July 15th, 2010
09:32 AM ET
4 years ago

Boehner: Current economic state 'the epitome of failure'

(CNN) – House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, welcomes President Obama to Michigan Thursday with a scathing critique of his economic policies.

"When President Barack Obama speaks in Holland today, I hope that instead of trying to convince the people of a city suffering from 11.8 percent unemployment that our economy is 'moving forward,' he will listen closely when they ask, 'Where are the jobs?,' Boehner wrote in an editorial that appears in Thursday's edition of The Detroit News.

In the op-ed, Boehner said that since February 2009 the economy has lost three million private sector jobs while the federal government has added more than 400,000 jobs.

"More government, fewer jobs: This isn't the picture of recovery; it's the epitome of failure," the top House Republican wrote.

The president is scheduled to travel to Holland, Michigan to appear at a plant that produces batteries for electric vehicles. The plant is funded by a grant from Obama's $787 billion stimulus plan.


Filed under: economic stimulus • Economy • John Boehner • Michigan • President Obama
soundoff (155 Responses)
  1. GL

    When President Barack Obama speaks in Holland today, I hope that instead of trying to convince the people of a city suffering from 11.8 percent unemployment that our economy is 'moving forward,' he will listen closely when they ask, 'Where are the jobs?,' Boehner wrote in an editorial that appears in Thursday's edition of The Detroit News.

    Boehner keeps talking from both sides of his mouth. So if you ar so so concerned about the 11.8 unemployment Bonehead, why is you and your keep voting no to extend unemployment. I hope President Obama call you at on this. Your party can not have it both was either you are for helping the unemployed or you are not and from what the American people are seening is the Republicans are not for the people.

    July 15, 2010 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  2. Simon/Orlando

    He's right. The Obama plan has done nothing but hurt employment. And next year with the tax increases, more regulation, and higher medical costs it's going to get worse. My guess is that Obama will be asked by his own party in 2012 to step aside for another Democrat candidate.

    July 15, 2010 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  3. GL

    Boehner keeps talking from both sides of his mouth. So if you ar so so concerned about the 11.8 unemployment Bonehead, why is you and your keep voting no to extend unemployment. I hope President Obama call you out on this. Your party can not have it both way either you are for helping the unemployed or you are not and from what the American people are seening is the Republicans are not for the people.

    Bonehead we all know you do not care about the us small people.

    July 15, 2010 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  4. SAY WHAT...

    Hey Mr. Tannery Tan please shut you bronze mouth and stop pointing your bronze finger. If you have a better solution, other than tax cut for the rich, bring it to the table if not go get a tan.

    July 15, 2010 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  5. Paylin

    Actually George W. Bush was the epitome of failure. And can you imagine more than half the country voted for him not once but twice! Speaks volumes about this country. Dumb, lazy, greedy, selfish, gullable, human failures.

    Barack Obama is the best thing that ever happened to us. Boehner stop over tanning and get back to work everyone is waiting on you & your group to contribute something.

    July 15, 2010 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  6. sammieb51

    It is, thanks GOP!! 8 years of Clinton = 22 million JOBS created; 8 years of Bush = THREE million jobs created. Wonder why??? Wasnt the economy booming - didn't the GOP get their tax cuts for the .02% of Americans and shouldn't that have stimulated the economy since these folks do all the hiring? What happened? If the GOP takes control of the House and Senate this fall (or God Forbid the 'Papers Please' Tea Party!) and get to make the tax cuts permanent, it will add $2.3 Trillion to the deficit. If they get to can Cap/Trade, death tax/capital gains tax, and the health bill, another $1.6 Trillion to deficit. See why they can't win - they'll dig us in deeper. US, the middle class, the working stiffs. If they have such good ideas for the economy, where are these ideas? The party of NO is not in favor of the majority of Americans - they want a "United Corporations of America" (Facism).

    July 15, 2010 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  7. Donnatella

    What Mr. Orangetan face do you guys suggest as an alternative to the problems in this country, I guess as soon as you guys get elected everything is just going to be fine. Guess what everybody in this country does not look at Fox News, we know times are hard but I don't expect the republicans/tea party to come to the rescue.

    July 15, 2010 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  8. Terry from West Texas

    Conservatives remind me of a teenager who took the family car on an unauthorized joyride. He got the brake mixed up with the gas pedal and he drove the car through the back wall of the garage, through the neighbor’s fence and it now sits, totally underwater in the neighbor’s swimming pool.

    His father says to the boy, “Look at the mess you made! Do you realize how long it’s going to take to fix all this and do you realize how expensive it’s going to be?”

    The teenager replies, “Wait a minute! Don’t blame me! This is all YOUR fault for leaving the keys where I could get them. Also, we’re talking about ancient history now. What has happened in the past cannot be changed. What I want to know is how are you going to get me to school tomorrow. There’s a pep rally I absolutely cannot miss! And don’t think for a moment that I’m taking the bus. I’d rather die than take the bus!”

