Video: Dem calls for pitchforks if GOP extends current tax rates in deal?

posted at 1:35 pm on December 6, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Say, remember when Tea Party displays of pitchforks demonstrated the violence inherent in the Right? Meet Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) .. Tea Partier and radical right-winger. Fox News highlights McCaskill’s whiny response at Republican insistence on keeping all of the current tax rates in place for at least the next 2-3 years, apparently believing that this means that people keeping their own money is somehow a gift from the government. If Republicans oppose more government confiscation, McCaskill argues, then people really should start grabbing pitchforks, or something:


McCaskill may be offering this cheap demagoguery now, but I suspect she’ll be singing a different tune in about twelve to eighteen months. She has to run for re-election in 2012 in a state that has returned to its conservative roots. Missourians know the difference between a tax cut and a tax hike; the latter is when one has to pay more than they did before, which is exactly what McCaskill wants to happen for small business owners. It’s the government’s money, dammit, and those pesky Republicans want to stop us from taking it!

Fox also reports that a deal is near to extend the tax rates in exchange for extending jobless benefits once again. That’s probably not a bad trade, even if the latter means more deficit spending in the short run. The GOP probably won’t get a better deal in January anyway, not with Democrats still running the Senate and Obama in the White House. Better for everyone to cut that deal now and get rid of the uncertainty rather than wait for another few weeks of Democratic stalling and end up in the same place.


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These violent Democrat wingnuts are dangerous to our country.

Good Lt on December 6, 2010 at 1:38 PM

What if Sarah Palin, Jim DeMint, Rand Paul etc etc etc said it….?

ted c on December 6, 2010 at 1:40 PM

The GOP probably won’t get a better deal in January anyway, not with Democrats still running the Senate and Obama in the White House.

Defeatist much?

winston on December 6, 2010 at 1:40 PM

She has to run for re-election in 2012 in a state that has returned to its conservative roots.

And she already has a challenger.

Knucklehead on December 6, 2010 at 1:40 PM

This is the left…if they tried pitchforks, they would gig each other…

JIMV on December 6, 2010 at 1:41 PM

McCaskill is a doofus, and a lot of us Missourians know it. I really hope we can rid of this one next cycle.

JamesLee on December 6, 2010 at 1:41 PM

Waaaaaahhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!

OmahaConservative on December 6, 2010 at 1:41 PM

Someone took a pitchfork to her face…
How dare we keep our money, I think that democrats across the nation should pick up pitchforks and force us to give the government more money…

right2bright on December 6, 2010 at 1:43 PM

The GOP probably won’t get a better deal in January anyway, not with Democrats still running the Senate and Obama in the White House

This is exactly the kind of defeatist attitude I was afraid of. By January 20th, most people will have received a paycheck with the higher tax rates. By Feb 1 they will have 65 votes in the senate to bring the tax rates down as the uproar by the masses will be huge.

By negotiating today, Republicans are essentially negotiating with themselves.

angryed on December 6, 2010 at 1:44 PM

Bring it on. A lot of us producers relish frog marching the takers in our society.

Hummer53 on December 6, 2010 at 1:44 PM

The Dems current NPR campaign has all the talking heads explaining that nobody has talked about how to PAY for the tax ‘cuts’. These sorry sonsofsam haven’t a gram of honesty in them. Just once I would love to hear one of them say that spending will have to be cut, but that would be like
kryptonite to them.

Limerick on December 6, 2010 at 1:44 PM

The Republicans should take her up on it and offer free and reduced priced pitchforks.

Lily on December 6, 2010 at 1:44 PM

“That’s probably not a bad trade, even if the latter means more deficit spending in the short run.”

If that is the FULL extent of the deal, then yes… that is not a bad trade.

However… rumors are swirling that in addition to an extension of unemployment benefits, an extension of Obama-Stimulus tax breaks for those who do not pay the federal government ANYTHING, along with the passage of START are also to be part of the deal. If these rumors are true, it is mind-boggling that the Republicans, holding all of the cards that they do, would agree to trade away so much! As a columnist on RedState and Heritage put it this morning, the art of negotiating seems to be lost upon a great many deal of congressional Republicans.

