Speaker Boehner on debt talks: Like dealing with Jell-O
July 13th, 2011
05:24 PM ET
11 years ago

Speaker Boehner on debt talks: Like dealing with Jell-O

(CNN) - In a meeting to discuss the status of debt talks with reporters in his Capitol Hill office today House Speaker John Boehner said, “What the President is asking us to do just won’t pass.” Of the White House he insisted, “The only thing they’ve been firm on is these damn tax increases.”

The Speaker believes the broad set of options discussed during the daily White House meetings would not muster enough support within his caucus because they would raise taxes and demand smaller, less meaningful cuts than needed.


Filed under: Debt • Deficit • John Boehner • President Obama
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  1. GI Joe

    Oh Yeah? Kinda like the republicans writing a bill, backing it, presenting it, and as soon as President Obama said OK, send it to me, the VOTED AGAINST IT. THEIR OWN BILLS. SEVERAL TIMES.

    Give the man a bottle – he's more sane when he's smashed.

    July 13, 2011 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  2. FM

    No one can reach on an agreement if they stick of what they want/believe in. It is totally wastage of time even to dare going to the meeting while in mind, you know you will never let what you stick on go! To me Boehner has acted not as someone who is there to solve problems, but rather to show up his face that he is there !

    July 13, 2011 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  3. California Conservative

    U.S.’s Aaa Debt Rating Placed on Review for Possible Downgrade by Moody’s
    QBy Greg Chang – Jul 13, 2011 2:02 PM PT

    What it going to be Mr. Obama? Are you willing to make a deal or will you collapse the economy?

    July 13, 2011 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    "“What the President is asking us to do just won’t pass.” Of the White House he insisted, “The only thing they’ve been firm on is these damn tax increases.”"

    Here's an idea, Captain Orangeglow: You've got control over the House...take responsibility with your majority for how this plays out and enact what WILL pass your caucus and if the Dems don't vote for it at all, then "so be it." SHOW US WHAT THE GOP STANDS FOR. DO IT YOU SISSY. Or are you afraid that the American people might actually not be quite so gung-ho for scrapping Medicare, SS, Medicaid, welfare, etc., as you like to claim...and you're only willing to do it if you can spread the blame to Obama and the Dems? WIELD YOUR BIG STICK, TOUGH GUY. WE DARE YOU.

    July 13, 2011 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  5. S. Kent

    How many times have you heard the Republicans say that a miniscule amount of revenue will be raised by the steps the President wants them to take – once, 10 times, 50 times ??

    If it is so small, then WHY NOT give the Democrats what they've asked for? Why not concede it? The massive spending cuts the GOP claims to want would be done.

    Mr. Boehner, tonight at 9 PM, hold a news conference to announce that the Republicans have decided to give the President the MINISCULE Revenue Enhancements he wants – then you will have Mr. Obama over a barrell. Seems simple to most of us out here in America

    July 13, 2011 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  6. Jilli

    Well, it seems pointless to try to negotiate with boehner when he has no influence in his party. It's a waste of time. The republican party is in total disarray, and we're the ones that will pay for their ineffectivenss. The republican "leaders" prove, once again, that they're incapable of leading anything. In their alternate reality they believe that Americans don't want compromise – yet every poll shows that they do. Just like the republicans claim the debt and the deficit are the top priorities, when polling shows it jobs. They're living in their own world with a very tenuous grasp on reality.

    July 13, 2011 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  7. Four and The Door

    “The only thing they’ve been firm on is these damn tax increases.”
    Fortunately Speaker Boehner is standing up for the American taxpayer. People who make $250,000 a year also get hurt with cuts in Social Security and Medicare and they are already paying higher and more taxes than everyone else. Liberal love to quote Warren Buffet as if he is a typical $250k a year worker. He makes about $250,000 a day.

    After $15 trillion of debt it is time the government realized what a runaway freight train it has become. It's time to slow it down, put on the brakes and get serious about managing the government. This is why John Boehner became Speaker in January and he remembers who sent him there. The majority of American voters.

    July 13, 2011 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  8. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Of the White House he insisted, “The only thing they’ve been firm on is these damn tax increases.”
    What's the matter Boo-Hoo negotiations NOT going your way? President NOT being the pushover you were hoping for?
    He picked his battle to take his stand with you didn't he, and he's got the strenght of MILLIONS upon MILLIONS of us middle-classers backing him up and helping him stand up to your traitorous, terroristic shenanigans.
    Shut it down if you've got the cojones, we do.

    July 13, 2011 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  9. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    And what do you mean "...it WON'T pass"?
    You guys are the picture in the dictionary right next to the word "lockstep", so come the hell on. It'll pass when you decide that you want it to pass. Let the President and his people handle the Dems and you handle your minions. Tell them to vote 'YES' and they will.
    You know it and the entire U.S. of A knows it, so cut the crap.

    July 13, 2011 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  10. pmk1953

    The jello is boner's spine. He doesn't have the b@lls to stand up to the teaturds and norquist and do what's right. This mess came about by spending too much and reducing the country's income (taxes) at the same time. If my bill get too high, I cut spending and try to raise my income. I don't try to lower my income. The repub are so beholden to special groups and the rich that they are willing to take us all down to please them.

