AP source: GOP's Boehner offers millionaire tax hike, Obama has not accepted

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  • What in Tucket? Provo, UT
    Dec. 17, 2012 10:46 a.m.

    The French now have a very hard nosed socialist president who raised taxes on the rich. They are moving to Belgium and the UK. The richest Frenchman applied for citizenship in Belgium. In England when they raised the tax on those earning a million pounds a year from 40 to 50% the number of those earning that much went from 16,000 to 6,000. When they lowered the rate from 50-45% the number earning $1 million pounds went to 10,000. Rich people get around these taxes and may take their companies elsewhere. It hurts the poor more than it helps them to raise their taxes. But I would be ok if they just raised it on entertainers and athletes.

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    Dec. 17, 2012 9:45 a.m.

    BO wants us to go off the cliff, he sees that as the most likely path to a dem house in 2014. He continues to prove he is the worst president in our history.

  • Tekakaromatagi Dammam, Saudi Arabia
    Dec. 17, 2012 7:39 a.m.

    Boehner is calling Obama's bluff and giving him is symbolic concession, the rich will be taxed more. Pres. Obama, are you happy now? Now, let's talk about something substantial: means testing for social security and medicare, raising the retirement age, eliminate the mortgage interest rate deduction.

    Your bluff has been called. It is time to get serious.

  • Grammy3 SOUTH JORDAN, UT
    Dec. 17, 2012 12:47 a.m.

    I give up on our Government It breaks my heart but this is how I feel right now. I can not trust anyone. The only one that I could trust was Mitt Romney and a few others like him who I felt really did want to improve our situation here in this Country because he really did care. Not because of what he wanted but because he wanted what was best for our Country. So now we all need to sit back and see exactly what this people back in Washington are going to do. It does not matter if they are Demo. or Rep. they are in it for themselves and now other reasons. They have it made they have good pay and their health Insurance is so much better than what they have pushed on us.

  • Outsideview Federal Way, WA
    Dec. 16, 2012 10:51 p.m.

    Tax rates for the so called wealthy (why is a single peron get 200,000 but a marrierd couple only get a break at 250,000?) should rise to what they were years ago. Then, if these same wealthy people want to pay less taxes, they can just double their charitable contributions. Of course, Oboma wants to also limit the pecentaga that they can deduct to a maximum of 28% for each dollar contributed. Maybe taking that off of the table will be Republicans success.

    I dont think Obams will even accept that.

    I think the social security relief tax cut needs to expire so people realize that these entitlement programs cost money. Then people should also have to pay a minimum amount for other benefits like healthcare. The Democratic desire to force everyone into some dependant position the goverment cant tbe sustained and isnt good for people long term.

  • Tom in CA Vallejo, CA
    Dec. 16, 2012 10:14 p.m.

    Obama should force Timothy Geithner, Al Sharpton, and all the other democrat tax cheaters to divey up their back taxes - that would pay for at least 6 hours of Obama spending. Every little bit adds up.

  • JSB Sugar City, ID
    Dec. 16, 2012 9:39 p.m.

    Boehner is being responsible. It's a step in the right direction. But, I doubt that Obama will concede on cutting expenses. If I had voted for Obama I would be feeling very guilty right now.

  • BYR Woods Cross, UT
    Dec. 16, 2012 9:22 p.m.

    I do not, for a single moment, believe taxing those who make $1M+ will make a difference. Think about it. If I were made that much money, I would have an offshore tax haven to protect my money. Obama can raise taxes all he wants. I would only move more of my money out of the country. And so, the tax burden will fall upon the middle class once again.

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    Dec. 16, 2012 8:33 p.m.

    It would appear the President holds all cards on this one. I suspect the tax rates will be exactly what Obama wants. Entitlement will be cut but the Republicans will get all the blame. Look for a lot of recriminations against the Eric Cantor and the Tea Party. It will take years to recover from this.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Dec. 16, 2012 7:41 p.m.

    Obama wants the fiscal cliff, and have Republicans take the blame for it.

    Name one decision he has done to improve it.