Obama and his cronies are good at one thing — telling a lie consistently enough so that it is continuously reported and eventually believed. They know that the only reality in politics is what people believe to be true, not what actually is true.

The payroll tax issue is a perfect example of this axiom.

For better or worse, the House of Representatives passed a yearlong extension of the payroll tax cut well before the Senate ever brought the issue up.

Republicans in the House chose to extend it for a year because that creates certainty and avoids costly retooling of various payroll calculation systems that U.S. businesses depend upon to provide their employees paychecks.

They also chose to extend it for a year, because that time period allows whatever stimulative effect the tax cut might have time to succeed.

Harry ReidHarry ReidGOP frustrated by slow pace of Trump staffing This week: Congress awaits Comey testimony Will Republicans grow a spine and restore democracy? MORE’s Senate, on the other hand, chose to pass a two-month extension of the tax cut. The Senate extension sows instability into the system, and guarantees another trip to the precipice of legislative indecision in February, when the same senators who demand a two-month extension will likely fall all over themselves pushing for a 10-month additional extension.

Yet it is Republicans in the House who are painted as the ones who don’t want the extension.

What a crock.

Personally, I think the payroll tax cut was a bad idea from the start, as it takes the funding away from Social Security and uses it for immediate political purposes. I am confident if a Republican president had proposed something similar that the currently silent AARP would have roared its advertising/direct mail scare machine into service decrying this blatant theft of the future of the doomed retirement fund.

Instead, what we hear is that Republicans want to raise taxes on 160 million Americans. A curious number, given that the Labor Department reports that there are fewer than 154 million Americans in the ENTIRE WORKFORCE, with only about 140 million Americans who even have jobs in the Obamaconomy. So one might reasonably ask who these additional 20 million Americans are who pay payroll taxes without having a job. But I digress.

Not shockingly, headline writers have declared that the House voted down the Senate version of the bill, which is just plain false. What the House did is demand that the normal legislative give-and-take between the two chambers occur rather than rubber-stamping the Senate’s two-month payroll cut disaster.

This is actually the normal order of business. Just as the Senate should not have been expected to accept the House bill in its entirety, neither should the House be expected to accept the Senate version. That is the normal process and the House should be commended for demanding a compromise rather than accepting the edict from the upper chamber.

Unfortunately, it is easier to report the Obama/Reid spin that the House wants to heartlessly raise taxes rather than explain the truth that House Republicans have actually been the only responsible parties in this whole debate.


Rick Manning (@rmanning957) is the communications director of Americans for Limited Government.