Dem likens working with GOP on taxes to negotiating with 'terrorists'
December 3rd, 2010
07:34 PM ET
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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. William A. Schaedler

    I believe deeply that both the Democratic and the Republican political parties serve as terrporist organizations to not only the people living in the United tates but to the entire world. They are both corrupt beyond redemption and need to be stopped. This country needs a new form of government. The current one is obsolete.

    December 3, 2010 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  2. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Uh... Economic terrorism seems a good comparison...

    December 3, 2010 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  3. A Alvarez

    They were elected on a platform to balance the budget and they are already adding deficits to the government by lying to extend tax cuts for the rich.

    The REPUBLICAN party is nothing but a rich tax shelter and I will never vote for another scumbag Republican again.

    December 3, 2010 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  4. Roberto

    Cudos to Sen. Robert Menendez for telling it like it is. The GOP is interested in protecting the upper 2% of Americans. Talk about class warfare ! The Dems should be beating the GOP from every airwave, telling America how the GOP screwed you before and they're going to do it again. If giving tax breaks to the rich was some kind of financial magic wand, how is it the upper 2% enjoyed this tax break for 7 years and America still went into the ditch under a GOP led WH and Congress?

    December 3, 2010 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  5. graham

    I agree with everything Se.ator Menendez said.Just substitute the word zombies for terrorists.You cannot negotiate with zombies.

    December 3, 2010 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  6. Jacques Tootite

    I say no. Let all of the tax cuts expire. But make sure that everybody knows it was because the Republicans, the same elitists who refuse to extend unemployment are paying back their corporate puppet masters. There are two kinds of Republicans, the rich and the stupid. In other words if you aren't rich, but you are a republican you are stupid. You are voting for people who do not have your best interests at heart who compulsively lie to you. Think Obama is a socialist? You don't know what socialism is. If he was a socialist he would have nationalized the banks and the car companies. Instead he gave them free money. Think he's soft on terrorism? Then why has he ordered more predator drone strikes than Bush did? Upset about higher taxes? If you make less than $250,000 you are paying less under Obama than you were under Bush. But of course if you are a middle class or lower class citizen that votes Republican facts don't make a difference in your world view. The only problem with democracy is that you end up with the lowest common denominator. A Abe said, "you can fool some of the people all of the time." The sad part is that the rest of us have to live with the government the morons elect. Sigh.

    December 3, 2010 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  7. usualone

    It is dramatic what Sen. Menendez said, but there is truth that the Republicans seem to putting the squeeze on the Democrats if the Democrats want anything. Nothing has shown that millionaires will create jobs if they save on their taxes. Probably most people of wealth invest their monies without owning their own businesses. They usually own real estate and other entities that earn them monies. Companies are the source of jobs and they are finding it more cost effective to have their businesses developed overseas.

    December 3, 2010 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  8. Darth Vadik, CA

    Using hostages (middle class of Americans in this case) as a negotiating tool sounds a lot like terrorism to me, so if the shoe fits, than wear it.

    December 3, 2010 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  9. Dave

    I side with the senator on this one...........

    December 3, 2010 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  10. R. Wood

    Senator Menendez speaks the truth. Now let's see if he has the spine to back up the claim.

    December 3, 2010 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    We told you so! See what happens when you elect RepubliCANTS

    December 3, 2010 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  12. GP

    Truly said Mr Menendez

    December 3, 2010 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  13. Toldya So

    We told you so! See what happens when you re-elect RepubliCANTS to office? Not only are they continuing in their obstructionist vein but they don't like to be criticized for it. The fact of the matter is that most people in this country are Middle Class, not rich. Therefore, what business did you have voting for RepubliCANTS knowing they were just going to take what Obama was going to give to you (that rightfully belongs to you since you have paid your tax dollars for it!) Didn't you think of that? Did it not matter to you? What's the matter with you people? Are you that dense that you couldn't foresee this happening? It's all your fault if you voted for RepubliCANTS to overtake the House. Now, you will just have to suffer for it unless you are independently wealthy because they are not the type to give anything to the Middle Class except to the Rich Upper Class! That's the name of their game.

