imageThere ideally shouldn’t be one.  In 2006 when Republican lost control of the House and Senate they had a light agenda (and they shouldn’t have met either).  Back on October 21, Reid referred to this upcoming lameduck session as a “goose on steroids.”  Wonderful.

First, it’s likely that there will be an attempt at a repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”  This will likely be the last chance for Clinton-era policy to be repealed legislatively.  But to those who despair that this may not happen, never fear, the robed tyrants will likely get the job done for you.  Anyway, something to watch and to waste my time calling Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Congressman Leonard Boswell (D-IA).  I’ve already stated before that my opposition to its repeal has mainly to do with logistical and morale concerns that I don’t think have been adequately addressed.

Second, also look for Senator Reid to bring forth the DREAM act in this lame duck session because it will be DOA come January.  The DREAM act is essentially a illegal-alien student bailout.

I also wouldn’t be surprised to see the Cap and Tax bill rear its ugly head during this session.

CNN also reported several money issues that will likely be taken up.  FreedomWorks responded to each of those:

1. Extending Bush-Era Tax Cuts For Select Few

What we say: If Congress fails to extend the Bush-era tax cuts to everyone, the nation will suffer by reducing employment and output while increasing the budget deficit.

2. Reinstating the Death Tax

What we say: The estate or death tax should be repealed since it wrongly hurts small businesses and farms while punishing investment in capital.

3. Extending Unemployment Insurance

What we say: As a result of excessive unemployment benefits, people may not be as proactive about searching for jobs or may become pickier on which they jobs they accept. Increasing unemployment insurance extension during a Lame Duck Session will add to billions to the national debt while not creating net new jobs.

4. Extend the Alternative Minimum Tax

What we say: The Alternative Minimum Tax is an extra tax that some people pay on top of the regular income tax that should be entirely repealed. Especially during a recession, it is harmful that 28 million Americans (up from 4 million last year) will be hit with this tax.

5. Passing a Costly 2011 Budget

What we say: For the first time since 1974, Congress has failed to pass a budget. Actually passing a budget should be the main priority once all the new lawmakers are sworn in.

I would say the only two things I want done in a lame duck session is to stop the upcoming Pelosi/Reid/Obama tax hike, but extending the Bush-era tax hikes for everybody and then repeal the death tax.  If members of Congress and the Senate are unwilling to do that – stay home.

6 comments
  1. “Bush era tax hikes?” Freudian slip there? I’ve been saying all along that dubya in fact raised our taxes through his deficit financing of his personal vendetta in Iraq. Deficit spending wasn’t a problem when you guys were doing it, huh?

    1. Yes it was a problem, and a lot of us were complaining about it then as well. Obama has kicked it into overdrive though. By the way, compare military spending (which is a constitutional function) to entitlement spending (which isn’t) and see what constitutes the greater chunk of our budget. You know those fancy pie graphs that likes to point out how much we spend in military spending? They conveniently leave out entitlement spending.

      Bush’s tax cuts were (and are) needed, but he also needed to restrain spending. His involvement with TARF was shameful.

  2. We still have Bush haters, no matter what don’t we? Yes, he was far from perfect, but now his mistakes have be
    magnified & multiplied 1000 times over.
    On another matter I expect the democrats to pull out all the stops, try every dirty trick in the book as a last ditch
    effort to push their agenda during the lame duck session. Hold on to your wallets!!

  3. “As a result of excessive unemployment benefits, people may not be as proactive about searching for jobs or may become pickier on which they jobs they accept. Increasing unemployment insurance extension during a Lame Duck Session will add to billions to the national debt while not creating net new jobs”.

    I RESENT THIS STATEMENT!! HOW DARE YOU ASSUME THAT UNEMPLOYED PEOPLE “may become pickier on which jobs they accept.” I HAVE A MASTERS DEGREE….AND A PhD…and I HAVE BEEN TOLD NUMEROUS TIMES THAT I’M “OVER-QUALIFED TO FILL THIS JOB”. I HAVE BEEN OUT OF WORK FOR 13 MONTHS…AND NOW I LITERALLY AM FACING LIVING ON THE STREETS IF UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS ARE CUT OFF AT THE END OF THE YEAR. I ALREADY LOST MY HOME TO FORECLOSURE, LOST MY CAR, AND SOLD 75% OF MY PERSONAL BELONGINGS…BECAUSE I HAVE NO HOME.

    WHAT MORE DO YOU WANT ME TO LOSE…..NEXT WILL BE MY LIFE. WILL YOU BE HAPPY THEN?

    1. And yet you find time to comment on a blog on a computer. I assume you are in the library right? There’s work out there. I’ve been able to find 2nd and 3rd jobs even in this economy. It isn’t easy, but it’s possible.

    2. matthews they don,t care they still get paid when they cut unemploment they better vote to leave america people are tired of the gov feeding strangers and not helping the working class we should move to unemploment to food stamps like all of the illegals get threw the women that they live with and send their money to mexico to be doubled and the workers of america pay for this even if you are unemployed because you still pay tax,s on unemploment check a least we worked for our check or we would not be getting unemploment.arrest and drport

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