March 18th, 2009
03:00 PM ET
5 years ago

Boehner says GOP budget alternative being drafted

 Bush and Cheney have struck different tones since exiting the White House.
Bush and Cheney have struck different tones since exiting the White House.

(CNN) - One day after President Obama challenged Republicans to offer their own budget proposals if they disagree with his own, House GOP leader John Boehner said his party is in the process of drafting an alternative budget.

"Mr. President, with all due respect: your budget spends too much, taxes too much, and borrows too much, and that's going to do further harm to our economy at a time when it desperately needs our help," Boehner says in a video message posted on YouTube Wednesday. "We believe there's a better way – better solutions to restore some fiscal sanity here in Washington while encouraging more job creation and more investment.

"Our alternative, which is being drafted as we speak by Congressman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and others, will reflect core principles that should guide us as our nation works to emerge from this crisis stronger than ever."

Boehner also indicated the GOP budget proposal will include lower taxes for families and small business, cuts in federal spending, an expansion of affordable healthcare, and end to federal bailouts.

UPDATE: The Democratic National Committee has released a Web video criticizing Boehner's response.


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  1. sandee in Portland

    If they really wanted to help our country get well, they would work with the Obama budget by modifying the things they don't like, not take out everything and draft a whole new budget. Again, it's their way or no way. I've been a lifelong republican until the second time Bush ran. Since then, I would no more vote republican than vote for Mickey Mouse. It's either democrat or independent for me. We need to vote all these old guys out of office. They've forgotten they are public servants and not in in it for their own personal gain. If they've been in office 2 terms, vote them out and bring in some new blood. This goes at both the State and Federal levels. After all, state governments are just as corrupt as the federal government.

    March 18, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  2. Los

    We're in this mess because at the core, the GOP exists to redistribute wealth upwards; into the coffers of the richest of the rich. Why has the GOP always been against spending for health care, schools, and social services? Because every dollar that goes into these programs is a dollar that is not going towards rich white men. What the hell would make anyone think that the GOP will now stop working for the benefit of rich white men?

    March 18, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  3. Los

    "And Tax/Spend is so much better? How exactly is SPENDING money we don't have a good idea? Keeping with your example "Honey I know we're in financial trouble so I'm just going to put all of our expenses on our Credit Card"

    Spending money we don't have? You mean like in Iraq?

    March 18, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  4. Rob

    Sniffit March 18th, 2009 5:17 pm ET

    1) Things did not start going bad until the idiot twins (Pelosi and Reid) and their fellow lot of Dem-dorks took over the Congress. How about people like Frank, Dodd, and Waters, who, when the dangers of Fannie and Freddie's actions were brought to light SQUASHED any and all attempts to rake them in. No, no, I have plenty of foundation. In 2000 it was the IT bubble, where idiots were foolish enough to dump money into anything that said www to it. Now it's the real estate bubble, brought on by Fannie and Freddie and these same DEMOCRAT Congress-people that 'just had to let everyone own a home' – even if they couldn't afford it.

    2) Name me one thing ONE thing that is positive about this stimulus. The stock market is tanking, the future generations of this country are going to be paying for the mistakes of this bill, and we've got a president who, whenever anything goes bad, reads off his teleprompter "Not my fault."

    Here's a little fact for you Sniffit (and you others). The world NEEDS business. Try as hard as you can to believe it, we can't all sit on our butts, listening to Dave Matthews and waiting for our government check. People have to work (I'm sure your parents did, that's why you probably sit around mooching off their money, bashing business). And these rich people you want to tax. Guess what? Not a single poor person has ever hired someone. You want jobs, yet you want to over tax the ones who would provide the jobs.

    Simple fact, nothing great has ever come about by sitting on your butt, bashing Republicans, and waiting for a government check. Nothing

    March 18, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
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