White House, Dems compare GOP to terrorists over government shutdown

By Jack Minor –

 

While the traditional wisdom is that if the US government were to endure a shutdown over stalled negotiations in Congress, the Republicans would end up bearing the brunt of the blame. However, recent statements by the White House indicate that they are the ones who are digging in their heels by refusing to negotiate.

 

On Thursday, senior White House adviser Dan Pfeiffer compared Republican lawmakers to suicide bombers.

 

“We are for cutting spending, we are for reforming our tax code, we are for reforming entitlements,” Mr. Pfeiffer told CNN’s Jake Tapper. “But what we are not for is negotiating with people who have a bomb strapped to their chest.”
Lest someone attribute Pfeiffer’s remark to something spoken in the heat of the moment, he also compared Republicans to arsonists as justification for why the White House did not feel it needed to negotiate with Congress over spending cuts.

 

“It’s not a negotiation if I show up at your house and say give me everything inside or I’m going to burn it down,” he said.

 

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has likewise said he has no intention of negotiating with Republicans over the issue.

 

The remarks by the administration and democratic members of Congress are similar to inflammatory statements they made during the previous debt ceiling debate in 2011.

 

On Aug. 1, 2011, Rep. Mike Doyle (D-PA.) speaking about members of the tea party caucus, reportedly said “We have negotiated with terrorists. This small group of terrorists have made it impossible to spend any money.”

 

Vice-President Joe Biden supposedly echoed the sentiment saying “They have acted like terrorists.” Biden has denied making the remark.

 

A few days before Doyle’s comments, former Ted Kennedy staffer, William Yeomans wrote “It has become commonplace to call the tea party faction in the House ‘hostage takers’, but now they have become full-blown terrorists.”

 

Sen. John McCain also took aim at the tea party calling members “hobbits.” At a recent town hall meeting, in Gilbert, Arizona McCain was asked to apologize for the statement. McCain said “I am sorry if I was misunderstood. I am not sorry for what I said, why should I, when it’s a fact?”

 

Froma Harrop, President of the National Conference of Editorial Writers, said “The tea party Republicans have engaged in economic terrorism against the United States–threatening to blow up the economy if they don’t get what they want. And like the al-Qaida bombers, what they want is delusional: the dream of restoring some fantasy caliphate.” She continued “Americans are not supposed to negotiate with terrorists, but that’s what Obama has been doing.”

 

Ironically, the NCEW had a project called Restoring Civility featured on its website. Harrop defended her column as being consistent with the NCEW project. “I see incivility as not letting other people speak their piece. It’s not about offering strong opinions. If someone’s opinion is fact-based, then it is permissible in civil discourse.”

 

Harrop stated that the references were accurate as “terrorism is not confined to physical attacks.” Harrop then referenced a recent news story in the Wall Street Journal reporting that the Pentagon considers computer sabotage from another country to be an act of war.

 

Harrop said “Blowing up the U.S. economy to make a point would be an even more serious attack, in my book.  And that’s what the tea party saboteurs were threatening. They are what they are.”

 

Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.) said “tea party extremists really held this country hostage. Another Florida Democrat Rep. Alcee Hastings said “What we have witnessed in the past several weeks was hardly a negotiation, but rather the Republicans recklessly holding the full faith and credit of the United States hostage until they got everything they wanted and then some.”

 

Other media outlets compared tea party members to suicide bombers who wanted to blow up the capital. MSNBC’s Chris Matthews called the tea party “muggers.”

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One Response to White House, Dems compare GOP to terrorists over government shutdown

  1. Disgusted says:

    We’re broke? Where did all the money go? To other countries? While we struggle at home?
    Blaming this on a group of citizens now known as terrorists because they have love for this country and the Constitution? I am no Tea Party member, I am not Democrat nor Republican. I am a citizen of America who has watched our government take every dime they could from us to fight wars, entertainment and create more laws on the people that they never seem to follow.
    All this blame on the Republican’s, is it to destroy the party and have only one ruling party here now? Has no one watched the President pick up his Pen daily or in the cover of darkness to sign legislation that harms us more than helps us?
    Those who voted for this man not once but twice, is this what you voted for?
    I can’t think of one good thing our government has done in over 15 years if not more. From NAFTA to now, all it has done is further destroy us. Why does our govt. seem to hate us, wants us on our knees, the ones that fund their insanity.
    I say keep it shut down, no pay for any that lied to get people’s votes so they could run wild.
    How much money does DHS get to push fear on us with their drills? Are they shut down? NSA? IRS? CIA? No, just the National Parks and tourist attractions, good luck trying to get a passport right now (are we in prison now?). Will our paychecks be bigger without federal taxes coming out of them? Would we buy a product from a bankrupt store and expect them to honor a purchase after they’ve closed doors?
    I say keep it shut down, let the people who love this country stop this crazed roller coaster ride now. I am not worried about the lobbyists for special interest groups, the politicians that get to do insider trading to further their wealth. Let them all leave and someone get the key and never let them back in.
    Remember this come election day, time to remove all of them and start over.
    If nothing else it has stopped Obama for a moment to further his destruction of this nation. Does he hate us, the ones that pay him even though we don’t trust him yet we still have to pay him? I didn’t even get a free phone! Just raised taxes for all those that did.

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