TLP: That's a Whole Different Question

Monday, September 13, 2010 , , 0 Comments

tobacco and taxes
House Minority Leader John Boehner took a hard line with Bob Schieffer on "Face the Nation" on Sunday. The Ohio Republican was uncompromising when Schieffer grilled him, refusing to give an inch. Until they talked about taxes.

As the NYT reports, the tough talk was about smoking:
In a frank, and personal, exchange with Bob Schieffer, the host of “Face the Nation” on CBS, Mr. Boehner conceded that cigarettes were a “bad habit” but expressed no willingness to give them up.

And Mr. Boehner said he and other Americans should have the right to decide for themselves.

Mr. Schieffer raised the issue by recounting his own past addiction. “Mr. Boehner, I’m going to ask you this question because I’m not objective about this,” he said. “I’m a cancer survivor. I used to be a heavy smoker. Do you still smoke?”

Mr. Boehner: “I do.”

Mr. Schieffer: “You have taken $340,000 from the tobacco industry. They’ve been the largest contributor to your political campaigns over the year. How do you square that with the fact that cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable deaths in this country – 435,000 people, their deaths are linked to cancer. That’s one in five. How do you – how do you justify that in your own mind.”

“Bob, tobacco is a legal product in America,” Mr. Boehner replied. “And the American people have the right to decide for themselves whether they want to partake or not.” Noting that many things are bad for a person’s health, he added, “The American people out to have the right to make those decisions on their own.”
When the conversation moved from the personal to the political, Boehner eased up a bit. CNN picks up the interview:
The top Republican in the U.S. House said Sunday he would vote for extending tax cuts to all but the wealthiest Americans, if that's the only option available.

Rep. John Boehner of Ohio, the House minority leader, told the CBS program "Face the Nation" that he wants the tax cuts from the Bush administration extended to everyone.

However, if President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats push through their plan to extend the tax cuts to Americans earning less than $250,000 a year while restoring higher tax rates on others, Boehner said he would vote for it.

"If the only option I have is to vote for some of those tax reductions, I'll vote for them," Boehner said, later adding: "But I'm going to do everything I can to fight to make sure that we extend the current tax rates for all Americans."
Republicans are already calling Boehner the "speaker-in-waiting." He may be that, but so far, he's no "Hammer".

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Some say he’s half man half fish, others say he’s more of a seventy/thirty split. Either way he’s a fishy bastard.