Boehner’s fiscal cliff remarks taken out of context, astute conservatives set record straight

The conservative blogosphere was buzzing yesterday and this morning after reports of House Speaker John Boehner supposedly saying Republicans would work with the president to help the economy by raising tax rates. The backlash against Boehner appears to have stemmed from an article on CNBC’s website:

House Speaker John Boehner offered Wednesday to pursue a deal with a victorious President Barack Obama that will include higher taxes “under the right conditions” to help reduce the nation’s staggering debt and put its finances in order.

Many conservatives interpreted this to mean that Boehner was in favor of raising tax rates and quickly piled on him for caving to Democrats:

The day after Obama’s spend, spend, spend, and tax, tax, tax, policies garnered him a second term in the White House, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) offered the president a way to save the economy which included raising taxes “under the right conditions.”

With all due respect to Speaker Boehner, when in the hell are the right conditions to raise taxes?

Our economy is not simply on its last leg but its last knee. We are down, and headed toward down and out if the president continues along the path he’s been on for four years. How in the world can taking even more money out of the America peoples’ paychecks help this situation?

But in the rush to judgment, they overlooked Boehner’s actual remarks, which called for higher tax revenues, not higher tax rates. Blogger RB was among the most vocal conservatives who attempted to set the record straight:

Let’s go to the videotape:

Among Boehner’s remarks:

And we certainly won’t solve [the problem of our fiscal imbalance] by simply raising tax rates or taking a plunge off the fiscal cliff.

Republicans have signaled a willingness to accept new revenue if it comes from growth and reform.

This is why going over part of the fiscal cliff and raising taxes on job creators is no solution at all.

Big Government has issued a correction.

In case further clarification was needed, these tweets were sent out from John Boehner’s Twitter account today:

It certainly doesn’t sound like he’s advocating higher tax rates.

RB is exactly right. Now, more than ever, conservatives need to stay on-message and on-point.



Twitchy CEO Michelle Malkin reiterated the difference between tax rate increases and revenue increases this morning on “FOX & Friends”:

  • Elaine

    You’ll have to KEEP doing this, calling them out on the out of context comments and out right LIES! They are skillful at Alinsky tactics!

  • dennylee60

    We need to stop watching/paying attention to the MSM. Conservative media needs to drive the narrative instead of us reacting to the MSM. And for the GOP leadership: STOP USING THE MSM AS THE MAIN COMMUNICATION METHOD!!! Get a direct line to all New Media people and use them daily. Will they ever learn?!?!

    • Fire and Adjust!

      “Drive the narrative”…………That’s it in a nut shell !!………………Proactive vs Reactive……..He who MAKES the momentum, keeps the momentum…………. (that is until the gov’t starts taxing momentum to redistribute it!)

    • Rashied Rushing


  • Grumpa Grumpus

    On the other hand, remember how much noise Bone-Yur made about the debt ceiling— and that it turned out all he really wanted was a fiction that allowed him to say “we got a good deal!”

    The deal that was all promises and shifting sand. In the end all it did was add to the ever growing long list of Boner’s caving to his own urge to grow government!

    Each time this situation arises, Conservatives flock to help & support Boner… and, whenever the stakes are high he caves.

    But look at the bright side folks! He’ll claim mighty things, and that it was the that could be done!

    So, everyone can thump those who in this instance believed the MSM, but they had excellent reason to— Boner has a wonderful Progressive track record.

  • Gallatin

    No tax hikes, spending cuts only.

  • michael s

    John Boehner is running scared. He and other conservatives are shaking in their boots. Valerie Jarret said “When we win this election. Its our turn. Payback Time” He may not raise taxes but he just said with the reelection of Pres Obama.Obamacare is the law of the land. BOOM. He just disrespected Paul Ryan by saying Ryan is not the new leader of the GOP. Dee Dee Brinkie was arguing with Laura Ingraham on the OReilly factor. Dee Dee is saying the GOP needs more diversity.Stop being the party of No. linking Romney’s loss to hard conservatism etc. NewsCorp CEO Rupert Murdoch stressing immigration reform more pro immigration. I believe you will see more Republicans/Conservatives running scared.

    • nc

      I saw that interview. Dee Dee is what’s wrong with the GOP. She means well but she has accepted the left’s premise that we are “not inclusive enough” and implying we must compromise our principles.

      The MSM has done a fine job. Toast! But we can not trust them ever again. Hope it was worth it.

  • Jon Henry

    If revenues to the federal government (as a share of GDP) matched federal spending at the end of Ronald Reagan’s second term, what would our federal deficit be this year?