Indy82 on December 6, 2010 at 1:45 PM

Yeah, the DEMS thinks it’s the govt’s money because they already have it spent!!! Obamacare!

Oink on December 6, 2010 at 1:45 PM

Note how she phrases it.

“If we don’t give more money to millionaires…”

aquaviva on December 6, 2010 at 1:46 PM

Fox also reports that a deal is near to extend the tax rates in exchange for extending jobless benefits once again. That’s probably not a bad trade, even if the latter means more deficit spending in the short run.

RINO!

Mark1971 on December 6, 2010 at 1:46 PM

Target rich environment

Bevan on December 6, 2010 at 1:47 PM

The Dems remind me of a high school cheerleading squad that no one in the stands is paying any attention to.

kingsjester on December 6, 2010 at 1:47 PM

However… rumors are swirling that in addition to an extension of unemployment benefits, an extension of Obama-Stimulus tax breaks for those who do not pay the federal government ANYTHING,

Indy82 on December 6, 2010 at 1:45 PM

And don’t you just love the Orwellian name of that benefit? Make Work Pay. Someone who doesn’t work, gets $800. Someone who does work, gets nothing.

angryed on December 6, 2010 at 1:49 PM

McCaskill’s comments were incoherent. They reveal a shallow and incompetent intellect.

greggriffith on December 6, 2010 at 1:49 PM

Let them bring the pitchforks. We have the guns. Should be an interesting confrontation.

rmgraha on December 6, 2010 at 1:50 PM

I saw this nasty and fugly hag on FNC saying this yesterday.
Sure hope her days are numbered.

OmahaConservative on December 6, 2010 at 1:50 PM

This psychotic Dem should fall on her own pitchfork. She is a disgrace.

RandyChandler on December 6, 2010 at 1:51 PM

Democrats rhetoric on tax policy displays the definition of arguing in bad faith.

Scrappy on December 6, 2010 at 1:51 PM

Joe Wiesenthal at Business Insider.com:

The word of the day is that Obama and the GOP are nearing a deal on tax cuts.

The general outline is pretty simple: The GOP will agree to extend unemployment benefits, Obama will agree to a two-year extension of the tax cuts for the rich, and the tax cuts for everyone else will be made permanent.

This is being spun as Obama caving.

Please! This is the GOP caving. In two years, when the tax cuts are up for “debate” and there are no middle-class tax cuts to tether them to, taxes on the rich are guaranteed to shoot up.

The GOP should play hardball and force Obama to take one of two choices: All tax cuts are extended, or they all expire.

As we’ve said before, even if taxes jump for everyone, and even if it’s ostensibly the GOP’s “fault” Democrats will be to blame, and it will hurt Obama’s re-election chances.

If the GOP wants to play good politics, it should fight.

Wethal on December 6, 2010 at 1:52 PM

Fox also reports that a deal is near to extend the tax rates in exchange for extending jobless benefits once again. That’s probably not a bad trade, even if the latter means more deficit spending in the short run.

It’s the best they can do right now. The GOP won’t control the House til January. They can’t allow the tax rates to increase for middle and lower income earners. It would be a PR nightmare for them.

I do have a feeling that come 2012 the neverending extension of unemployment benefits will be a major issue. I’m all for compassion, but at some point, it ceases to be a benefit and becomes straight up welfare.

Doughboy on December 6, 2010 at 1:53 PM

The “lady” says that only rich people earn dividends and capital gains. Tell that to all the retired folks who are living on their IRA accounts and other savings.

Seabecker on December 6, 2010 at 1:55 PM

Oh boo hoo Claire.

It isn’t your money – it’s mine!

gophergirl on December 6, 2010 at 1:55 PM

Actually she WAS singing a different tune months ago. Recall Sen. Quivering tower of jello locking her office doors, pulling hte blinds and calling the police when Tea Party protesters knocked on her door to discuss her upcoming healthcare vote.

Niteowl45 on December 6, 2010 at 1:57 PM

Somebody has to explain that these aren’t “tax cuts.”

Nobody is getting a tax cut.

These are extensions of the current rates to avoid the tax increase that the Democrats inserted into Bush’s tax relief package in the beginning of the decade as a condition of some of them voting for it (they insisted on sunset provisions, while Bush wanted the tax relief to be permanent – they compromised, in the spirit of the “new tone.” Remember all that?).

