COMPASSIONATE CONSERVATISM….How do you screw the poor without looking like you’re screwing the poor? Easy: insist that income requirements for child tax credits increase with inflation even though the incomes of the poor have stagnated or even dropped in the past few years. Jack O’Toole has the dismal details.

Needless to say, fine distinctions like this didn’t get in the way of extending $13 billion in “last minute” corporate tax breaks. After all, corporations are reliable contributors to Republican campaigns.

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