Durbin goes after Boehner on GOP tax stance
September 18th, 2011
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Durbin goes after Boehner on GOP tax stance

(CNN) - Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin pointed his political arrow at House Speaker John Boehner on Sunday over the Republican Party's tax stance.

"I wonder if John Boehner knows what it sounds like when he continues to say the position of the Republican Party in America is that you can't impose one more penny in taxes on the wealthiest people," Durbin said on CNN's "State of the Union." "I wonder if he understands how that sounds in Ohio, to working families who are struggling paycheck to paycheck."

While President Barack Obama has a plan to address job creation and the rising national deficit, Republicans "continue to criticize any effort to step forward and do something positive to move this economy," the Illinois senator said. Durbin said the president's $447 billion jobs bill will likely arrive on the Senate floor for consideration next month.

His criticism comes the day before President Obama is set to unveil the details of a separate comprehensive deficit reduction plan that would include a proposal to ensure wealthy Americans pay the same percentage of their income in taxes as middle-income Americans. Few details of the so-called Buffett Rule, a new tax rate for people earning more than $1 million a year, were available Sunday.

But Boehner, as recently as last week, reiterated his opposition to any tax increases as part of a deficit reduction package, making passage of such a bill difficult in the Republican-controlled House.

On the CNN program Sunday, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said the Buffett Rule is a "political move by the president" and an example of class warfare by the Obama White House.

Durbin, however, insisted that the plan is not a political move intended to paint Republicans as protectors of the wealthy.

Looking ahead to the president's jobs legislation, Graham left the door open to considering the payroll tax cut and some infrastructure spending in the plan, but said those steps will only spur job creation in the short term.

“You can have all the stimulus you want. Until you change Obama’s policies that have frozen job hiring that’s made everything worse, we’re going to stay right where we are, bumping along the bottom,” Graham said.

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  1. DENNA

    "I wonder if John Boehner knows what it sounds like when he continues to say the position of the Republican Party in America is that you can't impose one more penny in taxes on the wealthiest people," Durbin said on CNN's "State of the Union." "I wonder if he understands how that sounds in Ohio, to working families who are struggling paycheck to paycheck."
    No Senator Durbin, he does not know. But more importantly, he does not care. He can get middle class people to keep voting for him by lying to them and playing on whatever fears he can, then he thumbs his nose at them when he gets reelected. Giving tax break exclusively to the wealthy isn't the problem. The problem is that they are not creating jobs so that everyone else can live decently. ATTENTION BOEHNER: IF YOU WANT DEFICIT REDUCTION, WE NEED JOBS SO THAT THERE WILL BE MORE TAX PAYERS! DUUUHHH!

    September 18, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  2. Hammerer

    I wonder if Durbin and the Dems know what they sound like when they say that Americas that work hard and make sacrifices to excel in life and are successful should pay the way for the slackers, the lazy, the freeloaders and those that demand a free ride?

    September 18, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    I guess most senators are millionares so why should worry about the working class

    September 18, 2011 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  4. ForTheCommonGood

    On this coming Christmas Day, the 25th of December, I am going to set myself on fire in Washington, D.C. in protest of the maltreatment of America's Middle-Class by the republican party and john boehner. I have no political representation in this country anymore because of being middle-class. The middle-class is left totally out of the decision making for the political direction of this country, due to the shady politics of the republican party and john boehner, who just want to disagree for political gain, and I refuse to live like that.

    September 18, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  5. Jim

    What does Dick Durbin know about anything. This jerk is keeping 7 million Americans out of jobs by supporting illegal aliens over American workers. His Dream Act Amnesty would make it even more difficult for Americans to find jobs and he has pushed this for the past 10 years. This guy getting re-elected year after year shows you how stupid voters in Illinois really are. Illinois also gave us Obama and his socialist policies. Illinois also just got a 60% to 70% tax increase supported by the tax and spend democrats. GET THE DEMONCRATS OUT OF THERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 18, 2011 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  6. d

    We need to all pay ...those among us with jobs that is...part of the spending is 2 wars. we as a people have not paid any increase to cover that. . the tax code should be changed as well. i would like to see these things done as well as the jobs bill passed! by the way rep ryan is a dope! class warfare has been going on forever! funny how the gop spin stuff and omit or lie.

