US House speaker says no to 'class warfare' taxes

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner says he agrees with President Barack Obama that everyone should pay their fair share of taxes, but says "class warfare" isn't the way to solve the nation's economic problems.

Boehner spoke Monday to a business group at the University of Cincinnati less than two hours after Obama detailed a plan that includes taxing wealthy Americans.

Boehner says he supports a fairer, simpler tax code, but that giving the government more tax dollars would be like "giving a cocaine addict more cocaine."

"The President wants to talk about increased taxes, I am for increased revenue to the federal gov., we need revenue, but I want to get new revenue by putting Americans back to work again and back on the tax rolls," Boehner said.
As for the President's dept plan announced Monday, Congressman Boehner says it would raise taxes on small business and  on private capital which he says are essential to growing the economy.
"Employers look at this mountain, of debt, they look at the out of control spending, and it makes them nervous," Boehner said.
After UC, Boehner's next stop was the Humana Rightsource Rx facility in West Chester. After a brief tour of the distribution plant, Boehner stressed  to employees that there is room for agreement between his ideas and the president's plans.
"At the end of the day the want us to find some common ground, I think there is some common ground to be found," Boehner said.
Congressman Boehner poked a little fun at President  Obama's upcoming visit, commenting on a rumor that he would walk across the Brent Spence Bridge.
"I wouldn't want to be closing down the Brent Spence Bridge, I can't imagine what that traffic jam would look like," Boehner said.

Boehner says less regulation and less government will encourage businesses to add jobs.

The president will be in Cincinnati on Thursday to see the outdated Brent Spence Bridge over the Ohio River that he highlighted as an example of a needed, jobs-creating infrastructure project.

On Sunday, Boehner spoke at the Jewish National Fund conference in Cincinnati, saying the U.S. commitment to Israel should be stronger now as the American ally faces challenges to its existence in the volatile Middle East.

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