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. lstro

    Lets not forget this country is rebounding from the worse recession since the great depression. To correct these problems obviously cost us. I for one believe this country will survive this just as we have other crisis but it's going to require the efforts of both dems and repubs working together to get it done. What we don't need is a Repub Party that is more about criticizing and nothing about helping solve the problems. Its easy to complain but where are the concrete solutions. We have the right President for the job so as a nation we must have a little confidence and patience that he'll get the job done.

    June 12, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  2. midwestmatt

    Shut up, Boehner. The bailouts began under Bush and his cronies and additional spending was required in order to not enter into a depression.

    You and your ilk are why we are in the spot we're in now and for you and your electric tan to get up and blame the POTUS is little more than a diversionary tactic to distract people from the fact that we're in this mess because you, and other Republicans, were deeply in bed with lobbyists that represented every interest except those of the average American.

    Voting out incumbents includes you, Boehner. I hope your state sees fit to do exactly that.

    June 12, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  3. Jim

    Boehner is a joke and an embarrasment. First, he voted for a tax cut while increasing spending for Bush's war of choice which added to the deficit. Now he vwants the taxpayer to pay for BP's oil spill in the Gulf.
    This guy is owned by big oil and the cigarette industries.

    June 12, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  4. annie s

    Total nonsense that the health care bill is stalling small business. I'm a small business owner and this bill will allow me to find affordable health care for myself and my two employees...something I can't do now. Boehner seems to forget that it's Republicans whose policies actually led to the financial crisis and that it's President's Obama's policies that stopped us from falling into a great depression. Now if the Republicans would stop obstructing every thing he wants to do, we might actually move forward at a better pace.

    June 12, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  5. Bill from GA

    Reading an idiotic comment like "everything began to fall apart–as soon as the Democrats took control in 2006", which is often used by Repugs, what bill did the Dems pass to create this mess? Did they them override W's veto??

    Boner is a bigger jerk than Newt, and coming from a Georgian, that's saying a lot.

    June 12, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  6. reggie from la

    Senator Boehner, your party is responsible for High Unemployment. Your party is responsible for Wall Street deregulation resulting in near collapse. Your party and a lot of Dems supported war efforts which have cost our economies tons of loss. You have allowed people to grow wealthy beyond reason. In order for so few to be so rich, many have to be poor, then we blame them on TV for asking for handouts. How can you or anyone like you, fix your mouths to imply that this administration is not fiscally responsible? WHAT AN IDIOT! That goes for all of you and any of you who believe he's spouting fiscal responsibility. It's elections time you idiots. We may have to spend our way out mixed with cuts. Our nation is hurting and Boehner and like-minded mouths will not be the cure. How can we listen to this?

    June 12, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  7. Muffet

    Boat-Nutt needs to look in the mirror. All of a sudden he speaks of fiscal responsibility. Where is all this talk when he gave insane amounts of tax dollars to companies and industries who are in his back pocket?

    June 12, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  8. Chris

    really boehner? i don't think the GOP has any credibility to be slamming anybody for out of control spending. what next? a GOP'er is going to slam someone for infidelity or homosexuality? kettle meet pot.

    June 12, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  9. Bill from GA

    Out of control spending is only OK when Repugs are doing it.

    Deficits don't matter when they are Repug deficits.

    June 12, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  10. Steven P

    The dichotomy of Republicans and Democrats is disgusting. They enable each other to give us people our "Bread & Circuses".

    June 12, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  11. hopinghere2

    Many of you are right. This mess did start with Bush but we elected Obama to make it better, not worse and it has gotten worse since he came to town. While Bush was stupid and corrupt Obama is just the same. Bush screwing things up is a sorry excuse for what Obama is doing

    June 12, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  12. b. o. stinks

    spending us into socialism just wait and see soon we will be taxed 50% and go to the nanny state cradle to grave.............. any bets?

    June 12, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  13. Andy

    If you find this unprecedented, here's a fact, congress has not passed a budget (4) times ('98, '02, '04, & '06) in its history...and all (4) times under Republican control of congress.

