White House challenges Republican payroll tax plan
December 12th, 2011
06:09 PM ET
3 years ago

White House challenges Republican payroll tax plan

Washington (CNN) – Republicans demanding specific ideological provisions as part of a deal to extend the payroll tax cut appear to be going against their party's anti-tax orthodoxy, White House spokesman Jay Carney said Monday.

Asked by reporters about a Republican plan to maintain the reduced payroll tax rate for another year, Carney questioned why the party that traditionally supports tax cuts is driving such a hard bargain on one that helps American workers and their families.

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  1. vet in texas

    in 2008, 137 million people voted in the election. In 2010, 97 million people voted in the election (fact). Now, of the 97 million in 2010, ALL conservative/TP/independent, etc. voted probably 95% based on the anger and propaganda of the TP and fox.

    Question all of the posters here have to ask themselves, is how many of the 40 million who didn't vote in 2010 will vote for any of the candidates in a general election? Don't forget that there has been an influx of newly 18 year olds, the voters in WI, OH, and FL who are unhappy with their current governors agenda, and the seniors who see the Ryan plan as evil.......

    You won't be able to blame this one on ACORN, you have to blame your list of candidates and the actions of the GOP congress.

    I can only go back as far as Reagan, and what I've noticed is the winner's of the presidency have to have more personality than whom they are running against. Obama is still very popular as a likable person, and none of the runners have as much personality as him. Example, Clinton vs. H.W. and W vs. Kerry. Reagan had more than Carter, and W had more than Gore. Use this as a template and be honest, that's who will win in 2012.

    December 12, 2011 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  2. Namejkane

    Can't wait till Nov. 2012 to throw these teabag losers out for good the clowns prove every day that they don't represent the American people.

    December 12, 2011 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  3. Four and The Door

    The problem is that cutting the funding for Social Security when the program is already in financial trouble makes very little sense. But I guess for Obama with a very low approval rating going into the election year somehow he believes this makes sense. Do people really believe that Obama cares at all what happens to Social Security when he de-funds it to try and buy votes for his election?

    December 12, 2011 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  4. The Publicans are Crazy

    All Federal Workers need to wake up. Obama froze their wages his first year. Now, the Publicans want to freeze them for the next 3 years. They want to have unemployment tied to high school diplomas & drug tests. They haven't came up with a jobs program or housing fix.

    December 12, 2011 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  5. Larry L

    When did civilian federal workers become the enemy? You'll see a "brain drain" of our best and brightest if salaries fall below their counter-parts on the economy. Do you want our country to be run by less talented individuals? I guess we do... we have the Congress as proof. We actually elected those losers.

    December 12, 2011 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  6. mk1

    The answer to Carney's question is very very simple, the Republicans are not now, nor have they ever been interested in helping the middle class and working families of America. They are wholly bought and paid for by business and corporate interests and owe their entire existence to their masters. It has never ceased to amaze me that middle America could possibly vote Republican which is no question a vote against their best interests.

    December 12, 2011 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |