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. Jon F

    Sue: The illegal immigration problem in California is not the problem – but rather excessive government spending. In addition, too many labor unions at the city/state level makes the costs and benefits for employees impossible to maintain. Given that they can't be fired or laid off, the cost of these people is unbelievable.

    Governor Arnold is actually a fiscal hawk, but there are problems with the California laws that do not allow the Governor to simply cut the budget and make ends meet. He would have if he could.

    We spend too much here as a state – and everyone just expects these levels of service. It is not sustainable and must fall before we can get anywhere. Our property tax, income tax and sales tax are already so high as to push people out of the state. It's a really nice place to live in most of the state so that is telling in itself. The Federal government is approaching a California and New York kind of financial impasse. Obama can only print up so much money to pay for his spending. He must have flunked economics at Harvard, because he certainly can't understand that when you're broke – you can't keep on spending.

    June 12, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  2. Patricia Stamm

    I would not mind the spending so much if it were for the USA!!! It's for all foreign countries and this must stop. Stop all foreign aid,call all troops home. We have big problems here that must be addressed!!!!!WE NEED OUR TAX DOLLARS FOR THIS COUINTRY AND THIS COUNTRY ALONE!!!!!!

    June 12, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    I find it hard to believe that Boehner can blame Obama the the Democrats for the budget deficit with a straight face. Maybe that is why is face looks like it was painted on. What a liar.

    June 12, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  4. w l jones

    Start by returning all Ohio Ear mark money and see how long you will retain your job. enough said.

    June 12, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  5. blue j

    hmm it seems as if the economy is doing better than when the republicans left office. the debt we are getting into( ie healthcare) also seems like a positive boon for our citizens who are in need as compared with the republican debt over iraq and its oil which has gone to create another soon to be muslim theocracy and wheres the oil that was supposed to be the "spoils of war". so its ok for a republican govt. to give billions to arab leaders in the middle east but not to let those "liberal loonies" try to fix our own backyard? Really?

    June 12, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  6. On the Fence

    The sad part of this is...
    ..if they cut spending, they cut entitlement programs, people protest and vote against them.
    If they don't cut spending, deficits rise, people protest and vote against them.

    Our politicians are being put in an impossible position, and for the last NINE years have evidently decided that protests against deficits are less passioned than protests over entitlements lost as THAT affects the public in a more immediate manner.

    If such a fringe organization like the Tea Party ever did get a slice of power and started their carte blanche cutting of programs and entitlements, they would find this out soon enough.

    June 12, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  7. MikeH

    Sue, you're a tool. The last I checked, California had a Republican Governor, and every attempt by Ahnold to present budgets to deal with that state's deficit, were blocked by State Republicans.

    Sound familiar?

    Now, actually, the attempt to spend to bring about recovery isn't working very well. It stopped the economic free-fall caused by Bush and hhis Republcan criminal cronies, but that's about it. Time to cut defense spending.

    The largest airforce in the world? The U.S. Airforce. The second largest airforce in the world? The U.S. Navy. Let's trim some of that.

    The U.S. Navy is larger than the next four navies combined. we can trim some of that.

    Why are there standing U.S. armies in Europe? Let's shut down that and bring our soldiers home.

    Billions of subsidies to Israel, end them.

    Billions of subsidies to the oil industry, end them.

    June 12, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  8. Dan

    The party of a trillion dollar Iraq bill that will "pay for itself in two years" has spoken.

    June 12, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  9. Tim in Minnesota writes:

    John Boehner is a self-serving liar. Period.

