Steal Little, Steal Big

At Salon today, Joan Walsh… well, just take a look at the lede:

I know they weren’t the best of friends when they left Washington, but I bet former President Bush and Dick Cheney at least had a phone call tonight congratulating one another on one of the great heists in history. In 2001, they knew they couldn’t make their budget-busting tax cuts for the rich permanent, so they agreed to phase them out in 2010, leaving the political consequences to another administration. Even with that chicanery, the Bush tax cuts were divisive enough that they required Cheney to cast a tie-breaking vote in the Senate. No problem. That’s how Republicans play: They reward their wealthy base.


Rewarding “their wealthy base” with its own money seems kinda cheap to me. On the other hand, it’s probably better than the Democrats rewarding its wealthy base — big banks, big unions — on my dime.

UPDATE: See what I mean?


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