Yesterday morning Republicans were resolute. Democrats were incensed. The president was toeing the line between compromise and censure. Everyone involved was giving signals that the year-end payroll tax cut package was doomed until after Washington’s Christmas vacation (see: Congress Pounds a Holly Stake Through Middle Class Hearts).
Like common panhandlers, Democrats have been begging to finance their habits. Granted, the Obama class war is more coercive than what you would expect from your typical urban beggar, but the idea is the same. Out of money and options, Democrats have been hitting up the wealthy for spending money since January 2009.