Frist & Kyl, bitches...

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Picture a big, $60 billion ice cream sundae of tax cuts for the wealthy delivered by the Republican senate. No, a new one.

Okay, now picture the Democrats and a single Republican dissenting and at least getting Senate Finance Committee Chairman Charles Grassley (R-IA) to knock the cherry (capital gains and dividend cuts) off.

Seems the least they can do. You know, spirit of compromise and all. But wait, according to Adam Hughes:

"But there was something happening behind the scenes. The only way to win the support from conservatives was for Grassley to promise to sneak the capital gains and dividend cuts back into the bill after it left the committee."
"While that kind of secret handshake assurance between Grassley and conservatives on the committee might be difficult to prove, Sen. Bill Frist (R-TN) and Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ), two members of the Finance committee whose votes Grassley needed and both of whom are members of the Senate Republican leadership who will have great influence over this bill during a House-Senate conference, have publically announced the capital gains and dividend cuts will absolutely be included in the final bill that appears before the Senate. In fact, Frist released a press statement guaranteeing the cuts would be included."
That's funny, I could've sworn that Republicans weren't supporting Democratic proposals to meet the potentially catastrophic gap in funding for wounded veterans -- not to mention the ongoing problem of proper armor for troops in Iraq. Any questions on who supports the troops? I mean, I'm sure troops are deeply grateful for the bumper stickers but besides that...

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