GOP working on 'plan B' to stop tax hikes
December 18th, 2012
09:31 AM ET
5 years ago

GOP working on 'plan B' to stop tax hikes

(CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner will propose letting tax rates go up on income over $1 million as a short-term step to avoid some of the fiscal cliff while continuing to negotiate a broader deal with President Barack Obama, a Republican source said Tuesday.

Filed under: Fiscal Cliff • John Boehner
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  1. rs

    For pity sake Mr. Boehner- STOP the foot dragging! The last 12 years have been VERY good for the wealthy. The tax rates should go up for the over 1/4 million dollarannual income people. That rate is more than 5 times the median income in the U.S.
    Stop being the problem!

    December 18, 2012 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  2. anonoymous

    Gop has no other choice. The nation is watching. They know mid term elections are around the corner and losing control of the house depends on what they do now

    December 18, 2012 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  3. Emerson

    As usual, the GOP acting against the interests of the American people. Vote them out next cycle.

    December 18, 2012 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  4. jkane sfl gop mascots the blubbering slobs allen west rover nitwitquest rick scott ,carl rove and donald dump ??????

    Screw the gop ,who cares what they think or say .they lost all their credibilityin Obamas first term with their lies and bs propaganda ,like gas prices going up, look at the pump and unemployment numbers if you can read,gop .

    December 18, 2012 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  5. J'Cincinnati'Redd

    For the good of this nation the house speaker must go along with the rich tax. We will have our chance later.

    December 18, 2012 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  6. Rudy NYC

    "Plan B"? Don't you mean "Plan C"? "Plan B" was to pretend that "Plan A" was in effect, which means pretend like they had won.

    December 18, 2012 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  7. enuff

    Gee. Another "short term" solution because Boehner is between a rock and a hard place. He knows what the voters want, and yet cannot get his "team" on board because of their pledges to one man – not their constituents. No more short term sosolutions. Fix it and do it right this time. Become a leader...not just a go-between. When you play that game, you eventually become the one everyone blames, not the hero you think you may be.

    December 18, 2012 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  8. rs

    It is simply without any moral grounds to keep pandering to the rich. In the 1950's the highest tax rate was around 90%. Republicans since have whittled away at the top rates until the super rich pay a far lower rate than the middle class.

    The GOP just keeps proving how little care or respect it has for the average American worker. They are worthless.

    December 18, 2012 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  9. sonny chapman

    Why does the GOP hate Middle Class America ? From an economic point, 70% of GDP comes from CONSUMER Spending. From a Political point, Middle Class America is the Crowning Glory of the Great American Experiment. A Middle Class like ours is the Goal of the Whole World. EVERYTHING that all Govts. in America do should be geared to EXPANDING Middle Class. The last time Middle Class America stopped contracting & actually slightly expanded was in the CLINTON YEARS. Sooooo, which path should America take ? P.S.-Repubs. need to reread the Fairy Tale, "The Goose That Laid Golden Eggs".

    December 18, 2012 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  10. Wake up People!

    Will this ish ever end??? My goodness the so called job creators have had this TEMPORARY tax break for years, yet the only jobs being created are slightly above minimum wage. The wealthy are doing very well for themselves. All you need to do is check out my place of employment. Company making millions, paying their newer employees just above minimum wage while the executives are living in, mansions, driving Mercedes and their teenaged children are driving BMW's.

    I am sick of these childish republicans throwing the biggest temper tantrum this country has ever seen simply because they were dumb enough to nominate an out of touch, totally offensive plutocrat that wouldn't know how to interact with a regular person to save his life. And now they are mad because the country is not as stupid as they had hoped.

    GOP, you lost. Get over it and move the hell on!

    December 18, 2012 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  11. Gregory M. Newbold

    Isn`t this another example of the media putting a pro GOP spin on the topic? The GOP is still protecting tax breaks for wealthy individuals but still want to take baby formula from poor kids. We want, need & demand revenue and a few percentage points of tax largess for the guy making $500,000 means another rolex watch for him while a senior citizen eats less well.

    December 18, 2012 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  12. Ray E. (Georgia)

    It is so easy for some of you to put the burden on somebody else. But there is no free lunch out there. Everyone will pay somewhere. The Liberal's are as blind as a bat. If they were so intellegent we wouldn't have this problem today. The over 16 Trillion Dollar Federal Debt is a Glaring Failure of Liberal Politics. The Constutition gives you the ability to make your own way. Remember Charity begins at home. That means you try to do it yourself before you ask somebody else to do it. Over Taxing the Rich will come back to you in Spades. It is up to you, not the Government to provide you with a job. Remember those "Shovel" ready jobs???