So all this does is stem off a Democrat-induced tax increase for two more years.

Why the GOP isn’t hammering this (to be fair, Cantor and Ryan have when I’ve seen them on MSDNC) is a mystery to me.

Good Lt on December 6, 2010 at 1:57 PM

Oh yawn. The only way this would be a threat is if Obama were to give the ‘go-codes’ to Reverend Wrong for race riots.

Dark-Star on December 6, 2010 at 1:57 PM

Why must we discuss “how to pay for” extending President George W. Bush’s tax cut package for those >$250K, but no one discusses the ‘cost’ of the rest of the package? Anyone even know what it ‘costs’? Why is one a hot topic and not the other?

slickwillie2001 on December 6, 2010 at 1:57 PM

Claire McCaskill is the figurehead of the zombie-like union mentality that exists here in Missouri.

I’ll never understand why people reflexively vote democrat….

Inanemergencydial on December 6, 2010 at 1:58 PM

If the GOP wants to play good politics, it should fight.

Wethal on December 6, 2010 at 1:52 PM

Well, if that’s the standard, we’re sunk. Because the GOP doesn’t do “fight.”

rrpjr on December 6, 2010 at 1:59 PM

And don’t you just love the Orwellian name of that benefit? Make Work Pay. Someone who doesn’t work, gets $800. Someone who does work, gets nothing.

angryed on December 6, 2010 at 1:49 PM

Yep, I’d be all in favor of “Pay for Make Work”.

At least Then we might see some of these slugs in dayglow vests along side the Interstates doing what they can to pay it forward. Heh, silly me.

OkieDoc on December 6, 2010 at 1:59 PM

Has Napalitano put McCaskill on the Terror Watch List?

GarandFan on December 6, 2010 at 2:00 PM

“If they think it’s okay to raise taxes for the embattled middle class, because they’re gonna pout if we don’t give more money to millionaires, it really is time for the people of America to take up pitchforks.” –McCaskill

Isn’t she saying that if the deal isn’t made, it’s time to take up pitchforks?

Abby Adams on December 6, 2010 at 2:01 PM

McCaskill is a horrible human being. I hope she moves to Illinois once she gets voted out. Illinois deserves human debris like McCaskill.

Inanemergencydial on December 6, 2010 at 2:02 PM

Hear that everyone? It isn’t YOUR money anymore.
Everything on your paycheck which remains after taxes, is a GIFT from the government. They view ALL payrolls as THEIRS, essentially.

Anyone who thinks this way needs to be voted out of office. Forever.

stevezilla on December 6, 2010 at 2:03 PM

Great…here come the pitchfork panels!

Mo_mac on December 6, 2010 at 2:04 PM

If Republicans oppose more government confiscation, McCaskill argues, then people really should start grabbing pitchforks, or something:

Except I wonder how many lefties own or could even identify a pitchfork? I thought the SEIU whacked people with their picket signs.

Wethal on December 6, 2010 at 2:04 PM

Well, if that’s the standard, we’re sunk. Because the GOP doesn’t do “fight.”

rrpjr on December 6, 2010 at 1:59 PM

When the GOP said no movement on senate bills until the tax issue and budget resolution were resolved, I thought “Wow, what is that I see below their collars? Are those backbones they’re growing?” Alas, apparently not.

Although Kyl is on record (The Hill)a s saying it is unlikely they’ll get to DADT or START this year. (And as noted with the post below this one, DREAM appears to be a loser.)

Wethal on December 6, 2010 at 2:08 PM

McCaskill is a true idiot. I can’t believe she has a voice in running the country. Remember her news conference when she told the audience that the deficit will decrease with OBAMA care. They went nuts and practicakky cried. Throw the BUM out.

rjoco1 on December 6, 2010 at 2:13 PM

And she already has a challenger.

Knucklehead on December 6, 2010 at 1:40 PM

I like Sarah Steelman a lot. I hope that pans out, Jim Talent has no charisma and belongs in a DC think tank.

