February 26th, 2009
10:32 AM ET
12 years ago

Top House Republican criticizes budget

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/02/26/art.boehner.gi.jpg caption="Obama's budget has been released."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - The top Republican in the House of Representatives is speaking out about President Barack Obama's budget.

House Minority Leader John Boehner goes before cameras later this morning, but the Republican from Ohio is already out with a statement:

“Everyone agrees that all Americans deserve access to affordable health care, but is increasing taxes during an economic recession, especially on small businesses, the right way to accomplish that goal? Given the size of our $1.2 trillion deficit, a proposal costing up to $1 trillion must raise troubling questions.”


Filed under: John Boehner
soundoff (263 Responses)
  1. ray

    criticizes, hahahaha thats the new mantra of the obstructionist on the right, the republicans has two new mantra, > NO and CRITICIZES, yes these obstructionist f.............this country up over the last eight years and still doing the same. these people should all be taken away somewhere far and tied up and have someone beat then every second.

    February 26, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  2. Dutch/Hampton Roads, VA

    Senator "Bonehead" Boehner and his sidekick Eric "Just Say No" Cantor will not be getting re-elected. And why does it look like Boehner has a tan all the time?

    February 26, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  3. Leo

    Here they go again. These right-wingers will never learn. Losers.

    February 26, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  4. HelloooOOOOO

    geeesh, Boehner doesnt READ either ?? recovery.org plainly says "small buisness " wont pay extra taxes, they will actually get a tax break !!! I suggest people READ whats in the stimulus bill, specially senators and congressmen before sounding off thier mouths !

    February 26, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  5. HelloooOOOOO

    geeesh, Boehner doesnt READ either ?? recovery.org plainly says "small buisness " wont pay extra taxes, they will actually get a tax break !!! I suggest people READ whats in the stimulus bill, specially senators and congressmen before sounding off thier mouths !

    February 26, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  6. Karen- PROUD OF MY PRESIDENT

    What else is new from the Republican? They oppose anything that the President is doing.. but yet they went along with a idiot of President of the past. UNREAL! Let's kick the rest of the Republicans out in 2010. I'll even be willing to give my time to campaign against them all.

    February 26, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  7. Independent_me

    John Boehner and the other Republicans continue to distort President Obama's position on taxes.

    What part of 95% of Americans AND small business getting a tax cuts don't they understand?

    By continually saying that Obama is going to raise taxes at a time of economic hardship is wrong, a bald-faced lie, and they know it.

    Obama is going to raise taxes on the WEALTHIEST 2% of Americans – who received TAX CUTS under Bush for the past 8 years!!! Now its time for them to pay their fair share!

    And, to boot, the amount of taxes that they will be paying is what they paid under President Clinton... so its not like their taxes are being raised...it is being adjusted to where it was in the 1990's.

    So, My Bonehead Boener, if you can't or won't tell the truth to the American public...shut up and go away! That is why your party is losing. You lie, lie, lie...

    February 26, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  8. John Anthony

    Nobody cares what that miserable failure Boehner has to say. He and his Republican pals ruined our economy and gave everything to the rich. Now we're going to give him our complete indifference.

    February 26, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  9. america first

    they have NO answers, but they sure no how to criticize every plan that is put before them, when will they realize we are tired of their hate and negativity.

    February 26, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  10. german

    opposition has always good ideas!

    February 26, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  11. GOP = Geriatric Obstructionist Pityparty

    Goobers complaining, what else is new?

    February 26, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  12. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    blah blah blah..... got any better ideas, moron?

    February 26, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  13. Kim, Charlotte, NC

    All they do is complain....have they even read it!

    Please go somewhere!

    February 26, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  14. Jay

    Republicans stop whinning. The cost of health care has risen over the last 8 years and where were you then.

    February 26, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  15. Will-South Dakota

    The GOP leadership continues to wage war on the American people. The party of NO, DENY, DELAY AND DO NOTHING. Boehner and McConnell the face of NO.

    February 26, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  16. Unshrub

    What do you expect from the party that has nothing to offer except the word 'NO?' The republicans are saying no to things they thought were good when Bush approved them. What a bunch of fools they have become. Where was their budget restraint when they and Bush were spending money like a bunch of drunkin sailors?

    February 26, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  17. A little sad

    I think Gail Collins summed it up nicely in the NY Times today.

    "The Republicans can’t try to convince the country their ideas are better because of that intellectual bankruptcy problem. All they can do is make Barack Obama’s programs look feckless, plunging everyone into so much despair that by next summer the public will be ready to go live in caves and eat squirrel stew."

    February 26, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  18. July

    yawn

    February 26, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  19. ranganraj

    Do they propose an alternative? Oh yeah, I guess if you are born into dynastic wealth you don't have to worry about healthcare. I know the repubs they want government to be small enough to go down a bathtub drain, but healthcare is a necessity and a human right–particularly in a time when people are losing their jobs (and employer-based coverage).

    February 26, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  20. Obama surrounded by AIPAC neo-con thieving war-mongers

    Obama is GW in brown skin.

    the same group of people makde all the decisions and policies, and

    Obama happily try to sell them to the people.

    color of the wrapper is different,

    and the content is the same.

    February 26, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  21. Al Mellen

    Hey there mr. suntan,,,,,,,you republicans were in charge for eight years. You are the people that took us on this ride to the bottom of the septic tank. Your people left the taxpayers with this odor from hell. Your people, as per usual have once again screwed the taxpayers,,,,,,,through a lack of accountability,,,,,two wars that america will never win. Your people did not even handle a hurricane,,,,,,even though you knew it was coming. America deserves far better than what your people have delivered to us. It should be a very long time before your bunch is ever again in power.

    February 26, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  22. Charles Atlanta

    Sure.. let congress have a debate. The key is transparency. Make sure there is no hidding cost (like csot of these two wars) somewhere and close all loopholes.

    February 26, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  23. Rachelraye49 - MD

    He is not going to agree with anything the Democrats say or do. It shows all over his face that he is a sore loser. If he thinks he has all the answeres and can do a better job why didn't he run. Why can't we just come together for the good of the country. I am so sick of politics the election is over and people are losing their homes, jobs, life savings, etc.

    February 26, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  24. SailorSchoony

    Ahem, it's not like health care is free now and we'll suddenly start paying for it now. This could even mean a reduction in health care costs for small business.

    February 26, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  25. Melissa

    Of course he is. The Republicans don't like anything that means they have to take responsibility or suffer the effects of their own bad behavior. To them I say "deal with it". They are what got us into this mess in the first place.

    February 26, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
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