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. ConstitutionalPatriot

    Yeah Joe it's all their fault except your party controlled congress for 2 years prior to the collapse, the collapse didn't happen until business leaders realized Obama and his tax happy friends would win, and Mr. Summers part of your economic team is responsible for serious deregulation of depression era safeguards during the Clinton administration. No one is innocent but your party deserves a large share of the blame. Do us a favor and fire yourself!

    August 24, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  2. Jennifer

    Joe Biden is so out of touch with mainstream America it is a shame.
    It is time to get the good ole boy system out of office.

    August 24, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  3. BD70

    Yeah! Way to go Joe! Now can we all be nice and work together?

    August 24, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  4. Joe

    I agree that this administration's ecenomic team should be fired. Just look at how well our economy is doing and tell me if that is due to the good job that this administration is doing? And don't forget which party was in power in 2006, before the economy went down the drain: The Democrats! So typical of Biden to blame the other part when his own part is also at fault. Fanny May? Look no further than Berney Frank (D).

    August 24, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  5. CR

    Once again John Boehner proves the Republican Party has nothing constructive to offer the American people. The GOP has become the party of fear, hate, and selfishness.

    August 24, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  6. Marcus

    It's not a myth, Mr. Biden. 'Myths' are, per definition, things that are believed to exist and held some unreal and unnatural feature within themselves. The 'tax cuts' were tried over and over and over again, and while they manage to work for a short while, they soon end up causing (far) more damage than any good.
    So it's a well known and documented fact that they do not work, but still are used as the best example of what (little) good the 'trickle down' economics can do for the country...

    August 24, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  7. Bill

    One other thing, why don't you go to your employeer and ask for a raise because you overspent your budget... Isn't that what is happening now with our Federal government. Remember that they work for us...... We are their employeers.

    August 24, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  8. Sorensen

    Mr. Boehner has a very, very modest I.Q.
    He is an embarrasment to the GOP (and that is not easy to do), and
    should go home to his sunlamp and shut up.

    August 24, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  9. Linda

    Hey Biden, at least someone is willing to say what the sheep in the Democratic Party aren't. Turbo Tax Timmy, who is continuing his disaster, now as our Treasurer...and Larry "I have no brain" Summers are incompetent..

    You, the only things you have mastered, is taking Barack Obama's TOTUS's on the road, being he doesn't need them this week while on Martha's Vineyard in his 50K a week rental where he's staying in seclusion hoping his numbers stop dropping.

    August 24, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  10. Al-Virginia

    Bozo speaks out again. When will this guy get a job. I guess he is
    still on his Recovery Summer trip yet.....

    August 24, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  11. Steve

    Go Joe! Thank you.

    August 24, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  12. There Are Two Types of Republicans . . .

    The Liars and The Gullible.

    August 24, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  13. Jilli

    I'm appauled at the lack of seriousness I've seen from the republicans and particularly boehner, mcconnell and cantor. They obviously view our horrendous economic situation as nothing more than a political game. They should be scorned for the beavis and butthead approach they've taken to getting this country back on track. Do they honestly believe that the millions of unemployed relish in their political games? Very doubtful. McConnell should be laughed at for his ridiculous claim that tax cuts don't have to be paid for – perhaps in the republican world tax cuts are free, but here in the real world they're very expensive, added directly onto the deficit, and have no stimulative effect.

    The republican party clearly think the American public is stupid. Prove them wrong and vote against them. Our future looks bleak, but it's even more dismal if the same old policies that landed us here are again the economic policy of the US.

    Republican party...what have you done for the working class lately? (And by "lately" I mean in the last 30 years!)

    August 24, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  14. Marc Stewart

    Republicans need to do a better job of responding to the sound bite that everything at life is Bush's fault. Since 2006 when the Democrats took Congress we have been following the Democratic economic strategy. Bailouts, stimulus packages, expanding government regulations, and the medicare drug program (which was actually before 2006) are all Democrat initiatives that Bush, being the big government guy he was, supported. Very few Democrats opposed these iniatives. Republicans were the only ones actually opposing these measures. These are the policies that are making the hole we dug into the Grand Canyon. The only way to get out of this is to go the opposite direction. Every time a Democrat blames this on Bush, they are criticizing their own policies. Republicans should be screaming this at the top of their lungs.

    August 24, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  15. Ken in Mt

    So Boehner thinks that what is needed is more of the same old supply side stuff that broke the system for the second time( the first being in 29)? If he had half a brain he'd be dangerous.

    August 24, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  16. Padraig

    Biden is an idiot.

    August 24, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  17. Don in SF

    Right ON, Joe!

    August 24, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  18. lil

    Boehner and the republicans lie about everything. Nothing new here.

    August 24, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  19. Enough

    Too bad this old fool is so out of touch and can't possibly speak the truth. The economic disaster created by the housing crisis is a Democratic progam that Barney Frank and other Democrats refused to put a stop to. The Democrats have had control since 2006. Sorry our memories are not that short and we are NOT that stupid. Anyone with half a brain can figure out that tax and spend does NOT work. Those evil businesses that provide the jobs will just leave. It's not rocket science and we know your college professors don't teach you reality.

    August 24, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  20. Vladimir

    Vice President Joe Biden is right, Republicans just know how to criticize but they never come with solutions to deal with the country. We should help Democratics to win in November. please people let to stand for Democratics, we don't need more of these liars in the power.

    August 24, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  21. Honest American

    If extending the tax cuts for America's wealthiest will stimulate the economy, then why hasn't it stimulated it already??? In typical politician fashion, Boehner presents his conclusion without any supporting evidence. He's a prime incumbent, among many, that need to be ousted from Congress.

    August 24, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  22. Chuck Anaheim, Ca

    Right on Joe!! Please ask these liars to show us how the tax cuts helped. If they were that great for the economy we would not see the 9.5% unemployment rate in the USA. The fuzzy math dosent add up folks!

    August 24, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  23. Dave

    It is interesting to see Biden, other democrats and the media place blame on republicans. First, some of the current administration's policies have remained unchanged (Gitmo, Afghanistan, Iraq). Second, the democrats have recently explored the need to keep or extend the Bush tax cuts in light of the struggling economy. Third, democrats blame Bush for current economic problems but then increased the national debt and deficits at exponetial rates. Fourth, republicans have no current control over the executive, judicial and legislative branches of government. Finally, placing blame at the feet of the republicans ignores the disastrous policies that have been implemented since our anti-American and marxist president took office. Get real people!

    August 24, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  24. wecu

    Go Joe!!!!

    August 24, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  25. FRANK - LAS VEGAS

    The problem (or should say lie) with Mr. Bonner's plan is that if he were correct we would have been in a boon time over the last ten years with all of the jobs that the top 2% have generated. However, the opposite has been true, we have lost jobs over the last ten years and the GOP's tax break which cost $3.2 Trillion dollars of borrowed money actually made credit tighter for small businesses. The other obvious lie is that if they don't get the unfunded tax extension they want will hurt small business while the truth is that 97% of small business owners earn less than $250K. So the GOP just piles one lie on top of another.

    Vote NO in NOvember to the party of NO.

    August 24, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
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