September 30th, 2010
11:40 AM ET
8 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. fofo

    @ true American, yes they like not only to outsource our jobs, they also like it because they get tax credit for it as well.

    September 30, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  2. Michael

    Lets see, Acorn, Fannie, Freedie,forced policies on banks and medical industry, bail-outs bribes, failed stimulus, 1.7 trillion dept in two years. Healthcare reform ,pay-offs to unions,that is a travisty,bailing out AIG,General motors etc.Yeah I can see where they would try blaming it on Republicans, wouldn't you?Why aren't they running on all these magninicent Bills they have forced down our throats?Good luck with that pinhead!

    September 30, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  3. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    True American, you hit the nail right on the head. STOP SENDING OUR AMERICAN JOBS OVERSEAS!!!! The GOP knows their corporate masters have shipped millions of our jobs overseas. That's why they voted NO when a bill was introduced the other day on the floor to stop sending our jobs overseas for cheap labor.

    September 30, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  4. Graham


    41 is a Senate majority
    Are you really this stupid to think that the majority of a 100 person entity would be 41 seats? Do I need to explain to you what majority means?

    September 30, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  5. PaulMoATX

    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.:"

    Please yourself. Where has Obama raised taxes when he said he wouldn't? Those rich folks will still receive tax cuts up to $250,000, just not over. There is no reason to spend $700 billion on tax cuts for the rich who didn't ask for them nor need them, while economists have said that the rich equate to a small % of spending in regards to these tax cuts; in short, they save the money, not spend it to stimulate the economy. By the way, who paid for the tax cuts for the rich in 2001 and 2003? Not Bush, those tax cuts went on Obama's tab, no wonder why the deficit is as high as it is; Bush also didn't pay for Medicare Part D, the prescription drug benefit for Seniors. Did you know that Bush's tax cuts combined, cost more than Obamacare? I would much rather spend money on the poor and middle class, who need it and ask for it, rather than on the rich who again, never asked for it, nor need them.

    Go research the facts before forming opinions that are biased and taken from the right-wing talking points memo's. Nice try.

    September 30, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  6. Kevin Collins

    What does it take to convince middle-class Republicans that their party doesn't give a hoot about them. Your Republican leaders care about the wealthy first, the country second, and the non-rich way on down that line. Wake up.

    September 30, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  7. Sam Sixpack

    You've got to have Stockholm syndrome to vote for the people who stole your grandmother's Medicare. They still have a filibuster proof majority and what do they do? Stand around with their hands in your pockets blaming people who have zero power. Your heroes are liars.

    September 30, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  8. George

    Come on guys. Stop regurgitating the talking points the talking heads are spewing and use some common sense. If Pelosi held off voting to end the tax breaks for the rich, how is she sticking it to them? They already have the tax breaks right now!!
    And this notion about taxing those who create jobs...How many jobs have they created since they got these tax breaks from Bush? A whole lot.....only problem is that the jobs are in India and China!

    September 30, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  9. valwayne

    Axelrod is so sleazy. He knows full well that if there was a vote to extend all the Bush tax cuts they would pass because of huge number of his Democrats would join Republicans, in true bipartisanship, to make sure that tax increases come Jan 1 don't kill off all the new jobs for all of 2011. This is just another example of how arrogance and extreme left wing ideology from the White House are damaging the nation!

    September 30, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  10. dallaseas

    Please stop.... If you just want to vent and point fingers. If you don't have anything to say and just want to whine go post your crap on aol or fox. Why can't you people address an issue instead of calling names and acting the doomsayer part. And what is all this name calling 'Obozo' 'Democraps' . Grow up. My question is why so many Republicans refuse to address the issues. Read their post, they just want to attack individuals or groups, they seldom address an issue, It is a fact that the Republican strategy is to vote 'NO' on virtually any bill the comes before congress. Their strategy is to condemn anything Obama does, it is just politics. And those politics are harmful to this nation.

    September 30, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  11. patNY

    Republicans are holding middle class tax cuts hostage because they are insisting any extension include all, including the mega rich. There can be no vote while they insist on this all or nothing approach because of their 41 votes in the Senate that allows them to fillibuster this.
    Now that I explained it in black in white terms, do I have to draw you Republic*nts a picture?

    September 30, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  12. George

    And Oh by the way...Obama and the Dems are now in power and all of a sudden we just discovered lying....
    Brownie is STILL doing a great job as head of FEMA by the way....
    Mission Accomplished in Iraq....combat is officially over there
    We found all the WMDs we went there for as well.

    You guys act like you just fell off the turnip truck, and you think we fell off the same one too.

    September 30, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  13. November 2010

    Rahm, please take Axelrod with you to Chicago where he can do less damage to our country for the next two years.

