Boehner rips House Democrats tax vote as 'chicken crap'
December 2nd, 2010
12:00 PM ET
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Boehner rips House Democrats tax vote as 'chicken crap'

Washington (CNN) - House GOP Leader John Boehner ripped House Democrats for moving ahead with a vote Thursday just on extending tax cuts for those making $250,000 or less, calling the move "chicken crap."

"I'm trying to catch my breath so I don't refer to this maneuver going on today as chicken crap, all right? But this is nonsense, all right?" Boehner told reporters Thursday.

Boehner argued that Democrats were ignoring the message from voters last month who shifted control of the House of Representatives to Republicans.

"The election was one month ago. There are 23 months from the next election and the political games have already started to try to set up the next election. We had an honest conversation at the White House about the challenges that we face to get out of here and to take care of what the American people expect of us and to roll this vote out today, it really is just, it's what you think I was going to say anyway," Boehner said.

The GOP Leader would not give any details on the negotiations between White House officials and Congressional leaders about how to deal with the Bush-era tax cuts that are expiring at the end of the year, but maintained that Congress' main priority now should be on stopping any tax increases for any Americans.

When asked whether Republicans would support extending unemployment benefits as part of a compromise to extend all tax cuts for some period of time, Boehner simply answered, "we'll see."


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  1. the4jays

    Boehner is dead wrong. I am independent and I voted for this change we got. The Democrats are right, vote on just extending tax cuts for those making $250,000 or less.

    December 2, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  2. Jean

    Less jobs were created since the Bush tax cuts. Millionaires and Billionaires got richer and the rest of us and the economy is in shambles. This is not a tax increase it is the Bush tax cuts sunseting, and the rich don't like it, they want more and more. If they want the tax to be continued then tax the big corporations for all the money they make from the goods we but from other countries that we used to make, that might bring some jobs back here.

    December 2, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  3. Sgt. Joe

    This idiot could care less about us middle class or jobs creation. His sole agenda is to continue to stall anything at all that the Dems know is right for us middle class. Looking fo when the middle class wakes up to see who really represents them since all our taxes may go up thanks to wealthy self-indulgent obstructionist GOP.
    Yes, where are jobs, Boner? How would we fund extending those tax breaks for the wealthy?

    December 2, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  4. Clevelandben

    I think, right now, BOTH PARTIES are "chicken crap". Get the WORK done WE hired you to do. Pass legislation that HELPS the "fellow Americans" you both fondly quote. IF I didn't work, my boss would fire me! Don't forget – more elections are ahead and We The People ARE watching who's been naughty and who's made nice-nice. Now be good boys & girls and LEARN to play well together. WE are paying you and Santa Claus IS watching.

    December 2, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  5. kmp

    Well golly chicken crap huh well then I guess he is full of horse sh*t. Mr. Bohner yes the people voted but as many others have stated they didn't vote for tax cut to your cronies. They voted for an improved economy and more jobs.

    Secondly for all of this nonsense of this affecting small buinsess is nonsense most small buisness aren't even pulling in a profit if 250000 a year so this wouldn't even affect them.

    December 2, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  6. Joy

    GOP, LLC., agenda. MORE bailouts for the rich. Good job "boys".

    December 2, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  7. annie s

    Yawn. Boehner isn't happy that the current House members want to ensure that the tax cuts for 98% of all Americans don't expire. While he's busy yapping about what the American people want, has he looked at any polls about how they feel about the continued giveaway to the richest among us?

    December 2, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  8. 2Tired2Care

    I just don't know how millionaires will make due if their taxes go up. Ha, ha, ha.

    December 2, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  9. Marshall

    Republicans want the tax extension to include everyone,not just the wealthy.Democrats only want it to include those who make $250,000 or less.Why should people be punished for being wealthy?Isn't that the American dream.Our government wants to tax the wealthy until they are no longer wealthy.That is why a lot of the big name stars move to Europe for 6 months a year,it's just to expensive for them to live in the US all the time.

    December 2, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    Let unemployment benefits run out for millions – because they want free money and don't want to work.

    Let tax breaks for the rich run out – because they want free money. Now maybe they have to work and create jobs.

    December 2, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  11. Coffegirl

    In order for the tax breaks for the wealthy to stimulate jobs a person has to have a TAXABLE Income of $1.25 mil to equate to one $40,000 a year job. I don't see how this equals Job growth??? If a Company is busy, they will hire and that $40K is a drop in the bucket to the $1.25 mil taxable income earner. This is why I do not understand how anyone can be FOR Extending the tax break to the Rich.

    December 2, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  12. Jill American

    By the way, the $250,000 everybody keeps talking about is Adjusted Gross Income so you are really talking about those who make more like $500,000 a year.

    December 2, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  13. Jeetu

    It is the republicans that don't get it. Passing the tax cut for the lower and middle class does make sense and that is what the public wants. The republicans and Mr. Boehner cannot have it both ways. On one hand he wishes the democrats to listen to the public and on the other hand, he does not himself or his colleagues listen to the public. Actually, democrats this time are listening to the public and trying to do things that the public wants.

    As always, republicans are being obstructionists and if they continue this practice, their house majority will not last more than 2 years and our country will be in worse shape as nothing will get done in the house or the senate.

    So, the question is: can we impeach all these people who are bnot doing their duties for which they were elected? Is that not unconstitutional? I think we should throw all these people out and save all that money for deficit reduction.

