Tax Cut Wars: Hostage Taking, Negotiating with GOP ‘Terrorists’

December 4, 2010

(ChattahBox Political News)—The heated battle on Capitol Hill between Democrats and Republicans over tax cuts—Republicans want them for the rich and the Democrats don’t, reached its natural rhetorical conclusion on Friday. After Senate Republicans led by Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (KY), held the government hostage until they got their way on tax cuts for the rich, Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) suggested negotiating with the GOP hostage takers is almost like dealing with terrorists. Menendez’s remarks elicited predictable outrage from the Right, but the New Jersey Senator responded that he was taken “out of context,” while expressing disgust over the GOP’s “millionaires-first tax plan.”

ABC News writes:

“Asked if Democrats have a responsibility to move forward with a bill that can become law – in other words, a bill Republicans will support and not block– here’s what Menendez said:

“Do you allow yourself to be held hostage and get something done for the sake of getting something done, when in fact it might be perverse in its ultimate results? It’s almost like the question of do you negotiate with terrorists.”

Menendez was referencing a “hostage” letter circulated by McConnell, signed by the entire Republican Caucus, the day after a bipartisan meeting with President Obama. The letter threatened to block every legislative measure in the Senate, including the START treaty, and extension of unemployment benefits, until the wealthiest two-percent of Americans got to keep more of their money that would add $700 billion to the deficit.

Republicans called Menendez’s terrorist comment “astounding,” adding Democrats “just don’t get it.”

Menendez shot back:

“Not surprisingly, Republicans would take a comment out of context in order to change the subject from their millionaires-first tax plan,” Menendez spokesman Afshin Mohamadi told ABC News. “The critical point for middle class Americans remains that Republicans have chosen to jeopardize tax cuts for every middle class family in order to guarantee an average tax cut of $104,000 for each millionaire.”

Sure, Menendez went to the edge with his remarks, but what do you call a Party of obstinate vandals fighting for the interests of billionaires and millionaires, while millions of Americans suffer?


One Response to “Tax Cut Wars: Hostage Taking, Negotiating with GOP ‘Terrorists’”

  1. hsr0601 on December 4th, 2010 5:46 pm

    The reps don’t care about anyone but themselves

    1. The reps campaigned on their ability to cut spending and balance the budget, so they should be required to make good on that pledge.

    But, the Bush tax cut for the big U.S. corporations sitting on record profits, approximately $2.3 trillion in reserves, and refusing to re-invest domestically. will add an additional $700 billion to the deficit over a decade.

    As for the Democrats, sound investments = deficit hike.
    As for the reps, failed tax giveaway = job creation. Cut your spending for our failed spending!

    There is no evidence that these tax cuts created even a single job.
    “Back when Bush was pushing his tax cut packages through Congress in 2001 and 2003, supporters said the cuts (which weren’t balanced with spending reductions) would initiate an era in which the American economy would grow so robustly the nation would be running a surplus of more than $5 trillion at the scheduled expiration date. U.S. now runs a deficit of about $1.3 trillion.

    In fact, the available evidence is the exact opposite:
    Former President Bill Clinton left a record surplus and created 20 million jobs, despite the warning of potential economic disaster over tax increase for the wealthiest.

    2. On the one hand they want to provide $700 billion in tax cuts for the wealthiest, but not pay for them. On the other hand they demand that unemployment benefits for the middle class be paid for. It’s kind of like someone on a diet ordering a Diet Coke and a Big Mac simultaneously.
    Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) said, “I’m trying to figure out how anyone can keep a straight face and say they’re for deficit reduction while they insist on a permanent tax cut for the wealthiest Americans, completely unpaid for,”

    3. The rich have HAD their tax cuts the whole time, where are those jobs they supposedly are going to create with their extra wealth they have been sitting on?

    A business hires the right number of employees to meet demand. Having extra cash does not cause a business to hire, but a business that has a demand for what it does will find the money to hire. Businesses want customers, not tax cuts.

    4. The reps & jobs : Are they Pro-business ?

    (a). Even when the economy was on the cusp of entire collapse just like Lehman Brothers ahead of the roll-out of stimulus package, it was held hostage by Audacity of Nope, and the time was running out.
    Power first then said : Nope ! How do we pay for it ?, Just let him go under exactly like Lehman Brothers.

    (b). It is also important to remember a small business bill that was blocked for weeks by a republican filibuster in the Senate.

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