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Posted at 12:28 PM ET, 12/ 2/2010

Boehner goes off on House tax cuts vote

By Felicia Sonmez

House Speaker-designate John Boehner (R-Ohio) had some sharp words Thursday for House Democrats, who are bringing to the floor a vote on extending the Bush-era tax cuts for only the middle class even as bipartisan negotiations on the tax cuts are taking place.

"I'm trying to catch my breath so I don't refer to this maneuver that's going on today as chicken crap, all right? But this is nonsense!" Boehner said in response to a question on the tax-cut bill, which Democrats are bringing up under suspension rules that require a two-thirds majority for passage and don't allow any amendments to be made.

Boehner said that leaders of both parties had an "honest conversation" this week at the White House -- which by all accounts was a polite affair -- and are looking for a way forward on the tax cuts. By staging Thursday's vote, he said, Democrats are playing political games and "trying to set up the next election."

"To roll this roll out today really is just, it's what you think I was going to say anyway," Boehner said.

Boehner made the comments at a news conference with Reps. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) and Rob Bishop (R-Utah) announcing new changes to the House Republican conference rules.

Asked about the tax-cut vote
at a news conference last night, Boehner accused House Democrats of playing "gotcha."

Even if the bill passes the House Thursday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has vowed to block it in the Senate.

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Boehner must be using "chicken crap" economics if thinks you need tax cuts for the rich to create jobs. Those "cuts" are already in place and can you tell me, Mr. Boehner, how many jobs they created in the last 10 years??????? Not many, yet you insist the rich need this money for the trickle down effect. It is time for the middle class to stand up and be counted. The Republicans have been screwing the middle class for years and they have just continued to take it. Not anymore.

Posted by: pgmichigan | December 4, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Millionaires and Billionaires pay $0.00 in estate taxes in 2010.

Estate Taxes and the USA deficit:

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/ezra-klein/2010/07/research_desk_compares_whats_t.html#more

The current Estate Tax giveaway to the Rich is costing the USA $300~700 Billion between 2009 and 2018.

Steinbrenner heirs could save millions from one-year gap in estate tax

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/07/13/AR2010071305028.html

“The year-long hiatus of the estate tax, which normally falls on the very rich, could cost the U.S. Treasury an estimated $14.8 billion in 2010. "In the midst of this terrible recession, the idea of giving billionaires a massive tax break is obscene," “

Boehner (R-Ohio) called the Democrats' tax cut legislation for the poor and middle class; "chicken crap" because the bill only extends the tax cuts for the first $200,000 of annual income and not all Millionaire and Billionaire income. Really? Boehner is the “chicken crapper” to end all “chicken crappers”. Stop “chicken crapping” on the poor and middle class Boehner.

Posted by: Airborne82 | December 3, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans say we should extend tax cuts to those who make over $250,000 before they make decisions about bonuses and raises for their employees. Hmmm - are they saying if congress is not going to raise taxes for them they will cut their salary and give more money to the small people. Why dont they just link their argument to the girlscouts. If you extend the tax cuts to those making more than 250K they will buy more girl scout cookies witht the money and support the troops.

Posted by: Tom1 | December 3, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

The Republicans say we should extend tax cuts to those who make over $250,000 before they make decisions about bonuses and raises for their employees. Hmmm - are they saying if congress is not going to raise taxes for them they will cut their salary and give more money to the small people. Why dont they just link their argument to the girlscouts. If you extend the tax cuts to those making more than 250K they will buy more girl scout cookies witht the money and support the troops.

Posted by: Tom1 | December 3, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

The Republicans say we should extend tax cuts to those who make over $250,000 before they make decisions about bonuses and raises for their employees. Hmmm - are they saying if congress is not going to raise taxes for them they will cut their salary and give more money to the small people. Why dont they just link their argument to the girlscouts. If you extend the tax cuts to those making more than 250K they will buy more girl scout cookies witht the money and support the troops.

Posted by: Tom1 | December 3, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Boehner's a nob.

Posted by: bluejay31 | December 3, 2010 12:37 AM | Report abuse

Boehner needs to clean up his act. And his limited vocabulary. Such vulgarity. No wonder he hates President Obama's class.

More to come, no doubt.

Posted by: castleb | December 2, 2010 11:53 PM | Report abuse

To: Congressman Boehner

Sir,

My intent is to contact you directly. Regrettably, I have found no way to do so practically.

