December 5th, 2012
12:25 PM ET
1 year ago

The rich will pay more taxes, Boehner says

Washington (CNN) – Taxes on the wealthy are going up, House Speaker John Boehner conceded on Wednesday in challenging President Barack Obama to sit down with him to hammer out a deal for avoiding the fiscal cliff.

Obama, however, continued to insist on Republicans first ensuring no tax hike for anyone but the top 2% of Americans as a first step toward a broader agreement on tackling the nation's chronic federal deficits and debt.

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  1. Gurgyl

    Corporate welfare and wealthy welfare needs breaks AT LEAST FOR SOME TIME. Then we can cut their taxes to RUN THE SHOW–STILL WE WILL REMAIN "A CAPITALISTIC SOCIETY". God bless!!! We are on right track. Listen to this Educated–you are better off.

    December 5, 2012 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  2. mark 1

    the crazy right has control of the GOP ...send the message that we are not following there crazy ideas and will vote them out of office in 2014

    December 5, 2012 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    Everything is not proceeding as Republicans have foreseen. Remember, that it was the GOTP in the House who rejected the Grand Bargain, which Boehner and Pres. Obama had worked out. They rejected a deal in favor of a sequestration bill to enforce spending cuts...on those liberals.

    The master plan was to continue the wave by winning the Senate, keeping the House in 2012, and making Barack Obama a one term president. Once they were in control, the plan was to enact the sequestered cuts to entitlements and discretionary spending, while restoring defense spending, etc.

    Enter reality, stage left. Republicans lost seats in the Senate, lost the general election, and kept the House mostly because of gerrymandering where Democrats got more votes than Republicans.

    December 5, 2012 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  4. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Quite uncomfortable over that barrel isn't it Boo-Hoo?
    That's what Presidential cojones will do for you.
    .
    Keep leading Mr. President.

    December 5, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  5. plain&simple

    Here's the deal.....the fringe of the party is being replaced on committees. The speaker is shifting the power structure to the middle. He will get the 218 votes needed to pass a compromise bill. It has taken awhile to get to this point,now movement will accelerate! Finally the speaker has started to govern and earn his paycheck. The fringe will have to fend for themselves and will holler louder than ever and it will only appease their fellow lunatics as it should do.....it has been neutered.

    December 5, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  6. Facts don't Lie

    if they let the Bush tax cuts expire of course the rich will pay more taxes..along with everybody else. I think the latter is what the president and a majority of Americans don't want to happen.

    December 5, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  7. Lynda/Minnesota

    Well, John ... good to see you finally admit what the majority of Americans knew was a given. Keep fighting for our middle class and who knows what might happen come 2014.

    By taxes, no doubt Mr. Boehner is NOT talking about loopholes ... ie, mortgage deductions, charitable deductions, and the like.

    /sarcasm

    December 5, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  8. Woman In California

    Why doesn't the U.S. stop playing Santa Claus abroad and use some of that money here? Please enlighten me.

    December 5, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  9. Ray E. (Georgia)

    If so the jobs picture may not improve. When will we wean the takers off govermnent handouts and they pay their own way. Could more jobs go to China?

    December 5, 2012 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  10. rs

    Boehner has admitted the inevitable. I'll believe it however when a bill is crafted and passed. The GOP has made agreements before with the President, then, somehow couldn't manage to actually deliver the votes.

    December 5, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  11. Gurgyl

    Manufacturing needs to come back, for this focus on less GREED. Only way out.

