Can they still raise taxes? Well, depends on who you believe
August 1st, 2011
02:53 PM ET
7 years ago

Can they still raise taxes? Well, depends on who you believe

Washington (CNN) - As the details of the debt ceiling deal start to emerge, it's not surprising that there's a disagreement between the White House and Republicans on whether the deficit reduction committee can or will tackle tax reform.

However, the politics of these positions are fairly clear: Republicans want to reassure members that taxes aren't really on the table, and Democrats want to reassure members that they are.


Filed under: Congress • Debt • Deficit • Democrats • President Obama • Republicans • Taxes
soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. GI Joe

    SSShhhhhhhh!!!! Let them pass it before we tell them their "money-changers" (biblical ref.) may get their loopholes closed.

    August 1, 2011 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    Republicans say: "If the president wants to reinstate tax cuts for, say, the middle class, that would count as revenue lost. A committee focused on deficit reduction doesn't want to be in the business of losing revenue."

    Get it? Here, let me break down the GOP's position:

    If you allow the Bush tax cuts for the wealth and corporations to expire, the GOP screams "that's a tax hike!!!!"

    If you want to extend the Bush tax cuts for the middle-class (but only the middle-class), so that you'er not "hiking taxes" on the middle-class, they will call it "reinstating tax cuts and therefore lost revenue."


    August 1, 2011 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  3. gt

    the democrats are scared little mice... they had it all ..and were gutless cowards to raise the tax on the rich million and bilionares...but i understand why they didnt ,,, so they blame the republican for not raiseing taxes on the one they were guttless to do before...pathedic ,cry baby cowards you were nancy.. shame on you and the other house demorats who passed on that revenue....cowards..

    August 1, 2011 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  4. gary

    We should have a vote to fire everybody in Congress for incompetency. I don't think we would have any problem right now getting a majority vote.

    August 1, 2011 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    They can posture and talk all they want. The voters are going to decide the final outcome beginning in 2011. I expect to see a larger than normal turnout for a year before a general election. Thanks to the Tea Party, the sleeping giant has awakened.

    August 1, 2011 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    If the GOP wants to argue, before this deal is even up for a vote, that they refuse under any circumstances to consider revenue-increasing tax reform, then they are giving Pelosi every justification in the world to simply oppose the deal until it's made mandatory. Screw 'em. Block it and force them to sign a clean bill if they are going to sit there and signal that they have no intention of negotiating on the committee in good faith.

    August 1, 2011 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  7. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared class war on US!

    The GOBP, the teatards, the corporate welfare queens and their corrupt corporatist cult leaders need to start making some sacrifices for a change. They care for the greedy and not the needy. Well, here's a clue for them: There are a heckuva lot more of us than there are of you. This is why they'll be desperately trying to rig our horrible electronic voting machines to minimize their losses next year.

    August 1, 2011 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  8. The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE - The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends

    As we currently slide into the Obama Recession (can you say Double Dip?) , we'll still be in it come Jan. 2013. The new Republican President will NOT be raising taxes. Democrats bette rget used to cuts, cuts and more cuts because that is ALL that is coming, besides the Obama Recession. This is what you get Democrats when you go on a drunken spending spree for 2 years and run up the credit card bill. There is no such thing as a free lunch which someday you socialists can never get through your thick skulls.

    August 1, 2011 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  9. ConservaFASCISTS/Dutch, Bad Newz, VA

    Raise taxes on everyone!!!

    August 1, 2011 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  10. Nini

    In a middle of worst economy in 20 years and all Democrats can come up with is TAX, TAX, TAX.
    No promoting of innovation, no pro business agenda just TAX and government jobs. Culture of handouts and lower life style. But not for the Hollywood elite or the Media elite just for you and me.

    Audacity of ignorance. Audacity of hypocrisy.

    August 1, 2011 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  11. The Lone Okie

    The Republican controlled will not pass anything, but the names of post offices in Guam.

    August 1, 2011 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  12. Andrew Shouse

    How can Boehner be serious. you propose to spend more money but you want to guarantee that taxes won't be raised? How these people not realize that to spend more you have to make more. Which means TAXES!

    August 1, 2011 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  13. Mike kerns

    No new taxes when uttered by Republicans translated into common English means the elite wealthy will not have to pay there fair share in taxes.everybody else they don't care about you!

    August 1, 2011 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  14. cindy

    All i know is how violated I feel watchinga few of our dysfunctional goverment officals hold us hostage til they got what they wanted. I wish like the spoiled children they are that they just held their breath

    August 1, 2011 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  15. California Conservative

    After further consideration this bill is a combination of shams on both sides. Politics as usual in D.C. We'd be better off voting this monstrosity DOWN.

    Washington up to it's old tricks again. The status quo is still in place.


    August 1, 2011 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  16. Chas in Iowa

    If Boehner says no and Obama says yes everybodies happy but someone is not telling the truth. Who is it?
    Because if taxes truely are off the table I say no to the vote,...let the default begin. I'm sick of Obama selling out to the GOP.

    August 1, 2011 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |