Skip to comments.Boehner pivots on taxes after Obama win
Posted on 11/08/2012 1:22:11 PM PST by lowbridge
In the wake of the GOPs disappointing election, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Wednesday signaled a willingness to accept higher tax revenues as part of a deficit cutting deal.
The fast-approaching deadline to stop a combination of tax hikes and spending cuts left Boehner and other leaders with little time to digest Republican Mitt Romneys defeat on Tuesday.
Leaders on both sides of the Capitol moved swiftly to stake out their positions on the fiscal cliff, with Boehner calling for a down payment that would lead to a farther-reaching pact in 2013 and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) saying he did not want to see a short-term fix.
Im not for kicking the can down the road; I think weve done that far too much, Reid told reporters in the Capitol. I think we should just roll up our sleeves and get it done.
The Democratic leader also cast Obamas victory over Romney in which the president won nearly every swing state as overwhelming, and noted that his party gained seats in both chambers of Congress. Thats not the status quo, he said.
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John Boehner for GOP presidential candidate in 2016!!!
Who's with me?
***ducks and runs***
Hey Boehner - you can confiscate all the money of the richest people in the US and it would not put a dent in the deficit. Stand up and state “NO MORE TAXES.” ONLY CUTS.
What an idiot.
Instead of The Weeper of the House Boehner, let's suggest that the Republicans get a Speaker with a little backbone like Paul Ryan. He understands the fiscal problems and instead of just bending over for Bathhouse Barry Benghazi, maybe he can extract something.
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So, the GOP-E wants us to compromise our basic moral values to vote for Mitt so men like Boehner can have power?
Where’s the benefit?
We will gladly accept higher taxes today with your promise to cut spending tomorrow.
That is how we got into this mess.
Any Republicans who go along with this are traitors!!
Boehner will sell us out.
And who can we call in the GOP to advise them to pick a new damn speaker already.
This may have been mentioned before...
The GOP is damaged goods and sometimes things have to be scrapped and rebuilt from scratch. I think the GOP might be in that situation.
Wonder if we could kick off a grass roots campaign to call our GOP reps and simply tell them that if Boehner compromises to the point that it jeopardizes our core conservative principles, then we make a vow to never vote for another GOP candidate again. Of course they won’t initially believe us, but if enough calls go in, and if the tea party (as an example) movement helps magnify this approach, they may think twice.
If not, then we send a very clear message in 2014 by sitting it out. Hope it wouldn’t come to that, but if you threaten, you need to be willing to carry forward.
Thoughts? Is this completely crazy?
We just have to figure a way to pressure our reps into taking a principled stand and telling Harry Reid to stuff it.
The government takes in more than enough money to cover its Constitutionally mandated functions and duties. The problem is not revenue, the problem is overspending. A willingness to raise taxes to bring down the deficit/debt will be seen by lawmakers as a further license to overspend. Why doesn’t Boehner understand this?
Friend, I would tell Speaker Boehner to stand on the steps of the US Capitol and tell the press he is going to give obama everything the president asked for
Only condition being that the president man-up and own the results
The hollywood-honey boo boo crowd voted for this garrulous inept affirmative action clown to run the economy, so they deserve to see it in action
then watch the democrats scuttle out of the shadows to try to stop the damage they know will result
Bring it on
Did the "journalist" at the Hill note that Harry Reid hasn't passed a single budget for 3 years? Probably not.
The remarks I read from Boehner seemed to ME to merely signal a willingness to work with Obama--exchanging taxes for cuts in entitlements...which is what Boehner offered the last time we faced this crisis, and Obama passed.
After what we've gone through this election season, I will look at EVERYTHING the "media" says about the Republicans as suspect...because the "media" refused adamantly to hold Obama/Reid/Pelosi's feet to the fire during this election season.
Not once have I seen a media outlet (except for one brief interview on SPANISH LANGUAGE TV) challenge Obama.
I agree. Doesn’t he have to pass a vote by the GOP Reps to remain Speaker? We need to scream at our Reps to get him out and Vote for a young gun.
Without thinking twice!
Dole / Boehner
Olympia snowe running the campaign
Oh like WOW! Who could have predicted that the RINOs would fold? The Rats smell blood in the water here, don’t expect them to give an inch. It will be all tax increases on the wealthy (those making over $50,000 a year) and spending cuts only in the military budget. Everything else will be full speed ahead, which reminds me ... I need to get one o them Obama-phones.
I am going to bombard my reps to have Boehner removed as Speaker.
I suspect the GOP will just bend over and take it in the hope that maybe THIS time they’ll get a cuddle afterward...
