When it came down to it, you didn't think about politics, you thought about my unemployed mother. As a political junkie, and a hard-left Liberal, Im not happy with the compromise. But as a son, I am truly happy. I am truly relieved.
I wanted the estate tax increased, I wanted higher income tax on the rich than the compromise that you made. I did't get that. But I wanted the Unemployment benefits even more. And I'm going to get that. I needed the tax cuts for the middle class, and I'm going to get that tomorrow (if Congress acts- either way you are trying).
This is why I voted for you. I wanted someone who I can trust. Someone whom I know is looking out for me and my family.
When the hard economic times have eased, I will want the tax rates on the middle class back to Clinton levels, in order to reduce the deficit. But that's not tangible to my family right now. Right now, we need relief from this economic vise. And we just got what we needed from you.
So thank you.