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. ronnie

    same story it will not work bla bla when will the republicans begin to try to work together or is the repulican agenda still a White Agenda they only belive in really 3 issues that is pushed very hard from the religious people that is abortion,gun control,and fear that is what we have had for 8 years lets try to really try to change give the president a chance they will not even meet half way our Mcain is now saying we are loosing the war in afganastand never heard that type of english durning president Bush it was allways we are winning now that we have president Obama we are loosing that should tell that everything is better and well if we are in charge that to me would be a White Agenda and taht is why we never can sit down and work things out give President Obama the benefit of doubt and Hope that he succeeds and then we all can succeed as a nation

    February 26, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  2. JS007

    Hey Boner, stop using small business as an excuse to transfer wealth to your rich buddies! Only 2% of all small business owners make over $250K/yr.

    We are tired of lies and deception.

    February 26, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  3. Steph

    What's new?!?! Their game is getting a little old.

    February 26, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  4. matt

    Mike NC, you should stop writing on CNN Blogs and go look for a job. Get to work bud!!! Like NOW!

    February 26, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  5. empty bag of tricks

    Quiet please, dont tell the republicans they dont have a chance,I like there chances,None.

    February 26, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  6. JS007

    The GOP are the biggest Socialists of all: but for the rich. They borrow money from China to give tax cuts to their country club buddies, because having only 10 homes is not enough, you need to have 13 or 20.

    February 26, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  7. still hoping

    We have reached the last stage. Thank you dimocrats!!

    "A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves money from the public treasure. From that moment on the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most money from the public treasury, with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy followed by a dictatorship.
    The average age of the world's great civilizations has been two hundred years. These nations have progressed through the following sequence: from bondage to spiritual faith, from spiritual faith to great courage, from courage to liberty, from liberty to abundance, from abundance to selfishness, from selfishness to complacency, from complacency to apathy, from apathy to dependency, from dependency back to bondage."
    – Alexander Tyler (emphasis added)

    February 26, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  8. john

    Unless you have a workable plan to achieve the goals, you have no right to whine. The current capitalistic market is out of whack because of the corporate tax cuts over the last several decades. Those tax cuts were offset by tax increases on the average person which reduced their real income which in turn reduced their spending power, unless they used credit, which they did. Now the average person has a high debt load and little real spending power which results in no market, i.e. no demand. Until the demand side of the market is restored, there will be no recovery, regardless of how much money / tax cuts you provide to the supply side. Obama is addressing this imbalance with his stimulus plan.

    February 26, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  9. matt

    President (and I vaguely use that term) obama is spending an average of $29BILLION A DAY through his first 30+days as president. No other president in history even comes close to that. So I guess he was right, he was going to bring change, he just lied to all of you libs about what he was actually going to change.

    February 26, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  10. P. D.

    The Republicans are complaining? Suprise, suprise.

    February 26, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  11. Cindy, PA

    This administration is taking the country down the road to ruin, I have no doubt the Republican Party will sweep the House, Senate and presidency by 2012, and we can only hope we get true conservatives back in power.

    February 26, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  12. rob

    although i don't agree one bit with with what the conservative side has to say about obama, i do think that we as liberals who supported obama, need to get used to this kind of talk.

    its the way things are. each party will down the other when they have power. we did it to bush, we did it clinton, and we will do it with the next president.

    take as words only. they fear obama succeeding in pulling this country out of the downward spiral thats in. he will come out of it with far more support than when he took office.

    February 26, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  13. AndrewCPA

    Ken – the numbers you use seem sound, but the owner would be paying himself before that 250K. That 250K would be used to grow his business, give extra money to the employees that perform. He would run his business for profit and not-for-profit. And to people that think that people who make 250K or more are just Republicans I think you need to wake-up... most memebers of congress make more the 250K, The President and his cabnet makes more then 250K, most in Hollywood makes more then 250K.. so please give me a break that this is just for republicans and their friends. I think we all need to pay our fairshare, but people who make nothing are getting a lot paid to them. That needs to end and move people of the hand-outs. Where is my help??? All the plans that he is makeing would not help me or most of the people in my area.

    February 26, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  14. JJ12345

    Accountability February 26th, 2009 11:15 am ET

    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!
    If you end up paying more in taxes how is that not a hike? I guess its the same that if you dont pay taxes your check that you get it a cut instead of welfare.

    February 26, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  15. because he has nothing else to do

    what a shame his constituents have to watch him obstruct rather than try to fix the problem

    vote him out of office

    you deserve better

    February 26, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  16. JJ12345

    FROM SURPLUS TO DEFICIT February 26th, 2009 11:07 am ET

    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
    To a degree you are correct however President Obama was part of the problem when he was a Senator in the democratically controlled congress the last two years. Presidents get too much credit when the economy is good and too much blame when its bad since it really is a product of Congress.

    February 26, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  17. mimi


    February 26, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  18. angel

    suprise suprise....it was so funny to watch some of the well paid media personalities struggle with the idea of a tax increase......a society where the rich pay less taxes and the poor pay more is not a good idea....some of these people would probably not see a big difference in their pay.......but republicans acted the same way when Pres. Clinton riased taxes on the rich and it turned out great so this is nothing..besides..no one takes $ to the grave so material things are just that..MATERIAL

    February 26, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  19. Ginny

    I get very tired of hearing the old Republican guard talk about how "government doesn't work".."don't give government any more power than it already has"....etc., etc., etc. Excuse me, aren't you guys the ones who have been driving that machine for the past eight years? Haven't you put us where we are today...in debt, out of work, and, if you did save money, now out of that too?

    So, you are saying you are incompetent and can't make government work? Then shut up and stop running for office and bellying up to that ole trough and getting your share.

    Give some new ideas and some hope a chance. Barack Obama is the most refreshing and believable fellow to get into politics in a long, long time. He doesn't need old ideas from very old men.

    February 26, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  20. JJ12345

    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!____________________________________________________
    And the democrats talk about bipartisanship but dont let anyone at the table.

    February 26, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  21. Gallimimus

    What a surprise the party of "no" continues with it's immature antics and games. GOP, what are you really good for?

    February 26, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  22. John doe

    Lesson from last 8 years.


    February 26, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  23. LIP

    So much misinformation...saying it here does not make it correct, quoting other bloggers does not make it correct.
    Bush inherited a deficit from Clinton and Obama inherited a deficit from Bush. Obamas deficit is now going to be twice the combined deficits of Clinton and Bush.
    Republicans did not start the free trade stufff, this happened with NAFTA under Clinton. Get your facts right. Remember when Hillary Clinton was running against Obama and the subject of her remarks about Canada and NAFTA came up. Canada was a bit ticked off at what she said, especially since it was her husband that got that ball rolling.
    Lets also get it straight as to Congress and Bush. Bush was president for 8 years, the Republicans controlled congress for 6 of those years. The last two years congress was controlled by Democrats and it was during those last two years that everything went to hell in a waste basket. Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid were at the helm during those two years and they both swore they would destroy Bush. The people and the economy were simply collateral damage.

    February 26, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  24. JJ12345

    Jackie February 26th, 2009 11:02 am ET

    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)
    Do you really think that it will stay at $250,000?? During the campaign the number kept getting lower.

    February 26, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  25. Richard A. Spomer, Alexandria, VA

    I believe all it shows is deficit upon deficit; with no real means of paying for anything; however he says I will cut Medicare! “What are you thinking Mr. President; there are millions of individuals on Medicare!"

    February 26, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
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