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.”


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soundoff (263 Responses)
  1. payback

    ......DUMB republicans. If the republicans would have kept spending under control. When they were charge, we woundn't have this problem. About, spending...............................I like the fact people are more open about expressing their views about republicans......Before they had to worry about being "SWIFT BOATED". Now the fear of that happening has changed..............

    February 26, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  2. Lu

    Here we go again....what part of Obama's speeck talked about raising taxes? I must have missed that, unless he is talking about the rich....
    Republicans are really trying hard to twist the truth in their favor, instead of taking the opportunity to join Obama in his ideas. Together, we succeed or fail, that's what this country should be about!

    February 26, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  3. Mike Dallas

    Until repubs realize the President Obama is a force to be reckoned with, they will continue to remain in the wilderness.

    All they do is counter him with useless rhetoric we have heard for 8 years, "tax breaks", and card board cut-outs of one dimensional candidates. First it was the half-wit who lost, then the token black guy and his "off the hook" campaign to bring the White Supremeist to the "hip hop crowd" and now they trot out a goofy Indian surrogate of Alfred E. Neuman to rebutt the President's speech. Which was so bad the bald, bloated bonehead is threatening a revolt if neo-cons do not fall in love with the Louisiana Loser.

    Do you ditto heads really believe the rest of America is as shallow as you?

    Hopefully, you will.

    February 26, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  4. Chipster

    Suddenly, after 8 years of spending like drunken fools, Republicans have decided that they have all the answers. For 8 years, Democrats had little no power to overrule an Executive veto or stop a filibuster. Republicans doubled the deficit in 8 years and now they want to talk about accountability and fiscal responsibility? Their credibility is a big, fat ZERO!

    Look at the Office of Budget and Management's charts since Reagan! The Clinton years on the National debt chart looks like a valley between 2 huge mountains: Reagan/Bush#41 and Bush #43. The numbers don't lie.

    February 26, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  5. Right wing talking point

    Just remember, there is a reason he is the MINORITY leader! Of course he thinks ANYTHING the "liberal nut jobs" come up with is a bad idea. It will always be PARTY before COUNTRY for the GOP

    February 26, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  6. brian

    What is Boner talking about?

    1. 90-95% of small business makes LESS than $250,000.
    2. If your are in business and make more than $250,000 and are not incorporated and pay your taxes on your personal statement you need a new tax attornery.

    Please stop TEH stupid Boner, it burns.........

    February 26, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  7. Len in Washington

    These people have nothing to contribute to our Nation.

    "cut taxes. cut taxes, cut taxes" Here's a clue. That approach to solving this country's problems got it's response from the American People through the last election.

    My suggestion? Move on or move out.

    February 26, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  8. Barbara Campbell

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    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? Is it OK to enlarge the gap between the wealthy and the rest of us, but not OK to reverse the process?

    Do the neocons really think they can convince the American people that the GOP is suddenly the party of fiscal discipline? Hardly. The electorate is finally awake and informed, understanding that Republicans oppose any spending that benefits average Americans, while rubberstamping whatever advances the agenda of the rich and powerful. The goal of the neocons is to keep the elite elite.

    February 26, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  9. Jackie

    Are we really going to rehash the "raising taxes on those who make more than 250k a year will obliterate small business" thing again??
    Been there, done that - try a new tack..... oh sorry, we are into "what is in the birth certificate" thing too.........am not saying there are not apt criticisms or differences in view - just find something that has not been rehashed to death (and failed)

    February 26, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  10. HJA

    After what the republicans did to this country over the past 20 years they should just keep their mouths shut. They always spout fiscal responsibility but if you look at history every time they hold power they spend like idiots. They are doing to Obama what they did to Clinton. Everything is wrong but we know how to fix it! They talk bipartisan but all they can say is "You are wrong, we are right. Do it our way". I will never vote republican again. What a joke!

    February 26, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  11. kyle from Ohio

    OK, if that is not the right way Tell us in detail an alternative, Please give us one and stop telling us what want work, tell us in detail what will work, otherwise, be a part of the solution.

