Interesting headline by the Wall Street Journal today: Senate Defeats Democrat Attempt to Extend Middle-Class Tax Cuts
Than Democrats are the good guys? Not so fast.
As we get into the article, we see that the headline more correctly should have read: Senate Defeats Attempt to Initiate Debate on Middle-Class Tax Cuts
It’s a political masterstroke by Democrats. On the one one hand Democrats force Republicans to vote against a bill that only looks like it favors tax cuts for the middle class, thereby nurturing one of their favorite stereotypes of Republicans as insensitive and uncaring for the needs of the ‘little’ people.
At the same time Democrats avoid open discussion of the now debunked, prime-the-pump, Keynesian economics theory they mindlessly flout as justification for their reckless, unsustainable tax-borrow-and-spend policies that are driving America over the cliff into economic disaster.
I have long respected the professional in-depth reporting and integrity of the Wall Street Journal. This spin disappoints me.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate on Saturday defeated two attempts by Democrats to extend the Bush-era tax cuts for the middle classes permanently, in rare weekend votes that likely had little effect on wider negotiations to reach a compromise on how to extend the tax cuts.
The Senate voted 53-36 to reject an attempt to initiate debate in the chamber on a measure that would have extended lower tax rates for individuals who earn less than $200,000 and couples earning less than $250,000.
How about some of these headlines: