October 2nd, 2010
09:19 AM ET
9 years ago

Parties battle over tax cuts

(CNN) - With little more than a month until the November elections, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has a message for Americans: Democrats are holding "middle class Americans hostage."

"After maxing out the national credit card on a failed Stimulus bill and a government-run health care bill, they want more," McConnell said in the Republican party's weekly address. "And that's why they are now holding middle class Americans hostage in pursuit of their foolish desire to tax America's job creators in the middle of a recession."

In Saturday's address the five term Republican senator from Kentucky spent most of his time criticizing the Democrats' handling of the vote on tax cuts. Members of Congress headed home to their states and districts this week without voting on whether to extend the tax cuts passed in 2001 and 2003 under the George W. Bush administration.

"Too preoccupied enacting the rest of their agenda, they (Democrats) neglected to pass or even propose legislation that would prevent one of the largest tax hikes in history," McConnell said.

Democrats argue that it's the Republicans that are holding tax cuts for the middle class hostage, in order to extend the cuts for the wealthiest Americans.

McConnell's address wouldn't have been complete without mention of the upcoming elections - elections where McConnell said Republicans will "do pretty well."

"Republicans aren't under any illusions. We know voters are primarily interested in stopping the government freight train and sending a message to both parties this November," McConnell said. "They want all of us to know that we work for them, not the other way around."

President Barack Obama used his weekly address Saturday to encourage clean energy jobs and criticize Republicans.

"In the Pledge they recently released, the Republican leadership is promising to scrap all the incentives for clean energy projects, including those currently underway – even with all the jobs and potential that they hold," Obama said.

In response to the president's address, a House Republican spokesman said GOP proposals would actually put more money into renewable technologies.

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soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Jen

    Republicans don't care about the middle class. They only want to borrow money from China to give to millionaires. I'll remember thins when I vote Democrat in November.

    October 2, 2010 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  2. MAhole

    Mr. McConnell, your "buddy" the shrub made these tax cuts temporary WITH AN EXPIRATION DATE.
    What part of that do YOU and the other Republicans NOT UNDERSTAND???
    They were never designed to be permanent. There is nothing wrong with making those who have the ability to pay their fair share.
    YOU sir are working for the RICH, and NOT for me or the majority of Americans...........

    October 2, 2010 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  3. Andrew

    If you look at where the tax cuts go, the middle income people get very little. These are really ONLY tax cuts for the rich.

    October 2, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  4. John

    Anybody making more than 250,000k a year don't need a tax cut,they want too help the middle class and the poor. The REPUBLICAN is the one who is holding the middle class and the poor hostage,so they can give them too the rich too. OR they will vote NO just like the REPUBLICAN do on all BILLS trying too get pass. VOTE NO FOR THE PARTY OF NO IN NOV. I'm a Independent voter.

    October 2, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  5. gt

    Could someone please explain how the tax cuts will disable the creation of jobs. This statement implies that currently, with the tax cuts in place, jobs have been and/or are being created. This statement implies that, with tax cuts expiring, this great job creation engine that we have been experiencing for quite some time (read "for as long as the tax cuts have been in place") will be curtailed. I myself have not seen this job creation phenomenon that the minority leader obviously believes has happened and will conitnue to happen.

    October 2, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  6. Haren

    "And that's why they are now holding middle class Americans hostage in pursuit of their foolish desire to tax America's job creators in the middle of a recession."

    Mr. McConnell
    You are right about Job creators but not in USA.

    October 2, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  7. roro

    He's got that backwards. It's the Republicans holding up tax cuts for 97% of Americans because they're only interested in tax cuts for the rich, who don't need it. They're always grousing about the deficit, but giving the wealthy tax cuts only increases the deficit. That's simple math. The Republicans only care about themselves and their rich friends – the heck with the rest of us. But you gotta give them credit for always spinning it in their favor. Maybe they even believe it!

    October 2, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  8. Clwyd

    Tax cuts have just added $7 Trillion to our deficit since the bush administration enacted them. We don't need any more cuts and should take them from the top 2%. The right only wants to keep the special interest money coming in to help them buy elections that is why they want them to continue for the rich!

    October 2, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  9. Chris

    3/4's of the American People don't want the tax cuts for the rich extended. So where is all the outrage and ranting about "not listening to the Will of the People" or "having it shoved down our throats"?

    Oh, that's right – they're Republicans. They have one set of rules for anyone who isn't just like them, and a completely different set of rules for themselves.

    October 2, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |