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
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  1. once upon a horse

    and so far the Republicans' solution to the current problem is??????
    All I hear is to keep the Bush tax cuts which has already added to the deficit even before Obama was elected. In a way I hope the GOP does gain more power in Congress so when nothing is being done they'll be able to point to themselves which I'm sure they will not do.

    July 15, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  2. Jenny Salvatore

    Obama will say in his speech that the government was on this on day one and has been directing it all along. This is first step of government takeover of battery companies. Watch out, battery company employees, that you don't pay your executives too much money!

    July 15, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  3. AEK

    And yet, still NO suggestions for positive change, only the tired old rhetoric and criticism of the President. You would think the Republicans would be getting tired of the same old banter, I know the American people are! So, what, if anything, are they going to do if they do regain control in 2010. I haven't one idea from them that is not more of the same failed policies of the Bush administration. Can we afford that?

    July 15, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  4. Dave

    They only listen to their own ideology and only appreciate their self smartness in the current administration. Do not expect listening to anyone else!

    July 15, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  5. Bill

    Boehner is losing his grip on reality.

    July 15, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  6. C Smith

    Go spray yourself with more fake tan, and then maybe sit down and come up with what you think a solution would be. Well other than writing an op ed complaining about Obama.

    July 15, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  7. Dfshock

    Who in their right mind would pay attention to anything Boehner says. After his party screwed up our country he called for his fellow republicans to turn their backs on America and denounce those that were trying to fix the mess. This is the type of politician we don't need! if he gets to serve another term all of America will suffer his incompetence, ignorance and Republican first anti-americanism!!!

    July 15, 2010 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  8. NVa Native

    I'm tired of all the lies from Republican politicians and their supporters. They keep promoting fear and failure and if our economic recovery stalls, which is unlikely unless fox and hate radio can turn more US ctizens into lazy fools, these parasites themselves will be the reason.
    The Repubs keep pushing for the failed policies of Hoover economics – which of course are just more blatant lies for the purpose of "fear and failure".

    July 15, 2010 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  9. Wake up and smell the coffee

    Thanks in large part to the policies of Boehner's GOP we are in a recession. President Obama has been working to mitigate the effects of the recession he inherited. It appears that we have stabilized and even show some small growth which is a great first step, especially considering that President Obama has only had less than 2 years to work on the problem. We are a fast-food, instant gratification nation who wants our economy fixed NOW. A problem that has been fomenting for the last 20 years is not going to be resolved in a year and a half! Boehner and his party not only offer NO ideas (except for recycling the old ideas of the past that got us into this mess), NO solutions, and NO cooperation. You don't hear Boehner offering any solutions in his quote. That's because all he and the current GOP have to offer is criticism. I won't even be considering voting for any of them until they have some new, valid ideas.

    July 15, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  10. RS

    Naturally, the fact the economy tanked under Bush makes no difference. These folks are delusional.

    July 15, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  11. NothingNew

    I think it is high time for Boehner to stop whining and start coming up with some tangible ideas. The GOP cannot win simply by saying "here they go again" – without convincing the electorate they can do more than they did in the first part of the decade. They must start showing they have real solutions to the problems. Perhaps they are and the media just doesn't report it. But they need a new message.

    July 15, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  12. DOG1

    SO! You finally ADMIT that the Bush/Cheney/Republican policies, practices and mistakes as well as the almost criminal decisions regarding supporting industry rather that the general population left this country suffering under an economy that's the " epitome of failure". Of course the Republicans keep saying "stop blaming Bush it's Obama's fault". This is not a matter of finding fault, it's a matter of realizing what got us into this disaster economy and NOT GOING BACK TO IT! The Republicans will always come into power, devastate the country in some manner to support corporate America, get voted out an then try to make it the Democrats fault. Then their minions, like the Tea Party, follow in line sheep, for some reason they always believe whatever the party tells them. Why hasn't the Tea Party really looked at itself and wondered why, since they supposedly don't favor one party over the other, They ALWAYS back the Repub or the closet Repub disquised and an independant. As I see it the problem is the that the Republican masses (tea-partiers) are sheep and can be easily herded. The Democrats are like cats, have you ever heard the term "herding cats". Well you can't.

    July 15, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  13. Dennis

    The epitome of failure is what the Bush administration did to this country, unless of course who consider the making billionaires out of millionaires a huge success. All on the backs of the middle class I might add. What are you paying for gasoline? What interest rate are you getting on your investment?

