June 29th, 2010
03:55 PM ET
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Boehner: Dems 'snuffing out' America I grew up in

House minority leader John Boehner is stepping up criticism of his Democratic colleagues.
House minority leader John Boehner is stepping up criticism of his Democratic colleagues.

(Updates with Democratic response)

(CNN) – House Minority Leader John Boehner is stepping up criticism of his Democratic colleagues, telling the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that "they're snuffing out the America that I grew up in."

Boehner's comments are the latest indication the Ohio Republican is aggressively setting his sights on the November elections as it appears increasingly possible his party could take control of the House.

"Right now, we've got more Americans engaged in their government than at any time in our history," he told the paper in comments published Tuesday. "There's a political rebellion brewing, and I don't think we've seen anything like it since 1776."

But Boehner, who most certainly would become speaker next year should the GOP take control of the chamber, stopped short of predicting Republicans will gain the 40 seats necessary to oust Democrats from control.

"The American people have written off the Democrats," he said. "They're willing to look at us again."

The top House Republican also previewed the GOP's top priorities should he take control of the speaker's gavel, including a repeal of the recently passed health care legislation.

"We are going to do everything we can to make sure that this law and this program never really takes effect," Boehner said. "One option would be to repeal the $534 billion in Medicare cuts, which pay for more than half of the law's provisions. "They're going to need money from the Congress to hire these 20,000-plus bureaucrats they need to hire to make this program work. They're not going to get one dime from us."

Boehner also suggested raising the social security retirement age to 70 for those who have at least 20 years left before retirement as a possible way to finance the ongoing wars

"We need to look at the American people and explain to them that we're broke," he said. "If you have substantial non-Social Security income while you're retired, why are we paying you at a time when we're broke? We just need to be honest with people."

In a statement released Tuesday, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Chris Van Hollen said Boehner's comments are "a wake-up call to the American people about the dangers of turning back the clock to a Republican Congress."


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  1. Scott Overholt

    BOTH parties are snuffing out the America I grew up in. Any jackass who blames it on only one of them is part of the reason. The party has to win, America be damned.

    June 29, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  2. get real

    What do Boehner and Snookie have in common?

    They're the only two people I know who will be affected by the tanning bed tax increase!

    June 29, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  3. oklahoma

    Put a warning on taning beds you can see what it did to this fool America has moved on so left you behind boehner good thing people die and their way of thinking die with them.

    June 29, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  4. QACoach

    Oops....make that more tolerance in the general population...probably not in Tea Party circles!

    June 29, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  5. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    "The American people have written off the Democrats," he said. "They're willing to look at us again."

    -------------------------------–

    Boehner,you are medically delusional.

    You are a racist, disrespecting pig who wishes like so many of your ilk that we were back in the days when only ONE color ruled this great country of ours.

    I don;t want to go back to Jim Crow laws, segregated armies, and "strange fruit" swinging from tree branches by the light of lit crosses.

    I want MY America in constant FORWARD motion. Where I, and everyone else is perfectly free to tell you to go to hell.

    Go to hell.

    June 29, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  6. Chandler01

    The GOP and Boehner have SOLD AMERICA OUT! Watch the movie Gasland about the oil and gas industry being excempted from regulation in 2005. They are KILLING our environment, our water supply, our people.

    Pres. Obama has had to impliment drastic measures to save our country from the HORRIBLE way the GOP handled it. You allowed our financial system to get carried away, and now it is clear you did the same thing with oil and gas. GOP=CORRUPTION.

    June 29, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  7. Laughing at the lemmings

    More of the political rebellion hooey that only tea baggers and drunks like Boehner believe. Fortunately, they're a small minority of the country. Funny, when I think of all that's been accomplished this last year and a half and who was instrumental in the recovery, the name Boehner and the republican party never enter my mind.

    I won't give republicans a second chance to finish off this country. Let them linger in the minority where they can do less damage.

    June 29, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  8. jae

    their america, I will not even go into the 60's, 70's, 80's or even 90's. Do you remember $4 gas prices? Do you remeber the reasons why? Do you remember the house that you bought that now you could not even sell for half its price so you are forced out so that the banks can sell it at half price so that the people who are still in our houses lost half of our equity? Republicans: they bout homes they couldnt afford!!! your right, after our jobs were sent over sees, its hard to pay for a mortgage let alone rent after a foreclosure when you lose your Job. YOU WANT TO DO SOMETHING. STOP TALKING ABOUT ELECTIONS ELECTIONS AND DO SOMETHING. ANYTHING. ALL WE HEAR IS WHAT THEY EXPECT IN THE NEXT ELECTION, WHAT ABOUT RIGHT NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 29, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  9. mother and sister of a soldier

    How easily manipulated the people of this country are! They believe what the dems preach because they will benefit but do not have the intelligence to ask the questions needed. Isn't it interesting that the G20 leaders all refused to follow Obama's direction for the economy by furthering debt with additional stimulus. It must say something. It tells me that Obama has no clue. He has no clue how he stymied job growth in the private sector by the burdon of additional taxes and health costs. Wake up...who do you think pays for this???? He is an economic failure and please remember, Bush had a democratic controlled congress who accrued this debt. I pray this country can survive Obama....once he takes over Finance, we will no longer be considered a free country. The government will own 67% of our economy. Doesn't this worry you? It should.

    June 29, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  10. Eric

    Boehner, dude, you have no idea even how big it is... and it's going to surprise many.

    We ended slavery 150 years ago. We, as a nation, will not go back into chains, be they chains of steel or socialism.

