Boehner’s big lie of omission: Clinton tax hike

In his speech to Wall Street yesterday, House Speaker John Boehner waved the same old crazy quilt of demagoguery, distortions and outright lies in which Republicans have shrouded economic issues for several years now. Most of it was standard fare, though there were a few lines that were especially galling.

(Bloomberg has a good rundown of Boehner’s Pinocchio moments in yesterday’s speech.)

For example, Boehner repeated the outrageous falsehood that Paul Ryan’s Medicare plan — which essentially ends Medicare — would give senior citizens the same benefits that members of Congress enjoy. Actually, seniors would get the reverse of what members of Congress currently enjoy. As Bloomberg points out, taxpayers subsidize as much as 75 percent of the health care costs of federal employees. But, according to the Congressional Budget Office, taxpayers would only pay 32 percent of the average Medicare recipient’s health care costs by the year 2030.

But that’s not my favorite example of Boehner’s dissembling. My favorite was a lie of omission — his failure to mention the tax hike passed in 1993, when Clinton was president. It was that tax hike that led to years of budget surpluses and a golden age of prosperity.

He mentioned George H.W. Bush’s tax increase and blamed it for the recession of the early ’90s. But he erased Clinton’s tax hike from the history books!

Of course, if Boehner talked about the prosperity of the Clinton years, he’d have to admit that the Republicans’ entire economic platform — keep taxes low and properity blossoms! — is one big fairy tale. So he just employs a little Whiteout to the history books, like bureaucrats in the old Soviet Union.

132 comments Add your comment

Kenyatta

May 11th, 2011
3:25 pm

Both Clinton and His taxes can TAKE A HIKE!

I’m Pimpin’ for RON PAUL.

Derrick

May 11th, 2011
3:28 pm

Ron Paul is an idiot, just like you!
Obama 2012!

Derrick

May 11th, 2011
3:30 pm

Cynthia, sweetheart…..I’m so proud of you not letting these republiCANTS and teabaggers get under your skin day after day. It’s so amazing!

Jim

May 11th, 2011
3:32 pm

Ah yeah, keep Medicare they way it is going now…All the way to insolvency.

Peadawg

May 11th, 2011
3:34 pm

“But, according to the Congressional Budget Office” – which is ALWAYS correct and accurate with their projections. :roll:

Don't Tread

May 11th, 2011
3:34 pm

Speaking of Pinocchio moments, the border is secure. We can go about our daily lives now.

Another tax hike coming next year when the “Making Work Pay” credit expires. We’ll see what that does to the economy.

Derrick

May 11th, 2011
3:35 pm

They think they have all the answers! It didn’t work at all under Dumbya, and they still wanna go the same route. Shame on you all!

Derrick

May 11th, 2011
3:37 pm

OBAMA 2012!!! YES!!!

Peadawg

May 11th, 2011
3:39 pm

Using the CBO projections are like using Wikipedia for your information. Could be right, could be wrong. Who knows!

retired early

May 11th, 2011
3:42 pm

Cynthia

Don’t forget the massive Bush cuts that he approved without demanding “budget cuts” to offset the loss of revenue…or his approval of 7 hikes in the debt ceiling also not demanding budgets cuts. Now, for the first time, he demands those cuts before he will sign off on raising the debt ceiling. Think it might have something to do with who is President. He is the perfect hypocrite.

guy

May 11th, 2011
3:58 pm

CT,the spoon lady,is BACK!!! Always stirring things up.

barking frog

May 11th, 2011
4:01 pm

We deserve John Boehner, because were certainly enough people
who didn’t vote to have elected anyone they wanted.

JohnnyReb

May 11th, 2011
4:11 pm

Ms Tucker and the liberal machine just can’t help themselves. They see an opportunity for a 10 second talking point to resonate with the lesser informed voters and keep pushing tax raises on the rich when it has been shown over and over that taxing the rich at even higher rates than Dems propose hardlly puts a dent in the bucket. For increased taxes to make a difference, the middle class will also have to share in the increases. We have a spending problem, not a revenue problem. Obama can’t continue to grow the welfare state and then fix it with taxes. The gig is up, it’s judgement day, the free-ride is over.

Shawny

May 11th, 2011
4:12 pm

And oil was $9 / bbl during one stretch when Clinton was president. That may have helped the economy TREMENDOUSLY. Don’t forget that.

Get Real

May 11th, 2011
4:16 pm

Tuckers Big Lie….All Things Liberal

Aquagirl

May 11th, 2011
4:17 pm

What company will insure a 78 year old with high blood pressure and a history of heart disease? You have to be brain dead to believe this voucher juju the Republicans are selling.

