From the impenetrable bubble that is Washington, DC. The only shock is that Bennet or Udall aren't quoted, though I'm sure they are sympathetic:
A growing number of Senate Democrats are signaling they are not prepared to raise taxes on anyone in the weak economy unless Congress approves a grand bargain to reduce the deficit.
A grand bargain that will slash Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security - all so we can keep low taxes on the the highest earners and most profitable corporations. Quite grand.
At least seven Democratic senators have declined to rule out supporting a temporary extension of the Bush-era income tax rates, breaking with party leaders who have called for letting the rates expire for people earning more than $1 million per year.
Those making $1 million+ will complain, no doubt. This will give cover for Dems to do nothing. The article says Democrat Joe Manchin sounded the same theme:
"I'm totally for the Bowles-Simpson [plan] and will continue to work for Bowles-Simpson. We need to revamp the system and I think Bowles-Simpson is the pragmatic way to do it."
Because the 2 wars and massive tax cuts implemented by Republicans absolutely must be dealt with while a Democrat is President through our own Austerity plan. And because Democrats advocating another solution - like the Progressive Caucus People's Budget - is not quite as pragmatic. And it would require some actual work.
Bowles and former Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.) are scheduled to brief a bipartisan group of senators this week on the need for a broad deficit-reduction package.
Bennet and Udall (willing to lose his job, bravely) will be there in the front row, hands folded, nodding grimly, salivating at the thought of that Grand Bargain Vote they will be so proud of.
But many lawmakers are skeptical that a multitrillion-dollar entitlement and tax reform package can be passed during the compressed lame-duck session between Election Day and New Year's.
If they do pass this POS in a rush, their intent and its result will be clear: Democrats will have betrayed the Middle Class one last time, at the behest of Republicans, for the benefit of the rich and powerful, while repeating lie after lie in order to obfuscate their actions. Oh, and the only reason it's a rush job is the historic intransigence of congressional Republicans executing their primary goal of making Barack Obama a failure as President.