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Lame duck Klein breaks with Pelosi, Dems on Bush tax cut vote

by George Bennett | December 2nd, 2010

Klein: one of 20 Dems to vote 'no.'

Republicans blasted U.S. Rep. Ron Klein, D-Boca Raton, for voting the Democratic line 98 percent of the time, including his support for the landmark health care and stimulus bills. A billboard depicted Klein as a marionette controlled by liberal Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Klein, who was defeated by Republican Allen West on Nov. 2, was one of 20 Democrats who bucked the party today and voted against a bill to extend the Bush tax cuts only for those making $250,000 a year or less.

The bill passed by a 234-to-188 margin. Click here to see the roll call.

Republicans favor a permanent extension of all the tax cuts. Klein during the campaign favored a one-year extension of all the tax cuts, and reiterated that position today.

“The middle class is the heart and soul of America, and I strongly support middle class tax cuts,” Klein said in a statement released by his office. “However, I couldn’t vote for today’s proposal because it just didn’t go far enough. I have said consistently over the last few months that I believe all tax cuts should be extended for one year while our economy recovers and we work out a stable, long-term tax structure that allows American families and business to reasonably plan ahead.”

U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Tequesta, voted against the bill, saying not extending all the tax cuts amounts to a tax hike on small businesses. U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton, voted for the measure. U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Miramar, did not vote but announced his support for the bill late Wednesday.

The bill now goes to the Senate, where Democrats lack the 60 votes needed to block a Republican filibuster. So it’s unlikely the measure will ever reach President Obama’s desk.

Instead, Klein said he hopes a compromise can be worked out.

“It is time for both sides to cut out the gamesmanship and quit playing politics with such an important issue,” Klein said. “We want a tax system that encourages investment while still supporting the most important government services and addressing our deficit problems. It is my hope that leaders from both parties will come together and negotiate a solution that achieves these goals while temporarily extending tax cuts for everyone while our economy recovers.”

16 Responses to “Lame duck Klein breaks with Pelosi, Dems on Bush tax cut vote”

  1. Gene Says:

    TED DEUTCH VOTED FOR TAXATION! DEUTCH NEEDS TO BE VOTED OUT NEXT GO ROUND.

    He’s a Wexler puppet!

  2. EdFulop Says:

    NOW you decide to break with Pelosi? Timing is everything Mr. Klein — this would have been a good habit for you to begin to cultivate about 4 years ago, not 20 minutes before they change the locks on your office!! Or maybe, you plan on making more than $250K next year as a lobbyist? Best of luck with that one, bro.

  3. Jet77 Says:

    Yes Gene, dear Teddy is taking care of those of us who are just too dim witted to get out of our own way. He thinks we have short memories and won’t remember in two years.

  4. DT Says:

    Ted Deutch, statesmanlike legislator that he is, voted with a combination of conscience – which demonstrates integrity and fortitude – and careful consideration of the actual majority American/Floridian viewpoint, which supports tax fairness as a foundation of responsible deficit reduction and economic policy. We, the Middle, the Majority, repudiate the nasty, angry politics of selfishness and stupidity, the kind demonstrated in shrill comments above, the kind that attacks ethical public servants like Mr. Deutch, whom we will rally around as the leader he is.

  5. Quan Says:

    Thanks, Ron, for doing the right thing. It matters little what others think. We all must live with our conscience.

  6. LOL! Says:

    Typical empty reasoning for short sighted political goals. Not a single shred of evidence to prove that extending the Bush tax cuts will help the economy recover. The jobs picture has gotten worse every year since the Bush tax cuts were implemented, but empty suits like Klein, AND West, do only what their consultants tell them the pundits and the public “wants”.

  7. nemo Says:

    DT…you need a check up from the neck up.

  8. Oh Please Says:

    DT, Deutch is a bigger communist than his predecesor, Wexler. While I’m at it…LOL, check your statistics. The Bush tax cuts caused the second largest jobs grown in American History…the first largest was during the Reagan Administration.

  9. LOL! Says:

    What statistics? The useless comments of pundits do not count as statistics. The Bush tax cuts never recovered the amount of jobs lost during the 8 years of the Bush administration nor the jobs that existed at the time of Bush’s accession to power. Secondly, in the end Reagan raised taxes more than he cut them while selling you baloney about trickle down economics. Get your head out of the sand that is the two party system and the fake, oversimplified battle of liberal vs. conservative. Read the historical facts, stop listening to pundits who make millions off of convincing you their infotainment is some peer-reviewed scholarly research because its simply what you want to hear.

  10. EdFulop Says:

    LOL! (poster #9) –

    You need to get your facts from a more reliable source than Rachel Maddow. Not for nothing, but the last 100 years is repleat with examples of how tax cuts raised actual revenue generated for the government; the Mellon tax cuts of the 1920′s, the Kennedy tax cuts of the 1960′s, and , yes, the Reagan tax cuts of the 1980′s.

    Check out this piece written by the Joint Economic Committee back in 1996.

    http://www.house.gov/jec/fiscal/tx-grwth/reagtxct/reagtxct.htm

    They spell it out pretty clearly; “the Reagan tax cuts, like similar measures enacted in the 1920s and 1960s, showed that reducing excessive tax rates stimulates growth, reduces tax avoidance, and can increase the amount and share of tax payments generated by the rich. High top tax rates induces counterproductive behavior and suppress revenues”.

