Durbin goes after Boehner on GOP tax stance
September 18th, 2011
11:09 AM ET
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Durbin goes after Boehner on GOP tax stance

(CNN) - Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin pointed his political arrow at House Speaker John Boehner on Sunday over the Republican Party's tax stance.

"I wonder if John Boehner knows what it sounds like when he continues to say the position of the Republican Party in America is that you can't impose one more penny in taxes on the wealthiest people," Durbin said on CNN's "State of the Union." "I wonder if he understands how that sounds in Ohio, to working families who are struggling paycheck to paycheck."

While President Barack Obama has a plan to address job creation and the rising national deficit, Republicans "continue to criticize any effort to step forward and do something positive to move this economy," the Illinois senator said. Durbin said the president's $447 billion jobs bill will likely arrive on the Senate floor for consideration next month.

His criticism comes the day before President Obama is set to unveil the details of a separate comprehensive deficit reduction plan that would include a proposal to ensure wealthy Americans pay the same percentage of their income in taxes as middle-income Americans. Few details of the so-called Buffett Rule, a new tax rate for people earning more than $1 million a year, were available Sunday.

But Boehner, as recently as last week, reiterated his opposition to any tax increases as part of a deficit reduction package, making passage of such a bill difficult in the Republican-controlled House.

On the CNN program Sunday, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said the Buffett Rule is a "political move by the president" and an example of class warfare by the Obama White House.

Durbin, however, insisted that the plan is not a political move intended to paint Republicans as protectors of the wealthy.

Looking ahead to the president's jobs legislation, Graham left the door open to considering the payroll tax cut and some infrastructure spending in the plan, but said those steps will only spur job creation in the short term.

“You can have all the stimulus you want. Until you change Obama’s policies that have frozen job hiring that’s made everything worse, we’re going to stay right where we are, bumping along the bottom,” Graham said.

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soundoff (90 Responses)
  1. Four and The Door

    "I wonder if he understands how that sounds in Ohio, to working families who are struggling paycheck to paycheck."
    ________________________________________________________________________________________________
    Senator Durbin, there are families all across America struggling paycheck-to-paycheck and these are the lucky ones because they get a paycheck to struggle with. Face it. Obama's fixes have not worked at all. If anyone wanted to come up with a strategy to actually make the economy stay down for as long as possible it would look just like what Obama is doing. Drive up debt by orders of magnitude for programs that do not help the economy. Put fear in the minds of businesses. And fan the flames of class warfare for political reasons. This is his legacy.

    September 18, 2011 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  2. Victoria

    No matter who you are or who you support there is no denying that america and americans are broke! we can no longer afford to have the .3% of the wealthiest people to enjoy all the perks while the middle class pays for the bill. So GOP, Grow some balls, for the sake of the country you tell us you love and agree to put this dam revenue on the table or our country will continue to suffer less

    September 18, 2011 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  3. Minnie's Pearls

    The vast majority of the American people want the wealthiest to pay their fair share, not any more than that, just their fair share. America cannot be sustained by taxing just the middle class.

    September 18, 2011 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  4. Ric

    I support the President's plan to increase taxes on the rich.

    September 18, 2011 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  5. Canuck

    What really bothers me about the GOP is how they continually profess to know that the American people don't want taxes raised,when polls show that this is just not true – and I have never seen a reporter point this out to one of them.

    September 18, 2011 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  6. Name king

    How much longer Will bonnet have to relied that the tax cuts to the super rich is not working. If the 8 years under bush and 2 years under Obama haven't open these folks eyes yet we are doomed. They need to take this money from the rich who are investing in growing over seas markets to America economy so it can be invested In our modernization and keep up with the other countries that are straight kicking our ass, This is past madness folks enough is enough. These repugs keep griping on deregulations to expand business. Which idiot is going to invest in a country that is over flowing with business, and have a consumer crisis. Repugs will not address the consumer crisis we have in this country even if their lives were at stake. They will spin their rederics to make the gullible in America believe that the crisis we are having is a business crisis and not them cutting away consumers spending money is the culprit which is slowly dragging our country back into a recession.

