On Jan. 1, the Bush tax cuts expire and taxes go up for everyone. Subsequently a bipartisan bill is introduced which cuts taxes for the middle-class retroactive to Jan. 1. Similar bills are introduced funding critical parts of the defense budget. All pass with bipartisan support. The result? Democrats get their increased tax rates for the wealthy. Republicans are free to campaign on a platform of not voting for a tax increase, and actually voting for a tax cut for the middle-class. The “can” with all the really critical issues is again kicked down the road. In Washington-speak: a win-win.
—Harry Mitchell, Edmond