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You may recall that according to Republicans, extending the Bush tax cuts for millionaires was an absolute necessity. In fact, failing to extend that tax cut for the rich would have amounted to a tax increase and was thus verboten. At least, that was the ruling of Grover Norquist, the unelected Washington lobbyist to whom most Republicans have outsourced such determinations. So, that leads to a question: Why is failing to extend a temporary tax cut to millionaires considered a tax increase, while failing to extend a temporary tax cut for working people is somehow NOT a tax increase? Why is one unacceptable, and the other unacceptable? What a silly silly question. Because Grover Norquist told them so, that’s why. As Norquist told reporters after a closed-door session with House Republicans Thursday, “For the president to run around and say not continuing a temporary tax cut is an increase is inaccurate.”

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