    July 13, 2011 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  11. rs

    You Know Boehner- only one guy keeps changing what he is saying. He belongs to the Anti-American Republican Tea Party- YOU!

    July 13, 2011 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    "and they are already paying higher and more taxes than everyone else. Liberal love to quote Warren Buffet as if he is a typical $250k a year worker."

    Funny. First, no they're not. The average effective income tax rate paid by the exrtemely wealthy is about 17-18% due to the offsetting effect of capital gains tax remaining at 15%. The average middle-class family pays int he 30% range. Don't believe me? Buffet pays about 17.7% effective tax rate and his employees all pay an average of 32.9%. Second, in supporting his position that taxes need to be increased on the rich and that the rich are waging and winning the class war by destroying the middle-class, Buffet has publicly admitted and cited that he paid a lower effective tax rate than his secretary. Third, you can stop with the patronizing nonsense talking point blather about "it's time to." What it's time to do is start recognizing that the ORDER OF EVENTS determines what the problem is. In this case, REVENUE WAS CUT BEFORE SPENDING. That is just about the single most FISCALLY IRRESPONSIBLE thing you can do. We therefore have a revenue problem...no bones about it. Pretending the Bush tax cuts are permanent and that taxes, which are lower than they have been for 60+ years, are "too high" (when the reality is that middle-class salaries, across the board, have been kept too low in order to create that very set of pressures), doesn't solve the problem. The people who have benefitted most from the GOP's fiscal irresponsibility in 2001 and 2003 shoudl have to pay to fix it, not the people who have been most harmed by it.

    July 13, 2011 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  13. S. In California - Obama 2012

    Yes orange man you would think of Jello but putting that aside –
    “The American people want us to hang tough,” he says. And adds, the White House knows “they’re not winning” this argument.

    What American people? What planet did this jerk come from? This American can't stand you or your kind so go cry at the bars and leave the business to the adults.

    July 13, 2011 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  14. yasmine

    All the time Bush was running up the debt the gop and teapartiers were ok with it

    July 13, 2011 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  15. John

    You Republican are just about having all of America on your door step. we are feed up with you Republican not wheeling to do anything but say no. Why are you protecting the Rich and big Business and letting the rest of America down. Reminder you took and Swear a OATH when you took office. You Republican are not giving a Inch. You are not even trying to Compromise at all. All you are doing Is losing vote for 2012 ,because you republican are making a lot of American People mad. I bet you John Beohner won't be the speaker of the House In 2012. Republican don't do anything but LIE.

    July 13, 2011 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  16. GI Joe

    So many people believe this is a game of "how do we make the other person lose".

    It's not about the other person, the other political party, ITS ABOUT THE U.S.A.

    Too much devious game-playing in this country. Bullies.

    July 13, 2011 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  17. GI Joe

    he remembers who sent him there. The majority of American voters
    Wrong - he was sent there on a promise to create JOBS, JOBS, JOBS.

    How many jobs will the default create? BE SPECIFIC.

    July 13, 2011 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  18. GI Joe

    And furthermore, THE MAJORITY OF AMERICANS SENT PRESIDENT OBAMA THERE. If the republicans can't compromise on anything, then they are in the wrong line of work.

    The tea-baggers will be voted out in 2012.

    July 13, 2011 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  19. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    I think the GOP figured Obama would have CAVED by now. Good job Mr President. Somebody has to look out for the middle class as so far it sure ain't the Republicans.
    The righties that post here defending such actions need to explain why job creation went DOWN during the first decade after the tax cuts. Facts don't lie..look it up. Tax cuts DO NOT CREATE JOBS! Only a moron would keep doing something over and over again that doesn't work. Well perhaps that is the reason right there.

    July 13, 2011 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  20. The Obama Recession Continues Unabated, Obama Depression on the way

    Do taxes drive spending? YES. The more the government taxes, the more it spends. Money is power in DC. To you it is just your paycheck.

    Does spending drive taxes? YES. The more that is spent, the more taxes are needed, or money needs to be borrowed.

    How do you stop the endless drive for more spending and taxes and borrowing? SELF CONTROL. The Democrats have none. There is always a great new government entitlement they want. The government has now become the babysitter of the country complements of the Democrats.

    July 13, 2011 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  21. Soldier

    It's amazing how people on this blog try to defend the "Bush tax Cuts" when I would bet a full months pay that 100% of you all make under $250,000 and are probably looking forward to SS and Medi Care! Same goes for complaining about BIG Government and everything else...we have seen what happens if you have a Natural Disaster in your Region...the Republicans are against helping the American people! But, like kids we will get what we ask for....so no complaining when the Republicans come into power....the middle class will be destroyed and we can only blame ourselves for being IGNORANT to the facts! Divide and Conquer, that's the game. They're playing Chess while we play checkers!

    July 13, 2011 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  22. A Kickin` Donkey

    Four, ny friend you are so wrong, I don`t know where to begin.

    Let`s just say that Mr. Boehner was assured to be out of a job as soon as the President revealed the GOP is standing between Grandma and her Social Security check.

    Most of us that make $250K or more, have no problem paying 3% points more in our marginal tax rates. I`m more concerned about how my reset rate on my Jumbo will be impacted because of this GOP gimmicktry – but you know all about that, right?

    July 13, 2011 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |