Consider this article from Karl Rove in the WSJ this morning regarding the extension of the Bush tax cuts which says (emphasis mine):
If that happens, every worker will receive a smaller paycheck in the New Year. This will happen regardless of what action the new Congress takes—because the Treasury Department must very soon send employers and payroll processers instructions for 2011 tax withholding. If no bill passes in the next 10 days, the Treasury Department will have to assume the Bush tax cuts expire and order more withheld from everyone's pay. The impact would be dramatic. H&R Block's Tax Institute, for example, has estimated that a married couple earning $80,000 will receive $221.48 less in each bimonthly paycheck starting in January, just when Christmas bills show up.
And Juan Williams tried to argue that Americans are more interested in the START treaty and the DREAM act. Seriously?
Senate Republicans have sent a letter to Harry Reid saying basically, we aren't doing ANYTHING until we do taxes.
You tell me. What do YOU want Congress to deal with first in this lame duck session? Tax cuts? START? Amnesty?