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. Marge

    Sure as heck is failure. Failure of the republicans to try to help get us one of the mess BUSH AND CHENEY put us in. Failure to try to protect the American people from the rampant fraud and outright obstruction of the republicans in congress. They think more of protecting their corporate masters than they do in protecting the people in this country that voted for them and THOUGHT they would do the right think but is seems to me the CONservatives (note CON which fits them perfectly) are only out to fill their pockets and further the crookedness corruption and FILLING the pockets of the CEO's or the corporations. They are really truly the tip top of a bunch of people who are traitors to this great country of ours.

    July 15, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  2. Adalbert

    The suntan boy should know. After all, he and his party created this economic disaster.

    July 15, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  3. David in Houston

    Dear Mr. Boehner,

    How quickly you forget that it was YOUR policies that forced this country to be in its current predicament. You and your ilk got us into this mess and have done everything in your power to stop any type of recovery from moving forward!

    Why? ...because if you were to actually do something constructive that might benefit the country, it could make our President look good...and there is no way anyone in the republican party will allow that. Especially not in an election year.

    I guess you are republican first, American second.

    You, Sir, are the "epitome of failure". You should be ashamed.

    July 15, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  4. Jim

    So because the economic recovery is happening more slowly that people would like, it's the epitome of failure? Well, let's take a look at Bush's "success". Sworn in to office, budget contains a surplus of 400+ billion. Within 2 years, that budget surplus has disappeared. How? War, tax cuts, and unnecessary spending by the Bush administration. The economy, precariously balanced on a knife's edge, begins to tilt towards recession. More tax cuts, supposedly to spur hiring. No relief. Tax rebates. No relief. More tax cuts, more military spending, less money for the government. Budget deficits soar. Not a peep from the "fiscally conservative" Republican party. Economy tanks. "It's the Dem's fault!". Yeah, OK, whatever. Provide an alternative, Boehner, or shut the hell up. You are part of the cause of this problem, and pretending otherwise is not only disingeious, it's outright deceit.

    July 15, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  5. Big Ed

    I'm STILL waiting to hear what legislation Mr. Boehner has introduced to help the country. If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem, Mr. Boehner!

    July 15, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  6. MAhole

    Show me YOUR plan Bone-head............

    July 15, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  7. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    Two disastrous administrations back-to-back, Bush followed by Obama.

    The country will no doubt survive, but will be the worse, and weaker, for twelve years of fiscal idiocy and incessant assault on American civil liberties.

    Government is the problem; bigger government is a bigger problem.

    This is why the Tea Parties arose.

    July 15, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  8. mary dale

    OK John the economy is bad and the jobs arent coming. Tell me exactly what your party has done to help. And then tell me when this bad economy started – if you are honest you will say it was when the Rebuplicans were in complete power. We need to get rid of the tax cuts for the rich for one thing. For another, we need the media to focus on the positive instead of only the negative. Good luck with that.

    July 15, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  9. Georgia, Joe

    Yes, Mr. Boehner the economy has lost jobs. As a result of the Bush/Cheney Republican recession about 8 million fewer people are working today than were four years ago. The train wreck your party's policies created came very close to destroying the economy of this Country. Our economy is beginning to recover, but it will continue to be slow as long as you and your party continue to talk down our Country and our economy. Mr. Boehner the administration and policies you supported have handicapped this economy for years to come and we need to make sure you do not gain power again for a long period of time.

    July 15, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  10. A keen observer

    I guess the first question is what has Boehner done to create jobs. This demagoging hypocrite has offered nothing to help the economy recover except an alternative budget with NO numbers. The only solution that Boehner and the Republicans offer is NO.

    When will these spoiled brats grow up and act like adults?

    July 15, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  11. Dave

    Where was this guy in '07 & '08 when everything was heading south. The bigger question is where is the GOP in helping the job situation now? NO NO to everything but no help in fixing the problem.

    July 15, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  12. Roger

    At least the president has tried you bunch of loser republican's who got us into this mess & have done nothing to try & help get us out. Hopefully in November the people will realize this & vote everyone of you up-tight hypoctires out of office & take Senator Ben Nelson (D) of Nebraska with you....

    July 15, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  13. Patsy, Texas

    Does this guy ever offer any solutions? If he and his co-horts would
    have done one-half of the things they are demanding President Obama
    do, we would not be in this mess.
    I don't trust the Republicans anymore. They have shown their true
    colors during this turmoil and accept no responsibility.
    They don't have time to help with solutions, but they have plenty of
    time degrading and manipulating the system,
    writing stupid books, ie "Young Guns"? What's THAT?
    IF, they had done their job during the six years they had control,
    they might not have to be begging for a "second chance" now.
    They get the same respect from me that they have given the
    American people--NONE!

