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. Chuck

    As resident of the Great State Of Ohio I am ashamed that this jerk calls Ohio his home state. He is so against Main Street and everything is represents. He never has to worry about tomorrow with his government month check and all his health care benefits paid for ever. We need to work to vote the jerk out of office!!!!

    February 26, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  2. REF

    you wanna be wards of the nanny state quit crying why do you always want what is not yours. please remember that what the govt gives to you it has to take from someone else. socialism works only as long as your neighbor has money. and poor obama didnt just find that deficet when elected he voted 4 times as a senator for the bloated budgets when the dems controlled the senate and he also voted the tarp funds that they say is 720 billion that magically turned to 870 billion after they all added their pork so quit **grow up take care of yourself.

    February 26, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    Open up the budget and turn to the chart that shows that the richest 1% of Americans have been widening the wealth gap for the past decade...now turn to the charts showing the stagnation of salaries and the unemployment rates. Seriously, EVERYONE shoudl at least read the introductory sections even if you skip the rest.

    But hey, trizzle dizzle economizzle y'all! Tax cuts for the wealthy and they'll let go of their stranglehold on all that wealth!

    BTW, did Boehner have time to read the whole budget before commenting or is he just knee-jerk flying by the seat of his pampers in blabbering ideological criticism?

    February 26, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  4. rich

    I dont recall John Bonehead Boehner or any Repig for that matter ever complaining about the deficit when Bush was running it up with their TOTAL support. These fools are so predictable. You can expect them to always find something to disagree about whatever the Dems or the president proposes. I hope their constituents are paying close attention, and will just throw them out next year.

    February 26, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  5. Laverne

    This guy is trying soo hard to become the face and voice of the republican party. Hey Boehner, stop trying so hard, we see you, we hear you and we are not impressed!

    February 26, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  6. Matt

    The Repugnats just need to go away better yet I have an idea lets give them Texas, Louisianna, Alabama, Florida, and let them build there own nation. They can run it however they want to I am sick to death of these dults. Queens Sarah can have Alaska she is a stupid as the rest o fthese bubble heads

    February 26, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  7. blaising

    President Obama taught Constitutional law for, I believe, about 12 years. It is apparent that he takes what the Preamble to The Constitution says seriously. And here it is:

    "We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America." No Rx for "small government" there.

    The GOP is indeed terrified of Obama.

    February 26, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  8. Jim

    How is it fair to raise taxes on people already paying in the 35% percent bracket. If you want to complain about the "Bush tax cuts" then kindly give your share back! His cuts were accross the board for everyone. If you want to roll them back roll them all back everyone pays their share!

    February 26, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  9. No Vaseline

    The Rethuglicans won't ruin our recovery! They trashed our country and we won't let them hold us back again!

    February 26, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  10. Mike, Atlanta

    When do Republicans not criticize and complain????.....Oh when they have the majority. But guess what not anymore, LOL

    GOP=Grumpy Old Party

    February 26, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  11. Jim

    great point, MN voter. what most people also don't realize is that the increase is not on all wages since we have a marginal tax bracket system. If someone had a taxable income of $500,000 and that income beyond $250,000 is taxed at an increased rate of 5% that is $12,500. Compare that to the taxable income and it is ONLY a 2.5% increase in taxes, not 5% like most people believe. Well, if that increase breaks someone making that kind of money they are making some pretty bad choices with their spending habits.

    February 26, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  12. I voted for change!!!!!

    @ CNN moderation purgatory-

    Being involved in the trade industry, last time I checked NAFTA only included Mexico and Canada. India and the othe countries overseas have nothing to di with NAFTA. Get your facts straight!!!!!

    February 26, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  13. debnericr

    LIP – Most Libs only know what the biased media tell them, not the true historical facts; and any any truth that may see the light of day is simply ignored if it paints other libs in a bad light. Libs and their media cohorts engage in systematic misinformation, rewriting history to fit their agenda. This is the same tactic employed under Communism, which is what libs hope for the future of this Country. Even Putin knows that Communism/Socialism does not lead to prosperity!

    February 26, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  14. Jim

    say, LIP. You are forgetting that Bush could have vetoed congresses budgets those last two years. But he happened to like the increased government spending on the military.

    February 26, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  15. Jane (Minnesota)

    Did he slam it on the floor & complain that no one has read it yet?

    February 26, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  16. Tina, NC

    I would gladly pay higher taxes for more affordable health care and I don't make anywhere near $250,000 a year.
    Ken in Dallas February 26th, 2009 11:05 am ET
    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.
    I would also add that any small business who is yielding those sorts of numbers is a fool for not incorporating their business. That would change their tax rate.

    Besides that, fixing health care will SAVE large and small businesses tons of money.

    February 26, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    @ JJ12345, who said "And the democrats talk about bipartisanship but dont let anyone at the table."

    Given that (a) the GOPers keep saying the same thing over and over again despite the facts and evidence disproving their tired ideology and (b) they don't make any honest attempt to generate alternative solutions...who can really blame the Dems for finally giving up trying to work with GOP? At some point, the GOP is going to need to recognize that CONSTRUCTIVE behavior is a prerequisite to sitting at the table, because you know what? The Dems won.

    February 26, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  18. To H*** With Rebublicans

    Big New the Republicans Disagree!!!! Stop the press!

    February 26, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  19. tjaman

    How honestly can you address any of the serious problems this nation is facing _without_ raising taxes. We as a nation need to grow the frak up and take some responsibility for the demands we make and the needs we have as citizens.

    February 26, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  20. Tulsa L

    Who do you think is paying for the Health Ins coverage that all these politicans receive? Not only their Health Ins. but their Retirement , WE THE SUFFERING, STRUGGLEING, ALL OF US THAT HAVE LOST OUR RETIREMENT FUNDS...THAT HAVE LOST OUR HEALTH INSURANCE ....... thats who is paying for it....... and THEY receive this Medical coverage and Retirement for life.......paid for by us the American people.......not only do we pay for theirs we are also paying for the Medical coverage and Retirement for all the crooked politicans that are sitting in prison..........and the Republicans don't approve of this Health Care that the President is trying to provide for us..............REMEMBER THIS WHEN YOU GO TO VOTE NEXT TIME......

    February 26, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  21. cheryl brooks from cali

    Look please let the medical go through, I already haven't seen the dentist for the last eight years..... I have three broken teeth and a loose crown.....help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! President please do the right thing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 26, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  22. Connie from Indiana

    Can Boehner read?Maybe Obama should take tax payer health care away for the house and senate and make them pay for their own , that could save the tax payers a bundle.Maybe we could cut the number of congressman to two from each state, they don't do anything anyway they can have Pence and Burton from Indiana , good riddance .

    February 26, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  23. Havoc

    You know the republicans cry about raising taxes during a recession. (In actuality it's allowing the Bush tax breaks to the wealthy to expire). They never saw the absurdity in cutting taxes during a time of war. Give me a break.

    February 26, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  24. Arlene Illinois

    Every Republican who goes to bed at night and says their
    prayers they repeat- NO NO N O NO NO NO- good night Lord.

    February 26, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  25. paski

    My understanding of income for a small business is sales minus expenses. And the owner pays taxes on the income. How is this going to affect his business? Can someone explain this to me please?

    February 26, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
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