September 30th, 2010
11:40 AM ET
4 years ago

GOP is holding tax cuts 'hostage,' Axelrod says

Washington (CNN) – Senior presidential aide David Axelrod blasted out an e-mail to supporters on Thursday blaming Republicans for the county's current fiscal woes and blasting them for a devising "cynical accounting trick" to have the Bush tax cuts expire in January.

Echoing a recent White House refrain, he applauds President Barack Obama in the e-mail for "fighting for the middle class."


In doing so, Axelrod joins the chorus of senior Democrats now playing both offense and defense at the same time against Republicans in the face of what is shaping up to be a difficult midterm election for Democrats.

The e-mail appears to underscore a message Democrats hope will appeal to disaffected middle income voters: not only is the Democratic party trying to fix problems that Republicans created, but voters should re-elect Democrats or face more of those problems. Axelrod ends his missive by pounding this idea home, saying, "We simply cannot afford to go back to their failed policies."

His appeal comes at a time when the White House has proposed ending the Bush-era tax cuts for families with incomes above $250,000 per year. Obama argued at a campaign stop in Iowa Wednesday that extending the whole package of tax cuts merely "puts off hard problems."

Republicans, meanwhile, contend that raising taxes on anyone will hamper an already sluggish economic recovery.

The GOP is "holding these tax cuts for the middle class hostage, demanding that we also lift the cap and extend the breaks to millionaires and billionaires," Axelrod says in the e-mail.

Democrats are facing what could turn out to be a Republican takeover of Congress, as well as the loss of a number of governors mansions in November.


Filed under: David Axelrod • issues • Taxes
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  1. True American

    and let's not forget that it is the GOP that is FOR outsourcing all our jobs overseas to countries like INDIA. where are the jobs people ask? ask the corporate heads and the GOP who are for sending jobs overseas where it is cheaper AND for doubly benefitting from their BUSH and GOP tax cuts.

    September 30, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  2. Dan

    There are liars, big liars, bigger liars and then there is David Axelrod !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 30, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  3. MAhole

    Well it is about time that the Democrats start getting up on the soapbox. If they keep standing on the sidelines then come November we ALL will lose.

    We need ALL Democrats to make as much noise as possible. A vote for the Republicans is suicidal in the upcoming election!

    September 30, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  4. larry

    I guess the Dems got tired of using the word "inherited" and now are starting on "hostage". Seems like they pick a word and use it just like a baby gets a new toy and uses it over and over until he get a new toy. I can't believe the people we have controlling our government!!!!

    September 30, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  5. Anonymous

    Let's have an honest look at why the GOPO is blocking so much of the democratic agenda. Is it really in the best interest of the middle class? High unemployment, large new taxes on cigarettes, no extension of the tax cuts – all these will hurt the middle class not help. How about some honest debate on both sides, not just political retoric.

    September 30, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  6. IA

    Actually get your facts straight. the Dems held off from extending the cuts, because they want to soak the rich. This is dirty politics, the Dems held off voting to pass the extensions so they could blame the Reps. for letting them expire. They could have voted to extend them and been heros, but they would rather raise taxes on everyone rather than let the rich get to keep more of their money too. WAKE UP people, look at the dirty games these liberals are playing with your money!!

    September 30, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  7. jim

    I will remind Axlerod that the democrats could have brought the vote up anytime they wanted to in Congress.Instead they decided to go home without voting on the measure and let it be decided after the election.Now,who's being deceptive with the American people.

    September 30, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  8. Asa

    Please. Democrats are doing what they excel at and that is raising taxes and spending money. They just don't have the guts to raise taxes before the midterm so they did not bring it up. Pretty sad but this happens ever fours years when Democrats act conservative 4 months prior to an election and then go back to obscene spending.

    September 30, 2010 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  9. stevegee

    Axelrod is the epitome of a liberal elitist - he thinks he knows best, but in reality is the worst! And the same goes for Obama and all the Democraps. Their arrogance and unwavering attempt to turn the U.S.A. into a Socialist nightmare has stirred the heart and soul of our nation. So on November 2nd, millions and millions of good, common sense patriots will vote American, they will vote Republican. And then, We The People will have a chance to renew freedom and liberty, from sea to shining sea.

    September 30, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  10. vic, Nashville TN

    Excuse after excuse so you all can’t sell anything

    September 30, 2010 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  11. Jon from Madison

    Last I checked, it was Pelosi who said that there would not be a vote on the issue until after the mid-term elections. Is she part of the GOP now? Oh, she's not, so I guees it is rthe Dems who are holding it hostage.