    December 18, 2012 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  13. Drew

    Republicans are very Disrespectfu

    December 18, 2012 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  14. Senior

    Speaker – what is the plan?

    December 18, 2012 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  15. The Elephant in the Room

    I just watched the photo op of the House Republicans on CNN. The attempt was to frame this as the President`s fault. Hold fast Mr. President, there should be no distraction with a PLAN B. On the topic of tax rates, we have until April 15th to settle on rates. NO COMPANY, NO INDIVIDUAL is going to file taxes knowing that lower rates are a pending possibility.

    December 18, 2012 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  16. Westy

    Yo...RS.... Democracies are doomed to failure when 'the people' vote themselves the treasury.....Your idea of 'just give the people what they want (something for nothing) is a 200-yr old curse.....articulated below by Sir Alex FraserTytler in 1799... thanks for the profound insight into the obvious....that 'the people' want something for nothing....
    Sir Alex FraserTytler said...."A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largess of the public treasury. From that time on the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury, with the results that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship...."

    The average age of the world's greatest civilizations has been two hundred years. These nations have progressed through this sequence: from bondage to spiritual faith; from spiritual faith to great courage; from great courage to liberty; from liberty to abundance; from abundance to selfishness; from selfishness to complacency; from complacency to apathy; from apathy to dependence; from dependency back again to bondage

    December 18, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  17. Kelby in Houston, TX

    The actions of the GOtP speak louder than any any words I hear them speak from behind the podium.
    It is quite clear that the GOtP work for the rich against the poor and working class people of America.
    How anybody who is not wealthy can support this plutocratic party is beyond me

    December 18, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  18. Lynda/Minnesota

    Who'd have thought a Republican Speaker of the House would advocate kicking the can further down the road while he continues to try and uphold GOPer trickle down voodoo economic ideology ... and messaging?

    December 18, 2012 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  19. Willard

    To "Ray E. (Georgia)":
    from this 16 trilions, at least 6 are from your boy George, and his mastermind Dick! You forget to say this! Remember 2 wars, tax cuts for "job creators", Medicare part D, all unpaid and uncounted for!
    Have a nice day!

    December 18, 2012 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  20. Al

    In the end each side will get a little. The American people will be the scape goats for you liberal jerks wanting more $ to squander!!

    December 18, 2012 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  21. Al

    The dems will face the American people one day. They are destroyers of freedom.

    December 18, 2012 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  22. The Real Tom Paine

    To RayE.(Georgia)

    The statements of one, self-described Red Stater here are mind-boggling in their ignorance. The infrastructure of this company was built as a national/government priority: the roads you travel on the get to the airports, train stations, the mall etc....all built with federal dollars: that helps to create the means by which businesses can thrive. So, yes, you built that, but it succeeded thanks to publicly funded infrastructure. The internet, started by government funding. The entire South would collapse without the disproportionate amount of money it receives from Washington: frankly, the Red States like Georgia owe us for the low state taxes they enjoy. A party like the GOP that can run up the tab and then demand everyone else pay for their bad policy and shoddy math has forfeited its right to sit in the majority.

    December 18, 2012 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  23. nothing new here

    Hey Mr. House Speaker,
    How about trimming the deficit by taking a cut in your salary?

    December 18, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  24. Bill from GA

    There exists a program for computers that will (hopefully) reset the operating system and programs back to a certain point, such as, the last time everything functioned well.

    That is kinda what the fiscal cliff does. Spending is cut, and tax rates ALL go back to where they were the last time we were actually paying for this Country.

    So let it happen. Then, in 2013, with the politicians elected to serve then, work out whatever deals can be made. And if some nutjob group wants to try another 'fiscal cliff' over the debt ceiling, let the voters respond.

    December 18, 2012 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  25. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Phony Paine, and others,
    The Treasury, Federal Dollars, is empty. Nothing but Red Ink. Obama has given us about what 5 Trillion in what, Red Ink. Still you and others think the Government is made out of money. The bill is over due, and you are holding the bag. Those Cold Hard Facts just keep coming, don't they? The Democrats and Liberal's had the Congress for 40 years. So why do we have this problem? Oh, i wasn't born in Georgia, another State. Georgia used to be Solid Democrat. They saw the light. But the Liberal's don't. Rome has burned to the ground and still you can't see it. Too bad.

    December 18, 2012 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
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