    June 12, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  14. pugnacious

    Barrack said and I quote .The buck stops here and my administration and I are in full charge . We inherited this mess from the previous administration. Smoke and fire nothing to see here folks.All hands were on deck. Spin cycle 60 spillion gallons later as Matt said. .

    June 12, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  15. 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.

    June 12, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  16. Sue

    Did any of you hear the latest news-–that NY is broke.

    They are talking about shutting down MANY programs next week--because they have no money--and worried about anarchy because of doing so.

    New York is now in the same situation as California--the economy/state destroyed due to illegals and loony left liberal policies.

    Yes, New York and California have something else in common--both states are ran by loony left liberal Democrats.

    Coincidence???? I think not.

    June 12, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  17. sickofthisbs

    @mamacoo, I totally agree with you. I work with this guy who thinks that ALL entitlement programs should be abolished. I told him to pray that he doesn't ever have a catastrophe in his family such as a bad illness i.e stroke, heart attack or cancer because he might have to be on disability or welfare one day. He gave me this weird look, I guess he never thought of it that way.

    June 12, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  18. Hannah

    I hear a great axiom the other day and i don't remember how said it but it was very appropriate for the times; "It's always the Democrats who have to come in behind the Republican elephants and clean of the sh!t" Isn't that the truth. And now they want to get back in so they can finish the job of getting rid of the middle class and insure that we are all serfs in their corporatocracy. I don't think people will allow it this time. They have lied too many times.

    June 12, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  19. Dave

    The man is right on the money. It's amazing how Obama's supporters mindlessly blame all their woes and trouble on George Bush. If any of you actually, who follow this logic, start to think for yourselves, you're going to be pretty stunned at how poor of a leader Obama and his Democratic controlled Congress really are. Anyway, come November, the tide starts to turn back this lunacy of the Obama administration, can't come too soon!

    June 12, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  20. BeverlyNC

    Who cares what John "orange tan man" Boehner thinks? There has not been a day since President Obama took office that Boehner has not made some nasty critical statement about the Democrats or President Obama.
    Boehner is a whiner and not a "doer". He has done NOTHING to help this country or its working families. He just plays golf, tans, and ignores the real issues our nation is facing.
    He is useless and worthless as a leader and I hope Ohio throws him out in November.

    June 12, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  21. Sorensen

    Mr. Bohner is as far removed from any form of professional
    leadership as possible.
    He is a sorry excuse for a politician, with his mumbling and badly
    formulated language, his total lack of content, style and charisma and
    the sooner the GOP realizes that he is a major drawback for anything
    thay want to do, the better.
    He should just be selling fake sun-tan oil in a cheap shopping mall in
    the south.

    June 12, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  22. works for me

    Let me get this straight...
    Boner (no misspelling) wants the taxpayers (US) to help out BP and then states the Dems are overspending??? These guys are getting more stupid and less wise. I thought as we age we're supposed to get smarter from the life challenges... not dumber.
    If the money wasn't spent... any money, we wouldn't have come this close to recovering for many more years. I haven't seen my taxes go up, at all!

    Just shut up and do YOUR JOB... Boner

    June 12, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  23. cindy

    When things go wrong, you blame Bush, when things go good, you praise O. What's wrong with this picture? When are you people going to stop blaming Bush and take responsibility for what is going on NOW?
    Step up to the plate Dems and take a look at what you are doing now, not what others did before you!! Where is the "big change" O promised? Down the toilet as far as I can see.

    June 12, 2010 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  24. craig

    The Democrats have had control of both houses of Congress since 2006. Three and half years later they still blame the woes of the country on Republicans. When exactly will Democrats assume the resposibilities that go along with being in charge? 2012? 2015? 2020? I'm guessing never, and I'm hoping they don't get the chance to after November.

    June 12, 2010 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  25. Proud Worlverine

    Barry is a stiff, as well as a liar. Bush spent way too much money, but Barry has TRIPLED the deficit in 17 months, and shows no signs of slowing down. November can't come soon enough!

    June 12, 2010 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
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