Ever since Obama rejected an extension of tax cuts for the rich, Democrats have poured out in support of the tax cuts.
For congressmen, supporting an extension is a political safe haven. The tax cuts will still expire — without presidential support — while they get to reach out to rich people and Republican voters.
- Rep Jim Himes of Connecticut says he supports a temporary extension, because earning $250,000 annually “does not make you really rich.”
- Rep Bobby Bright of Alabama came out against ending the tax cuts, because “a vast majority of my constituents … don’t believe in tax increases on anybody at this point in time.”
- Rep Ron Klein of Florida wants a one year extension of the tax cuts, including those for the rich, because “right now, our top economic priority has to be job creation.”
- Rep Gerry Connolly of Virginia says the tax cuts should remain because the recovery remains “fragile.”
- Rep Gary Peters of Michigan wants the cuts to continue lest we “jeopardize economic recovery.”
- Rep Harry Mitchell of Arizona says he “strongly” opposes letting the tax cuts lapse because “we need to encourage investment, not discourage it.”
But again, a few defections have zero impact as long as Obama holds veto power over an extension.
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