Two-Month Payroll Tax Holiday Passed By Senate, Pushed By President Unworkable According To Experts

Jake Tapper reporting:

Officials from the policy-neutral National Payroll Reporting Consortium, Inc. have expressed concern to members of Congress that the two-month payroll tax holiday passed by the Senate and supported by President Obama cannot be implemented properly.

Pete Isberg, president of the NPRC today wrote to the key leaders of the relevant committees of the House and Senate, telling them that “insufficient lead time” to implement the complicated change mandated by the legislation means the two-month payroll tax holiday “could create substantial problems, confusion and costs affecting a significant percentage of U.S. employers and employees.”

ABC News obtained a copy of the letter, which can be read HERE. Isberg agreed that it would be fair to characterize his letter as saying that the two-month payroll tax holiday cannot be implemented properly.

The NPRC is a non-profit trade association that does not take positions on policy. The group represents organizations that provide payroll processing and services to more than 1.5 million employers, impacting one third of the private sector.

“We’re neutral and we’d be happy to do the work,” Isberg told ABC News.

So the ball is in Obama and the Senate’s court, but they’re having too much accusing the Republicans of “brinksmanship”.  WHD’s Keith Koffler sees some brinksmanship, alright:

President Obama and his spokesman, Jay Carney, in league with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, today began a political game of brinksmanship with the payroll tax cut – all while accusing Republican of playing a  political game of brinksmanship with the payroll tax cut.

The Senate last week passed a bill extending the payroll tax cuts for two months. The House today passed a bill doing it for a year. The House now wants to have a conference committee to iron out the differences.

THIS IS WHAT IS KNOWN AS REGULAR ORDER. That is, it’s the normal way of doing business. But the Senate left town after passing its version and ain’t coming back.

For his own political advantage, Obama hopes he can blame the Republicans for allowing the tax to increase, next year.

But The National Payroll Reporting Consortium just threw a wrench in that plan. If the Senate’s bill isn’t even workable, they have an obligation to work out a compromise with the House. Of course, Democrats have to rely on the ignorance of the American public to allow their propaganda to work. That’s why it’s important to get this story out there.

Fast and Furious News Round-Up – Next Holder hearing scheduled for 1/24

CNN’s Jack Cafferty, is seemingly just getting up to speed on Fast and Furious, and not getting it all quite right, either –  No, the operation wasn’t “botched” – they allowed the guns to walk over the border into the hands of drug cartels, but I guess you could say (as Caffery does) that it went “haywire”.

Anderson Cooper has also reported on Fast and Furious, although CNN has a long way to go to equal Fox.  It’s certainly doing better than NBC with its ZERO reportage.

The Justice Department gave Fox News this statement in response to the brouhaha over Holder’s use of the race card to smear his critics in that NYTs interview with Charlie Savage:

 “That is a complete distortion of the attorney general’s comment. His comments both in the article and elsewhere made clear that he believes much of the criticism is launched against him are unfortunately the typical Washington gotcha game. A simple reading of those comments show he was referring to how he is identified with the president given their close relationship and all they share in common including their ideology. The position of the attorney general has been a target for partisan attacks, and given the critical work that this attorney general he is doing at the Department of Justice, it’s no surprise that some are engaging in such tactics. His critics rightly view the attorney general is a progressive force, and given our current political environment, there will those who use any opportunity to score political points.”

Here’s a “simple reading” of the comment aka what he said:
Of that group of critics, Mr. Holder said he believed that a few — the “more extreme segment” — were motivated by animus against Mr. Obama and that he served as a stand-in for him. “This is a way to get at the president because of the way I can be identified with him,” he said, “both due to the nature of our relationship and, you know, the fact that we’re both African-American.”
It is not a distortion to say that Holder played the race card. He said what he said, and it cannot be spinned away by even Media Matters, who’s been uncharacteristically mum on this. If the collectivist stooges at Media Matters can’t spin it, no one can.
But Holder and company will continue to lie and back-peddle, because they know more than half of the American public don’t pay attention – especially right now, so close to Christmas. They know they can go out and make pathetic public statements completely contradicting themselves and it will fly by most ears.   But the truth will catch up to them eventually.
Rep. Gowdy on Fox News with Greta Van Susteren, said: Fast and Furious has nothing to do with race. “To criticize your critics, and accuse them of racism when you have legitimate questions about the top law enforcement officer in the country — doesn’t serve him very well,” he blasted.

