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Boehner Rejects Obama's Request to Extend Middle Class Tax Cut

Posted by on Nov. 15, 2012 at 4:25 PM
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Fresh off his reelection as House speaker Wednesday afternoonJohn Boehner emphasized the need for bold leadership in order to repair the ailing economy, telling reporters that job creationremains the top priority for congressional Republicans.

"Our majority is a primary line of defense for the American people against a government that spends too much, borrows too much when left unchecked," said Boehner, R-Ohio. "With so many challenges that are ahead of us, the American people need to see us act courageously, think selflessly and lead boldly. And our majority is up to the task, and I expect the president is, as well."

A short time earlier, the House Republican Conference voted Boehner in to another two-year term as speaker.

Boehner rejected the president's call earlier Wednesday for House Republicans to quickly pass Senate legislation that would extend middle class tax cuts, and he alternatively called on the Senateto take up House-passed legislation to extend all of the current tax rates for one year.

"Instead of the House moving on the Senate bill, the Senate ought to move on the House bill," Boehner said. "We are not going to hurt our economy and make job creation more difficult, which is exactly what that plan would do. It's not the direction that we want to go because it's going to hurt job creators in America."

Boehner is set to join President Obama, Senate Majority Harry Reid, D-Nev., Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., at the White House on Friday to begin conversations on the fiscal cliff.

The fiscal cliff, which includes expiring tax cuts for the rich and middle class, $1 trillion in automatic spending cuts set to take effect next year, and a debt limit increase, remains the most daunting challenge for Congress during the lame duck session.

Despite the vast disagreement between Republicans and Democrats on taxes, the speaker said he remains "optimistic" that leaders will be able to avert a crisis.

"If you've looked closely at what the president had to say and you look closely at what I have had to say, you know, there are not barriers here to sitting down and beginning to work through this process," Boehner said. "I don't think anyone on either side of the aisle underestimates the difficulty that faces us.

"You've got members on both sides of the aisle, you know, who have their own ideas about how to resolve this," he added. "If we stay focused on what's in the best interest of our country and what's in the best interests of the American people, I'm confident that this issue can be resolved."

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by Bronze Member on Nov. 15, 2012 at 4:29 PM
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Boner is ridiculous. He has lost all reason and his entire existence is wrapped up in his own self perpetuating ego
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by on Nov. 15, 2012 at 4:30 PM
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Ahhhh, gee. Republicans love to "reject " don't they.
the party of NO.
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by Gold Member on Nov. 15, 2012 at 4:30 PM
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Then the 1% tax cuts bonehead wants wont be extended either
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by Silver Member on Nov. 15, 2012 at 4:43 PM
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Boner needs to get a clue...its that middle class republican party he is killing right now!  He pulls this shit in the name of going against anything Obama wants and in the name of his own ego, its not a party thing right now for him.

by Ruby Member on Nov. 15, 2012 at 5:11 PM

This is unbelievable.  Is this really starting all over again?

by Ruby Member on Nov. 15, 2012 at 5:21 PM
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Republican strategist Jude Wanniski died back in 2005.

But his famous Two Santa Claus theory died just this month - 6 years later.

And it died thanks to Occupy Wall Street.

Our nation's obsession with the so-called "debt crisis" - is really all thanks to Jude Wanniski.

Wanniski had this brilliant idea - that was picked up by Reagan - that Republicans could play Santa Claus - just like Democrats always did - by giving people something - in this case, tax cuts.

He knew that Democrats historically did well at the polls because, like Santa Claus, they give people stuff like Social Security - Medicare - Medicaid - unemployment insurance - food stamps - all that kind of stuff, you know.

And so, he said, Republicans could play Santa Claus, too - by giving people the gift of tax cuts.

And, as an added bonus for Republicans, the more tax cuts they gave people - particularly rich people - then the bigger our national debt would get, eventually getting so bad that it would force Democrats to shoot Santa Claus - to kill off social programs - because they just can't afford it anymore.

So, following Jude Wanniski's strategy since 1981, Republicans ran up huge, massive deficits - thanks to massive tax cuts - all the while not saying one word about fiscal responsibility.

Reagan tripled the national debt - George W. Bush added another 6 trillion dollars to it - and Republicans in Congress, ah, it's just fine, "a-ok" with everything!

It was the plan, after all - they were the tax cut Santas!

And then as soon as a Democrat gets in office - suddenly the world is ending because of our huge debt - debt run up mostly by Republicans following Jude Wanniski's plan - and drastic measures need to be taken - Santa needs to be shot!

Those very same Republicans who rubber-stamped Bush's $6 trillion deficit-spending agenda - now they want to use the debt that they created as an excuse to force a Democratic President - in this case President Obama - to shoot Santa by cutting Social Security - Medicare - and whatever else they can take their hacksaws too - all in the name of a "debt crisis".

That scenario pretty much defines President Obama's first three years - at least, in the media - as he tried to stimulate the economy and create jobs with more spending, and was blocked by Republican filibusters each and every time - with the single possible exception of the stimulus bill that got much, much smaller because of the Republicans.

The Republicans knew if they could bring enough pressure on the Democrats by freaking out about the debt they themselves had caused with their tax cuts, that they could force then the Democrats to shoot the Santa Claus of Social Security, the Santa Claus of Medicare, and maybe even the Santa Clauses of unemployment benefits and the minimum wage - and take us back to an economy truly safe for the very rich - like the one Dickens wrote about in his story about Scrooge, Marley, Bob Cratchett, and Tiny Tim.

by Bronze Member on Nov. 15, 2012 at 5:23 PM
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Good. I'm glad he rejected it.

by Platinum Member on Nov. 15, 2012 at 5:27 PM
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Remains? Bullshit.

by on Nov. 15, 2012 at 5:35 PM
There will need to be a comprise. O isn't going to get all thAt what he wants and the GOP will have to to relent on some of there hard line stances.
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by on Nov. 15, 2012 at 5:40 PM
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 whatever tan man! I am so irritated at this point I will pay another $3,500 a year just to see the rich pay more as well....let them expire!

Guess I better figure out what's getting cut around here:(

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