    September 18, 2011 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  7. lisa2010

    The "Bush's Tax Cut " era is still in effect until the end of 2012... and so far its not helping the unemployed.. the republicans will not even consider raising in taxes, although the tax rate is already is in their lowest ever, especially for the rich.. this tax proposal that the president will introduce will be only those who makes over one million dollars... that will help boost the revenue a liittle, after all how many of us makes over a million dollars, unless you're the winner on America's Got Talent.. the republicans is once keeping us hostage, or they're trying to hold out until "John Wayne" gets voted into office next year.. okay we all will be riding off into the sunset, no job, no money, no home etc.. well i think i'll pawn my horse..lol

    September 18, 2011 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  8. Lee58

    Dick Dirtbag is another Obama – a CLASS WARFARE inciter. They have nothing of any substance to offer so they resort to pathetic solutions.

    EVERYONE no matter how much they make should pay SOMETHING! This country is going to be ruined because so many people are demanding to be taken care of and the Democrats encourage it!

    Wake up people – they just want to keep you on their plantation so they can continue to RULE! It's all about the power they wield – they don't really give a crap about you.

    September 18, 2011 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  9. Barry In Las Vegas

    I am so sick of these multi-milionare Democrats in the Senate and the House talking about taxing the rich. If they feel so strongly about it, how about showing us their incomtax return, lets see how much they donate to charities and how many tax loopholes they personally take advantage of.

    If the feel like this is the right thing to do – they should be leading by example and volentarily write a check to the treasury in the additional taxes the believe they are underpaying. That goes for Warren Buffet too.

    September 18, 2011 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  10. Sam

    I'm tired of hearing the same Republican line "taxing job creators". They create jobs, but not in this country.

    September 18, 2011 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  11. Matize

    This is not about raising any discernable revenue, this is about upping Obama’s re-election odds — millionaires and billionaires are always ten steps ahead of the tax man…politicians promising to go after the wealthy on behalf of the little guy is a worn out old con job.

    When states implement this crowd pleasing ‘go after the wealthy in the name of fairness’ line –think California, New York, Maryland…the wealthy simply move out. They vote with their feet and financial planners.

    This “jobs” bill is a complete farce. It won’t be passed, the tax hikes won’t be passed, Nobody knows that better than Obama who has little else to run on besides: “Congress is protecting millionaires.”

    Under Kenyan rules, you are a “millionaire” and one of the evil unfair “rich” if you make more than $200,000.

    September 18, 2011 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  12. Jason

    Would you rather have this supposed "class warfare" now? or a peasant revolt in 50 years when we're all reduced to the fiefdoms of the middle-ages. You can only concentrate wealth for so long before the population snaps. The only thing holding people back right now are the unemployment programs and the ability to find food. Once people are out of work AND starving, you'll get to see what class warfare really looks like.

    September 18, 2011 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  13. once upon a horse

    the GOP says that they want to do the will of the American people.....of course they only want to do that when they AGREE with the will of the American people. I have yet to see a poll that says the American people do NOT want shared sacrifice and have the wealthy pay their share. But somehow the GOP turns a blind eye to this. Look at the new release of the poverty rate in the richest nation on earth and see who is fueling the so-called class warfare. But when you have conservatives that would cheer allowing an uninsured person to die without aiding him we can see where the GOP stands.

    September 18, 2011 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  14. bill

    omg you must not understand how society works. capitalism does not exist in a vacuum. general electric has 4 billion in profits a year and pays zero tax. how is that fair? o so if we expect them to pay any tax at all theyre going to take their business out of the country? give me a break. the bottom line, is that corporations with sky rocketing profits expatriate their money and resources solely to cut their costs and increase their already staggering profits at the expense of the american worker. even if you cut corporate taxes, they won't spend that money on jobs, they'll continue to increase their profits. these activities are simply unpatriotic.

    September 18, 2011 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  15. Matize

    Bill Clinton on Sunday said President Obama could still win reelection if voters conclude he had a credible economic plan that was “thwarted” by Republicans in Congress.

    Even Clinton knows Obama only has one card left to play..the Victim Card.

    Pass This Bill Right Away!...Dick Durban says we'll get to it....in October.

    September 18, 2011 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
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