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. Frustrated

    Doesn't this guy know that 90% of americans make less that $250,000. That those are the same people that still (foolishly) elected the republicans last month. So I guess if he thinks it's "chicken crap" to help those who voted for him, if it's "chicken crap" to help 90% of americans, then I'm at a loss for what isn't true "chicken crap."

    December 2, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  2. Rev Hellhorn

    The freeze-like-a-bunny Republicans can't seem to unstick themselves. This makes them a easy target, particularly in traffic.

    December 2, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  3. David

    Four and the Door: Unemployment is where it is WITH the tax cuts in place. There is absolutely NO correlation between tax rate and employment rate. The past four years have taught us this. Corporate profits are skyrocketing...but where's the trickle down? Reaganomics not only destroyed the middle class in this country, it brainswashed the Right.

    December 2, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  4. GOP message to Americans

    GOP Message:

    If you're in the soup line because of no more unemployment insurance – good luck to you idiots.
    If you're sitting in a corporate suite or boardroom – we got your back.

    December 2, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  5. seebofubar

    People with incomes over 250K already pay the loins share of taxes. The left wants to raise their income tax rate for one reason and one reason only...envy. Why are most un-sucessful, under educated, lazy, un-motivated people democrats? The answer is simple, they look to the democrats to play Robin Hood, take from sucessful americans and give to the less sucessful. You can't hide behind political rhetoric, the truth is plain to see.

    December 2, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  6. safari

    The only "chicken crap" I see being laid in Washington D.C., is coming from Boehmer and McConnel and the rest of their GOP nest.

    December 2, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  7. Peter

    If we're worried about spending too much, why is cutting taxes AND extending unemployment benefits a good idea? Do they somehow think that lowering revneue and spending more somehow negate each other into a positive number??

    December 2, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  8. Chris

    When did it become such a crime to be successful in life in this country? Why does an economically successful individual have any greater responsibility to carry the tax burden than a less successful individual? Everyone seems to have this notion that the rich are evil. Who here doesn't want to be rich? They just succeeded at it. Maybe they did it themselves. Maybe their great grandparents did it generations ago and they were lucky enough to be born into an inheritance. Either way, they are people the same as anyone that's less wealthy. It is not right to expect that they owe any more to society as a whole than any other individual member of society.

    Do we need to find a way to cut the deficit? Absolutely. Is it right to force certain individuals to carry more of that responsibility than any others? Not at all. When the rich have more rights (note: *rights*, not just they spent more money to buy a nicer meal or plane ticket) as citizens than the poor then I'll buy into the fact that they have more responsibility as a citizen to fund the government. I'm not saying they should. In fact, I believe quite to opposite, but it goes both ways. No one citizen of this country should have any greater responsibility to pay more or less in taxes than any other citizen so long as they are all equal as citizens.

    December 2, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  9. Paul

    Didn't America vote GOP to reduce the deficit and stop the runaway spending? To be more self reliant and responsible?

    How does extending the tax cuts for the rich fit into their campaign message?

    They are adding 700 billion dollars to the deficit, that we have to borrow from CHINA, for wealthy people who do not need it. And yet there are poor jobless people out there going hungry and won't have a place to stay for christmas, let alone buy their kids presents.


    December 2, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  10. Amazed

    I'm so amazed that there could possible be that many Dems in this country. Poor ignorant brainless souls waiting for the handouts. Let me see, raise taxes on the businesses that pay your slaries and hire you. Very smart, so they can no longer hire and reduce your pay. Makes a lot of sense.

    December 2, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  11. Harry from VT

    Beener...If you have a group of people with barely a shirt on their back and you have the guys with the fur coats outside in the freezing cold, who gets to go inside first to warm up? By your logic, the fur coats have every right to be rescued first, because we are all equal. Right? These guys think they have the right to speak for everyone. Here is a clue Beener, shut the f up!

    December 2, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  12. Common Sense

    Increasing taxes to support "no loads" is unacceptable. I bet that pelosi the witch is the problem again. When will the good democrats purge themselves of her games? She is evil.

    December 2, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  13. B

    Chicken crap. Uh oh, naughty language!

    December 2, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  14. Bill, Bloomington Il

    This just proves the dems did not get the message in November and still intend to spend us into a 3rd world country. So much for Obamas so called "Bipartisonship"

    December 2, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  15. Debbie

    The republicans are the party of the rich and powerful–the corporations, the CEO's.
    I don't trust them to be the voice of "the people"–but for the life of me, I can't see why the little guy voted for them. They are the party of "no" except for protecting the rich.

    December 2, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  16. Manuel

    I think it's funny to see Mr. Boner throwing a hissy fit because the Dems wont play along with his nonsense...what a donkey

    December 2, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  17. Peter

    Just yesterday, the GOP was saying how they are going to block any and all legislation until these tax cuts get worked out. So The Dems go ahead and put it to a vote, and this guy starts crying!
    Guess what Boehn-head? you actually have to work for your money just like everybody else! Either do some legislating, or make room for someone who actually wants to lead us out of this mess.

    December 2, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  18. kyle

    For people who say that the raising taxes on the top 2% would hurt the economy, lets take a stroll down memory lane:

    Bush Era – 36% top tax bracket with on 1-8 million jobs created and the largest gap between CEO compensation vs. Average employee compensation. also, Average American lost $7,500 worth of purchasing power

    Clinton Era – lowest unemployment since WWII, 23 million jobs create, largest increase in the middle class, and Average American gained $5,000 in purchasing power

    The facts show that lowest incoming tax does not create jobs. In fact the CBO recently reported the most stimulative thing for the economy is to extend unemployment. the lease stimulative is tax cuts; especially for the top 2%.

    Lastly, if the 36% tax bracket helps to create jobs, WHERE ARE THE DAMNED JOBS? I'll tell China and India

    December 2, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  19. sameeker

    This is typical. The repugs are putting the "Boehner" to the poor and working class.

    December 2, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  20. Working my butt off

    Someone must have droped a stupid bomb on the U.S. The " rich pay more taxs already " Im sure you have heard of tax brackets . the more you make the more you pay !!!! My husband and i have earned our money the hard way 14 hour days 7 days a week when you were sitting at home during the weekend we were working toward our future we have done this for 14 years . You have a choice Get off your duff find something to make money on the weekend . For yourself !!!!! stop taking from others we work for ourselves NOT FOR YOU !!!!!!!

    December 2, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  21. kyle

    Tax breaks for the rich do not create jobs, they have been in place for almost ten years, where are the jobs, anyone who believes they create jobs are chicken crap!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 2, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  22. Ramrod

    Boner is a specialized proctologist; he doesn't use his hands.

    December 2, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  23. Mongy1951

    Once again the republicans demonstrate that they incapable of cooperating on key issues but will sure strut about the floor of the House and Senate beating their chests "yeah, we have a mandate" What they are missing is that in the past ferw elections the American voters have tossed out people who just don't get it. I think I can safely predict that we'll see a lot of new faces in 2 years.

    December 2, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  24. James

    No poor person has ever created a job, when Obama raises taxes on Small Business like he is planning on in January, how do you think they'll respond? By creating more jobs? You liberals are morons. If you paid taxes, would you spend more when you had to pay more? No, keep taxing businesses like this and they will keep going to China.

    December 2, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  25. Mike

    No ... Mr Boner ... it only means you didn't get what you want. So sit in the corner and pout. You can repeal this too when you gain the majority next month ... and show you want to add to the debt.

    December 2, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
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