Boehner defends payroll tax deal
February 15th, 2012
11:52 AM ET
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Boehner defends payroll tax deal

Washington (CNN) – House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, defended Wednesday the decision to move forward with a roughly $100 billion payroll tax cut extension that is not paid for, arguing that it was the only way to prevent a tax hike.

"We were not going to allow Democrats to continue to play games and cause a tax increase for hardworking Americans," Boehner told reporters on Capitol Hill. "We made a decision to bring them to the table so that the games would stop and we would get this worked out."

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  1. w l jones

    That a goog deed by Mr. Boehner for the America people adding 700 billion dollars to our economy for one year. Think of jobs and family again think you. Bless.

    February 15, 2012 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  2. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    FYI: The U.S. is not a member of OPEC. I just laugh when people blame any President of the U.S. for gas increases instead of blaming OPEC.

    February 15, 2012 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  3. DesMoiner

    It's ironic that amerika decided that Iran cannot possess nuclear weapons when amerika has them and is the only country to ever use them. I wonder how we would feel if someone told us what to do with our nuclear weapons. Amerika's hubris will be its undoing. This country can no longer afford being the world's policeman, nor does it legitimately possess that authority. Lately we've become good at only one thing, bombing brown people halfway around the world to protect our "interests". What an illusion.

    February 15, 2012 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  4. Nelson Colorado Springs Co.

    Boehner should have did this long time ago. Did the Republican drop the oil pipe line?

    February 15, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  5. Pam from Iowa

    to PaOutOfWork : you must have just gotten your drivers license in 2007 then, since you obviously dont remember paying almost $4 a gallon under GW Bush's reign! You dont remember that is when the Great Recession started – when GW Bush allowed BigOil to ream the citizens of this country with un-checked price increases at the pump after Katrina!
    The recession started then as no one could afford to pay their bills after they filled their gas tanks! But on the flip side – Exxon posted their biggest quarterly revenues during GW's reign! Gee – do ya think the price increases had anything to do with that??

    February 15, 2012 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  6. Blink

    Its a winner as Boehner got a good deal. I will take the tax cut and it decouples it from another expansion in unemployment benefits and some other crazy Democratic spending. Notice its only for year until the sheep want to give our loser President another 4 years for all the taxes he wants to raise through the end of the Bush tax cuts and the Buffet rule (what a goat).

    February 15, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  7. Fair is Fair

    Claudia, Houston, Tx

    FYI: The U.S. is not a member of OPEC. I just laugh when people blame any President of the U.S. for gas increases instead of blaming OPEC
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    I blame him. All he would have to do is publicly announce he was taking a complete, "all of the above" approach to US energy policy – INCLUDING expanded natural gas, nuclear, and oil drilling offshore, Alaska, and the Dakotas, and the price on the international market would tumble. Dramatically.

    February 15, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  8. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    But, they are going to have a problem pushing for something that most Americans are against, especially with the economy in full recovery mode come November.
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    Interesting you think record unemployment levels for record lengths of time resulting in massive numbers of people dropping out of the labor force is "full recovery mode". And I thought Joe Biden said the Summer of 2010 was recovery summer? Lied to again. The only real recovery will start in January 2013 shortly after Obama gets on the plane back to Chicago.

    BTW, paying for this tax cut, which is social security money, should consist of cuts in social security spending, NOT increased tax on somebody else. Of course Obama and the Democrats would never cut spending, let alone social securiry spending. To them it all about shifting the tax burden from A to B. Smoke and mirrors people. Democrats are ALL about smoke and mirrors. Don't expect fiscal honesty. They only know fiscal deceit.

    February 15, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  9. The GOP opens mouth and inserts foot

    The Democrats are serious. It's the GOP and their ilk that are playing games with Americans. They're trying to knock us over like dominos.

    February 15, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  10. Marie MD

    @GIJoe. I agree with you. I think bo ner's brain is beyond saving. That extra drink or two or three a day finally caught up with him.
    As if the teapublikans care a hoot about hard working Americans. The party of hell no wouldnt know hard work if it hit them in the face! They should also know about playing games with our world rating, taxes and health care, religion and just plain civil liberty rights.
    I am sure they get very serious when helping their rich friends!!!

    February 15, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  11. Four and The Door

    I'm not disappointed at Speaker Boehner for giving in on this payroll tax issue. I'm disappointed at so many Americans for being pulled into the idea that this is the right thing to do now. But who can blame them? Cash now or Social Security later when who knows if I'll even be around when I'm 62? I could get hit by a bus in 3 years. Cash now. Cash good. Let someone else figure out sometime later how to fund Social Security. Cash now. Cash Good.

