You have to win to govern. And winning vs. losing in political races is a zero sum game. When your opponent gets more votes, you lose and he wins. This creates a situation where elected officials want to “win” the vote as much, or more, than they want to “win” the debate.
I get it, but this still sucks:
WASHINGTON — Congressional Republicans are so anti-tax, surely they will fight to prevent a payroll-tax increase on virtually every wage earner starting Jan. 1, right?
They’re saying a tax cut should end as planned, opposing President Obama, who wants to extend it. The policy helps the 46 percent of all Americans who owe no federal income taxes but who pay a “payroll tax” on practically every dime they earn.
Surly they can explain themselves?
Tax reductions, “no matter how well-intended,” will push the deficit higher, making the panel’s task that much harder, Camp’s office said.
Nope. They can’t.
I may give this whole thing up and just go watch some baseball.