Local Citizens Face Less Income in 2012

Schakowsky calls Republican leadership “Grinches” while Dold remains hopeful of a solution.

Millions of Americans approach the new year as Congress moved further away from a solution Tuesday when the House of Representatives sought the formation of a conference committee rather than passing a Senate bill to avert the crisis. 

blasted the House Republican leadership as the “Grinches” who stole Christmas from the middle class while remains hopeful for a resolution in the next 11 days. 

Should Congress fail to act by Dec. 31, 166 million working Americans will see their payroll deductions increase while two million job seekers relying on extended unemployment payments will lose that source of income. 

On Saturday, the Senate passed a bill, 89-10, extending the payroll tax holiday for 60 days to prevent paycheck deductions from rising. The legislation also continued the long term benefits for those without work for the same period. 

Rather than vote on the Senate bill, the House chose to send the legislation to a joint conference committee of House and Senate members to seek a compromise. Dold wants a one-year extension rather than acting for two months and negotiating again in February. 

“Individuals need to plan and a two-month extension will make it more difficult for them to assess it all. The President originally wanted a one-year extension,” Dold said. “This is the way it is supposed to work,” he added referring to the conference committee.” 

Schakowsky wanted a chance to vote on the Senate bill. She blamed Republican leadership for not allowing her colleagues that opportunity because of a preference for partisan politics rather than helping the American people. 

“The one and only reason this House of Representatives is not voting for the bi-partisan Senate bill to provide relief to middle class taxpayers, seniors and disabled on Medicare and jobless Americans is because it would pass,” Schakowsky said on the House floor

Though President Barack Obama originally wanted a one-year extension, he was unhappy with the House action, according to a report on Politico. He sees the Senate proposal as the only way to avoid less disposable income for Americans on Jan. 1.

“Let's be clear the bipartisan compromise that was reached on Saturday is the only viable way to prevent a tax hike on January first - the only one," Obama said at the White House after the House had voted to reject the Senate bill according to Politico.

Though no one knows if the Senate will return to Washington to participate in the conference committee this year, Dold hopes they will. Otherwise he admits he will regret his vote. 

“If I didn’t think it would work I would have voted for the two month extension,” Dold said. “We have seen the conference committee work three times recently including the defense appropriations bill.”

Meanwhile, Schakowsky expressed fears nothing will happen before the end of the year directing her sarcasm to the House Republican leadership.

“Happy Chanukah to middle class Americans lighting the first candle tonight who won't get their $1,000 tax break,” Schakowsky said. “Merry Christmas to the jobless Americans, desperate for work, looking for work, who barely survive on unemployment checks. The House Republicans are the Grinches who stole your Christmas."

