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. GI Joe.

    He sure can spin - maybe when he's so dizzy, he isn't really that drunk after all.

    He's so afraid of Cantor, he'll do anything he can to keep his "big gavel". What a crock of crap.

    February 15, 2012 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  2. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE

    The only people playing games Weeper are you republicans. You've been nothing but obstructionists. Your 2 year reign of power is coming to end in November.

    February 15, 2012 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  3. Paul1st

    We can all applaud a stop to the games being played in the Congress by both sides of the aisle. It is disingenuous for Boehner to try to assign blame to only the Democrats. Separately, it is interesting to note that when it comes down to deciding which principle has a higher priority for House Republicans, no tax increases has a higher priority over no debt increases. This seems to be a strategic move to dig in against any increase in taxes for higher income levels even if it means flushing the economy down the toilet.

    February 15, 2012 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  4. vic , nashville ,tn

    "We were not going to allow Democrats to continue to play games and cause a tax increase for hardworking Americans," Boehner
    Boehner doesn’t know what he is talking
    Democrats are fighting for pay roll tax cut they are fighting for hard working Americans

    February 15, 2012 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  5. MTATL67

    Speaker Boehner needs to explain his overwhelming ineptness at leadership. His Speakership has been one failure and miscalculation after another. The only other Speaker that I can remember that was just as bad is Newt Gingrich.

    February 15, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  6. sonny chapman

    Dems.play games. Repubs. are too noble to do such things;just ask them.

    February 15, 2012 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  7. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    "We were not going to allow Democrats to continue to play games and cause a tax increase for hardworking Americans,"
    ------------------------
    Uh-huh. Even if he were telling the truth, which he's not, you can bet your mortgage payment that those "hard working Americans" that he's referring to are the 1%ers.

    February 15, 2012 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  8. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE

    I blame YOU Speaker Boehner and every member of your caucus for us losing our AAA rating and threatening us with default.

    February 15, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  9. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    The Weeping Confabulator of the House has spoken.
    Obama 2012. Seriously America.

    February 15, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  10. steve

    The Tan machine must have gone to his head, but it is so empty up there wouldn't take much, Cantor the same to much empty space to deal with.

    February 15, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  11. Lynda/Minnesota

    "We made a decision to bring them to the table so that the games would stop and we would get this worked out."

    Bit confused, isn't he? No doubt You-Tube can straighten out Boehner's monumental confusion over Republican policy making decisions discussed (and previously voted on). It's done wonders for Mr. Mitt Romney's campaign and all HIS various positions over the years.

    But, whatever you do Eric Cantor, don't get this weasel crying again...OK?

    February 15, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  12. Larry in Houston

    He has to defend it – otherwise Ohio will end up kicking him out – they (Ohio) will hold his feet to the fire – if he doesn't "Produce" – they will end up picking the next Prez – that's why they are going for the sanitarium. They will eventually re-elect Obama – and that is the state who will know who the nxt Pres will be.

    February 15, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    The most ineffective, inept and out-of-touch Speaker we have ever seen. Trying to blame the dems. for GOP obstructionism and games? What a joke. He is only concerned that the GOP ranks will be drastically thinned after Nov. 2012. They lose the House and he will be sent back to the rank and file.

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

    Expecting Democrats to agree to cut anything or pay for anything is completely against their irresponsible financial mismanagement plan for the country. They have already proven to have the financial acumen of a 1st grader.

    Yeah, better to keep the tax cut in place so the people that DO work and pay taxes will have more to contribute to Obama's opponent this fall. It will be the best investment you could possibly make in your future and the future of this country.

    February 15, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  15. once upon a horse

    I wonder if the speaker is starting to feel that "knife" Eric Cantor has at his back.

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

    Anonymous - Sorry Americans, your government does not belong to you. It has been hijacked. If you don't like it, I suggest you join OWS and take your country back
    =============================================================================================
    Yes, the answer to real world problems is to squat on private property, live with rats, deficate on cars and riot in the streets. Please grow a brain and then grow up.

    February 15, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  17. Drew

    What a load of horse dung Boehner is. They are the one who have been playing games with the economy and everyone knows it Send them all packind SAP!!

    February 15, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  18. PaOutOfWork

    So I get 2% of nothing, no job, while gas prices are up 83% since Obama took office, gas prices up 50% since the Democrats took over Congress in 2007. November 2012 is coming; the 2010 election for Democrats was a slaughter; the 2012 election cycle is going to be a massacre for Democrats.

