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. Terry in NY

    Doesn't matter what party you belong too. Being responsible should be your first duty especially since the economy tanked after the dems took over congress I might add. We don't need to spend $240 million on volcano studies. What's the point, you can't stop it! If you're that worried move away from them. Look at rural transit systems, ours are all day wasting diesel all subsidized by you and I. Stop the era marks and stop the pork on both sides of the aisle!!

    February 26, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  2. 2010

    The Republican "no" Party sadly lacks credibility on this, especially enabling Bush's record debt. Come to find out, it was not even fully accounted in the budgets by hiding their Iraq costs.

    Also, the recent recovery package cut taxes on small businesses, Boehner. Did you "read" it?

    Finally, our country is already paying exorbitant costs on healthcare. It is unfortunately one of the leading causes of bankruptcy, which is placed back on the taxpayer.

    Something needs to be addressed so that health/life decisions are not made based on profits for insurance companies. Any ideas, Boehner, or just more criticisms?

    February 26, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  3. Scott

    WHy do the Republicans always have to make things difficult, They should have just said looks good, lets go with it. I really hope, come mid term elections that the few remaining Republicans lose there office. WOuld love to see a veto proo majority in the house and Senate. Republicans are the biggest reason this country is in so much trouble. Republicans are for only the rich and elite..

    February 26, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  4. R in Maine

    Now here is a real hate group.

    February 26, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    Seriously...do they realize that November 4, 2008 came and went and that Obama won? This debate was decided already....by the American people.

    February 26, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  6. disgusted

    Republicans don't even bother to find out what something from this President consists of before the are coming out against it. It is time for a third party. I am sick of them all.

    February 26, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  7. mom of 7

    Republicans – THEY'VE GOT NOTHING!!!!!! That's why all they do is criticize!

    February 26, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  8. katiec

    What else would you expect from this sorry group who do not want our country to succeed?
    The same sorry group that brought our country to it's knees and
    now are "experts" on the economy?
    The republicans continue to self destruct and it could not happen
    to any more deservant politicians.

    February 26, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  9. shucks

    This is a suprise!

    February 26, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  10. Larry Houston TX

    Can I say something regarding this matter ?? I am a small Business OWNER, AND I DO NOT MAKE 250 K A YEAR !!!
    Believe me, I would love to have that "Luxury" or " Burden" of having to pay TAXES on 250 or even 200 !!
    Ask most of the people you know, I am sure they will tell you that they would LOVE to have that "Burden" to have to pay taxes on an Annual Income of 250k !!

    February 26, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  11. Chris

    Whoa, whoa, whoa, Boehner. There is absolutely NO WAY you read his 140 page budget blueprint already. How can you criticize the plan already? Do you even know what's in it? Can you at least make it seem like your complaints are founded? At least wait a day or so to pretend like you read the whole thing. For Pete's sake...

    February 26, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  12. Al, KS

    I'm one of those "wealthy" people and a small business owner. The point needs to be made that we are not all Republicans and we didn't get rich under Bush. Yeah, I got a $4,000 tax break. My health insurance went from $5,000 to $10,000 per year. My kids college tuition doubled. Like everyone else, I paid $4 a gallon for gas last year. My investments, such as they are, make virtually nil. Whatever Bush gave me, I didn't get my monies worth. That's why trickle down doesn't work. What I got trickled up to people even wealthier than me. The bankers, oil companies, and health insurers. I'd gladly give up my tax break for a good economy, reasonable health care costs, sound energy policies, and all the rest.

    February 26, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  13. Erik

    The Republicans clapped and stood when Obama said we needed health care reform in his address, that everyone should have insurance. How did they think that would happen? The Republicans are so disingenuous. They're just liars.

    February 26, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  14. Jason

    John if the budget bothers you that much THEN YOU AND YOUR COLLEGES SHOULDN'T EXCEPT THE CASH. And let's see how long your popularity lasts in your red states. Keep telling everyone if you work hard enough (like me) then you don't need a government handout. I think they are afraid this might work which means the GOP are sunk (which they were to begin with anyway).

    February 26, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  15. Imodium

    matt February 26th, 2009 11:27 am ET

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

    What is your excuse?

    February 26, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |

    I hope Boehner's up for re-election and loses!

    He's nothing more than a talking head.

    February 26, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  17. Blatherskite

    Well, duh. These guys are after all, members of the Grand Obstructionist Party.

    As usual, they have no alternative, only the failed tired old ideas that put us in this mess to begin with. I think they get their strategy from a Chatty Cathy doll – pull the string in back and it just keeps repeating the same few lines, over and over.

    Their wealth redistribution plan (codename: trickle down economics) was an abject failure. Their attempt to smear the Obama tax plan as negatively impacting small business is laughable at best, but probably good enough to rope in their lemming-brain ditto-head base.

    February 26, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  18. annoymous-sc

    It is time the smart people of Ohio bring their SON home....he has turned into an obstructionist, no to everything, right wing extremest's. He has gotten tunnel vision & turned into an OLD WHITE MAN....

    February 26, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  19. Angela Frazier,Memphis TN

    And this is news because?? What would be news would be if he DIDN'T criticize it! You would think that he would feel foolish by now. All he does is hit sour notes without bringing anything to the studio! It would be easier and more acceptable if he for ONCE had a solution rather than always harping on what he sees as problems! It is just a reflex action. We KNOW he hasn't read it!! Ole Bonehead Boehner strikes again. Next a word from Steele the Stooge....

    February 26, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  20. still hoping


    What is your definition of "fair share"?

    Is it 50% plus for some and nothing for others? Is that what you learned was fair when, or should I say if, you were in school.

    Or are you just so envious that others made a success in their life and you didn't that you want to take it away from them for yourself?

    Is that fair?

    Please tell us all your definition of fair.

    February 26, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  21. markens

    stupidity is what stupids do. John boener, you don't get it . you are a crook.

    February 26, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  22. Shawn-Tx

    This guy is hilarious. He complains about not being able to read a 1000 page bill before voting on it but he's already criticizing the president's budget before reading it.

    February 26, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  23. Anna, Missouri

    I think CNN should only report on news. Republicans against anything that President Obama does is not news. Why doesn't anyone ask the Republicans if they have any ideas other than "tax cuts for the wealthy?"

    February 26, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  24. Jerzjen

    Reducing the deficit, being fiscally conservative, while doing what is necessary to get this economy on track, reducing healthcare costs, etc. All these things are great. And our government is set up so that the steps to accomplish these things must be debated. Hooray! But, all the Republicans have done is criticize, criticize, and criticize. Boehner and his people haven't offered one idea that's any different than the crap they were doing when GWB was President. They same moves that got us here. Perhaps it needs to be explained to them that Exxon is NOT a small business and doesn't need anymore tax cuts!And they want us to trust them?

    February 26, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  25. JCG

    Poor little man.

    February 26, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
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