The children are at it again. In the House they are stamping their feet screaming and rolling in the aisle.
This time the adults are paying no attention.
The adults over in the Senate have decided not only to ignore this temper tantrum but to go home for the holidays.
The gang leader Jon Boehner has been left to beg the President to come talk to him and the Senators to come back from vacation so he will have some one to play with.
Mitch McConnell and the other kids in the Senate have realized how Santa feels about bad children. They hope that being good will be rewarded with lots of toys and other presents on Christmas morning. Not likely after the year they have had.
The President’s family has left to spend Christmas in Hawaii and I am sure he would like to be with them. His disappointment has been blunted by all the fun he is having in Washington.
Every day he gets to go before the TV cameras or a press conference. Some of his best lines have been inspired by this tantrum. “Is Washington so broken that even when we all agree we can’t get anything done?” He had to bring people on stage to explain that a $40 tax break means a tank of gas to visit a sick relative, a present for a sick child, or being able to pay the heating bill.
I am sure the best part was watching his poll numbers climb, while the Republicans in the Senate chastised the children in the House.
Mitch McConnell had gotten major concessions from the Democrats. They had agreed to pay for the tax cut by imposing a fee on middle class people who receive a mortgage from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The alternative was to ask the millionaires and billionaires to pay for it. The Republicans moaned- “not the job creators”. Do this and they will not be able to afford a new Masserati next year. Think of the damage that will cause the Italian economy!
They argued that if the middle class can afford TVs and Refrigerators they can also afford to pay for this middle class tax break.
They got Obama to agree to decide whether the Keystone pipeline should be built within two months. It doesn’t matter whether the environmental studies are complete or not. Actually the only thing that matters to the children is whether they get their way or not.
I think the President always wanted to build it. Now he can say those nasty anti-environment Republicans made him do it.
Senator McConnell finally had to point out to the children in the other House that he had not only won but would get another bite out of the apple after the New Year.
Finally, after being attacked not only by the Democrats but Republican Senators, conservative columnists, the Wall Street Journal and Fox news Speaker Boehner raised the white flag and they went home to their constituents who must be wondering what they had elected.
THE BATTLE WAS OVER BUT THE WAR WILL GO ON