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277-148 vote came less than 24 hours after Senate

Published: Thursday, Dec. 16 2010 10:13 p.m. MST

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byronbca
Salt Lake City, UT

I'd rather miss out on an extra $100 every tax return than give the millionaires in this country a $150,000 tax break.

Thanks for looking out for the rich republicans, and thanks for caving into the republican's demands so you can get reelected democrats. (sarcasm)

Why are so many middle class Americans in favor of helping the rich get richer? The richest 1% of Americans are the only tax group that has increased their income since the recession, yet we decide to renew a massive tax break for them while the rest of the country struggles to get back on their feet.

We are a country full of proles.

matt4226
Holladay, UT

So we increase spending and decrease revenue, sounds like a successful plan to me!

Does anyone remember the 2000 presidential debates? Bush and Gore argued as to how they would manage an estimated 1 trillion dollar surplus over the next 10 years. Bush and his 'fuzzy math' won out and now look where we are, a 1 Trillion dollar defecit anually and a near depression! Don't get me wrong, Democrats are just as much to blame.

utahman
Salt Lake City, UT

Ok, so we keep the status quo. No tax increase, but a tax cut on your SSA withholding, but your employer has to keep paying the same percentage. I do agree with giving the unemployed additional weeks of ins pymts. But we have to listen to this same song and watch the same dance in two years. And you can bet that nothing will be done prior to the election.
Now can we have a budget before 1/1/2011 that is only 3 months late. No more continuing resolutions.

Capsaicin
Salt Lake City, UT

This will ONLY work if they pass spending cuts. There is no other way. Billions will need to be hacked off the spending bill. Tax cuts only work if investors feel debt doesn't justify hoarding.

If we don't cut spending we're in for a world of hurt in the next 2 years.

atl134
Salt Lake City, UT

So basically we added 850 billion to the deficit over the next two years. And... the vote was 138-36 among Republicans and 139-112 for Democrats. So yeah... new era of fiscal responsibility we have going on here.

Does anyone think that payroll tax holiday will actually be a holiday or a year from now are we just going to hear complaints about raising taxes on the middle class, therefore we have to keep the lower rates for... you know... only the revenue source for our supposedly insolvent program?

Steven S Jarvis
Orem, UT

Giving in to the terrorists, er Republicans was the only option Obama had. Bail out the rich or the poor and middle class would suffer. That is what the Republicans wanted, and that is what they got after two years of NO, NO NO!! They already had a chance to destroy America with Bush. This time they might succeed.

KM
Cedar Hills, UT

"uncommon speed!" Haven't we learned in the past couple of years that when the marxist president wants to destroy our economy he signs bills that haven't been read and are done with uncommon speed?
Tea partiers better prepair to throw out dems and pubs next time around, apparently they didn't throw enough progressives out this time around.

SAC
Salt Lake City, UT

Second year in a row and the COLA hasn't been given to those on SSI or SSD. Prices keep going up at the grocery stores (learned yesterday of another store I won't shop at. My rent goes up twice a year.

The suits probably gave themselves a nice little 1.9% raise again but couldn't give those who live month to month a raise.

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