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Role Reversals

Recorded on December 21, 2011

From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.

Some in Washington are switching sides.

President Obama and his fellow Democrats had insisted that a reduction in payroll taxes be extended for a full year for 160-million American wage-earners.

But the Democrat-led Senate agreed only to a two-month extension of the tax cut, then left town for the holidays. President Obama changed his tune and now insists the Republican-led House should agree with the two-month tax cut, and talk about the rest next year.

Instead, the House insists on a full year tax cut just like Obama first requested. But Senators are gone from Washington and Leader Harry Reid refuses to call them back.

Why the role reversal? Maybe because the Republicans are linking the tax cut to a reduction in the federal workforce and a freeze on pay for bureaucrats? And the Democrats don't even want to talk about that.

From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.