So. It is done.

President Obama’s Grand Compromise that ain’t so grand, according to many liberals, is now the law of the land. This afternoon, Obama signed the $858 billion bill, which extends for two years the Bush-era tax cuts for poor, rich, and super-rich alike. The legislation also provides for a 13-month extension of unemployment benefits for the long-term unemployed and a one-year payroll tax cut for most workers.

The legislation’s success was sealed last night when the House passed it 277 to 148.

So…if the deal does indeed mark an economic and/or political shift for the president, will the Bay Area go along for the ride?

Well, one indication may be how your representative voted last night. Let’s see:

Mike Thompson No Pete Stark No Jackie Speier No Barbara Lee No Anna Eshoo No Sam Farr No Lynn Woolsey No Mike Honda No John Garamendi No George Miller No Zoe Lofgren No Jerry McNerney No Doris Matsui No Nancy Pelosi – Skipped the vote and the ceremony too.

And they’ll all be back next session; Nancy Pelosi of course, in markedly reduced circumstances…


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks writes mostly on film for KQED Arts. He is also an online editor and writer for KQED's daily news blog, News Fix. Jon is a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S.

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