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The Senate shows a little sense; confiscatory Republicans show no shame

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By Michelle Malkin  •  March 24, 2009 10:45 AM

Cooler heads have prevailed in the U.S. Senate and in this particular case, it is a good thing.

The Senate took its role as a deliberative body seriously and has buried the demagogic, backside-covering corporate bonus tax bill passed last week by the House. They’ve kicked the can down the road.

The Hill reports:

President Obama and Senate Democrats have buried a bill passed last week by the House that would have heavily taxed executive bonuses at bailed-out firms.

Despite the public outcry over $165 million in bonuses awarded at troubled insurer AIG, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) showed little inclination Monday to bring the explosive issue to the floor this week or next. Instead, Reid is likely to delay action on executive compensation until late April, after the Senate returns from a two-week recess starting April 4…

…Senate Republican Whip Jon Kyl (Ariz.) said there is very little chance the Senate will act this week to recoup bonuses passed out at AIG and other corporations receiving bailout funds.

I still have seen very little questioning of the 85 Grabby Hands House Republicans, led by minority whip Eric Cantor, who went along with this abomination. How can they be trusted not to lose their heads when the next Kabuki outrage comes along? How can they be counted on to resist
the next confiscatory scheme down the road — say, this one?

Here’s Rep. Tom McClintock’s unpersuasive justification for voting yes; compare with Rep. John Campbell’s statement on why he voted no.

I’m re-publishing all the names of the confiscatory Republicans again, because they deserve to be called out:

Aderholt
Alexander
Barton (TX)
Biggert
Bilbray
Bilirakis
Blunt
Bono Mack
Boozman
Brown (SC)
Brown-Waite, Ginny
Buchanan
Calvert
Camp
Cantor
Cao
Capito
Cassidy
Castle
Crenshaw
Davis (KY)
Diaz-Balart, L.
Diaz-Balart, M.
Duncan
Ehlers
Emerson
Fleming
Forbes
Fortenberry
Frelinghuysen
Gallegly
Gerlach
Goodlatte
Guthrie
Heller
Herger
Hoekstra
Johnson (IL)
Jones
Kirk
Lance
Latham
Lee (NY)
Lewis (CA)
LoBiondo
Manzullo
McCaul
McClintock
McHugh
McMorris Rodgers
Mica
Miller (MI)
Moran (KS)
Petri
Platts
Putnam
Rehberg
Reichert
Roe (TN)
Rogers (AL)
Rogers (KY)
Rogers (MI)
Rohrabacher
Rooney
Ros-Lehtinen
Roskam
Royce
Ryan (WI)
Schmidt
Schock
Shimkus
Smith (NJ)
Smith (TX)
Stearns
Tiberi
Turner
Upton
Walden
Wamp
Whitfield
Wittman
Wolf
Young (AK)
Young (FL)

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