Sully January 03, 2012 at 02:37 AM
No Richard, separation of church and state is in the constitution. Regardless of whether the founders were religious or not, they did believe in freedom from religion regarding government. Please do yourself a favor and read up on real history instead of Glenn Beck's horse and pony show faux historian David Barton.
Sully January 03, 2012 at 02:43 AM
Oh, but if you are going to be literal, the specific phrase 'separation of church and state' is not in the constitution, so you would be correct in that regard. That was a statement used by Thomas Jefferson in a letter he once wrote.
Richard Schulte January 03, 2012 at 02:47 AM
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
Richard Schulte January 03, 2012 at 03:02 AM
I've posted the text of the First Amendment to the Constitution. What is says is what it says. "Well, the trouble with our liberal friends is not that they're ignorant; it's just that they know so much that isn't so." "If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under." "How do you tell a communist? Well, it's someone who reads Marx and Lenin. And how do you tell an anti-Communist? It's someone who understands Marx and Lenin." "I've never been able to understand why a Republican contributor is a 'fat cat' and a Democratic contributor of the same amount of money is a 'public-spirited philanthropist'." "Republicans believe every day is the Fourth of July, but the democrats believe every day is April 15."
RB January 03, 2012 at 03:18 AM
Richard, I'm sure this really goes against your conservative principles, but....it's time to EVOLVE.
Sarah H. January 03, 2012 at 03:25 AM
People can practice any religion they want to without preventing other people from living and loving the way they want to. It's silly to think that two people wanting to spend the rest of their lives together would even mildly impact a religious person. The only way it impacts that peron in *any* way is if they're sticking their nose where it doesn't belong. No one is telling them that they have to practice any particular religion, so why should those specific people be able to dictate to everyone else how to live? That doesn't make sense.
Richard Schulte January 03, 2012 at 03:39 AM
Too late for that-I already have EVOLVED. I converted from being liberal to a conservative in October 1994. "If you're not a liberal when you're young, you have no heart and if you're not a conservative when you're older, you have no brain." Socialism damages everything it touches-see Detroit and New Detroit (Chicago) for examples of the damage of socialism does. Chicago is well on its way to becoming Detroit.
RB January 03, 2012 at 03:48 AM
October 1994. Is that about when Newt achieved his Republican majority? Timing seems right. Fair weather fan. Of course that was 3 years before he was censured which was about the time he was hooked up with Callista (while married) during his leadership of the Lewinsky hearings. Is that when you switched?
RB January 03, 2012 at 04:26 AM
Sarah, I have a question about Ron Paul. I know we have a bunch of Republicans claiming to be Libertarians ( they clearly are not). Is Ron Paul running as a Republican simply due to the two party system we have or does he have Republican values? Today's Republicans seem to try to turn there conservative Christian values into law and I've seen some signs that Ron Paul is pandering to that wing of the party from time to time. I guess a true Libertarian can't get elected but how can a true Libertarian be a Republican?
Sully January 03, 2012 at 10:54 AM
Love the platitudes Rich. Tell me, are you capable of thinking for yourself or do you just not have any original thoughts of your own? You're like that character Alan Alda played on Carol Burnett (?) years and years ago- the one who when on a date simply used lines from movies the whole time. That's all you seem to do-repeat lines.
Richard Schulte January 03, 2012 at 11:57 AM
Sully, do you ever have anything positive to say about your agenda? Based upon your posts, all I see is negativity. You never bother to explain or defend your viewpoint. Conservatives are positive and happy people. Liberals seem to be negative people. It sure must be a drag being you.
Richard Schulte January 03, 2012 at 12:07 PM
In October 1994, my brother and I had a discussion on Hillarycare. He suggested that I listen to Rush Limbaugh for a few days. The first day of listening I thought that Rush was a pompous ass. The second day I thought that Rush was a pompous ass, but he's right. The third day I just thought that Rush is right. Listening to Rush is hillarious and when he's away, his guest hosts are excellent too. The talent on the conservative side of the aisle is quite astonishing. Rush is a positive upbeat guy. My entire viewpoint on life changed because of Rush. I went from being a negative liberal to a positive conservative. RB, your post is full of negativity. Do you ever have anything positive to say about anything? I reckon not. You need to tune into Rush-it'll change your life. Nothing like a positive outlook on life. Why would you want to be miserable all of the time like Sully. I picture Sully as a Helen Thomas look-a-like.
Richard Schulte January 03, 2012 at 12:26 PM
"Obama is himself a grand deception. He used to look arrogant beyond belief, but now he's humble, wearing Jimmy Carter sweaters, sitting all alone in a baseball stadium munching a hot dog, and leaning back on his "family couch" next to Michelle, with the television cameras taking a narrow angle as if they're sitting crowded together in a double-wide trailer. (Like the rest of us). The only trouble with Obama's phony humility is that narcissists like him rarely change. The Norwegians gave him a Nobel Peace Prize just for getting elected, but they should have given him an Academy Award. This is world-class conmanship. Behind the scenes he's more arrogant than ever." Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/01/why_the_left_fears_you.html#ixzz1iOfYMeiY President Obama deserves our gratitude. The President has exposed the liberal agenda for what it has always been for all to see. I would describe that agenda as anti-American and rife with corruption. (See I do have something positive to say about Obama.) Of course, some will take being called anti-American as an affront, but have you noticed that RB and Sully really have nothing positive to say-it's always negative. Why aren't RB and Sully telling us about how wonderful life will be under Obamacare? Why aren't RB and Sully defending the Obama economy? Yes, it's all (President) Bush's fault. Sully tells us that the economy is not all Obama's fault, but then tells us it's all Bush's fault.
Richard Schulte January 03, 2012 at 12:48 PM
