Tuesday, celebrate New Year.
Back to work Wednesday.
Just in time to see Sen. Jay Rockefeller and other Democrats take credit for sparing West Virginia families thousands of dollars in tax increases they might otherwise have faced.
(Truthy version: Republicans prevented Democrats from abandoning many of the Bush tax cuts, as many sought to do.)
Rockefeller's claim hit the same day that many working people received smaller paychecks because of the return to normal Social Security withholding taxes.
Ending the payroll tax holiday was the responsible thing to do, but the return to normal taxation will pull $100 billion out of family pockets and into the maw of an insatiable government.
Family Dollar Stores cut its earnings forecast for fiscal 2013.
Dollar General Corp. also signaled lower expectations.
If Family Dollar and Dollar General see trouble ahead. . . . .
But Obama and the Democrats say that in Round Two of fiscal cliff negotiations, they will insist on $1 more in revenue for every $1 in spending restraint.
There it is again -- that sense of disconnection with reality.
Are we on the same planet?
The president is safe. He won re-election.
Sen. Joe Manchin is, too.
But the Democrats who have enabled the president on his spending spree are not. Some face voters two years from now.
Under Obama, the Democratic Party has greatly expanded the welfare state, burnished its reputation for fiscal irresponsibility, and communicated increasing disrespect for the working people who pay for it all.
Will spending and sloganeering cut it the next time around?
Maybe and maybe not.
With some120 million votes cast, Obama won the power to grow the federal government and tank the American economy by a margin of only about 5 million votes.
That's as weak as federal math.
Maurice is editorial page editor of the Daily Mail. She may be reached at 348-4802 or by email at ha...@dailymail.com.