    February 15, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  19. Rudy NYC

    Truth somebody wrote:

    Expecting Democrats to agree to cut anything or pay for anything is completely against their irresponsible financial mismanagement plan for the country. They have already proven to have the financial acumen of a 1st grader.
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    I congratulate you on your original thinking, instead of repeating FNC diatribes. You are making the same argument that Democrats have made about the Bush Tax Cuts for over a decade now. But, you missed the real point. Republicans boxed themselves in over this tax cut over Xmas, and now they see the box within the box that they've constructed for themselves.

    The BTCs expire at the end of this year, and it promises to be a divisive fight. It would be the height of hypocrisy for Republicans to demand that the BTCs be renewed without cutting spending elsewhere, while demanding that Democrats cut spending before they can enact their own tax cut.

    This move will put the Republicans into the next box within a box. They obviously plan to make extending the BTCs a major issue in the presidential race. 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.

    February 15, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  20. Fair is Fair

    Should have let it expire.

    February 15, 2012 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  21. Mikey

    "We were not going to allow Democrats to continue to play games and cause a tax increase for hardworking Americans,"

    Translation: We, the GOP, are not going to play any more games on this one item (if you think you can trust me this time), not because it is the right thing to do, but because we got such a political black eye last time. We all made a pledge not to raise taxes, and although this doesn't technically fall into that agreement (because it was really a pledge not to raise rich people's taxes), we are going to do it anyway.

    Meanwhile, we are going to criticize the President for not taking military action in Iraq. If he had taken military action, we would criticize him for that, too – by just taking the opposite position. You do remember that we screamed that he would "cut and run" and that he should "listen to the generals" and have been criticizing him for doing exactly that.

    It doesn't matter. It's not about what is best for America or the American people. We just insist that the egg be opened from the small end when the Dems are opening it from the large end and also insist that they open if from the large end anytime the Dems open if from the small end.

    February 15, 2012 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  22. rs

    The GOP will return to normal once they realize the payroll tax cut actually helps a majority of Americans, and Boehner will have to back down from yet anther "deal".

    February 15, 2012 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  23. Four and The Door

    Obama's strategy for increasing the total taxes Americans pay is elegant and he is getting more takers than you might imagine. Start with the really really wealthiest Americans! And focus not on income taxes but capital gains taxes. Oh, but compare them directly to income taxes and just keep that part quiet. Just lump them together as "Taxes". Details, right?

    Anyway, get your whole base chanting about fairness. Pay your fair share! Pay your fair share! Can you hear it?
    So start slow and just make up a Minimum Tax level ( 30% works, huh? )for these billionaires and oh, add millionaires now too. The population will gather fiercely to get these relatively small number of people to pay more more more. Can you hear the chanting? " Pay your fair share! Pay your fair share!"

    So now that the upper incomes are taken care of, use that fair share thing quickly to establish a minimum tax on everyone else. They need to pay their "fair share" now, too. Look at the huge debt level! $16 trillion! This is a problem! Let's be fair about this and have everyone be "patriotic" and pay their fair share. Isn't this what they were just screaming about? He started this latest stage on Monday. Watch how he works it in. The master.

    Romney 2012.

    February 15, 2012 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  24. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    All of this money won't even cover the increased price of gas and heating oil. Gas shooting over $3.60 a gallon for regular. Home heating oil at $3.83 a gallon. The only thing Ameircans will be "stimulating" with this money are oil producing nations. Saudi Arabia says THANKS OBAMA!

    February 15, 2012 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  25. Rudy NYC

    PaOutOfWork

    So I get 2% of nothing, no job, while gas prices are up 83% since Obama took office, gas prices up 50% since the Democrats took over Congress in 2007.
    ---------–
    Still misrepresenting the facts about the prices of oil and gas, I see. Confabulation!

    The price of gas is actually lower today than it was in 2008, when it hit $5 per gallon in some places. Then we had a financial meltdown that dropped the price under $2 per gallon on the day Pres. Obama was sworn in.

    The price of gas rose in 2008, not 2007, because the Saudis sharply cut back their production. The Saudis didn't like all of the Iraqi citizens being killed during The Surge. Don't you remember when George W. Bush made his trip to Saudi Arabia to convince them to increase their production?

    February 15, 2012 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
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