Apart from the giant hole this blows in the deficit, liberals should be pleased with this tax deal. For the most part, they got what they want, and frankly, their side of the ledger looks better than the Republicans'. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/08/business/economy/08leonhardt.html?_r=1 That is, apart from sticking it to the rich. So what if the rich also got a tax cut? If liberals are mad because they didn't gouge the rich more, that's pretty sad. One of the great things about America is that, compared to most other countries, financial success is venerated more often than not. Envy is an unattractive trait.