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.”


Filed under: John Boehner
soundoff (263 Responses)
  1. 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? 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 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  2. CNN moderation purgatory...

    @Mike NC...
    You can blame Clinton for starting the outsourcing job mess.
    Can anyone say NAFTA?
    Bush should have canceled that terrible trade agreement on day one.

    February 26, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  3. Mike NC

    Matt,
    If their were jobs I would be working.

    February 26, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  4. Mike

    John Bonehead Boehner doesn't have to worry about health care for the rest of his life because he will get it from the taxpayers so why should he care. Has anyone seen where the President is suggesting raising taxes on small business? Having universal health care will help small business but the GOP, the party of NO needs a boogie man since it has NO ideas of their own.

    February 26, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  5. Jay

    Boehner's comment is the same as always!!! If he has a solution (other than a tax cut), the nation wants to hear it!!!

    February 26, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  6. AndrewCPA

    For the people to tell Republicans to vanish, shut-up, etc, this is a free country. It seems there is more hateful words coming from the left when anyone says anything that is against Pres Obama. And to say the Republicans got us in this mess, well maybe you should do some better research... BOTH Dems and Repubs did this to us. They both spend money they do not have. They work for us and we should fire them next time they are up for election.

    And I did not vote for Obama, but he is my Presidnet and I will support him. Can any Democrat say the same thing if a Republican was in office? I would say no since most of you think President Bush should be jail. Come on someone prove me wrong. We are all americans and need to work as one to fix what we have done.

    God Bless America!!!

    February 26, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  7. Sarty

    Bonehead Boehner. Shame on you.
    Never had a good idea-always critical. Shame on you.

    February 26, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  8. Ken in NC

    Republicans keep crying how proposals being put forth now will not work and the only suggesting they offer are the same things they offered for years that got us in this mess. Republicans speak of how this is not the time for revamping health care because of the condition of the economy. There is always a reason not to do something you do not want to see done.

    Well now is the time for us to face the fact that there are things we must do and while we are digging ourselves out of this mess we need to fix all the screwed up stuff as we go. Now I suggest that those that want to see our President fail either join with the leader that was elected by the majority of the people in this country as we try to fix our problems or get out of the way. We do not need to waste time fighting you while we fight for the survival of the entire nation. None of us knows if what he is proposing will work but what we do know is that what we have tried has not worked so either come up with new ideas and work with him or get out in front of the BUS and we will be more than happy to put a marker out to post your last known position so we can come back and find your remains after we reach dry land.

    February 26, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  9. Bill

    Does this really susprise anybody we all new what the Republicans were going to say before they open their mouths. Really I have no problems with the Republicans it is just the same old tired talking point s nobody believes anymore.

    "Please give it a rest and retire the old talking point s OK" How about new taking points and let each member of Congress vote for what is best for their states.

    February 26, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  10. Marty

    sour grape loosers.

    February 26, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  11. Lori, Houston Texas

    If tax cuts worked so well over the last 8 years, why have there been so many lay offs in 2008 and so far in 2009?

    Duh, because wealthy people do not use the money to hire people because THERE ARE NO JOBS! This is the same Republican lie told over and over just like the the WMD lie. Wake up, people. Tax cuts for the wealthy is really just another money grab. Today's Repubs are just common criminals using their power to steal from the rest of us.

    February 26, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  12. CA Indie for Obama

    during the first four years of bush, cnbc reported that approximately 80% of the wealth created went to the top 1% of income earners. as stated by Barbara Campbell, why don't you repubs recognize this as "wealth redistribution" and therefore (gasp!) socialism!

    to piggy back Mickie's comment, repeating a lie often enough so it is preceived as the truth was used by someone named hitler in the '30s and '40s. in true sean hannity form, I am not comparing the repubs to the nazis....

    techniques can be used both ways, which does not help civil discussion. we have a severe economic problem now. The proposal would increase taxes on $250,000 by $11,500 on someone who is in a better position to pay it than someone making half (or less) than the threshold. the plan is not now, but when the current bill expires in 2010 (or was it 2011?). Now, I can't wait to get blasted by you repubs, but my break is over and I have to get back to work.

    February 26, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  13. Thebe

    Hey Boehner. Why don't you shut the ef up and do your job for change? Your comments are always the same old same old. One unforgiving, painfully long broken record.

