Boehner lays down a marker on taxes
November 6th, 2012
10:50 PM ET
10 years ago

Boehner lays down a marker on taxes

Washington (CNN) - Shortly after multiple networks projected that Republicans would retain control of the House, Speaker John Boehner took to the stage with a message that looked ahead to the battle over the fiscal cliff - the GOP isn't budging on taxes.

"With this vote, the American people have also made clear that there is no mandate for raising tax rates," Boehner told supporters at the Ronald Reagan building in Washington.

CNN reported Tuesday night that it was mathematically impossible for the GOP to win back control of the Senate, while President Barack Obama won re-election to a second term.

Congress returns next week for the lame duck session. It faces major decisions about how it will head off the series of automatic spending cuts that are set to go into effect at the beginning of next year, and the Bush era tax cuts that are due to expire at the end of December.

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soundoff (206 Responses)
  1. Flagship, NC

    Let the fiscal cliff take place. Then work it out as the fire burns the feet.The issue really is not that critical. Nobody is going to war, nobody is going to die. Higher pay outs, yes, but it be resolved much faster as the fire burns.

    November 6, 2012 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  2. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I think that the Speaker is having a gun put to his head by the teapublicans. He has to accept that there is going to be a need to raise taxes along with the spending cuts. If they refuse that, then that is the proof that they haven't a clue as to what needs to get done.

    November 6, 2012 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  3. American Voices

    Get off your high horse Boehner the voters are damn tired of your games.

    November 6, 2012 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  4. Rolf Wiegand

    Go ahead, Boehner. Wreck the country's economy. I'll do EVERYTHING I CAN to ensure your name goes down as the reason for the crash.

    November 6, 2012 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  5. LT

    Hopefully if this result holds (and it may not), President Obama comes back with a chastened humility and realize how much he lost here. He beat the only Republican candidate he could have beat. And he barely did that. Obama needs to realize he cannot lead with the arrogance and dismissive attitude he has displayed for the last four years. Higher taxes will kill the economy even further.

    November 6, 2012 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  6. TLWiz

    Ronald Reagan raised taxes when fiscal realities made it an obvious choice. He would be an outcast in today's GOP.

    November 6, 2012 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  7. Johnny South

    Go Boehner!

    November 6, 2012 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  8. chupacabra

    Yes raise tax's on the rich, Boehner you can call it anyway you wish but the people are tired ofyou and your kind....4 and the door huh...showed you.

    November 6, 2012 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  9. CAWinMD

    Boehner is wrong - Obama won re-election with voters knowing full well that he wanted the rich to pay a bit more. *That* is a mandate. The fact that 200 and some odd individual Republicans won their *local* race to represent their home state does not come together for a mandate for the body. Boehner better get with the program...

    November 6, 2012 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  10. eamon mccaffery

    John , with the size of this electoral win , you should get in line and help our president move forward with his plan for us.

    November 6, 2012 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  11. GonzoinHouston

    Wonder who Boehner's been on the phone with tonight?

    November 6, 2012 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  12. LT

    Hopefully this election humbles Obama a bit and brings him back to reality on taxes. Raising taxes will make it worse, not better. Boehner needs to remind the president early, often, and publicly that the American people spoke clearly about taxes when the reelected a Republican house.

    Obama barely beat the very worst candidate the Republicans could put forth. It should send a message. Unfortunately Obama's arrogance and intellectual emptiness make that unlikely. Prepare for a tough four more years because we have already seen this movie once.

    November 6, 2012 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  13. betty sue

    Hmmm now i wonder what nasty horrible thing he is going to get away with this time he already called our president a liar on national tv and got away with it boy it must be nice to be like him!

    November 6, 2012 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  14. The Film Professor

    Wow, Boehner, who do you think won tonight? You think you have a mandate to continue your obstruction?

    I'm ready to call your bluff, buddy. Let the tax cuts expire, and let the defense cuts go forth!

    November 6, 2012 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  15. rasjr1957

    Once again the republicans showing how fiscally irresponsible they are, we need to get out of debt period. To that we need to cut spending raise taxes and have a balanced budget. Hey here's a suggestion take away the tax deduction for political contributions that will save the country millions.

    November 6, 2012 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  16. Jonathen K

    Boehner, the GOP doesn't have to budge on taxes; as far as America is concerned, you and the rest of the clueless minded individuals can pick your nose all day.

    The Bush tax cuts expire at the end of this year, and that's all that matters. Not a damn thing you can do about it 🙂

    November 6, 2012 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  17. JennyTX

    Oh for crying out loud, Boehner, GROW UP.

    November 6, 2012 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  18. bloggette

    Every time Boehner opens his mouth he makes it more apparent that he is the problem, not the solution. He lays down the gauntlet before the voting machines have even been put away for the evening. What part of "the people want compromise" doesn't he understand? How much lower can his ratings go before he sees the light? Is he really that dense? How do these stupid people gain these positions of power?

    November 6, 2012 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    I pay 28% Fed Taxes (with AMT) plus 12% Social Security plus 4% medicare plus Texas 15% property taxes = 60% of income. I save 20% for retirement and give 10% to church. So, I get to spend 10% of what I earn on food, clothing, utilities, insurance, mortgage, education, and more State fees. And now my taxes are going up from 60% of income to heaven knows where... No, I am not the top 2% of income earners.

    November 6, 2012 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  20. Bum hater

    So tired of you poor lazy bums calling for higher taxes. Get another job if you're that jealous.

    November 6, 2012 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  21. Peggy Auchampaugh

    It is time to vote Speaker John Boehner out when the vote comes up!

    November 6, 2012 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  22. jamesnyc

    Boy, is he going to start crying now. Hope he and other obstructionists like Mitch McConnell are going to disappear very soon.

    November 6, 2012 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  23. Art

    I think The President should send boner a thank you note for getting him re-elected,

    November 6, 2012 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  24. Warren Stehn

    First four years the blame went to George Bush. I guess the next four years will be blamed on Boehner. How about the President steps up and becomes accountable for his performance. Stop creating excuses and start creating some jobs. Now.

    November 6, 2012 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  25. Trixtur

    Evil has been rebuked!

    November 6, 2012 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
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