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. Disgusted

    These guys make my flesh crawl. Masters of manipulation at the expense of the very lower and middle income Americans who, for some unexplicable reason, support them. It blows my mind.

    December 2, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  2. Jude

    This contemptible man is only concerned with keeping the breaks for the wealthy. Just like the GOP opposition to extending unemployment benefits, this is another example of them wanting to give more to those who already have plenty. They forget the House seats will all be up for reconsideration in 2012, when Obama will be reelected and the larger voter turnout will send a lot of the extremist conservatives packing.

    December 2, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  3. Realistic

    Ok so tax cuts for those who don't need is more important than those who do need it. Well, nothing has changed and i didn't expect it would but I did have some hope it was going to change. Once again, same Sht from the same people but just a different day.

    December 2, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  4. Iowa Chris

    The Republicans truely have no moral standards. They actually have all of their lemmings convinced that they need to extend tax cuts for all the millionaires in this country so they have all the extra money they need to buy jewels from Tiffanys and expensive cars and fur coats etc. even though the tax cuts are not funded. In the same breath they do not want to extend unemployment for all the poor people who are out of work BECAUSE IT IS NOT FUNDED!! Merry Christmas poor people. Republicans are too busy playing games to worry about you. I have never seen anything as despicable in my entire life as the Republicans in Congress.

    December 2, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  5. Larry

    Guess what Boner if you think the House Democrats vote is "chicken crap" then the House Repugnant's vote is "horse dung!

    December 2, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  6. Duke

    Winston Churchill was right. " The argument against democracy is a five minute conversation with the average voter". That was back then, I bet he'd flip in his grave if he saw the tea party hooligans or listen to John Boehner give a speech or better yet, listen to the idiots who post here who have no idea how a bill becomes a law. Nancy pelosi ( though I don't approve of her) does not pass bills. Cnn, does not need to do a better job reporting because boner was commenting on a congressional act now how cnn reported it. The idea that people voted for a republican congress who will do nothing until we take care of the top 2 percent of our country justifies churchill's quote. I love the idea of having a democracy, but we seem to get it wrong more than we get it right.

    December 2, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  7. Kimo

    Every poll taken has shown that most Americans do not want the tax breaks to expire for the wealthy. This is proof positive that the GOP doesn't give chicken crap about what the American people want. They only care about what is good for the rich.

    December 2, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  8. Democrat's "Alamo"

    I use to want to see Pelosi out of Congress. Remember back 65 years ago when a virulent European leader went astray, and the world was pre-occupied trying to rid the world of that tainted individual. Eventually people realized that this "nutjob" and his minions were only accelerating their own demise quicker than any other group could bring it to an end – and decided to let govern their dilusional world. Demcrats, keep up the work; you are only hastening your demise!

    December 2, 2010 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  9. Disgusted in Texas

    Back 'atcha Buster! Afraid your vote, non-vote, "hold", whatever the lastest tap dance is will show your true colors?
    Check out the glib looks on these two morons' faces. What creeps!

    December 2, 2010 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  10. Jeff Brown

    From reading these posts, I see that the liberals have completed their "install class warfare" phase and are moving on to "install socialist government" phase. Americans, by and large, have bought into the "rob the rich, feed the poor" class warfare fairy tale that has been the staple of political power pandering since antiquity. We could have been better than this....we WERE better than this. The real irony here is that the Democrats purport to be the party that wants EQUALITY for all people...minorities, gays, etc...because the Constitution requires that the law be applied equally to all and yet want to suspend that Constitution mandate so they can "rob the rich". If anyone gets a tax break, EVERYONE should get a tax break. That's how it's supposed to work.

    LIberals fight for gay marriage...a population that scientifically is around 4-5% of the population....because of the ideology of "equal protection under the law" and turn right around and want to excempt 2-3% of the population from receiving that same "equal protection under the law" simply due to their income. The hypocrisy is staggering. It's this type of duplicity that hurts America.

