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Sen. George Voinovich, a senior Republican and self-professed "deficit hawk," says he will oppose President Obama's deal with the GOP leadership on extending Bush-era tax cuts -- or any other scheme for keeping the tax relief in place -- unless such a plan is paid for.

Voinovich, a lame duck operating in a lame-duck session, said at an Aspen Institute luncheon Monday, "I'm voting against everything." To make himself perfectly clear, Voinovich repeated: "You've' got to pay for it; you've got to pay for it; you've got to pay for it."

The Ohioan has little to lose. He is retiring after two terms and apparently is leaving Capitol Hill with a bad taste in his mouth. "I think we have to blow the place up," he said, figuratively, when discussing Congress' failure to deal with the looming debt crisis and the partisan warfare that sometimes paralyzes legislative work.

The former Ohio governor opposed the original 2001 Bush tax-cut package, but relented when supporters made it a little less generous. The agreement negotiated by the Obama administration and Republican leaders would extend tax reductions enacted in 2001 and 2003 to all taxpayers for two more years. That would gradually add an estimated $700 billion to the national debt.

Voinovich won't be around the Senate to see it. At 74, he has no second thoughts about his decision to retire, according to the Washington Post. Freed from fundraising and campaigning, the moderate Voinovich said "I've been able to be a senator for two years."

Excessive partisanship often starts in the House of Representatives, he said. "They come over to the Senate and they carry their bad habits with them." Some still remember 10-year-old battles. "It's like they're keeping score. . . . What the hell? You're in the United States Senate."

The Post headlined its Voinovich story: "A mainstream Republican's glum farewell."

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jdsherbu

over the last 3 years i have had my pay cut 3 times i have lost over $20.000 each year I am trying to keep a roof over my famlies head and food on the table and now with the cost of gas and home heating oil . I am a republican all around me are familes and singles and elderly scared suffering you make me hang my head in SHAME like said I said I am a republican but maybe not for long the tax cuts should exclude the rich or turned up side down with and the highs tax cut going to the low income families and low income singles workers " TOO THE REPUBLICAN PARTY DO NOT FOEGET LOW INCOME FAMILIES OR EDLERLY OR SINGLES OR WE WILL FORGET YOU !

December 13 2010 at 8:21 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
creston1

sickening is all I can say! Tax cuts for the greedy rich,Hand outs for the lazy people. Where are the breaks for the middle class that carry this country every inch of the way?

December 09 2010 at 10:13 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
GEORGE

Some think republicans are a disgrace to America backed by powerfull people who are nation building countries while destroying America. Favorable countries are owning our debt and our means of producing jobs.

December 09 2010 at 7:10 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
sdeanbyrd

Keep ole george in D.C. for good. We in Ohio never got anything from this guy or that TAN MAN. So let them stay there and party down together. And after all his years there on our buck, we find out he has a mouth. He's a bad joke.

December 08 2010 at 10:16 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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Charlie

"Tan man"? Who are you talking about?

December 08 2010 at 10:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bk6889

Well I guess the deficit only matters to the republicans if they're not adding to it, then it's ok. These tax cuts will certainly add to it but that's ok. I don't understand who their talking about when they say the American people want this. From the poll I saw 46% didn't want the tax cuts for the rich and on about 26% did. So you can see who they're for. If they would have agreed to the unemployment benefits for a year would have been a whole lot less than the billions they'll be adding to it. Can't stand them at all, actually all parties make me ill. this country will be a third world country before long. Watch what is happening in the other big countries, especially China. They are so far ahead of us in everything except human rights, that it's not funny. I'm so disgusted with our government, they've got us all screwed up!! They remind me of little kids who fight all the time.

December 08 2010 at 8:48 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
locderby

People, let's not fall into the trap that some in Washington and the media will have you believe. These are not "cuts" in anyones tax rate, it's maintaining them at the current levels. No one will be paying LESS taxes. The top 5% pay 40% of all taxes in the US. When is enough really enough? And most importantly who of you think that they are spending our money wisely? Washington needs to live within their means. We have to.

December 08 2010 at 8:16 AM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
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ann

Locderby: the top 5% pay 40% of the taxes because they are OVERPAID! In America's heyday---the 1950s --- the average executive was paid 40 times what his average worker made..........now it is 400 times.......top tier pay scales in this country are in drastic need of being "globalized" to that of the rest of the world! Companies should not exist just to enrich executives and wall st managers to the detriment of workers and the country !!!!

December 08 2010 at 11:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
MARK

If you check the records you will find that many of the wealthy in this country live in a different world that the average American. They never get wealthy enough to satisfy them and at tax time they spend much more money than you and I pay in taxes to accountants to use loop holes that you and I don't earn enough to use and those loop holes add up to billions in some cases. Much of thier huge wealth never reaches our shore and stays hidden in foriegn banks yet they are the first ones to wave our flag and say they are proud to be Americans while our sons and daughters are over there getting thier asses shot off. Well we the people who are also proud to be Americans, serve our country and protect it while the wealthy schemes on ways not to support the cost of freedom. FREEDOM IS NOT FREE.

December 09 2010 at 2:12 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
eftenf

I get angry everytime I see Mitch McConells face. Here is a man who has promised to deny any progress toward National recovery - Obama success- for the next two years so he can be true to the millionairs who own him and then become majority leader. If that isn't sedition what is ? Ed Talbot

December 08 2010 at 8:03 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
Pat

I suspect the "compromise" bill will pass. My hope is that the new tax cut, the reduction in social security taxes, will inspire those whose wages exceed the social security tax limit to take their $2,000 gift and donate it to the nearest food bank to help out those who have been unemployed for more than 99 months. As for those who are concerned about their estates being taxed, if they donate their excess estates to charity they will not be snared by that 35% estate tax and their descendants will still be rich enough to get by with a little hard work of their own.

December 08 2010 at 7:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
SarafinaYvette

There is a difference between tax cuts and status quo.leaving the tax levels does not create a deficit, it creates a shortage on funds for government to waste. The dems now say they are worried about the deficit...but temember that is after adding to it in the trillions...larger than all other administrations put together...

December 08 2010 at 1:37 AM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply
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MARK

If you check Bush increase government spending while cutting taxes and that's why Clinton's well balanced budget went south.

December 09 2010 at 2:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ELLEN

This is the best case for term limits. Serving in congress should not a lifelong guarantee any more than the entitlement of a president being anointed for reelection. We need a leader who will tell us the truth, make us take our bitter pills, and provide a pathway to get this country back on track. We cannot continue to fight two wars and reduce taxes and get out of debt. We will end up with $900 billion more in debt to countries like China, Japan, and OPEC.

December 07 2010 at 10:20 PM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply

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