Claire is super worried not only because of the national climate, but because her own misdeeds are going to come back to bite her. The only Democrat who is still popular in Missouri is Bill Clinton. Claire used to be a Clintonite but she threw over the Clintons for Obama in early January 2008 because her kids were bugging her to support Teh Won. Big Dawg will not be campaigning for dear Claire. She’s SOL.

alwaysfiredup on December 6, 2010 at 2:13 PM

Looks like another case of the ID-10-T virus.

Metro on December 6, 2010 at 2:13 PM

angryed on December 6, 2010 at 1:44 PM

Amen! Obama will be begging Republicans to put the Permanent Bush Tax Cuts Retroactive to January 1 Bill on his desk once the chicken crap hits the fan. Of course, they should wait just long enough for Obama to have his “read my lips” moment.

txhsmom on December 6, 2010 at 2:14 PM

And don’t you just love the Orwellian name of that benefit? Make Work Pay. Someone who doesn’t work, gets $800. Someone who does work, gets nothing.

angryed on December 6, 2010 at 1:49 PM

Isn’t that Arbeit Macht Frei in Austrian?

Kafir on December 6, 2010 at 2:15 PM

Bring it on. A lot of us producers relish frog marching the takers in our society.

Hummer53

Ooh, class warfare. Luverly. Bet all you “produce” is hot air (at both ends!).

Grow Fins on December 6, 2010 at 2:15 PM

Karl Marx quote – From each, according to his ability; to each, according to his need.

seven on December 6, 2010 at 2:17 PM

I love watching a good lefty pissy hissy.

44Magnum on December 6, 2010 at 2:17 PM

Homeland security memo time. Extremist Democrat groups threaten violence.

Speakup on December 6, 2010 at 2:18 PM

I am just amazed she didn’t stomp her feet, roll on the floor and threaten to hold her breath until her face turned blue.

pilamaye on December 6, 2010 at 2:18 PM

My God! These democrats are so violent. If someone gets hurt blood will be on their hands.

darwin on December 6, 2010 at 2:20 PM

Ooh, class warfare. Luverly. Bet all you “produce” is hot air (at both ends!).

Grow Fins on December 6, 2010 at 2:15 PM

Dork, class warfare is what the democrats are all about. I don’t hear you whining when they rail about “the evil rich”.

darwin on December 6, 2010 at 2:21 PM

Ooh, class warfare. Luverly. Bet all you “produce” is hot air (at both ends!).

Grow Fins on December 6, 2010 at 2:15 PM

You hear ‘class warfare’ when someone says ‘producer?’

Good Grief.

Inanemergencydial on December 6, 2010 at 2:21 PM

How does someone like McCaskill get elected?

d1carter on December 6, 2010 at 2:23 PM

How does someone like McCaskill get elected?

d1carter on December 6, 2010 at 2:23 PM

It’s Missouri…dyed in the wool union state even though most of the people are conservative. They reflexively vote democrat ALL THE TIME. It is so irritating watching these ignoramuses foist Carnahans, Nixons, and McCaskills on us election cycle after election cycle.

THEY NEVER LEARN.

Inanemergencydial on December 6, 2010 at 2:25 PM

How does someone like McCaskill get elected?

d1carter on December 6, 2010 at 2:23 PM

It was 2006 and people were mad at Bush. She barely won, less than 51%.

alwaysfiredup on December 6, 2010 at 2:26 PM

THEY NEVER LEARN.

Inanemergencydial on December 6, 2010 at 2:25 PM

We’re starting to. We evicted Ike Skelton, easily one of the better-liked Democrats. Sentiment like that should mean Claire is toast.

alwaysfiredup on December 6, 2010 at 2:27 PM

Sure that’s not Jane Curtain?

Pablo Snooze on December 6, 2010 at 2:30 PM

We’re starting to. We evicted Ike Skelton, easily one of the better-liked Democrats. Sentiment like that should mean Claire is toast.

alwaysfiredup on December 6, 2010 at 2:27 PM

I hope so. Many of my friends are ignorant democrat voters. They think they are saving the world from oppression by voting democrat. The election of Barrak insane Obama has fractured their poorly developed worldview.

Inanemergencydial on December 6, 2010 at 2:32 PM

McCaskill seems to think that she and our elected officials are “giving” money to people. Who’s money is it anyway? The people of Missouri are generally conservative. They can’t be proud of this…

d1carter on December 6, 2010 at 2:32 PM

Sure that’s not Jane Curtain?

