Speaker of the House John Boehner was on ABC’s This Week, and when he was asked about Occupy Wall Street, he accused them of class warfare and claimed that the 1% are overtaxed.
Here is the video from ABC News:
When asked about Occupy Wall Street, Speaker John Boehner said, “Listen, I understand people’s frustrations. I understand their concerns, and I frankly understand that we have differences in America. We are not going to engage in class warfare. The president is out there doing it every day. I frankly think it’s unfortunate, because our job is to help all Americans, not to pit one set of Americans against another. When asked if he thought that was what was happening Boehner replied, “The president‘s clearly trying to do it, and it’s wrong.”
Christiane Amanpour asked Boehner about shared sacrifice and he launched into a defense of the 1%, “C’mon. The top 1 percent pay 38 percent of income taxes in America. How much more do you want them to pay? I’ll tell you what. Let’s take all the money that the rich have, all of it. I won’t even put a dent in our current budget deficit, much less our debt.”
Boehner’s defense of the 1% contained some sleight of hand with the numbers. Millionaires were taxed at a rate of only 24% in 2009, and the top 400 wage earners paid even less in income taxes. Their percentage was only 18.1% in 2008. In contrast, the small business owners that Boehner and the GOP claim to be defending we taxed at a rate of 28%. By the way, Boehner pointed out earlier in the interview that the Republican Party considers people who are earning a million dollars a year in income small business owners.
Speaker Boehner also explained what Republicans mean when they that they are open to adding revenue to any deficit deal. Boehner’s plan to add revenue involves cutting the top income tax rate to 25%, because in his mind this will spur private sector growth, create jobs, and get the economy moving. I guess we are also supposed to forget that the United States has been cutting taxes to create growth for a decade and it hasn’t worked.
While Boehner bemoaned class warfare, he was actually engaging in it by defending the one percent and arguing that they should be given even more. Occupy Wall Street isn’t about class warfare. It is about the systematic redistribution of wealth to the top that Boehner is supporting and trying to extend. This isn’t about class warfare. It’s is about fairness, and John Boehner and the GOP are dead set against ever restoring equality and fairness back to America.
The one percent pull John Boehner’s strings and their puppet did his little dance. No one was fooled and the occupation will march on.