    July 15, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  9. Doug from Seattle

    For once I agree with you Mr. Boehner! Current economic conditions do reflect the "... epitome of failure." The epitome of failure of a fiscal philosophy originated during the Reagan administration and culminating with the most recent Bush administration. Over that period of time these policies have been referred to as Reagon-omics, trickle down economics, voo doo economics, and so on. Unpaid for tax breaks for the "rich" and deregulation does not create jobs for the middle class. "Rich" people can only buy so many toasters, refrigerators, cars, etc. Our economy will only flourish when the middle class has some money in its pocket to buy durable goods. So I say to hell with supply side economics and lets get back to when middle class demand determined the strength of our economy!!!!

    July 15, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  10. katiec

    If the republicans had actual acceptable, workable ideas, if they cared even a little bit about the survival of us and our country, if they will ever put the welfare of the American people over Wall St, if they started performing as they were elected to do, than maybe their ranting and raving would have some merit.
    As it is, their irresponsible, hypocritical, unpatriotic, destructive behavior, a party whose primary goal is to destroy our president regardless of consequences have made them a disgrace to our political system and our country.

    July 15, 2010 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  11. al in memphis

    If you want to see where the jobs are, look at how big our trade deficeit is getting. We shipped our jobs overseas years ago and now we want Obama to bring them back.
    The worst financial crisis ever in the history of our country (worst than the great depression because taxpayer did not bail out the banks) and people expect this administration to get things done overnight.

    Anybody who has run a household budget knows that it takes a few paychecks to overcome having to replace the furnance. Politics has become overrun with people who are willing to say anything for power or people who are just plain idiots.

    July 15, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  12. NYT:"during this election cycle big oil has paid 12.8 million in contributions, 71% to Republicans"!

    Oh, great Orange Oracle, please tell us which party of GObP voted unanimously to reject both the additional jobs bill, the bill to extend unemployment benefits and the possibility of a new stimulus bill?

    Which party of NO voted down the unemployment benefits because they wanted it to come out of the few remaining original stimulus funds?

    Which party of hypocrites screams about job creation and then votes against everything that the Dems offer to create those jobs, just so they can keep screaming about no jobs?

    Unemployed voters and their family members, frown on Congressional leaders that are willing to take food out of the mouths of their children, just to keep to the con party agenda to see President Obama and therefore. America to "fail".

    Yeah, voting for the Rabid Nazi Committee is the answer to our problems, but only if your are drinking the prune juice the Greedy Old People are serving up as "solutions".

    Come November, they will then realize that the majority of us are NOT drinking the prune juice and NO is not an action verb.

    July 15, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  13. GL

    But Mr. Bonehead still that tax cuts for the rich is not a failure. Republicans continue to live their rich life like the last 8 years never happen.

    July 15, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  14. GL

    But Mr. Bonehead still thank tax cuts for the rich was not a failure. Republicans continue to live their rich life like the last 8 years never happen.

    July 15, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  15. American Patriot - a "real" tea partier

    Why is this man speaking? He has no credibility. He's as useless and pointless as Palin.

    July 15, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  16. Ed L

    The failure is the fault of Republicans: Bush's 2 rotten terms and the current GOP Congress of NO

    July 15, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  17. doug

    Democrats wish to decrease the quality of life for all Americans, hoping to make them dependent on government, comiited to taking away their morals, values, decency and honesty.

    If someone can take care of themself and tries to be honest and do the right thing, they are the exact opposite of the Democrat, and in oppostion to the daily actions and words spewed by the hate-filled lib.

    Evil is LIb, there may not be a decent Democrat left in America.

    July 15, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  18. vic

    John Boehner out of touch

    Congress didn’t extend unemployment benefit at the same time John Boehner knew we lost more jobs in 2008 and 2009 we couldn’t get those jobs back

    So why they didn’t extend unemployment benefit ?

    Now more people will lose their homes and assets Republicans only for rich people

    July 15, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  19. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    Thank you to the future Speaker of the House for showing the emporer has no clothes. November can't come soon enough and it will be great when this plague we have been enduring since November of 2008 is voted out in 2012. I am a student of history and have never seen a more inept, corrupt administration. Millions of honest, hardworking, taxpaying citizens are demeaned and degraded by his followers (drug using, non working, non taxpaying products of the NEA sponsored education system) as racist, neanderthal and unpatriotic for expressing conern.

    July 15, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  20. thor

    I don't get it.Obama is going to Michigan promoting the electric car.It seems to me that a vehicle that going to cost in the range of mid 30,000 dollars and has a battery life of 8 years isn't going to be adopted very quickly by the American consumer.What are they going to do ?Build a bunch of these cars to set in the showrooms!!!! People don't have jobs,are deep in the hole from the recession,can barely put food on the table and you expect them to go out and buy a new electric car.

    July 15, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  21. Rick McDaniel

    Or at least.......a darn good example of failure.

    July 15, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  22. Aaron in MI

    President Obama is going to the ground breaking of a battery plant that is going to provide at least 400 jobs to the Holland area. They will make batteries for the Volt and other cars. So when Boehner says the people will ask where the jobs are Obama can say the jobs here.

    July 15, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  23. Amar

    Oh Boehner. You do so little for the people that sent you into office. You are the epitome of political games. You block everything the President is doing to help the economy and the unemployed, then end up blaming him for inaction. So disingenuous.

    July 15, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  24. MR AMERICA

    ....and your ideas are:

    oh yeah....the GOP doesn't have any.

    July 15, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  25. chris b

    And John Boehner's suggestion to fix the economy is.....................??

    July 15, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
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