Lil' Barry Bailout

May 11th, 2011
4:23 pm

It was that tax hike that led to years of budget surpluses and a golden age of prosperity.
——–

Too fkn funny!! I’d love to hear how a tax increase leads to prosperity!

People working for a living is what leads to real prosperity. Internet bubbles lead to the kind of prosperity that occurred during the Clinton years–the temporary kind.

GT/MIT

May 11th, 2011
4:31 pm

Derrick, am I to believe you are serious when you post comments such as these?

Ron Paul is an idiot, just like you!
Obama 2012!

Cynthia, sweetheart…..I’m so proud of you not letting these republiCANTS and teabaggers get under your skin day after day. It’s so amazing!

They think they have all the answers! It didn’t work at all under Dumbya, and they still wanna go the same route. Shame on you all!

OBAMA 2012!!! YES!!!

If your answer is yes, then I’d be remiss if I didn’t ask if anyone has ever questioned your intellect, or if you even know anyone with enough intelligence to question yours.

MoreRightthanLeft

May 11th, 2011
4:43 pm

GT/MIT :)
you beat me to it….
derrick, lets be clear- you are just like CT and the pres. no solutions only blame and hate…you voted for barack only because he is black…your intellect can only carry you as far as color…please dont breed, i cant afford you anymore

Kamchak

May 11th, 2011
4:48 pm

It took 19 posts, but someone finally played the race card.

You guys are getting slack.

Used to be the first card off the deck.

Ramguy

May 11th, 2011
4:49 pm

I have to commend you again CT. I can imagine wingnuts everywhere spewing at their monitors when you whack them…..again!

MoreRightthanLeft

May 11th, 2011
4:52 pm

you guys? I played it…but i played the dumba$$ card too…
besides, when CT writes you can count on it being played

Fed-Up

May 11th, 2011
4:53 pm

Latest AP Poll Sample Skews to Democrats by 17 Points !! There’s a shocker ! He must be on to something. Stick with “Hiking the Football” Making fun of existing US FEDERAL law re: immigration and graciously hosting thugs at the White House. This isn’t a presidency….it’s a bad MTV show. We never should’ve expected more from a community organizer.

carlosgvv

May 11th, 2011
4:54 pm

You must understand that every dollar the Republicans can take from Social Security, Medicare and Medicade is another dollar they can give to their corporate sponsors in tax breaks and other perks.

Kamchak

May 11th, 2011
4:56 pm

I played it…

Late, but predictable.

but i played the dumba$$ card too…

Just had to fix that for ya.

MoreRightthanLeft

May 11th, 2011
4:57 pm

carlos…every dollar the repubs take? are you that blind to what politicians are all about…its every politician takes, just like every liberal takes…

GT/MIT

May 11th, 2011
4:57 pm

Gee Fellas, to my thinking, an idiot is an idiot no matter his color or creed. But then, I’m old school.

MoreRightthanLeft

May 11th, 2011
4:58 pm

lol…appreciate the typo fix…
sense of humor goes along way…

Keep Up the Good Fight!

May 11th, 2011
5:08 pm

Republican just seems to be another word for lying idiot puppet controlled by corporate overlords these days…… would be nice to have a competition of truly thoughtful intellectual propositions and alternatives. Instead we get the posters who don’t even understand their own Republican-worshipped Laffer curve and that the removal of govt regulation 40+ years after FDR has led to the continuing popping bubbles….

But you can’t fix stupid and Boehner is leading the stupid parade.

Fed-Up

May 11th, 2011
5:21 pm

When are liberals going to grow up? Seriously. That is a serious question that deservs a serious response. “Republicans Are Corporate Lackeys”, “Republicans Want to Steal From The Poor”, “Dems Are Caring and Look Out For The Working Man” etc. GROW UP and stop believing the same old stupid liberal mantras. Step out of line and come up with an original thought for once. Or better yet…go hide out on a college campus like the rest of the clueless who can’t make it in the real world.

Union

May 11th, 2011
5:25 pm

Kamchak
May 11th, 2011
4:48 pm

“You guys are getting slack.

Used to be the first card off the deck.”

you toss it around too.. sport..

Kamchak

May 11th, 2011
5:25 pm

That is a serious question that deservs a serious response.

No, but I understand why you think it is.

Kamchak

May 11th, 2011
5:25 pm

you toss it around too.. sport..

I challenge you to find one instance where I’ve done so.

Go ahead, I’ll wait.

Lil' Barry Bailout

May 11th, 2011
5:26 pm

“keep taxes low and properity blossoms! — is one big fairy tale”
——————

Is that why your Idiot Messiah extended our President Bush’s tax cuts?

Union

May 11th, 2011
5:31 pm

Kamchak
May 11th, 2011
2:33 pm

“Posted by one who still think they “still live in trees.””

that didnt take long.. did it? sport…

Kamchak

May 11th, 2011
5:33 pm

So, pointing out that someone has played the race card is playing the race card?

