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House Republicans release payroll-tax package under Obama veto threat

Posted in Government and Politics by TeeJaw on Saturday, December 10, 2011, 11: 25 AM

It will be voted on next week. It contains the Keystone pipeline provision over which Obama has threatened a veto. That’s a smart move for Republicans.

At least I thought it was until I read that the Keystone pipeline provision orders Obama to grant the permit within 60 days, unless…here’s comes the weasel words in the bill, he finds that it would “not be in the national interest.” So the Keystone pipeline provision is toothless, just a political ruse by which Republicans think they can look tough for their conservative base while giving Obama an easy out. In other words, they think they can have it both ways.

They can’t. They aren’t fooling anyone. This is why Pat Caddell says Republicans are stupid. It’s also why I agree with him.

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