Republicans blame Democrats for economic uncertainty
December 19th, 2011
04:26 PM ET
11 years ago

Republicans blame Democrats for economic uncertainty

New York (CNNMoney) - House Republicans say the two-month payroll tax cut extension passed overwhelmingly by the Senate would inject uncertainty into the economy.

"A two-month extension creates uncertainty and will cause problems for people who are trying to create jobs in the private sector," House Speaker John Boehner said Monday.


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  1. diridi

    I strongly and vehemently blame GOP and Republican idiots. I also blame Reagan, and Bush.....former departed and later there...

    December 19, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Republicans are the party of blame others for their own incompetency. They have practiced lying and deceit so long, they are truly experts. Of course it helps to have the foreign owned media, Fox, repeating their lies 24/7.

    December 19, 2011 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  3. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Incompetent Democrats have now put our country on a day to day funding and spending plan. What do expect from fools that can't pass a budget in 3 years? Are these the financial incompetents you want running this country America?!! WAKE UP!!! A sixth grader knows how to run a lemonade stand better than the Democrats!

    December 19, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  4. Andrew

    So wait, it passed 'overwhelmingly' in the Senate? Meaning some Republicans voted for it also....
    But somehow its all on the democrats.
    I have news for Boehner. The uncertainty is coming from an overall USELESS congress, the one you preside over MR SPEAKER.....

    December 19, 2011 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  5. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Republicans have no long term plan, never did, never will. More cheap talk, unless they can come up with a plan that will include anti abortion language.

    December 19, 2011 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  6. billy

    They had a chance to extend the tax cut in a clean bill for a full year and refused to do it.

    Why isn't the media pointing this out?

    December 19, 2011 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  7. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Republicans are destroying America. We call it Bonicide in honor of the speaker.

    December 19, 2011 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  8. GI Joe

    Hmmmm – maybe a "clean tax cut" should have been passed a long time ago. Who did that?

    Funny that the wealthiest tax cuts didn't have to be paid for.

    Funny that the 2 wars didn't have to be paid for.

    Not so funny that anything that helps those that NEED help has to be paid for.

    Vote the baggers out in 2012. It was bad before, it's gotten worse this past year.

    December 19, 2011 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  9. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I cannot help but wonder if 60% of the voters will stay home in the 2012 elections, and thus give the GOP a win. I think that republicans will not be able to suppress the votes against them this time, as most Americans are mad as hell with the GOP.

    December 19, 2011 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  10. Four and The Door

    Uncertainty is absolutely a problem when business managers and owners are considering new investments like hiring, buying equipment and even developing new products. Short term tax breaks and politically driven economic decisions by the federal government just make it more difficult for businesses to commit as they need to for an economic recovery.

    The Obama Administration does not have a comprehensive economic plan. It did have one but it did not work. It was based on massive government spending kick-starting the economy. They have no new ideas going forward, just more of the same.

    December 19, 2011 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  11. Ben Dover

    Republicans blame Dems for everything....The party of DOOR KNOBS (GOP).

    December 19, 2011 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |

    ...a do-nothing House of Representativesheaded by you, Mr. Boehner. Oh, where are the jobs?

    December 19, 2011 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  13. chilly g

    the speaker and cantor hate the preisdent because he black and in there heart they can not accept that.
    the speaker and cantor would reather american decline before they work with the president.they want the
    president to loose at all cost period.

    December 19, 2011 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  14. Former Republican, now an Independent

    What a joke these republicans are! They stall every decision until the 11th hour and then want to play politics.

    December 19, 2011 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    Thanks GOPers/Teatrolls. I now know where I'd like to stick the Pork Pipeline. Which one of you wants to go first?

    December 19, 2011 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  16. R

    Republicans blame Democrats, Democrats blame Rebuplicans...when did our elected officials get replaced by a group of 4 year olds?

    Both parties are to blame – either through action or inaction. Both sides have proven their uselessness when it comes to standing up for those that actually voted for them. How they can look themselves in the mirror is beyond me. I think both sides will be surprised to see how many of their own get handed a pink slip next year.

