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House and the senate.
Pass that deal that two month extension of the payroll tax cut.
Some drama and some nonsense.
If I'm allowed them to realize just a little he on Capitol Hill the deal is done.
And as I said it just pass through the house -- in the last half hour or so we're gonna talk about that.
The ramifications of the drama what it means for speaker Boehner -- whether he can hang on to his speakership after.
Some real struggles over the last several days.
And let's get right to a with a former congressman Joseph stack as a former democratic congressman from the great state of Pennsylvania the commonwealth of Pennsylvania and he joins us live this morning.
Good to -- a congressman always nice to talk to you.
He's saying here it.
Good to -- so move what do you make the last several days up on the hill with this tax cut nonsense.
Well I think you said it pretty well at the words -- it.
Most Americans use is just one more demonstration of the dysfunction.
Washington DC up on the sides of both parties I would argue in this case.
Republicans dug themselves into a hole because it was a group there.
That believe in an ideology and not.
It just disregarded the facts and I think eventually the right compromise came about once more we just keep it down the road for two months.
You know -- overall.
I would argue.
When Americans are yearning for this Christmas.
Is actually have some sort of pragmatic leadership reappear in Washington with the might -- if you titans.
You say you know what I'm willing to do principled compromise based upon the facts.
Where I'm willing to say -- the benchmark she got -- hit.
And by the way hold me accountable to that and I think that's why you see Americans this holiday season having very little faith or trust in the US government.
Now that you -- out of congress I'm wondering if your perspective has changed a bit you have a little bit of distance.
You're looking in -- the process but you know how it all works.
-- did things get.
So this point where every single agreement that need to be made.
Every single compromise that needs to be reached when it comes to -- funny in the government or extending this tax cutter that attack that it comes down.
To the last minute and admit what it -- the fact that they're gonna reach a deal.
That's always sort of a foregone conclusion but like yeah why does -- have to be like this.
You know when I first came down.
To congress set to 31 years in the military.
In a discipline and we had to make decisions every day and be accountable for them I was kind of struck by the Hatfield and mccoys atmosphere.
I went into the Republican cloakroom just off the house -- looking for Duncan Hunter.
Who was the minority leader of the house of armed services committee to work -- -- a couple questions that we might work on an issue.
Everybody looked up in the Republican cloakroom I didn't know.
As a new represented -- -- Democrats just didn't go walking into the Republican cloakroom I felt we -- -- in the House of Representatives all American.
So the last couple years particularly when I ran against my party.
Because and I get and it took on senator Specter.
-- felt that to a large degree this atmosphere.
Pervaded both houses I was given a wonderful book.
About the fall of Jim -- I would argue the last speaker of the house not the speaker of the Democratic Caucus not the -- the Republican Convention but the speaker of the house.
And you could see how in his fall.
There was all this smoke and they turned it into fire and I would argue talking to people who are in that book written back in the mid eighties.
That that's where it began to -- one side must win.
For the out party and the other side must to lose and therefore America is winning falls through the cracks.
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