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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  1. mike

    this is a plan what a joke hey tan man were are the jobs we given tax cuts to the wealthy so were are the jobs show me the facts on paper that the tax cuts to the wealthy created jobs all the american voter see is the same old crap the only differences is the spin is coming out of you the american voter wants to see a economic plan for long term job growth not some tax cut crap that is welfare for the wealthy

    September 8, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  2. Ron in Califonia

    YAY! get it out and sell it. My grandchildren's grandchildren thank you. We are spending ourselves into oblivion. Example...the latest $50 Billion Infrasturcture Obama spending package??? Wasn't the $780 billion Stimulus 1 for shovel ready infrastructure projects??? WOW...that was a roaring success so let's throw more mony at it. DUH!

    September 8, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  3. derrick

    What a plan!! Republicans have no new ideas....just complaints and the desire to protect the rich and famous. You people are stupid, closet racist, hypocrites that use the excuse to slam Obama. He has done more in 18 months with no help from the obstructionist than anyone could have imagined. How soon you forget that when he took office 750,000 jobs were being lost or sent overseas. Last I checked 8 months of job growth. He must be doing something right and apparently the non partisan experts agree

    September 8, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  4. marty

    I have an 'idea' for John Boehner. If he truly wants to help the economy; the middle class American; and is serious about placing our country's needs above the greed for money and power; he should present a health plan for all the unemployed who have previously paid for health insurance for years and years while gainfully employed. Credit should be given based on those years. After all, it was these workers who contributed to the insurance companies over a lifetime making them as profitable and powerful as they obviously have become.
    A second idea for Mr. Boehner: absolutely present a bill to Congress decreasing the wages and pensions of both Houses by at least twenty-five percent.
    He can do both of the above unless he's all mouth and no substance.

    Both ideas would certainly help our economy.

    September 8, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  5. Jeff Clemetson of San Diego

    Well what the hell will that do?! Keep things how they were at exactly the time of the economic collapse? That is not an idea, that's suicide.

    September 8, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  6. Russ

    John Bonehead has not one thing new to say. Same old ideas just repeated over and over. The same old ideas that ruined the economy under Bush in the first place. Most small buisnesses do not fall under the expiring Bush tax cuts. Very few Americans do either. So for the most part most of us will see no changes. Those that do are the greedier Americans that only care about me, me, me. We don't need those people in this country!

    September 8, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  7. T'SAH from Virginia

    "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."

    So we had Ortzag[sic] jump ship and join Boehner with this TWO YEAR crap!

    Boehner is just saying in a NUTSHELL – leave the TAX CUTS for the RICH in place and the not so RICH will still pay the same TAXES!!

    I feel if they RepubliCAN'Ts want to FREEZE the Rich Tax Cuts, then those making under 250,000 should pay NO TAXES for the next two years!!! Now you're talking about 'stimulating' the economy!! The RICH can hold on to their RICHIES and the not so rich will be able to SAVE and SPEND!!

    Cut spending – okay, that was suggested before and it got NOWHERE – No one wants to CUT their pet projects and when you do and add it up – it's pennies!!

    So, the end of the month we will hear a BROADER plan!! Yea, right, there's no BROADER plan – this is all they got!!!

    September 8, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  8. ART

    What is the plan? say no, say no again and go tanning

    September 8, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  9. No new democrats in 2010

    Liberals love to claim that the Rs are the party of no. Unfortunately, that is a lie.

    Reality is that republicans are saying, 'no' to Obama's poison policies. It is their only say/vote in the matter. Why? Because democrats don't invite them to the actual table. Sure, Obama gives them a symbolic seat,... before he chastises them. But Obama doesn't need them because he has a super majority in Congress–and can pass just about anything he wants (see Obama's garbage policies).

    Republican ideas get sidelined while unsustainable democratic ideas get pushed. There were republican ideas for healthcare–ignored. There were republican ideas for real financial reform–ignored again.

    Pelosi and Obama have failed our economy. It is time to vote these bozos out.

    September 8, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  10. Jim

    This clown needs to be on the unemployment line. Tax cuts, tax cuts, tax cuts same old song and dance for the GOP. Eventually someone has to pay up for all these tax cuts and it always falls on the backs of the working stiff. I am amazed at how ignorant voters are! Both parties do not represent the people when it all boils down to brass tacks. While I am all for a freeze on spending lets start with the house and senate first. These bozo's should work for nothing until they get something done in Washington instead of repeating the same lines over and over. Wake up voters, remember the past and choose wisely. Tax cuts for the rich again and you all know where that got us.....

    September 8, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  11. El Gordo

    Same stuff, different year.

    The 2008 budget was wildly out of balance. GW Bush added $5.5 trillion to the national debt. Freezing spending at those rates accomplishes nothing. The debt will still be increased but it does nothing to stimulate the economy. None of the nation's problems will be solved. It is the worst of both worlds.

    The whole point is to keep tax rates for millionaires at lower levels. If you are not a millionaire, you are not an American citizen from the point of view of America's Conservative leadership. You are just an employee or a bum.