Pablo Snooze on December 6, 2010 at 2:30 PM

I see what you mean, from this angle she does look like an ignorant sl*t.

Lily on December 6, 2010 at 2:37 PM

Ooh, class warfare. Luverly. Bet all you “produce” is hot air (at both ends!).

Grow Fins on December 6, 2010 at 2:15 PM

You’re back!!

So, how are things in the basement?

Khun Joe on December 6, 2010 at 2:41 PM

“Give”?!?!?!?!?

Mmmmmmkay. Got it. Didn’t some rule or law or amendment thingy ban slavery?

Pablo Snooze on December 6, 2010 at 2:43 PM

I hope the ‘Cuda picks up on her remark.

ndanielson on December 6, 2010 at 2:45 PM

If democrats want to rape Americans with taxes, they should tax their own democrat base. Not that they would get much money, since most liberals/democrats are deadbeats and apparently many democrats simply don’t pay taxes, as the last two years have shown us.

Then we could see how fast the democrat party would shrink.

BruthaMan on December 6, 2010 at 2:45 PM

McCaskill is a phoney fiscal hawk. She touts her anti-earmarks stance worth millions while she simultaneously votes for massive porkulus bills and the budget busting Obamacare program worth trillions. She should be number one on the list for forced retirement.

stefano1 on December 6, 2010 at 2:49 PM

Rush pounding McCaskill now.

Inanemergencydial on December 6, 2010 at 2:50 PM

Meet Sarah Steelman…Claire’s first-in-the-race GOP opponent!

SouthernGent on December 6, 2010 at 2:56 PM

Oh, and I guess Claire got the message from that black dude in the CBC, eh?

SouthernGent on December 6, 2010 at 2:57 PM

It was 2006 and people were mad at Bush. She barely won, less than 51%.

alwaysfiredup

I believe it was the misinformation about the stem cell issue that was on the ballot at the time that put her over the top. There was so much hyperbole about how Talent was willing to let people die b/c he didn’t support embryonic stem cell research funded by the govt. She rode that pony across the finish line. It was pathetic. She will be gone in ’12!! Can’t wait.

JAM on December 6, 2010 at 3:02 PM

2012 is coming Claire.

Sandybourne on December 6, 2010 at 3:05 PM

Why does the headline have a question mark? She called for pitchforks. Period.

BTW, as they work out their deal, be on the alert for an increase in funding for Section 8 Housing allowances. Just a hunch…

Buy Danish on December 6, 2010 at 3:05 PM

How nice of Clairabell to give money to Millionairs.

Wade on December 6, 2010 at 3:05 PM

Inanemergencydial on December 6, 2010 at 2:25 PM

Hey, easy there! I’ve lived in Missouri all my life and only voted for one Democrat. We’re not all morons here, just those living in St. Louis and KC (for the most part). :)

Torch on December 6, 2010 at 3:09 PM

I should also state that the Democrat was NOT one of those you listed either.

Torch on December 6, 2010 at 3:09 PM

Rush pounding McCaskill now.

Inanemergencydial on December 6, 2010 at 2:50 PM

Ewww……

Torch on December 6, 2010 at 3:11 PM

I am so sick of the dishonest on this issue. Government DOES NOT GIVE PEOPLE MOENY! ONLY TAKES!! Yet these a$$holes repeat these lies daily. I thought this woman would have learned from what happened on Nov. 2nd. Guess not.

jawkneemusic on December 6, 2010 at 3:13 PM

“Raise taxes on the middle class… Give money to millionaires…?”

As the old saying goes, violence is always the first resort of the lunatic.

logis on December 6, 2010 at 3:14 PM

McCaskill’s comments were incoherent. They reveal a shallow and incompetent intellect.

greggriffith on December 6, 2010 at 1:49 PM

She is living proof that leftism is a mental illness.

UltimateBob on December 6, 2010 at 3:15 PM

How does someone like McCaskill get elected?

d1carter on December 6, 2010 at 2:23 PM

I believe it was the misinformation about the stem cell issue that was on the ballot at the time that put her over the top. There was so much hyperbole about how Talent was willing to let people die b/c he didn’t support embryonic stem cell research funded by the govt.

