Obama should stick to his guns on letting the Bush’s tax increases expire and the vast majority of the Senate Dem caucus will back him up, including most of this centrist group. What’s going on looks more like jockeying for influence. We have reached staggering levels of income inequality in the U.S., much of it due to the policies of the last 8 years which have caused the richest among us to have a much easier time than others.
Raising taxes has never been easy, remember how much trouble President Clinton had in 1993. He lost some Dem votes as well when he did that. And now I see that this year’s spending bill is one vote short of breaking a filibuster. Ugh. We could use Al Franken about now.
2010 will bring more Democratic senators.]]>
Not to make this NC centred but we are one of the few states that has not had a gay marriage banning amendment passed. I mention this because 1000 evangelicals came to Raleigh to campaign for it but the Democratic leadership in the house and senate stood firm against them. I wish other Dems would show the same level of backbone as we have down here.]]>
Indeed, Hagan’s positioning is once again very interesting. She was not been part of this centrist caucus during the stimulus, and then now again. The only time she has crossed liberals for now is on the vote on DC gun rights last week, and even Reid voted with Republicans on that one.]]>
I am sure they will vote with the President on all issues - look at the Stimulus package or the fair pay legislation. Both received majority Dem support (or total in the case of the stimulus)]]>