Your actions to impede Congressional cohesion, at this time, are appalling. Our country is on the verge of devastation. Every instance of your dissension must cease immediately. It is no longer acceptable, for your egocentric idiosyncracies to inhibit the governing of this nation.

It is abhorrent for you to oppose, and undermine the securities of this nation, for any reason. You must be brought to reason with the greatest urgency, and influence, to discontinue your exercise of these contemptible actions.

You know, clearly, what must be done. You have the statistically logical formulas before you that, when enacted, will correct our economic instability instantly, and exponentially.

You are ethically, and directly responsible for the condition of this country. If you fail to act reasonably, and promptly, you will be responsible for the ruin of everyone, including yourself. Any argument that you pose to the contrary is flawed.

Yours to contemplate,

Logic

Posted by: dwight_e_robinson | December 2, 2010 11:49 PM | Report abuse

To: Congressman Boehner

Sir,

My intent is to contact you directly. Regrettably, I have found no way to do so practically.

Your actions to impede Congressional cohesion, at this time, are appalling. Our country is on the verge of devastation. Every instance of your dissension must cease immediately. It is no longer acceptable, for your egocentric idiosyncracies to inhibit the governing of this nation.

It is abhorrent for you to oppose, and undermine the securities of this nation, for any reason. You must be brought to reason with the greatest urgency, and influence, to discontinue your exercise of these contemptible actions.

You know, clearly, what must be done. You have the statistically logical formulas before you that, when enacted, will correct our economic instability instantly, and exponentially.

You are ethically, and directly responsible for the condition of this country. If you fail to act reasonably, and promptly, you will be responsible for the ruin of everyone, including yourself. Any argument that you pose to the contrary is flawed.

Yours to contemplate,

Logic

Posted by: dwight_e_robinson | December 2, 2010 11:47 PM | Report abuse

Let Boehner rant. The House is probably getting a lot of flak from their constituents and since they're up for re-election in two years at most they see that on such a hot issue they'd better listen to the lyrics instead of just humming the tune. So go ahead and blow a gasket Boehner. The dems are probably saving you from the wrath of an angry public anyway.

Posted by: jerzbil | December 2, 2010 11:14 PM | Report abuse

The man talks from both sides of his mouth?! After all he will be the recipient of all those new tax dollars so he can say "Told you so. Just get us Republicans in there and we'll fix the deficit. To me this is a gigantic chess game. With the Dems they will be giving the Republicans a gift with either diminished r no tax cuts. The Republicans will blame the Dems saying after all they were in charge. Do they think we are so stupid as to fall for the guff they are haning out as a panacea for the nations ills? I want to see them get in there and really do something for a change. More than likely they will still be as frozen in motion as they were during Katrina. Then the pretentious nonsense that it was Bush's fault they lost. Bah Humbug! For once take responsibility for your selves, your actions or lack of the same!

Posted by: skybride56 | December 2, 2010 10:22 PM | Report abuse

The man talks from both sides of his mouth?! After all he will be the recipient of all those new tax dollars so he can say "Told you so. Just get us Republicans in there and we'll fix the deficit. To me this is a gigantic chess game. With the Dems they will be giving the Republicans a gift with either diminished r no tax cuts. The Republicans will blame the Dems saying after all they were in charge. Do they think we are so stupid as to fall for the guff they are haning out as a panacea for the nations ills? I want to see them get in there and really do something for a change. More than likely they will still be as frozen in motion as they were during Katrina. Then the pretentious nonsense that it was Bush's fault they lost. Bah Humbug! For once take responsibility for your selves, your actions or lack of the same!

Posted by: skybride56 | December 2, 2010 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Manure - maneuver, chicken crap - that just about sums it up. The Democrats are still up to their old tricks. Fortunately they will be curtailed in their evil deeds come January 2011.

Posted by: Tommypie | December 2, 2010 9:39 PM | Report abuse

It seems that boner Boehner is surely making a lot of comments. I guess this will be happening for the next two years.

Posted by: janye1 | December 2, 2010 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Here's a concept, how about if something is good for the country, just pass it? How about that?

Posted by: Chops2 | December 2, 2010 9:02 PM | Report abuse

John Boehner is in for a big surprise if he thinks that he will be co-President. Boehner is a corporate lackey and a lapdog for corporate pimps. Boehner brayed like a jackarse for the past year about what was job-killing, and soon it will be his turn to show us how he will help create jobs. Giving millionaires a bailout on the backs of working Americans won't cut it.