    December 5, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  12. emma

    i just don't get this sudden love of gov't. Unitl recently everybody knew the gov't wasted money. (you know the old golden toilet joke) and now its give govt more, more, more!! But i guess throwing more money at a problem has always worked. Taxes go straight to the gov't. If you feel that will make the poor more successful, the homeless have homes, the schools even better...well...its never been the case but hey why not try it again

    December 5, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  13. VA VERY Ex Republican

    What do you guys do not understand????? let us stop this gob creation and growth lie because it is simply a lie. Clinton increased taxes. even middle class used to pay far mor taxes. I remember owing $786 in taxes 1999 when I was making $75K a year in joint income when I filed on April 15th. still, we had an excellent job growth, no debt, and we were in a position to leave our jobs and go to better paying jobs the very next day. what is wrong with you people???? How can you defend not increasing taxes on someone who is already wealthy and has millions or billions of dollars in the bank (so he, his kids, and even his grandkids are set for life) and still making 50 or 60 million or more a year???? yes guys, there are people in this country who make over $100 million per year so are you saying that you are willing to take a hit as middle class so Mr. $100 Million per year who now owns the GOP does not have to pay more?????? this is crazy.

    December 5, 2012 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  14. Larry L

    @Ray E. (Georgia)

    If so the jobs picture may not improve. When will we wean the takers off govermnent handouts and they pay their own way. Could more jobs go to China?
    ==============================================================================================
    By "takers of government handouts" I assume you mean Halliburton, the oil companies with their subsidies, or the corporations with their exclusive loopholes?

    December 5, 2012 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  15. Rick McDaniel

    The have to........no one else is.

    December 5, 2012 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  16. Sandy

    emma

    i just don't get this sudden love of gov't. Unitl recently everybody knew the gov't wasted money. (you know the old golden toilet joke) and now its give govt more, more, more!! But i guess throwing more money at a problem has always worked. Taxes go straight to the gov't. If you feel that will make the poor more successful, the homeless have homes, the schools even better...well...its never been the case but hey why not try it again
    ______________

    I don't think the majority feel as you and Fox news does. People want government to work. The only time it doesn't work is when republicans are in charge because they have no clue how to govern. Most people I know could care less whether we have big or small government. We just want a government that works. Small government doesn't work in this day and age when you have to serve over 300 million people!

    December 5, 2012 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  17. sonny chapman

    Rates, rates, rates ! Don't trust the Repubs. & the top 2% on Deductions! They LIE !!!

    December 5, 2012 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  18. Sniffit

    "By "takers of government handouts" I assume you mean Halliburton, the oil companies with their subsidies, or the corporations with their exclusive loopholes?"

    Sorry, but it's only "welfare" and "wrong" in their minds when it's a minority receiving it.

    December 5, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  19. The Real Tom Paine

    -Larry L

    @Ray E. (Georgia)

    If so the jobs picture may not improve. When will we wean the takers off govermnent handouts and they pay their own way. Could more jobs go to China?
    ==============================================================================================
    By "takers of government handouts" I assume you mean Halliburton, the oil companies with their subsidies, or the corporations with their exclusive loopholes?
    *****************************
    Maybe red states like Georgia, that take more than they send in?

    December 5, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    That the GOP/Teatrolls think they have...and the MSM is wililng to pretend they have...any leverage whatsoever in this discussion is freekin laughable. Cute, but laughable.

    December 5, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  21. rs

    Ray E. (Georgia)

    If so the jobs picture may not improve. When will we wean the takers off govermnent handouts and they pay their own way. Could more jobs go to China?
    ______________

    "wean the takers". What? Like old people on Social Security? Like wounded Veterans? Like sick people on Medicare? Sure take all the money away from people you obviously don't like- then what? What happens? Well aside from radically driving down the quality of life unnecessarily for many, the economy (you know supported by those people spending their federal support) grinds to a halt. THAT might end jobs everywhere-including China.

    December 5, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  22. once upon a horse

    people who always talk about "takers" I bet have never had to live off welfare or unemployment to try to make ends meet, feed their families and pay bills. A majority of these so-called takers would rather NOT have to have the government dole and prefer a job. All these whiners should have to live off such income and see what it's like. Wonder if they would change their tunes then

    December 5, 2012 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  23. GI Joe

    Eric Cantor released the House schedule for next year. They will work 60 full days If they want to work 1/6 of the year, let's pay them 1/6 of their salary. That would save us a bunch of money (there are 535 of them).

    December 5, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |