Skip to comments.Boehner Strikes Conciliatory Tone in Talk of Fiscal Cliff
Posted on 11/08/2012 6:19:07 PM PST by RC one
The House speaker, John A. Boehner of Ohio, striking a conciliatory tone a day after the Republican Partys electoral drubbing, said on Wednesday that he was ready to accept a budget deal that raises federal revenue as long as it is linked to an overhaul of entitlements and a reform of the tax code that closes loopholes, curtails or eliminates deductions and lowers income tax rates.
Mr. Boehners gesture was the most explicit offer he has made to avert the fiscal cliff in January, when billions of dollars in tax increases and automatic spending cuts go into force. And it came hours after Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the majority leader, offered his own olive branch, saying its better to dance than to fight.
But Democrats and Republicans are still far apart. Mr. Boehner made it clear that his vision for additional revenue includes a tax code that lowers even the top income tax rate from where it is now, 35 percent, not where it would be in January when the Bush-era tax cuts are set to expire 39.6 percent. At least some of that additional revenue would come from economic growth that he said would be fueled by a simpler tax code.
Senator Charles E. Schumer of New York, the third-ranking Democrat, has said those constructs are unacceptable. Democratic leaders say tax reform that lowers tax rates across the board would either hurt the middle class by trimming vital tax benefits like the home mortgage deduction or would not raise enough taxes to meaningfully reduce the deficit. Mr. Reid underscored Mr. Obamas contention that tax rates on the rich must rise, saying the vast majority of Americans support that, including rich people.
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Bend over.... here it comes.
Do nothing. Let the Bush tax cuts expire. Let the budget sequestration go through. Refuse to raise the debt ceiling ever. Watch Obama’s Amerika go down in flames.
BURN BABY BURN!
0bama will probably just decree that the debt ceiling is raised and Boehner and McConnell will do nothing. BTW - Whatever happened to Holder’s contempt of Congress over Fast and Furious?
watch everything you ever cared about burn with it. No thanks. If it has to burn, than so be it but it can’t be our fault.
They had better do something or loads of servicemen that have been fighting wars for 10 years will get whacked come Jan 1
Exactly. Stall, stall, stall. Run down the clock. Encourage Obama to take Madame Michelle on lots of outings. Act nice. Act bored act anyway that will waste time until the end of 2012.
The election is barely over and this guy is waving the white flag for everything. I think he got a speaker’s gavel that doubles as a surrender flag, and it has pop-out tissues because you never know when you need a good cry.
Boehner won’t get what he wants—or says he wants; then he’ll cry, fix a drink and go to a corner.
I don’t want anyone to pay his lousy salary ANYMORE.
Boehner is NOT a Conservative. The House is NOT Conservative. The Senate is absolutely NOT Conservative. The President is NOT Conservative.
Let’s see, the outcome is going to be what?
Like they'll let you keep any of it anyway, when they fully consolidate power.
There is a word for that. BOHICA
Bend Over , Here It Comes Again.
I believe it is Boehners Motto.
As Speaker of the House, he is a great dissappointment. The only time we ever hear from him is when he is making another ass-kissing deal.
It is dishonorable to be in debt the way this country is. - Illegal immigration is dishonorable and unfair to those immigrants, past and present, who came here legally and did what they were supposed to do. - Killing babies is dishonorable and murder. - Sloth is dishonorable. - Sodomy is dishonorable and declared sin by God’s laws in both the old and new Testaments. - Now, they have been elected by those who want to be given everything and assured their actions are just OK. . by everyone . . or else . . . Sorry; no can do.
Oh, and Obama does NOT have a Mandate; although he apparently thinks he does.
He’s a surrender monkey.
Throw him out of the Speakership. Pack your box and get out of here Boehner.
You know what the biggest difference is between Boehner and all those other republican candidates that recently ran for congress and Senate? he’s a winner and they’re losers.
Have you forgotten Valerie Jarrett?
