Boehner rips House Democrats tax vote as 'chicken crap'
December 2nd, 2010
12:00 PM ET
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Boehner rips House Democrats tax vote as 'chicken crap'

Washington (CNN) - House GOP Leader John Boehner ripped House Democrats for moving ahead with a vote Thursday just on extending tax cuts for those making $250,000 or less, calling the move "chicken crap."

"I'm trying to catch my breath so I don't refer to this maneuver going on today as chicken crap, all right? But this is nonsense, all right?" Boehner told reporters Thursday.

Boehner argued that Democrats were ignoring the message from voters last month who shifted control of the House of Representatives to Republicans.

"The election was one month ago. There are 23 months from the next election and the political games have already started to try to set up the next election. We had an honest conversation at the White House about the challenges that we face to get out of here and to take care of what the American people expect of us and to roll this vote out today, it really is just, it's what you think I was going to say anyway," Boehner said.

The GOP Leader would not give any details on the negotiations between White House officials and Congressional leaders about how to deal with the Bush-era tax cuts that are expiring at the end of the year, but maintained that Congress' main priority now should be on stopping any tax increases for any Americans.

When asked whether Republicans would support extending unemployment benefits as part of a compromise to extend all tax cuts for some period of time, Boehner simply answered, "we'll see."

Filed under: Congress • John Boehner • Tax deal • Taxes
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  1. ficheye

    So the Dems are not going to vote for everything the Republicans tell them to vote for. After two solid years of NO, after 8 years of war and financial deregulation they are expecting complete subservience from the Democrats? Boehner is an alcoholic nut job and 'we the people' have nothing to do with their agenda. They continue to create the american 'serf' class as they help to firm up the bottom line for the traitorous rich and the out of control corporations. A-mazing.

    December 2, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  2. M in Ames

    For a politician "We'll see" is shorthand for F-off, next question please. So they throw down the gauntlet and say our way or the highway and the Dem's propose giving them the tax cuts that will affect 98% of Americans and he calls it "Chicken Crap." To offer another translation, if you don't make 7 figures you're chicken crap. How about they start with the tax breaks for the wealthiest 0.5% of the population, those go down in flames (or they go on record as favoring the wealthy few over the working many) and then they vote on the rest?

    December 2, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  3. Len Arenas

    Just wrote of McConnell on another posting: "That McConnell guy makes me sick to look at. He looks like the cat who ate the canary and it wouldn't surprise me if we find that he belongs to one of those secret brotherhood societies that talk as if they are community builders when in fact they are swindlers. His constituents need to ask themselves what he does for them, unless they are all rich, they are hoodwinked." The only thing that distinguishes Boehner from McConnell is nothing. Boehner and McConnell must be selling out to secret money to bolster their retirement. And, even though Boehner looks like the Wizard of Oz scarecrow, we know that Boehner doesn't have a brain.

    December 2, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  4. ramtruck2500

    The change that was voted for was JOBS. So where are the jobs coming from by giving the wealthy 2% a freebee?? JOBS people where are they??? This is just what I figured, no and NO results for the people! SUCKERS!!! and it sure did'nt take long!

    December 2, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  5. FactCheck

    Trying to raise taxes right now on people who create jobs is completely reckless.

    Tell me again, how many jobs that the Bush tax cuts have created over the last 8 years. Oh that's right, absolutely zero. Next time, try opening up a newspaper rather than relying on Glenn Beck to spoon feed you his shill.

    December 2, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  6. Ron/Central Florida

    Hello Jake,

    Is General Motors a corporation? Just a little while ago, folks were claming Mr. Obama loved that one too much!

    December 2, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  7. anthony

    Nothing changes under the sun. Same ol same ol same ol...

    And think.. some of YOU actually voted for this.. voted against your own interests of job creation and middle class relief.
    There is a sucker born everyday, and its pretty apparent those suckers fall to the RIGHT.

    I really hope the Dems make a note of this and come out firing in 2012.

    December 2, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  8. Seth Hill of Topanga, CA

    Why not quicklly extend the tax break for everyone making less than $250,000, and then debate the tax break for those over $250,000? That way you would help the majority of Americans. And then we could see how our Representatives stand on taxes for the upper-middle class. But I'm just a naive middle-class worker, I don't understand the ins and outs of the political process.

    December 2, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  9. Ron

    Know the facts about who pays taxes in this country.

    Statistics from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) show that returns showing less than $15,000 in adjusted gross income amounted to 30% of total returns filed but accounted for less than 1% of tax paid. By contrast, although they make up only 2% of all taxpayers, taxpayers reporting $250,000 or more in adjusted gross income paid 45% of all federal income taxes.
    Is extending the tax cuts to only those making less than 250K really fair?

