December 5th, 2010
02:10 PM ET
12 years ago

Sound of Sunday

(CNN) - Is that the sound of movement we hear?  Across the talk shows Republicans and Democrats softened their positions on extending tax cuts, inching it seems towards compromise.

Sen. Mitch McConnell (R) Minority Leader, on NBC’s “Meet the Press”
“I think it’s pretty clear now taxes are not going up on anybody in the middle of this recession.  We’re discussing  how long we should maintain current tax rates.

Sen. Dick Durbin (D) Majority Whip, on CBS’ “Face the Nation”
“Without unemployment benefits being extended, personally, this is a non-starter.  The notion we would give tax cuts to those making over $1 million a year which is the Republican position and then turn our back on two million Americans before Christmas, 127,000 in the state of Illinois is unconscionable.”

Sen. Jon Kyl (R) Minority Whip, on CBS’ “Face the Nation”
“As one of the six negotiators there have been discussions about a lot of the other elements as well but at least in theory an agreement could be reached in the relatively near future.”

On this week’s other headline story, bipartisanship galore in condemning WikiLeak’s release of confidential diplomatic exchanges, arguing it endangered lives and international relationships.

Sen. John Kerry (D) Foreign Relations Committee Chmn., on NBC’s “Meet the Press”

“This is sort of a anarchical kind of act by someone who wants attention that is not revealing some truth about a government lying for a policy that’s been misled.  This is just letting people in on the inside of something where it has great ability to undo our ability to protect the interest of our country.”

Republicans wholeheartedly agree, but also hit the Obama administration for failing to notice the original leak – allegedly the work of a low level U.S. serviceman.

Newt Gingrich (R) Former House Speaker, on “Fox News Sunday”
“You have a private first class who downloads a quarter million documents, and the system doesn’t say, “Oh, you may be overextended?  I mean, this is a system so stupid that it ought to be a scandal of the first order.  This administration is so shallow and so amateurish about national security that it is painful and dangerous.”

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soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. CAW in MD

    Can somebody please tell me how the Republican argument of not raising taxes in the middle of a recession is getting any traction at all? First point - the recession is done. *Average* Americans haven't felt that yet, but you can bet the folks making over $250K know the recession is over. Surely the Republicans have seen it - it was in all the papers. Second point - if the goal of this is to allow businesses to keep more of their money, right now they are sitting on approximately $2 trillion dollars. How is giving them more money doing anything for the economy if all they're going to do is hoard it? Republicans preach about "uncertainty" preventing businesses from creating jobs, but if you let the tax cuts expire, you still have certainty, and the government has saved $700 billion. Finally, the cost of doing this is $700 billion over 10 years, or roughly the amount of money spent on the health care reform bill. There is a non-partisan GSA report that shows that within 20 years, the health care reform bill will save us $1 trillion. Can any Republican anywhere show a similar analysis that this $700 billion investment will result in anything other than losing $700 billion?

    I am sick and tired of faith-based budgeting by the Republicans. Show me that extending these tax cuts results in specific improvements (not this airy-fairy "Don't raise taxes during a recession" crap) or drop this as a bad idea. Shame on Democrats for not taking these (and many other) arguments public.

    December 5, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  2. Four and The Door

    Republicans want tax cuts for every American. There is no reason to suck more money out of the economy to feed a runaway government spending machine. It should be obvious to anyone with a capacity for logic that money in the private sector creates more jobs than money in the Federal government.

    December 5, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  3. Skokie Il

    Let me get this straight are they saying if the republicans extend unemployment benefits they will compromise and give the rich their tax cut?

    December 5, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  4. Jayson

    We shouldn't exactly be surprise that this kind of intelligence leak happened seeing as how our politicians think it is their right to pick and choose what classified information to share publicy or throught other means ignoring whether or not it puts our troops in harms way.

    December 5, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  5. Kara

    CNN have done everything in their power to facilitate this tax cut.
    i hope you're proud of yourselves, and i hope you never finish spending the money, because if you keep shilling for the republican party in this shameless manner, you're all going to need jobless benefits soon!

    December 5, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  6. Kara

    That system was put in place by the BUSH administration. is CNN even a channel anymore, or just a place for people like Newt gingrich to come and tell lies? no wonder I'm the only one posting here.
    I'm really disappointed in Candy Crowley. i actually used to like her once. then again, i was an avid CNN fan, during the 2008 elections, so what do i know?
    Still, on the upside, the only reason I'm still here is because I'm slowly learning to let go.

    December 5, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  7. Yossi Gestetner

    CNN: Please have mercy with this Crowly thing: your Ticker page has today 1- Condy's Pre-Game. 2 – State of the Union Early Bird. 3 – State of the Union. 4 Cndy's post game analisys. 5 – Sounds of Sunday. it is all the same thing from different angles. please give me more news. Thanks!

    December 5, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  8. kyle

    If the GOP really cared about the deficit, they would end the Bush tax cuts for the rich, they don't create jobs anyway.

    December 5, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |