From the Washington Post:
You mean THESE Bush-era tax cuts?
Republicans are demanding that Democrats extend Bush-era tax cuts at all income levels at least temporarily, not just those that primarily benefit the middle class.
The House Democrats, going against their traditional ideology, just passed the bill to extend the Bush Tax cuts...but only for those people making $250,000 dollars/yr or LESS. Republicans don't like that. They want the Bush Tax cuts (pictured above in orange) to remain where they are for people making OVER $250,000 dollars/yr.
Can the Democrats actually convey their pro-middle-class message to middle-class America?
Or will they trick it off as usual?
Even if Democrats are successful in selling this message, do you think America will "get it"?
Will the Republicans (who BTW have not taken office yet) get their way and extend the Bush Tax cuts for the Rich? And if so, will the middle-class finally see whose side the Republicans are really on?
*** UPDATE ***
Senate Republicans Block Democratic Proposal to Extend Bush Tax Cuts for Middle Class:
Republican senators, joined by a handful of moderate Democrats, led a filibuster Saturday to block consideration of two Democratic proposals to permanently extend the expiring Bush tax cuts for all but the highest earners, arguing that the Bush-era cuts should be extended for all income levels.
In a rare weekend session, senators voted 36 to 53 against moving to a House-passed bill that would have extended the Bush-era tax reductions for everyone making less than $250,000, as well as the first $250,000 of income for higher earners. That was seven votes short of the three-fifths majority (60) needed to break the filibuster. Four Democrats-- Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Jim Webb of Virginia, Ben Nelson of Nebraska, and Russ Feingold of Wisconsin-- voted with the Republicans to block action on the bill, as did Sen. Joe Lieberman, an independent from Connecticut.