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)
  1. Christopher

    Can't go on like the way they went on from 2001-2007, when they held Congress and the White House and they took us from record surplus to record deficit? You mean like that? Is that the way we can't go on?

    June 12, 2010 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  2. Steven P

    You Dems who support the insidious spending going on by pointing to the money spent on Bush's watch are insane: "Just because Bobby drinks 5 shots I'll drink 20!".

    As for Bush's "Illegal Wars": there is at least reference in the Constitution for that; there is no such entry for "Social Security" and "Healthcare for All ™".

    June 12, 2010 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  3. Ancient Texan

    Yes the Bush administration spent too much, but the Obama administration has doubled it in 17 months. The economic collapse lies directly at the feet of Chris Dodd and Barney Franks and Freddie/Fannie. The constant spending of money we don't have and must borrow from China and others is a disaster in the making. The interest on the loans will soon exceed revenues.

    June 12, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  4. ib

    The far left is still crying Bush's fault for everything; Bush is over get over it. Obama has tripled the deficit not Bush. Bush's spending was out of controll also but mainly after Pelosi and Reid took over the congress. The wars– democrats in congress voted for them so how are the illegal; congress could have stopped them but didn't. Obama has continued to fight them so if they are illegal then Obama is at fault also. Cuts to medicare- looks to me like from what I have read the democrats are cutting medicare with Obamacare which was rammed down our throats. Vote all of congress out in Nov. and start over both parties need to wake up and see what is really going on. I just wish all the senators were up for re-election so we could vote against them.

    June 12, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  5. Kettle2

    John is a bonehead...he wants to bail out BP...right!!!!! on our last breath...hell no ...and please do us a BIG favor...RETIRE

    June 12, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  6. Coach

    It's called the Two Santa Clause theory and it's been used by republicans for many years. When you're in power say debts don't matter, then when out of power scream and yell about the debt.

    Americans are just to stupid to notice! Sheeple!

    June 12, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  7. chris

    Listening to a Republican lecture others on fiscal responsibility is like listening to a drunk preach about sobriety. Whenever the GOP is in control, they spend like drunken sailors and promote an enviroment of unchecked greed and recklessness. Boehner's criticisms about a budget failures and back room deals is particularly laughable considering that was pretty much the guiding principle of the Republican party throughout the Bush years. They didn't even apply the cost of two wars to their budget.

    And those Republican initiatives, "America Speaking Out" and "YouCut" are both jokes. They set up a website supposedly to garner feedback from ordinary Americans. But then they only cherry pick the ones that already match their worn out ideas of tax cuts solve everything and more deregulation. Then they can just claim that is what "the American people want."

    Boehner's all for holding Democrats accountable, but not at all for holding Republicans accountable.

    June 12, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  8. Grahame Rhodes

    Would someone please tell me what the Republicans would have done instead? Two wars and the Global economy in a shambles. a great example is how they handled Katrina! The best thing that Boehner can do is dig a hole, jump into it with the rest of the Republican Party and pull the soil on top you.

    June 12, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  9. Fed Up Wth Dems!

    Something is afoul here. First we pass a health care bill that cuts Medicare by 500 billion dollars and tout that bills as saving money. Then a couple of months after the dust has largely settled from that debacle, we push a new bill that suspends the cuts. Meaning the health care bill that the administration and Democratic led congress passed was not going to save us a penny and all of those crooks flat out lied to us.

    Every single one of these Democrats needs to go!

    June 12, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  10. Glen

    The irony of this is the fact that Obama's supporters are so blinded by him that they don't care that he has jeopardized their childrens' future. Unfortunately that future has been squandered for everyone's children. And to blame Bush at this stage after Obama has eclipsed Bush in his fiscal irresponsibility show the untenable argument they try to make. Of one thing I am certain, Obama will go down in history, not for the good he could have done, but in infamy. He has lied, broken every promise he ever made, and has failed miserably in his handling of a major crisis, namely the oil in the gulf. His hubris has even precluded him from speaking with the CEO of BP, as of today. It appears that at this stage of the game he is willing to continue the downhill slide into bankruptcy without any concern for the consequences. Hopefully more people will recognize this before we all look back with fondness when our unemployment was only 10%!

    June 12, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  11. Secret Agent

    I think the spending looks excessive due to the tax cuts and credits especially 2001 and 2003. To much money is going to the top while these greedy people ship jobs overseas. Stop Spending, reduce wages, layoffs? See your home value lately ? We want a reduced standard of living then support the GOP agenda.

    June 12, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  12. atc333

    Gee, perhaps if you turkeys , members of the Lemming Party of America, had not cut taxes so massively 9 years ago, and acted in a fiscally responsible manner after believing King Georges II misrepresentations of WMD's by borrowing for war, rather than increasing taxes, as every other administration in history has done in times of war, as well as not plunging over every cliff GWB pointed to, perhaps the fiscal mess we are in would not have occurred. Bush and the Lemmings set up this mess, Obama has had to deal with it. Why don't you try increasing taxes on the top 10% of earners, many of which pay no taxes. For the Party of NO!, the only thing is winning, distortions and empty promises do not matter, The economy needs to be fixed. GWB and the Lemming Party broke it. You have no solutions, just attacks. It is all about power, nothing about what is best for the Country. Look at the empty campaign promises, cut taxes. Don't you get it? Taxes are lower now than they have been since 1950. Yet the tired broken song goes on and on. If I didn't know better, I would say that the Bush administration was part of a radical right wing plan to bankrupt the country, forcing it, and the government to reduce its size and benefits to the people, you know, SS, Medicare, Regulatory agencies, all of that. The little guy can go to heck in a hand bag, but the Party of NO! will continue to sing its siren song to those that don't actually read the words along with the music..

