December 19th, 2012
03:11 PM ET
10 years ago

Video: Boehner's 52-second response to Obama

Washington (CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner did not mince words at a brief statement to reporters on Wednesday: following the House vote on his Plan B tax proposal, "the president will have a decision to make. He can call on Senate Democrats to pass that bill or he can be responsible for the largest tax increase in American history."

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soundoff (54 Responses)
  1. i'malib

    If we just raise taxes on everyone making over 250,000 a year, all our problems would be solved! Obama says people like me, who don't have a job (and don't plan on looking for one) will be taken care of. By just raising taxes, our 16 trillion deficit, caused by tax breaks for the wealthy, will go away in no time. Spending is not an issue, never has been and never will be.
    With that said, I have a few tv shows to watch. The rest of you get back to work–I am relying on you.

    December 19, 2012 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  2. Lars

    Might as well pass it and head home for the holidays. Trying to get this radical ideological president to do anything rational is not going to happen.

    December 19, 2012 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  3. Sueb

    Not so, Mr. Boehner, you are the one driving us over the cliff. The republicans have brought us here with their obstructionism, their partisanship and their spending (two unpaid wars). Make a deal with the President for the good of this country....you do remember that you're supposed to be working for the people of the United States, not Grover Norquist, don't you?

    December 19, 2012 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  4. alien

    Industrialized nations CEO pay versus workers pay by percentage, a difference of between 15 and 20%. The difference between American CEO and workers pay 400%. Does anyone see anything wrong with this picture?

    December 19, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  5. don

    Well spoken John...stay the course-if some want to see that as a threat-so be it...the govt. is to large, it is time for them to downsize, if the cliff does it-all the better...

    December 19, 2012 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  6. mcskadittle

    so after negotiating in bad faith, he breaks out his own plan and want the president to go for it?

    December 19, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  7. eww

    Put the congressional pension plan on the table! Eliminate their pension. They earn $153k a year and after 2 terms they have amassed net assets in excess of $500k. Upon retirement they receive a pension on average $80k a year, plus health care, as well as social security which they can opt out of, and a 401(k). The only personnel receiving pensions similar are senior executives and collective bargaining labor personnel which they have denigrated for decades. They also manage to find themselves of board of directors earning a salary upon retirement and receive per diems for speaking engagements as supplemental income to that retirement plan. Most American citizens don't have the means of supplementing their retirement income in that way. And all they seek to do is cut social security payments, medicare and medicaid, so the seniors who have worked their entire lives have to deal with the 'death panels' these republicans talked about during the healthcare reform debate, when death panels weren't a part of that proposal. It's nothing more than a continuation of the lies and deceit, smoking mirrors, etc that they put out there for the less-informed.

    December 19, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  8. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    Nice bluff. The GOP-controlled house doesn't have any bargaining chips left. Either way it's a political victory for Obama.

    December 19, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    "Mean time, the average American continues to stress about the economy, jobs, their ability to provide for their family while our confidence in our elected officials (including POTUS) continues to degrade."

    As I said, it's a feature, not a bug. Damaging EVERYONE involved, including themselves, is all the GOP/Teatrolls have left.

    December 19, 2012 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  10. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Jose Flores

    It sounded like the House Speaker just threatened the whole Country
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    It smelled that way to me too Jose.
    Bonehead needs to have another highball and stfu does he not know that Presidential cojones backed by public support and a public mandate trump his Jack Daniels induced bravado?

    December 19, 2012 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  11. Malory Archer

    GuestAgain

    You are obviously not familiar with how government works Real Truf, the republican congress was also voted in, largely to keep the liberal king from destroying our nation.

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    You obviously know nothing about gerrymandering guest again. The Dems got far more house votes last month, but because of the way the districts were drawn by rethugs at the state level, there is no way the Dems could ever hope to win in those places. It's also the reason those same rethugs in those same states want to divide the electoral votes based on the way congressional districts vote. Of coures, they don't want those same rules in place in states where they win because the tables might be turned on them. The problem with thugs is they change the rules of the game, and when things STILL don't go their way, they want special conditions just for them.

