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This concludes another chapter in the ongoing saga of “It Doesn’t Matter Who You Vote For, You Get the Same Thing.” When all the smoke has been blown, and all the posturing and pontificating is done, this is what we get.

We get Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio, who once upon a time called the extension of the tax cuts “legislative extortion” voting yesterday to “pay the ransom.” Get used to paying, Sen. Brown. You’ll be doing a lot of that in the next two years. Next up, trading cuts in Medicare, Social Security, education, and whatever else the extortionists ask for, in exchange for raising the debt ceiling.

We get self-contradictory nonsense like this from Sen. Franken in the Huffington Post:

“Extending the excessive Bush tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires will explode our deficit over the next two years without doing anything to help our economy. I think it’s simply bad policy.


…I got into this line of work because I wanted to stand up for Minnesota families trying to put food on the table and build a better life for their kids. And, for them, the only thing worse than a bad deal would be no deal at all. That’s why I voted yes yesterday — and why I will continue my fight for economic policies that create jobs, address our deficit problem, and build new opportunities for Minnesota.”

So even though this is a “bad deal” that will explode the deficit and won’t do anything to help the economy, Sen. Franken vows to fight for policies that address the deficit and create jobs. Sometime in the future, that is. Not now. Just trust him. By the way, senator, the lesser of two evils is still evil.

Sen. Franken is also “taking the president at his word that he will fight harder to put an end to these wasteful tax breaks in 2012 than he did in 2010.” Hold on to that dream, Al.

We get Majority Leader Reid calling passage of the package a “tremendous accomplishment,” and saying that it will “cut taxes for middle class families and small businesses, and ensure that Americans who are still looking for work will continue to have they safety net they rely on to make ends meet.”

Except for the 99ers, they’re SOL. And except for the working poor who will have their taxes raised while the “middle-class” folks like JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon get a $1.179 million cut. And except for the deal laying the groundwork for cutting Social Security. Other than that it’s a tremendous accomplishment.

So next election, put all the names on a dartboard, close your eyes and throw. Democrat, Republican, whatever. Six of one, a half dozen of the other.