GT/MIT

May 11th, 2011
5:36 pm

CT, I’ve read over this column several times in as an objective frame of mind as I can muster, and the only thing I can conclude is that at sometime in your life, a Republican must have peed in your cornflakes. I can’t deny your right to state your opinion on any platform, but it seems to be especially welcome on this one where objectivity, honesty, and fact seemingly matter very little. My Grandfather, my Father, Myself, and my Sons, have all fought, some died for your right to speak. Respect that right, speak without your personal biases and bigotry. Try to garner some semblance of class because as sad as it it, there are some who look up to you..

0311/0317 -1811/1801

May 11th, 2011
5:40 pm

Cynthia:

I think there is something burning on the stove.

Kamchak

May 11th, 2011
5:41 pm

Try to garner some semblance of class because as sad as it it[sic]…

And there we have it folks.

The passive/aggressive guilt trip on the shame train.

Billybob, aka 'tucker translator'

May 11th, 2011
5:42 pm

Tucker says when you give the government more of your money your result is an age of prosperity……BRILLIANT deduction tucker….so, did you go to dc for obama or to get your hands on some of that gub’t cheese, can’t help but think you receive some of those ‘political studies’ gub’t grant money……dc is full of smart people with their hands out….

Tucker says Boehner and republicans are like the old soviet union…..this is obviously conjecture. Tucker’s golden child obama is an accomplished central government planner(which is being proven, AGAIN, as a complete failure) this is ACTUALLY old soviet union stuff…..

Cynthia will have us all believe that big government socialism is the answer……you have to understand tucker hates the idea of american exceptionalism and her ilk always have to tax the achievers in this country as much as they can get away with….it’s called class warfare…..oooops that is a marxist tenet tucker? Uh-oh
Obama…….communism, socialism
Boehner……..capitalist?

Keep Up the Good Fight!

May 11th, 2011
5:43 pm

My Grandfather, my Father, Myself, and my Sons, have all fought, some died for your right to speak. Respect that right, speak without your personal biases and bigotry. Try to garner some semblance of class because as sad as it it, there are some who look up to you.

You mean klass like “peed in your cornflakes.” Sorry buddy, you aint the only one that had relatives fight and die for US and freedom and if you truly respect freedom of speech you understand that it includes the right to speak opinions that differs from your personal biases and bigotry.

0311/0317 -1811/1801

May 11th, 2011
5:43 pm

“ROMNEY: FIRST THING I WOULD UNDO IS OBAMACARE”

It’s a start.

Fed-Up

May 11th, 2011
5:45 pm

Thank you Republians ! Thank you for taking care of us liberals for so many years. Thank you for taking care of our every financial need. Thank you for creating a country where we as liberals are free financially and politically and for giving us the ability to sit sround espousing bad idea after bad idea and repeating silly mantra after silly mantra. Thank you for giving us the ability to raise our own families with your hard earned cash since we lack the integrity and self respect to make our own. Sorry that we libs have ruined your country and sorry that we will forever be childlike in our thinking. Thank God that you are there to carry us.

Kamchak

May 11th, 2011
5:45 pm

Don’t cry over spilled ilk.

Ramguy

May 11th, 2011
6:07 pm

Cynthia:

I think there is something burning on the stove.

That would be the ringwingers simmering after Obama has eaten their lunch the past few weeks.

GT/MIT

May 11th, 2011
6:09 pm

Kamchak my friend, (metaphorically speaking of course), this is pitiful.

“Try to garner some semblance of class because as sad as it it[sic]…
And there we have it folks.
The passive/aggressive guilt trip on the shame train.”

If this is the sum total of your defense of the nonsensical nonsense that CT writes and you obviously subscribe to, I place you on the same intellectual tier as our (friend) Derrick.

Too bad, I had given you somewhat more credit.

Kamchak

May 11th, 2011
6:14 pm

Too bad, I had given you somewhat more credit.

Dipping into that passive/aggressive well again.

Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative

Billybob, aka 'tucker translator'

May 11th, 2011
6:21 pm

yugmaR,
That’s great fiction and a pro-active idea, obama does look like he could use a few more sandwiches…….maybe michelle could share?

MarkV

May 11th, 2011
6:30 pm

Cynthia is right, of course, and the bleating of her detractors is pathetic – they have not been able to deny what she wrote so they, as usual, resort just to insults, which reflect on them, not on CT..

Billybob, aka 'tucker translator'

May 11th, 2011
6:49 pm

There are not a lot of insults here, just big gub’t policy based things that tucker espouses that insult my intelligence and reflect poorly on tucker and her hit squad……