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Posted at 6:49 PM ET, 12/ 1/2010

Congressional GOP leaders accuse Democrats of playing "gotcha" on tax cuts

By Felicia Sonmez

House Speaker-designate John Boehner (R-Ohio) took aim at House Democratic leaders Wednesday night for their plan to hold a vote Thursday on extending the Bush-era tax cuts for only the middle class, accusing them of springing a "gotcha" vote on House Republicans that undercuts this week's bipartisan discussions on taxes.

"While we had a good meeting at the White House yesterday about how to resolve the issue of stopping all of the tax hikes, the House leader is going to go down this path of gerrymandering the process so members only have one option, and that's to vote on only providing some tax relief to the American people," Boehner said.

He added that Democrats' plan "is a political gimmick to try to have some 'gotcha' vote so they're set up for the next election."

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told reporters that even if the bill passes the House tomorrow, it stands no chance in the Senate, as all 42 Republican senators and a "significant number" of Senate Democrats oppose any extension of the tax cuts that doesn't include all income earners.

"Regardless of what the majority forces House Republicans to do, it's not going to go anywhere," McConnell said. "We are going to extend the current tax rates; we're not going to raise taxes on anybody. The only thing we're discussing now is just how long that extension will be."

Boehner and McConnell made the comments at a Wednesday evening press conference after meeting with more than a dozen newly-elected Republican governors. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) told reporters Wednesday morning that a vote on extending the Bush-era tax cuts only for the middle class is slated for Thursday.

South Carolina Gov.-elect Nikki Haley (R), Oklahoma Gov.-elect Mary Fallin (R) and Ohio Gov.-elect John Kasich (R) also briefly addressed reporters at the event Wednesday night, ahead of tomorrow's meeting at the White House with other newly-elected governors.

"We have a situation where we have all these strings from Washington," Kasich told reporters. "You have governors that know how to design solutions for specific problems. The problem is Washington will not let our people go. We'd like to solve things based on not a one-size-fits-all mentality, but let's not keep putting a size-ten foot in a size-six shoe."

By Felicia Sonmez  | December 1, 2010; 6:49 PM ET
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Actually both McConnell and Boehner are totally unGodly and will pay dearly when they meet their maker. The rich already have enough and if they want to boost the economy, they would already have done so. That people in my party are ignoring the needs of the poor and just putting the rich on the dole is the real reason we are in such a mess. ANY money given to the poor will be spent immediately because their plight is so desperate. But alas, John and Mitch have no interest in being godly about taking care of the poor as the Bible absolutely commands. They may enjoy some approval from the fat cats who they reward with unneeded tax cuts but alas, God will not be pleased with their disgusting tilt of help for wealthy and "get lost" you poor people. At this point, although I am a lifelong Republican, I am first a Christian and totally understand God's command to care for the poor. In fact those who do not take care of the poor are in danger of eternal damnation! Obviously Boehner and McConnell seem to have missed that command direct from Christ. It is obvious they must not even be Christians, the way they are behaving.

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Posted by: BradleyC | December 2, 2010 9:40 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: BradleyC | December 2, 2010 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Hurts to be Charlie Brown doesn't it? After all the @#$% Boehner has pulled, he sure has gall to whine.

Posted by: wd1214 | December 2, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Hurts to be Charlie Brown doesn't it? After all the @#$% Boehner has pulled, he sure has gall to whine.

Posted by: wd1214 | December 2, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Boehner, McConnell, and Cantor believe they are vested with power they do not have.
They have exercised the only power they have and that is to obstruct. Can they pass tax breaks for the super wealthy by themselves? HELL NO. Even if they got some out of line Democrats to go along with them, will the President sign the bill? HELL NO. Put that in your pipes and smoke it.

Posted by: fasm7700 | December 2, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Boehner made a statement, after the most recent election, that he "has lived the American dream". The fulfillment of Mr. Boehners' dream though comes at the expense of how many million of Americans who have actually worked for a living - rather than just sitting around shooting off their mouth, collecting a big government paycheck and benefits, while saying NO to anything that might require him to do any work! Talk about exploiting the system...Mr. Boehner and his colleagues have set a new high in lying to and fleecing the American people!