What the hell is wrong with you people? he is playing chess! Obama will NEVER agree to this.
What stinks is millions of Americans are going to get it up the wazoo because these people cant work with each other to pass a simple budget.
Obama will make demands of Boehner that he will not be able to agree with and taxmageddon will follow.
Anyone surprised that Boehner is folding first? Someone on the other side of the aisle must have some great pictures of him in action.
I don’t think Boner even knows how to play chess.
The man is in a very untenable position.
We all are.
Coward RINO File.
Looks like the Republican strategy is to give the Rats pretty much all of what they want: in other words, give them enough rope to hang themselves.
I always loved Flip Wilson’s Reverend Leroy line: You gots to learn how to delegate the blame.
That is something that Republican MUST learn to do effectively!!!
You get it and nobody else on this thread does.
Boehner's position is absolutely correct and Freepers seem to be clueless.
Let them own it!
Well thank you for not having a kneejerk reaction in a very bad difficult position.
Boner plays Checkers while the Rats play Chess.
It has been 2 days since the election and we are fragging the folks we still have standing.
The Dems must be laughing their arses off!
We as a party just played checkers with single issues.
Now this guy is supposed to turn it around with no tools?
What is he to do?
Kind of sick.
Because we know they’ll ultimately cave.
A coward for saying no tax hikes?
No, Boehner walked away from Obama last time Obama tried to push tax hikes.
The Speaker then refused to take Obama's calls and Obama was furious.
We got no tax hikes last time because the Speaker refused to allow them and I suspect Boehner is going to have the same position now.
I’m freekin out man! LOL
What Bums me out is both sides have been complicit in the sequestration doomsday bomb.
It is going to go off Jan 1st and they are just posturing for blame.
You can count on this.. All of them will think it is so urgent that they will “go on holiday” in about 3 weeks.
And they will come back in 2013 and say “It was the other fellows fault”
Even Pelosi and Reid told the WH to butt out because O & Co. were completely inept.
Because of Obama's inability they passed it to committee. A real leader gets it done. O is no leader.
Half of our troubles are that we telegraph to the other camp.
Were gonna do this bitch!
I like how the Times had to put “electoral drubbing” ... knowing full well that the popular vote was close (even closer minus the fraud).
Obama has been the most non nonnegotiable SOB the country has ever seen. (I WON!!)
All Boehner can do now is kinda shed some light on that.
Thats hard to do when you have no power and the media is hiding your light.
I Told all the peeps on FR the SENATE was paramount this time
What did we do? we lost Congressional And Senate seats.
Now Obama Owns the SCOTUS.
Man I don’t want Boehners job.
” - - - A coward for saying no - - - “
When a coward says “no” that means he does not have the courage to tell us what he is really going to do.
Boehner has worked had at deceiving his words with his dastardly deeds of doom, and deservedly has earned the derisive term of COWARD.
For example, remember Sobber of The House’s pledge to defund Obama”care?”
Now that he's the only leader we've got he may very well prove that he is able rise to the occasion. I actually respect him for thus far standing against higher taxes; yes, I know I'm in the minority here for not hating the man.
We did not give him the tools
There is ZERO chance of repealing obamacare now, but Boehner still maintains that he will fight to adjust it.
I have little hope that he will succeed when his party is fragging him 2 days after the election.
If I was him I would make Obama OWN IT.
We’ll all still be screwed but at least Obama owns it.
I do not like his style but can respect his position.
How do you defund a tax. When Roberts defined the Obamacare mandate that way it floored everyone.
Romney is gone, stone the next fellow closest to the top of the hill /s
Not easy to understand.
We eat our own.
Dems never do
John Edwards was the biggest shyster sack of crap to ever walk down the pike.
They gave him a father of the year award and nominated him VP Candidate.
He cheated on his wife with cancer and fathered a illegitimate child while all this was going on and the Dems let John John ride quietly into the sunset.
We on the other hand, rip decent men for the slightest offense.
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