Boehner Calls Middle-Class Tax Cut ‘Chicken Crap’
December 2, 2010
(ChattahBox Political News)—Sen. John Boehner (R-OH), without a trace of irony, whined and complained up a storm today about the “political games” of the Democrats. He is shocked, shocked I tell you, over the very idea of political brinkmanship. Boehner, soon to be the House Speaker, was whining about the House Democrats holding a vote today to extend the Bush tax cuts for ONLY the middle class, which represents 98 percent of the population. The two percent of the wealthiest Americans would still receive a tax cut, but only on the first $250,000 of their earnings. But the Republicans won’t rest until they get a full tax cut for their rich buddies. Boehner called extending the middle-class tax cut “chicken crap.”
Boehner made his barnyard complaints at a news conference today:
‘”I’m trying to catch my breath so I don’t refer to this maneuver that’s going on today as chicken crap, all right? But this is nonsense!” Boehner said in response to a question on the tax-cut bill, which Democrats are bringing up under suspension rules that require a two-thirds majority for passage and don’t allow any amendments to be made.
“Boehner said that leaders of both parties had an “honest conversation” this week at the White House — which by all accounts was a polite affair — and are looking for a way forward on the tax cuts. By staging Thursday’s vote, he said, Democrats are playing political games and “trying to set up the next election.”‘
“To roll this roll out today really is just, it’s what you think I was going to say anyway,” Boehner said.
Boehner’s hypocrisy knows no bounds. The day after Republican leaders had that “honest conversation” with President Obama, the vile and graceless Mitch McConnell distributed a hostage letter to Sen. Majority leader Harry Reid (R-KY), signed by all of the Republican senators, threatening to filibuster everything, until they got a tax cut passed for their rich friends.
By the way, the House vote on extending the middle class tax cuts passed with a vote of 234-188. That means 168 House Republicans are now on the record voting no on a tax cut for the middle class.
Roll Call writes:
“The bill, which would extend the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts on income less than $200,000 for individuals and $250,000 for families, passed 234-188, with the backing of three Republicans and all but 20 Democrats.”
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer acknowledged before the vote that the measure had little chance of overcoming a Republican filibuster in the Senate, especially with McConnell’s hostage letter. But he feels it’s important to establish the difference between Democratic and Republican policies.
“Hoyer made the case that lawmakers on both sides of the aisle agree at least on the middle-class tax cuts and urged lawmakers not to “hold hostage” tax cuts for the middle class just because there was disagreement about whether to extend the tax cuts for higher earners.”
It’s likely that Obama and the Democrats will ultimately capitulate and agree to extend the tax cuts for everyone temporarily, but the House vote today makes it very clear, on the record, where the Republicans’ priorities lie.