February 26th, 2009
10:32 AM ET
14 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. Change you will have

    My suggestion to anyone who is a conservative is to take care of their own house and family, forget about anything going on in the government. The libs own it now, at least until 2010, but there is no guarantee that conservatism will recover by then. Given the attitude displayed here by those who identify themselves as liberal, there is an intense hatred of anything that even remotely smacks of conservatism.

    Given what's been done by the new adminstration recently, the country will likely fall further into the toilet than it currently is. We're not in a depression yet, but the libs will indeed take us there. Hence, get out of debt, learn to grow your own food, get out of the urban meccas. When the system comes crashing down and the mobs rise in anger, you'll be better off to survive the chaos.

    February 26, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  2. r.austin

    all the republicans need to do is work with this administration instead of going in front of the public and complain complain complain. come up with alternatives , compromise and get the job done that is what the american people want. grownups leading the country. maybe boehner, cantor, shelby, jindal, mcconnell, mccain, limbaugh, matatlin, and others should remember, put country first, put people first, get over your egos, and start working together with this administration. stop the whining and the nay saying. it is really getting old

    February 26, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  3. Grandma Jo

    House Minority Leader John Boehner how did you have time to read the budget yet. Your reading skills must have improved since the stimulus package – seems like you didn't have time to read it, but still today you have had time to read the budget and already have time to criticize it.

    I didn't hear you come up with your own budget. I always told my employees don't come to me complaining about a procedure unless you have a solution or a better policy. Perhaps you need to do the same.

    February 26, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  4. Fred

    John Boehner and the republican party drove the American economy into a ditch and now they complain about the size of the tow truck being used to rescue us.

    John – you have no ideas except "help the rich".

    February 26, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  5. Matt B

    Have people not realized that every time the President or his cabinet speak, the global markets collapse because the plans are so ridiculous? We have a VP that says the administration has a 30% chance of failing, a Secretary of Treasury that entered his first press conference so unprepared that two economists wrote they felt sorry for him because he was so bad, we have a senior member of Congress saying we should nationalize the banking system and a President trying to sell an alternate universe to the people of this country because he knows most people will blindly follow him with whatever he does (please see an $800 billion stimulus package that several members of Congress admitted they didn't even have time to read before voting for it).

    February 26, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  6. carlo

    I wish Permatan would go and hug a land mine. Anyone want to bet that he hasn't read the bill? They have decided to obstruct on everything the President proposes.

    February 26, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  7. Michael "hippity hop" Steele

    "Republicans criticize (Obama's) budget" .. Hmm, why am I not surprised?! Why is that even news? We all know every move Obama makes will be criticized and opposed by the Republican Party. If he says he has to use the bathroom, they would probably object to that too. The GOP is seriously crossing the line of not being taken seriously by the country. If they keep "crying wolf" enough, people will stop listening to them. First it was Bush and Cheney, now we've got McCain, Palin, Jindal, Cantor, Boehner (very fitting name btw), Steele ... the next RNC should be changed to the RNCC, The Republican National Circus Clowns.

    February 26, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  8. We love Sarah

    Increase the taxes. Everybody is affraid and wants to get through this crisis, but nobody wants to face the truth. RAISE TAXES and pay for cleaning up of USA today. If we do not want to burden our children, then let's pay for it now!

    February 26, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  9. Ken Sawyer

    It is not a budget it is a heist of the first magnatude.

    February 26, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  10. James A.

    Well, what are his questions?

    February 26, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  11. carlo

    Big Al:

    Why don't YOU go and move? You're not the majority. The majority voted for Obama so you can shove it bub.

    February 26, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  12. The lonely Libertarian of Liverpool

    Well while all of you professional bloggers from both the Dems and the GOP slug it out, while "we the people" are getting it put up our butts.
    It is simple folks we are looking at increased spending in the trillions (THAT’S RIGHT TRILLIONS) of dollars in 2009. Increased spending will lead to high taxes on everyone, not just the ones making over $250,000.00 a year. Everyone will have to pay more.
    I do not know if you look at what you pay now in taxes, but in my budget, I'm paying over 50 % of my gross income in taxes. Income taxes both federal and state, sales taxes, gas taxes, property taxes, school taxes, wine and booze taxes, obesity taxes on junk food, here in NY we will soon be taxed on the Air we breath.
    A working American can not be expected to continue to pay such a large amount of their earnings in taxes and not begin to wonder why they are working at all. People on welfare get better benefits than a person who tries to earn a living. Soon the creative, hard working and innovated producers of our nation will simply be crushed by the ever increasing burden of providing for those who choose not to produce. And government does not produce anything. Governments are a cost centers only, they do not make money or profits.
    I believe that if we continue on the path of ever increased spending in our Governments wiil soon lead to the collapse of our entire economy, just like the USSR collapsed under their government's high demand in spending. Our increased spending in the Government will prolong our current depression, not shorten it.

    February 26, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  13. Alison

    WHAT?! Boehner doesn't like something coming from the President's desk? SHOCKER!

    Maybe if we cross out America in the budget and substitute Iraq, he'll vote for it.

    February 26, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
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