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. EdH

    What kind of idiot can believe that letting people keep the money they earned is "welfare"? It is not the governments money in the first place. That's funny. Welfare is giving money to people that haven't earned it. It isn't letting people who have earned it keep it.

    December 2, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  2. Jimbo

    It would be ironic if all of the unemployed turned out to be GOP voters, but that's probably too much to hope for.

    December 2, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  3. Gene

    Wealthy Wall Streeters, Wealthy Bankers, Wealthy Politicians, and Wealthy Republicans, can anyone tell the difference? No, they are all the same, and all about themselves, and each only care about other, and not about whats best for America, and in particular main stream America. Can't the GOP understand that what we need now, not 1 yr, not 3 yrs, and sometime in the future is a tax break that will create jobs, get middle America moving ahead, and slow down government spending. That means that mainstream American, (not Wall Street, and not wealthy Bankers) need a tax cut to create spending and job growth. Most Small business owners do not make over $250K, and they are the ones that will create jobs for those small and middle income earners. Last but not least, they need an even higher tax rate for those bonus checks that is paid to anyone that make over $250K in regular income, meaning the Wall Streeters and Bankers.

    December 2, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  4. Maggy

    We just want the social security increase and VA benefit increase that my husband has been denied for two years. The reason for retirees not receiving increases: costs of living did not go up. We are supposed to believe that cost of living has not gone up in two years?

    December 2, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  5. Mike from Boise

    No Mr Boehner, what is chicken crap is killing the extension on unemployment benefits while fighting for the tax cut for the rich. My message to both parties, is that if you can't get your crap together by 2012 it will be replacement time for all of you!

    December 2, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  6. bob roberts

    how do some of you people come up with lines like "the rich paying their fair share"? The rich tend not to use public money to fund their schools, healthcare, police or other services. if anything they pay far more than their fair share. the only fair tax would be a flat tax that ALL pay into. Get rid of all deductions and make everyone pay 15% (even those on welfare- if they can tax unemployment than welfare should be fair game too). Balancing the budget on those that already contribute a dis proportionate amount to the tax base is wrong

    December 2, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  7. Loren

    One wonders under which circumstances Rep. Boehner became so intimately familiar with chicken crap. Perhaps some enterprising souls can supply his office with a few truckloads, just to be sure.

    December 2, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  8. Wonko the Sane

    Is it just me, or have the Republicans decided that they are going to taken this straight out of Kim Jong Il's playbook? "We will utilize insane tactics, promote policy that makes little sense for the majority of the country's people and we will not stop threatening until we get what we want!!" The tax cuts didn't make much sense back then, and they don't make much sense now. CEO's make far more than the value they add to corporations, institutional finance played dumb games with stupid bets (only it was taxpayer dollars being laid down at the blackjack table) and heaven forbid those fools give some of that money back. You cannot provide these tax cuts, reduce the deficit and still fight inane wars overseas, provide medicare to the nation's elderly (a popular item among Republicans, too) and cut all budget items that benefit all Americans. If you want to cut taxes for economic benefits, let's reduce the corporate tax rate so that our companies aren't encouraged to take as much business overseas. Maybe we could take that $700 billion and devote to updating our country's infrastructure, which is surpsingly outdated and would also provide jobs across the country. What is the point of this illusion of democracy when 98% of America keeps getting screwed without ever realizing it?

    December 2, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  9. Ted Lipniarski

    We all know how he cried on TV, we all know he is a lush drinker. Isn't America great! Just what the Middle class needs today. I have to hand it to the population. The right to vote is getting to be the sequel to DUMB & DUMBER but this time we are all in it. Gotta love it if it wasn't so sad!

    December 2, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  10. klynch67

    We elect these morons and they goto Washington and fight like teenagers. Each side throwing jabs by attacking pet projects and legislation.....meanwhile the country suffers.

    These bozos cannot even pass a budget for FY11 which started October 1st!!

    We need a shake up in washington, and a viable third party. This partisan nonsense is the REAL chicken crap!!!!

    December 2, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  11. kevin

    What a TOTAL Hyprcrite Boner is. 'Message from Voters"? Funny how they completely ignored the "message" when the voters elected the Dems to the White House, House and Super Majority Senate. How did they respond to that "will of the people"? voting no on everything. Oh, so if the voting outcomes fit into their agenda then they are valid otherwise ignore them. Got it Boner. They need to stop listening to Right Wing Propaganda Fox and actually think about how stupid their message is.

    December 2, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  12. jstillski

    rs- "spend till you drop?" who are you talking about again?

