Nebraska Senator Mike Johanns spearheaded this repeal, has been working on it for months and never bowed to the pressure from the White House and others to back down from his plan for a repeal. Without Johanns’s leadership on this issue, it would likely have never happened. Small business owners should thank him.
But on to Nebraska’s other Senator, Ben Nelson.
You remember Ben. He hated ObamaCare until the President twisted both of his arms and noogied him and then “someone” proposed $100 million for Nebraska, which became known as the Cornhusker Kickback.
Yeah, THAT Ben Nelson.
So back in July of last year, Nelson wrote an editorial saying this about the 1099 provision of ObamaCare:
The new provision is expected to bring in $17 billion in revenues from taxes that are currently owed but not being paid from 2012 through 2020. Furthermore, it levels the playing field for all businesses. It is fundamentally unfair that some Americans pay taxes they legally owe while others do not.
He went on to say:
A repeal of this section of the law, which some have called for, would keep the unfair system in place and would add $17 billion to the deficit.
Oh, by the way, those “some” that had called for repeal? Yeah, that would be Mike Johanns that Ben Nelson was calling out there.
Oh Ben wanted to get rid of this burdensome requirement on small business. Except, you know, he didn’t.
Ben Nelson on the fence? Oh my! The room is spinning!
So what does Senator Nelson say today about the REPEAL of that same 1099 provision that he called “unfair” (repeatedly) — the repeal that he voted FOR?
I have repeatedly voted to eliminate this misguided ‘tax collector protection plan
Uh huh wha?
(Oh, and Nelson never once uttered the name “Johanns” in his press release congratulating himself for voting for the Johanns bill.)
Soon, when the 1099 repeal is signed into law, Nebraska small businesses will breathe a sigh of relief.
Well, he has that right. They will breathe a sigh of relief that most Nebrakans currently think Ben Nelson is the wrong man for the job and shouldn’t be reelected in 2012.
Because otherwise they will be subject, over and over again, to hearing Senator Nelson say how much he hates something, then vote for it (or, you know, vice versa).
And some, when they see how Nelson votes, simply just siiiiiigggghhhhhhh.