    September 18, 2011 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  7. vic , nashville ,tn

    If city buy a emergency unit or add fire fighter or add a police buy a Hazarded unit city go broke its hard time for every governments

    Government is giving to us 24 x 7 x 365 service time for us pay to our share based on income proportion this is not class warfare this called Patriotism we love our nation we want live safe and peace

    September 18, 2011 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  8. twotalljonez

    but if you raise their taxes they wont create jobs, even though they aren't creating jobs now. Plus as everyone knows you hire when you have the money and no increased demand.

    September 18, 2011 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  9. Mike

    Someone needs to grow a pair and stand up to the "party of no". The republicans stance is immoral. The time of "trickle down ecomnomics has passed. The democrats need to fight back. Hammer at them for their support of middle and lower class. Pick a message and stay with it. If thye don't, the political landscape will turn very ugly for most Americans. We will be living in a counrty that will resemble the book "Aminimal Farm". The republicans want their version of Communism.

    September 18, 2011 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  10. Martha in CF

    Senator Durbin, I applaud your stance against Boehner and the Republicans. Boehner and his party have not yet put a plan for jobs out. This was their promise in the 2010 election!!!!!!!!!!! The Repubs need to put up or shut up. All they do is whine and complain about what the Dems are doing.
    I can't wait for the 2012 election
    Obama/Biden 2012

    September 18, 2011 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  11. VISIONARY

    @ Four O The Door
    I think the door has slammed you in the face one too many times, and screwed up your reasoning. Look no further than the obstructionist Republicans/Tea Partiers for the economic woes,.. they have said no to every Obama proposal. What makes you think that rich folks and businesses should be exempt from paying taxes? They're enjoying the very generous tax holiday granted them by the Bush Admin... so where are the jobs that they have created under that scenario> Greed breeds more greed,.. so don't be repeating your lame duck mantra, and blaming Obama.

    September 18, 2011 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  12. SecedingfromTexas

    "....Boehner.........reiterated his opposition to any tax increase".
    *************************
    Watched a mini-debate on C-Span between Grover Norquist and Ed Rendell. Norquist has absolute control over
    Republicans and his "no tax" pledges they have signed. After hearing him speak, waving his hands around,
    making no sense, repeating the same thing over and over, I am amazed the Republicans have allowed him to lead them down the garden path. He is inarticulate and arrogant at the same time. The Republicans are idiots for listening
    to this man and putting his "agenda" ahead of the need for American solutions. Dumbfounded might be a better word
    after listening to this jerk. I don't want to hear him again, but now I know, and he is scarey.

    September 18, 2011 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  13. Dr.K.

    The Republicans have a very two-faced but effective strategy of convincing Americans that they must break their backs and run their country into the ground to protect the mostly invisible wealthy giants that control 98% of the country's wealth. Their small business hand-wringing and "average American family" talk is meaningless – it is cynical and insincere condescension.

    September 18, 2011 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  14. terry,va

    Obummie the fool knows the only way he can come close to re-election is to have class warfare. He knows that 50% of the country doesn't pay federal taxes and he knows that a large percentage of those people get refunds on top of not paying any federal taxes. How does this work? The answer is Obummie wants to steal more money from those that work to get ahead to give to those that don't. He knows that he has a large base of people that are jealous of people that have stuff and don't care if he steals from the rich so their unemployment checks can roll in for 3 years, and they get their welfare and foodstamps. These same people get the same civil liberities, drive on the same road, get the same police and fire protection I get. I say everyone that makes any money should be taxed or they shouldn't have a say in anything that happens in this country. That's right Obummie supporters. It is easy to say tax the rich more because you don't have any skin in the game. If you did the answer would be different.

    September 18, 2011 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  15. Vaman

    Come on face it, American needs HELP. Regardless if they are republican or democrat! The problem is it is the republican party heads who do not want the tax hike for the wealthy american, it is not the actual wealthy people. They understand but this stupid tea beggars DO not get it.

