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. dave

    If you really want to help small businesses, nationalize health care, do something about run away workmans comp. insurance. Do something about runaway liability insurance. That's what is killing small business.

    February 26, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  2. roy

    Hi I'm a Republican: The Budget Stinks, but I have no Alternative plan. All I can do is complain and feel left out. I will say the intention is valid because we need health care, that will help me with my constituients, but then I will bash and deny an attempt by the other party to make it a reality because my party will get no credit.

    February 26, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  3. Susan from Scotts Valley, CA

    Of course, he's criticizing the budget. What else did you expect?

    February 26, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  4. Dark Lord of the Sith

    Feel the hatred flow through you, my young apprentices.

    February 26, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  5. Oh! The Irony

    No alternative plan, just criticism.

    February 26, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  6. Christopher, Louisville

    John Boehner criticized something?! Wow, the next thing you'll be telling us is that Mitch McConnell doesn't like gay people or something. Boehner is symptomatic of what is wrong with the Republican party. When their leaders have no real solutions and always look like they would rather be evicting widows and kicking puppies, voters aren't going to go their way.

    February 26, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  7. Kenneth

    Oh the top Republican has a problem with the budget ... SURPRISE! Did he have a problem the past 8 years? Who are the republicans to condemn EVERY step President Obama takes and not offer a viable alternative? It's almost as thought they think that the American public are just a bunch of brainless sheep clinging to the good ol boy ideals of the past that are irrelevant to the future and a detriment to our present circumstance.

    President Obama has tried to be a bi-partisan president but how can he when the Republicans refuse to acknowledge that the way they have done things in the past is the reason we are in the predicament we are in? Now they are putting Governor Jindal under the bus (and rightly so) but its the ideals of the GOP that needs to be run over not just the individuals who support said ideals.

    February 26, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  8. Kevin Seifert

    Well, John, why don't you pay for it then? Since you are part of the group that CAUSED THE PROBLEM.

    February 26, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  9. martin

    Obama's democrats think the ends justifies the means.

    Is it really right for the government to spend so much money that long after Obama is done with his term (or his second term), the next administration will have to deal with the deficit by raising taxes on EVERYONE to prevent our economy from collapsing?

    Is it right that if you're a high school student or a college student, that if you work hard to get a good paying job, that you'll have to pay so much taxes 10 years from now because of the spending policies brought about by Obama?

    Is it right that in 10 years, your kids will have to foot the bill, paying for the loans that the current generation is borrowing?

    Is it right that Obama's administration has to pursuade other countries to loan money to the US to pay for all this spending?

    Is it right that during the campaign, Obama said we are beholden to those countries who loan us money, yet at the same time, he continues to borrow more and more money from them?

    February 26, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  10. Kaur

    What else will THE PARTY OF NO say.
    They have no new ideas, their raising stars are falling pretty hard, and the only people listing to them or saying NO for them is their ultra nutty Delay/Limbaugh/Steele/Fox News bunch.

    February 26, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  11. shucks

    What a great surprise. I'm taken aback. Criticize only if you have ideas. They have none. They just want to keep the tax cuts for the rich going.

    February 26, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  12. Accountability

    Again with the lies...the vast majority of small businesses will not be touched when the Bush tax cuts are not renewed...which by the way does not mean a tax hike!

    February 26, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  13. Justin, ny



    February 26, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  14. beevee

    I have never heard this Boehner guy say anything in support of the president so far. Yet he is the one constantly complaining about lack of bipartisanship. Instead of constantly bickering and complaining if he has a better idea why does'nt he open it up to the americans and let them decide which plan is a better one.

    February 26, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  15. insanity

    I'm telling you, republicans are so stupid. What bugs me is that they think the rest of us are stupid too.
    Say a business makes 250K. Their taxes would increase about 5% That's only 12K a year. Would you hire someone for 12K? Of Course not. They'd rather save that money or pay down debt. How will that create jobs.
    You have to make about 750K to get enough from the current tax break to hire someone.

    If you're making 750K and filing as individuals then you're defrauding the tax system.

    February 26, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  16. R in Maine

    You have already done your damage. Now shut up and let us try to put it back together. You already had your negative speech ready without waiting to hear a suggestion. We do not need that kind of negativism.

    February 26, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  17. thomas

    And so the Republicans believe that tax cuts will fuel the recovery? The best business plan in the world is useless when there is no market.

    February 26, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  18. JD

    What's to criticize? Lobster research in Maine? Canoes in Hawaii? It's a very honorable and efficeint use of hard working American's tax money, right?

    February 26, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  19. demwit

    no worries its only $1.75 trillion....!!

    February 26, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  20. R.Banks

    This budget is the single most irrisponsible thing I have ever seen, save for the practice of extending credit to losers at the behest of the federal government. This guy is going to push this country off a cliff. Idiot.

    February 26, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  21. Mike NC

    Rep. Virginia Foxx,
    As you have constantly stated that all these stimulus and homeowner foreclosure bills are welfare. I want to tell you something I am 61 years old and am unemployed and am as you and your party are calling a deadbeat because I cannot pay my mortgage. I cannot pay because I do not have any income. While you and your presideny GWB were allowing free trade to ship our jobs to the cheapest bidder. You want to end what you call welfare. Do something like getting our jobs back from these foreign countries that your party has allowed.

    February 26, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  22. miles1967

    Shut up Boehner, you have no credibility since you and your party presided over the largest increase in government spending and doubled the deficit!!!!!

    February 26, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  23. CNN moderation purgatory...

    It was a ONE year budget surplus. That surplus was a hair over $400 billion. The federal government uses that much without war funding in less than three months. Don't know what fairy told you that was supposed to last 10 years.

    And last time I checked, the economy was going nice and strong until the Dems took the majority in 2006/2007.
    Then everything fell apart.
    And it was the Dems that ignored Republican warnings that the housing market needed to be addressed BEFORE it wen to hell in a hand basket. But Drunk Barney didn't want to interfere with his pals at Freddie and Fannie from screwing over a few more people to make a fast buck.

    February 26, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  24. C

    Anybody can sit back and bash the current plan. Come up with something better, blowhard. Obviously the Repub theories don't work. We tried it for 8 years – look where we are.

    I also like the way the Repubs always forget to mention the trillions of dollars we have thrown away in their useless iraq war. Re-building Iraq is fine – but don't ask the Repubs to rebuild the USA. Country first? I guess Iraq is that country.

    What a schmuck.

    February 26, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |

    Oh yeah it's expected. The party of NOOOOOOOOOOO to eveything at it's best.
    How many small business makes more than 250K in NET INCOME?
    Oh yes Jo the plumber.
    So far I haven't seen any small business owners protest on TV or on the streets of the USA. Isn't that exactly what OBAMA promises he will do and 59% of the population voted for him?
    This republicans must be very very dumb. Healthcare cost is a huge burden on small businesses but the Party of small business refuse to accept healthcare reform. wow i'm confused WHO IS THE REPUBLICAN PARTY REALLY FIGHTING FOR.

    February 26, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
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