    December 3, 2010 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  14. Flipper

    Shameful. It's a disgrace when Democrats describe people whom they don't agree with as Nazis, and it's downright shameful to insinuate that those same people are similar to terrorists. Perhaps Mr. Menendez has forgotten about the Democratic dictatorship that has dominated Washington for the last two years. Although the Dems touted that they would engage in "bipartisanship," the reality is that the GOP was shut out of everything during the last Congress. Were the Dems similar to terrorists during the last two years, Mr. Menendez?

    December 3, 2010 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  15. StrategicBob

    Comparing Republicans to terrorists is ridiculous. The Republicans have hurt this country far worse than terrorists ever did. Of course, the Democrats aren't far behind the Republicans. And for what it is worth, Wall Street has also hurt us far worse than al Qaeda has.

    December 3, 2010 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  16. Pasta Fazooli

    Bravo Menendez,.. the Republicans are holding America's middle class hostage. About time a Democrat showed some spine and called the Rethugs out.

    December 3, 2010 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  17. Marko

    Oh!!!!!!! This is so perfect!!!!! The repubs negotiate just like terrorists do. Everything my way or nothing. We will block everything you love and want if you don't do it our way. The repubs are the Taliban of the USA. The rebels of the South American countries. The rebels in the Congo. On and on it goes.

    December 3, 2010 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  18. Get A Grip

    "Dem likens working with GOP on taxes to negotiating with 'terrorists".........bet if he dealt with real terrorist he wouldn't feel this way about the GOP. What a ridiculous statement from this guy.

    December 3, 2010 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  19. CP2O

    As I've said before, the GOP's guiding values are a strong and forceful leadership, a single minded assembly, and the prerogative to wage war when ever said assembly deems necessary to maintain the status quo. And that those are the same guiding values of fascism.

    December 3, 2010 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  20. Marko

    They have turned our congress into the likes of negotiating between the Palestinian and Israeli conflict. No win is our win. Oh, by the way, sorry about that middle class America, but my multi-millionaire sugar daddies made me do it. It's just business you know. Nothing personal.

    December 3, 2010 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  21. Marko

    Sorry. One more thing. The tax savings my millionaire supporters will get will help to keep a Wall Street person employed from the extra investments I make that will create "NO" middle class jobs. Oh, again. Don't take offense. That is just called "good business".

    December 3, 2010 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  22. George B from Ohio

    I'm sure the right wingers will act indignent about this comment, although it's OK for them to call Democrats Socialists, terrorist sympathizers, unpatriotic, yadda yadda. Bottom line, let the what was supposed to be tax breaks for the wealthy expire to the level they were at during the Clinton Administration, the rich will still own most of everything but pay a tad more whiich will add up to trillions against the debt and the middle and working class will get tax breaks, but more product from the rich folk's corporations and it's a win-win for everyone. Greed is one of the most vile of all affictions on this planet.

    December 4, 2010 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  23. George B from Ohio

    I'm sure the right wingers will act indignent about this comment, although it's OK for them to call Democrats Socialists, terrorist sympathizers, unpatriotic, yadda yadda. Bottom line, let the what was supposed to be temporary tax breaks for the wealthy expire to the level they were at during the Clinton Administration, the rich will still own most of everything but pay a tad more whiich will add up to trillions against the debt and the middle and working class will get tax breaks, buy more product from the rich folk's corporations and it's a win-win for everyone. Greed is one of the most vile of all affictions on this planet.

    December 4, 2010 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  24. Shayne from NH

    There goes my $104k...oh darn...my bad. I'm just a useless, no good, country-listening middle-class hick from New Hampshire who works 50 hours a week that does absolutely nothing to support the pillars of this country's economy. If only I went into the business field and not the medical field...maybe I'd see that Ferrari-I mean-104k tax break.

    December 4, 2010 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  25. Rose

    Here's a cool idea...

    The House can now come up with a separate bill to extend tax cuts for the wealthy (who don't even need it), and add in the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"! Let's see how badly the GOP wants those tax cuts!

    December 4, 2010 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
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