    December 19, 2012 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  12. Jerubbaal

    What about the bill that Boehner refuses to bring to the floor that the Senate passed months ago. The one that would raise taxes on anyone making more than 250k a year, who's really responsible for not allowing a middle class tax cut? I'd prefer my taxes to go up if it means repubs lose control of the House in 2014. America cannot afford these extreme terrorists to have any power over the national government.

    December 19, 2012 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  13. mcskadittle

    this is the same old game, the republicans come up with a proposal that is so outlandish that the democrats cannot vote for it and then say its "your fault". how times have they repeated this political stunt

    December 19, 2012 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  14. David

    It is clear the Repubs are playing games, if your plan B passes you will blame him for not doing anything at all to deal with expenses and when it doesn't pass you will try to blame him for a tax increase, most folks aren't that stupid – clearly the fault of Boehner's disengenuous my way or the highway negotiatons. Can't believe the repubs voice is the man who ran the 10% approved congress and Norquist whose only claim to fame is lobbying for and getting extreme low wages in American Saiigon.

    December 19, 2012 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  15. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    User name change alert: GuestAgain is formerly known as "truth hurts" formerly known as "Democrat class warfare" and countless others.

    The comments you post give you away each time. Welcome back, by the way! 🙂

    December 19, 2012 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  16. Amanda Wolf

    The poster named I'malib sounds like a typical repuke millionare who puts the heaviest burden on middle class families who make 250 thousand dollars 🙁 he shows the way the super rich have cheated the middle class 🙁 no wonder many middle class Independents voted for President Obama. He was right in his criticism of mitt robber 🙂

    December 19, 2012 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  17. rs

    Boehner needs a vacation – perhaps a couple of weeks at Gitmo might shake him into dealing with reality.

    December 19, 2012 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  18. WB

    Boehner, nobody is believing your bluster.

    December 19, 2012 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  19. Logic

    Im not sure if you libs on here are all aware, but Nancy P was the person who came up with the "plan B" that the house will be passing. Which means Obama cant even get behind a plan proposed by his own party. Now, who exactly is being unreasonable.

    December 19, 2012 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  20. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    eww

    Put the congressional pension plan on the table! Eliminate their pension. They earn $153k a year and after 2 terms they have amassed net assets in excess of $500k. Upon retirement they receive a pension on average $80k a year, plus health care, as well as social security which they can opt out of, and a 401(k). The only personnel receiving pensions similar are senior executives and collective bargaining labor personnel which they have denigrated for decades
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    I like the way you think.

    December 19, 2012 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  21. Sniffit

    "the republican congress was also voted in, largely to keep the liberal king from destroying our nation."

    Actually, the popular vote went to Dems runnnig for the House. Well over 1,000,000 votes more were cast for Dems running for the House than for GOPers. The GOPers only kept their majority as a result of gerrymandering the districts so that Dem votes were concetrated in certain districts, leaving other districts to be taken by GOPers.

    December 19, 2012 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  22. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    The GOP is toast and it knows it.

    Nananana nananana hey hey goodbye.

    December 19, 2012 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  23. Ex-GOPCon

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    President Obama and the Dems will then come back and ask for tax cuts for the working middle class only. Are you going to hold our tax cuts hostage Boehnor in order to keep fighting for the 1% like you did the payroll tax cuts?
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    December 19, 2012 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  24. Anthony

    Sorry, the largest tax increases in American history come from the largest tax cuts in American history that Bush passed in 2001. Republicans could not pass a permanent tax cut because of the Byrd rule, which allows any Senator to block a bill if it causes significant deficits after 10 years, so that they passed a 10-year tax cut. Bush passed another tax cut in 2003. The tax cuts got a reprieve at the end of 2010 because Democrats lost the 2010 election. Obama recognized reality and gave Republicans what they wanted, a 2-year extension of the tax cuts. Now that Republicans lost the 2012 election, it is time for them to recognize reality.

    December 19, 2012 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  25. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    @Logic
    Im not sure if you libs on here are all aware, but Nancy P was the person who came up with the "plan B" that the house will be passing. Which means Obama cant even get behind a plan proposed by his own party. Now, who exactly is being unreasonable.

    December 19, 2012 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
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    Um. Let us see. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. The GOP. The 2016 elections are a referendum on the GOP. When are you GOPers going to stop letting the GOP punk you?

    December 19, 2012 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
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