John Boehner Ignores Income Inequality While Telling Americans They Don’t Need A Tax Cut

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John Boehner reacted to President Obama’s budget by ignoring the issue of income inequality and making it clear that his mission is to not raise taxes on the wealthy while denying the rest of the country a tax cut.

In a statement, Speaker Boehner said:

Today President Obama laid out a plan for more taxes, more spending, and more of the Washington gridlock that has failed middle-class families. It may be Groundhog Day, but the American people can’t afford a repeat of the same old top-down policies of the past.

Like the president’s previous budgets, this plan never balances – ever. It contains no solutions to address the drivers of our debt, and no plan to fix our entire tax code to help foster growth and create jobs. Worse yet, President Obama would impose new taxes and more spending without a responsible plan to honestly address the big challenges facing our country.

While the president budget’s is about the past, our budget will be about the future. We will address our government’s spending problem and protect our national security. Our budget will balance, and it will help promote job creation and higher wages, not more government bureaucracy.

It is as if Speaker Boehner is living in an alternate universe where the economy isn’t growing, budget deficits aren’t falling, and unemployment isn’t shrinking. Notice that Boehner claimed that Obama’s budget doesn’t address the big challenges facing the country, but he also never specifically mentions what he thinks those challenges are. What is also missing from Boehner’s is any mention of the middle-class tax cut and income inequality.

Boehner specifically mentions his opposition to tax increases on the wealthy, but he doesn’t spare a second for the idea of lowering taxes on everyone else. When Boehner mentioned fixing the tax code to foster growth and create jobs, he was referring to cutting taxes for the wealthy. That line was a reference to the job creator yarn that Republicans love to spin. Speaker Boehner’s statement was a repeat performance of the same old defense of trickle down economics that Republicans have been offering for decades.

John Boehner’s message to the middle-class was the income inequality does not exist, and that they don’t need a tax cut. Boehner’s statement was a reminder that anyone who isn’t a billionaire or a corporation is invisible to the Republican Party.

26 Replies to “John Boehner Ignores Income Inequality While Telling Americans They Don’t Need A Tax Cut”

  1. Boehner says we don’t need more “Top-down economy” yet this is what he is pushing. People need to stop electing idiots

  2. Boehner. He cries when there is no budget; he whines when there is one. He is the most ineffective Speaker ever in history. Has he passed anything of value to the nation? Nope. He hates people, except his donors. He hates workers, teachers, mothers, the elderly, women, people of color other than white and blood orange, peacemakers, thinkers, economists…He loves bankers, lobbyists, the Kochs, anything ALEC writes, the far right evangelicals, the warmongers, and taxing the poor to pay for cuts up top. He is sick, and I hope the Cincinnati area is looking for a Dem to run against him next year before he completely ruins this nation.

  3. Someday historians will wonder how American voters were so f**king stupid as to believe in trickle-down economics.

  4. It all gets subsumed under the Reagan mantra, “A rising tide lifts all boats.” No one gave a thought to the fact that tides lift from BELOW, not from above. You get water from above? It’s a tsunami.

    How people keep falling for this over and over is mystifying. It did not work. It will not work. And yet – it sounds so good even though its super heyday was the Gilded Age when only about 7 percent were middle class, a few hundred were screamingly rich, and everyone else was poor. This is the GOP desire, but it has to be summed up as the motto: Forward to the Past. They want the uber rich and nothing more. We’re of no interest to them whatsoever save as dirt poor fungible labor to buy and sell as cheaply as possible.

  5. Boehner can tell middle class Americans you dont need a tax break, while at the same time, fighting for tax breaks for his mega-rich donors. Thats conflicting his oath. Just who did he vow to serve?

  6. Hi yall, a word from the other side. Before you decide to flame me please read with an open mind.
    Taxes: taxing the rich, well yes and no, some but not too much. Overseas production should be heavily taxed, more on that later. Lowering taxes on those below $90,000 a year would be more effective. State tax cuts would do much more to help.
    Trade agreements: Bring back our tariffs. Many countrys have a trade agreement that keeps them from paying tariffs. See overseas production.
    Minimum wage: oh geez no! minimum wage was is not and never was meant to be a livable wage. The idea is start at the bottom and work your way up. Impossible because, see overseas production.
    What im getting at is we need jobs. We have moved so many overseas that all we have now is minimum wage jobs. Do you really think the Koch brothers are going to give up a single penny? No they are going to raise there prices. Wich will be reflected back to the poor and middleclass. costing them even more. Inflation.

  7. Well… I read it and, don’t worry, I won’t flame you. Most of the time, those who get burnt tend to be less intelligent then you seem to be here.

    My issue with what you said is this: Where is the proof? What proof do you have that can prove that some of the rich shouldn’t be taxed as much some of the other people in that category?

    What proof do you have that bringing back tariffs would help the economy?

    Don’t get me wrong.. You make a good point on minimum wage. But, you need proof and reason to back it up. Otherwise, it’s just a theory and those can be easily shot down with facts and reason.

  8. Need more space;
    Some of yall here are absolutely correct in the fact that all economics are a rising tide and that it rises from the bottom. Rich people do not and never will create jobs. Demand creates jobs. That’s why we have very few wagon makers and so many auto techs. But the rich do pay the wages. And when you increase their spending they have to create more profit.
    We also need to close the loopholes, it is definatly not fair that I making 35-40,000 a year that I pay almost 20% in tax when the rich pay 2%.
    We can make this work here and make it fair for everyone. I don’t care if you are worth more than god and own 20 planes as long as at the end of the day I can put food on my table, a brew or 12 in the fridge, and maybe a little put back to vacation on later.
    To any who have read my rant and got something out of it, or just respect a different view thank you. I do respect yalls views and opinions and I am not here to be hateful but to see it through other eyes.