There was a very obnoxious ad by Michael Fox right before the election, making all sorts of wild, jerky motions and telling viewers that then-Senator Jim Talent wanted him to die because Talent wouldn’t back embryonic stem cell research to cure his Parkinson’s disease. It was horribly fake (real Parkinson’s victims usually have only slight tremors in the hands) and disingenuous (4 years later, embryonic stem cells have led to NO cures, while adult and cord-blood stem cells have hundreds of clinical successes), but it worked, because Talent didn’t have the time or money to make a strong rebuttal.

McCaskill WILL probably change her tune in ’12. This year, even a Carnahan lost by 13 points, even though his father won election in 2000 when he was dead. Missouri can be strange sometimes! After McCaskill is this LAME, in 2012 she’ll have to DUCK.

Steve Z on December 6, 2010 at 3:23 PM

People will grab their pitchforks and McCaskill will grab her broomstick.

Jdripper on December 6, 2010 at 3:48 PM

a deal is near to extend the tax rates in exchange for extending jobless benefits once again.

Is anybody confused by the Dems logic here?

America can’t afford to allow the so called “rich” to keep the present tax rate. It would add too much to our deficit.

However, If they allow the dastardly Republicans to do that – then the Democrats want to add even more by extending jobless benefits.

And the Republicans don’t call them on this for what reason???????

Oopsdaisy on December 6, 2010 at 3:56 PM

Translation from democratese:

Give = Not take.
Example sentence:

Every theif who doesn’t steal from you house is actually giving you all your stuff.

Scrappy on December 6, 2010 at 4:01 PM

*your house

Scrappy on December 6, 2010 at 4:01 PM

I thought Democrats have a super majority in both the House and Senate until January. How can they be so impotent? Thank goodness they are!

scotash on December 6, 2010 at 4:02 PM

Hooray, I love a good pitchfork riot.

What are we fighting for?

To make the government take more of our money from us.

Wait… what? You want me to use force the get the government to use force to take more of my money from me?

Holy crap, what are the spiking the kool-aid with this week?

gekkobear on December 6, 2010 at 4:09 PM

Why must we discuss “how to pay for” extending President George W. Bush’s tax cut package for those >$250K, but no one discusses the ‘cost’ of the rest of the package? Anyone even know what it ‘costs’?

slickwillie2001

It costs $3.2 TRILLION dollars, which, according to liberal math, is WAY less than $700 billion. Everyone knows 700 is bigger than 3.

xblade on December 6, 2010 at 4:10 PM

Why are the Dems rushing to keep the Bush tax cuts for the middle class? For ten years they’ve been telling us that those cuts affected the super rich only. Are they telling us that they lied? The lowest bracket will go from 10% to 15%. The Republicans should go all or nothing, un-employment is a seperate issue to be debated.
This Class Warfare crap is starting to backfire on the Dems. The middle has figured out that to the Dems, there are two classes, those who pay taxes, and those who don’t. That is the reason the left is trying to grow the entittlement class, with a permanent majority, they will destroy the middle class to make it so. The middle class is realizing where they will wind up in this two class system.
I will hang on and resist as long as I can, but government on all levels, is taxing me out of my home.
I don’t think they know, what they really want to turn America into, just remember, rule #2 in “Zombieland”, Double Tap!

M-14 2go on December 6, 2010 at 5:28 PM

Hey, Claire, see the picture on the left a few squares down. You after you’re voters toast you in 2012.

chickasaw42 on December 6, 2010 at 7:17 PM

She is SOOOOO gone in ’12.

RedNewEnglander on December 6, 2010 at 7:19 PM

This buffoon is a prime example of why our nation is falling like a rock and is a laughingstock on the world stage. It will be easy to send a moron like this packing in 2012. A couple of more elections and we may save our country afterall.

volsense on December 6, 2010 at 7:29 PM

Pitchfork wielders: WARNING:

We support the military and the NRA. Do you really want a physical confrontation???

We also support the will of the people.

(ain’t Democracy a bitch?)

landlines on December 7, 2010 at 11:28 AM

Pitchfork wielders: WARNING:

We support the military and the NRA. Do you really want a physical confrontation???

We also support the will of the people.

landlines on December 7, 2010 at 11:30 AM