September 8th, 2010
08:50 AM ET
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Boehner unveils GOP plan for economic recovery

House Minority Leader John Boehner on Wednesday unveiled the GOP’s plan for economic recovery.

House Minority Leader John Boehner on Wednesday unveiled the GOP’s plan for economic recovery.

Covington, KY (CNN) - The man in line to be Speaker of the House should Republicans win the majority is trying to convince voters his party isn't just against Democrats policies – they have ideas of their own.

In advance of President Obama's economic speech in Cleveland, Ohio native son John Boehner released a two part GOP proposal he says he wants Congress to take up this month when they return for a brief session.

First, the plan calls for Congress to freeze most government spending for next year at 2008 levels, before the near $800 billion dollar stimulus bill was passed.

Second, Republicans want to enact a two year freeze on all current tax rates. This is intended to stop all Bush era tax cuts from expiring.

The president campaigned on ending those tax cuts for families making $250,000 or more. Many Congressional Democrats back that idea, saying the wealthiest Americans should be taxed at higher rates. In key races all over the country Republicans have been blasting their Democratic opponents, saying raising those tax rates would end up hurting small businesses and inhibit consumer spending.

Republicans know there is virtually no chance of this passing before November, but this does give a glimpse of what direction a GOP House Majority may take, and in real terms show how they would try to affect President Obama's agenda.

House GOP sources say they will unveil a broader Republican agenda later this month.

In a statement, Boehner's office said that agenda "is being built from the ground up by listening to the American people who want Washington to end its out-of-control spending spree and end uncertainty for small businesses so they can get back to creating jobs."

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soundoff (158 Responses)
  1. Grundoon

    Why don't we reduce the deficit by 30% by ending the tax cuts for the richest of the rich. They've taken for long enough are already sitting on more money than ever before so it's time they stop thinking of themsleves and start investing it in America, NOW!

    September 8, 2010 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  2. lordpet

    Sounds good. Just as the economy is struggling to recover, make sure that the buyer of last resort gets his wings clipped. Hey, the recession was so much fun the first time around that we might was well do it again.

    September 8, 2010 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  3. Cincinnatian

    This is your "plan"? Seriously?! Reverting back to the policies of George W. Bush is your plan? This is the best you can come up with?

    No, Mr. Boehner. NO!

    September 8, 2010 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  4. Pruitt Holcombe

    I'm shocked. This actually seems like a good idea!

    September 8, 2010 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  5. King

    Gop talks about the stimulous money was spent terribly, on one hand but they refuse for the feds to manage the state stimulous money bitching about big government and fed over reach. The states is going to spend their stimulous the way they feel fit so go after the govenors not the president.

    September 8, 2010 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  6. Mark

    I am a Democrate who is in full support of this proposal.

    September 8, 2010 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  7. nick

    The same old tried and failed policies (sigh). Thw Party of No has nothing to offer except to play to the fears of white supremist. None of the tired old measures offered by the GOP producrd one job or helped the economy in the slightest but they have made the rich richer and that, Americans, the the Republican agenda.

    September 8, 2010 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  8. Nellie Bly

    Yes, let's keep the tax cuts for the wealthy. How dare we expect them to pay their fair share. Those luxury items they can afford aren't getting any cheaper. And I'm sure somehow, Boehner will try and end the tax on tanning salons. Shame on the GOP for putting party before the people.

    September 8, 2010 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  9. Jack

    This is not the answer. It does not provide for long term employment but is just a bandaid. We need meaningful jobs that give people a career opportunity. Congress, regardless of party, is composed of incompetents and are led by an inexperienced, naive, and therefore incompetent President.

    September 8, 2010 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  10. James

    BONER is a joke.
    The only financial plan he has is to line his own pockets.

    Boner your getting voted out to Pal.

    Then we will issue arrest warrants for you and the rest of the corrupt Poloticians.

    ALL thives and liars

    September 8, 2010 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  11. MAhole

    Well there you go......... The party of NO has NOTHING............

    Please, Mr. Bone-head – how will the tax cuts help??? Please tell us!!! They sure helped push this country down the road to ruin the longer thay were in effect.

    September 8, 2010 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  12. kakaraka

    That's not a new idea boehrn. It's same old policy republican recomeend for all american problems: tax cut for the wealthies. We have already heard this song over and over again.
    Vote No to the party of NO with No solution. Their all in one solution is tax cut for the wealthies. We are currently doing that but its not working. Let's change it back to Presidenf Clinton's.

