The Cedar Rapids Gazette said that Rep. Dave Loebsack is considering extending the Bush tax cuts for everyone, not just the middle class. Here's the money quote:
...what do we do about those making over $200,000 a year and couples making over $250,000? I've said all along that I didn't want to extend those tax cuts, but I'm rethinking that at the moment.
This is so out of character for Dave that its hard to believe he is serious. Is there something in the water in DC?
Anyway, I have written him about this and I encourage any other second district voters to do the same. Here is his congressional website:
(The original Gazette article is "Loebsack considering extension of Bush tax cuts" by James Q. Lynch, Cedar Rapids Gazette, Sept. 11, 2010, p.7.)
Democrats have maximum leverage right now. It's absolutely the wrong time to be sending that signal.
It didn't help that Obama hasn't promised to veto an extension of all the Bush tax cuts.
I can't remember where I read it, but someone (Atrios?) was saying how stupid it was for Democrats to let the debate be framed around extending some or all of the Bush tax cuts. We should have had our own bill ready to go, solely focused on middle-class tax cuts. Then you don't have to pass a bill extending just some cuts.
It was Atrios
And he's repeated the suggestion several times. I think it makes tons of sense.