Dem likens working with GOP on taxes to negotiating with 'terrorists'
December 3rd, 2010
07:34 PM ET
4 years ago

Dem likens working with GOP on taxes to negotiating with 'terrorists'

(CNN) - Sen. Robert Menendez said Friday that if the Democratic-controlled Senate agrees to extend all of the Bush-era tax cuts it could be akin to acceding to terrorist demands. Republicans immediately blasted the New Jersey Democrat for his comparison.

Menendez asked at a news conference, "Does the majority not only have a responsibility to get something done but to get something done that makes sense for the country?"

"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 to the ultimate results? It's almost like the question of do you negotiate with terrorists?"

In a statement titled, "Menendez Compares GOP to Terrorists," the office of House Republican Whip Eric Cantor responded, " Um…No Senator, it is not. Not at all."

An aide to Menendez said the senator was talking about how the negotiations are proceeding, not about the Republicans personally.

"It's not surprising that some are eager to take a comment out of context in order to change the subject from the Republican millionaires-first plan," said spokesman Afshin Mohamadi. "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."


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soundoff (178 Responses)
  1. Fed Up

    When you point a finger at others, 3 more fingers point back at you. You have earned it.

    December 3, 2010 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  2. Anne

    The rich don't give a hoot for the middle or low-income classes in the US. Their GOP motto: "Let them eat cake...and don't take away my tax breaks." Perverse.

    December 3, 2010 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  3. Ric

    He's right. The GOP are nazi terrorists.

    December 3, 2010 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  4. Well this Senator is Wrong. Negotiating with Republicans Is not like Negotiating with terrorist, it is more like

    Self abuse.

    Republicans would rather protect Paris Hilton than the unemployed,
    Republicans would rather let rush limbaugh have a tax cut than protect America from nukes.

    They are not terrorists, they are worse, because they claim to be patriots

    December 3, 2010 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  5. mshare

    Actually, yes Cantor, it is like acceding to terrorism demands!!! BRAVO! Someone has the guts to call the Republican on their hostage tactics!!!

    December 3, 2010 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  6. WeThePeopleOfVirginia

    Menendez is your typical garden variety Progressive . . . having run out of debate points, he looks to the old tried and true strategy of casting dispersions and marginalizing the competition. Keep banging your head against the wall Senator . . . one day you’ll learn that headache was self inflicted.

    December 3, 2010 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  7. molinewolf

    it's about time a dem got some back bone.

    December 3, 2010 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  8. rude

    They dragged the Clinton administration so that the government shut down.
    If it quacks, walks and talks like a terrorist........, and they they got the gall to deny their practice to make America fail!!
    Go Menendez, maybe we can clone your backbone and implant it in some Dems who desperately need it.

    December 3, 2010 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  9. Steve in MN

    ...and the problem with that comparison is...????????

    My wife and I, combined, make almost $200K. We would never miss the 4% additiona ltax being discussed. The radical right whining over this is just silliness. Anyone - anyone - making this income level (and more) did not "earn" it, it is a gift of parentage, ethnicity, luck and God. If you think you are solely responsible for riches in this stratopheric level, you are truly a delusional narcissist.

    Stunning is that so many middle to low income folks will vote against their own economic interests. It doesn't take a genius, folks. As per Clinton, when people start thinking, they vote for Democrats.

    December 3, 2010 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  10. Uncle Sam

    "Thats what elections are for..." Barack Hussein Obama after the 2008 election.

    Now they are crying about it in 2010...

    December 3, 2010 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  11. Charlie in Maine

    Turnabout id fair play.

    If they would start working in the interest of We the People then the comparaison wouldn't seem fair. But why is it okay to stop un-employment benefits for fear of the debt but protect millionaires by trying to keep all of the Bush Error Tax-Cut?

    Terrorists? not really. More like swindlers.

    December 3, 2010 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  12. Carmelle

    The sad part is that I can relate to that comment....Repubs are willing to hold the middle class hostage for the wealthy 2%.

    How about this for a compromise?

    Middle class tax cut permanent
    New job creating targeted tax cuts for all "COMPANIES" not just for anything/anyone making of 250K.

    Because how many jobs have Paris Hilton created? We need to create jobs, so use that money to do just that!

    December 3, 2010 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  13. sally

    Menendez speaks the truth. It is repulsive that millionaires are so greedy! Social Security recipients aren't getting any cost of living increase for this year or last, federal workers are going to have their pay frozen, and millionaires represented by the Republicans are demanding a tax increase...outrageous!!!!!

    December 3, 2010 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  14. Randy, San Francisco

    Time for politicians from both parties to behave like mature and thoughtful adults. Stop the nasty name calling and compromise to get things done.

    December 3, 2010 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  15. sally

    Menendez speaks the truth. It is repulsive that millionaires are so greedy! Social Security recipients aren't getting any cost of living increase for this year or last, federal workers are going to have their pay frozen, and millionaires represented by the Republicans are demanding a tax decrease...outrageous!!!!!

    December 3, 2010 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  16. James A. Scott - San Diego, CA

    No offense, but... he's right.

    December 3, 2010 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  17. Former Republican - Now Independent

    The Dems are soooo unimaginative.

    The Republicans have compared them to "terrorists" so many times as to be a joke.

    One would think that Menendez would have come up with something more clever or unique.

    December 3, 2010 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  18. Jeff

    It's actually a pretty apt comparison given that the Republican-championed Iraq War killed more Americans than 9/11 and injured probably 10x as many as 9/11.

    December 3, 2010 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  19. Bessy

    I agree ! They are attempting to hold the country hostage to get this tax cut through for the rich. Too bad that the people that continue to vote them into office are so dense.

    December 3, 2010 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  20. Joseph Agunbiade

    Senator Menendez, you rightly spoke my mind. Republicans pose a bitter and greater problem to both America and Americans than either Taliban or Al Qaeda. No apology to any one; this is how I see them. They are even more organized and determined to destroy America than the international enemies. We are talking about a serious threat to the future of this country. They are holding the government and the people hostages on all fronts!

    December 3, 2010 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  21. Dave

    He should clarify. If he's talking about radical Islamic terrorists, then I disagree. But if he's calling the GOP a bunch of radicalized Christian terrorists, then of course they are – that's their whole base at this point! They've become a theocratic party.

    December 3, 2010 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  22. ingrid

    I do not mind philosophical differences between the parties, but I feel that the Republicans are only stone walling because they see this as a means to power. In other words, their defiant stance is not because of genuine differences in ideas, but because they think this will gain them more leverage. They do not seem to have a genuine concern for the welfare of all Americans. So to compare them to terrorist, although an extreme statement, does have some elements of truth.

    December 3, 2010 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  23. Liz the First

    If this scenario doesn't demonstrate with crystal clarity that the repubs are only interested in benefitting the rich, i don't know what it will take. i hope everyone who voted for these thugs ends up at their mercy at one point or another in their lives. that, apparently, is the only thing that will wake up the fools who voted for them. here's a thought. give them the tax cuts for the rich, but only for a year and if they fail to create all the jobs they scream about, take it away! the bush years, with the tax cuts for the rich in place, created the fewest jobs of any recent administration. so if cutting taxes for the rich worked,, why didn't it work then??? doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result is the short definition of insanity!

    December 3, 2010 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  24. daveindenver

    Wow, a replacement for Grayson. Typical liberal if you don't agree with me you are racist, terrorist, red neck, religious zealot, gun toting, right wing extremist. It's time for lthe people in Washington DC to grow up and try to lead.

    December 3, 2010 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  25. Name

    I can see that

    December 3, 2010 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
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