    September 8, 2010 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  13. Ben in Texas

    Oh, yeah, Beeno has a plan. Strangely, it's the same plan (or scam) that they ran the whole time Bush was in office, and going back to at least Reagan's day. Here are the main provisions:

    1. Shovel money as fast as you can to the rich and corporations (i.e., the Corporate Welfare Program)
    2. Give lip service to keeping the lid on spending, at the same time you are starting horrendously expensive wars that you have no hope of paying for, and cutting benefits for the middle class, who are paying for it all.
    3. Keep a straight face while lying through your teeth to the American public.

    Nice plan, Beeno. Fool me once...

    September 8, 2010 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  14. Elle in Idaho

    "... in real terms show how they would try to affect President Obama's agenda."

    Okay, so you're showing us that the only way you're working on ending our problems is to take us back 2 years to the point of where it was at its worse? Oh please. What will that accomplish? I mean really?? You want to prevent tax cuts for 2% of Americans so they can help the wealthiest 2% of their "small" businesses. While in the mean time keeping those tax cuts would mean ADDING more to the deficit instead of helping to reduce it, and the rest of the middle class gets to stay right where they're at because things are SO great for us now... is that what you're saying? You've gone absolutely bonkers if you think you're winning the majority in 2012 with all that crap your spewing.

    September 8, 2010 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  15. Kianasmum

    So far, all I've read is that he wants things to be the way things were in 2008 before President Obama became president. Sorry GOP – if this is all you have, you'll lose.

    September 8, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  16. ThinkAgain

    Boehner's ideas will result in an even higher deficit and greater unemployment.

    But that's exactly what the Republicans want: In the name of "balancing the budget," eliminate social spending like Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Oh, yeah, and give even greater tax cuts to the wealthy because it "creates jobs" (overseas, not here).

    They want the majority of Americas poor and hopeless. They want Americans vulnerable and too dispirited to try to save their country.

    They want corporations, run by a few families, to control everything.

    In short, Boehner and the Republicans want to turn our country into a third-world nation.

    September 8, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  17. Rob

    Same crap from the Bush years. Americans are so stupid. You get what you deserve when you vote these scumbags back into power.

    September 8, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  18. richard in Montana

    I wonder if he knows how to say anything but NO?????????

    September 8, 2010 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  19. ThinkAgain

    If tax cuts for the wealthy spurred job creation among small businesses – where the majority of jobs are created:

    Then why after all the Bush tax cuts (which are still in effect) hasn't small business been hiring people?

    The GOP likes to say it's because of the "uncertain" economic climate.

    But what about all those years under Bush? Job wages stagnated under him and our economy lost millions of jobs during that time.

    Just how stupid do you think Americans are, Boehner?

    September 8, 2010 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  20. ThinkAgain

    Same old tried-and-failed policies ....

    Been there, done that ...

    September 8, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  21. Pat

    Yes, let's go back to the way it was in 2008. Remember how it was???? Negative job growth. Come on America, are we REALLY that stupid as a country. Has it taken just 2 years for us to forget how miserable things were made by Republicans?

    September 8, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  22. Francisco Cardenas

    Right John, let's keep giving to the rich while you and your Tea Party folks get rid of social security and unemployment compensation. The GOP has become a sham.

    September 8, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  23. Sgt. Joe

    Yes, indeed, time to further line those GOP pockets! You can bet there won't be anything here for the middle class. I see nothing new whatsoever, same old BS. Vote the buggers out!

    September 8, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  24. Jack

    OK. People may not like Pelosi (I'm no fan either, find her grating and not supportive enough of Pres. Obama) BUT Boehner is mucho scary. He makes W. look like a liberal. If Boehner gets in God help the Constitution. He will be removing Amendments and adding some wacko Amendments in some puritanical, literal interpretation of THE WORD. And not to mention, just below that disengaged surface, is a mean-spirited, self-righteous ideologue.

    September 8, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  25. frag

    blah blah blah and one more blah blah blah......this guy approved all the spending for years and years, and now he's telling us how thrifty he's going to be. Reminds me of the guy who's an alcoholic and keeps promising that next year I'll go to the AA.

    September 8, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
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