Posted by: vagaf31 | December 2, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

The problem with the economy is not that the rich don't have enough money. And they are not going to waste it on creating jobs when there is no demand for their goods and services. Creating jobs when there is no demand only loses them money. The wall street types booed Robert Reich at a luncheon when he told them that stimulating demand would be good for all including the rich. They don't care about raising their standard of living. They don't need to. They have everything they want except one thing, more money than anyone else.

Posted by: plchouinard | December 2, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

The problem with the economy is not that the rich don't have enough money. And they are not going to waste it on creating jobs when there is no demand for their goods and services. Creating jobs when there is no demand only loses them money. The wall street types booed Robert Riech at a luncheon when he told them that stimulating demand would be good for all including the rich. They don't care about raising their standard of living. They don't need to. They have everything they want except one thing, more money than anyone else.

Posted by: plchouinard | December 2, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Boehner and McConnell give it a rest. Tax cuts for the wealthiest 2% like yourselves NEVER created any jobs. More lavish unneeded vacations maybe. I am for no more government health care for you until you do what is right for the other 98% of Americans. Do you get it.

Posted by: audrey2010 | December 2, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Boehner and McConnell give it a rest. Tax cuts for the wealthiest 2% like yourselves NEVER created any jobs. More lavish unneeded vacations maybe. I am for no more government health care for you until you do what is right for the other 98% of Americans. Do you get it.

Posted by: audrey2010 | December 2, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

We have had 10 years ( 8 Bush and 2 Obama) experience of the Bush tax cuts and the job situation has worsen all those years. Now, the Republicans are asking for the same things that took us in the hole in the first place. Tax break for the rich has not and does not create jobs. Spending money drives the economy like unemployment compensation check where money is immediately spent for food, clothing, and shelter. This economical situation will only get better when the US Government take the tax money from the rich and give it to the middle class and poor where it can be spent immediately to fuel the economy. The biggest factor to reduce the deficit is to clean up the imbalance of foreign trade and leave our domestic programs alone.

Posted by: rrcrosby | December 2, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Oh yeah, it's a real shocker that the Democrats want to extend the Bush Tax Cuts only for 98% of taxpayers. Apparently, Boehner doesn't read the papers or watch the news on TV. Even FOX has mentioned this
approach although they fail to report that a majority of people prefer that all Bush Tax Cuts be eliminated so as to reduce the deficit. The GOP and its Tea Party clones will only increase the deficit with its proposals benefiting the rich.

Posted by: mikesba | December 2, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

[John Boehner] added that Democrats' plan "is a political gimmick to try to have some 'gotcha' vote so they're set up for the next election."
Out, out, damned spot. Me thinks the gotcha game is all about numbers, not the good of the American people. Give us a break, Mr. Boehner, Mr. McConnell. I have not heard one idea worth any cents from Republicans for a long time. George H. W. Bush was destroyed by the myth of supply side economics. And given that the Bush tax cuts have been in effect since the early 2000s, one would think supply side would have done us proud by now. If fact, supply side and its ancillary idea, deregulation (Clinton was more Republican than most Republicans) and demand (fiscal expenditures) side , have been subverted by the dark side - take the money and run.

Posted by: ntmcdowell | December 2, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Maintaining the Bush tax cuts will continue to have a devastating impact on the nation's economy, and making it the centerpiece of the Republicans' agenda highlights their hypocrisy. The cuts, which by nonpartisan estimates will cost $2.5 trillion through 2010, have produced no net improvement in job creation or any other measure of economic value. Gaining control of the deficit and putting us back on a more steady fiscal footing requires three things -- decreasing debt, increasing revenues, and expanding the economic base. It is both ludicrous and dangerous to focus on reducing debt by making cuts in government infrastructure and services while completely ignoring the other two factors.

