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. Rickster

    Everything that conservatives said was going to happen if Obama was elected has happened. The pathetic little community organizer is a total failure and the country is much worse off since his reign of terror began.

    July 15, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  2. dale

    And Boehner's answer to all this is only the exact same action that got us to this point in the first place.

    July 15, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  3. Marry

    It is tiring to listen to John Boehner and all the other folks from the GOP and TP. First they create the mess and huge deficits and then criticize everything the President does without coming up with any solution besides the same “games” that got us into this mess. They take 8 years, fighting senseless wars, killing Americas finest and so many that are caught in the middle, deregulating everything and the disasters (Wall Street, Gulf, coalmines, etc.) have to be paid for by the common people. They shipped jobs abroad because they can make a penny or so more in sweat shops. While some of the “young guns” do not even think that they should do anything about jobs, (or education, SS, etc.), they nevertheless blame the numbers on the President. He is working hard, but he cannot fix the mess the GOP created in 8 years in such a short time! Thankfully the GOP is not in power!!!! I would hate to see unemployment numbers then. I just say: Soup lines for miles on end…

    July 15, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  4. capricorn116

    The Great Recession destryed those jobs not Obamas policies. Question for all law makers should be what are you personally presenting in congress to create new jobs. If the answer is nothing you are the failure.

    July 15, 2010 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  5. nick

    NAFTA and its GOPer supporters have lost these job and will loose many many more before the US of A is reduced to a 3rd World power and the Rebublican nobility will have everyone else (Tea Baggers and their children included) working as their serfs. That is and has been and will be the Republican Party platform.

    July 15, 2010 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  6. Rander

    Boener is a German hund who always hate other people who do not look like him for his parents came with that hate monger to this lovely country. He inhareted it and he can not put it off and has been projecting several times on President Obama. His name is ovious with umlaut Bo" changed into bOEner. He is a good assloch.

    July 15, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  7. cando

    And Boehner is the epotime of stupid, his republican idea's is what got this economy (8 years of it) in this mess and President Obama has been in a year and 1/2 and he is suppose to have it fixed by now.

    July 15, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  8. JFS

    Rather than being a sarcastic ...GOP "NO" vote jerk. Just what have you offered us to fix this mess ?? It is you job and responsibility also, and frankly, I haven't seen any legislation from you that would make me believe that you have done anything that would encourage your supporters to vote you back into your position. You sir have ALSO FAILED !! Stop passing the buck while you do NOTHING. Shame on you...we all live in the same country you jerk. You could also help...who put you up on a judgmental throne ???

    July 15, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  9. NYC REPUB

    More doom and gloom from the GOP.......what's new?
    We are Americans........and though our challenges, throughout American history, we have risen to the occasion......Despite the fear selling of the day, the private sector has added jobs every month since February 2010.......If anyone thinks that 1 million jobs a month would be created, after the private industry gutted 8 million jobs, they are living in fantasy land......Unemployment was at 10.3, it is now at 9.5........When it drops to 8.5, and lower, what will be the complaint then?
    I choose hope over fear........DEMS and Repubs need to work together......
    Boehner's comments don't move me at all.....he's done nothing but sit in office collecting his paycheck, while America burns......
    He voted no on Healthcare.
    He voted no on Wall Street reform.
    He is nothing more than a hack.

    July 15, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  10. Ben in Texas

    The right wing screams anytime it's mentioned that the current economic situation was the result of 8 years of Bush/Cheney and the Repugnants in Congress. Too bad. If this point is not hammered home every time the tan man or one of his ilk blames President Obama, then we allow them to re-write very recent history, and that is unacceptable.

    Many folks have long forgotten the crimes of Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and the first George Bush. That forgetfulness paved the way for the even more horrendous crimes of Bush/Cheney. Never, never again.

    July 15, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  11. Deb

    Some would say you, Mr. Boehner, are the "epitome of failure". The President and his administration are trying to proceed but given all the failures this President inherited the task seems to be insurmountable...much to the delight of the Republicans. I guess the agenda of "NO" is paying off for your party. Your constituents should know winning politically is certainly more important than doing what is right for them.
    I propose Mr. Boehner that each member of the house and the senate who fillibuster and oppose legislation for the sake of of not agreeing with the President be fined on a daily basis. The fine money can be used to continue unemployment, COBRA, etc. Perhaps then Mr. Boehner less time will be on the fields golfing and tanning.

    July 15, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  12. Dan, TX

    Yes, failure of the republican philosophy in the past decade.

    July 15, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  13. Dweebs In Office

    This whole admin and the leaders of congress are a failure to the USA and the people.They have done more damage with their"redistribution of the wealth" and their idiotic policies than can be repaired in decades. All they do is promote laziness, law breakers and waste trillions of dollars on their own special interest groups and unions. Impeach em all. They are incompetent, inefficient and couldn't manage a fruit stand profitably.

