GOP uses campaign tactics of its own ahead of Obama trip
November 30th, 2012
08:55 AM ET
7 months ago

GOP uses campaign tactics of its own ahead of Obama trip

(CNN) – President Barack Obama's trip Friday to a toy factory outside Philadelphia was getting negative reviews from Republicans before he even left town – House Speaker John Boehner accused Obama on Thursday of taking a "victory lap" instead of getting serious about budget negotiations.

Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California, the number three House Republican, released a video Friday profiling another small business owner in Pennsylvania who says Obama's pledge to raise taxes on families making more than $250,000 per year would harm entrepreneurs.

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"This notion of $250,000 being the top 2% or the wealthy people in America ignores the way most small businesses work in America," Jerry Gorski says in the spot. He owns Gorski Engineering, located 15 miles from the toy manufacturing plant where Obama will speak Friday.

"We just went through a horrible climate where our work was off 40%. We had to lay people off. We have trucks that have super high mileage. We have ten-year-old technology for our computers," Gorski continues in the web video from McCarthy, the Majority Whip.

"We went through every bit of money that we set aside for a rainy day but it's been a long rainy day," he continues. "And now our company has figured out how to survive in this economy and how to be successful in this economy and the first thing we want to do with any income I have is tax it? That's uncertainty."

McCarthy said in a statement Obama was flying to Pennsylvania "in full campaign mode to make the argument to the American people that tax rate increases are the only solution to our nation's economic woes."

"He's wrong. What our country needs is a boost in economic growth so our job creators, like Jerry Gorski, can start hiring again," McCarthy said.

A White House official said the trip was meant to highlight a business that "depends on middle class consumers" and would see business decrease if taxes are raised on middle-income Americans.

The dueling messages speak to each side's goals in negotiating a deal to avoid the so-called "fiscal cliff," which would slash budgets and trigger an increase in taxes at the end of the year. Democrats say taxes must be raised on upper-income earners, while tax breaks for middle class families should be extended. Republicans agree that middle class families should maintain lower tax rates, but disagree that rates should rise for top earners.

The GOP opposition stems from the fact that many small businesses file taxes on an individual return, meaning an increase in taxes for top earners would affect the rates they pay. Republicans also claim the people and businesses earning north of $250,000 are "job creators," and that raising their tax burden would slow hiring.

During the presidential campaign, Obama pushed back on those arguments, saying "97 percent of small businesses fall under the $250,000 threshold."

He said in July his tax proposals weren't about "taxing job creators, this is about helping job creators. I want to give them relief. I want to give those 97 percent a sense of permanence."

He hammered rival Mitt Romney for using the "small business" argument against higher taxes, saying it was merely an attempt to protect the country's wealthiest businessmen.

"Under Governor Romney's definition, there are a whole bunch of millionaires and billionaires who are small businesses," Obama said at the first presidential debate. "Donald Trump is a small business. Now, I know Donald Trump doesn't like to think of himself as small anything - but that's how you define small businesses if you're getting business income."


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soundoff (41 Responses)
  1. Lynda/Minnesota

    "He's wrong. What our country needs is a boost in economic growth so our job creators, like Jerry Gorski, can start hiring again," McCarthy said."

    "His" job creators got one of the biggest tax cuts in history from GW and still didn't create jobs. Some called it "trickle down" economics. Others described it as "voodoo" economics. What those job creators did do was to sit on the biggest corporate profit margins in history while the little people lost their jobs, their pensions, their health insurance, their homes, and their dignity.

    And here come the corporate raiders and lobbyists ... looking for more and more government handouts ... all the while promising NEW jobs, MORE jobs ... if only.

    November 30, 2012 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  2. Thomas

    Kevin McCarthy and Darrell Issa of California need to be voted out in two years.
    "Donald Trump is a small business. Now, I know Donald Trump doesn't like to think of himself as small anything – but that's how you define small businesses if you're getting business income."

    House Speaker John Boehner accused Obama on Thursday of taking a "victory lap" instead of getting serious about budget negotiations.

