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. Scottie

    Boehner is the leader of the NO party for average Americans and the YES party for the wealthy elite

    December 2, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |

    As a republican I think that this is a first step. It’s better than no step at all. The dems do not want to keep the tax cuts for anyone, the republicans want it for everyone. The logical compromise would be to give the tax breaks for the middle and lower classes.

    December 2, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  3. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    What...? You mean they called your bluff? (FINALLY!!) Kept you from the "we'll just vote for tax cuts and run out the clock on everything else" strategy? Frankly, it's about time. Rebumplikans DON'T speak for ALL Americans, despite their claim to do so. And despite JB's tantrums, and false claims, THIS is what the majority of Americans want.

    December 2, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  4. John Lubeck

    Boehner is an atrocity. How Americans can elect this sort of vermin is beyond me.

    December 2, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  5. John TN

    When peolpe debate the tax issue, I ask myself; "how did the country do during the Clinton years with the tax rate?". We created jobs, had a fiscally sensible budget and the middle class did quite well. What was different between the Bush administration and Clintons regarding taxes and spending? Bush lowered taxes twice and started two wars and took in less money? Deficit grew, we lost jobs, decreased respect around the world and Wall Street made out like bandits. Now, the GOP is arguing we need to keep in place the tax cuts because it's good for the economy. It's simply not true. Why are we having this debate? Why are the Repubs threatning to trash the financial regulatory bill? We need more regulation. When the regulation was put in place in the 1930's to prevent another financial crash and removed in the 1980's and 1990's, what was the result? Another financial disaster, right? Did the country grow and prosper between the 1930's and the 1980's? How can we argue financial regulation is bad and hurts our economy? I simply want to see the data to support no regulation and tax breaks for the rich is bad for the country. Not just talking points and poison from both sides.

    December 2, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  6. U.S. Citizen

    The hypocrisy continues. The Repubs were for states' rights until a federal court overruled a state court in Bush v. Gore, against judicial activism until The Roberts Court started overturning legislation (some of it 100 years old), for up or down votes until they broke the record for filibusters, for investigate don't legislate during the Clinton administration, against it during Bush and back to it with Obama. And they accuse the Dems of politics and obstructionism when they're the ones most guilty of it.

    I'm glad the Dems will push the vote on the extension of the tax cuts only for those making under $250k. It's about time they end their complicity with Repubs and start using the tactics the Repubs have used.

    December 2, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    I'm 66 years old and have had it the whole bunch. These guys need to hit the street and make an honest living for a change.

    December 2, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  8. Indiana Voter

    To quote you Democrat's top leader, "We won" this election. You are going to see how a President is helpless now when it comes to being non partisan for the last two years and now all of a sudden wanting to play nice. You idiot democrats don't realize that if you raise taxes on the people that do the hiring, there will be less money for people to hire new employees. Either you want high taxes and no employment, or lower taxes and more job growth. Can't have it both ways. Democrats wrecked the economy when they took over on 2006, now Republicans gotta come in and clean up their mess.

    December 2, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  9. Mike D

    Let all tax cuts expire. Everyone is responsible for fixing the economy and God knows congress needs more money to squander.

    December 2, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  10. Brian

    I guess all of you liberals screaming about the GOP being lapdogs for the rich missed the part where Obama and his super majority/fed bailed out Wall Street fat cats to the tune of 6 trillion dollars. 250k doesn't make you rich and 42% of Americans don't even pay FIC. If you don't pay in, who are you to say someone else should pay more?

    December 2, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  11. Orlando Patriot

    Liberals are clearly misguided and know NOTHING about how an economy works!!! Economics has often been described not by what a person SHOULD do but rather what they ACTUALLY do!! Let's take a quick example: Say a business owner now makes $300,000/year profit from his business and employs 50 people. Okay liberals, in your incompetent brain just try to explain how RAISING this business owners taxes (i.e. he makes less profit) is going to CREATE jobs?!?! Are you trying to tell me that a businessman who must pay MORE taxes is going to decide to hire more people?!?! You actually ARE stupid and incompetent if you believe that!! This businessman at minimum will decide NOT to expand or hire more and is most likely going to lay one or two workers off.

    Economics (if you ever TOOK Economics) tells us there is a direct corellation between taxes and hiring. This argument is not whether "rich" people SHOULD pay more in taxes, that can certainly be debated at a later time, but ANYBODY who suggests RAISING taxes in this economic climate is NOT going to negatively impact this economy is, for lack of a better term, just an idiotic fool. We MUST grow this economy then debate in a year or two from now what tax rates should be but raising taxes now will be the final nail in the coffin of this country and economy.

