August 24th, 2010
01:12 PM ET
4 years ago

Boehner has 'created a myth' about tax cuts, Biden says

Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday hit back at House Minority Leader John Boehner’s remarks on the economy.
Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday hit back at House Minority Leader John Boehner’s remarks on the economy.

(CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday hit back hard–and sarcastically–at House Minority Leader John Boehner's call for President Obama to fire Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and other high-ranking economic officials.

"His chief proposal when you look at it apparently was that the president should fire his economic team," Biden said. "Very constructive advice and we thank the leader for that."

Biden echoed the Democratic message that aims to remind Americans that Republicans held power in the run-up to the recent economic downturn.

"Mr. Boehner is nostalgic for those good old days, but the American people are not," Biden said in reference to the Ohio Republican's call for a full extension of the Bush tax cuts.

Biden said Boehner has "created a myth" that extending tax cuts to the wealthiest Americans would stimulate the economy.

"We've seen this movie before Mr. Boehner," Biden said. "And we know how it ends. The American people deserve something different and something better."


Filed under: Economy • issues • Joe Biden • John Boehner • Taxes
soundoff (196 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    When Bonehead was on Meet the Press 3 weeks ago, David Gregory asked him one simple question and Mr. Bonehead still hasn't answered the question.

    David Gregory: "Do tax breaks pay for themselves?"

    Leader Bonehead: "ummmmmmmmm, blah blah blah."

    August 24, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  2. Ryan

    It's absolutely inarguable that the Republicans caused this economic situation. And "if" they didn't... then it simply goes to show how clearly ineffective they've been in fixing it (or instrumental in letting it get to this point).

    So the GOP needs to explain why, if they're so amazing, have they been absolutely useless in helping America?

    Because they've been too busy filibustering EVERYTHING. They have filibustered more during President Obama's term then they ever have in the history of American Politics from any party.

    The tax cuts are a joke – they're simply a mask for the real problem: Republicans support corporate welfare.

    August 24, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  3. jeff hamilton

    Is it me or does Joe Biden just look like a greasy politician? I really believe we should just start over from our local levels on up. Every elected official who accepted campaign donations should be kicked out of office. If you want to run for office you have to with your on funds and should show all records (full disclosure). All these politicians are talking like the American People care what they have to say. In my opinion what the American People are trying to say is get the hell out. We don't want any of you in office. But still we get these smug dem and rep on the news talking like they are being listened to? sickens me...

    August 24, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  4. woakaa

    The American people are ready for any days that don't include the current administration and their corrupt ways.

    August 24, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  5. James Watkins

    CNN – do your job! Call this guy on his "mistake". The democrats held majority during the run up to the current economic meltdown. Can the media please do what they claim to do, and point out these erroneous claims,or lies..

    August 24, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  6. Douglas in NYC

    The republican plan is very specific:

    1: Closing tax loopholes that send jobs over seas: They specifically say NO

    2: Any type of healthcare reform: They specifically say NO

    3: A fully paid for bill that provides loans to small businesses to hire people: They specifically say NO

    4: Scientific research: They specifically say NO

    5: Doing anything to help the middle class: They specifically say NO

    6: Immigration reform: They specifically say NO

    7: Closing the budget deficit: They specifically say NO

    See how specific the republican plan is?

    August 24, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  7. Steve in Denver

    Bravo to David Greggory for two consecutive weeks of tough interviews, first with boehner, then with mcconnel. Both times, Greggory asked them to clarify why we could extend the tax cuts at a cost of 3.3 trillion dollars without paying for them. Both "leaders" offered nothing but a bunch of jibberish.

    So, spending without paying for it is bad. Giving away tax cuts to the fabulously weathy without paying for it is good.

    Keep after these liars, Mr. VP. So glad we went with the smart one.

    August 24, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  8. RN

    Why haven't we fired Mr Boehner?
    They had 8 years and we were left with a mess. Now they are upset that the new administration has not cleaned it up in the past 18 months.
    Tax cuts benefit the wealthy, not the middle or lower classes. Mr Boehner does not want us to balance the budget on the backs of the wealthy. Instead he would prefer that the wealthy keep their money and let the lower classes fight the wars and pay for them.
    Why does he think that President Obama should be listening to him when he opposes everything this administration does – without any discussion?

    August 24, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  9. Get A Grip

    Lets see....we have two politicians here and neither speak the truth all the time, BUT I'd believe John Boehner any day over Joe Biden.

    August 24, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  10. Steve in Denver

    Excellent point. The party of "no" can only come up with fire someone? Would there be any policy that boehner or mcconnel could suggest?

    Didn't think so. Fire the party of no in NOvember!

    August 24, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  11. Ben

    Regardless, Obama needs to spend the next two years on the economy. Health care reform, etc., was necessary. But if the economy doesn't improve in the next 24 months, Obama won't get reelected.

    August 24, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  12. Scott

    Oops. Wrong again CNN/Joe. The democrats held power from 2006 until the disastrous elections in 2008. This will not be completely fixed until 2012.

    August 24, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  13. Erik

    Republicans – the party of no and the party having created soaring debt while wanting tax cuts. They make no sense.

    August 24, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  14. ted trossner

    biden's a moron

    August 24, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  15. independent minds want to know

    Biden is a joke. He can attack Boehner in the hopes of winning political clout, but the truth is, tax cuts work WHEN GOVERNMENT SPENDING is also curtailed.

    Unfortunately, democrats spend even more than republicans - a lot more (see three stimulus packages, Obamacare, financial 'reform', $1.3T federal budgets...).

    August 24, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  16. scott

    Another lie by the Democrate's . Democrate's were in charge of both houses of congress. Only congress can obligate funds. The President can only request but congress does.

    August 24, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  17. Keep It Real

    Go gettim Joe!

    August 24, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  18. DIANA

    You tell him Mr Vice President! He tells it like it is, I love the line, "Very constructive advice and we thank the leader for it".

    I thank God everyday that Obama was smart enough to select him as Vice President and the people were smart enough to vote for these two.

    August 24, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    isn't that what the GOP is all about... protecting the wealthy

    August 24, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  20. Jared from Delaware

    Biden is 100% right!

    Those tax cuts overwhelmingly benefited the wealthy only. Let them expire, which will make the wealthy pay more in taxes, which we can then use to pay down debt or for social programs.

    August 24, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  21. ted trossner

    Biden who?

    August 24, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  22. John D

    Well, Bite Me, with home sales dropping 27 % and the stock market tanking again and unemployment still at record high and NO RECOVERY SUMMER like you and OBOZO spouted a few months ago maybe, just maybe you should SHUT UP and listen to people who have actually met a payroll and ran businesses. What a dick head you are!

    August 24, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  23. Rob

    It's amazing how many stupid Americans want to go back to the Bush doctrine. Of course, Obama's economic advisers are leftovers from the Bush years. We progressives warned all of you. We were right about Bush, Iraq War, BP, etc....

    August 24, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  24. Zeke2112

    Well done, Joltin' Joe. Sarcasm is always great to see from the vice president – it shows you really have a lot of class.

    Notice the dodge of the real issue here – the failure to tie any of the "stimulus" to any real job growth. Instead, we see the typical response of this administration to any criticism: sarcasm, dressing-down, and lecturing. If this was Obama and not Biden, I'm sure racism would be tossed in too.

    August 24, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  25. john

    The Democrats have had control of Congress since 2006. Was Biden a part of the Demcratic controlled congress? Yes. Did he vote foe all the budgets that "caused" our current problem? Yes. The pot calling the kettle black? Absolutely!! Are the Republicans blameless? NO!!!

    August 24, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
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