There are 81 senators who understand raising taxes stifles growth. "The Senate on Wednesday approved the $858 billion tax plan negotiated by the White House and Republican leaders -- the first concrete product of a new era of divided government and acid compromise. The vote was 81 to 19, as Democrats yielded in their long push to end the Bush-era lowered tax rates for high-income taxpayers, and Republicans agreed to back a huge economic stimulus package, including an extension of jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed and a one-year payroll-tax cut for most workers, with the entire cost added to the federal deficit."
On 7 of 10 issues, voters trust the Republicans more than the Democrats. "But Republicans were trusted more on eight out of 10 issues in October just before Election Day and all 10 issues in late August. Still, the latest numbers still show a sharp contrast from two years ago when Democrats were trusted more than Republicans on most issues. On the economy, the issue of most importance to voters, the GOP holds a 47% to 39% edge. These findings have shown little change since early June 2009."
The House Republicans detail the millions and billions in the omnibus spending bill. A few highlights: "$575.13 Million: Amount of spending per page in the Senate Democrats' pork-laden omnibus spending bill. . . .$1 Billion: Funding included in the omnibus bill for the implementation of Democrats' job-killing health-care law, including $176 million to implement Medicare Advantage cuts. . . .0: Number of budgets passed by Democrats this year."
Is it 2011 or 2014? "Come August, the contradictions in White House messaging about the Afghanistan timeline will be unspinnable. Either the timeline will start a rapid rush to the exit as the left base wants or it will be the gradual, conditions-based withdrawal inching towards a distant 2014 deadline (followed by a long-term strategic partnership) that General Petraeus and moderates in the war cabinet have indicated."
Is Evan Bayh the 67th vote on START?
In a multi-candidate race, Rahm Emanuel leads with 32 percent. Provided he is actually a resident, he is in good shape.
Michael Steele has 15 supporters. Considering there are 168 votes, that's not very good, is it?
But 60 percent is very good, indeed. "With the Senate's final approval of President Obama's compromise tax deal -- and with the House expected to take up the measure tomorrow -- nearly 60 percent approve of its major components, according to a new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll."
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