The bill to extend existing tax rates (the current Bush policy that liberals claim is a new tax cut) also includes enormous expenditures of liberal pork (ethanol programs are just one example) which are contrary to everything the election on November 2nd stood for, so why are Republicans, who will soon have the majority in the House, going along with this horrendous legislation? The bill may keep tax rates the same, but it puts the nation further in debt with billions of dollars of new wasteful spending.
A principled party, recently made the new majority in order to stop pork and the spending it represents, would tell Democrats that the tax extension bill will not contain any deficit/leftist spending and let Democrats take the blame if taxes are raised on January 1st because of their partisan foot dragging. Then when Republicans take the House in 2011 they would be able to float their own bill restoring the Bush tax rates and look like principled heroes, come to America's rescue.
Cooperation with the bunch that has bankrupt our nation and forced destructive healthcare reform on us is not why we voted overwhelmingly for a Republican majority last November. Republicans must stop being cooperative nice guys and learn that Democrats play hard ball, and Republicans must get in the game and also play hard. No cooperation, no getting along with the immoral crew that was just voted out of congress. The Republicans won the election, now they must act like it and play to win.