    June 12, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  10. usualone

    Notice how these guys such as Boehner always have: "can't, won't" and other negative comments in their thoughts. They never offer constructive actions that even if the Democrats didn't listen they could present to the public through the "press." Interesting that GM is turning around, even Chrysler and Infrastructure (roads, particularly) are starting to get repaired. Interesting that basically the stock market has improved since President Obama took office. Interesting how the Repubs want less middle class and are so divisive. They will never ever work with the President unless, God forbig, we are attacked. Then of course they will have a field day saying it is the President's fault. I don't recall such viciousness against George Bush when 911 occurred. I don't remember such viciousness when VP Chaney earned millions by Halberton getting single source contracts. I hope Americans wake up and really look at the picture. Also, if "jobs" are so important (and they are) why don't the Boehners of the world suggest the type of jobs to get people back to work? Only negative thoughts is what they produce. They are good at arguments but they need to be called on ALL their comments. It is too easy to say "no" and not offer constructive suggestions.

    June 12, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  11. sensible Cape Coral Fl

    Has anyone taken the trouble to determine how much of the "excessive spending" e.g. unemployment checks, food stamps, etc. goes IMMEDIATELY back into the economy?

    June 12, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  12. Tilly

    Just more "Say the Same Crap Over and Over again until someone believes you" go back to your tanning bed and shut up.......If you Republicans would have gotten in to the White House With McCain and all the bank mess, housing mess, economy mess, keeping and eye out for the Terrorist mess, and now the Oil Spill Mess.......you couldn't have done any better.......we remember how little you did when Bush was pushing his Wars, and how little you are doing now because you want all of us to believe Obama isn't doing his job........the ones that are FAILING this America is you Republicans........

    June 12, 2010 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  13. hobart

    Why did not a single Republican, other than Ron Paul, EVER raise the issue of federal spending when Cheney/Bush were in charge, deliberately lying about Iraq's so called weapons of mass destruction and leading us into a bogus war, or their unfunded mandate of tax cuts that not only did not lead to increased revenue, but preceded a stock market crash?

    Could it be they're total hypocrites?

    Why do Republicans so hate American that their response to their own economic failure is to blame it on liberals, and do anything and everything they can possibly do to thwart this Administration's attempt to bolster economic recovery?

    June 12, 2010 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  14. Donkey Party

    When posters like Ancient Texan and Sue spew their ignorant hot-garbage here, we should all be embarrassed to be Americans. Here's hoping you ancient idiot Teabaggers meet your God sooner than later (and I don't mean Sarah Palin).

    June 12, 2010 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |

    How bout quit blaming Bush and try and fix it. How bout we blame Clinton??? If people think this Healthcare is going to save money, you need to go back and study your flashcards. Somebody somewhere has to pay for it. And yes when Pelosi took over things started down the tube. And her joke of a speech about the bible or the word as she referred to it, how careful can u be to try and be politically correct because your afraid you will make someone mad by saying the word Jesus, how spineless. You got to stand for something or you will fall for anything, sounds cliche, but its true.

    Obama told everyone what he was gonna do and he is doing exactly it. He was transparent and made it very clear, ill give him that.You voted him in and you wanted to do something that felt good and you voted for him. Now quit blaming Bush because your hero isnt doing what you thought and suck it up and deal with it. You pansies!

    June 12, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  16. DC

    Sue: I live in AZ and our REPUBLICAN led state gov is just as bad off as any so don't toss this around like Democrats can't balance any thing and all they do is waste money...as I recall Bush ended up with a budget surplus from Clinton...hmmmm, what happened to that? I didn' tsee it get spent to help make US children the smartest in the world by improving our educational system no he bought just enough popularity to ride through a second term by giving a taz rebate, on top of his tax cuts...I wonder if the idiot voters would have voted for him twice if they focused on the issues and his lack of intelligence if they had not been blinded by personal greed. I will admit though, I am slowly learning from you guys that being selfish is the American way and I may just join you so that I can be sure I'm good...screw everyone else, right?