Boehner has a big mouth and is rude and obnoxious and now it is show time. No licking the dirt off of the shoes of lobbyists and then sucking up a government check. No bailouts for millionaires. It's time for John Boehner and the do-nothing party of no to put up or shut up. Start working to create jobs.

Posted by: DCSage | December 2, 2010 8:48 PM | Report abuse

This is about the only concession to the Democratic agenda that I agree with them. I think Boehner and Republican leadership will regret this stand in 2012 but they still appear to be serving the corporate masters at the expense of the people. The tax cuts must end. If Republican leadership can't understand that the top wage earners need to pay more than let's all do it and allow the whole thing to expire.

Posted by: Desertdiva1 | December 2, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

I sure would like to see a polling of the following:

1. The number of Tea Bagger's who voted Republican.

2. The number of Tea Bagger's who want to give Tax-Cuts to those making over $250,000 a year.

3. The number of Tea Bagger's who want to pass the nations 14Trillion Dollar Debt onto their children and grandchildren.

4. The number of Tea Bagger's who are unemployed and will no loner receive an extension on their "unemployment benefits".

5. The number of Tea Bagger's who believed that the 2010 Republican "Pledge" to America was a pledge between Republicans and Middle Class American's, or a pledge between Republican's and Corporate America.

Posted by: lcarter0311 | December 2, 2010 8:28 PM | Report abuse

I wish I could find some capacity in which I can see that Mr. Boehner and his ilk are representing my interests as an American citizen. Tragically, I can't. I feel betrayed by the Democrats, but I feel raped by the Republicans. Mr. Boehner, earlier this week, claimed a mandate of the people. What people?? Certainly not me, nor anyone I know. We need to protect the long-term unemployed, who are, through no fault of their own, facing financial ruin. We need to put people back to work so that they can again become taxpayers and productive citizens. The wealthy need to stop whining and start paying their fair share. Congress needs to get its act together and do what this nation needs instead of playing for political one-upsmanship. Once we have our citizens back to work, then we will have to get the deficit back under control. That will involve sacrifice on the part of each and every one of us to pull us out of this mess we are in, including my financially struggling, middle class, can't afford to retire self. I am prepared to suffer a bit for the greater good, but take note, Washington, abandonment our nations' base is NOT the greater good. I am very angry...and I vote!

Posted by: yooperwoman | December 2, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

If this country doesn't understand that this slimey orange gangster is just paying off his sponsors, it deserves what it is going to get.
It is OVER for the US, killed by the greedy oligarchy that runs it and the ignorant tea-baggers who serve it.

Posted by: jos587 | December 2, 2010 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Repeat tis mantra as often as Palin winks: Republicans want to cut the deficit, but NOT at the expense of the rich. Do you, or don't you want to cut the deficit?

Posted by: mypoint1 | December 2, 2010 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Boehner - where are those JOBS? It's now been since 2001 and the rich haven't done their share apparently on creating them like you repubs promised. Sorry your rich pals that stuff your back pockets may not get what they wish to get(another 700B added to the deficit for them alone). I'd rather pay more taxes come January 2011 than to give another dime to the rich folks! And that would only be a $6 tax increase for me under Bush's joke of a tax cut. President Obama gave me a $50 per month tax cut this past January. We will remember come 2012!!!

Posted by: Sherry91 | December 2, 2010 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Hey Boehner! Where are all the new jobs? You've had a month. Your time is up. You've had your chance.

Seriously, call the Republicans bluff on this issue. If they want to let all tax cuts expire (which I wouldn't mind), in an attempt to preserve tax cuts for those making over $200,000/year, let them do so. Then, never let the electorate forget that fact for one minute between now and the 2012 election. Bring the tax cuts for the middle class extension bill to a debate and a vote, if possible, and let the Republicans make their case. The cowardly Republicans will probably fold like a cheap tent.

Posted by: ptgrunner | December 2, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

I believe the people elected in the 2 November election do not begin until January and in the meantime the business of the country should continue...the tax cuts for the super rich should be ended...and if the Republicans can justify why their puppeteers should enjoy these extensions, please try...though I think the attempt may serve to undermine their sincerity regarding taking back America...just who do they serve?