    September 30, 2010 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  12. Four and The Door

    The GOP is "holding these tax cuts for the middle class hostage, demanding that we also lift the cap and extend the breaks to millionaires and billionaires," Axelrod says in the e-mail.
    ___________________________________________________________________________________________________
    $250k/ year does not make you a millionaire much less a billionaire. Raising taxes on people who create the jobs we need right now is just a really bad idea unless the only thing you are focused on is getting a few political points from a segment of the population who doesn't care about much beyond " Stickin' it to da man!".

    September 30, 2010 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  13. char

    Yeah and the democrats dont have the majority. tell us another fiction

    September 30, 2010 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  14. gt

    lets see... we have a democratic president... 59 democratic senators and nancy controls the house,,, and its the rebuplicans fault... ha ha ha ...come on man... you guys are in charge...wait a minute its bush falult....ugh

    September 30, 2010 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  15. Rick McDaniel

    Not the way I heard it. If Obama didn't get his way......then nobody would. It is the Dems that refused to act.

    September 30, 2010 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  16. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    "Senior presidential aide David Axelrod blasted out an e-mail to supporters on Thursday blaming Republicans for the county's current fiscal woes..."

    Unbelievably contemptible! The Dems waste trillions of dollars and then try to blame the Reps? Yeah, GWB and the neo-cons were irresponsible spendthrifts, but they were utter amateurs compared to the wholesale profligates of the far Left.

    "The GOP is "holding these tax cuts for the middle class hostage, demanding that we also lift the cap and extend the breaks to millionaires and billionaires,"

    No, the Reps are trying to keep small businesses from being taxed into oblivion by thieving Democrats who never saw a dime they didn't want to steal.

    September 30, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  17. GOP Scorched Earth Politics

    Even if BOTH tax cuts expire...the truth is that is one of the only ways to finally balance the budget again besides cutting govt. Maybe if Bush/Cheney hadn't run-up the defense budget in excess of what America paid during the peak of the Cold War we wouldn't be in this position, not to mention tax giveaways to the wealthy.

    September 30, 2010 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  18. STEVE RAYMOND

    what?

    dems have control of congress........remember healthcare bill?.................oh, that was kind of a bad move
    well, point fingers you coward, go a head it will not solve problems,

    complete spin doctor......................

    September 30, 2010 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  19. NOBAMA in 2012!!

    Axelrod is an idiot, thinkuign Republicans dont want tax cuts, of course they want tax cuts, but also for small businesses that happen to make over $200K or $250K as a family. Republicans are absolutely against the job cutting tax burdens being levied by the socialist left in this economy.
    We need JOBS NOW!!! Not from the government, from the private sector, incentivize capitalism!!

    September 30, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  20. kelly

    has Axlerod been right about anything?Wasn't he the person that suggested the summer recovery tour?And when you can'
    t say anything positive about your handling of the economy you resort to blaming others or distract the public with other issues that aren't as important.

    September 30, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  21. Fed Up

    I thought it was the Dems that voted against having the vote. Must have been some of them anyway. After all, they control the Senate and the House. Seems to me that Nancy said she would shove throgh whatever she wanted to get through. Hmmm.

    September 30, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  22. Marianne

    Wrong, not just the tax cuts but America is being held hostage by the Republicans. Political terrorism? You decide.

    September 30, 2010 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  23. Rickster

    This entire administration is the lowest form of pond scum and empty-headed democrats but into their scheme hook, line & sinker. Wake up, people.....democrats are all about wealth redistribution....taking from the productive and giving to the unproductive while feathering their own nest the entire way. Through the years they have managed to enroll almost 50% of the American people onto some sort of entitlement program which makes them reliant on democrats staying in power or risk having to actually go out and be productive to earn their living. The country is slipping downhill thanks to democrats.

    September 30, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  24. stufit

    And Axelrod is a professional "spin docto." Who is he kidding? Only the dope addled Democrat liberals. Here is the real story. The Democrats have the majority in both houses of Congress and the presidency. They slammed through health care by lying and tricks. They slammed through the stimulus by lying and tricks. Did the unions run out of tricks and lies to tell them to use? Not hardly, listening to the DNC they are still using 40 year old lies and some really putrid tricks. The problem really is everyone in the Democrat liberal party including the slimy, corrupt, inept, incompetent, union toady the SEIU stole the election for (check stories from Houston) wants to tax hard working Americans more to pay the dopers, the unions and all of the other non working, non contributing, Oprah watching Obozo supporters.

    September 30, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  25. Sniffit

    "59 democratic senators and nancy controls the house,,, and its the rebuplicans fault... ha ha ha ..."

    41 is a Senate majority.

    September 30, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
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