    So, are republicans going to wake up and help the middle and lower class; or are they always going to support and live in ivory towers?

    December 2, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  14. Jim Wolfer

    Hey people, are you just now discovering that Republicans are totally for the rich?? They always have been for the rich. They are just experts at how things are presented to the public! Lying scumbags!!

    December 2, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  15. lforlegend

    How are those dadgum repugs, in goog conscious, going to wish their constituents a Merry Christmas when the want to end unemployment benefits? Many of the poor and middle class folk who elected them repugs now wish they had marked their ballots more sensibly.

    December 2, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  16. Paul1st

    Chicken crap? Doesn't sound too bad compared to the horse crap in the Senate Republican letter boycotting all but two legislative actions regardless of merit or necessity. Or, maybe the bull crap that the American public delivered a mandate to implement fully a Republican agenda. Folks in Washington really do not listen to us. We want the Democrats and Republicans to work together for us and not solely for their own parties.

    December 2, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  17. mike4ever

    Where are all the teaparties now that they can see that the people they elected have no intentions of doing anything to help the country. How do they feel being duped by the very same ones who put the country in the mess in the first place and now the innocent american peop[le are the ones who wil have to pay for it.

    But they are problem trying to figure out how to get out of this mess and now they are too afraid to protest against their leaders. The next two years is going to be a battle that they willl lose because all they want to do is make the president look bad and the process more and more people are going to see just what the new congress is made of. Nothing but whinning children who cannot get over the idea of having a miniority in the white house trying to help all american not just one race but all.

    They can see that job are beginning to pick up because companies are beginning to get the pictures that the leaders who pockets they have filled are losing it and not thinking about helping no one but their main agenda. While the president will be helping the small business get ahead the big business is going to realize those are going to be ones who out pass them. Along with the temp agencies who benefits are going to look better and better than the big companies, they definitely going to lose the war. They are realizing that it is getting to tough to send jobs overseas because they are getting smart too and have figure a way to take over the companies when they come overseas.

    We are so behind in technology that we can't and won't train people for the future so other countries is getting ahead of us. We have the brains but we have a congress who want to end it by their own greed to keep other people down.

    The teaparties with the help from the republician played on the fear of those who cannot and refused to let go of the past just so they could elected. Have you heard any of your leaders giving up their health care,no even one wanted to know why did it take thirty days before it goes into effect and he don't even have to pay it(shows how of touch he is with the real world because most people know there are few jobs where insurance goes into effect right away). But they want to take it away from the american people.

    Thanks people for electing these nutjobs and I hope that they do right by you and remember when all those who you claim you love start losing everything they own, don't blame Obama, blame yourself, because you were the ones who voted for the same party of No.

    December 2, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  18. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    this just goes to show that the GOPers, who are always talking about doing the will of the American people only follow the polls when they are in their favor. EVERY poll I have seen so far says that the American people want to keep tax cuts for the middle class BUT end tax cuts for the upper 2%. I think ol' Jonny is a bit p'oed because the Dems finally got some spine and want to call them out on just who the GOP is in favor of be it the middle class or their rich buddies that spent the millions to get them back into Congress. Hopefully Americans will see what they voted for, but the way the thought process of our citizens has been going lately it would not suprise me if we still don't get it and favor the GOP.

    December 2, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  19. Bolly Pigstern

    Boehner, what a phony.. This guy honestly thinks that people take him and Itchy McConnell seriously? Two middle-aged, ugly, republican prostitutes... that's all they are.

    December 2, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  20. Angie

    Democrats have not learned that they lost the house because they don't understand economics – this is not the time to let any tax cuts expire – for anybody. I hope the republicans stay the course.

    December 2, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  21. antinous

    The only reason the GOP took the House is that a substantially large percent of the constituents, felt that either things were going well or at least ok, so they didn't bother to vote. “Oh well, things are ok, I don't have to vote.” Fine, now look at what we have. The American Taliban controlling the House, and their counterparts in the Senate saying "it's our way or the highway". If the American voters would get up off their lazy duffs and participate, by voting, maybe we could get a government that would really work.

    December 2, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  22. Rob

    So what if the Bush tax cuts expires. Unless you file a 1040ez, you won't pay the listed tax rate in April anyway. Do the math people, for example, if you earn $300k per year at a rate of 30%, you would owe $90k. Get real, no one would write a check to Uncle Sam for that amount. Ever heard the terms Tax Accountant, Tax Credit and Deductions?

    December 2, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  23. Linda

    Oh, yes one more thing. Stay out of the tanning booth for five minutes will you please? You look ridiculous. Oh wait, cancel that. You looking ridiculous matches your attitude and agenda. Stay just as you are.

    December 2, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  24. Dave

    This guy is a joke. He will consider the umemployement if the tax cuts are extended for all? Sure Boehner, put an extra $50k in the pockets of your CEO buddies, while you can think of allowing people to pay for food and heat in the wintertime. You, my friend, are a specle of chicken crap on the bottom of my horse manuere engulf work boot

    December 2, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  25. Robert

    Four in the Door – Can you please provide some quantitative data that shows that 'these' people create jobs? I understand the corporations create jobs. I understand that small business create jobs. But I see no proof that people who get a tax break create jobs (at least any that would make any kind of dent on unemployment).

    December 2, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
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