    This is your last lap at Speaker , Mr Boehner . THANKS FO THE OBSTRUCTION

    November 30, 2012 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  3. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    released a video Friday profiling another small business owner in Pennsylvania who says Obama's pledge to raise taxes on families making more than $250,000 per year would harm entrepreneurs.
    -------------------------------------------------
    Must've been a leftover video from Willard's successful campaign for the presidency.
    After a month of moaning and groaning, crying and whining, post-mortems and eulogies, and just incredibly classless loss-induced, envy-tinged tantrums the Republican Party hasn't learned a single thing from their November 6th butt whipping.
    And that is such a shame.
    Forward America!

    November 30, 2012 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  4. Sandy C

    As a business owner, it's always a struggle to keep up w/ all the changes and attempting to keep your business stablle (profitable) HOWEVER, taxes are progressive. Meaning when profit is down you PAY less and vice versa. The point is in the BIG picture, the amount of EXTRA taxes I might pay don't really make THAT much difference! That doesn't mean I LIKE it when I see how much it was, but to understand the extra $$ does really change the way I do business. STOP all the whining!! We (business owners) have a pretty darn good life. HARD but rewarding!!

    November 30, 2012 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  5. Rick McDaniel

    Obama leaves town, whenever there is serious business to attend to. He orders his henchmen to go do battle, while he goes out to visit with staunch supporters.

    He is a coward.

    November 30, 2012 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  6. The Real Tom Paine

    Is this yet another company that has taken out a Small Business Administration loan, or is currently taking advantage of some other government program? The GOP record on honesty in these ads does not leave them with anything to stand on.

    November 30, 2012 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  7. jkane sfl gop mascots the blubbering slobs allen west rover nitwitquest rick scott ,carl rove and donald dump ??????

    I guess the gop creep party thinks the president shouldn't tell the American people the truth about their continued obstruction to save a small tax increase by the 2% of the country and rover nitwitquest that the fools represent. The gop and norquest will be give in 2014, count on it !!!!!

    November 30, 2012 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  8. Washington Is Out Of Touch with reality

    its all obamas fault and no one elses, obama is useless

    November 30, 2012 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  9. The Real Tom Paine

    -Rick McDaniel

    Obama leaves town, whenever there is serious business to attend to. He orders his henchmen to go do battle, while he goes out to visit with staunch supporters.

    He is a coward.
    **********************
    If he were a conservative, you would be congratulating him on how he delegates his authority. If you really think he is out of contact with what is going on, I suggest you remember Dan Quayle's comment that the president is never unaware of what is going on, even when he is out of town.

    November 30, 2012 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  10. dreamer96

    Henry Ford started his business and paid high taxes......so again the GOP are not telling the truth...

    November 30, 2012 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  11. Dan5404

    I believe it is Congress that passes laws,so it is up to congress to do the haggling over details after a president presents a plan. It's the GOP's turn to present a plan now.

    November 30, 2012 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  12. Honestly?

    Mr. Boehner, get off your high-entitled horse and get to work. Step down off of the Soap Box! This entire 'can't tax the top' junk has had its run. No one wants to pay taxes. 99% of us don't have enough money to open up a Swiss bank account. I watched your press conference yesterday. What a joke.

    True and serious job creators will create jobs no matter what and prosper if the goods they have are worth buying. I work for a small business that hires and thrives in a rural part of AZ. We don't spend our time thinking about tax doom and gloom. We spend our time thinking about customers and providing the best services we can. You know what? It works.

    November 30, 2012 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  13. Mr. Moderate

    Simple fact, under the previous tax rates, the ones the right is saying are so damaging, the economy created 23 million jobs. Since the rates have been cut to the current levels, employment nationwide has fallen. When you are talking about cutting the top rate from 70 to 35% like Reagan did, you probably have a point about the stimulative effect. But last 20 years have proven that 35 or 39% really does not make that much of a difference with economic growth. The Congressional Research Service proved that point much to the outrage of the right.

    November 30, 2012 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  14. plain&simple

    Do your job congress....you complain and complain about Obama....then you want him to take you by your quivering little hands to lead you? So you can bite it? Wise up and make a decision....if congress were to run a small business like they do their jobs,they'd be in the unemployment line!!!!

    November 30, 2012 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  15. conniesz

    I guess the GOP didn't learn anything from the election. What they should have learned is the people aren't buying what they're selling when it comes to taxes on the upper few percent. I personally believe each income group should pay taxes proportionate the the proportion of the wealth they own (yes, I do know the difference between income and wealth and I think it is time to start taxing wealth because not doing so has led to hoarding and greed).