Posted by: kmdyson | December 2, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

Boehner gets my award for the week. Posted here http://www.lyingsackofwind.com/

Posted by: joethevoter | December 2, 2010 6:03 PM | Report abuse

We the middle class need to get really really mad, and remember this come 2012. The Republicans are holding the middle class tax cuts AND unemployment benefits hostage in order to get their $700 billion tax break for the rich...then they want to cut the budget on the backs of middle America while the rich get richer and don't create single job. If these tax-cuts created jobs we wouldn't be were we are now. They have been in place for almost a decade and look how that worked out for our country. People need to once and for all deal a crushing blow to the republican party and the idiots who keep getting fooled by the billions of dollars the corporations pour into their campaign adds.

Posted by: v4real | December 2, 2010 6:01 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans want to extend the tax cuts for the rich, and they hold hostage extending benefits for those in need. The Democrats are in a state of confusion and lack to the courage to stand up for those who are most affected by the financial catastrophe that afflicts the economy. In the meantime millions are hungry, homeless, and in despair...and our government unable to do what is necessary. When the Republicans become the majority in a few weeks, I have no doubt that the situation will become worse.

Posted by: oldpriest | December 2, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans want to extend the tax cuts for the rich, and they hold hostage extending benefits for those in need. The Democrats are in a state of confusion and lack to the courage to stand up for those who are most affected by the financial catastrophe that afflicts the economy. In the meantime millions are hungry, homeless, and in despair...and our government unable to do what is necessary. When the Republicans become the majority in a few weeks, I have no doubt that the situation will become worse.

Posted by: oldpriest | December 2, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse

I do not blame him. These lousy Democrats are playing politics with our economy. This is sickening to watch. Our family demands the Bush tax cuts be extended for all. We are sick of the phony baloney excuses and the wasteful spending. So get off your rosy arrogant cans and get those tax cuts passed for all so the American people will know where they stand on their taxes. It is truly clear that these Democrats lost for a reason. Just wait until 2012. Our family is steamed.

Posted by: greatgran1 | December 2, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Since Ronald Reagan, there has been only one important domestic policy issue: TAX THE RICH. Or call it fairer taxes, or just no gifts of the people's money to those who don't need it.

People have figured out that Bush was giving money to the rich -- they get it. It is alsolutely not suitable for compromise!

Posted by: tmorgan2008 | December 2, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

These Republicans are for the rich...not the middle class. All you folks who voted for these yahoos need to understand what you have done. These guys are not for you!

Posted by: softjazz41 | December 2, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

To Wellington1947: When the blood is staining the walls, where exact is it that you will be hiding? You're sir/madam are an idiot for making such a comment. You are very brave hiding behind the net.

Posted by: rustynailx | December 2, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

First the GOP ( Boehner and McConnell ) openly declare that more bonuses for the rich are more important than the entire business of the federal government...now they declare a tax cut for the middle class to be "chicken crap".

Pretty much sums up what the GOP really thinks of the American people who are NOT super rich.

Rich tax breaks = Caviar
Middle class cuts = Chicken Crap

He said it...not me.

Posted by: joethevoter | December 2, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

drum7591 has it exactly right... we have a Millionaire Lawyers Club running the legislative branch of government (while, surprise, surprise, millionaire lawyers dominate the other branches, too).

Nobody should be astonished that these millionaire legislators legislate more advantages for millionaires. Even those Senators and Congressmen who AREN'T millionaires themselves still know that they work for the millionaires.

We have the best government money can buy.

Posted by: Iconoblaster | December 2, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Don't extend ANY of the tax cuts. Don't help out the middle class. Then explain to these people before the 2012 election how you helped them out. Or extend all of the tax cuts and see if the economy improves and the deficit decreases. Just remember that you're gambling with our country's future, and the odds never favor the gambler in the long run.

