Skip to comments.John Boehner: No tax cuts for middle class without tax cuts for top two percent
Posted on 11/28/2012 3:44:23 PM PST by SeekAndFind
As you know, GOP Rep. Tom Cole made waves today by urging Republicans to give in to the Dem demand that they extend the Bush tax cuts for everyone under $250,000. Cole argued this would remove the leverage Dems have and give the GOP more leverage to fight to extend the high-end tax cuts later, since Dems want the fiscal cliff averted and also want a debt ceiling hike.
Today John Boehner rejected Coles suggestion. But in the process, he said something pretty revealing:
I told Tom earlier in our conference meeting that I disagreed with him, Boehner told reporters after a closed-door meeting of the House Republican Conference. Hes a wonderful friend of mine and a great supporter of mine. But raising taxes on the so-called top 2 percent half of those people are small-business owners that pay their taxes through their personal income tax filing every year. The goal here is to grow the economy and to cut spending.
Were not going to grow the economy if we raise tax rates on the top two rates, the Speaker added. Itll hurt small businesses. Itll hurt our economy. Thats why its not the right approach. Well willing to put revenue on the table as long as were not raising rates.
In Boehners telling, extending the tax cuts just for those under $250,000 is simply indistinguishable from raising them on those Boehner himself describes as the top two percent. But Cole isnt suggesting a tax hike for the top two percent. Rather, Cole wants Republicans to extend the low end tax rates right now, and then take a stand against raising the high end ones in the fiscal cliff talks.
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There already are GOPers ready to capitulate.
From the article:
...another House GOPer conservative Rep. Tim Scott of South Carolina is even conceding that Obamas extension of just the middle class tax cuts could pass the House. But Boehner cant extend the middle class tax cuts even though both sides agree on them because he apparently thinks it will make it harder to prevent a tax hike on the top two percent later.
How is Boehner supposed to negotiate when every House members is going free agent on him?
Dirty Harry's trick. It would work if he'd actually do it.
The bastards raise my taxes and I am done paying taxes.
A week from now, he’ll sell us on some gimmick “compromise”, like the “supercommittee” horseclinton last time.
Boehner has also made a bunch of conceding comments so it is no wonder that others are “going free agent”. The GOP will capitulate just like they always do
Any Republican with balls ought to bring a sign each day with the number of days since a BUDGET was last passed.
Yes they will and - won't get anything in return for it either.
Well, here we go. The Democrats want to help the middle class and the Republicans are out to help the rich. Didn’t take long. The Republicans fall for it every time.
Boehner needs to come to the American people to explain this over and over versus sending out these kinds of statements of what he was supposed to have said. I pray they don’t cave so the wealth redistribution along with more spending aren’t implemented into the government. Once they add a new tax hike, they want to use those same tax rates to use as their spending spree. I think this is all a lie. Obama said before elected, he would continue the Bush tax cuts. It’s on video. if I were up there, I would be using that microphone to explain even with charts and graphs. We have to begin educating the public vs allowing the soundbites to describe the message. They need to fight back.
The fact that Boehner is still calling this a “tax cut” instead of an intended Dem “tax increase” shows just how inept the GOP really is. Americans may not vote for a tax cut, but they will rarely vote for a tax increase. Romney failed to get that message across during the election and Boehner is ensuring that the Republicans will be once again on the wrong side of the debate.
Any Republican with balls
Ain't none...sorry charlie
Simple answer: Conservatives in the House don't trust him.
Yeah. They keep talking about NOT raising rates, but limiting deductions—same result. You’re right—they’lll cave.
The solution is easy though they continue to please the people
that detest them the most. We all see this happening.
Why is Boehner taking the bait? He should be out there every day with an example of waste,cronyism, fraud, cost per taxpayer of the ‘stimulus’ or better the unfunded liabilities and asking the D party to explain themselves.
The House GOP should meet privately and vote on a negotiating position, and then stand out of Boehner’s way. If Boehner messes up the negotiations or fails to follow the agreed upon position, then remove him as Speaker. But having every bloody member express his individual opinion to the press only plays into 0Bama’s hands.
Exactly. Which is why Rep. Cole's idea makes a lot of sense. Whatever the ultimate resolution of the "fiscal cliff" issue is, it is going to involve an extension of the Bush tax cuts for the middle class. No one objects to that, no one is going to object to that. By keeping that within the broader negotiations, the GOP is allowing the Dems (and their MSM cheerleaders) to argue that the GOP is holding the middle class tax cuts hostage in order to, as you put it, help the rich.
If, on the other hand, as Rep. Cole suggests, the GOP allows the middle class tax cut extension to pass now, with nothing else attached, that effectively removes the issue from the "fiscal cliff" negotiations. The Democrats can't grandstand about it, the GOP can't be portrayed as holding it up. In fact, passing the middle class portion now may actually strengthen its utility as a negotiating chip - instead of looking like they're holding the middle class cuts hostage, the GOP can say, "look, we already gave you what you wanted."