Boehner lays down a marker on taxes
November 6th, 2012
10:50 PM ET
1 year ago

Boehner lays down a marker on taxes

Washington (CNN) - Shortly after multiple networks projected that Republicans would retain control of the House, Speaker John Boehner took to the stage with a message that looked ahead to the battle over the fiscal cliff - the GOP isn't budging on taxes.

"With this vote, the American people have also made clear that there is no mandate for raising tax rates," Boehner told supporters at the Ronald Reagan building in Washington.

CNN reported Tuesday night that it was mathematically impossible for the GOP to win back control of the Senate, while President Barack Obama won re-election to a second term.

Congress returns next week for the lame duck session. It faces major decisions about how it will head off the series of automatic spending cuts that are set to go into effect at the beginning of next year, and the Bush era tax cuts that are due to expire at the end of December.


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soundoff (206 Responses)
  1. Derrick May

    And this is exactly why you lost yet another presidential election. Stop it already. Wake up. This is not what the people want. They want leadership, not extortionist.

    November 7, 2012 02:45 am at 2:45 am |
  2. Chuck

    Wake up! We have a budget deficit and it needs to be filled through compromise from both sides!

    November 7, 2012 02:49 am at 2:49 am |
  3. Greater Good

    Yeah, that 3% tax increase will just crush our billionaires.

    November 7, 2012 02:49 am at 2:49 am |
  4. Halsy

    The only reason we're ever in this mess is solely the domain of the GOP. Trickle down economics have never worked, trickle up does. It's been proven around the globe again and again. Starting needless wars for the military-industrial complex and big oil? Par for the course. Trying to change things for the better? Not with the obstructionist GOP in the way.

    November 7, 2012 02:50 am at 2:50 am |
  5. Steve

    You will capitulate. You have been defeated and the consequence is that you are commanded to change. Its not a question. Its a command. In return, you'll get some concessions, but you will tow the line, because the people have spoken, Like it or not, that is the fact.

    November 7, 2012 02:51 am at 2:51 am |
  6. Dan

    Wow, not even one full day after a historical election in which democracy prevailed over corporate greed and an unprecedented attack on liberty... and the babies over at the GOP are still laying down markers saying they are unwilling to compromise. Can't the GOP learn anything? The people HAVE spoken. THEY WANT compromise. They WANT solutions, and that requires working together. Working together John doesn't mean one side gets everything. It means you give up something and the other side gives up something. In fact, the overwhelming MAJORITY of the country accepts that major cuts should be paired with increases in taxes for the wealthiest Americans. That's what's fair and that's what will work. Stop being babies GOP, grow up.

    November 7, 2012 02:51 am at 2:51 am |
  7. Tim/Canada

    The American people have spoken, Mr. Boehner! Obama ran on higher taxes for the wealthy and the country just voted him in. To ignore that fact is to give the preverbial middle finger to the American people. This isn't 2010 anymore and the Tea Party is done so ...forget your "pledge" to Grover, Norquest is irrelevant as of today.

    November 7, 2012 02:55 am at 2:55 am |
  8. Robyn

    As one of yuur constituents Mr. Boehner, I say this with great sincerity.
    Stop playing your childish political games and behaving like a spoiled jackass.
    You lost the election and the voters have spoken.
    It is time for you to work with the President to solve the problems you have created.

    The American people and the people of Southwestern Ohio hired you to do your job.
    NOW DO IT! or by God we will put you out and find someone who will.

    November 7, 2012 02:55 am at 2:55 am |
  9. danDenver

    I've heard worse. I remember Bob Dole on election night of Clinton's first term that his party would stand against everything Clinton tried to do. What the house republicans need to think about is that while Obama didn't win a huge mandate, what he did win was the acknowledgement that all our problems don't belong on his doorstep. The strategy of obstructionism to make Obama a one term president didn't work. If they want to maintain and grow their party, they need to be seen as doing something, because just standing in the way isn't making the other party go away.

    November 7, 2012 02:56 am at 2:56 am |
  10. retirednomore

    Sounds like the plan that Hoover used to lead us into the depression of the 30s.

    November 7, 2012 03:03 am at 3:03 am |
  11. Lone wolf

    What is with this guy! Your tactic of "no" and no cooperation over the last 4 years cost you all the race. It seems like the right has not learned anything. We the people are tired of the anger, hate, divisiveness and unwillingness of the Republicans to work with the President.

    November 7, 2012 03:04 am at 3:04 am |
  12. Synthetically Thought...

    You would think that the resounding results, historical at that, would be a wake up call to Boehner and McConnell. Yet, they are starting out this 2nd term the exact same way they did the first: obstinate, in denial and willing to obstruct the progress of the nation.

