UPDATE: Friday’s November jobs number has come in, and it’s disappointing. Unemployment has ticked up, and hiring slowed down in the private sector last month. Details here. Ezra Klein on the tiny silver lining here.
Meanwhile, Sen. Harry Reid announces two votes scheduled for Saturday, in the wake of the House passing a middle class only tax cut bill on Thursday.
Reid says the Senate will take up the House bill, along with the Chuck Schumer-crafted “millionaires bracket” bill, which will cap permanent rate cuts at the million-dollar mark. The votes are intended to put Republicans on record as opposing tax cuts for the middle class unless the rich folks get theirs, too. (A GOP alternative making all the Bush tax cuts permanent appears destined not to be taken up on Saturday.)
It’s also expected that the votes will fail, setting up a vote on whatever compromise measure the White House’s team of Geithner and Lew come up with. Or as the New York Times put it, the Democrats are merely negotiating their defeat on an issue they should be winning on.
Maybe that’s what Michael Bennett meant by “rigged…”
Case in point: a new CBS poll shows support for the Democratic position versus the Republican one runs better than two to one, including a majority of coveted independents. It’s enough to make you wanna holler.
Greg Sargent offers this cogent defense of the White House position, which carries with it an implicit slam of Congress for being too chicken to take that vote before the election.
But how to explain (or defend) … this kind of blatant message stomping?
The WaPo says the White House is trying to get unemployment benefits extended as part of any deal, along with an extension of the “Making Work Pay” tax cut in the stimulus bill that literally no Americans know they even got.
Meanwhile, Ron Paul gets a coveted spot that could have business rethinking that tea party love.
Speaking of rethinking, might the Chamber of Secrets be feeling a bit pinched by the “no infrastructure spending,” “no immigration reform,” “no corporate welfare and bailouts” teabaggies they spent so much cash to put in office? Signs point to “holy shit…”
And if you don’t think the battle over Netflix matters to you, it does. Big time. It’s a question of whether the giant cable companies like Comcast, and the big Telcos, will be able to become giant Internet gatekeepers, based on their ability to throw up tolls on bandwith. Tick-tock…
Attention Tea Party Supporters: Jim DeMint is back in the club, and already selling you out. Merry Christmas!
And Michael Bloomberg has some advice for the POTUS: don’t walk away from your positions, and get rid of lots of your aides.
Last but not least, want an encapsulated view of Republican holiday spirit? Here it is. But even that guy can’t hold a candle to Scott Brown, who blocks unemployment insurance by day, and then parties the night away. Nice.