    It really is time for a flat tax...

    December 2, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  11. Anonymous

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

    Yes, because most of the people voting make more that 250,000 per year. That's how this guy sees and defines "the middle class". Anyone of you who voted for these money worshipping Group Of Pigs, should just jump off a bridge.

    December 2, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  12. Purnell

    Boehner is too much – whining about the move to cut taxes after these guys boastfully claim they ain't gonna do squat until Obama gives in to them. In my opinion Obama had better not give in to them on giving the super wealthy a free tax ride.

    December 2, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  13. Ron/Central Florida

    What are the facts about those who make over $250,000 a year and how much more in inome tax they might have to pay?
    Is it $250,000 gross income or adjusted gross income after all applicable deductions?
    What percent of households could be affected - 2%?
    If it's 2% or even 8%, why are we all so concerned for them and their having to pay a little more in income tax after it's been those folks in the higher income brackets who have benefitted so much over the last 10 years while the rest of us have lost ground. That the top 1% of families own ever so much more of the wealth in the country now than they have in the past, that the gap in wealth between the wealthiest and the rest of us has grown and grown, and thus the gap in political power between the wealthiest elite and the rest of has grown and grown should be something that gives us pause. I guess it's okay if wealth controls political power, but it would be ever so much more democratic if all the wealth weren't in the hands of such a small portion of the populace.
    What percent of these $250,000+ households are owners of small businesses? Or are most of these folks just getting their income from investments - stocks, bonds, real esate sales - rather than from businesses that employ Americans?
    What percent of workers in America are employed by small businesses where the owners earn enough money to be in the top tax bracket? Or are most American workers employed in the public sector, or huge corporations, or perhaps by small business owners who fall in the lower income tax brackets?
    What are the facts? Is there a publication out there that makes any of this clear?

    Thanks,

    Ron

    December 2, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  14. Chris

    What a miserable, hateful mouthpiece for corporations and the wealthy Boehner is.

    It's hilarious to me that impoverished republicans support a man and a party that does nothing but work against their best interests. If you're poor and you voted for a republican, you're just helping to serve your masters while stabbing yourself in the foot.

    December 2, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  15. June

    People – we have to put a stop to these idiots who are not only ruining our lives, but also ruining our Country. All the while being on OUR payroll. I am not a politician, but I am a hard working American who pays taxes and I am FED UP with the crap these folks are trying to load on us as "Governing". No one in governing in Washington. All they are doing is trying to get one up on the other side and worry about job security. I can tell you that if I behaved this way in my work place, I would be put out on the street before I knew what happened.

    I know the newly elected have not yet taken office, but the knowledge that the House will not have a Republican majority has made those that are there now act as if they just won the Presidency, the House and the Senate. I don't know what has happened to the Democrats who are still there. They must be off in the corner somewhere licking their wounds and worrying about the next election. This is all a bunch of Bulls*^t! I know if I don't work, I don't get paid. I think we need to find a way to make Washington (all of them) accountable to us (their Boss's) or they don't get paid either. If they're not making the money, they won't have to worry about the tax cuts!!

    I am sick and tired of the whole mess and am seriously thinking about Canada or even Mexico as an alternative.

    December 2, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  16. matt

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

    Yes, because most of the people voting make more that 250,000 per year. That's how this guy sees and defines "the middle class". Anyone of you who voted for these money worshipping Group Of Pigs, should just jump off a bridge.

    December 2, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  17. Limbaugh is a liberal

    Yes, let's keep opposing any action in Congress until republicans get to write 100% of all bills... And then kill those bills too out of spite, just so they can claim that nothing got done under Obama.
    Democrats have moved to the center! They have compromised everything during these years. 1/3rd of the much criticized stimulus bill was tax cuts, and another third went to stopping cuts in benefits for seniors, both of which republicans asked for. Most of the 'Obamacare' bill was spending on Medicare and benefits that republicans themselves proposed in their health care bill. At every turn republicans failed to propose any real alternatives, always just copying the democratic proposal almost verbatim, and then whining that democrats didn't compromise. Fact is democrats gave almost everything republicans asked for! In return republicans just kept playing political games!

