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
soundoff (307 Responses)
  1. Tom

    Sorry Boehner The repubs werent elected so they could punnish the poor while they reward the rich.

    December 2, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  2. Knuckleheads!!

    Hmmmm.....Tax cuts for rich folks (>$250k/yr) equals ~$700 billion.....Tax cuts for everyone else (<$250k/yr) equals ~$4 Trillion.......what should we do???

    Perhaps let them all expire and bring our deficit down from $13.7 Trillion to a mear $9 Trillion......$700 billion only gets us down to $13 Trillion, barely worth arguing over don't you think.......

    Especially since we know the $700 Billion won't really be used to pay down the deficit....... realistically nor would the $4.7 Trillion even if all are allowed to expire.......stop the hemmoraging......quit spending already........

    December 2, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  3. dave

    Is he about to cry?

    December 2, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  4. Rick CT

    The Dems are going to play class warfare to the very end. Despite their trying to make life income tax-free for a majority of Americans, that same majority was smart enough to to see through their facade and their disasterous policies that have thwarted any real job creation. Now Pelosi is just a bitter old woman leading her pack of losers.

    December 2, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  5. need2think

    I hereby announce the formation of the chicken crap party. First on the agenda, taking a big dump on the obstructionist Republicans. Don't like the bill? Then don't vote for it. That's the way this is supposed to work.

    December 2, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  6. RB

    I just wish Boner and the cabbage patch doll behind him would go away. They are stooges for the super rich and it proofs crime doe's pay!

    December 2, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  7. Kenneth Spicer

    Congress is Constipated. Since when is this a revelation? The R's only have until December 31 to pull this off, so let them sit in the dark while their lack of a CR (Continuing Resolution) shuts the gevernment down.

    December 2, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  8. Smart Mouth Nick

    Screw the unemployed, poor, and the middle class! We need to take care of the rich! Boehner's not even a Republican anymore, he's just an a-hole.

    December 2, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  9. froggyalley

    Useless. Two years of bullies to go...and what did we learn?
    Shut the government down. Go ahead. I dare ya...TSA, Social Security, military (active and retired)...DO IT.

    December 2, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  10. Disgusted with Politicians

    The election results were NOT a vote for the republican agenda so much as a vote AGAINST INCUMBENTS. But no party would ever admit that. Also, historically, the election 2 years after a new president takes office always swings to the opposite party. Is anyone really surprised at the stand the republicans have taken? They act like spoiled children whether they win or lose. Yes, let's cater to the 2% who will NOT create new jobs. Consider what the expression "the rich get richer" means. They get richer by NOT spending the money. A reality check is in order here folks.

    December 2, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  11. Popesays

    RS- I am beginning to feel thgat it no longer matters. The system is flawed.

    December 2, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  12. Bill

    Listen up all you ignorant people out there. It's time you stop portrayng the rest of the educated Americans in a bad light. Everyone keeps talking about a tax increase.....there's no increase as the liberal media would have you believe. The Bush tax cuts were put in place as a temporary reduction measure. If they do expire the effective tax rates would return to the level at which they were at before the temporary reduction. There is no problem should they expire because people would just resume paying the amount of taxes that they did before the cuts were implemented. The problem that many people are facing is that we've all just come to expect this extra money in our paychecks each week. I say if you want to continue the cuts and make them permanent then it's time to start reducing unemployment, social security, and all entitlement program payouts. That's the problem with our society today is that everyone wants their share of the pie, but they don't want to pay for the ingredients to make it....if that's your ideology then please move to China or Venezuela where the government is everything to everyone.

    December 2, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    First, just because voters voted in more Reps than Dems does NOT mean they are 100% for every idea the Reps have and 100% against every idea the Dems have. That Boehner and his cronies even try passing this kind of garbage as fact is the only chicken crap or any other kind of crap being thrown around these days. Oh..and it's pronounced BONER not BAINER....get it right Boehner.

    December 2, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  14. Michael

    How is it that any conservative can approve of Boehner and Republicans being mad that there should be more tax cuts for the rich? How on earth can middle class Americans think that tax cuts for the rich will help them or that it fits the "helping the middle class", "reduce the debt" agenda that Republicans claim?

    December 2, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  15. Why do I work hard for Dems to sit around and do nothing?