    December 2, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  10. Sara

    OKay, I just have one comment. Please stop thinking as a democrat or republican for second. We are all on one side or another it's disgusting.
    Just think. Do you really think that a family who makes $260,000 is rich? Think about it, if they increase the tax, after everything is taken out of their paychecks, they probably land with something like $130,000 a year. IF you live in an expensive area, like us here in the Northeast, that's barely enough to live comfortably. We are attacking the wrong people here. If everyone is paying 20% Tax income, the rich DO end up giving more, and the poorer give less, it's just a percentage. That would be so upsetting if I have a small business or am finally in that nice corporate job I want and I am making decent money, that the government suddnely takes MORE out of my paycheck. That's not fair! We should all be taken the same PERCENTAGE out. If the rich's income keep going down (stop thinking millionairs, at least families who make between $250k and $500k a year are not), they are not going to BUY, they are not going to GIVE BACK, making our economy even worse than it actually is. Why are we all so stubborn to not see this? Leave this fair!!

    December 2, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  11. Erik

    Sigh... some people are just dumb. How can people not realize that the Republicans are not acting in *their* best interests, unless they happen to be in the top 2% of incomes in this country? Convincing 50% of people to vote against their own best interests is a real marketing coup. Belly aching about slightly raising taxes on the amount people make beyond $250,000 per year is insane. The top tax rates were well over 50% for 50 years until Reagan lowered them and started greatly increasing the income gap.

    December 2, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  12. Jeezusleper

    Boehner and the GOP are loath to vote on making tax breaks permanent for 98% of We The People because if we have a separate vote on income above $250K and demand that such a cut be paid for with specific budget cuts, they wouldn't be able to stand up to the angry town hall mobs from their districts. That's chicken crap.

    December 2, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  13. Jim

    This guy is a idiot...threatening to shut down on everything until he gets what he wants – sounds like a big baby. So glad he's aware that government is to represent the people though...i mean really, the one thing I want really is for government to just shut down!!

    December 2, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  14. mightymo

    Senate Republicans' threat to hold up legislation for everything not related to tax cuts or the budget is either standing up for principles or a "congressional temper tantrum," depending on your point of view.

    OK, so you got your wish and now it's Chicken Crap Mr. Boner????

    You guys are amazing, you do nothing but vote no when your losing, then you want to do nothing but vote no when you think you;re winning! So when can we Americans expect you to vote yes? Sounds like the GOP is Chicken Crap to me Mr. Boner!

    December 2, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  15. InternetaJones

    That glass of Merlot has gone to Boner's head. And I don't mean the one between his shoulders. Boner thinks he's the president now.

    December 2, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  16. King of Fu

    Looks like the right still does not get it. saying this will keep unemployment high is BS. TAX CUTS DO NOT CREATE JOBS, DEMAND DOES. Tax cuts for lower and middle class will put money in our pockets, we will spend more on goods and services, employers will need to increase number of employees to keep up with higher demand......that's how it works. At tax increase of 3.5% (yes its just half the alcohol content of Boenhers lunch) on the top 2% will not make a difference in unemployment rate.

    December 2, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  17. JR

    Republicans looking out for the rich guys ... hasn't changed in generations. Bend over middle class / here it comes!

    December 2, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  18. annie s

    Four and The Door, where are the jobs these "job creators" already created? We LOST 8 million jobs during the Bush Administration. The Democrats would like the rich to return to the same tax rate they had during the Clinton Administration – when we CREATED 22 million jobs.

    December 2, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  19. frustrated

    Even Warren Buffet, one of the richest Americans alive, admits he pays too little in taxes. I don't understand the argument that wealthy Americans create jobs. No, they own companies that create jobs. So, unless they are paying their employees from their own pocket, why should they get tax breaks that other Americans don't?

    December 2, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  20. Lucullus

    Hey Four, just what jobs have been created by the Bush give away to the rich? If they really did create jobs we wouldn't have the unemployment we have now or the lack luster job creation we've had for the last 10 years. You're entitled to your opinion but not your own facts. Oh that's right, you're a conservative and believe that you're entitled to tell any lie to advance your agenda

    December 2, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  21. PS

    Wow, what an admirable representative this Bonehead is? A Senator should have more dignity and behave like an adult, not a 3 year old on the playground who did not get picked for the kick ball game.

    Repukes are pathetic hypocrites.

    December 2, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  22. jesse

    The Repukes promised jobs,jobs,jobs. They only worry about the rich who pay little or no tax at all. And then they outsource all the jobs to boot. SCUMBAGS!!!!! Vote for the people who care about the working class. VOTE DEMOCRAT!!!!!!

    December 2, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  23. Disgusted in

    Typical Republican rhetoric. What did the people who voted for these Republican clowns expect? The Republicans all lie to get the votes and then do only what matters to them when they get into office ignoring the consequences it costs the poor and middle class America. The GOP needs to prove that the wealthy deserves tax cuts by showing how they are in DIRE NEED. The middle class and the poor have been carrying the wealthy on our backs for years and we are tired of it! Try living in our world Boehner. I have a chicken coop in my back yard.

    December 2, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  24. David

    President Obama was elected with a mandate to overhaul America's healthcare system, and the Republicans pulled every nasty maneuver possible to stop the healthcare legislation. Mr. Boehner, was that "chicken crap" on the part of Republicans? Why is it that when Republicans don't get their way, they resort to name calling, bullying and general nastiness instead of discussing ideas on their merits?

    December 2, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  25. florida democrat

    We watched C-Span yesterday and it is more than obvious that the republicans are still the party of no, no, no. That is unless they can take care of their millionaire friends first.

    December 2, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
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