Posted by: sober1 | December 2, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Boehner and his cronies (mcconnell, cantor, et.al)have succeeded in turning this country into the haves and have nots. Almost half of congress are millionaires; all we need are millionaire LAWYERS trying to run the country into the ground. The Republicants need to accept their share of the blame (most of it); where were they when W was running the country into the ground, recklessly involving us in TWO wars, giving tax "cuts" with no way to pay for them and otherwise taking a 127 billion dollar surplus and turning it into several trillion dollars in debt, all while boehner, mcconnell, demint, cantor and the rest of the ship of fools stood idly by and said nothing. and where are those infamous tea party voices when these things are happening? what these people do not understand is that tax cuts, or lack thereof, are not aimed at people solely on the left, nor are they aimed at democrats - this involves everyone, regardless of political or party affiliation. we have been turned against one another (part of the republican plan); we have been lied to by BOTH parties on numerous occasions (that's why wikileaks was all of a sudden treason)been duped by the banks, bamboozled by wall street, led astray by the white house and just plain run over by the republicants who, in their zeal to be "in charge" and to "take their country back" have taken away unemployment benefits, lied about the amount of the bailout (did anyone know that the "bailout" only cost 25 billion, not the 700 billion dollar LIE)and been led to believe that newt gingrich is somehow still valid. A lot of people villify the president; yet another sign of the ignorance and racism that runs through the very veins of america...and now, the haves want even more at the expense of those who don't have anything left to be stolen, taxed, foreclosed upon or anything else. The PEOPLE of this country need to finally straighten their backs up and get rid of this sludge in washington; maybe instead of fillibustering, we need to get together, regardless of race, and go to washington intent on busting some a$$....think, people, it ain't illegal...yet (but it will be if boner and his friends have their way)...a country devoid of conscious thought is a country sliding deeper and deeper into the 3rd world - yes, people, we are the richest third world country anywhere in the universe...and are cruising towards the 4th world....get rid of boehner and his ship of fools....NOW....

Posted by: drum7591 | December 2, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Boehner and his cronies (mcconnell, cantor, et.al)have succeeded in turning this country into the haves and have nots. Almost half of congress are millionaires; all we need are millionaire LAWYERS trying to run the country into the ground. The Republicants need to accept their share of the blame (most of it); where were they when W was running the country into the ground, recklessly involving us in TWO wars, giving tax "cuts" with no way to pay for them and otherwise taking a 127 billion dollar surplus and turning it into several trillion dollars in debt, all while boehner, mcconnell, demint, cantor and the rest of the ship of fools stood idly by and said nothing. and where are those infamous tea party voices when these things are happening? what these people do not understand is that tax cuts, or lack thereof, are not aimed at people solely on the left, nor are they aimed at democrats - this involves everyone, regardless of political or party affiliation. we have been turned against one another (part of the republican plan); we have been lied to by BOTH parties on numerous occasions (that's why wikileaks was all of a sudden treason)been duped by the banks, bamboozled by wall street, led astray by the white house and just plain run over by the republicants who, in their zeal to be "in charge" and to "take their country back" have taken away unemployment benefits, lied about the amount of the bailout (did anyone know that the "bailout" only cost 25 billion, not the 700 billion dollar LIE)and been led to believe that newt gingrich is somehow still valid. A lot of people villify the president; yet another sign of the ignorance and racism that runs through the very veins of america...and now, the haves want even more at the expense of those who don't have anything left to be stolen, taxed, foreclosed upon or anything else. The PEOPLE of this country need to finally straighten their backs up and get rid of this sludge in washington; maybe instead of fillibustering, we need to get together, regardless of race, and go to washington intent on busting some a$$....think, people, it ain't illegal...yet (but it will be if boner and his friends have their way)...a country devoid of conscious thought is a country sliding deeper and deeper into the 3rd world - yes, people, we are the richest third world country anywhere in the universe...and are cruising towards the 4th world....get rid of boehner and his ship of fools....NOW....

Posted by: drum7591 | December 2, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

So this skunk in sheep's clothes, Boehner, came from a family with 12 children, where a tax cut would help put food on the table and he is denying middle class families a tax cut because his millionaire friends aren't getting one. Thanks john

Posted by: rayarpt | December 2, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Come on. Stop this BS-ing game.

GOPers don't want anything bipartisan. They had that opportunity for the last four years and never once voted for any bill they negotiated into meaninglessness.

They controlled Congress for 12 years and told the world they would not compromise. Heck, they didn't even compromise with the rabid fundamentalists they sold their souls to and banned abortion. They could even keep that campaign promise.

With a recent history like that how do you expect any form of bipartisanship from these regressive anarchists? To them a compromise is getting their way regardless of how disastrous it will turn out.

