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Jake Tapper: Today’s Questions for Obama's White House
ABC News ^ | March 25, 2011 | by Jake Tapper

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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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: ge; hypocrisy; jaketapper; journalism; media; obama; taxes

1 posted on 03/26/2011 5:28:52 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Get these fools out of office.


2 posted on 03/26/2011 5:30:34 AM PDT by struggle ((The struggle continues))
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

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.


3 posted on 03/26/2011 5:31:56 AM PDT by nhwingut (Palin '12... Accept No Other)
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To: nhwingut

Just replace GE with Haliburton.


4 posted on 03/26/2011 5:36:13 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: struggle

The people in Washington are hopeless. The States are going to have to do the job.


5 posted on 03/26/2011 5:45:47 AM PDT by screaminsunshine (Obama Sucks)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

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...”


6 posted on 03/26/2011 5:52:48 AM PDT by albie
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

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.


7 posted on 03/26/2011 6:00:07 AM PDT by mazda77 (Mike Hogan - JAX Mayor)
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To: struggle
I forget. Who is Obama’s “Hypocrisy Czar”?
8 posted on 03/26/2011 6:03:03 AM PDT by PDMiller
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To: albie

Reply to Carney, “undoubtedly, but you play one on TV.”


9 posted on 03/26/2011 6:05:03 AM PDT by trustandobey (GOD BLESS AMERICA AGAIN!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

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.


10 posted on 03/26/2011 6:13:21 AM PDT by albie
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Carney’s bumbling and ineptness is astonishing, not unlike his boss. Thanks for posting.


11 posted on 03/26/2011 6:25:26 AM PDT by Starboard
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To: struggle

Remember how the MSM ranted and raved about Dick Cheney and his alleged connection with Haliburton? Where’s the outrage now?


12 posted on 03/26/2011 6:37:14 AM PDT by Spok
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Corporate cronyism and DC corruption.

Pray for America


13 posted on 03/26/2011 6:38:52 AM PDT by bray (Hey Country Club, hold your noses this election!)
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To: PDMiller

“Who is Obama’s “Hypocrisy Czar”?”

Far too big of a job for any one person to handle in this administration. LOL.


14 posted on 03/26/2011 6:43:15 AM PDT by Starboard
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To: Starboard
It never ceases to amaze me — the brazen lies and deception that flow like water from the White House and the willing lapdogs in the media that suck it up and regurgitate it. Talk about mindless robots parroting the party line!

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?

15 posted on 03/26/2011 6:58:27 AM PDT by MasterGunner01 (To err is human; to forgive is not our policy. -- SEAL Team SIX)
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To: albie

Art Carney= Funny guy and talented actor.

Jay Carney= Eh, not so much.


16 posted on 03/26/2011 7:04:10 AM PDT by princeofdarkness (The Obama Administration is circling the wagons. But the Truth Indians are using flaming arrows.)
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To: Starboard

Catapiller is now saying they may leave Ill. because of high taxes. Stupid Democrats


17 posted on 03/26/2011 7:06:18 AM PDT by oldironsides
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

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.


18 posted on 03/26/2011 7:36:29 AM PDT by killermosquito (Buffalo, Detroit (and eventually France) is what you get when liberalism runs its course.)
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To: oldironsides

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.


19 posted on 03/26/2011 7:38:54 AM PDT by Froggie
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To: MasterGunner01

The MSM is totally invested in Obama. I hope they go down with their messiah.


20 posted on 03/26/2011 8:08:46 AM PDT by Starboard
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To: oldironsides

“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.


21 posted on 03/26/2011 8:14:20 AM PDT by Starboard
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To: Spok
Where’s the outrage

Bob Dole? Is that you?

(Bob Dole asked that in the '96 campaign.)

22 posted on 03/26/2011 8:44:23 AM PDT by newzjunkey (Obama Hides While People Die!)
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To: All; MasterGunner01
At least ABC's Tapper dared to ask. That's some progress.

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.

23 posted on 03/26/2011 8:54:16 AM PDT by newzjunkey (Obama Hides While People Die!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

What’s good for GE is good for the country. Lower all corporate sales taxes to zero.


24 posted on 03/26/2011 8:55:16 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Carney makes Gibbs look like a Mensa chapter president.


25 posted on 03/26/2011 8:59:34 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: struggle

Jake Tapper is always a bulldog.


26 posted on 03/26/2011 9:00:15 AM PDT by GlockThe Vote (Who needs Al Queda to worry about when we have Obama?)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Yes, at least he knew how to spin. This was simply embaressing.


27 posted on 03/26/2011 10:29:34 AM PDT by cinciella
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

LOL, Carney can,t get a word in likewise.


28 posted on 03/26/2011 10:36:23 AM PDT by BunnySlippers (I love BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: cinciella

oops, embarrassing...


29 posted on 03/26/2011 12:32:27 PM PDT by cinciella
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