June 12th, 2010
11:00 AM ET
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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)

    As much and as on so many positions wherein I disagree with the good Representative Boehner, I find myself forced to admit that upon this particular issue, he's absolutely right.

    June 12, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  2. ruty

    You are exactly right John. Why did you wait until Obama got to be president before you decided this? Did George Bush not inherit a surplus and pissed it away?

    June 12, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  3. Pat in IL

    If the party of no would abandon their greed, complacency, and lack of ethical behavior (cow-towing to lobbyists) and work with the Dems for the good of the nation instead of just for themselves, then we might get somewhere with the financial woes of the country.

    June 12, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  4. Patty Patriot

    Thank You John Boehner!!!! Surprised the govt. run/owned/operated news media would even print this. One govt. group that can be cut is the prono watching regulators over the safety of the oil rigs. It is for sure they do not have a clue what they are doing. Other biggies that can be done away with is the epa and the national education board. Way too many regulators who are sitting back watching porno, taking bribes and stealing taxpayer dollars for unearned paychecks.

    June 12, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  5. Marilyn

    He is correct. And just because the republicans spent so much during the Bush administration doesn't mean the current administration has to continue the tradition. It isn't Bush's fault that Obama continues to spend like a teenager with mom's credit card. It has got to stop regardless of who started it.

    June 12, 2010 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  6. Republicans is smart in the head area

    When Obama spends money it is a travesty. When Bush and the Republicans spent money on the debacle in Iraq and gave millionaires and oil companies a huge tax break it was patriotic. Riiiiight.

    June 12, 2010 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  7. Anonymous

    Boehner is right--in many ways--including the fact that the Democrats have NOT passed a budget. This budget should have been passed in April, where is it??

    There is a reason why they did not pass a budget--because based on their spending-–they are not able to do so unless they raise taxes. And, they do not want to say that they are going to raise taxes on EVERYONE, until after the November elections.

    Where is your investigation on this CNN.

    June 12, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  8. Karen

    I agree with Rep. Boehner! BOTH parties must stop excessive spending!

    June 12, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  9. Ron in Palm Springs

    How about we stop living in the past, and finger pointing at things that have happened people? You all who are saying "Well Bush did this" sound like a bunch of snot nosed brats. We can't change the past. Being critical of what is happening today can change tomorrow.

    June 12, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  10. Jeff from Ohio

    To ruty: Yes, Bush created most of the deficit. But, he's gone and Obama is now President. And Obama is taking a bad situation and making it much, much worse.

    Obama and the Democrats' spending is out of control. That's the issue. A discussion on Bush's performance as President can occur among historians.

    But, Obama and the Democrats are in control NOW and they control the White House and Congress. So, the criticism for over-spending should be directed at them.

    June 12, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  11. Anonymous

    Where is the Democrats' budget??? This should have been passed in April.

    The reason that they are not passing a budget-–is because based on their spending--the only way that they will be able to do so-–is if they raise taxes on EVERYONE.

    And, the Democrats do not want to say that they are going to raise taxes on EVERYONE-–until after the November elections.

    June 12, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  12. GI Joe

    I sure hope the orange loud-mouth that twists and spins everything gets voted OUT by the people of Cincinnati. I thought Ohio people were smarter than that.

    June 12, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  13. Gerald

    Could Mr. Boehner be a bigger hypocrite? Where was his concern for the deficit when the previous administration gave tax cuts to the wealthy while at the same time starting two off-budget wars and creating the largest ever federal government department with Homeland Security? Where was his concern when former senator Phil Gramm and others removed all restrictions from investment banks and then went to work for those very same banks?

    As for the American people holding Congress accountable, maybe Mr. Boehner has forgotten that the reason he's the MINORITY leader is because the American people did finally hold Congress and the White House accountable – the Congress and White House his party controlled. That's why his party isn't in power. Maybe he should seek medical treatment for that memory problem.