    Turn off MSNBC, LOL! Your arse is showing.

    –e

  11. LOL! Says:

    EdFulop your source is as biased and out of context as your assumption that I rely on Rachel Maddow for any information. The fact that you bring her up shows whose “arse” is really showing and its yours, my devoted Glenn Beck-worshipping, friend. But I digress. The Joint Economic Committee is a committee of sitting incumbents in Congress that come from and are apart of the two-party plutocracy that is funded largely by the same moneyed interests that sell the empty rhetoric that tax cuts will create jobs and end budget deficits and long term debts. Besides, note that 1996 was a high water mark for neo-liberal economic thinking, hence the defense of Reagan trickle down nonsense. Kennedy said a “rising tide” floats all boats, but he was wrong too as we’ve seen wages stagnate over the last 30 years and the income inequality gap sky rocket at the expense of the middle class.

    IF as you say tax cuts create “more revenue” then why was it the Reagan years that took us down the path of over-spending, led by defense and the corporations that lobby for it, down the path of regular budget deficits and an increasingly growing long term debt? Obviously because the revenue collected was not enough to meet spending obligations. Note that before Reagan, the gross debt closely matched inflation between 1950 and 1980, then under Reagan and Bush I it grew 4 times with the public debt growing by 5 times. This means that gross debt grew 22% as a percent of GDP between 1980 and 1990 to a little over 55% and under Bush II it reached 70% of GDP. With Obama having the answer for and clean up the consequences of Bush policies, of course influenced no less by largely the same big moneyed interests, it will grow to 100% in 2012.

    Get out of your pundit and plutocracy driven mentality. Look at real objective reports like this one from the Office of Management and Budget:

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/budget/fy2010/assets/hist.pdf

  12. EdFulop Says:

    Your link renders a “404 Page not found” message. I guess the White House is re-thinking their “unbiased and objective” position on the matter. You’re dreaming if you think that the hippie commune of academics that BHO has surrounded himself with in the White House is unbiased and objective.

    Their agenda — and yours, I imagine — is no less than the total elimination of wealth in this country. That’s called socialism, and that never ends well. Google “Aristotle” and “the tragedy of the commons” when you get a chance.

    And, for future reference, I only worship one man, and it’s not Beck,
    but a Jewish carpenter.

  13. LOL! Says:

    The fact that you make statements like “hippie commune of academics” as your defense for why an Office of Management and Budget report doesn’t matter, is evidence as to how you have nothing to defend your argument with except lazy, irrelevant ridicule of a personal as opposed to informed nature. You also never addressed how the Bush tax cuts never recovered the number of jobs that were present before they went into effect.

    You say “their agenda”, if there is such a thing in the two-party plutocracy, where the only agenda is that which benefits the campaign funders, is the “total elimination of wealth in this country”. Oh yeah? Prove it. And no I don’t mean rant and rave with words you have no understanding of like “socialism”. I mean prove it, in the data, in the facts. Are they doing anything to close income disparity? Are they confiscating and redistributing property and assets on a class basis, and I mean real property like capital goods, buildings, etc? No they are not, stop the exaggerated idiocy.

    Socialism by the way, as it defines itself is “from each according to his ability, to each according to his contribution.” That notion comes from the industrial revolution era of exploitation to which socialism was a reaction designed to bring about a system whereby workers keep more of their surplus labor. Guess what? When you say “people need to keep more of their hard earned money, therefore tax cuts are great” you are advocating that workers keep more of their “surplus labor”. Hmm, who is the socialist now, Comrade Fulop? All jokes aside, you need to get your head out of the talking point sand and understand that politics and policy are much more nuanced than your idols on TV make them seem. Its not about the personalities in the political office, its about the system that produces them and encourages the behavior you see them exhibit. Unless you change the system, you will always be a pawn of the two-party system and the few moneyed interests that fund it.

  14. LOL! Says:

    Also, EdFulop, feel free to address any of the other facts I’ve presented, 90% of which you have failed to address including this one:

    IF as you say tax cuts create “more revenue” then why was it the Reagan years that took us down the path of over-spending, led by defense and the corporations that lobby for it, down the path of regular budget deficits and an increasingly growing long term debt? Obviously because the revenue collected was not enough to meet spending obligations. Note that before Reagan, the gross debt closely matched inflation between 1950 and 1980, then under Reagan and Bush I it grew 4 times with the public debt growing by 5 times. This means that gross debt grew 22% as a percent of GDP between 1980 and 1990 to a little over 55% and under Bush II it reached 70% of GDP. With Obama having the answer for and clean up the consequences of Bush policies, of course influenced no less by largely the same big moneyed interests, it will grow to 100% in 2012.

  15. EdFulop Says:

    Source your figures, LOL! The one link you’ve posted here for the OMB is dead. The rest of your numbers are the same rhetoric the progressives wheel out every single time they try to make their case that tax cuts don’t work. Those numbers were pulled from your own rarified air, no doubt. Why would I go line by line with you? Are you looking to have your mind changed? Doubtful. Do I enjoy the sound of my own voice (or the sound of my fingers clicking on a keyboard)? Hardly. Are your numbers going to change my mind? Absolutely not. Arguing points with you would be like screaming at my toaster oven for burning my bread.

  16. LOL! Says:

    2) http://www.cbo.gov/ftpdocs/100xx/doc10014/03-20-PresidentBudget.pdf

    Correction to make it live.

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