    September 30, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  14. BeverlyNC

    What HASN'T the Republicans in Congress held hostage? They have done NOTHING but play games, use Senate arcane rules to block even a vote, and when legislation did make it to the floor, they all voted NO on EVERYTHING. The GOP has only stood up for the corporations and special interests who buy their votes. What is happening to the average American is unimportant to them. They hate the working class and one GOP Senator called us "the lesser people". I certainly hope ALL voters look at reality and see who has been delivering solid working solutions and who has done nothing but spread lies, hate, fear, racism, and promote violence and extremists. Republicans have betrayed the PEOPLE and with their nw so-called "pledge" they make it very clear they intend to stomp the middle and working class further into the ground. They state they want to end Social Security, Medicare, Unemployment benefits (which they held up 9 different times while families went hungry) and are now even talking about eliminating public schools and repealing the Civil Rights Act. Their lunatic fringe wants to try and impeach President Obama because they still wrongly believe he is not an American citizen! How stupid can you be?? Notice they are offering NOTHING for job creation, fair trade with other countries to boost our economy, nothiing to stop corporations from sending our jobs overseas, no immigration reform, and won't support anything that does not benefit the white wealthy class and large abusive corporations. This is who you REALLY want in control of our Congress?? Republicans who have lied to you, spread hate for President Obama because he is an intelligent black successful leader, and who have done NOTHING for a single American to help anyone get ahead or recover. Republicans admit they have no solutions for anything, saying they need to study the problems more! Well the voters certainly know what the problems are and the Democrats already have the solutions. Stand up and vote for ALL Democrats in November so we can keep moving forward. Republicans are nothing but destroyers and traitors to the People.

    September 30, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  15. Donger

    Axelrod = Axlerose

    September 30, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  16. VLK

    Yes and the Dem congress now is trying to push a bill that would create a 1% tax for every transaction you perform at your bank. REALLY! Make a deposit..1% tax. Direct deposit..1% tax, etc. They are going to try and sneak it in during November elections so no one will notice. Lying, creepy democrats lead by the creepiest of all. Axelrod is just another lying creep.

    September 30, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  17. Vinny

    There are liars, big liars, bigger liars and then there is David Axelrod and DEMS!!! A couple days ago, DEMS said that :"they dont debate a tax cut after midterm election...LIARS...LIARS....DAVID AXELROD is a BIGGER LIAR for DEMS...wake up and don't in the DEMS trap!!!

    September 30, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  18. MIke

    Unfortunately, The Republicans continue to Fillibuster any initiative put forward by the Democrats. 59 votes do not trump a Fillibuster. Why should the Billionaires receive tax cuts? They are already giveing Republicans PACs $$Millions trying to get them to stop the tax cuts on the wealthy. The middle class should be the only group who should receive the tax cuts not the RICH.

    September 30, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  19. John

    Calling Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. I'd like to report Mr. Axelrod as an evil partisan. Mr. Stewart and Mr. Colbert, if you are truly serious about your call for moderation then you must make Americans aware of such terrible, terrible partisanship.

    September 30, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  20. p

    Go Dems!
    Most rich folks are fine with paying their fair share (a little more).
    The cuts for them haven't translated to a bunch of new jobs, anyway, so what's the big deal?
    A lot of common folks seem oblivious to the fact that they are doing the bidding for big corps, that couldn't care less about them. GOP has even blocked legislation to slow down the outsourcing of American jobs.
    – Not to mention they're also blocking the investigation into BP's oil nightmare. Can you believe that?
    GOP wants to run the show again? No way in hell!

    September 30, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  21. David

    Break out the cheese cause Axelrod brought the whine. The Dems have had control of the congress since '06 and we've had the moron in chief in there for almost two years. Its not the Republicans who are holding up the vote on the tax cuts, its the few Dems who realize that raising taxes now would send that little GDP arrow into another nose dive. Cut taxes, cut spending and reduce the mandates on business and watch the economy take off.

    September 30, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  22. Dean

    Axelrod is a tool.

    September 30, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  23. Give em da boot

    Like Harry Kalas would say,,,,,,,,,Get this administration "OUTTA HEREEEEEE!!!!!!"

    Your time is up,,,,,go back to community organizing. I'd hate to live in THAT community!!

    September 30, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  24. katiec

    Axlerod is right. The republicans have held our country hostage for 22 months, voting against, blocking anything that will help our country. Their latest stance for the continuation of tax cuts, perks for the rich, voting against trying to bring jobs back proves to the American people that they do not care or will support us.
    Do you realize that in this tax cut bill they passed corporations making millions upon millions in profits are allowed to file as small business? There are numerous perks, benefits in this bill that has nothing to improve, advance the lives of the American people and that is why the republicans are fighting so hard to get the continuation, for their Wall St, big business and the rich. They could care less about us or our country and have become a disgrace as politicians.

    September 30, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  25. nomad

    I read what so many GOP cheerleaders are posting here, and can only shake my head. History has proven time and again that it takes a long time to turn around a huge economic system; and the deeper in decline it was, coupled with how much larger and complex it is now ( even compared with 20 yrs ago!), even more time required for recovery. Ask yourself this: So for the past few years, these tax cuts for the wealthy have been in place, how many examples of job creation, how much bolstering of the economy have we seen from this sector? Cite some examples; please!! Oh but job creation overseas, or building a new villa in the Caymans doesn't count!
    Go ahead, give it a shot. Vote in your rep-tard or tea-tard candidates, see where it gets ya. Mental midgets!!

    September 30, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
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