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. marine1

    We have set the stage for an extreme right president next election. Anger will only further grip the nation. We are in danger of becoming Germany pre WWII.

    November 7, 2012 02:07 am at 2:07 am |
  2. Greenspam

    Tonight Boehner said that even though he had failed his one and only mission – to make sure Obama would be a 1-term President, he should continue to have the support of voters because he will make sure that Obama will be 2-term President. Strangely, some Republicans were sold and decided to vote for him based on that.

    November 7, 2012 02:08 am at 2:08 am |
  3. Ztom

    Hopefully BO will do a better job these 4 years pointing out how the GOP will not budge an inch. Even after almost everything that he has proposed (insurance mandate, cap and trade, closing loopholes, etc.) were originally GOP ideas. Like to see these guys finally get their feet held to the fire.

    November 7, 2012 02:10 am at 2:10 am |
  4. craig

    Am I "entitled" to social security? Yup. I am. After all, it was MY money, deducted from MY paycheck for the last 50 years, and you're damn right I expect to get it paid back. Now, you think you're going to be allowed to steal that money? Nope. You steal from somebody and you go to jail. We have a contract, and I've kept my side of the bargain. Now, you're going to keep yours! Grow up, Boehner!

    November 7, 2012 02:14 am at 2:14 am |
  5. Jean

    Mitt Romney ran on not raising taxes and was defeated. Obama ran on dealing with the deficit with a balanced approach of cuts and revenue increases. Every serious-minded analyst says that is the only valid approach. All cuts would lead to another recession. Failing to act would lead to another downgrade with increased interest rates. Republicans must grow up. They must face reality. They must compromise.

    November 7, 2012 02:17 am at 2:17 am |
  6. Luther

    What a catastrophic night for America:
    In 1887 Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinborough, had this to say about the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2,000 years prior:

    "A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse over loose fiscal policy, (which is) always followed by a dictatorship."
    America has been overrun by people so stupid they vote for a guy causing their own unemployment

    November 7, 2012 02:18 am at 2:18 am |
  7. David In NC

    Everyone should now know that it has always been the GOP that has been the cause of a do nothing congress. The American people are not as stupid as you republicans believe. As an independent voter, it will be almost impossible for me to ever vote for a republican every again. You care nothing for the poor or the middle class, only the rich and elite. May all of you rot.

    November 7, 2012 02:20 am at 2:20 am |
  8. Facts, Not Lies

    The deficit is too high. We need to cut spending. Why not strike a deal? Liberals want tax increases. Conservatives want spending cuts. We can compromise and do BOTH, while at the same time DECREASING THE DEFICIT. Everyone wins!

    November 7, 2012 02:22 am at 2:22 am |
  9. freqflyr

    JMBarrett -> agreed, but understand that when social security and medicare payouts exceed what one has paid in over his lifetime they do become a 'entitlements'. This is obviously the case because the systems are projected to go broke in my expected lifetime. The Health Care Affordability act doesn't do enough to make Medicare viable for the next 50 years and we have no plan to in place to make social security a sustainable system.

    November 7, 2012 02:23 am at 2:23 am |
  10. Sam

    The GOP is on it's own cliff...they should rename them self's the obstruction party...the people have spoken and as President Obama has stated it is up to the us to make sure Washington(GOP) does their job.

    November 7, 2012 02:24 am at 2:24 am |
  11. freqflyr

    JMBarrett –> agreed, but please understand that once a person receives more out of either system than he paid in that system becomes an 'entitlement' for him. This is obviously the case because the systems would not be projected to go broke if everyone was taking out less than he paid in.

    November 7, 2012 02:25 am at 2:25 am |
  12. Sf

    Here we go ALREADY! This stubborness and unwillingness to work across the aisle from republicans is fg disgusting!!!! We need to vote these idiot republicans out of office come midterm!!!!!