    December 2, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  13. Coffegirl

    In order for the tax breaks for the wealthy to stimulate jobs a person has to have a TAXABLE Income of $1.25 mil to equate to one $40,000 a year job. This is why I do not understand how anyone can be FOR Extending the tax break to the Rich. Tax rates may go up between 2 and 4 percent for the country’s higher earners. So, who does this affect? It’s not “people earning more than $250,000 a year.”
    The answer is: people with a taxable income of more than $250,000 a year. Taxable income is your adjusted gross income minus your exemptions and either itemized deductions or the standard deduction. And if you’re earning that much every year, you’re probably itemizing.

    December 2, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  14. Publius13

    I am against extending the Bush tax cuts in any form.

    We could not afford the tax cuts when they were passed. We cannot afford them now. And we certainly cannot afford them on a permanent basis.

    It is time that we Americans get serious, bite the bullet, and make some sacrifices. Up to now, only those who have lost their jobs and deployed military personnel have sacrificed. It is time for the rest of us to contribute.

    December 2, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  15. Kikaha

    Haven't those tax cuts for the rich been in place for 4 to 6 years? Hey where are the jobs rich folks? They complain about the government trying to stimulate the economy but what is the private sector doing about creating jobs. Come on all you rich fat cats where are the jobs? You would have to be totally insane to believe the Republicans rhetoric.

    December 2, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  16. EmeraldCity

    How eloquent. That's our new house speaker, one who can barely get his point across without stuttering or crying over his rags to riches story. And that's the GOP's best representative for the position. Scary. And fitting, too.

    December 2, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  17. Mike

    Shouldn't Boehner be getting a tan somewhere?

    December 2, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  18. Doug in NYC

    Let's see now, the party of NO and I'm sorry BP, wants to help the rich get richer, wipe out the middle class, starve poor children to death by denying them a school lunch, and help the rich create jobs IN OTHER COUNTRIES!! Those are some real good old christian and family values you're promoting there BONER!! And here I thought this was a nation founded on christian values. Guess it goes along with the other republiCANT LIE of fiscal responsibility.

    Let's make this perfectly clear, we are talking about PERSONAL income taxes, not CORPORATE income taxes. It's CORPORATE income that creates jobs, all personal income creates is jobs for the illegal imigrants who do the landscaping at wealthy americans mansions and foriegn auto companies like Ferreri and Lamborgini and Bugotti.

    December 2, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  19. sick sick of boener

    he's a boner...and a stupid is the jerk in the picture next to him...the best thing for our country would be for them both to keel over.

    December 2, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  20. Tom

    Look at this, this is what we voted into office. All of us making less than 250k (which is 98% of AMERICA, listen to them at the rallies, heard them talk and believed they could change. I want my vote back. These clowns should be recalled. What idiot will ever believe them again. They will block the tax cuts to protect the elite.

    December 2, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  21. EdH

    Those who cry about people making $250K or more getting to keep the money they have earned are jealous. What kind of self righteous person should decide that someone making more than they do should have to pay a higher rate of tax? I have an idea...why don't we allow those that want to pay more taxes pay more taxes? Go ahead and give the government your own money instead of electing someone else's money to go to the government.

    December 2, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  22. Poser

    The only chicken crap I see is coming out of the GOP leadership. The tax cuts have been in place for ten years and the wealthy didn't create jobs in America. There is nothing to indicate that extending them would suddenly cause them to start creating jobs when they weren't before. We need the revenue to lower the deficit and the rich can afford the extra 3%.

    I say pass the vote in the House and make the GOP filibuster in the Senate. The middle class tax cuts should be passed by reconciliation if necessary. The GOP needs to be forced to do what's right for the country and not just what's right for their party or for the rich.

    December 2, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  23. Whiner of the House

    Whats wrong Boner? Will this hamper your plans to screw all the uneducated poor white folk you tricked into voting republican.

    December 2, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  24. tiredodacrap

    The only thing that has stayed the say is that liar president we have....Once again, let's not discuss anything – let's just shove it through a vote, no matter what the people want. Hey – the Repubs got elected back in, that's the country's way of saying "most of us don't agree" with NoBammy and his policies.....

    December 2, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  25. Linda

    John Baynerrrr is a jack booted thug and always has been. Seems he will use only gestapo tactics now in his efforts to "cut the President off at the knees" as he and his gang declared when Obama was inaugurated. Bipartisanship was DOA before Obama set one foot inside the White House. Thanks Baynerrrr for ensuring that absolutely nothing will improve in the next two years except for your puffed up and beligerant "death to all Democrats" attitude. You are a small snake of a man.

    December 2, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
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