Via Ezra Klein (as always, just bookmark him!) – this chart explains a LOT about why the recent tax deal was done. The left can whine all they want, but the reality is that the Democrats in Congress & Senate had ZERO courage when it came to blocking the high income level tax cuts and ZERO courage when it came to extending unemployment benefits as standalone bills. Because the citizens who actually take the time to get out and vote represent those employed, higher income earners. The reality for those representatives was plain. Regardless of opinion polls showing a majority of people wanting the tax cuts for the wealthy to expire, their voices just don’t carry as much weight on either side of the aisle.