    September 18, 2011 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  16. Dr.K.

    The Republicans have a very two-faced but effective strategy of convincing Americans that they must break their backs and run their country into the ground to protect the mostly invisible wealthy giants that control 98% of the country's wealth. Their small business hand-wringing and "average American family" talk is meaningless – it is cynical and insincere condescension.

    September 18, 2011 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  17. Ernie

    Dick Durbin is a moron, not only does he not get involved in any of Obama's issues concerning job creation all he does is just hang on Obama's coat tails. All Dick Durbin does is belly ache, everyone in Illinois know that Dick Durbin is a do nothing senator. He's done nothing to help create jobs in Illinois. All Dick Durbin is, is Harry Reid's yes man and lap dog. I have not seen Dick Durbin do anything or even try to help solve problems all he does is yak, yak, yak. Dick Durbin is the "Yak Man" he does a lot of talking but doesn't do anything. So everytime Dick Durbin opens his mouth I either turn the channel or turn him off because I don't want to hear what he says because eveything he says dosen't make any sense. So Dick Durbin should stop talking and start doing, there's an old saying "Actions speak louder than words" this is something that Dick Durbin doesn't know how to do. All he know who to do is collect a pay check. Everyone from Illinois should be calling Dick Durbin and tell him that no one is going to vote for him, then you'll see some action from. Like I said he's Harry Reid's "Yak Man and Lap Dog.

    September 18, 2011 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  18. Four and The Door

    If anyone does not think that a key part of obama's 2012 campaign is to incite hatred of fellow Americans through class distinction, read the posts on this board and count how successful he is being. The wealthy are Americans who have built businesses and have created a vast majority of the jobs that are left in this economy. They do already pay the majority of taxes collected by the federal government. But that's not enough. And Obama going after the poor is like trying to squeeze water out of a rock. He will try to squeeze the ones that are paying the bills now even harder so he can blow another few $trillion on his way out. Don't hate people who have been successful. They do not deserve it. Do not let Obama drive us apart like this. We are all in it together.

    September 18, 2011 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  19. independent

    And there should be a higher tax rate for those earning 100 million, those earning 500 million and those earning a billion. It is ridiculous that all the tax rates 10-35 are squeezed in between $1 and $350k and stay the same after that.

    September 18, 2011 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  20. Sam

    The GOP has been waging war on the middle class since Reagan was president. How come Graham doesn't
    mention THAT class warfare?

    September 18, 2011 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  21. Linda Pochmerski

    Media must continually post the GOPs insistance to harbor the rich; the American voters need make it their allegiance to this country to vote them out.

    September 18, 2011 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  22. ahetch

    We went to war and reduced taxes. We kept this up for 10 years and now we wonder why we're in trouble?

    September 18, 2011 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  23. edpeters

    Of course BoneHead knows what he is doing, he is creating fear in Democrats so they won't support Obama's Jobs Bill. He is insuring that his congressional campaigns are well financed (the middle class and poor don't donate nearly as much as the rich and corporation)! You may think BoneHead is an idiot, he's not, he just plays the part of one to keep his finances intact and insuring he has a high paying Lobbyist job when the people of Ohio smarten-up..

    September 18, 2011 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  24. Jerry

    Was anyone expecting any thing else from the spend and tax Democrats? This idiot is just another NObama lapdog. Spend, tax, spend, tax, spend, tax... Will it ever end? Not until NObama and his ilk are booted out of office!

    America, remember 2012. YES, I am a life-long Democrat!

    September 18, 2011 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  25. valerie

    Republicans and the Wall Street criminals are partners to make Americans miserable until the 2012 election and then these corporations will hire people. This is politics at its worst. Compromises by Obama have been made. The right wing refuses because they are puppets of Wall Street and they have the dummies with a household income of $100k thinking they are rich and should be supporting Republicans. The rich laugh about this all the time.

    September 18, 2011 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
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