Sully: "Tell me, are you capable of thinking for yourself or do you just not have any original thoughts of your own?" http://enr.construction.com/features/buildings/archives/040607-1.asp I'd say that my work on the collapse of the World Trade Center towers on 9/11 was quite original. So original, in fact, that it has earned me an international reputation in my field. Why do you ask?
NS January 03, 2012 at 02:01 PM
Mr. Schulte, It's a bit slippery of you to assume 'liberals seems to be negative people'. I'm a liberal, and I become a more positive person each time I read your posts. You make me smile as no other convservative/engineer could. And for that, I thank you for making me laugh.
Richard Schulte January 03, 2012 at 02:25 PM
"Well, the trouble with our liberal friends is not that they're ignorant; it's just that they know so much that isn't so." Ronald Reagan It will be "Morning in America" again late in the evening on election day in 2012. America's nightmare will be over. Actually, I think that the handwriting will be on the wall regarding the results of the election a few days or weeks before and the stock market will soar in late October 2012. A stray cat could beat Obama-yes, it's been that bad. Governor Walker's victory in the recall election will signal that the people have figured it out. Sorry Dems, but the passage of Obamacare was your high-water mark-it's all downhill from there. President Obama's poll numbers are worse than Jimmy Carter's poll numbers right now and President Carter lost in a landslide. Oh well, you can always move to France. You don't want to go to Chicago because of all the tax increases. In a month or so, I will be relocating to Florida-0 percent state income tax and warm weather. That will be one less taxpayer to pull the State of Illinois wagon. And now you know why I'm smiling.
NS January 03, 2012 at 02:45 PM
I knew it. You can smile.
I.M. Weasel January 03, 2012 at 03:04 PM
@Rich - Where do you buy those super-wide paint brushes that entitle you to label all liberals as ignorant? I am curious, are you proud of the statements that you make? If so, you would probably be willing to stand up in church and loudly make the same proclamation that all liberals are ignorant (and perhaps lazy and anti-american too). Please let me know where you go to church so I can be there to see the response that you get. I promise not to make any comments, I just want to watch and listen. As I have stated before, I am not an Obama fan. I make up my own mind on all issues. Perhaps you might consider trying this too. That way, you can despise the politics of both parties and see how destructive career politicians are for our country.
Richard Schulte January 03, 2012 at 03:36 PM
"Well, the trouble with our liberal friends is not that they're ignorant; it's just that they know so much that isn't so." Well, there you go again. Who said I think that liberals are ignorant? "It's just that they know so much that isn't so." Sorry, but I am not a religious person. You won't find me in church on Sunday morning. I simply defend the rights of those who are religious to practice their religion. It's liberals who are anti-religion. As to my statement that liberals (progressives) are anti-American, simply look at what comes out of Sully's mouth (or any other liberal's mouth). All you folks can do is criticize America and your fellow Americans. Liberals say that diversity is our strength, yet liberals are so intolerant (e.g. your comment). Quite frankly, I could give a fig about your beliefs, but I have no desire to silence you. The more Sully and others like him "out" themselves, the more Americans realize what radical nonsense liberals espouse. Conservative thought is mainstream. Liberals belongs to the "Keep Our Own Kids Safe (KOOKS)" group.
RB January 03, 2012 at 03:43 PM
Rich, I will notify Florida.patch to increase there data storage since you are on the way.
NS January 03, 2012 at 04:15 PM
Mr. Schulte, come on. Nobody likes a poo-poo head. I do like, however, that I belong to the KOOKS faction- makes me sound kinda kooky. Like Ann Coulter but sane.
Richard Schulte January 03, 2012 at 04:20 PM
"Rich, I will notify Florida.patch to increase there data storage since you are on the way." No reason to do that, I'm headed to the redneck part of Florida-there will be no reason to post on Patch there-everybody already agrees with me there. Since I've lived in Evanston for 28 years, I'll still post here. Somebody has got to attempt to save Crook County and the State of Illinois from itself. And since this is Crook County, I will still be able to vote here (several times in the same election) even if I live in Florida. It a time-honored tradition in Crook County. It really doesn't matter though, they don't count votes for Republicans in Crook County anyways.
NS January 03, 2012 at 04:27 PM
The red neck part of Florida? Like Lake Okeechobee?
Richard Schulte January 03, 2012 at 04:34 PM
You might be surprised at the number of folks who live in Chicago and Cook County who agree with me. I was shocked when I attended Congresswoman Schakowsky's town hall meeting on August 31, 2009. I was sitting next to people who lived in Chicago and they agreed with me on Obamacare. Imagine that. You can read about that town hall meeting by Googling my name and Chicago Tribune. I also made the 10 o'clock news with my comments. I've read and own all of Ann Coulter's books. I also visit Michelle Malkin website too. Michelle and Ann are great. Even our women are fierce. Ann Coulter gives it right back to the libs. She's hillarious. ("How to Talk to a Liberal (If You Must)" is my favorite).
NS January 03, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Coulter and Malkin: called it! Oh, Mr. Schulte. You are indeed a gem. Hilariously misguided but a gem nonetheless. Good luck with your move.
CSN January 03, 2012 at 05:23 PM
One should have an actual income before they worry about income taxes, Ricky boy. Just sayin'.
Richard Schulte January 03, 2012 at 05:32 PM
Precisely why I am leaving the State of Illinois-the economy here is in bad shape and getting worse. With Chicago going the direction of Detroit, lots of people will be having problems making a living here and more folks will be heading for the exits. But not to worry, I'm writing a book.
Sully January 03, 2012 at 06:14 PM
I'm pretty happy myself personally. I have nothing to complain about. But I do feel for others who can't say the same.
Sully January 03, 2012 at 06:15 PM
He's been saying since last spring he's moving to Florida. Come on Rich- get on with it already!
Richard Schulte January 03, 2012 at 06:23 PM
After living here for almost 40 years, I'm looking forward to a change in scenery and weather.


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