John Boehner · Taxes

After Signaling Support, John Boehner Calls Tax Break For Middle Class ‘Chicken-Shit’

Well, it appears John Boehner is projecting…big time!

Think Progress

Despite their stated opposition to tax increases, Republican lawmakers have been largely cool or even hostile to a proposed extension of the temporary payroll tax cut, pushed by President Obama  and Democrats. Finally, this week, Republicans seemed to relent  as GOP congressional leaders publicly urged their caucuses to vote for an extension of the plan. “The fact is that Republicans are doing everything we can  to allow American families and small businesses to keep more of what they earn,” Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said this morning of efforts to whip GOP lawmakers to support an extension.

But in private, Boehner seems to hold a different view. Politico reports that in a closed-door GOP meeting  this morning, Boehner referred to an extension of the payroll tax holiday as “chicken-shit,” saying he wanted to tack on unrelated legislation favored by Republicans to make it palatable:

GOP leadership told its membership at a closed-door meeting Friday morning it would couple with the expiring tax provisions an easing of environmental regulations on boilers, selling broadband spectrum and paving the way for the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. […]

Speaker John Boehner referred to the package he’s putting forward as turning “chicken-sh — into chicken salad,” according to people attending the meeting in the Capitol basement Friday morning.

Translated, he’s going to pass President Barack Obama’s preferred tax cut, but he wants some skin from Democrats for it.

So which is it? Does Boehner actually believe in extending the payroll tax holiday for the middle class, or is that “chicken-shit”? An extension of the payroll tax holiday would help 95 percent  of working families, but would disproportionately benefit working and middle-class people, as there’s a cap that prevents wealthy people from being taxed on anything they make over about $100,000.

Last night, Republicans in the Senate killed a Democratic bill that would have extended the middle-class tax holiday while raising taxes slightly on just the wealthiest 0.4 percent  of Americans.

3 thoughts on “After Signaling Support, John Boehner Calls Tax Break For Middle Class ‘Chicken-Shit’

  1. Oh, believe me, I quit the GOP in 1995. I thought about going back when I supported Mike Huckabee, but I’m feeling more than a little burned by that mistake, anyway …

    But I remember spending a lot of time trying to convince people that the people I was backing weren’t just helping the rich exploit the poor. I’m afraid that a lot of them were just that. Since then, the GOP has fully embraced those weirdos.


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