They have stated that they would lower the rate and broaden the base through closing loopholes.
Obama wants to raise the rates on upper income and ignore the rest which is a job - killing way to do it per Pubbies.
Wealthy people like Buffet won't pay anymore tax, but the small business owner will.
Then they whine and call those that don’t reward them for this behavior with their vote traitors, responsible for the destruction of the country blah blah...
Last I checked I didn’t promise not to raise taxes and then did so. I didn’t promise to cut taxes and renege. I didn’t promise to fight healthcare then continue funding it. I didn’t sign off on earmarks and subsidies to my personal districts to grease palms for votes. I didn’t promise to read every piece of legislation before a vote then surrender. No, these are actions the people who claim to be our frontline warriors in the halls of congress make then every two to four years arrive back with empty promises things will be different this time when they didn’t follow through.
They are liars, they are cheats, they are corrupt, they have no morals and ethics, no soul centered on a strong foundation. I’m not giving my money so they can stay rich in power and not represent my interests. I’m not giving my time only to be backhanded by these elites with snickers and derision for my faith. I’m certainly not giving them the one thing mythey truly covet. A vote they have to do nothing to earn.
And you guys doubted me when I said it was over! Boehner is the smell of a stale fart lingering in the Capitol building.
He's been practically invisible lately and when he does pop up, its to offer Obama tax hikes in exchange for Democrat promises of spending cuts. We all know how that works out. Tax hikes on everyone - not just 'the rich' - and miniscule cuts - if any - in projected budget item increases, making them useless. No thanks, John. We desperately need a new Speaker. One with a spine instead of a tan.
Pivoting like a ballerina.
Im all for those rich liberal celebrities who raised money for Obama and cheered his re-election..let them pay their “fair share” 70 percent just like in France..they love Socialism SO much..make them suffer through it..the only way people will earn how horrible Socialism is is to make them live the consequences of it
Needs repeating. NO MORE TAXES - ONLY CUTS"
This fiscal cliff is of the Dems making - let them squirm until they give in. Hold the line on taxes and reduce them. The Dems wasted money, get them to stop.
So, did he actually say “raising taxes,” or is this actually still the same tax reform plan that Romney and the GOP had put forth? I see that Mediacom apparently had to change their blatantly made-up tax hike “quote” in a caption from earlier today, but trying to un-ring a bell, etc, etc.
It is a waste of time calling these fools...the deal will be... we will raise revenue and in the future we will cut spending..the deficit will stay the same..OBAMA buys more votes...it is over until the system collapses... there are more people getting free stuff..than people working??? Look at single women with kids...OBAMA will take care of them
Let’s see....taxes get (and stay) raised. The promised spending cuts never materialize. Ever. Rather, they become spending increases (”investments don’t ya know?).
Is there any other pattern?
Or an etch a sketch?
“Leaders on both sides of the Capitol moved swiftly to stake out their positions on the fiscal cliff, with Boehner calling for a down payment that would lead to a farther-reaching pact in 2013 and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) saying he did not want to see a short-term fix.”
So according to this then Boehner is the democrat, and Reid is the republican. I can tell you this though. If Reid is actually saying that then it is a manipulative trick. The only solution involves cutting over 1 trillion in socialist benefits. As for Boehner- Yeah he really is democrat. I figure that out a long time ago.
The GOP is “Whiged out”. Get rid of Bonehead Boehner and let’s have Wilson as speaker. You know, the guy that said “You Lie!” to Obamboozle during a speech?
What would be the procedure to dump Boehner? He is not up to the task. I'm letting my congresscritter know of my vote of no confidence.
Cleverly stated. How do we do it? sd
Gets a little old watching Boehner trashed. People just don’t get it. It isn’t the message, it is who delivers the message to the people and that happens to be our greatest enemy, THE MEDIA. Does anyone really understand that there isn’t one thing, not one, that a Republican can say that will EVER be reported fairly or accurately? The Republicans have to walk on eggshells with every issue, they know it will come back to bite them always. THE REPUBLCANS ARE NOT THE ENEMY
How about grow a pair, cut the bullshit and talk to the American people in real words; not flowerly speeches (”My good friend and colleague from across the aisle”).
Then tell the media to go F*ck themselves and take out a full-page ad w/ the plan.
That’s rational. Lets see, I believe Newt Gingrich took media on during one of the primary debates, he got a standing O, and won South Carolina. The next day, republican voters in Florida called him mean spirited. The RMSM eviscerated him. He was the ONLY true conservative in the group and republicans didn’t like what he said, so there you go.
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