    February 26, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  12. geecee

    Increasing taxes on whom, Boehner? You mean the wealthiest of Americans earning over $250,000? Your friends, thats who. Get over it, and make them pay their fair share.

    February 26, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  13. donna

    Never happy is he??? Let's see what they offer in terms of SOLUTIONS instead of just their normal whining...

    February 26, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  14. Palin here, Jindal there, Mittens not so much

    Really? Boehner already being a naysayer. Is he going to give us the pleasure of watching him cry so we can see his fake tan running again? Someone needs to remind this drama queen what a bad actor he really is and that the Academy Awards are over.

    February 26, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  15. Ken in Dallas

    What's small about a business that yields more than $250,000 a year in profits? To make that on a 10% margin requires turning $2,500,000 in revenue, and to make it on a more reasonable 6% margin takes more than $4 million in revenue. If a business owner thinks he's making enough that it would raise his taxes, all he has to do to avoid the increase is profit sharing.

    I really don't see what Boner has to whine about here.

    February 26, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  16. Lynn

    Will he have an alternate plan or is it as usual more of the same??

    February 26, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  17. HJA

    After what the republicans have done to this country they should shut up and vanish. They put us in this mess. Why should we listen to these idiots?

    February 26, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  18. Lynn

    Will he have an alrenate plan or will it be more of the same failed policies that got us into this mess in the first place??

    February 26, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  19. FROM SURPLUS TO DEFICIT

    Hey repubs, why are we in such a high deficit? You all make me sick, you all have forgotton how we got here. This deficit was not created by the current administration instead it was inherited. Why don't you stop citricizing and reach across the isle and come up with another solution. It appears the repubs don't want to face the fact that they were in control and created this mess the last 8 years. They inherited a surplus that should of lasted 10 years. I agree no one anticipated 911 however, the war in IRAQ that what we know now had nothing to do with 911 but has cost this country billions of dollars and will continue to cost. So Mr Bone Head and your party time for you so go to the White House and ask for a sit down meeting with this administration and say let's work together. I hope President Obama is tired of trying to reach out to all you Good Ol Boys and let you come to him.

    February 26, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  20. Mickie

    The republicans believe if they repeat something often enough, it will become fact. That's the same skewed philosophy of Casey Anthony who keeps professing her "Zanny the nanny" killed Caylee. Giving the rich the tax breaks haven't created any new jobs lately (i.e. for me).

    February 26, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  21. Len in Washington

    Here's some food for thought for Mr. Boehner.

    When Harry Reid said that we were losing the war in Iraq, you and your fellow Republicans nearly skinned him alive.

    Just yesterday, John McCain said exactly the same thing about Afghanistan.

    What's that I hear? Silence from you and the rest of your Party?

    Just as I thought.........

    February 26, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  22. Jo

    Do you expect anything else from Boehner or any of his cronies? Let them come up with just ONE new idea or plan to help this country besides tax cuts for the wealthy. Between the donothings in the House and Senate they don't have the brains that gave a goose.

    February 26, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  23. Lisa P

    Interesting. So Boehner thinks, what?, that health care providers should just give it away for free (no, wait - then he'd start calling that a "tax". He can't help it. Habit.)

    Funny how he doesn't ask how much businesses would save if health care in this country were handled in a more rational and sane manner. Oh, but that would be only the responsible businesses that would save, the ones that have kept on struggling to provide health insurance to their employees in the face of ridiculous premium increases. Boehner of course only thinks about the irresponsible businesses that donate money to the Republican party in the hopes that inefficiency will continue and they will never be held accountable. What losers!

    February 26, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  24. Had It

    When I make $250,000 per year, I'll gladly pay FORTY PERCENT in Fed. Taxes.

    February 26, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  25. Alicia

    Well Boehner is upset that the Iraq War is 'included' IN the budget and not hidden. What a putz! These Repubs just don't get it!!!!!!!!!

    February 26, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
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