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. Chuck

    Obozo the rock star is a complete failure and should be impeached for high crimes and misdemeanors.

    July 15, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  2. The Veteran

    John Boehner needs to be looking in the mirror when he asks that question. Unfortunately for us, what his party is good at is using both smoke and mirrors to hide the damage they have done, not only to America, but the whole free world (except for China and India).

    July 15, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  3. Hugo

    I think I've finally figured out the Obama administration strategy for job creation. Mismanage the Oil spill until enough oil flows into the gulf to continually wash up on the shores for the next twenty years. Then BP and the States can hire low end temporary labor to walk along our entire gulf coast states shoreline and pick up tar balls, wash birds and do soils tests. Hey, unemployment solved, and you all didn't have faith that they could do it!

    July 15, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  4. Mesa Mick

    "...it's the epitome of failure"

    OK Bonehead, you and the other rethugliCANTs win. Obama and the dems are a complete failure, just like you and DeMint wanted.

    Now, sit down, shut up and get out of the way so thegrown ups in Congress can get laws passed, appointments made, budgets finished and unemployment insurance reinstated...

    July 15, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  5. Wayne

    I really hope the majority of voters don't forget that it was the Republican party that got us in this mess in the first place. President Obama can't magically pull us out of a recession in 2 years. If the republican's take control again, they'll blame Obama, stay in control and won't stop until they have destroyed and/or stolen EVERYTHING!

    July 15, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  6. Dont forget to thank a Globalist if you dont have a job.

    Someone please buy this clown a clue.His bag is filled with Corporate cash.Just another mouthpiece for the Globalists.

    July 15, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  7. Eric

    Look, if Barry was actually TRYING to intentionally harm the economy, I can't think of much he could do to achieve that ends, that he actually HASN'T ALREADY DONE.

    Barack Obama gives stupid young idealistic voters the most wonderful and amazing opportunity to travel through time to the late 1970s and live under the abject economic failure of Jimmy Carter's presidency.

    This inexperienced piker is just one hostage crisis away from malaise, a sweater and Billy Beer.

    The truly sad thing is there is no Reagan waiting in the wings with common sense to save us from the sadistic machinations of our economically-illiterate liberal brethren.

    Socialism has never worked any place it has ever been tried, but liberals are like rust and they arrogantly NEVER give up proselytizing their holy-roller cult of economic insanity.... instead assuring us, "Socialism has only killed 100 million people... let's give it another shot, eh?"

    July 15, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  8. Poston

    It has been the epitome of failure. Obama has had the White House and control of Congress and still has not been able to focus enough to turn our economy around. Growing government and constantly castigating private business is where Obama came from and that is the results we have seen from his administration as Boehner stated.

    July 15, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  9. BobH

    And Boehner's solution is to cut taxes for people making more than $250,000 per year, thereby increasing the federal deficit, while cutting out services to the unemployed, Veterans and senior citizens.

    But he doesn't mention that part of the equation...

    July 15, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  10. Four and The Door

    In order for this to be such a spectacular failure, the Obama Administration had to go into previously unheard of spending levels with their Stimulus bill. They made a huge bet with our tax dollars and it was a bust. Clearly the correct path would have been to actually manage the decreased tax revenues brought about by the recession and tightening the Federal budgets. Instead, they chose to go against huge amounts of data both in America's own experience and abroad with a program of massive government spending. They claimed to know better than everyone else. Again it did not work. Thus the epitome of failure.

    July 15, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  11. Bertina

    If the Bush tax cuts helped the economy so much, why am I in a red state that has more unemployment than the national average?

    July 15, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  12. teena

    Let's see, Ohio's unemployment rate is extremely high and the senator has done NOTHING to help those struggling workers. In fact, he has voted NO on any measure put forth by this congress to assist the unemployed.
    So, if anyone knows the meaning of "dismal failure" it would be the one who epitomizes it-John Boehner who has failed his constiuents!

    July 15, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  13. GOP = "I hope he fails"

    WHAT IS YOUR SUGGESTION BOEHNER?

    Notice once again the Republican leadership is quick on the draw to cast politically based criticisms, but they provide no new suggestions.

    We have seen Republican economic policy. It's the same tax cuts and de-regulation that gave us the deficit and financial meltdown. Obama has not gotten the car out of the ditch yet, BUT THE REPUBS ARE THE ONES WHO DROVE INTO THE DITCH IN THE FIRST PLACE!!!

    Boehner's suggestion is essentially to not do the stimulus package, which would mean none of the jobs that the stimulus created, and practice "small government" which would mean none of the government jobs that have been created there. NOW HOW WOULD THAT BE BETTER?

    July 15, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  14. christi

    I ask the same question I have been asking for two years...what plan do you have Bonehead? All criticism and no substance.

    July 15, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  15. America Shrugged

    The Tea Party movement's battle cry is American exceptionalizm as was quoted and reported in a CNN story yesterday That would fit better on their billboard with Adolf Hitler pictured on it rather than President Obama. I'm sorry, the tea party movement is in denial if they don't think there is racism within their ranks. We've all seen those signs at their overrated rallies and no condemnation from the movement leaders. Nuff said

    July 15, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  16. Blkman

    Right .................................... and how much of that is your blame dude? The GAMES republicans play with American's lives is DISGUSTING.

    July 15, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  17. Jim

    So he's complaining about Obama not creating jobs, as Obama goes to speak to a factory (full of jobs) that was created by Obama's stimulus package....am i missing something here???

    July 15, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  18. jules sand-perkins

    John Boehner has enough nerve to call failure by its name and give Obamanomics an "F."
    This president needs to listen to some reality checks from the people of Michigan.

    July 15, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  19. Kitty

    Ok Boehner, as a lawmaker, tell me again how your're helping to bring down the unemployment rate.

    The country you claims love so much but love it even more if it fails under Obama's watch!

    July 15, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  20. Gary

    Dems=Unemployment checks for unemployed
    Republicans=Taxcuts for wealthy

    Dems=Hope
    Republicans=No hope, but we have strip clubs.

    July 15, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  21. stephen pagnozzi

    All you have to do is a little math to show how stupid the republicans are. We have a deficit thanks to Yu know hoo! First letter starts with a G w B. They want to have tax cuts! OH Yea, that will fill the treasuries coffers! We are in an economic upheavill today, Why, Republicans? Because there was NO Financial Regulations in the First Place! You all have to have your heads examined if you really believe Obama has created failed problems!! WE are still paying the price from an idiot who "ran" the country for 8 years, and a more idiotic party who can't figure out what excuse to make to the American People. I really don't think your going to have a party these midterms, for if the American Public has a modicum of common sense they'll figure out whose on the side of Main Street.

    July 15, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  22. Anonymous

    All obama is going to do is spew out more lies and propaganda that the American people are tired of hearing, same old bull about how this is all Bushes falt and sling mud at the republicans.This idiot obama needs to shut up!

    July 15, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  23. Debbie

    You are good and I mean good!!!!!!!!

    Now tell the people about the ocean front property you have for sell in Ohio.

    I'm sure some would believe that too.

    July 15, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  24. Dean

    Maybe he canconvince Obama that he needs to put a stop to outsourcing our jobs and bring them back to America thru taxes and tariffs.
    America will not survive without a manufacturing base.

    July 15, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  25. C

    Thanks to your policy of "NO"! And this is supposed to be a Republican leader! No wonder the US almost collapsed under the Republican leadership! I wish my job was as easy of Republicans in the Senate, go to work, sit there, read no bills, criticize, go vote no! Stay hard my friend Boehner!

    July 15, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
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