June 12th, 2010
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'We cannot go on like this,' Boehner says of federal spending

Washington (CNN) - In this week's Republican internet and radio address, House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, takes on President Obama and congressional Democrats over federal spending.

Among other things, Boehner notes that the Democratically-led Congress is yet to produce a budget more than two months after the historical deadline for doing so.

“This is a stunning failure of leadership – the kind of leadership President Obama promised to provide," Boehner says in the address.

(Read Boehner's full remarks after the jump)

GOP Weekly Internet and Radio Address
Remarks as prepared for delivery by House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio.

“Hello – I’m John Boehner. In these tough economic times, American families have done their level best to stay afloat – spending less and working more while trying to map out a financially sound future. They deserve that same degree of discipline and vigilance from their government.

“But instead of bringing fiscal sanity to Washington like he promised, President Obama has spent taxpayer dollars with reckless abandon, refusing to make tough choices and pushing the burden on to future generations. No price tag has been too high for Washington Democrats, and now we’re all paying the price.

“Unemployment is still close to 10 percent. The private sector is at a near-standstill. Our small businesses are still gasping for air. And having run a small business, I can tell you that the new health care law, with its burdensome mandates and tax increases, is already stalling these engines of our economy.

“A new report from the Treasury Department shows that our fiscal situation is much worse than we thought. Our record national debt – which now tops $13 trillion – is on pace to exceed the size of our entire economy by the middle of this decade. Economists say that at these levels, our debt is draining enough resources from our country to cost us nearly one million jobs.

“We cannot go on like this.

“Real economic growth requires creating jobs in the private sector, and to do that we need to start reining in Washington’s out-of-control spending spree. Less spending, more jobs – it’s that simple.

“Economists agree, and this week, I gave President Obama a statement signed by more than 100 of them urging both parties to take immediate, decisive action to cut federal spending.

“Unfortunately, Democrats in Congress are busy making backroom deals so that they don’t have to pass a budget this year. They’d rather keep on spending than seize this critical opportunity to create jobs and boost our economy. But every family knows that in tough times, passing a budget is more important – not less important.

“Just as troubling is the fact that President Obama hasn’t uttered a word in protest of Congressional Democrats’ failure to produce a budget. Even after being presented with these economists’ pleas for fiscal discipline, he still won’t press leaders in his own party to fulfill their responsibility to the American people.

“This is a stunning failure of leadership – the kind of leadership President Obama promised to provide.

“Too many in Washington forget that we work for the people, not the other way around. Taxpayers are just fed up, and they want us to stop spending their hard-earned money.

“That’s why, through the America Speaking Out project, Republicans are providing Americans with a megaphone to make their voices heard and help build a better, more responsive government. If you have an idea to cut wasteful Washington spending, log on to AmericaSpeakingOut.com right now and start a discussion about it.

“Another interactive Republican initiative – YouCut – gives Americans a chance to vote on specific spending cuts that you want to see Congress implement. And looking forward, Republicans have proposed common-sense solutions to reform the way Washington spends taxpayer dollars, starting with strict budget caps to limit federal spending on an annual basis.

“Waiting and hoping for the best is no longer an option, not when 43 cents of every dollar we spend this year is borrowed from our kids and grandkids. Our posterity shouldn’t have to foot the bill because Washington Democrats can’t do what they were elected to do or summon the courage to say no to special interests with their hand out.

“So while I hope President Obama will work with us to stop this spending spree, if he won’t hold Congressional Democrats accountable, then the American people will.

“Thank you for listening.”

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soundoff (261 Responses)
  1. BlueDem1

    I too agree that the deficit is unsustainable and that it is time to start telling the states that they will have to start handling things on their own. The problem I have with Boehner's comments is it's all empty rhetoric. The Republicans TALK about fiscal responsibility but never practice it. It didn't happen during the 00's when the Republicans controlled D.C. for the better part of the decade. Does anyone actually believe that the Republicans, who've been out of power for less than 17 months, are now suddenly truly committed to controlling spending? I don't think so.

    I would very much like to see the Democrats take on this issue and move toward having the federal government fund our military; medical, energy, and environmental research; and health insurance subsidies to temporarily help people who cannot afford to buy health insurance, and also assist with infrastructural renovation (i.e.–help the states rebuild roads and bridges–not do it for them!).

    It would be very refreshing to be able to say that while the Republicans only promise, the Democrats deliver. My fellow Democrats, are you willing to show courage on this?

