Turns out there was an extra enticement that brought ex-Phillie Jayson Werth to the nation's capital. In order to stimulate Washington's sluggish baseball economy, President Obama and his nemeses (nemisi?) in the GOP leadership announced tonight a deal to reduce Werth's federal income tax over the next two years. With the slugging right-fielder slated to make $36 million playing for the Nationals in 2011 and 2012, the compromise announced last night by Obama should mean an extra roughly $1.6 million that will be borrowed from China to pay Werth -- which apparently was the factor that tipped the deal to Washington and away from the perennially contending Boston Red Sox.
One side effect of the deal is that to make the arrangement pass Constitutional muster, the offer must be extended to all Americans making more than $250,000 a year, which will cost the federal treasury roughly $100 billion -- but after the loss of home-run bashing Adam Dunn to the White Sox, Washington is willing to overpay the Chinese banks to make sure that Nats' fans know their city is serious about winning.
For the heck of it, they also decided to cut payroll taxes for regular schlubs like the rest of us.