    November 7, 2012 03:07 am at 3:07 am |
  13. Danny

    Republicans need to get it through their thick skulls that "We the people" are done with welfare for the rich!

    November 7, 2012 03:09 am at 3:09 am |
  14. mary

    Yes, here we go again. The fight is on by the Republicans to make sure their rich benefactors don't have to pay more taxes.Here we go again, fighting to cut programs and strong arm their way , into getting their way.
    We saw it all before.. Yes we did..
    But I think this time obama has your number.. He knows you will NOT compromise .. And he is ready for the fight ..
    Once you understand these guys do NOT care about the success of the country or the people in it.. YOu have a huge advantage in how you deal with them.

    November 7, 2012 03:12 am at 3:12 am |
  15. Synthetically Thought...

    What does it say when the incumbent is re-elected even when unemployment is above 5%? What does it say when independents unexpectedly cast their vote for a Dem incumbent? What does it say when the swing states swung the other way unexpectedly? It says the GOP is officially and truly out of touch, even with their own base.

    November 7, 2012 03:13 am at 3:13 am |
  16. BD70

    What was our representative in NYS was voted out. One tea partier down....Boehner needs to get the others under control and stop this nonsense of not raising taxes. Work with Obama to fix this country....remember in two years even if you remain...you may not have the majority when all is said and done.

    November 7, 2012 03:21 am at 3:21 am |
  17. JimfromBham

    Unfortunately, until local Congressional Districts get rid of people like Bachmann and Ryan, we will have the Tea Party to cause problems.

    November 7, 2012 03:22 am at 3:22 am |
  18. JesseT

    Everyone needs to pay taxes that benefit from government spending. Payroll taxes are not a real tax–it's insurance premiums that one benefits from when they retire.

    November 7, 2012 03:28 am at 3:28 am |
  19. Stan

    Our first constitution was the Articles of Confederation. It was based on the good intentions of limiting state taxes to the federal government. As a matter of fact, it made taxes to the federal government optional. Perhaps in a perfect society this would work, however after only seven years the Articles was abolished and replaced by the federally centered U.S. Constitution. So in fact, taxes can be considered a necessary evil, with the emphasis on the word, "necessary."

    Boehner and the rest of the un-American GOP Congress are simply not calling themselves tea people but in fact are embracing the tea party principle of just saying no. I believe that if they don't start compromising, the independents will continue to speak as they did during this election and vote these guys out of office.

    November 7, 2012 03:29 am at 3:29 am |
  20. Thinking Texan

    Boehner it is over, step aside.

    Romney outsourced your job to Ryan.

    You are too old and liberal, for the tea party suicide march.

    November 7, 2012 03:38 am at 3:38 am |
  21. Taxpayer

    Taxing "the rich" even at 100% will not solve the deficit problems. We need spending cuts.

    November 7, 2012 03:42 am at 3:42 am |
  22. Brchwood

    Boehner is exposing the true intent of his heart...... empty....

    November 7, 2012 03:44 am at 3:44 am |
  23. 40acres

    Really....this guy's party just got spanked and he's laying down markers. Keep it up Boener and your party will cease to exist for at least a generation. You better look like your trying to help or we will all know you are just a bunch of pouty babies. Grow up and do your job.

    November 7, 2012 03:51 am at 3:51 am |
  24. adam

    I don't understand why Congress don't use Bill Clinton's tax and economic plan. According to history, Bill left office with a big surplus. Bush left Obama a biggest recession, which was resulted from his tax cut plan. Use the best model (Clinton) and get rid of the worse one (Bush). It's funny that the Republicans were the ones who cut taxes, spent borrowed money for 2 wars which resulted in massive debts, but Democrats are the ones that willing to pay more taxes to pay for the stuff Republicans spent but Republicans are fighting to death to not take responsibilities for their actions. Tighting up spending but you still have to pay more taxes to the government so that they can pay off the debts. This generation borrowed money, this generation has to pay back the debts. Plain and simple.

    November 7, 2012 03:53 am at 3:53 am |
  25. Patrick Blake

    The final votes have yet to be tallied, but it's obvious the Republican controlled Congress id satisfied with business as usual...in other words, "do nothing", fight the President and his party at every turn, and pray we can make it through the next 4 years. They are setting the tone for 2016, in hopes of another shot at the White House.

    As much as I hate to say it, the time has come to give Eric Cantor a shot at the Speaker of The House job, because obviously Boehner won't make any changes to improve our lot.

    November 7, 2012 03:54 am at 3:54 am |
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