    June 12, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |

    I have one more. Could you imagine if this oil spill happened under Bush. The same media outlets and people who think Obama is the man of the century or something would be yelling foul, war criminal, o he needs to do something, these repubs, Bush wants the oil to continue to spill to make money, or just something stupid. People would prob be yelling he blew it up so make the price of oil go up. Its amazing how its a double standard. And by the way im not republican nor democrat. Im for who can get the job done and get this country back on track to the greatest nation in world that we ONCE were.

    Also people want to bash bush and cheney. At least Chaney didnt tell a man in a wheelchair to stand up and drop the F Bomb on television. My I wonder how everyone react if Bush or Chaney did it??

    June 12, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  3. Kevin Collins

    Boehner *sure* didn't have a problem with federal spending for the unpaid-for $1 billion prescription drug plan and deficit-contributing tax cuts for the wealthy!

    June 12, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  4. jost

    What a jerk! He's about 8 years too late in his thinking.

    June 12, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  5. and it is still Bush's fault

    Boehner you are a jerk,

    June 12, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  6. Turnabout is Fair Play

    Yeah, real nice Mr. Boner, you weren't barking like a trained seal when the previous administration spent a budget surplus into a deficit, nope, you went lockstep with old G.W. all the way, now that your party is out of power, you crow like a brainless rooster about spending, miss the power and freedom of spending endlessly and showing your arrogance that we could do nothing to stop you when your ilk controlled all three houses of Congress? Of course your retard sheep come in here on this blog and parrot what you say because they are incapable of thinking for themselves. Listen Orange Boy, it takes spending money to get us out of the recession your best bud G.W. and Co. left us in and despite the homegrown stupidity of your flock, Atleast PRESIDENT Obama is spending money on US, and not two useless wars, one of which should never have been waged and he's not funding the pockets of the richest tycoons in America. Try again, stupid of the Right.

    June 12, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    According to democrats that I've talked to, read from and listened to on the radio, America was in a recession since 2000

    June 12, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  8. one voice

    Your the same clown that voted for the Bush tax cuts for big buiness and the mega rich(JAMMED IT DOWN OUR THROAT), the unpaid for perscription drug bill and the no WMD war in Iraq. SHUT UP

    June 12, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  9. lonnie

    unfortunately, we need to raise taxes.....bush went into 2 wars and cut taxes while doing so...the profits from these 2 wars have been nil to our country as a whole and now we are being forced to decide between the lesser of many evils. I say shame on everyone hiding behind their principles as an excuse not to find compromise....and shame on all of these tea baggers for being 8 years too late....im sorry, but cutting taxes and then waging two wars is the exact opposite of fiscal responsibility. Boehner is an opportunist that will lay blame anywhere he can for anything. The party of NO is what it is because if they take any reasonable action, then they may be held accountable..........

    June 12, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  10. mamacoo

    Ancient Texan: Having once been a small business owner, I can say that if I were still active today, I would not add one person to the payroll at this time. Even if I wanted to, the unknown cost of future taxation through Cap & Tax if approved, the cost of Obamacare, and just general increase of taxes that will be added out of sheer necessity from the Federal Government, State and local governments, schools, etc will sink most small businesses. So, unemployment is likely to stay very high until these unknowns are exposed.

    And there in lies the problem. The private sector is still waiting for everything to be hunky dory and that they should take no risk. Even while people complain about the money the Federal government is spending, people who could make a difference and start hiring are waiting for the best possible conditions. Even though they have benefited from tax cuts and there are various incentive programs being discussed, the private sector is waiting for the Federal government to make every thing perfect for them. They could care less about the American people or helping our country out. They are only concerned with their bottom line and that they have perfect conditions to expand their businesses.

    I also believe that many small businesses that could actually help boost the economy aren't doing so because it would benefit Republicans if unemployment stay high. I really think that many are delaying hiring, over working and underpaying their employees just to keep our economy bad and unemployment rates high. Anything to see the President fail.

    June 12, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  11. Jeff from Ohio

    Obviously, ALL entitlement programs should not be eliminated. But, I think there's little doubt left that they need to be cut if we are going to be serious about dealing with the deficit. Social Security and Medicare are the 2 big programs that need to be cut.

    Defense spending is the next big program that needs cut.

    Obviously, no one wants to cut any of these 3 areas of our budget. Arguments can be made about how all 3 are vital to our country. But, the fact remains those are definitely the 3 major portions of our budget. And, if we're going to eliminate our budget deficit and pay down our national debt, action needs to be taken to reduce our spending in all these areas.

    Government spending is out of control and both parties are to blame. Bush was a disaster and Obama is not much better. So, I really have no patience for hearing about "the party of no", "Bush recession", "leftist loonies", etc.

    June 12, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
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