    Fool me once, shame on you.
    Fool me twice, shame on me.
    Fool me a hundred times over fifty years and I must be a Conservative voter.

    September 8, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  12. randy james

    Speaking as a Republican who voted for him, Mr. Obama has demonstrated over 21 months in office his deep hostility towards the basic principles of open-markets and free-enterprise. His reckless spending of borrowed and/or printed US Dollars to keep overcompensated public employees in their jobs, and create work for union contractors, is de-stabilizing this country's financial infrastructure, and invites a worse crisis than the one we have yet to overcome.

    The uncertainty that plagues the private sector is not about tax-cuts or stimulus spending, it is about the outcome of the November election: will Republicans and Independents succeed in neutralizing the malignancy of the Obama administration and the Democratic controlled Congress, and begin dismantling the legislation which seeks to transform this country into an authoritarian socialist state. There should be no further discussion of compromise in the interim.

    September 8, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  13. gregg

    Too little too late.
    The only reason Boner is trying to "unveil" some new strategy is because it is election time.
    HIs party got paid handsomely to drive us into the ditch and now he wants us to hire him and is party to get out of the ditch.

    How come the party of no has just come up with this witty idea?
    Unfortunately, a good portion of the American Sheep will think this is a superb idea.

    The US is an embarrassing place to be right now.

    September 8, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  14. Bill

    He doesn't have to "try to convince" anybody. CNN, stop being so biased when you put out articles. Actually, the Republicans dosen't have to do anything but have a clear cut plan to stop this madness the President and Democrats controlled Congress are doing to this country. When we voted this President into office and gave The Democrats control of Congress, we didn't expect the "change" was going to be this bad and radical.

    September 8, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  15. TM

    Sounds like the GOP plan is to take us right back to the policies that nearly destroyed our economy. As that great Republican philosopher tried, and FAILED, to say "fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me"

    September 8, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  16. joyce

    Some people say the stimulus didn't work but I bet those who went to work because of it won't say that.
    Stoping spending will not create jobs. The rich wil not spend on stuff that will put very many people to work but keeping the tax cuts will let them deduct more off their taxes.

    September 8, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  17. Rick

    Republicans caused this mess in the first place. The American people would be stupid to put these thiefs back in power.

    September 8, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  18. Pragmatic

    OK, Mr. B.... now just what is the GOP plan to create jobs? Surely you aren't counting on the failed "trickle down" trick with no treat!

    Taking us back to 2008... isn't that when all this economic meltdown started? Do we have to go through all that again?

    The GOP gave President Obama less than two years to fix the problems created in 8 years. Two years, Mr. B – and then you better have it "all better!" .... or out you go!

    September 8, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  19. Glenn Beckerhead

    Boehner wants to put us in a depression. So he wants to freeze spending (like unemployment, Medicare, etc) and also let the rich & corporations skate on taxes for 2 more years?

    Whatever he's smoking he should pass it around to the rest of us.

    September 8, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  20. jeff

    So you want the president to create more jobs without further spending. Please let me know how this plan will create jobs, your trickle down economics has never worked. Why would you want go back to 2008 levels, we were in terrible shape then. Why don't we go back to a time when we had a surplus and the economy was great, maybe 2000, before Bush took office and ruined the country. Our governement has to help small businesses and to do that they need to spend money. The government will do a much better job helping our small businesses than giving the money to the rich.

    September 8, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  21. Lisa P

    This GOP "plan" sounds like taking a step backwards to me. But why stop at 2008? Why not 1998? Things were pretty good, back under Clinton, before the Republicans started hoisting the deficit and breaking the banks with their unfunded policy initiatives and wars. If we went back to 1998 the so-called Bush tax cuts wouldn't even be an issue.

    As for the "listening to the American people" bit: not on the whole a very knowledgeable or wise bunch, especially not the sorts that show up for GOP political charades. I'd rather hear that they were talking to economists but I doubt the economists would say what the GOP and their foolish base wants to hear.

    September 8, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  22. Tanja Carroll

    Wow...what a cuts for the rich....we haven't heard that before!

    September 8, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  23. sammieb51

    Absolutely NOT - the tax cuts for the wealthy COST us something like $40 Billion a year UNFUNDED and OOPS, they didn't seem to create any jobs under Bush did they now?

    September 8, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  24. Frank

    1) With the exception of the increase in taxation for people making more than $250K, this plan is already on the table. How is he going to pay for the additional loss in revenue? Doesn't this go against his fiscal reponsibility argument?
    2) Why is he proposing what has been on the books since 2008? We already have a spending freeze AND, by default, once the stimulus is over, we will be headed back to 2008 spending levels.

    It just goes to show you how dumb they think we are.

    September 8, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  25. José

    Interesting how CNN politely promotes Boehner's continued failed ideas, but any mention of democratic plans include all sorts of negatively descriptive ads. I guess I'll be scratching CNN off of my list of unbiased reporting along with FOX News.

    September 8, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
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