THE CANTOR POWER.
Shouldn't it be curtailed?
It is now easy to say that the ball is now in the court of the Congressional Republicans, who are resisting the payroll tax cut bill, passed by the United States Senate on a bipartisan basis, and agreed to by President Barack Obama, to stop to enable it to be speedily passed into law in the interest of the nation.
The Holiday season is becoming treacherous, because of their attitude; as the payroll tax cut will benefit at least 160 million American working men, women and their families, and it will be a welcome relief to their household budgets. A little bonus of appreciation from the federal government must not be a bad idea at all.
What is holding that up is that the Republican controlled House of Representative is dancing around the issue for political reasons. The leadership cannot cajole the membership to even cast an up or down vote in the House, so that the matter will be laid to rest for the time being.
When that happens, the Republicans will lose; and they will lose big in the face of a presidential election next year. If that is not politics for you, then nobody can tell you what that is.
However, all that is due to the influence of one man in Congress, Eric Cantor, the House majority leader. Everybody in the Republican caucus respects his word, even from the lowest member through to the Speaker of the House, John Boehner.
He has shown that he has power to control almost every discussion before the U.S. Congress; as in the debt ceiling and deficit reduction talks, the erstwhile Super Committee deliberations, etc., etc.; over everyone else; and why? Not a fly can tell you. Incidentally all of them (discussions) have come to naught for the country.
It is just like the case of the tail wagging the dog, and no one can do anything about it; as it is all due to the fact that he has vowed to uproot President Obama from office.
Can you imagine that?
Yet, the payroll tax cut, which has been proposed by the president will supply the need of millions of Americans; now it is being turned into double whammy that will hit the average worker in the country very badly. First, his or her pay check will have no increase, and second, he or she stands to pay more in taxes right from the start of the year 2012.
Besides, the economy, which is in recovery will be hit hard in so many negative ways; but that must not be allowed to happen, as there is actually no necessity for that.
President Obama and the U.S. Senate have done their work, and it is now for the House of Representative to perform its responsibility as it is supposed to do, by passing the Senate bill and permitting the payroll tax cut bill to pass and become law, with the president's signature.
The specter of the holiday season becoming a nightmare for American workers in particular, will then be removed.
It is as simple as that.