After Gowdy marveled aloud about Holder’s “misguided loyalty” to his staff, I hope you caught this: “…or – I’m beginning to think it’s maybe more than that – maybe he’s protecting someone even higher than the Criminal Chief and his Chief of Staff”…

Via The Right Scoop, here’s a heart-rending report by Al Jazeera which shows how Mexican drug gangs intimidate people in Cuernavaca, Mexico. Note when the violence really escalated and keep in mind that our government has been arming these thugs:

Scanning the YouTube page for that video, I saw a lot of comments like these:

Legalize. The prices drop, crime drops, murder drops..

it’s the war on drugs, if there wasnt any money in the drug trade there’s be no problem. legalize all drugs now and you remove the incentive and money for gangs.

Legalize all drugs and most of the problems are solved! THE END.

People who have been closely paying attention have long been under the impression that there is more afoot here, than just “padding the numbers” to make a stronger case for stricter gun laws.

Bob Owens brought up three possible goals at PJ Media:

1. Short-term: Increased illegal immigration from Mexico as people attempt to flee the increasing violence (allowing them to push the DREAM Act through, and “stacking the deck” in the next election via ACORN and SEIU);

2. Medium-term: Propaganda for tighter gun laws (possibly enacted by Executive Order, bypassing the Congress);

3. Long-term: Legalization of “recreational drugs,” helped by a “drug friendly” Mexican government, influenced by if not overtly controlled by the drug cartels.

Coincidentally, drug legalization happens to be a policy change long favored by George Soros.

Last September, Soros, and a AFSCME funded group filed an ethics complaint against Darrell Issa as he Probed the  gunwalker plot.

For those of you keeping score, there is a Soros connection to Fast and Furious. (Of course there’s a Soros connection to practically everythingon the left.)

CBS News and the Los Angeles Times have  reported that Dan Restrepo and two other officials, were in on ATF memos from the Gunwalker operation known as “Fast and Furious.”

Restrepo, the National Security Council’s top man for Latin America, was also one of the figures behind the  U.S.’s deplorable  Honduras policy in 2009. Hiding behind the curtain at that time too,  was  “the Puppetmaster”.

Prior to moving to the National Security Council,  Restrepo was the director of the Americas Project at the Center for American Progress (CAP), the Soros funded liberal think tank, whose President and Chief Executive Officer is John Podesta…

Issa spoke with Univision’s Jorge Ramos, earlier this week: American People Still Waiting for Answers from Justice Dept on Fast & Furious:

Issa: But after Fast and Furious, I have no choice but to know that they will lie.

Partial transcript:

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Video: Just Released Hobbit Trailer

My 13 year old showed it to me. See what you think:

Uh…What’s Galadriel doing in it?

Don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned this, but all but the youngest two in my family are huge LOTR fans. My oldest daughter just had her 20th birthday (it’s a week before Christmas), and we got her Arwen’s  cloak.

She also has the Evenstar necklace and Nenya. This Christmas, we’ll be adding a Leaf of Lorien necklace to her LOTR jewelry collection. Oh, and she traveled to New Zealand, last summer with a group of students who did ecological work in exchange for room and board. She got to visit some of the sets from LOTR and re-enact some of the scenes in elf get-ups.

Yeah, that’s how big a fan she is.

Anyhoo – we can’t wait for The Hobbit. I can’t believe we have to wait a whole ‘nother year!


In case you’re wondering: How Legolas and Galadriel Fit in The Hobbit:

Well Legolas is the Prince of Mirkwood, and that forest plays a big part in the movie. As his father is most definitely seen, there will probably be another chance for Orlando Bloom fans to swoon over him on the big screen as he pops up in the background somewhere. As for Galadriel, she is a known member of the White Council, and it’s been said that they will feature in the movie. And yes, all of this is detailed in the appendices as well as some of the other texts included in the books Christopher Tolkien published that detail more of the backstory of LOTR.



The character of Galadriel does not appear in the book The Hobbit. However, from Peter Jackson’s comments about including the backstory of Dol Guldur and the White Council, and that Cate Blanchette is one of the actors that may reprise their role, it is likely that Galadriel will appear in one or both of the Hobbit movies.

Galadriel was either subject to the Valar’s ban forbidding the Noldoran exiles from returning to Valinor, or she thought she was, having refused the pardon granted at the end of the First Age. Therefore, as she expressed in her lament as the Fellowship left Lorien, it was her wish that Frodo, as a special gift, be allowed to go to Tol Erëssëa, an island within sight of Valinor. Ultimately, due to her efforts to defeat Sauron, her unselfish wish for Frodo and her refusal of the One Ring when Frodo offered it, the ban was lifted and she was allowed to return to Valinor.