    December 2, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  18. MORRIS

    Well it's about time somebody grew a pair.And yes it had to be a woman.Because the men in the party are a bunch of WIMPS.when the republicans said they wanted the tax cuts to be permenate and agreed to the two years extentions.Everybody knows in two years they are going to try to make them permenate and if the dems don't go along.well there goes the next campaign.Thank you Nancy.Now tell the rest what's going to happen.

    December 2, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  19. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Boehner argued that Democrats were ignoring the message from voters last month who shifted control of the House of Representatives to Republicans.
    -------------------------------------------------–
    Boehner you're living in the Land of Pill Poppers if you think the message from the 'voters' was for YOU to protect the top 2%ers OVER the middle-class.
    Hell, truth be told, you're tripping if you think that the MAJORITY of voters in the country felt you could do a better job than the one being done. Everyone remembers how your team did NOTHING for the past two years. Unfortunately, not everyone voted, and look at the chicken-crap we're in now.

    December 2, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  20. Conrad Shull

    I know most politicians of any persuasion are not particularly good at math, but why do so many Democratic politicians refer to those with $250,001 to $999,999 a year incomes as "millionaires"? (Side Note: if I manage to make one million dollars this year (hah!), the government will make sure I am NOT a millionaire.)

    December 2, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  21. one voice

    This CLOWN "RUBBER STAMPED" the Bush FAILED POLICIES that put our middle class in the brink of instinction and made THEIR MILLIONAIRE COFFERS BILLIONAIRES. These CLOWNS talk out of both sides of THEIR MOUTHS, LIARS THROUGH AND THROUGH. They want tax breaks for the top 2% but say NO to unemployment benefits? Are you RIGHT WING VOTERS happy now? FOOLS

    December 2, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  22. Jim

    Yeah Boner, the "new and improved" Republicans are going to repeal the Healthcare bill also right? Oh yeah I forgot the day after the election Mitch told the truth, that there wasn't any possible way the Republicans could overturn the bill.

    Vote for liers, get what you deserve, in this case more posturing by the Republicans and less real actio out of Washington except to make the wealth even richer... morons.

    December 2, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  23. Matt

    James

    The republicans truly are the enemy of middle class America. They should be overjoyed that the tax cuts will be extended for the middle class rather than having a hissy fit because rich people will have to pay their fair share. "But the rich create jobs"..... can you say OUTSOURCE? They care noting for America or the middle class.

    James,

    What about the 47%of the US that paid zero taxes last year? Can they pay their fair share?

    People making in that tax bracket (200k+) are baing taxed at, what?, 39%? While middle-class is around 29%? I'd say they are paying their fair share, and probably 70% of the overall tax burden every year. I'm not gonna boo hoo for millionaire's losing 2 percent more, but it's patently ridiculous to say the rich aren't paying their "fair share".

    It basically comes down to tax everyone else except me.

    December 2, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  24. terry, va

    I can understand why most of you on this blog is saying, raise taxes on those making above 250k. Most of you morons are in the 48% of this country paying no taxes. I'm tired of the chicken crap that the dumbocraps are selling. I don't get one more government benefit than you do. I drive on the same shitty roads, have the same constitutional rights etc. as you freeloaders get. Get your job from a poor man if you can. Oh, wait you probably don't want one as you would rather stay on unemployment for 3years.

    December 2, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  25. semru

    Depending on who's yapping the loudest, one hears this constant verbiage, "The American People says .....". What did the American People say, really?

    I invite CNN to poll "The American People" to determine what they are really saying. Do these Politicians really know what's going on?

    December 2, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
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