    July 15, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  14. Audrey in Georgia

    According to Mornin' Joe, the Breaking News story was jobless claims
    are the lowest they have been in 2 years. This is good news. But
    let's keep spewing bad news so people will be negatively motivated
    to vote yes for republicans. This kind of thinking works only in the mindset of republicans.

    July 15, 2010 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  15. kem

    yes, it is the epitme of failure...of Bush and his administration. Its evidence of just how royally bush and his administration "effed up" and the length of time its going to take the country to recover.

    July 15, 2010 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  16. AFR531

    If politiciqns really want less government-why not stop talking about it and submit bills and amendments to cut government in congress down to 1 senator and half the representatives per state. Set terms limits. It's about time politicians practice what they preach. They make laws to govern us-then exempt themselves. 400,000 jobs are 400,000 jobs. How many jobs did you create senator?

    July 15, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  17. AJP

    He tells like it is.

    I am a Democrat bt agree with John 110%!!!!

    July 15, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  18. Take America Back

    Each time anyone criticizes Obambi, you Libs have only 2 responses..."it's Bush's fault"....and....."you're all racist"....and quite frankly I am tired of both! I am not a Republican or a Democrat....I am a Conservative and here are the facts; It took Bush 8 years to put this nation in the "Red" and it only took Obambi 1 year to double that!
    Then secondly; the only racist out there are the ones trying to find a racist! The NAACP is nothing but a Racist organization......I am not responsible for what my forefathers did to the the black race years ago....and by-the-way, Obambi is NOT above reproach!
    It is obvious that the Obambi WH and the Liberal Dem congress is "hell bent" on reshaping this nation to mirror the UK and France! I for one (and 1000's of other conservative Americans), am very proud of our nation, of our past, of our heritage, and I want to be on top/the leader of other nations and make no apologies for it! If you are ashamed of our great nation and if you want us to be like others, then why don't you go wherever you think they're doing it right.....that's what I would do!

    July 15, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  19. CHUCK

    Can someone tell me what new ideas the GOP has come up with? I have yet to hear anything from them that will help get the economy going.

    July 15, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  20. j

    And it's EIGHT YEARS OF BUSH AND REAGANNOMICS that put us in the state we're in now. The REPUBLICANS and their DEFICIT SPENDING have NOTHING NEW to offer. At least the Democrats are trying to do something to get us out of the problem we're in now while the Conservatives are simply stonewalling every idea put forth.

    July 15, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  21. adam

    Ok, that's what Boehner said in an op-ed, now part of journalism is checking his facts and scutinizing his point for accuracy. Simply cuting and pasteing is not helpful to a reader.

    July 15, 2010 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  22. Mr. Moderate

    Conveniently ignoring the five million jobs that were lost prior to February 2009....

    July 15, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  23. AFR531

    If politiciqns really want less government-why not stop talking about it and submit bills and amendments to cut government in congress down to 1 senator and half the representatives per state. Set terms limits. It’s about time politicians practice what they preach. They make laws to govern us-then exempt themselves. 400,000 jobs are 400,000 jobs. How many jobs did you create representative?

    July 15, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  24. David in Chicago

    "More government, fewer jobs"...Interesting comment from a guy who was a congressional leader while, during the Bush administration, we saw government spending as a percentage of GDP rise to its highest level in history, while unemployment began is rise to where it is today...and to where it already was before the 2008 election.

    Its the typical Republican double-standard of "listen to me now but ignore what happened earlier".

    Its fascinating how today growing government and falling employment is "the epitome of failure" when just a few years back it was exactly what Boehner and company handed us while the economy was falling to pieces.

    Guess it has a lot to do with who's in charge, eh John? But we wouldn't want to confuse the issue with facts, now, would we.

    You're not kidding anyone. Well, anyone who's not drunk on Rush Limbaugh's/Glenn Beck's/Karl Rove's Kool -Aid, that is.

    July 15, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  25. bk

    Boehner blames Obama? Just how long has Boehner been in Washington? What was he doing when everything was going sour for the past ten years? What did he do to stop the bleeding?

    I'm really getting tired of politicians both local and national crying about jobs. It took y-e-a-r-s for the loss of jobs and it's going to take many more years to find jobs to replace those lost. Jobs have been lost to business being taken to other countries. Jobs have been lost due to the overwhelming number of shoppers switching to the internet to do their purchasing rather than shop at their local businesses. How many taxes have been lost to local communities that fund schools, fire and police departments, refuse and street services, etc. as a result of the internet purchases. Legal? No. Happening? YES!

    Just listen to those running for political office today. They all have a plan for more jobs. Really? If they truly cared for this country, they wouldn't be holding back with their great plans to save those who arae starving and losing their homes today.

    July 15, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
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