Tightens Her Grip


One might think with a majority of 256-178 she could afford to be magnanimous. Or, heck, let the minority speak freely just to be able to blame stuff on 'em now and again. Not to mention, the squeeze is on us, 'cause her rules include:
tax increases now will be easier to pass, because opponents will not be allowed to offer a simple motion to strike any increase without making up for the "lost revenue." In addition, tax cuts are made more difficult, because they cannot be offset with spending cuts. The new rules will mean that the only way to push for a tax cut will be to propose a tax increase elsewhere.