    June 12, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  13. Rugged Amerian

    18 months into office and you progressive liberal socialist continue to blame Bush. How pathetic! Progressive liberals are not leaders and never have been. History has provided the evidence. We Americans will take back our country. Some of you will feel the pressure of trying to change our form of government. In you so called leader's handbook you will have to eliminate 25 million citizens who will not accept your form of government. 25,000,000 terminated! This is treason!

    June 12, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  14. Coach

    President Obama was left with a 1.2 trillion deficit plus another 8 trillion over the next 10 years. 90% of national debt was run up under republican leadership!

    Stupid sheeple!

    June 12, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  15. Larry

    Pack your bags Boner. We're tired of listening to your lies.

    Your buddy Dubya added $5.5 trillion to the national debt when he was in office over a war that was designed for nothing more than to get his buddies wealthy thru corrupt military contracts.

    President Obama is trying to mop up the mess left by you corrupt Republicans.

    June 12, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  16. ajax

    President Obama pledged an infusion of 400 million in aid for housing, school construction and business development in Palestinian territories after his meeting with their leader Abbas.How much more money will we continue to spend of money we don't have?And why is he spending money there when we have so many people here that need the help?

    June 12, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  17. Mihaela Zeinali

    I hope that this common national and international major fiscal problem will bring together not only our divided nation, but also our divided global world, the two worlds of the rich and the poor, negotiating at an international round table for solving the global mess through peaceful, smart and practical global strategies and implementations. War philosophies and policies don't solve problems, on the contrary, they multiply problems, while destroying entire lives and cultures and wrecking economies under law protections.

    June 12, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  18. Ancient Texan

    You guys keep talking about Bush inheriting a surplus. Never happened! They had "PROJECTED" a surplus, but the closest he ever got to erasing the deficit was Fiscal Year 2000 when it was only $17.9 Billion. In fact the economy was in recession when Bush took office.

    June 12, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  19. Fed Up!

    Where was Boehner's indignation and outrage when George W. Bush was deficit spending like a drunken sailor on liberty?

    It doesn't take much to stand up to a president from another party, but it takes a lot of character to stand up to a president from one's own party.
    Character that Mr. Boehner does not have.

    June 12, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  20. Jay

    This from a guy who's only answer is "Hell No!" to everything. Sorry Johnny, but you were silent as Bush destroyed the economy with unpaid for wars and unpaid for "No Child Left Behind" and "let's just look the other way" oversight of big buisness and Wall Street, and now you're huffing away in a corner like a 3-year-old who doesn't get the toy he wanted. You are a loser, sir. An over-tanned, squinty-faced, whiny loser. Man up and do the work you were elected to do. Serve your country and stop cartering to the far-right wing of your party.

    June 12, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  21. FrankGinIL

    The blame game is lame (on all sides).
    It’s no longer a matter of left v right, Democrats v Republicans, Tea Party ideologues or other political factions – a real reform of Congress and the whole legislative process from lobbyists to other outside power interests need to be considered – watch CSpan (not the opinion cable news channels) for a few evenings – it is mind boggling regarding the dialogue and the inane lack of productivity exemplified in the legislative process, committee and sub-committee hearings.

    June 12, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  22. Steve in North Carolina

    Hey atc333: You sound like the lemming. Over 50 percent of the people pay no Federal taxes at all. It's the upper income folks who are carrying the burden. I guess you would know that if you made enough money. The burdens on society need to start contributing more than their mouth and demands for more free handouts. Put a flat tax in and it makes everything fair!

    June 12, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  23. Sue

    Our unemployment rate, economy, etc. were doing great--until the Democrats took control in 2006.

    It is not just a coincidence-–that everything began to fall apart--as soon as the Democrats took control in 2006, and then gained even more control in 2008.

    The Gulf crisis and our current economic crisis-–are perfect examples of incompetence-–by the loony left liberal Democrats.

    June 12, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  24. Sue

    Bush and the Republicans had power/control after 9/11-–when MANY thought that our economy/country would be destroyed.

    Does the Obama drones remember the time after 9/11-–when nobody was flying, nobody was traveling, nobody was going anywhere with large crowds, nobody was spending money.

    Yet, Bush and the Republicans saved our economy/country--by reducing taxes on businesses who were struggling.

    If the Democrats would have been in office--they would have raised taxes (destroying businesses)-–and fired up the printing presses. Their policy would have been "welfare for everyone'.

    If the Democrats would have been in office after 9/11-–who knows if our economy/country would have survived.

    June 12, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  25. CBR

    Rep. Boehner is an example of what is wrong in government. He was in Congress throughout the the years of George W. Bush when spending was out of control with Republicans in charge. The war was never funded and we pay for it every day. Now that the Democrats are in control who is putting blame on them.

    The Democrats do the same thing when they blame Republicans now for lack support.

    When the Republicans begin to admit that the spending on the war had no controls and no way to pay for it, we will begin to see some movement forward. In part, this is the reason for the economic problems.

    The rest is greed, overspending, the refusal to cut back on spending, etc. Too many people were out of control and no one moved to confront them. So here we all are playing the blame game.

    Let's take a deep breath and move forward together. That would be a worthwhile and noble idea.

    June 12, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
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