    Socialists, democrats, "progressives" and statists alike... take a good long look around, because its the last time you'll ever control both houses of congress for a generation or more. We've tried your "progressivism" for nearly 45 years and it leaves a socialist taste in the mouths of voters.

    June 29, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    Let's see...born in 1949...the America he grew up in:

    USA had just dropped the a-bomb...TWICE
    McCarthyism (and we wonder why they believe it's a legitimate tactic?)
    Cold War
    Assassinations of liberal leaders and civil rights heroes
    Segregation
    Participation in wars undeclared by Congress
    Job-place inequality rampant
    Sexism accepted
    Racism off the charts
    etc

    Sorry John, but the 50's were a freekin joke and the 60's just provide a terrific example of what it takes to force change and progress down the throats of people like yourself.

    June 29, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  12. roro

    Mr. Boner is correct. There IS a revolution in this country, and it came in 2008 when we voted the Republicans OUT. Considering the fact that they brought us to the precipice and into the mess we're now in, it's ridiculous to think that the intelligent people in the wonderful country would consider putting the Republicans back on top. Dream on, Mr. Boner.

    June 29, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  13. JFS

    John you and the GOP should have been thinking of the America you grew up in when YOUR party sold out to China, Mexico, Europe and India. When you Party catered to Wall Street and Big Biuiness. Catered to the Oil Producing Countries and Wars. When your Party sought to "SUFF" out the Unions and Blue Collar America. When your Party USED the despondent , lightly populated Red States to push through this Economic Mess. John you are a Hypocrite Sir. You are similiar to the very elements that the Revoultionaries fought to make this great Country. It is still going to take sometime to get disconnected from this world economic mess that the GOP sought and get our America back from the likes of the GOP...and you John !!!

    June 29, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  14. Chessnutz of Liverpool NY

    Look at these comments! more finger pointing, more name calling and more of not getting it done! Both parties Democrats and Republicans are failing our nation. They are failing our freedom and Constitution. They represent themselves and the party before the Nation. Both parties are at fault and the longer they continue to play at odds against each other's party the only losers are "We (the little) People"
    Time to end these Political parties all together out law them, nothing more than a grifters business.

    June 29, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  15. Lissa

    They all want "their" country back – the one where white christian males automatically had great jobs. And white christian women had husbands that paid for everything. And everyone else worked for them in some capacity, either at a store, or in their home, or in a service industry. (I'm white – I can talk about white privilege).

    Too bad that whole scenario was made possible by WWII Vets coming home to a free college education, complements of Uncle Sam. That generation is the most educated, most affluent we have ever had. And their kids are the boomers, the most entitled, whiney generation we have ever had.

    Go sit in the corner Boner. You need a time out.

    June 29, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  16. one voice

    That's some RIDICULOUS talking points john, you're one heck of a CLOWN. You, your followers and the Paid GOP bloggers can kiss my backside.

    June 29, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  17. Naqib

    Dems have trashed this country since getting control in 06...

    Everyone knows it... the polls prove it... in NOV it's over for them...

    In 2012 it's one and done for that office too

    June 29, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  18. Laverne

    What America are you referring too?, the racist and bias America that has been stuck in time for way too long. Times have changed and we don't plan on going back to those days, so just forget about it, aint gonna happen!

    June 29, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  19. jae

    FOR ALL OF THE PEOPLE WHO DONT KNOW THE DIFFERENCE. A RECESSION IS 2 CONSECUTIVE QUARTERS WHERE THE GDP GOES DOWN. A DEPRESSIONS IS OVER 2 CONSECUTIVE QUARTERS. the reason it was called a great depression in the 20's is that is lasted for almost 10 years until FDR signed the "new deal" which he was allowed to do. Henry Paulson was sec. of treasury under bush who authorized the bailouts to AIG, Goldman, GM when we were paying $4 a gallon. you tell me, WAS THIS A RECESSION OR A DEPRESSION.

    June 29, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  20. mike

    do you really think that tan boy is american born with that look it seems
    he is an alien and that he should be document or be deported back
    to mars or were ever came from and the government should be fined
    for not checking his citizenship

    June 29, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  21. GL

    stir up McCarthyistic sentiment," "fearmonger about gun rights," and "start using every single word you can think of that hearkens back to the American Revolution and Civil War, including but not limited to tea parties, secession, states rights, etc." This is just Captain Orange Glow spouting off at the mouth from the GOP script again. Nothing to see here.

    Remember it getting close to August and the Republicans are greaing up to scare the uneducated American people again like they did last year with the Dealth Panel lie! This GOBP are so predictiable.

    June 29, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  22. Erick

    Boehner's America was one of white supremacy, male domination, and Christofacism. If the Democrats are snuffing out his America, they deserve all of our thanks.

    June 29, 2010 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  23. tor

    I miss some things about my childhood too. Like a Republican party that wasn’t completely nuts. Like when they actually seemed to have the best interests of the country at heart, instead of just naked power politics. Like when “conservative” meant things like paying for the wars you start, and prudent use of natural resources. Today, the whole Republican party has become a pathetic bag of wind.

    June 29, 2010 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  24. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    The America Bonehead grew up in is when blacks and women didn't have equal rights. I'm sure Boehner and the rest of his republiKKKlan colleagues will like to turn back the hands of time.

    June 29, 2010 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  25. CrocodileTears

    Good grief. Listening to Boehner, one would think that defending BP actually gave the GOP political advantage instead of showing voters just who's side the GOP is really on in a way no democract ever could have done?

    Guess the GOPers still aren't able to quite understand we the little people . . .

    Their loss, not mine.

    June 29, 2010 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
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