Skip to comments.Jake Tapper: Today’s Questions for Obama's White House
Posted on 03/26/2011 5:28:48 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
TAPPER: GE paid no taxes last year. Given that the CEO of GE is the head of the president's competitiveness and jobs council, I'm wondering if you have any thoughts on their paying no taxes last year.
CARNEY: I hope so. But the -- look, I -- Jake, I'll just tell you.
TAPPER: Front page of The New York Times.
CARNEY: But I -- but I can -- I've read the story. The president has said that he is committed to corporate tax reform.
TAPPER: Does it bother him?
CARNEY: I haven't spoken to the president about this.
TAPPER: Why appoint to the head of the competitiveness and jobs council a person who is now the poster child for using the system to get out of paying taxes?
CARNEY: The job council and competitiveness council is designed for just that.
TAPPER: But is there a perception problem at all for the president? He says he wants to take on this issue, and yet --
CARNEY: He very much wants to take on this issue.
TAPPER: It's the second year in a row that GE didn't pay any taxes, and yet he appoints the CEO to the head of his competitiveness and jobs council is -
CARNEY: I think the issue, Jake, is --
TAPPER: -- that the American people --
CARNEY: No, because the president is very committed to addressing this issue.
TAPPER: So much so that he puts the CEO of GE at the head of the Jobs and Competitiveness Council?
CARNEY: Look, I think, you know, Jake, we can do this five or six times, but he is committed to corporate tax reform...
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Get these fools out of office.
Imagine for a second Bush being chummy with some corporate big wig, nominating to lead some committee.
Then finding out the company made billions, and paid ZERO in U.S. taxes.
The left would be calling for criminal investigation, special prosecutors. Etc.
Just replace GE with Haliburton.
The people in Washington are hopeless. The States are going to have to do the job.
This guy Carney knows the drill. “I...I...”, “well, you see...” “I’m not an expert in light bulbs...”, “I’ve never been a CEO of an electric company...”
Or better yet, why didn’t he bring up GM in the same light? They have no tax bill for several years because of the same bunch. We bail them out, screw the bond holders and give almost half of the damned thing to the unions to screw up even more.
It is amazing how many people I talk to have no idea this is going on.
Reply to Carney, “undoubtedly, but you play one on TV.”
Tapper with his selective hard balls. With so much to choose from, why take the GE issue at hand? He’s got BC, debt, commie ties, constant vacations, Wright, Obamacare, Wisconsin union thugs, union thugs in general and on and on.
I guess the GE thing is SO glaring that Tapper already discussed this with the kenyan and they decided this would be a hardball issue. Probably pre-scripted with Carney.
Carney’s bumbling and ineptness is astonishing, not unlike his boss. Thanks for posting.
Remember how the MSM ranted and raved about Dick Cheney and his alleged connection with Haliburton? Where’s the outrage now?
Corporate cronyism and DC corruption.
Pray for America
“Who is Obamas Hypocrisy Czar?”
Far too big of a job for any one person to handle in this administration. LOL.
Note to American MSM: In Nazi Germany, Propaganda Minister Goebbels at first had to hold guns to the heads of German media outlets to force cooperation. For the American MSM, they come whimpering to their masters begging for the latest lies to spread to the gullible masses. And the MSM wonders WHY they have increasing credibility issues?
Art Carney= Funny guy and talented actor.
Jay Carney= Eh, not so much.
Catapiller is now saying they may leave Ill. because of high taxes. Stupid Democrats
I don’t think that corporations should pay taxes with the exception of local property taxes. I think people (employees and shareholders) should be taxed but in fair ways.
As far as GE is concerned Immelt is a looter in an Atlas Shrugged kind of way.
Welcome to Texas Catapillar.... most of the folks from Peoria have already moved here... turn out the lights Illinois the libs have destroyed the State.
The MSM is totally invested in Obama. I hope they go down with their messiah.
“Catapiller is now saying they may leave Ill. because of high taxes. Stupid Democrats”
Dems live in a fantasy world where there are no consequences to their utopian socialist policies. The once great city of Detroit has become a poster child for the failed liberal and union politics that are now bringing down other cities and states. Businesses and people will vote with their feet.
Bob Dole? Is that you?
(Bob Dole asked that in the '96 campaign.)
Also CBS's Chip Reid dared to ask the obvious on Libya about 10 days ago: "Doesn't a (no-fly zone) decision have to be made?"
They're still wimps for putting up with Obama's avoidance of questions.
What’s good for GE is good for the country. Lower all corporate sales taxes to zero.
Carney makes Gibbs look like a Mensa chapter president.
Jake Tapper is always a bulldog.
Yes, at least he knew how to spin. This was simply embaressing.
LOL, Carney can,t get a word in likewise.