WASHINGTON, DC – So, if Congress kept the country from going over the fiscal cliff, why isn’t everybody happy?
Tuesday night, the House of Representatives reluctantly passed the senate bill that kept the government from crashing and burning.
But if this whole fiscal cliff hanger were a Quentin Tarantino movie, you might get a scene like the one with Mr. Wolfe in Pulp Fiction, the one where he says now may not be the time for ‘mutual congratulatory gratification,’ if you know what we mean.
First of all, suckers, your tax rates may not be going up, but your paychecks just got smaller.
Yeah, the two-year payroll tax holiday is over, which means if you make fifty-grand a year, you’ll give Uncle Sam about $83 more each month to help fund Social Security, so just think of this as your small contribution to the cause.
President Obama didn’t mention that tax when he thanked lawmakers for soaking the rich.
The president then slipped away in the night to finish his vaca in Hawaii, leaving members of Congress to explain what happened. Or what didn’t happen.
Like federal help for the victims of super storm sandy, which raised the hackles on both sides of the aisle.
“I spoke to Gov. Christie, I spoke to Gov. Cuomo, we’ve been in constant contact with Mayor Bloomberg – we cannot believe that this cruel knife in the back was delivered to our region,” said New York Republican Peter King.
“Are New Yorkers and Pennsylvanians and Connecticut residents and New Jersey residents less Americans that the people that we aid in the Midwest and the south when we vote for aid for those people because they are the victims of natural disasters?’ asked New York Democrat Jerrold Nadler. ‘How can we treat an entire region of the country in this way. It is the most disgraceful action I have seen in this House in the 20 years that I have been here.”
And Kevin Brady of The Woodlands was one of only four Texas Republicans to join all the Lone Star Democrats in Congress in voting for the bill.
A new Congress takes over Thursday, and it’s anybody’s guess what cliff they’ll drive us over this time.