    December 19, 2011 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  17. Argyle

    I don't care which side is to blame, but my take is simple I will vote for anyone new. I am sick and tired of a congress and a government that sits high above and skates away with money when the people have none. They have insurance when we have none. They have a job where they lie and cheat us out of our money. My spouse is being laid off because of the economic disturbance that congress is causing. They promised building jobs to engineers and now refuse to pay the bill. They are causing national guards to lay off more workers because they refuse to pay. I think if there was a way I could refuse to pay them I would have done that a long time ago. It was always my impression you should only get paid when you perform your job and they have done absolutely nothing for months.

    December 19, 2011 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  18. MTATL67

    Congressional Republicans under the leadership of Sen. McConnell, Rep Cantor and Rep. Boehner have steered Congress with the "No to Everything" Policy. They cannot present any legislation that has helped someone get a job, helped a business open its doors or a family that was able to stay in their home. Congressional Republicans have opposed and blocked nearly everything the President has proposed and now they want blame others for their opposition to recovery. Through them out in 2012 and let’s get folks in Congress that will work. Maybe Independent candidates is the way to go in 2012.

    December 19, 2011 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    WAKE UP!!! A sixth grader knows how to run a lemonade stand better than the Democrats!

    And who would better know how a sixth grader thinks than you, Truth As Only You See It?

    December 19, 2011 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  20. ObamaCares

    Bener and his bunch of fools need to go. He should be glad that I'm not a cussing man.

    December 19, 2011 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  21. Sniffit

    Right. 2 month extension injects uncertainty into the economy, but playing games with the extension, packing the bill with all sorts of ideological partisan agenda wishlist items right at the last second in hopes you can use the impending deadline as leverage to force everyone to accept your completely irrelevant, unrelated wishlist in order to extend the payroll tax cuts...that's perfectly reasonable and has nothing to do with injecting uncertainty into the economy. And for that matter, brinking the country to the brink of a default on its debts while your extremist fringe-lunatic base screams for a default...all while yet again turning a routine legislative act into a hostage so you can make demands that your ideological partisan agenda wishlist be enacted...and thereby causing a downgrading of the nation's credit rating...THAT is perfectly reasonable and has nothing to do with economic uncertainty either. And shutdown threats? Oh, the shutdowns...more routine legislation turned into a hostage game in order to make ideological partisan agenda wishlist demands...jus tlike they did in the '90's when Netwered set the precedent that shutdowns and breaking gov't would be the new and improved way of trying to jam your conservative exrtemism down everyone's throats in an attempt to wreck Medicare, SS and turn the middle class into third world labor. Yeah, the GOP/Teatrolls offer nothing but certainty: it's a 100% sure thing you're getting hozed whether they get what they want or throw a nutty because they didn't.

    December 19, 2011 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  22. Chuck Mabute

    If the only reason a job exists is because of tax policy, then we have bigger problems. Every honest business person knows you don't determine the fate of your business based on tax policy. If 2% is going to make or break your business, you have other problems to worry about.

    These politicians must thinkl the business community and the general public is pretty stupid.

    December 19, 2011 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  23. Roger

    These Republicans are so hypocritical it would be funny if it wasn't so tragic. Speaker Boehner – get your act together and pass this extension as the senate did working together. You seem to have no control over these tea party obstructionists. It's a crying shame we have to wait until next November to get rid of them.

    December 19, 2011 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  24. Sniffit

    "e politicians must thinkl the business community and the general public is pretty stupid."

    And do you disagree with that assessment after what Novemebr 2010 has earned us?

    December 19, 2011 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  25. Sniffit

    "It was based on massive government spending kick-starting the economy. "

    Which is why the GOP/Teatrolls threw a fit trying to make it as small and ineffectiev as possible instead of listening to the general professional consensus among economists that it needed to be much larger.

    December 19, 2011 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
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