So, at around 9:00 PM, January 1st, 2013 the House passed the Senate bill to avoid the fiscal cliff. John Boehner, House Speaker, voted for the bill, as did Paul Ryan. 23 hours into the new year the Republican House clowns bowed to the inevitable.
In my view, the bill is deeply flawed. I have concerns similar to those expressed by Senator Tom Harkin (see below). Nevertheless, the compromise, negotiated by Biden and Obama, finessed the Republicans and left the far right Tea Party Republicans out of the conversation.
Tomorrow we send out these clowns and usher in a new congress. Unfortunately, the new group of clowns will not be much different from this group. Gird your loins for more of these Republican obstructive circuses. Happy New Year!