    June 12, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  14. J.C. - Independent 4 Universal Health Care

    Without doing anything to our health care, we spend more than 16% of our GDP on health care. It is utterly wrong to say the new health care law is already increasing our health care spending and slowing our economic recovery. However, it is true that drug, medical device and insurance companies have raised their prices of goods and services before the law takes effect so they will have a higher baseline before the annual price increase control if there is any.

    Our government should use the price from 2009 as the baseline for price increase control, because there is no reason for nearly doubling the price now.

    I am sure Rep. Boehner is sincere, but he, like many other Republicans, has vision problems.

    June 12, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  15. mamacoo

    But, but, but....wasn't it Republicans who said all during the Bush eight years that deficits didn't matter especially during war? What has changed besides the fact that Republicans spent like drunken sailors and now want to make sure that President Obama doesn't spend a dime? I would also bet you that Republicans will want to cut spending on every program that would benefit poor, middle class and minorities. You know, Social services, unemployment benefits, education, unions all of the programs that they have convinced gullible people that the only ones benefiting are the shiftless and lazy who want to live off the government. Some of you people will think that is great until a program that benefits you or a loved one is cut. But of course it will be to late by then. I'm just sayin........

    June 12, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  16. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    BONER SHUT UP.... How many trillions of dollars did Bush spend on his illegal wars?

    June 12, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  17. Amunaka

    Now that ' s just funny ... boehner where were you when the last administration spent us into the mess we're in today...and never paid for anything..two wars. two tax cuts for the wealthy..and the biggest expansion of Medicare in thirty years..are ya counting all that and blaming Obama for it ..

    June 12, 2010 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  18. Mark

    What happened to "PAY AS YOU GO" Obama?????

    June 12, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  19. Don

    When the Republicans vote for a bill to increase the length of unemployment benefits and continue to pay people not to work, don't blame Democrats, blame government. I hope we can replace many of you in November.

    June 12, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  20. Larry

    More of the same big Republican mouth with NO Republican help for this country

    And properly pronounced, it is BONER ...

    There is no A in his name

    Hypocrites to the core ...

    Hey John, try doing something good for this country maybe once in your life, get out of politics

    June 12, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  21. Amazingoly

    John, ever think about throwing your hat in the presidential ring? We need someone like you or Chris Christie to actually do something to reverse the debt clock or we are doomed.

    June 12, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  22. Willy Brown

    Democrats have spent themselves in to a land slide defeat this November. Thank You Barry, Harry & Nancy.

    June 12, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  23. Steve in North Carolina

    Like it or not, he's right. You can point fingers in the past but that doesn't fix the here and now! Our economy can't gain ground until we are smarter about federal spending and what we spend it on.

    Raising taxes is not the cure. Like it nor not Bush's tax cuts helped stimulate the economy at the time (as you recall he inheirited a slight recession himself).

    Doing stuff like turning down help from other countries to help clean up the oil spill in the gulf to protect union interests isn't helping any.

    June 12, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  24. Donkey Party

    To those of you that are so quick to deflect blame away from Bush and the RepubliCONS, we "libruls" just like to remind everyone so people (sheeple) don't ever forget where the real culpability lies. Try to revise history and fact all you want, we'll never let you forget where to place the blame.

    June 12, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  25. mamacoo

    Ron in Palm Springs, we are not living in the past. The decisions George Bush made and the policies put into place by Republicans and the Bush administration are impacting us today. Just because George Bush is gone does not mean that the policies he put into place, the effects we are now living through are no longer impacting our country.

    See some of you people seem to believe that because Bush is no longer President that all his policies left with him. Some of the effects from those policies are just beginning to affect our country. In fact some of the policies President Obama has put into place haven't yet been started. The Health care reform for instance. Most of the policies in that have yet to be put into place and won't be for another few years. People think about it, it takes time for new policies to be implemented and it takes time for a country to feel the impact of some of the laws. That is what we are seeing as the results of the Bush administration. Perhaps if people were fair rather than trying to make it seem like Obama is failing they would see this.

    June 12, 2010 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
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