    February 15, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  12. Chumlee

    Hello cry-baby Boehner. Do you think Americans have short memories, and that they forgot the GOP's fierce
    opposition to this tax break for 160+ American workers?

    You might appear to be one of the dumbest members of Congress, but the American people are miles higher in
    intelligence and knowledge than you and your obstructionists.

    February 15, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  13. Phil

    I guess diplomacy is why OBama is having our Bunker Busting bombs retrofitted to reach further underground. Get a grip liberals. We are going to war with these terrorist. Saying please did not work.

    February 15, 2012 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  14. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote:

    I blame him. All he would have to do is publicly announce he was taking a complete, "all of the above" approach to US energy policy – INCLUDING expanded natural gas, nuclear, and oil drilling offshore, Alaska, and the Dakotas, and the price on the international market would tumble. Dramatically.
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    Better check your history. The price of oil doesn't follow supply/demand curves. It tracks greed and monopolies. Why do you think we had all of the "global oil shortages" in the 1970s? Several reasons come to mind. All of the stuff that you mentioned, but mainly because the US was building the Alaska pipeline, which promised to lower oil prices in the US.

    The closer we came to building it, the higher prices would go. The more we backed away from it, the lower prices would go. The same is true with alternative energy. Carter pursued it aggresively and oil prices went skyrocketing. Reagan came along and shut down Carter's new cabinet post, Dep't of Energy, and prices dropped.

    February 15, 2012 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  15. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Rudy NYC - I guess that explains why Switzerland is always being attacked in your world. In the real world,
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    Honestly Rudy... Note sure which is more ridiculous. You comparing the USA, the worlds only super power, to Switzerland, or Sniffy comparing the USA to Norway. Maybe someday you'll understand the USA does have some global responsibilities, like it or not. The UN is a global joke. The world cannot afford the USA to be one too. Unless of course you long for the good old days of World Wars?

    February 15, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  16. Rudy NYC

    Truth wrote:

    BTW, paying for this tax cut, which is social security money, should consist of cuts in social security spending, NOT increased tax on somebody else.
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    Social Security has its' own fund, which is completely separate from the general revenue fund. That's why demanding spending cuts in general revenue is misrepresenting the facts. Unfortunately, the general fund has left trillions of IOUs in the SS fund. China own only 8% of our debt. Japan owns the most at 9%. The American people (the SSI fund) owns more than 75% of the debt.

    February 15, 2012 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    Fair is Fair

    Claudia, Houston, Tx

    FYI: The U.S. is not a member of OPEC. I just laugh when people blame any President of the U.S. for gas increases instead of blaming OPEC
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    I blame him.
    ===========================

    Not too suprising, coming from you. You've been on Obama's case since the day he was elected President.

    February 15, 2012 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  18. Rhett

    Claudia, Houston, Tx

    FYI: The U.S. is not a member of OPEC. I just laugh when people blame any President of the U.S. for gas increases instead of blaming OPEC.
    ___________________________________________________________________________________________

    OPEC shoulders some but I think everyone in the state of Texas knows that our Presidents energy policy is crippling. I find it humorous you live in a place surrounded by oil companies and refineries and sound like a northeastern environmentalist. I am just glad you are not issuing drilling permits iin our great state. II'd complain but at $100/bl for oil most of us are content to say nothinggggg.

    February 15, 2012 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  19. The Real Tom Paine

    Rudy, Truth operates in a world where our country is on par with Greece and Sweden. The cons have also take inspiration from Chile ( remember 999?). They can't even provide decent examples to argue with us on.

    February 15, 2012 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  20. Malory Archer

    PAoutofWork, you are your own worst enemy. Perhaps your crappy attitude is the reason you're out of work. If you're half as nasty in job interviews (that is assuming you're actually trying to find a job) as you come across here, I wouldn't hire you.

    Here's a thought – instead of blaming the government for your station in life, perhaps you should get off your computer and go look for a job. My husband left one job 18 months ago for another paying 30% more. He's gotten one raise and several bonuses since then, and is in line for a promotion. He shows up for work everyday and always has a positive outlook, even when tasked with something that "isn't in the job description". Unless you're willing to do the same, you will continue to be out of work through nobody's fault but your own.

    February 15, 2012 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  21. Rick McDaniel

    Indefensible.

    February 15, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  22. once upon a horse

    PAoutof work........

    the party YOU support is the one that says if you're unemployed it's YOUR fault. I remember Herman Cain saying it and the right wing room gave him a standing ovation. Just saying....

    February 15, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
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