After 42 years of conservatives repeatedly driving our society into ditch after ditch the Progressives and Liberals need to stand firm against the anarchist. The future of our society is in jeopardy. The GOPers and other right-wingers have already rendered our nation to the seond tier in education, research and trade. Last month the world told us they no longer wanted our leadership as the right-winger were poised to take firmer control of our floundering society.

Bipartisanship? Not on the Reaganites' watch!

Posted by: BigTrees | December 2, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

So, now we have it. The Republicans have a genuine interest in paying off rich people, including themselves, to the tune of $100,000 per year in tax cuts. The deficit will balloon to even larger levels and our economy will suffer because those rich people don't spend money on consumer goods, they just put it into stocks and bonds and paintings and yachts and foreign cars. They don't "CREATE JOBS" as every fool in the Republican party thinks they do. Real rich guys admit that they should pay more taxes, and I mean Buffett and Gates. The GOP in Congress today is a class of clowns, and I beg the pardon of all true clowns when I say that.

Posted by: ronjeske | December 2, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

its just a matter of time before the 30% of america ( the poor, blacks, hispanics and jerry springer america) take to the streets and when they do I hope see blood stains on the wall

Posted by: wellington1947 | December 2, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

its just a matter of time before the 30% of america ( the poor, blacks, hispanics and jerry springer america) take to the streets and when they do I hope see blood stains on the wall

Posted by: wellington1947 | December 2, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Pelosi is unhinged!

Posted by: thelaw1 | December 2, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Since Republicans will take over power, Democrats are going to play the exact game I said. This is 2012 election fodder. If carried out, while placating the liberal base, will not create one job or do much for the deficit.

Political theater is nice for the lapdog media. Now Democrats think they will be able to say Republicans want your taxes to go up. Some liberals will be fooled but the rest of the 80% of us can see right through this.

Posted by: thelaw1 | December 2, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

I've got news for the extremist Republican party:


Now that you have some actual power again (the House) you won't be able to get away with spending all of your time throwing verbal bombs at the Dems, going golfing and then hitting the DC cocktail circuit at night every day. You either CREATE JOBS or you will be gone in 2012 so fast that your heads will spin.


Chop chop Repugs, you've got two years. Time's a wastin'!

.

Posted by: DrainYou | December 2, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Well done, Democrats. Way to finally show some balls. That's EXACTLY what the Republicans would have done had the tides been turned. And if you want to talk about playing politics, what do you call that letter from the Republican Senators saying that they wouldn't cooperate on anything else if they didn't get their way on the tax cuts? Or how about the fact that they're holding the middle class tax cuts AND unemployment benefits hostage in order to get their $700 billion tax break for the rich?

Posted by: thinkbot | December 2, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Those that
VOTED for Republican candidates
and
Who WON
are
having BUYERS REMORSE
AND
those that did Vete for them
and
still are Pro Republican
will
eventually have BUYERS REMORSE

Posted by: pdq2 | December 2, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

"By staging Thursday's vote, he said, Democrats are playing political games and "trying to set up the next election."

Hmm...guess the GOP doesn't like it when the Dems play by their rules. Go have a drink and get over it, John.

Posted by: lddoyle2002 | December 2, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Accept the blame - voters might have been
really stupid in the midterms due the
the false fears the sprewed from your
mouth, but they won't get fooled again!

Posted by: Sirius2 | December 2, 2010 1:23 PM
----------------------------------------
Sirius2 - Umm, weren't the voters just fooled again? Or are you just counting the past election as the first time this decade? Because we are just seeing the Bush years repeated, which was a repeat of the Reagan years. Cutting taxes will decrease the deficit. Giving tax cuts to the rich will help the poor. That nonsense has been around for 30 years now and voters keep buying it.

Posted by: DMcG | December 2, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

"By staging Thursday's vote, he said, Democrats are playing political games and "trying to set up the next election."

Come on Boehner, your buddy in the senate said from day 1 his goal was to make Obama a 1 term president and has been working to that end for two years. Who's really politicking here?

Posted by: boleson02 | December 2, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

"By staging Thursday's vote, he said, Democrats are playing political games and "trying to set up the next election."

Come on Boehner, your buddy in the senate said from day 1 his goal was to make Obama a 1 term president and has been working to that end for two years. Who's really politicking here?

Posted by: boleson02 | December 2, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Some folks are born silver spoon in hand,
Lord, don't they help themselves, oh.
But when the taxman comes to the door,
Lord, the house looks like a rummage sale, yes,

It ain't me, it ain't me, I ain't no millionaire's son, no.
It ain't me, it ain't me; I ain't no fortunate one, no.

