February 26th, 2009
10:32 AM ET
13 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. Jim

    Barbara Campbell Why is it that the phrase “redistribution of wealth” is never applied to the Bush administration’s transfer of wealth to the already rich through tax breaks and offshore havens and no-bid contracts and deregulation?
    Because the Bush tax cuts were accross the board.. not just for the wealthy. Obama wants to give tax rebates to people who do not pay taxes by raising taxes on money made over 250,000 to a whopping 39%. Also if you really look for facts the Bush administation pushed hard for Regulation of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac but were stopped by Cris Dodd and the Dems. But don't take my word ofr it see CNN fact check!

    February 26, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  2. Hispanic in Dallas, TX

    Please make sure these folks read this budget before it gets signed, can we take out all the pork and needless wasteful spending, all the Dems/Repubs pet projects???

    February 26, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |

    Is this the same as a cold chill going up someone's spine??

    February 26, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  4. elana

    The Bush Administration sent America into the WORST financial tailspin in more than 100 years! And now, the Rethugs are trying to paint their "conservative" picture for all the world to see! And the Media CANNOT for one day have ONE POSITIVE remark about President Obama and his efforts to help the American people. The majority of the political so called know it alls that are invited onto the daily broadcasts are disgruntled and angry politicians who are determined to spread the negative and take down the Obama Administration. We are slightly longer than one month into the first term of President Obama, and the GOP is already organizing the 2012 election. Well let the FUN begin! Keep your negative remarks towards the new President alive, and be sure to continue to undermine every last POSITIVE MOVE he makes! American people are more intelligent than some might think. It would be very interesting if we boycotted every media outlet, and therefore sent every newscaster, out the door with a "pink slip" and loss of their jobs!

    February 26, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  5. Jim

    Hey moderators CNN censorship sucks! It is a disservice to the people posting here to only see one point of view! Never seen so many misinformed about so much!!

    February 26, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  6. Dennis, Millbrae, CA

    A Republicant criticizing something President Obama presented?!? I'm just so suprised to hear that! The next thing we're going ot hear is the "cut taxes and deregulation" mantra of the Republicants.

    February 26, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  7. Arden

    I'm with HJA. Did anyone expect anything other kind of behavior from the GOP. You know their going to put up a fight about everything. This will go on until they can find a Republican that can win in any election. Good Luck.

    February 26, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  8. Monrob

    Of course, what else can they do?

    I am glad they cannot mess this country up anymore! What a bunch of disgusting people!

    February 26, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  9. Ed From Wisconsin

    This isn't news, what else are they going to do. I haven't heard one republican come up with any logical ideas on how to fix the economy, other than continuing tax cuts for the rich and other ridiculous nonsense.

    February 26, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  10. BOB

    Who cares what Boner says? Grand Obstructionist Party.

    February 26, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  11. Big Ed

    Yeah, yeah, yeah Boehner, we know. You are unhappy. You are complaining again. So where is your plan? What are the details to the Republican plan? When can we read it?

    Unless you have something constructive to offer instead of crying like a little sissy school-boy, keep quiet!

    February 26, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  12. Andy

    What else is there for Republicans to do these days. Their war mongoring days are over and their days of being obstructionist has begun.

    February 26, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  13. Blatherskite

    @ LIP: Speaking of misinformation, Bush did NOT inherit a deficit from Clinton, he inherited a huge surplus.

    And no, the democrats didn't "control" the congress the last two years. They had a one vote majority thanks to an independent that caucused with them, who later showed his true colors by campaigning on behalf of the republican nominee. The republicans in congress were free to gleefully engage in obstructionism those two years and the democrats did not have the majority to do anything about it.

    So, got anymore republican false propaganda to mindlessly regurgitate?

    February 26, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  14. Bankrupt

    Boehner didn't even read the budget before criticizing it. So how then does Boehner propose to balance the budget during the worst economy since Hoover? And what SPECIFIC spending cuts does Boehner propose to balance the budget? Looks like all the Repubs want to do is criticize without proposing a specific alternative solution.

    February 26, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  15. Linda

    I just read President Obama's budget and do not know why John Boehner is holding all those pages. The budget has 146 pages and Boehner is holding approximately two or three reams (500 pages to a ream). This just shows what liars are in the Republican party. BOEHNER STOP LYING ABOUT HOW MANY PAGES ARE IN THE BUDGET LIKE YOU LIED ABOUT HOW MANY PAGES WERE IN THE RECOVERY AND REINVESTMENT PLAN. LIAR, LIAR, LIAR.

    Please read the budget online; it is very interesting and gives incite on exactly what it contains. Read for yourself so the Republicans won't fool you.