  9. Thank you,
    Like I was getting at overseas production. I liked bill Clinton, great president. But I hold NAFTA against him. When it came into play I was just out of the army, started my first real job. I mostly made machine parts for the big 3. But than they started moving their plants to mexico. I watched as my company started to go under. It didn’t thank god, but almost.
    If as the owner of a company I can move that company to another country that has 1/100 of the wage requirements, and I have to pay 0 in tariffs to sell my product to my customer base….
    Tarifs kept the incentive to keep the jobs here.
    If I may finish with I may be republican but Iam center to left leaning. My party disappoints me, we are not lincolns repubs, hell we aint even nixons repubs.
    Have a nice day.

  10. Any formula that proves success, they don’t want to hear. There are a LOT of morons in this country.

  11. 1) Learn to spell. Convince us that you have at least a 4th-grade education. We might then be convinced that you could possibly be intelligent, and we might consider your point of view.

    2) Having made it through your prattling and your half-hearted defense of the Republican program, I can now let the other readers know that you have no workable, well-thought-out plan.

  12. And as far as the boner is concerned… he and his buddies are in yachts while the rest of us are in rowboats while the tide rises.

  13. You are wrong on the minimum wage not being intended to be a living wage. Here is a quote from FDR who introduced the first federal minimum wage.

    “No business which depends for existence on paying less than living wages to its workers has any right to continue in this country.”

  14. As with taxing the middle class and working American unfairly compared to the wealthy and well-connected and especially corporations whose first $50,000 is TAX FREE, Reagan stole that often-used phrase.

    It was made popular through a 1963 speech from Democratic President John F. Kennedy.

    That phrase was taken by Mr. Sorensen, JFK’s speechwriter, from the New England Chamber of Commerce’s slogan, but unlike Reagan, President Kennedy actually meant what he said, not tried to use it to fool an extremely gullible American electorate as he picked our pockets and redistributed our money to the already wealthy and well-connected.

  15. You shouldn’t hold NAFTA against President Bill Clinton. As with every single BAD bill, it was a Republican not Democratic bill.

    Following diplomatic negotiations dating back to 1990 among the three nations, U.S. President George H. W. Bush, Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and Mexican President Carlos Salinas, each responsible for spearheading and promoting the agreement, ceremonially signed the agreement in their respective capitals on December 17, 1992.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_American_Free_Trade_Agreement

    See? It was a Republican president who worked hard to get NAFTA through without protections for the environment or the American worker.

    Bill Clinton changed that:

    Prior to sending it to the United States Senate Clinton added two side agreements, The North American Agreement on Labor Cooperation (NAALC) and the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation (NAAEC), to protect workers and the environment

  16. (continued)

    In other words, hold NAFTA against Republican President George H.W. Bush, not President Bill Clinton. And hold the outsourcing of our jobs against American corporations who favor Republicans and who are enjoying unprecedented tax advantages in this country for shipping those jobs overseas while Republican Paul Ryan has a bill ready to raise taxes on ALL working Americans while seeking to give tax cuts to corporations and millionaires and billionaires.

    Hopefully, in time, you’ll have a change of mind and finally vote in your best interest, that is, Democratic Party.

  17. It’s not entirely true that the rich pay all the wages. In fact, WE do.

    Taxpayer money is used to subsidize those wealthy corporations by the tens of billions a year. That money is not from their profits. It’s from US.

    Even the Koch Bros, those multibillionaires, get grants, tax cuts, and subsidies from the Federal Gov’t to the tune of billions a year.
    http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2011/03/01/146847/charles-koch-welfare/

    So seeing it from this eye-opening, truthful perspective, had the wealthy and well-connected not been receiving hundreds of billions in grants and subsidies from Federal and State gov’ts every year, you could claim that “they pay the wages”. As it is today, since they’re heavily subsidized by taxpayer money through the corporate game, you really can’t. At least, not in all honesty.

  18. John Boehner can’t address any issues because his rank and file members will undercut him almost immediately. All he can do is repeat the canned response and hope he doesn’t mess that up. We know the GOP’s plans to reduce spending include, lower unemployment benefits, lower funding to school lunch programs, HEADSTART,lower payment to the disabled. It even includes defunding the DHS. Okay John!

  19. Boehner is repeating the same old tired talk. Nothing new except, a little sentence restructuring and maybe capitalization and punctuation added to correct the memo grammatically.

    Same s#it over and over again. And NOTHING gets done from the talk they give.

    {{{ Yawn }}}

  20. 1)Learn to spell? That’s it? You really have to pick on a persons spelling. Yes I do have more than a 4th grade education. I actually have a collage education.

    2) yes it is a half hearted defense because if you would have noticed I am NOT happy with the repubs. And I am just trying to get different points of view. We do have an election coming up if you haven’t heard. And if I think Hillary is my best choice I will vote that way.

  21. 1) I voted for Clinton, and Obama. I just couldn’t bring my self to vote for Mit.

    2) Clinton could have used the veto. But you have taught me a fact I did not know. And I thank you for that my friend.

    3) OK you are right I should have not said the rich, I should have said businesses, which are generally owned by the rich however.
    Thank you for taking the time for the reply.

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