If it’s better to be criticized than ignored, then thanks, Paul Krugman.

Paul Krugman:

…the deeper explanation of the tax-cut fight is that it’s ultimately about a radicalized Republican Party, which accepts no limits on partisanship.


At least 38 House Democrats have now come out publicly in favor of at least a short-term extension of current income tax rates for couples earning more than $250,000 and individuals over the $200,000 threshhold – bucking calls from Obama and Pelosi to let taxes increase on wealthier Americans. Other Democrats have indicated privately that they prefer an extension instead of allowing rates to expire for top earners,

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Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT): “The economy has by no means fully recovered, so my bias is that those high-end tax cuts should be extended.”

Rep. Bobby Bright (D-AL): “I don’t care if it’s the wealthiest of the wealthy, you don’t raise their taxes,” he said. “In a recession, you don’t tax, burden and restrict. The economy is like a ship, and if you sink the ship, all the good you might do goes down with it.”

Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA): “We are managing a very fragile recovery, and now is not the time to raise taxes on anyone. The timing is wrong and we should not do anything at this juncture that could jeopardize or slow the nation’s economic growth.”

Rep. Gary Peters (D-MI): “Extending the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts for all earners is the right thing to do as anything less jeopardizes economic recovery.”

Rep. Harry Mitchell (D-AZ): “I strongly believe that this is the wrong time to let key tax cuts expire. We need to encourage investment, not discourage it by letting these cuts expire. Extending these cuts would bring some much needed certainty and predictability to our tax code.”

Rep. Michael McMahon (D-NY): “We’re not creating jobs, and raising taxes now would not be a great idea.”

The words “radicalized” and “unlimited partisanship” do seem to apply, but to Krugman more than to any Republicans.

(Posted by Lance “TrogloPundit” Burri)

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