    July 15, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  14. annie s

    No, Boehner, the epitome of failure was the near depression left to us by years of Republican rule.

    July 15, 2010 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  15. Craig

    Right since going to war, giving tax cuts to the rich and spending from a surplus to a deficet screams success.

    July 15, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  16. BeverlyNC

    Boehner should know since he created the failure of our economy, supported the 2 fraudulent Bush wars, ran up the deficit to record levels, and then ran from his destruction of our nation.
    Did he step up and do any work to help restore our country he and the Republicans brought to its knees? No, Boehner spent most of his time on the Congressional golf course and in tanning beds. He only showed up to work for media time to make false criticisms of President Obama and to show up when it was time to vote NO again.

    Boehner is the failure and I hope Ohio gets this arrogant do-nothing out of office for good. He cares more about his hair than helping the American People. No one deserves to be defeated and thrown out of office than he does.

    July 15, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  17. Chessnutz of Liverpool NY

    Well John Boehner it is easy to Monday night quarterback every issue. But where are your solutions? What would you do that will create job growth? Would the GOP create another Federal government agency that costs taxpayer money to spur growth? Like the Wall Street Reform bill that creates another big Government boondoggle that will have no teeth against the criminals who caused the economic crisis (No one has yet to be charged with crimes we know that happen that caused 20% of the American people their jobs, retirement, and savings) and wastes taxpayer money.

    July 15, 2010 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  18. Marty, FL

    What does this say about Boehner's so-called "leadership" in Congress? How many more American jobs would have been lost if Boehner had his way and done nothing? Hooverville again, anyone? No thanks.

    Godspeed, Mr. President.

    July 15, 2010 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  19. Doug

    Sad... that a man who help caused the problem due is his backing of Bush's plans now fails to respect the administration that save this country from disaster.

    July 15, 2010 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  20. USN

    Logic- More government jobs = more drain on tax revenue . More gov spending = more drain on tax revenue . Higher taxes on an already drained work force = more unemployment and harder times for the tax payers . Some one please explain obamas brilliance to me , in simple terms please as he thinks I'm really stupid .

    July 15, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  21. Chipster

    Remind Boehner that we're still paying for 2 wars (one unnecessary), 8 years of borrow and spend, plus tax cuts for the wealthy. I don't expect that damage to be repaired until the President can complete his plan to bring the troops home. He's made a start but there's a lot to correct with Republicans plotting for the nation to fail. They've use fear, anger, and religion to divide us. Now, we're all paying the price.

    July 15, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  22. Chris

    I was a Republican and I am fed up with all the lies. We are shameful and misguided. I don't know who to belive anymore. The Republican leadership, the Tea Party group, or my fellow Republicans. We're in this for the money. We are taught to lie. All Republican politicians no longer have my vote. I'm giving it to the Democratic party in Novemmber and I've started a movement for my other former Republican friends. We do not trust the Republican Party or Tea Party or Militias or whoever calls themselves Republicans. Shameful and disgraceful. How long will this go on? We respect our current President and we appreciate what he is doing for our country. It is much better than the Bush years. Yes, I admit it!

    July 15, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  23. shadysider

    Maybe if the Bush Administration had concentrated on the 'indescretions' of the economic sector when there was evidence of huge 'improprieties' within the sector's companies (Enron, Worldcom, etc.) and their regulators instead of pushing (the fabricated) Al Qaeda connection with Iraq (thanks spineless Democrats who voted with Republicans), we might have been able to stave off some of the economic collapse and wouldn't have burned another trillion on top of not addressing real fiscal problems.

    July 15, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  24. Ron Oates

    Why don"t you tell people that Obama got people in the tea party a bigger tax return and lower taxes then they ever got from from Geoge Bush.They say the tea party is about loweing taxes,well thats what Obama did.There agenda is something else.I can see the bitterness they harbor.They hold up there horrible signs.They listen to Rush.And yes there is a lot of raceism in there ranks.

    July 15, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  25. Greg Pottstown PA

    "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."

    That is all that needs to be said.

    What is funny to me is that the Obama admin claims to have created 3.6 million jobs. But how is that possible considering that we have lost less jobs than the number they claim to have created and the unemployment rate has gone up.
    example:
    lets just say that the unemployment rate is 8%
    if we loose 3 million jobs
    then obama creates 3.6 million jobs
    the unemployment rate would go down not up. It would have to be less tan 8%.
    It is simple math and is not up or discussion unless your contention is that 2+2 = 10 or 20 or green.

    July 15, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
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