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."

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soundoff (307 Responses)
  1. Are you people nuts

    Looking at the comments posted here, I think you people are nuts. Less than a month ago the Dems got a clear message sent by the worst loss in history at a midterm election. They had full control of both sides of congress and the White House. So what do they do in the lame duck session? More of the same. Claim they want bipartisan discussions and progress, then first thing up they put a Dem only bill up for vote and then cry the other side won't work with them.

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

    Can you say rich man's toady? Today's republicans can be lucky so many Americans are stupid enough to vote against their own financial interests and keep electing these clowns!

    December 2, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  3. David in Seattle

    We keep hearing that this wealthy group is the one who provides the jobs and their tax burden shouldn't be increased. Can someone please post a reference to prove that. On the contrary, we've had 10 years of their tax rate reduced and look where we are now. Also, during the pre-recession seven years during the tax cuts, we had the weakest job growth since the 50's. This can be checked by checking the Department of Labor statistics.

    December 2, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  4. David, CA

    Surprised Bonner showed up for his dog and pony show- oh yea, it's too cold to play golf in DC in Dec. He's an expert on cr$p. GOP has been peddling it for decades.

    December 2, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  5. John

    The american people want jobs and a decent economy, you redumblicans could not even handle that, look what your boss did and now you want to go back to that, listen for once and maybe you would know what we want....

    December 2, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  6. PalmReader

    Chicken Crap? What an unfortunate term Boehner uses to represent the millions of Americans whom this vote will most affect. Not that we aren't used to being treated as such by Boehner and his GOPer cohorts. In their quest to destroy President Obama, these elected GOPers actually relish taking down those of us who support our President as well. GOPers truly DO want to control America with a GOPer dictatorship reign. Perhaps Boehner has forgotten that he and his party is most responsible for this debate. It is THEY, using Congressional reconciliation, who put the 10 year max on Bush's taxation agenda to begin with.

    December 2, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  7. Gross Old Pukes

    i think that the only thing that could possibly get their attention would be self-immolation on the Capitol steps.

    December 2, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  8. Compromise is a simple word, look it up if you don't know what it means

    The problem with your argument "Four and the Door" of "Trying to raise taxes right now on people who create jobs is completely reckless" is that the rich ARE NOT CREATING NEW JOBS!!! They are pocketing the money and making it look like their company made a profit meanwhile they are quick to lay off workers.

    I got no problem with cutting the rich taxes under one circumstance, that for create jobs!!! If a company posts a 10% profit and layed off 100 workers, well guess where that 10% profit came from? Sadly that is happening all too often right now.

    If I make more than $250,000 then by all means tax me. I have no issue with it. Rich should take a page out of Warren Buffet's book.

    December 2, 2010 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  9. aranhas

    Dems aren't stupid. They know the impact on small businesses a tax increase will have. They knew how many jobs were lost to the increased minimum wage. They know the impact the illegals have on the unemployment rate for Americans. They do these things to buy votes. That's it. Buy votes. Split the classes, pander to the largest group they can buy, and stay in power. It is all about little kids who were bullied in school or couldn't get a date and now have power. They will keep it at any cost to us. I was a democrat. My family are all democrats – except me. I am the only one to have a college degree. The rest of them enjoy the freebies they get from the Chicago machine. They'll vote for anyone who will give them a few bucks. That is the Democratic way.

    December 2, 2010 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  10. walkawayok

    So America, with all of the last year's protests, marchs, tea party outrage, ad naseum, this is what it boils down to? This is the big message you wanted congress and the president to hear? Tax cuts for the rich? Never would have guessed.
    DEMAND provides jobs, not tax cut for the rich. People must spend to create DEMAND which creates JOBS.

    December 2, 2010 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  11. Liberals Don't Get It

    When are you liberals on these blogs going to get the message as to what the USA public wants. Also how about providing some proof on that $700 Billion tax break for the wealthest if tax relief is extended. Don't you get it they will be using that money to create jobs and the rest will have to be used to provide health insurance to the employees. If you keep telling a lie long enough you will start to believe it and you liberals have been doing this far too long..

    December 2, 2010 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  12. Alistair

    America oh America election has consequences and this is what happens when you elect people like Boehner.

    December 2, 2010 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  13. Sasha

    My, my ... the hate and envy for 'the rich' is just palpable on these boards. Perhaps rather than advocating for a tax code that pits Americans against Americans (the go-to play of Democrats for decades) we should realize that -all- of us, rich and poor, are part of the same economy, that we're all citizens, and that extending tax cuts for -all- Americans, rather than demonizing 'the rich' is the more useful and public-minded path. Give a man who makes $50,000 a 5% tax cut, and he has $2500 more to potentially add to the economy. Give a man who makes $5,000,000 the same tax cut, and the amount of funds freed from government lockdown is a quarter of a million ... money that is invested, put to work, and used to buy products you and I make. Keep taxing the rich, and they will shelter their assets rather than risk putting them to work giving other people a chance to become rich too. Work hard. Achieve. Don't just envy, hate, and try to tear down others.