    February 26, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  16. To Q

    Q February 26th, 2009 12:13 pm ET
    He still has not addressed those earmarks. He promised he would cut back spending by $2 Trillion? What is that…over the next 10 years? In other words, he hardly is cutting anything out of this years budget…
    More of the same if you ask me…
    No, he stated he had already identified $2 trillion in cut backs and had much more to go through to identify even more than that. Did you listen to the speech?? The earmarks you are talking about are only earmarks cuz the GOP calls them that. And those account for less than 1% of the entire budget if they even could be called earmarks. Stop mindlessly parroting the GOP. You look foolish...as they do.

    February 26, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  17. Cruzan Obama Mama

    Isn't it wonderful how the Repubs are ready with criticism, but no suggestions? They are ready to cut down any move Pres. Obama makes, but come to the table with nothing. They are decisive and mean spirited. Nice way to work at bipartisanship. I guess it is only bipartisan when they get what they want or have it all their way.

    Pres. Obama has not been in the job for more than 3 months and everyone is acting like he was supposed the rescue the economy immediately. How many of you have started a new job and got everything right on the first try? Do you think that McCain/Palin would or could do any better? Absolutely not.

    Where was all this moxy & opinion when Bush was driving this country into the ground? They just stood there and did nothing, but now want to stand in the way for progress. Their critism and blatant insuboardination is a downright disgrace. They should be ashamed on the way they are conducting themselves. It is time to grow up and act like men, not children throwing repeated tantrums.

    February 26, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  18. cjr

    the republicans are responsible for this mess. they have no right to make any comment whatsoever. We need to stop paying any attention to them. Next election, all republicans need to be defeated. We'll lose some good people but it is time to pay the price for the last 8 years.

    February 26, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  19. j

    AHHHHH !!!!! The NO Republicans---- more tax cuts for corporations, and businesses and for the top earning Americans !!!!!! --Well, we all see now how that plays out, don`t we !!!!! After Reagan`s "trickle down" theory and then in 2000 they ( Repubs) decided to give a bigger tax cuts while we were fiscally in the black. -----That ole dog don`t hunt anymore. Keep "howling "Boehner !!!!!!!!! Just makes Obama look better and reminding who got us here in the first place.

    February 26, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  20. CA Bob

    Mr. Boehner is suffering from brain damage due to excessive use of skin tanning agents, over cooked skin due to chronic sunlamp UV rays. This condition combined with a case of terminal "Just Say No" has left him unable and unwilling to do what ever it takes to help the American people.

    February 26, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  21. BW

    Do any of you liberals know what the word "Groupthink" is/means? Google it, and check wikipedia. If you can't see or understand that this is exactly what is going on right now within the entire Obama administration, you either can't grasp it...or you're so deep into "groupthink" that you simply don't see it. This is not bashing, hate, or anything else. This is a very basic psychological fact that is happening. It most definitely happened in the Bush administration as well.

    February 26, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  22. Big Al

    It is truly entertaining to read the true ignorance of the majority of posters on this site.

    LaLa land already exists for the non achievers of this country. Please go live in France or Germany if you want the government to provide your every need. Trouble is that form of socialism has about destroyed the economy of those two countries.

    CNN – moderate that.

    February 26, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  23. david Armendale, SF, CA

    tried it your way Bonehead! you guys lost for a reason. You're lying hypocrites and lousy human beings.

    February 26, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  24. John

    John Boehner and George Bush presided over the biggest waste fraud and abuse of the federal system in our history and now he has the nerve to criticize the President for attempting to clean up his mess.

    The republican party of Greedy Old Men is completely out of touch with America today and don't seem to understand that we don't believe them.

    The GOP (Greedy Old Party) needs to go on a retreat and decide if they want to continue to be irrelevant or not. I have not seen "ONE" idea out of the republicans that wasn't just another "tax break for the rich" so why should we even listen anymore?

    February 26, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  25. David

    So the GOP is bashing Obama's proposed budget. Why is that news? They are going to bash everything coming from the Obama administration.

    The GOP is truly the party of NO.

    Always remember the health insurance companies are not in business to provide health care coverage. They are in business to make a PROFIT. How many of you have been denied claims based on 'pre-existing condition'? How many of you have spent hours on the phone dealing with insurance clerks arguing over prescription coverage? How many of you can't choose the doctor or dentist you want because it's not in your network? How many times has an insurance company refused to take premium payments? The system we have now costs us more than most countries with service that's not as good. Sure, if you're rich enough to pay for everything you get the best care in the world. If you're just average, you're fine until you get sick and then you're screwed. We need reform.

    February 26, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
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