Tuesday, September 20, 2011

US House speaker: giving government more tax money like 'giving a cocaine addict more cocaine'

CINCINNATI — U.S. House Speaker John Boehner said Monday he agrees with President Barack Obama that everyone should pay their fair share of taxes, but that "class warfare" and higher taxes won't solve the nation's economic problems.

The Ohio Republican spoke to a business group luncheon at the University of Cincinnati less than two hours after Obama detailed a deficit reduction plan that includes higher taxes for wealthy Americans.

"I understand that it's easy to go out there and talk about taxing billionaires," Boehner said, but he said "class warfare isn't leadership" and the big need is to get people back to work amid a 9.1 percent unemployment rate.......................

"At a time when spending is out of control, giving the federal government more money would be like giving a cocaine addict more cocaine," he said.

Boehner said he supports a "fairer and flatter" tax code that eliminates loopholes.

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