Posted by: twobrats64 | December 2, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Hey GOP, you may fool some but not all. You want nothing to do with bi-partisanship...remember, your one and only goal for the next two years is to make sure the President doesn't get a second term. How could I forget? Your second goal is to protect your own interests and that of your rich and wealthy friends. You are the ones that want tax hikes on hardworking taxpayers like me.

Posted by: cile92 | December 2, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Let me get this straight, we can not raise the debt in order to extend unemployment benefits which will have a DIRECT effect on the economy, but we can extend the debt to pay for tax cuts for those making over $200,000? I know they will say not the extending the tax cuts for everyone is not fair. So, how is it fair to not extend the unemployment? Ok, so the poor are only part of the people. Well, the rich are only part of the people and they can afford to pay more taxes way more than the unemployed can afford to have the benefits cut

Posted by: rayschultz3 | December 2, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

.

Hey Democrats,

We have all been lectured:

Afterward, Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) voiced frustration to reporters. "This has happened to us four or five times with the Senate," Hoyer said. "The Senate knows this rule and should follow this rule. They should be cognizant of the rule. Nobody ought to be surprised by this rule. It's in the Constitution. And they've all been lectured, and we have as well, about reading the Constitution."

BYE BYE

DEMOCRATS

.

Posted by: kstobbe1 | December 2, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

If the Greedy Republicans are so worried about it, why not support Obama’s even handed compromise and vote to let the tax cuts expire for the wealthiest people - the thought that the Republican Party is going to force us (the tax payers) to give tax breaks to the very Wall Street tycoons that destroyed our economy makes me furious.

Posted by: shredder1 | December 2, 2010 9:46 AM | Report abuse

LOL. This is like a crew of card sharps getting indignant, because their victims are daring to call them out in public or in this case, to show that disingenuous claims to be the protectors of "All Americans" are a crock.

Posted by: Koko3 | December 2, 2010 9:08 AM | Report abuse

It tis shame to Reward this record::

2%

own 50% Total Financial Wealth
Get 30% Total Income
From 2001-2007 took home 75% of Total Income Growth

In 8 of Bush gave us:
31,000 net new jobs per month lowest since Hoover
Took Clinton surplus and borrowed 6000B
for 112% increase in Debt highest in peacetime
Increased Spending by 92% or highest in peacetime
Took Dow from hi of 11,720 in 2000 to 11,100 after ten years.
Sent 2,300,000 jobs to "just" China.
Let WSA control our muli-nationals whch are responsible for 40% of Chinese Imports coming from companies they own in China
.
Two dumb wars got us hatred by 1500 Million of another religion. Plus most of the world.

Blocked 420 Bills in the Senate by filibisters.
When will Reid hold up that list and attack evilers.

How can D leaders Reward such Behavior??

Oh! I forgot. They are also owned by WSA Gamblers. Who supply 40% of their campaign funds.

Max Baucus took Public Option off table quick. First act. $1,900,000 in campaign funds from Insurers buys good people like Max.
clarence swinney olduglymeanhonest mad mad mad
lifeaholics of america burlington nc


Posted by: CSWINNEY2TRIADRRCOM | December 2, 2010 8:47 AM | Report abuse

Incredible! The Republicans want to continue the Bush tax cuts for the 2% of the wealthiest citizens while insisting that budgets be cut and that federal employees submit to a wage freeze and that elderly recipients of social security have their benefits cut. Is there no limit to this Republican duplicity?
When will voters see what is happening here?

Posted by: OhMy | December 2, 2010 8:11 AM | Report abuse

"that undercuts this week's bipartisan discussions on taxes."

Is he kidding??? 24 hours after their meeting with the POTUS they declare that nothing moves in the House until BHO surrenders!

Republicans have no interest in "bipartisanship".

No solutions to the debt
No programs for the unemployed
No ideas for Health care
No, No, No!

Fear, Hatred, Distortion, Distraction and Division is all they have to offer America.

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