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Rep. Gary Ackerman: Tax Cut Deal Is GOP's 'Wet Dream Act'

The Huffington Post   First Posted: 12/09/10 02:16 PM ET Updated: 05/25/11 07:20 PM ET

Gary Ackerman Wet Dream

Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-N.Y.) used a crude play on words Wednesday, when he described what he saw as Obama's gift to the GOP in the recent tax cut deal as the "Republican Wet Dream Act" -- apparently no relation to the actual Dream Act.

"Members of the Democratic caucus are saying 'why should we take this vote, we're gonna get blamed for adding to the deficit,'" Ackerman told MSNBC's Dylan Ratigan in his analysis of the potential political consequences of passing Obama's tax plan. "This isn't the Dream Act, this is the Republican Wet Dream Act. They get the Democrats to add to the deficit, they get all the benefits for their wealthiest friends in America to pay them off for their huge contributions that they made during the campaign and got an exemption from the U.S. Supreme Court. The whole thing is an absolute absurdity."

Vice President Joe Biden faced a number of irate House Democrats later on Wednesday, many of whom roundly criticized the White House for being too quick to accept what they saw as the short end of the stick on the bargain. On Thursday, the caucus voted to reject the deal in a non-binding vote.

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