    December 2, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  14. these2lanes

    So how many jobs were created and how much prosperity did the bush tax breaks bring in the last decade??

    Are you reps seriously trying to argue that they work?? Talk about misguided ! HA

    December 2, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  15. DarthInCO

    Boner should listen to what his Republican colleague, author or supply-side economics (trickle-down) David Stockman now says about the theory, "it doesn't work and creates a HUGE deficit". The arrogance of these nimrods. Make the most vulnerable suffer until the filthy rich get what they want but don't need. To those tauting the wealthy need the tax break "extended" so they can create more jobs, heh! Have you been sleeping for the last 8 years? Tax cuts in place and we're hemorrhaging jobs. You need more proof than that?

    December 2, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  16. Peter s

    Sorry Mr. Boehner! but calling the middle class tax cuts Chicken Crap is jut laughable "extending tax cuts for those making $250,000 or less, calling the move "chicken crap." Look come up with solutions not name calling that won't solve the problem!. Again explain to us why the chicken crap should not extended and why the Bush tax cut should be extended! or should we also call it dog crap! dog is bigger than chicken!!!. But you failed to explain the important issues Bush Tax cuts are still in motion but the trickle down rove economics failed " DIDN'T CREATE JOBS" then and it wont create now.

    December 2, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  17. SidearmS

    You know, I say we call their bluff. Let's NOT give in to these domestic terrorists and force a $700 Billion campaign kickback to pass.

    Let's let all the tax cuts expire – ALL OF THEM. That way the 2% at the top can share in everyone else's pain. Then next year, when the Senate realigns and The Democratic Party can be as obstructionist as The Republican Party and block everything they want to do just like John and his buddies are doing right now, they might get a clue and figure out that pulling ultimatiums and crybaby demands is not why they got elected in the first place.

    I mean, isn't saving over $700 billion more important than saving $3 billion? Because last time I checked, just like the unemployment figures have, those "2% folks" were NOT creating jobs anyway. So when the "2% folks" create enough jobs here to get unemployment under 5%, then maybe they can have their precious tax cut.

    This time, let's all share the pain and maybe they will understand. John Boehner is a snake oil salesman of the worst kind. You do not want to extend unemployment over the holidays, then maybe you do not need a tax cut either...

    December 2, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  18. LMMinMD

    Many of you on here just do not get it. I have a small business with 10 employees. If all of these tax cuts are not extended, I will be forced to lay off at least one of my employees. If this happens to many of the millions of small businesses, just wait and see how high unemployment can go. You need to learn the facts and not just listen to what politicians tell you. The point of the tax break is not to make Bill Gates richer. It is to save hundreds of thousands of small business jobs.

    December 2, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  19. DavidNBK

    Figures.... We need cuts for under 250K, we don't need to extend cuts for those making millions. I wish the GOP would get their hand out of my pocket! If we let the cuts go on, who's going to pay for the missing 700 Billion Dollars? And don't give me that we'll cut the ear marks cr*p, those only amount to a tiny 18B. You can't cut 700B worth of services in addition to the other cuts – Did you not learn anything during the Bush years?! Read your history, Reagan caused the same problem. Unless we are wiling to take a 50% cut out of Military spending and, or say, another 50% out of Social Security, then how will we fund that missing 700B? And please don't respond with some drivel about how those people will spend the money, thus causing trickle down into our pockets and increasing the tax intake by the Feds.. G-d, that's lame and has never been proven to work – Except for those few who already have the money!

    December 2, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  20. Pretzel Logic

    "Boehner argued that Democrats were ignoring the message from voters last month who shifted control of the House of Representatives to Republicans." Funny I don't remember any voters screaming for "Tax cuts for the Rich!" during the election cycle. Perhaps it's Mr. Boehner who's not getting the message.

    December 2, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  21. Chuck Anaheim, Ca

    So while your hyperventilating orangeman tell us where the jobs are? Youve had a month and not squat has happened. Your time is up. NEXT!

    December 2, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  22. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Definition of "chicken crap": Republicans cancelled 1st "slurpee summit, Republicans finally agree to meet with President Obama on their terms after they made a concensous among them to say the meeting went well and the very next day Republicans say they will vote NO to everything until the taxes for the rich are continued. Now Mr. Boehner, eat your own "chicken crap" because you don't stand in the line of fire and not expect to get fired upon. LOL

    December 2, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    The nation cannot afford a higher debt, its time the rich start paying more taxes then the poor, as it stands now the poor pay more % of taxes then the rich do. Cut the loopholes and make the rich whiners start paying their fair share

    December 2, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  24. delilahjones

    Boehner should take everyting he said and reverse it to apply to the Repugs. The GOP is playing with the lives and welfare of millions of Americans to satisfy their wealthy cronies! The ought to be ashamed! They talk about not not extending unemployment because it is not paid for, but the 7 trillion dollars for the wealthys' tax cuts are not paid for either, but they don't seem to have a problem with that!

    December 2, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  25. awaker

    The ultimatum backfried, I want to watch the repubs vote against a tax cut for the bottom 98.5.

    December 2, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
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