Or perhaps it was the strong-arming by the Republican leadership into not re-running for office in Nov. 2010.
So, having killed a U.S.$10 billion bipartisan funding extension, passed by the House, where the cashflow was needed March 1 2010 to prevent various shutdowns:
- 21% slash in Medicare payments to doctors: Make that a total freeze on Medicare payments through March 12 2010.
- Furlough of 2,000 transportation workers: This is in effect.
- Obliteration of Federally extended unemployment payments for ~400,000: Evasive action rumored to defer this by ~2 weeks, irrespective of the letters sent out last week. Details unavailable as of time of this post.