    December 2, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  12. Peter E

    Boehner is naive if he thinks voters want his old Bush-era policies! Voters were angry about the economy and angry at incumbents, whether on the left or right. There were plenty of republican incumbents thrown out as well this year already in the primaries. Boehner should have gotten the message too! Apparently he's deluding himself thinking that because republicans take control of the house, and he just happens to be the leader of house republicans, that voters actually wanted HIM to lead. He's no different than Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi also deluded herself since 2006 thinking that because democrats had the house, and she was the speaker, that somehow voters wanted her.

    December 2, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  13. patcee

    That booze you guzzle must have rotted away some of your brain cells, Boehner! Retire and spend your days at the club, braggiing about your conquests.

    December 2, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  14. Sally

    The wealthiest 2% are not creating too many jobs at this point and I think I'm correct in saying that most jobs are created by the small business owner who is not making $250k +. Most of the people who make that much money are working for huge corporations anyway, so they personally are not creating any jobs. My brother is an attorney who makes just over $250K, and he will not be hiring anyone if the tax cuts are extended. I think our taxes overall are out of control, but to say that the US economy will suffer if these tax cuts expire for the rich is pretty lame. I do agree, however, that the death tax should absolutely not revert back to 55% – that is just outrageous and there is no reason why the gov't deserves that much of anyone's estate just because they died. That money has already been taxed as regular income, and IRA money that passes to beneficiaries will be taxed when they take distributions.

    December 2, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  15. USA401

    And Boehner's move to block all legislation wasnt 'Chricken Crap'? Republicans are only happy if they get their way. We had 8 years of their way and the country crumbled.

    December 2, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  16. Me

    There is no hope

    December 2, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  17. re

    If the politicians were really interested in helping the American people, they would place a moratorium on their own pay while they are serving the citizens that voted them in. I would imagine that all of them are millionaires and it wouldn't hurt. Besides, they can live off the lobbyists gifts during the period. That's what I would do but then I'm just a middle class drone.

    December 2, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  18. JC231

    Jakes, you said it yourself, the GOP won't do a single positive helpful thing until they can get all the credit for it. Any group that publicly announces that their "plans" for the next two years are to get Obama and as many Democrats out of the White House, YET FAIL TO MENTION A SINGLE PLAN TO HELP AMERICA, is an embarrassment. As clear as day they are saying that they only care about power and have no plans to actually help the majority of the American population.

    December 2, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  19. Berdie Sanchez

    Boehner, you need to listen to what you are saying, you had BETTER extend the Unemployment Benefits, or you are going to see a revolution that you never imagined. It is already in place and come next election, or sooner, you will be out on your butt, no, your ass and introduced to a real job where you really have to work! You have been at the trougth far too long as have many of you. You ARE ON YOUR WAY OUT! Remember that you heard it today. Yeah, as if you care what the 'People' think! It is too late for us to pull back. We are not doing this anymore. Protect the 1% rich buddies you have and remember, you doin't have enough friends to keep you in office any longer, and we don't have to wait for an election. Remember Nixon, that arrogant piece of 'Chicken Crap!'

    December 2, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  20. thatguy371

    Lookout, if Boener doesn't get his way.. it's the dreaded waterworks! What a chump this schmuck is. He will no more compromise in trading full tax breaks extension for unemployment extension, than he will watch any TV besides Fox 'news'. This jerk needs to take a flying leap off a tall cliff.

    December 2, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  21. Edward

    Not only is the Boner trying to destroy America, he also is using some decidely un-Mormon language.

    December 2, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  22. GlockNSoul

    Just so I have this straight – what the "people have told you" from the elections is that what we truly care about is protecting those making over $250k from taxes? Really? How do Republicans continuously convince "real America" that they're representing them? The only folks they represent are big business and millionaires.

    December 2, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  23. scrooby_2

    Looks like Boehner forgot there was still a little time left before he reaches for the gavel. The country is primed for a honest, truthful, charsamatic leader. Notice I said leader not politician!

    December 2, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  24. Ross P. Alander

    Congreeman Bohener (sp?) takes himself much too serious. The people didn't elect the GOP because they thought they were right (they actually had a lower rating the the Democrats) but because we wanted both sides to get off their fat ________ and get to work.

    December 2, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  25. John

    mr boehner and the rest of the republicans are the biggest cry babies on earth, look at it from our side, you all do nothiing but complain and sit back with your arms crossed, way to go ! Grow uo !

    December 2, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
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