DeMint on jobs bill: Senate Democrats are bluffing
October 5th, 2011
09:38 PM ET
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DeMint on jobs bill: Senate Democrats are bluffing

Washington (CNN) - GOP Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina said he's calling a fellow senator's bluff.

When Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Wednesday said that he is ready to revisit President Barack Obama's jobs bill because Senate Democrats "have figured out a new way to pay for it," DeMint not only scoffed at the new proposal, but also the idea that Democrats widely support it.

"I think they're bluffing," DeMint said to CNN Chief National Correspondent John King.

Reid said on Capitol Hill Wednesday that the new plan would include a 5% tax increase on those making more than $1 million "to fund job creation and ensure the country's economic success."

But DeMint argued the premise behind the payment strategy for the America Jobs Act - that there is "this permanent class of rich people in America" who would be able to endure the proposed 5% tax increase - is not sustainable. He expressed concern that the tax would burden job-creators.

In addition to being against the jobs bill and the new payment strategy, DeMint said he's not buying that there is much support among Senate Democrats, saying on CNN's "John King, USA" that "this is probably a nonstarter with a lot of Democrats."

Several Senate Democratic leaders on Wednesday expressed their support for the plan, while Republican leaders said they would work to block any tax increases.

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Filed under: Harry Reid • Jim DeMint • Jobs • President Obama • TV-John King U.S.A.
soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I hope the Democrats are able to pass the bill and get this jobs bil passed. There is no real reason to postpone it. Why can't they understand what is going on and what this will do?

    October 5, 2011 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Creme DeMint just doe not get it. It is a matter of fairness, and it is time for the wealthiest Americans to help pay for all their gifts under Bush. The permanent class of richest Americans would not be able to sustain a 5% surcharge? These richest have already proven they are not job creators, and 99% of us can no longer pay for their tax breaks.

    October 5, 2011 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  3. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    this is why the approval rating for Congress has gone from 13% TO 11% and it seems these folks there either just don't get it or just don't CARE. Ever since the Tea Party took over the house NOTHING has gotten doen and the Congress has gone down the drain. People want action not all this finger pointing and saying who is bluffing who. You can blame Obama all you want for the problems in America but having to deal with a "DO NOTHING" Congress is an issue he has little control over.

    October 5, 2011 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  4. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    Harry Reid KNOWS the Democrats won't vote for this albatross bill which is why he hasn't brought it up for a vote. Flushing another half trillion dollars down the Obama tiolet doesn't have anybody getting in line. They also know Obama is a one termer and its every man for himself.

    October 5, 2011 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  5. Just a thought

    This is clear repudiation of those out of work. Now were are talking "...I double dog dare anyone to do anything about the jobs situation"

    The GOP/Tea freaks are unashamedly telling the America people, that they don't care about americans. Is this patriotism from the party that coined that phrase?

    If you have a family member, a friend or friends, even an aquaintance that has fallen on tough times and needs a job, YOUR RESPONSIBILITY AND LOYAL TO THOSE PEOPLE, IS VOTE A STRAIGHT DEMOCRATIC TICKET.

    October 5, 2011 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  6. T'sah from Virginia

    ►"this permanent class of rich people in America" who would be able to endure the proposed 5% tax increase – is not sustainable. He expressed concern that the tax would burden job-creators.◄
    HE EXPRESSED THAT TAX WOULD BURDEN JOB-CREATORS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! But no once is creating jobs now??? What burden is the tax increase creating?

    I heard a small business owner state that he DOES NOT create jobs!! He said that he is in business for himself – like MOST “true” small business owners are – and he does not create jobs. So who are we talking about when we say “job-creators?” Is it the BIG Corps//BIG-small businesses filing as a S-Corporation?? The Republicans will continue to support the corporations as long as they live!!

    Obama/Biden 2012

    October 5, 2011 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  7. Larry L

    DeMint is a warrior in the war against the middle class. He represents the "job creators" who have had all of the tax breaks yet not only failed to produce jobs, they participated in the loss of jobs caused by the financial district's rape of America. These are the foolks who shipped the jobs offshore as they purchased the mega-yachts and mansions – while whining about the tax rate on taxes they didn't actually pay. It's time for Americans to throw the Republican lap-dogs to the fabulously wealthy out in the street. They don't give a crap about the 99% – they care only for the 1%. Do the math.

    October 5, 2011 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  8. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Creme DeMint has been a very important cog in the wheel of the republican class warfare against the middle class. Notice that DeMint, McConnell and the republican dolts in congress will not stand with the middle class for payroll tax help, but are right there for their billionaire buddies?

    October 5, 2011 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  9. Spike_dawg

    Interesting the games being played while unemployment and poor are at record numbers.

    October 5, 2011 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  10. uggugg

