Calling Bernie's Bluff

Kudos to Vermont socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders for handing the Republicans the winning issue to hold and expand their Senate and House majorities in 2018: the idea of making the individual tax cuts, set to expire in ten years due to Senate budget reconciliation rules, permanent. There was Sanders, owner of three homes and patron saint of his admired Venezuela, on CNN's State of the Union last Sunday bemoaning the fact that corporate tax cuts are permanent but not those for the guys and gals in flyover country: On Sunday, CNN's "State of the Union" host Jake Tapper put Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) in an uncomfortable position, forcing him to acknowledge that the middle-class tax cuts in the GOP bill are a good thing: TAPPER: Next year, 91% of middle-income Americans will receive a tax cut.  Isn't that a good thing? SANDERS: Yeah, it is a very good thing, and that's why we should have made the tax breaks for the middle class...(Read Full Article)