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Rush Limbaugh agrees with Rachel Maddow and Keith Olbermann all slam Obama's tax deal

Rush Limbaugh agrees with Rachel Maddow and Keith Olbermann, all slam Obama's tax deal with GOP

Aliyah Shahid
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
Saturday, December 11th 2010, 12:21 PM

Keith Olbermann, Rush Limbaugh and Rachel Maddow have all spoken out against Obama's tax deal with the GOP.

Gojkovich,Brown/Getty/MSNBC/APKeith Olbermann, Rush Limbaugh and Rachel Maddow have all spoken out against Obama's tax deal with the GOP.

 

This could be a first: Rush Limbaugh agrees with Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow.

The right wing radio host slammed the GOP's tax deal with President Obama during his show on Friday, arguing Republicans are giving up too much to get it.

"I now hope this deal fails," Limbaugh said. He then urged Republicans to allow taxes increase so they can use their new majority in the House of Representatives to pass a better deal in January.

"Let 'em go up.  Wait for our cavalry to show up and deal with this the right way, They had two years to deal with this," the radio show host said referring to the Democrats. "They've had the two years of Obama's presidency to deal with this and they haven't, on purpose.  They want the tax rates to go up. We're selling for nothing."

Maddow and Olbermann have also blasted the deal, but for different reasons than Limbaugh. The liberal television hosts are concerned the two-year deal will become permanent.

Olbermann also argued the compromise benefits the rich and gives too little to the poor and middle class.

"Mr. President, for these meager crumbs, you have given up costly, insulting, divisive, destructive tax cuts for the rich and you have given in to Republican blackmail which will be followed by more Republican blackmail," Olbermann said earlier this week.

On Monday, President Obama and the Republicans announced the tentative deal to extend the tax cuts for all Americans for two years. Obama had previously said that he wanted to extend them for all but the wealthiest Americans - individuals who earn more than $200,000 or households that make more than $250,000.

In exchange, the GOP agreed to extend employment insurance benefits for an additional 13 months, among other things.

Progressives are furious with the President for conceding the extension of the upper-income tax cuts to the GOP - something he'd promised on the campaign trail he wouldn't do.

Self-described Democratic socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) gained national attention on Friday after a nearly nine hour speech railing against the deal, claiming later that it wasn't a filibuster.

During his Saturday radio and Internet address, the President said the deal wasn't perfect, but overall would benefit Americans.

"Our recovery will be strengthened or weakened based on the choice that now rests with Congress," he said.



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