Posted by: ajn129 | December 2, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

"By staging Thursday's vote, he said, Democrats are playing political games and "trying to set up the next election."

Come on Boehner, your buddy in the senate said from day 1 his goal was to make Obama a 1 term president and has been working to that end for two years. Who's really politicking here?

Posted by: boleson02 | December 2, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Come on now, how many of you voted Republican in the mid-term elections. Didn't you know this would happen? The first thing they would attack would be the tax cut for the rich and then next they would stop unemployment benefits right here during the holiday season. I mean this only happened during the previous Republican term. Do Americans have such short memories? Sure the Democrats have made some mistakes but nothing that approaches this. Now we are going to have to make room on Mt. Rushmore for more Republican big heads according to McCain Sarah Palin belongs there, another one reminded someone of Eisenhower. If you think back these former Republican presidents were not as great as other Republicans would have you believe. Let's quit putting the wolf to guarding the chicken house.

Posted by: racam | December 2, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Lets be fair, and break it into two bills.

1. One bill to keep the tax cuts for 98% of Americans. (Done Apparently)

2. Another Bill to cut the taxes of people you earn more than 98% of Americans, which will cost nearly as much as the first bill while adding zero to the economy.

That is the only fair way to do it. Both the Democrats and Republicans will have a clear chance to show what they stand for, and isn't that what the Republicans have ALWAYS WANTED LOL

Posted by: Muddy_Buddy_2000 | December 2, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

"How disingenuous of the Democrats to actually introduce legislation to continue tax breaks for 98% of Americans. If they continue these tactics, the Republicans may decide to play politics. Then where will the country be? Who knows, they may resort to distorting the empirical record of their tax policies - or worse, complete obstructionism. The country cannot afford such a risky strategy. Stand down Democrats - Heel!" I don't think there could possibly be a clearer summary of what just happened.

Posted by: BoringOrange | December 2, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

This guy, Brainor, was he always this well spoken or has he been attending the Silly Sarah University for the Illiterate?

Just curious.

Posted by: jrw1 | December 2, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

How disingenuous of the Democrats to actually introduce legislation to continue tax breaks for 98% of Americans. If they continue these tactics, the Republicans may decide to play politics. Then where will the country be? Who knows, they may resort to distorting the empirical record of their tax policies - or worse, complete obstructionism. The country cannot afford such a risky strategy. Stand down Democrats - Heel!

Posted by: rbrent516 | December 2, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

How disingenuous of the Democrats to actually introduce legislation to continue tax breaks for 98% of Americans. If they continue these tactics, the Republicans may decide to play politics. Then where will the country be? Who knows, they may resort to distorting the empirical record of their tax policies - or worse, complete obstructionism. The country cannot afford such a risky strategy. Stand down Democrats - Heel!

Posted by: rbrent516 | December 2, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

How disingenuous of the Democrats to actually introduce legislation to continue tax breaks for 98% of Americans. If they continue these tactics, the Republicans may decide to play politics. Then where will the country be? Who knows, they may resort to distorting the empirical record of their tax policies - or worse, complete obstructionism. The country cannot afford such a risky strategy. Stand down Democrats - Heel!

Posted by: rbrent516 | December 2, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

How disingenuous of the Democrats to actually introduce legislation to continue tax breaks for 98% of Americans. If they continue these tactics, the Republicans may decide to play politics. Then where will the country be? Who knows, they may resort to distorting the empirical record of their tax policies - or worse, complete obstructionism. The country cannot afford such a risky strategy. Stand down Democrats - Heel!

Posted by: rbrent516 | December 2, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Boehner/McConnell perfectly represent the wealthy/greedy.