    November 7, 2012 02:27 am at 2:27 am |
  13. flatbushfred

    Already, Boehner is making clear that there will be no compromising with the President. But this time, the President has to speak loudly to the rest of us and tell us how the GOP is not willing to deal!!!

    November 7, 2012 02:28 am at 2:28 am |
  14. n

    Here we go again. Will the weakest speaker of the house in history ever learn. They voted for President Obama to lead no you Boehner. Get a clue.

    November 7, 2012 02:28 am at 2:28 am |
  15. Barbra K

    Mr.Boehner and Members of the House of Representatives...............I hope you realize that the voting public has spoken and you must realize that you have no right to play hardball with the President. He campaigned regarding taxes on the rich and the voters approved. This is not the 1st term whereby you and yours didn't pass anything Obama wanted. You are no longer in a position to continue your tactics. Next election, you could overwhelmingly be voted out. Reach across the aisle,work with the President. Certainly, I would vote you out.Mr.Ryan,Mr.Cantor included.

    November 7, 2012 02:29 am at 2:29 am |
  16. Sarah

    Boehner has so many hands in his back pocket he never needs to wipe himself, they gladly do it for him. Hey Boehner, how about respecting the elected President and act American by assisting this country instead of fighting against it?

    November 7, 2012 02:31 am at 2:31 am |
  17. waheid

    The issue wasn't taxes, Most of the people who voted earn far less than the threshold set by Obama for raising taxes. Had that issue been on the ballot, most Americans would have supported raising taxes on the rich.

    November 7, 2012 02:31 am at 2:31 am |
  18. kel

    This man has not learned. The GOP underestimated this President and everytime they get burned. Boehner & McConnell better work with this president. The people have spoken and soundly rejected the GOP agenda.
    Now McConnell your number one goal is to help get the country moving forward.

    November 7, 2012 02:32 am at 2:32 am |
  19. bman

    I think it's time the republican party take stock of their issues of real concern, and also take a vote of confidence on Beehner's leadership

    November 7, 2012 02:38 am at 2:38 am |
  20. Theresa

    Boehner seems to have missed the entire point of this election. Barak Obama has been re-elected President and has a mandate to move forward with Democratic policies. This means cutting Republican tax breaks for their uber-wealthy friends. Boehner is threatening stalemate while President Obama is urging cooperation to move our great country forward. Boehner is showing the Republicans true colors. They are only interested in power not The People.

    November 7, 2012 02:39 am at 2:39 am |
  21. Glenn Stephens

    The article is inaccurate. The issue isn't "taxes."

    The GOP won't move on taxes for the rich. Why? Because GOP politicos know that their careers depends on the contributions (bribes) of the rich and their lobbyists. The party of rich white men, won't tax rich white men.

    November 7, 2012 02:41 am at 2:41 am |
  22. AOz

    For better or worse, Boehner (and most of his Republican coworkers) are beholden to Grover Norquist though the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, in exchange for massive campaign support. Unless they're voted out, 95% of Republican members of Senate are pretty well held hostage to the 'dollar for dollar' tax deal. I wouldn't look for a lot of hand holding across the aisle for the next few years.

    November 7, 2012 02:41 am at 2:41 am |
  23. Patrick

    Why don't we try one year of collecting debts from other Countries instead of loaning or giving money to other Countries. How many Billions do other Countries owe us? Just one stupid idea that might actually work. Better than a Senator standing at a podium in an empty room talking for two hours.

    November 7, 2012 02:42 am at 2:42 am |
  24. Greater Good

    Mr. Speaker, you are in denial. In fact, you are like a drowning man in Da Nile, clinging to an old piece of driftwood.
    Taxes will go up on the wealthy one way or the other. Accept it, please.

    November 7, 2012 02:42 am at 2:42 am |
  25. DP

    Mr. Boehner, which part of "your party candidate lost" do you not understand?

    November 7, 2012 02:45 am at 2:45 am |
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