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As if that picture of him in the Oval Office, two oaths of office and all the pomp and circumstance of the most expensive Presidential Inauguration ever didn’t make clear, Barack Obama won, people.

Still, the new President felt compelled to remind Congressional Republicans of that during a White House meeting on the ongoing economic crisis yesterday.

The comment came after Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) told Obama that cutting income taxes would do more to stimulate economic growth than handing out a $500 individual payroll tax refund, which the President has proposed as part of the latest multi-billion dollar federal bailout.

“I won,” Obama responded to Cantor’s income tax suggestion. “I will trump you on that.”

Democrats say the President was joking, Republicans say they didn’t appreciate being the punch line.

Of course, the sad reality behind all of this early partisan sniping is that there’s not much difference between Republicans and Democrats in Washington these days.

Which is why Cantor’s GOP has forfeited its right to pretend that it cares about the taxpayers of this country.

After all, Obama isn’t departing all that significantly from the interventionist approach adopted by former President George Bush, who joined with Congressional Democrats and Republicans last year in shoving the first multi-billion bailout down the throats of the American taxpayers.

And the bailouts, of course, are only one part of the $10 trillion government “rescue” package.

Anyway, Obama did win. Sort of like George Bush won (sort of) eight years ago.

It’s the taxpayers who keep losing, though, which doesn’t look like it’s going to change no matter who’s in the Oval Office.