    February 26, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  14. john pinter

    This is not the guy that you want talking about the budget. Remember he and his buddies that are left after the elections of 06 and 08 are the ones that got us here. Short term memories.

    He needs to get his lobby buddies to send him back to Scotland for more golf.

    I want to have the same health care as this Clown. The socialized plan the we ( the american taxpayers) pay for but we can't have because its socialized medicine. He and all of his friends should have to purchase priviate plan an pay over $1000,00 a month as my wife and I do. I would bet that he would want universal health care if he had to do that,

    February 26, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  15. Typical White Person

    @ Mike NC who wrote:

    "Matt,
    If their were jobs I would be working."

    Then you need to talk to Obama about ending the H1B visa program and enforcing our immigration laws. According to the liberals the immigrants only take jobs Americans don't want so one of 2 things is true:

    1) you are lying and don't want to work, or
    2) the media and liberals are lying and the immigrants ARE taking jobs away from Americans

    February 26, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  16. ANGIE-OH

    you just have to love the gop. sad bunch of do nothings. what they are really mad about, is they have to now work for a living. under dumb dumb bush they only had to use their rubber stamp for 8 years.

    February 26, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  17. I can see Canada from my house!

    The only thing Boehner is concerned about on health care whether or not tanning is covered under health insurance.

    The last thing we need at this stage is a lecture by the most free-spending party in memory on fiscal restraint. Hypocrites.

    February 26, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  18. Seattle Sue

    I see the unemployment figures that came out today say that the figures have to go back to October of 1982 to match them. Wasn't Ronald Reagan (GOP God) the President at that time and had been in office 22 months. The more things change,the more they stay the same. Republicans just are not good for the working people.

    February 26, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  19. Flabbergasted

    Too funny.....

    Geecee, you want Boehner's "friends" to pay their fair share? Great, then when will you be sending out their refunds? Since the wealthiest Americans pay the vast majority of taxes, then I guess you are advocating that they get a tax break.

    Bottom line is that our government, Democrats and Republicans, have created this abomination called the IRS through years of bureaucracy and political dealmaking.

    Set a flat tax. Everyone pays the same percent, rich or poor. End the welfare program called the earned income credit, end all of the corporate loopholes that allow some wealthy Americans to pay nothing. What could be fairer than that? You work hard, you earn more, and you prosper. You don't pay more of your income to the government in taxes as a penalty for working harder, yet everyone pays their fair share.

    February 26, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  20. Steve From NH

    Someone mentioned "Lobsters in Maine", I guess as an example of something that money is being wasted on. In fact, the lobster fisheries in Maine and NH are held up as prime examples on how to manage a resource, and should be replicated at other fisheries. Sounds like it actually may be money well spent, as a lot of these "funny" sounding programs are after you find out something about them rather than the Republican tactic of attacking everything from a position of ignorance.

    February 26, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  21. Honestlady

    The Repubs are just getting more and more ridiculous now. They are criticizing everything....even things they didn"t seem to mind when Bush was in office....even things that are a figment of their imagination. They have no intention of working with Obama at all simply in the hopes of saving their party. They could care less that we are in a recession!!!! This really pisses me off.

    February 26, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  22. Neiki

    The RNC has got to be kidding! They actually have ANYTHING to say about how President Obama is handling his first 30 days in office. Get real!!!! The RNC sat on their pompous seats of do nothing for 8 years while the Bush administration (in FULL SUPPORT OF THE RNC) destroyed our nation in so many ways that (but by the grace & wisdom of God) we have to depend on the Obama Administration for immediate help though government intervention. SHAME ON THE RNC!! You had your chance(s) & obviously the RNC's (lack of) plan has miserably failed. So get out of the way & make room for any plan that President Obama & his staff has implemented.

    February 26, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  23. Honestlady

    The Repubs are just getting more and more ridiculous now. They are criticizing everything....even things they didn"t seem to mind when Bush was in office....even things that are a figment of their imagination. They have no intention of working with Obama at all simply in the hopes of saving their party. They could care less that we are in a recession!!!! This really pisses me off.

    February 26, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  24. janey

    Texas teacher needs to be permanently retired. Would you want a far-left liberal liar teaching your kids socialism?

    February 26, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  25. another Dave

    I'm still waiting for Obama to through this bill "line by line" as promised and remove both the Dems and Repubs earmarks and pork, if he doesn't that is just one more campaign he has broken.....

    February 26, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
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