This question is addressed to anyone out there who considers themselves a liberal and who opposes the President's tax cut compromise. This is a sincere question and an attempt to, perhaps, better understand your position.
First, to be completely and totally clear, I oppose the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy. I am proudly a member of the economic left and I would place my credentials on that front up against anyone.
I understand completely why the extension of the cuts for the wealthy are so offensive to you. But the President is not merely signing an extension of the tax cuts, he is also signing a 13 month extension of unemployment benefits. What is the plan for helping the unemployed if this compromise dies? How do you get any extension, much less 13 months, of unemployment benefits through a GOP controlled House come January?
From my perspective I am willing to compromise on the tax cuts for the wealthy, as odious as I find them to be, in order to extend a life line to the unemployed. Set aside the stimulative effect the benefits will have on a macro level, I am simply horrified at the prospect of what will happen to individuals and families if their benefits run out. To me, casting the unemployed adrift would be immoral. This is an immediate problem and it cannot be ignored. I will hold my nose and agree to the tax cut extension if it will help save families from complete economic catastrophe. If someone can convince me that there is a solution to the unemployment insurance issue which doesn't involve extending the tax cuts then I am all ears.