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It’s almost like negotiating with terrorists
Addressing the tax deal negotiated in secret between President Obama and the Rethugs, Senators Schumer, Sanders, and Boxer, along with Rep. Van Hollen adopted the President’s own metaphor of the Rethugs holding the middle class hostage until they get more tax cuts for themselves and the super rich who’ve bought them.
Senator Menendez went a step further:
“It’s almost like negotiating with terrorists.”
In trying to sell this lipsticked pig to the American people, Obama had said:
‘It’s tempting not to negotiate with hostage takers unless the hostage get harmed. Then people will question the wisdom of that strategy.”
Jon Stewart deconstructs the absurdity of the President’s logic, asking him whether he’s familiar with the hostage captor dynamic– threatening harm to their hostages is pretty much the only arrow in the hostage taker quiver. Stewart then points out the logical consequences this deal with the devil. By giving into their demands, he’s laying the precedent for future episodes of hostage taking.
“Doesn’t this send a subtle message that if the Republicans want to get their way they need to take the American people hostage?”
As for instance, in raising the debt ceiling come April. Obama answered a reporter’s question about that by saying that with John Boehner responsible for running the House, of course he’ll be reasonable, he won’t shut the government down (like Newt Gingrich did during the Clinton Presidency). The Boner can’t just be a bomb thrower from the sidelines. But Stewart laughs that off with a Seinfeld allusion:
“Why throw bombs– this hostage thing is gold, Jerry!”
A gold mine with deep, rich veins. Given Obama’s track record health care, financial reform, and now taxes, the rich will get all the gold and we’ll get the shaft.