    In any case – the same tactics that lost the presidential election will not win this financial battle – so I guess I'm glad that's the path they're taking because we already know it doesn't work.

    November 30, 2012 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  16. jkane sfl gop mascots the blubbering slobs allen west rover nitwitquest rick scott ,carl rove and donald dump ??????

    Does anybody out there care if they raise taxes on the likes of romney the tax cheat while he and his friends and grover nitwitquest sit on their 250,000,000 million dallar money pile. And pay 14% . I didn't think so !!!!!!

    November 30, 2012 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  17. Lynda/Minnesota

    @The Real Tom Paine

    I'd leave Rick McDaniel alone to keep repeating his/her banalities. It's going to be a very long four years for him. Apparently Barack Hussein Obama is all he's got going for him in that small little world of his.

    November 30, 2012 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  18. sergio

    The President put on the table a proposal, waiting for Boehner and the republicans come to the table with a counterproposal, and stop you’re crying and laughing…

    November 30, 2012 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  19. RR

    The GOP is scare to death because they know that the American people are not dumb. President Obama knows who he works for, the American people. Unlike the Republicans who pledge their offices to Grover Norquist. Don't believe for a second that the GOP cares about small business owners who supposely create JOBS. Please GOP, be honest and stop the lies.

    November 30, 2012 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  20. Pete

    The nonpartisan CBO said after doing research the tax hikes would only effect less than .1% of actual business owners so throw that propaganda the republicans have been saying away,it won't work this time..Let the tax cuts expire and impose new rates for the poor and middleclass,then republicans have no choice..There's not enough small business and 1% ers to vote against anything and republicans know it..Remember republicans you only have two years to show some progress or be voted out because you saw 8 of your collegues get the axe just recently with more after midterms to come so the choice is yours ,work to help America as a whole or get out because after midterms you'll see just how well you've done and anything short of progress won't be tolerated...

    November 30, 2012 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  21. geggyg

    From how Mr Gorski descibes his business im sure his business would be a registered business , if it isnt then he has an extremely bad business advisor /accountant If it is registered and he pays himself over $250,000 as Manager then only the income over $250, 000 will be taxed at the higher rate , not the entire amount as he tries to infer. If it is truely asmall business and not a registered business then making a profit of more than $250, 000 is a very good business.
    @Rick McDaniel
    Pres Obama began the negotiations with the congressional leadership , now the people with the economic knowledge are their to continue negotiations , im sure Boehner will have financial advisors ( or his henchmen if you prefer) . to help him negotiate , when needed Pres Obama will be their to add his weight to the negotiations . This is standard procedure for high level negotiations between politicans, countries and business. Do you think Pres Reagon was at every session when they were negotiating the original SALT treaty with the USSR. The same with business takeovers the CEOs might be their for the first discussion on takeover details, put forward a framework , then they. leave the board of directors or other execcutives and their financial/legal people to work out the details. Just standard procedure.

    November 30, 2012 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  22. chilly g

    this small business guy need to just pay what is required of him to pay, i like most americans support the president
    and hope he stick to what he campaign for which is to make the rich pay their share of taxes.
    if the speaker do not bring this to a vote then the taxes go up on evertbody including the rich and then the president can do a plan that do not including the rich and if the repug do not agree then it their folk and hopeful the peoples
    who send theses nut to office will recall them or there will be paying more in taxes.

    November 30, 2012 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  23. M-W-T

    If OUR President's idea's are so bad...than, let him do it. Republicans should win in the next election,right???
    Republicans know that if OUR President gets his ways and all Americans see the GOOD he wants to do, they won't have a chance for the next 20 years.
    Isn't that what's really bothering them????
    VOTE ALL REPUBLICANS OUT IN 2014

    November 30, 2012 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  24. Jack

    Mr. Boehner,

    I have been a conservative all my life, I am 65 owned 2 business and I am starting a 3rd one, plain and simple the bill was sent to House of Representatives, pass the bill!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 30, 2012 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  25. Mort

    The Republicans are willing to let the country go over the cliff. So they can have the advantage in the next election cycle.

    November 30, 2012 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
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