Posted by: jimsteinberg1 | December 2, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

The Month Before Christmas
With Apologies to Clement Clarke Moore

‘Twas a month before Christmas, and all through the House (of Representatives) Small-minded creatures were stirring, each bigger than a mouse;
Their stockings were hung in the chamber with care, In hopes that lobbyists bearing gifts soon would be there;
The Tea Party children were nestled all snug in their beds, While visions of tax cuts danced in their heads;
And mama grizzly in her 'kerchief, and I in my cap, Had just settled down for a long winter's nap,
When out in the electorate there arose such a clatter, I sprang from the bed to see to the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash, Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.
The promise of something-for-nothing on new-fallen snow Gave the illusion of truth to the creatures below,
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear, but a miniature limo, pulled by three little Republicans, each wearing a sneer.
With a tiny orange driver, who was easy to see, I knew in a moment it must be the Speaker, St. John B.
More rapid than eagles his minions they came, And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name;
"Now, CANTOR! now, PENCE! now, BACHMAN, you VIXEN! The electorate has no idea about the deal we’re fixin’. We’ll cut taxes, but not stop spending. We will con them all. Now dash away. Dash away. Dash away all!"
And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof this pandering call, “I’m listening to the American people,” he chortled, “Tax cuts for all.” As I spun about in surprise, Down the chimney came Speaker John B.
He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot, And his clothes were all stuffed with lobbyist cash and a good deal of soot;
A bundle of gifts he had flung on his back, And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.
His eyes -- how they twinkled! His orange dimples how merry! His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow, and the beard of his chin was as fake as his words, you know;
The stump of a camel he held tight in his teeth, And the smoke it encircled his head like a moldy toilet seat;
He had a narrow face and a little round belly, That shook, when he laughed like a bowlful of jelly.
He was sneaky and greasy, a spiteful old elf, And I could tell right away, he was just full of himself;
A wink of his eye and a beckoned me near. Soon I realized I had so much to much to fear.
He spoke a few words, and went straight to our holiday tree. He emptied all the stockings and stole the presents from me. “These are for the rich,” he cackled. “There’s nothing for you. You’re not a real American; there’s nothing you can do.”
“What’s a real American,” I asked and he laughed merrily. “Real Americans are the wealthy and right-wing conservatives like me." He gave me the middle finger and up the chimney he flew; Taking my Social Security check with him while tossing me a screw. "Merry Xmas to the rich and to the rich, a Good Night."

Posted by: SequimBob2 | December 2, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Boehner and the House Republicans were outmaneuvered....that's what really makes him angry.

Posted by: bpotter110 | December 2, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Don't you love it! For the GOP, extending the Bush tax cuts to the middle class is "chickencrap." Separate out those earning below $250,000 and those over. Vote on tax cuts for each. And let people clearly see who votes for what.

A lot of us remember that those wealthy people who received tax cuts under Bush soon needed bailouts, and now, thanks to the government, they are the only ones to have gotten richer during the recession. They are sitting on billions while middle class people are unemployed.

The rich have gotten theirs. Pass an extension of the tax cuts for the middle class, and let them expire for families making over $250,000.

Posted by: tinyjab40 | December 2, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Give the GOP their tax cuts. Then, ask them to identify $70 Billion in Defense cuts to pay for them. Failing that, let them explain to the people how they really don't care about deficits.

Posted by: OldUncleTom | December 2, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

I seem to recall Congressman Boehner saying that even if he couldn't get taxes for income above $250K, he would be satisfied with what he could get.

And Senator McConnell- do you really want your legacy to be that you decided to screw 98% of Americans because you feel your minority feathers have been ruffled?

Posted by: mkelm441 | December 2, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

I seem to recall Congressman Boehner saying that even if he couldn't get taxes for income above $250K, he would be satisfied with what he could get.

And Senator McConnell- do you really want your legacy to be that you decided to screw 98% of Americans because you feel your minority feathers have been ruffled?

Posted by: mkelm441 | December 2, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Reid needs to use the nuclear option and pass the same bill as the house in the Senate...

Posted by: soapm | December 2, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

In another article Boehner said what the Democrats were doing was chicken crap. Well, there is no comparison to the piles of manure the republicans are trying to dump on the American people and who and what they truly represent.
With their goals of destroy our president, win at any cost regardless of the consequences, they are well on their way to becoming our country's most dangerous domestic terrorists.

Posted by: kathlenec | December 2, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Come on cry-baby Boehner - pay your fair
share of taxes!

Stop attacking the Democrats for things
they are not responsible for, so put
the blame-game directly were it belongs:

REPUBLICAN OBSTRUCTIONISTS, THE PARTY OF
NO

You and your Republican wingnuts have
basically destroyed the USA - hand
in hand with George W Bush.

Accept the blame - voters might have been
really stupid in the midterms due the
the false fears the sprewed from your
mouth, but they won't get fooled again!

Posted by: Sirius2 | December 2, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

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