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Updated on December 8, 2011

America deserves that.

The payroll tax cut that President Barack Obama was pursuing for the middle class and working people to have a piece of the pie, was still in contention on the floors of both chambers of the United States Congress.

There have been disagreements of all sorts, with the Democrats wanting to drum up support for the president in an election year, and maintaining that the wealthy must be made to foot the bill. The cost of the measure would be about $185 billion dollars.

The Republicans, although they knew that the issue was a hot potato, were refusing to raise taxes for paying for the payroll tax cut; and so a stalemate was fast developing, and making it to look like the idea was headed, as usual, to an uncompromising situation.

The Democrats would protect the Social Security Trust fund to the hilt, while the Republicans had the wealthy to answer to for any revenue increase; and that was leading the public to believe that Congress would never be able to reach a single compromise that would favor those who voted for its members.

The president was insisting that the measure would help the sagging economy, which he had inherited from the previous Republican government, and its recovery would be jeopardized if it (measure) was not implemented. It also has the propensity to create jobs, and therefore reduce the unemployment rate, which was standing at 8.6%.

The rational for the tax cuts for the wealthy in the Bush era also pointed to the fact that the policy would improve the economy that was being threatened, due to the overload by the cost of two wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

It therefore made good sense that the economy was still in bad shape, and the only action was to find a way to boost it; hence the payroll tax cut proposal by the president.

Congress has managed to turn the issue into a political football, and it would not be surprising if it did not materialize. Instead of breaking bread over it, its members would rather fight, for or against it; but why?

However, the electorate was asking why there was nothing resembling the give and take philosophy that governed any situation that came before Congress, that should be debated in a civilized fashion; the exchange of ideas that led to the solution of the nation's problems; where did that go?

If only members should put politics aside and went about doing what was right for the country, there would always be a chance for a problem, as the payroll tax was, to be resolved amicably.

In the spirit of the season, in which goodwill should be plentiful, there was every hope that Congress would do its best for the United States and its citizens.


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    • Richard Sirota profile image

      Richard Sirota 6 years ago from Allentown, PA.

      I am deeply disillusioned with the path my country has taken. What used to be an atmosphere of genuine thoughtful debate has been reduced to schoolyard bullying, and stubborn foot dragging with the respective constituents left to twist in the wind. America, at the hands of it's politicians, has become a third world country or Middle Eastern sheikdom. No debate, no compromise, no concern for the rights of the governed. Perhaps it's time for an Arab Spring in this country!

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      aslaught 6 years ago from Alabama

      Very good post!