    If Wall Street and the Billionaires are Financial Crooks that is bad news, if Wall Street and the Billionaires are a group with a Master Plan to convert Our Democratic Government into a Communist type Industrial Government, where some are Very Rich and the remainder are Very Poor as Communist China is, we will throw the bums out. The more they unveil their true feelings and ambitions, the quicker we will know. In my life time, I have never seen Industry badmouth and bully our Government so much, since many parts of our industry as a whole are responsible for the financial debacle we’ve experienced.
    Osama bin Laden, in his early days, said he will break America Financially. I do not condone this; I am only pointing out a threat from years ago. Billionaires through greed and ignoring the signs of which put us in the financial ditch, have come out of the ditch as the Richest people on earth, at the same time using their Bully Tactics on Politicians to get even richer, which is actually helping Osama bin Laden’s cause, even after his death. Osama bin Laden’s plan of breaking America by causing us to go to war, (which much of these expenses were never truthfully revealed and were hidden in ridicules categories, where much was stolen.), also think about the hyperinflation brought about by producing war machine products which are a total loss because of the war, not to mention the domestic economy which was triggered by the hype of the war machine. Maybe the war machine causes the real trickledown economics President Regan talked so much about. Profiteers in the domestic economy made Billions while the working class made barely enough to pay their living expenses and now there are under attack by the Billionaires demanding they compete with Foreign Slave Labor. The only way American workers can compete with China’s Labor is for America to form a Government like China. Is this why Industry want America to be a smaller Government? Is industry really Communist in disguise? Wow! That is scary but that is where all their actions are pointing. I believe I just discovered who the real Communist is in America. Maybe that is why they keep point and saying we liberals are heading for Socialism and Communism. Maybe that is why Real Business People hide behind others they pay big money too. That is the way it works in China. They are afraid the truth will come out. Well, in my mind the Truth is out. In China there are the very rich and the very poor. That is true Communism, and I think Industry is heading America in that direction. We may be too close to save ourselves. Industry hates Our Government; they say it is too big, they want to make Our Government Much Smaller, Maybe so they can take it over without much force. Everyone better vote for Obama or get ready to become a Communist Industrialist Country. Remember Industry is the one who likes the communist, not the Middle Class. They love them, they love doing business with them. They want the Middle Class at the same level as the Slave Labor of China. That is sad. This is what their actions show and I am a good judge at reading between the lines.

    October 5, 2011 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  11. Len

    No this is not a Bluff.......Look what is going on with the protests on wall street and throughout the country.......Wake up America the millionairea and above are not job creators....The GOP does not care about the middle class and poor. Know your history, Ronald Reagan said the rich need to pay their fair share. He raised taxes 7 times during his tenure....KNow your history and wake up.

    October 5, 2011 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  12. Dani

    Senate republicans are ignoring the will of the people.

    October 5, 2011 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  13. InsiteFX

    I am sick of all these Republican's putting down the job's bill's, When the Republican's where elected in to office it was on the promise to create more job's for the American People! But they have yet to create any job's at all, the only thing they know how to do is block everything that comes accross the table. I can just imagine what is going to happen to this country if we wnd up with a Republican President in 2012.

    October 5, 2011 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  14. BeverlyNC

    No DeMint – Democrats are NOT bluffing. They are working to help the American People while you stall, obstruct, lie, and keep working to destroy our economy for sick political games. When Republicans reach the level of hate and disregard for the American People like you have – you should resign and definitely never re-elected.

    October 6, 2011 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  15. shhhh

    Demint this not a game. Get serious. If you don't like the idea offer something to help instead of sounding like an idiot

    October 6, 2011 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  16. Shnook65

    Job creators who sit on their wealth, don't create jobs, and outsource to wherever the labor is cheapest aren't job creators, doy. Only the stupidest people defend them at no benefit to themselves. The rich don't sit in their office thinking, "How can we help America" or "How can I help get people a job"- they think of profits alone. Morons ascribe noble qualities to the rich that they don't possess. The rich would rather you were a wageless slave fenced in on their company property!

    October 6, 2011 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  17. A Democrat in North Carolina

    What happen to the urgency of we need Jobs! Jobs! Jobs!!!!! People please Stop playing games.

    October 6, 2011 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  18. DAVID IN FLORIDA

    "Job-creators" are not creating any new jobs.
    So we should tax them and give them a tax credit if they create new jobs. That is what that bill does.
    Republican double-talk again from DeMint.

    October 6, 2011 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  19. thomas

    Sen. Jim DeMint , don't play cards with peoples life's !

    You send young men and woman to war looking for WMDs that are not there, You say deficits don't mater as you spend spend spend. Then you change your stance after you ruin the economy, Now you want to deregulate the EPA and the banks, Lower tax rates for those who only ride first class .

    Don't bluff or play cards with my child's future ! It will come back to haunt you .

    October 6, 2011 02:54 am at 2:54 am |
  20. eliz umoette

    I believe all these pink pung played by the house and senate should stop. It is time to move America forward. Forget the fear of getting Obama reelected. The world can see clearly. Obama's can on do what is best for the country!

    October 6, 2011 03:14 am at 3:14 am |
  21. Marry

    Such a typical GOP story! It is always “NO”! Actually, one would not even have to write anything. If there is a program that will help the people, headlining the GOP/TP response one could just write: GOP/TP response was like we expected “NO” without further explanations!
    Can’t wait for their justifications during the election in 2012…

    October 6, 2011 03:46 am at 3:46 am |
  22. Name king

    These repugs always do damaging things to this economy then tries to blame the dems. What the hell! Hey these people need to understand that the repugs main focus is to make Obama a one term president, why do you think they keep switching positions that they've been holding for generations then demonizing that position as soon as the president comes on board. If the American people can look past all the repugs rhetoric smoke screen and look at their actions, they can easily see that they have no intention of moving this country forward if Obama will get any kind of credit. If these people are willing to allow the repugs to sabotage this country to get one man job, where do they think this party's mind frame is at when it comes to the least of us.

    October 6, 2011 07:19 am at 7:19 am |
  23. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared class war on US!

    Aww, he's worried about placing a "burden" on a bunch of alleged "job creators" who haven't actually created any jobs. Here's a question for DeMented and his GOBP deathcult of crony capitalism: What sacrifices are you calling on Big Business and the ultrarich to make along with the rest of us?

    October 6, 2011 07:22 am at 7:22 am |
  24. AlaskaPalin

    One must admire the discipline of the republicans in the house as compared to the democrats. They stood for what they believed. It is through this soldier like discipline that they are able to bring down the obama administration. Beohner outfoxed obama.

    October 6, 2011 07:32 am at 7:32 am |