I guess this is more of the “what, you gonna fuckin’ vote Republican bitch?” strategy.
At a time when state and local governments across the country are imposing furloughs and layoffs, and President Obama has frozen pay for federal employees, it turns out that one of the few groups to face higher federal taxes next year may be public sector employees.
The proposal to extend the Bush-era tax breaks unveiled by Mr. Obama this week would offer a tax cut for most Americans. The deal would end the Making Work Pay credit, which gave a tax reduction of up to $400 to workers with low and middle incomes. That credit will be replaced by a 2 percent decrease in the payroll tax for Social Security for people of all incomes.
But more than six million federal, state and local government employees do not pay into Social Security at all. Instead, they pay into public pension systems. So if the agreed proposal becomes law, such employees will lose the $400 credit and would not reap any benefit from the payroll tax cut.
And while we’re on the subject:
UPDATE, 2:01 p.m.: In today’s White House briefing, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs addressed the Democratic resolution and Pelosi not bringing the deal to a floor for a vote as its currently written: “This is a long and winding process, but I think that at the end of the day, members are not going to want to be in their districts…when their constituents find out on the first of January that their taxes have gone up by several hundred thousands of dollars. … It was a voice vote…and my guess is if a lot of voices yell one thing, you may not yell the other.”
Uhh…? You mean collectively or what, Bobbo?