    So the people whining about tax cuts should not be extended to those hard working Americans are the same people expecting the government to pick up the slack because they can't? That is what this is about. Lazy people expecting pity. Get off your bottoms, get a job, or two or three at McDonald's and 7-11, and start doing something to add to society instead of taking away. We have morons that bought houses without being able to afford it. We have people buying on credit that had no right. Morons... What did you possibly expect?
    Get rid of unemployment. Get rid of the silly government health insurance. Put in a flat tax on EVERYONE and MAKE people get out there and take the jobs that they are too good to take, and start CONTRIBUTING instead of expecting the hard workers of America to pick up your slack. Lazy and crazy: Dems are being voted out because they cannot be and simply are not responsible with the country's money. Pathetic.

    December 2, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  16. John in TX

    There is no trickle down. Let me repeat. There is no trickle down.

    December 2, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  17. Annie, Atlanta

    If this is what he's calling the Democrat's tax vote, he should hear what we call his party's refusal to allow any piece of legistlation to come to the Senate floor until the GOP base, that upper 2% of the richest in the country, get an additional tax break. It just may make him cry, yet again. Saw a great reference to him recently, on a blog: Weeper of the House.

    December 2, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  18. Vic of New York

    Keep it up "Bone Head"... Just remember, Democrats have 2nd Amendment Righrts TOO!

    December 2, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  19. Not fooled by Democrat deceitful behavior

    Those who want to pound the rich by excessive taxes are way off.They are U.S. citizens like the rest of us and are being made to be some kind of scape goat. The real problem lies in the fact that the government consumes way too much capital and therefore becomes a problem to job creation and sound money management.There is no incentive for people or business to invest in the U.S.A. knowing they will get shellaced by all goverments.The fact is for 40 years of almost Democratic policy,they are a failure. Really, did conservatives really get their way?I do not think so.

    December 2, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  20. tr8tr

    Boehner and the Republicans don't represent what I want. Boehner and the Republicans don't represent the wishes or values of anyone that I know in struggling Middle America. Boehner and the Republicans won a popularity contest by a relatively slim margin, and shouldn't arrogantly presume that they're speaking for all or a majority of Ameirica. Unfortunately, I don't have many friends or any family that makes over $250,000 a year; in fact, no one I know does, so I can't relate to the elite and the so-called "jobmakers" of this economy.

    The people spoke for renewed hope in America. If the lower and middle class are struggling, why should the top bracket be free from suffering? How about you cut taxes on the bottom rungs and renew life in those people that are clinging to the edge in this country?

    December 2, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  21. rufus

    tax the rich, give to the poor,Until the rich ain't rich anymore. That's when socialism will end. When we run out of spending other people's money.

    December 2, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  22. a health economist

    I am of the mind that, in order to address the growing debt, taxes for EVERYONE should go up. But now's not the time to do it because it could take the wind (albeit slight) out of the sails of the improving economy. However, with the way the Republicans are choosing to play political games I say call their bluff. Let the tax cuts for everyone expire. Meanwhile start legislation that will temporarily extend the tax cuts for everyone making less than $1,000,000. The deal could be made even sweeter by having legislation that temporarily extends the Bush tax cuts. Force them to vote these measures down and/or filibuster them. Let them explain to the American public why they voting against them. Let them explain why they claim to be for the will of the people except when it comes to raising taxes for the rich.

    December 2, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  23. Readbetweenthelines

    Senator Orange will be the downfall of the new GOP majority. The guy isn't even that sharp, but yet somehow he seems to convince millions of middle class Americans that if they cut taxes for the rich it will trickle down to everyone else. Reagan made that case in the 1980's and I am still waiting. Anyone with a brain knows that whatever you call it (supply side or trickle down economics) IT DOES NOT WORK! GOP makes up facts to support their arguments, and every fox viewer eats it up as biblical law. Pretty sad how little people think for themselves!

    December 2, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  24. TonyB

    You know what's chicken crap? Letting unemployment benefits end for millions and failing to extend the school lunch program to millions of needy kids in the name of cutting spending and reducing the defecit and at the same time pushing hard for tax breaks for the wealthiest 2% – how can anyone say that those are the right priorities for any political party? The Democrats should be pounding the Republicans for their lack of common sense and priorities far askew from the values of most Americans

    December 2, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  25. Living in America

    Where are th J-O-B-S. The Republicans are acting like bullies. It is our way or no way. DUHHHH. Obama is still the President. Oh we forgot.

    December 2, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
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