock in Washington over the tax increase is discussed again, please talk about the big stinky elephant in the room that is the Keystone Pipeline. It is disingenuous for the Republicans in the House to claim this is only about one year versus two months and funding. They are trying to force the pipeline issue which obviously needs separate public consideration. They want to appease the oil companies and the public is not aware. It is too big a separate issue to tack on as an albatross onto the tax bill.
It was so frustrating that the cable news people did not talk about the pipeline in a whole day of following the inaction in Congress. Please, put it out there for you audience to consider.
Thank you.

Dec. 22 2011 10:59 AM

that is NOT the job of the president
congress cant even pass a budget and that their main function

Dec. 22 2011 10:45 AM
efirewood from NJ

Isn't this whole issue really about the pipeline? The payroll tax discussion that we are all engaging in is just a smokescreen for the petroleum companies getting what they want. As usual.

Dec. 22 2011 10:41 AM
Susan from nyc

I am a liberal (put me in the Kucinich/Sanders camp), and I am unalterably opposed to the payroll tax cut. This is nothing but a cynical, back-door way to undermine Social Security as a universal insurance program. The ultimate aim of the Republicans is to destroy the virtually universal support Social Security now enjoys, since people actually believe this is the one program where we are all in this together. Then all the money can be shoveled to their friends (i.e., contributors) on Wall Street, all in the name of "saving Social Security." I stand with Dennis Kucinich: "WAKE UP AMERICA!!!"

Dec. 22 2011 10:36 AM
David A. from West Hempstead

If people think taxes have gone up under Obama, then they didn't notice the payroll tax holiday when it was put in place. Why will they notice if it expires?

Dec. 22 2011 10:33 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

If we had a President who actually enjoyed his job, instead of avoiding it, we would have had many of these "crises" resolved by the White House participating (OMG!) in the governing procees by negotiating with their opposition.

Instead, we have a vicious ideologue as President who uses failure and gridlock as a TOOL for his own careeer. The American people are the losers.
In fact, he doesn't even talk to Democrats in Congress. Ask them.


Dec. 22 2011 09:45 AM

If Congress reps need to return to Washington for a vote, who pays the travel expenses? Shame on our reps for causing this extra cost. Why not develop web-based voting?
Madeleine Richard

Dec. 22 2011 09:29 AM

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