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No, of course it hasn’t.

But with the two votes today in the Senate concerning the continuation of dubya’s (now Obama’a) windfall tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires I don’t particular care to hear Claire McCaskill’s (D) future lectures to us on the evils of the deficit.

First up was the vote to suspend the rules to consider Senator Bernie Sanders’ (I) amendment to restrict the tax cut to the first $250,000.00 for everyone.

Senate Sends Tax Bill to House

….The amendment would have struck an estate tax proposal to exempt all but the richest estates. Sanders suggested returning to estate tax rates in effect in 2009 for two years. H [sic] would have exempted the first $3.5 million of an estate from taxation and imposrf [sic] a 45 percent estate tax rate on the value of estates above $3.5 million.

The Sanders amendment would have replaced the payroll tax holiday with a one year extension of the Make Work Pay Credit — a proposal that will provide more tax relief to those who need it most while not threatening the solvency of the Social Security trust fund.

Sanders’ amendment also would have provided a $250 payment to some 58 million senior citizens, veterans and persons with disabilities.  Unless Congress acts, senior citizens will be going without a cost of living increase for a second year in a row at a time when the prices they pay for prescription drug and health care are soaring….

The vote:

Question:  On the Motion (Motion to Suspend Rule XXII Re: Sanders Amdt. 4809 )

Vote Number: 275 Vote Date: December 15, 2010, 12:42 PM

Required For Majority: 2/3 Vote Result: Motion Rejected

Measure Number: H.R. 4853 (Airport and Airway Extension Act of 2010, Part III )

Measure Title: A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend the funding and expenditure authority of the Airport and Airway Trust Fund, to amend title 49, United States Code, to extend authorizations for the airport improvement program, and for other purposes.

Vote Counts: YEAs 43

NAYs 57

Bond (R-MO), Nay  

McCaskill (D-MO), Nay  

Well, isn’t that special?

And the final vote on the deal, perpetuating dubya’s tax cut windfall for the top 2%:

Question:  On the Motion (Motion to Concur in the House Amdt. to the Senate Amdt. with Amdt. No. 4753 to H.R. 4853 )

Vote Number: 276 Vote Date: December 15, 2010, 01:02 PM

Required For Majority: 1/2 Vote Result: Motion Agreed to

Measure Number: H.R. 4853 (Airport and Airway Extension Act of 2010, Part III )

Measure Title: A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend the funding and expenditure authority of the Airport and Airway Trust Fund, to amend title 49, United States Code, to extend authorizations for the airport improvement program, and for other purposes.

Vote Counts: YEAs 81

NAYs 19

Bond (R-MO), Yea  

McCaskill (D-MO), Yea

Gee, do you think Jim Talent’s (r) votes would have been any different?

Do us a favor. Spare us those lectures on the deficit. Otherwise, you’re just telling us it’s raining.