Today is December 20,2011, the last week of Advent before Christmas. Some of the readings today come from Luke again: “And observe, your kinswoman Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren.” (Lu 1:36) The angel was telling Mary about the impending birth of a cousin (nephew maybe) who would later be known as John the Baptist. These are amazing times, when virgins will give birth along with women who normally are beyond child bearing years. Yet anything is possible isn’t it? You betcha’! And the House Republicans voted down the payroll tax extension, not so amazing. It goes like this, the White House and the American People want something that will benefit a huge group of people, and not so amazingly, the Republicans shoot it down. That’s the unremarkable thing. House Republicans and Senate Republicans have never cared for the working middle class. They don’t pay enough. Yesterday John Boehner (R-Ohio) said that voting on the law would make the “job creators” uncertain. Puuullleeeeze! We all know why they voted it down. Collectively they do not want the President to declare any victory for anything anywhere any how. They want to save face at the expense of the backbone of this country, working people. Well the clock is ticking toward November and many of these old lies are falling by the wayside as well as some representatives.
Other provisions in the Senate package that was voted down include — an extension of unemployment insurance benefits and a stopgap measure to prevent automatic cuts to doctors’ Medicare payments — are also on track to expire on Jan. 1 without congressional action. Does that make any sense to anyone out there? Didn’t think so.
and so it goes…