August 05, 2006
Democrats Hold Their Ground, Win
By Neil the Ethical Werewolf
The Democrats managed to pull of a filibuster Thursday night, shutting down the GOP attempt to cut the estate tax by tying it to a minimum wage increase. As Mike Caudle explains at the Edwards Blog, it wasn't even a totally legit minimum wage increase -- it would've reduced wages for lots of workers who make money off of tips. If you're looking for a very inside perspective on this story, there's one at the HotlineBlog about how Maria Cantwell decided to join 41 other Senators for the filibuster, enraging Bill Frist with her refusal to engage in bipartisan dumbness. Well done, team!
As I noted over at TAPPED, I found it odd that Frist named his bill the "Trifecta" bill. Why would you want to name your bill after one of the longest longshots in all of betting? What's next, the "Lotto Jackpot" bill?
Where's Frank Luntz when you need him?
Posted by: Petey | Aug 5, 2006 4:55:46 AM
The Seattle-based Blethen family has been moving heaven and earth to shtitcan the estate tax, in order to 'save their newspapers'.
Our Portland (ME) Press Herald, never a very good paper, has gone to shite since the Blethens bought it.
Posted by: Davis X. Machina | Aug 5, 2006 11:27:48 AM
My concern is for how this vote will be portrayed in the media. Will the media say that republicans tried to pass a minimum wage bill and democrats voted against it? I say a teaser on CNN that suggested just that, followed by charts from the economic policy institute on how poorly the minimum wage has done versus inflation. I was appalled.
The story after the commercial break mentioned the estate tax repeal, but it still portrayed the bill as primarily an increase in the minimum wage.
I hope media matters keeps up on this one.
Posted by: tomboy | Aug 6, 2006 11:15:26 AM
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