    June 12, 2010 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  17. David Zielke

    America has hard choices to make. Are Americans ready to bite the bullet to bring spending under control and/or raise taxes. Some combination of both must occur. Republicans have created record deficits by cutting taxes (popular with everyone) but failing to reduce the size of government (they claim to be against big goverment). Democrats have a government solution for everything but can we afford it? Elected officials must be willing to work together and if not we have a responsibility to vote them out (Democrats and Republicans). Voters must be willing to accept that sometimes the solution found might not be exactly what each of us wants but the collective good must outweigh that of the individual.

    June 12, 2010 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  18. Paul H

    ("Shockingly, Sharron Angle wants to wipe out Social Security.) Okay look at it this way. I got a Social Security statement the other day that told me that by the time I'm ready to draw SS at retirement I will only be getting 73 cent's on the dollar. The government that we trusted with our money to take care of us in our golden years has spent all of their money, and now taps into ours so that we have less in our retirement years.
    Does it make sense to keep trusting our government with our hard earned dollars, or would it make sense to put it in a bank and save? Hmmm, that's a tough one because in this day and age people do not leave their savings a lone long enough to last till retirement, and investors have their own interest at heart.
    But for those that can save or invest wisely wouldn't it be better to do so? My point is the statement about getting rid of SS is not such a doom and gloom issue as tax, and spend Democrats make it out to be.

    June 12, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  19. Riley

    Obama needs to stop blaming Bush and look in the mirror for who to blame.

    June 12, 2010 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    Some day soon, the simpleton democratic voters will understand this. Not those of course who are cashing their entitlements or those illegally in this country! Bush did not create this whole mess....look towards Carter, Clinton and Obama for their roles in Freedie Mac and Fannie Mae. Obama has failed as a leader and his campaign promises. It is time to elect a president with experience, leadership and business skills. The democratic spending is NOT a way to encourage private sector business and employment.

    June 12, 2010 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  21. hilroy

    reggie from La,

    Thank you Thank you. Where was he and his party when billions of $$$$ were spent in Iraq and making their friends rich off the war. Countless Iraqis lost their lives.

    The problem for 75% of white and Jewish Americans is that a black man was elected president of the US

    June 12, 2010 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  22. CG in San Antonio

    I am concerned about the amount of money we're spending. What most people don't seem to understand, though, is that one agency of government alone WASTES more money each year than many other agencies are allotted in their entire budgets. The Department of Defense leaks money like that hole at the bottom of the Gulf is leaking oil right now, and I'm not even talking about the wars. We can get our soldiers, marines, sailors, and airmen everything they need to do their jobs and save money without ever pinching their ammunition or armor.

    More importantly, those who are screaming "financial conservatism" at the top of their lungs are understandably livid with Democratic tax and spending. However, they seem to not notice that Republicans stop taxing, but don't stop spending! Now, if you and I keep spending when we don't have an income, where do we get the money? Republicans figuratively put it on credit cards; they borrow it from other countries. So you have to ask yourself: is tax and spend really worse than borrow and spend?

    June 12, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  23. Bob

    I really can't believe some of you people. Bush did this, Bush did that. So I guess all this money the current administration is spending (5 billion dollars a day our deficit goes up) is alright as long as we can keep blaming Bush for the next two and a half years. Bush is gone get over it. He didn't come up with that great stimulus plan or that fine Obamacare program. You need to wake up. You can't just keep putting good money after bad. The guys driving this country (deeper) into the ground everyday. Sometimes I get the feeling some of you people posting pro-Obama comments are Chinese, Russians, Iranians, and whoever else wants to see the United States Of America fail and fall hard.

    June 12, 2010 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  24. Charles

    The US became a debtor nation in the Regan administration and Regan never submitted a balanced budget to Congress. The last time we had a budget surplus was in the Clinton administration. You people need to do your research and get your facts right.

    June 12, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |

    John after you don't get re-elected, maybe you can find a "real job" perhaps working in a tanning salon! Where were you and the rest of your "Kronies" with Dubya blew through a large surplus and then added trillions of dollars to fund a war that should have never been started. Your Party of "NO" should just go away and take Palin, Limbaugh amd Beck with you!

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