PAYROLL TAX CUT JUBILATION.
At last, peace must come to the United States Congress, as the recalcitrant Republican Party opposition has relented for the payroll tax cut measure to pass through the House of Representatives and to become law.
President Barack Obama has been insisting that the legislation would help the nation's slow economy; and also, if not passed, it would bring an increase in the tax burden of ordinary working men and women at the very beginning of 2012.
A bill was passed by the U.S. Senate, with an overwhelming majority; but the Republican controlled House was reluctant to follow its (Senate's) example and to pass it for the president to sign it into law.
The members of the House have been dancing around the issue or even attempting to kill the legislation, but for public opinion against such a move, they agreed to finally pass the bill.
The Speaker of the House John Boehner announced at a press conference that the House would do so today, Friday, Dec. 23rd, 2011. They, House members, have blinked in the confrontation with the Obama administration, and now, the way was clear for the measure to materialize.
There was jubilation around the country, as according to the White House, 160 million Americans would have tax rates reduced, so that they would have more spending money in their pay checks.
It was even pandemonium in some places, because of the extension of the payroll tax cut instituted by the Obama administration was about to expire, and that would force workers to pay, as said before, more in taxes, rather than the millionaires and billionaires in the country paying their fair share in taxes.
They were the ones that the Republicans were protecting, that as job creators, they should not have tax increases in a slow economic recovery.
However, when the news came out that they (Republicans) would give in to Obama's demands, millions of people were elated, and that would include those, who were unemployed and would not have had their unemployment benefits time extended, a provision attached to the payroll tax cut bill, if it (bill) was not passed.
The relief has been tremendous all around the nation, and people were celebrating the good piece of news that has come around the Holiday season that, at least, they would not see any tax increase as early as Jan. 2012.
The country needs an opposition, but it has to be a constructive one. Also that the Republicans in Congress must learn to compromise, because most of their actions were hurting the nation, its workers and particularly, its economy.
They must rethink their opposition, which has an underlying racial connotations; perhaps, because the president happened to be African American.