    July 15, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  14. Carl Justus

    Was Boehner between bars when made this comment or was he in a bar talking to those who he hopedd to get a major camaign contribution from.

    July 15, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  15. John

    The leader of the party of disaster sure seems to have a short memory
    even though the economy lost alot of jobs while obama was president. Most of those losses can be attributed to the policies
    of the Bush administration and the Republicans. This jerk loves to misconstrue the facts. Most of those Gov't jobs he cited were census
    jobs that have already ended. I think too much time on the tanning bed is making him delusional. How this douchebag get's elected is beyond rational reasoning. Oh that's right Ohio is filled with a bunch of idiots (2004 presidential election) and idiots love a loser.

    July 15, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  16. beth

    what he (and all the right-wing middle-class workers who still have their jobs) fail to realize is that even though the economy is bad, if it wasn't for the stimulus money, many of the road construction, building construction and other jobs being funded through stimulus grants wouldn't exist. you need money to make money and you also need patience. we didn't dig ourselves into this overnight and we're not going to get out quick either. sitting around and complaining is solving NOTHING. i'm open to all solutions....so if Boehner has some, i'm listening.

    July 15, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  17. Granny Griper

    This guy is an absolute idiot!!!! The party of no member.
    I honestly believe these people are so jealous of Obama, because they don't have the sense or the forsight to do the things he is trying to do.
    They want their big tax breaks, the ivory towers, their free health care and to heck with the rest of us peons.
    They will get theirs someday, to bad they don't practice what they preach

    July 15, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  18. keeth in california

    Bush was in charge when the economy tanked. Thank him for our present state. Tough cookies, conservatives. Bush's responsibility for his actions did not end on 01-20-09. The consequences of his actions and those of the GOP in the US, Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Gulf will reverberate for decades or maybe a 100 years or more. Your man screwed up big. Deal with it.

    July 15, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  19. Dale

    No, CAUSING the financial meltdown is the epitomy of failure. Nobody could have fixed a huge recession in a couple of years. NOBDODY. And the meltdown was a direct result of deregulation, which is the mantra of the GOP.

    July 15, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  20. Mike from MN

    The Bush administration and previous GOP Congress tried to prevent a recession by cutting taxes without finding a way to pay for it and raging war in Iraq. Increase military spending, increase reconstruction spending, and lowering/stabilizing oil prices.

    That worked for a few years – good enough for the GOP to keep power past 2004. But then it all came crashing down in 2006.

    Bush finally gave in and settled for basic Keysnian economics says must be done during a recession: the government must spend money and invest in new technologies.

    Michigan lost a lot of jobs but I hear GM, Ford, and Chrysler have been doing quite well since Obama's policies have been in effect.

    July 15, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  21. Hannah

    And how did we get here? I see photos of new housing for refugees in Iraq. We bombed the country to pieces, ran the people out and now we are rebuilding it. How much did we spend? A trillion? Could that be part of our federal deficit. Bush cut taxes on the upper one percent at the same time, and with less revenue we went from a Clinton surplus to a bush deficit. Criminal.

    July 15, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  22. J Farrow

    Mr Boener and his party have certainly been of no help to the economy in words or deeds. At least the President is working in earnest to do what is politically possible to improve the economy given the monolithic opposition of Mr Boener's party in Congress. I have a hard time imagining why he is not also vunerable in his own district's next election. The hubris on his part is amazing!

    July 15, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  23. Mike - Las Vegas

    And what did Boehner do to fix the problem during the eight years of the inept Bush regime? He's not part of the solution, he's most definitely part of the problem. The Rushpublicans obstruct the President at every turn. They only care about getting back into power to benefit only themselves.

    July 15, 2010 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  24. Darrell

    This from a man who comes from the party that produced 750,000 job losses a month....please who in their right mind would give this man or people in his party the time of day. Oh, I forgot the Tea Party Movement supporters and Ms. Palin are true belivers of this trash talking.

    July 15, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  25. Mike from MN

    Many of the jobs lost during the Bush/GOP recession will never come back. They've been shipped to countries like China and India.

    Such is the nature of free markets capitalism. The only way to move forward is to invest and build new companies based on new technologies.

    That's what the Bush/GOP needed to do when they were power. INVEST money into promising new technologies to speed up their development into a viable commercial enterprise.

    Look at industries that include companies like Apple, Google, RIM, and Toyota? Are they sufferring from the recession? NO. It's only the companies that are still stuck in the 1980's.

    Cross the board tax cuts has been proven to not work – as evident by the fact that every major recession in american history has come during and after a GOP lead federal adminstration.

    July 15, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
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