Very frankly, history shows that to be a fallacious argument. That was the argument they made in 1993 -- that we were going to destroy the economy; that deficits were going to explode; that unemployment would skyrocket, and that the stock market would tank.
That's the argument that [Dick] Armey made. That's the argument that [Newt] Gingrich made. That's the argument that [Tom] Delay made. That's the argument that every one of their people made. Every one of them. To a person. Unanimously.
They were dead flat wrong.
Exactly the opposite happened. The stock market went up 226 percent; we balanced the budget for 4 years in a row; we didn't borrow an additional dime; we didn't increase the debt. In the last 4 years of the Clinton administration we ended up with a $62.9 billion surplus -- the only administration in your lifetime ... that ended up with a surplus.
They were absolutely dead flat wrong. They continue, however, unabashedly, and undeterred, in making an argument which has proven to be dead flat wrong.
Hoyer sought to remove any doubt that he and other Democratic leaders, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), agree with the President that the income threshold for extending the tax breaks should be $250,000 and not $1 million. He characterized the earlier proposal for a $1 million threshold as a strategic move to illustrate the GOP's tax obstinacy, rather than a policy position.