While Republicans may create a united front opposing some aspects of Democrats' proposal, Norquist offers only tepid disapproval. "It's not the dumbest thing Obama's ever done," he says, adding, "It's the one part of the jobs act that isn't actively destructive."
Average Americans may not care about the macroeconomic effects of a tax cut so much as their own bank accounts. For his part, President Obama seems to grasp this concept well. The White House has launched a calculator showing how much money people can expect to save under the proposal. The president will also travel to Scranton, Pa., this week to advocate for the extension.