The Republicans have repeatedly held the country hostage with their insistence on extending the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy. Doing so would add $80 billion to the deficit in 2013. The tax cuts have not resulted in more hirings on the part of "job creators." President Obama and Senate Democrats support extending the tax cuts for families earning less than $250,000 a year and ending them for the wealthy. More than two-thirds of Americans–including more than half of the self-identified Republicans–agree. But the House Republicans do not agree and are ready to hold tax cuts for the majority hostage for the sake of the rich. Despite all of these facts, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) accused the Democrats of "ideological fanaticism" on taxes:
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Monday cited recent comments from Sen. Patty Murray (Wash.) and other Democrats that suggested they would be willing to let all the current tax rates expire at the end of the year if they don’t get their preferred deal.
“It’s ideological fanaticism. They are so fixated on raising taxes that they’re willing to do anything,” McConnell said in an appearance on Sean Hannity’s radio show. “It shows you how rigidly ideological they are.”