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. Pirate Wench

    Sue – what parallel universe are you living in? You say if the Dems would have been in power for 9/11 we would have been at a stand still? You do realize that part of the reason 9/11 happened was because of George Bush 1 AND 2 right? Their insane rhetoric amped up the bad feelings between the US and the middle east. Next – lets look at your far fetched idea that somehow Obama's administration is responsible for the BP oil spill. Apparently you have no idea what those 100 days that Dick Cheney spent behind closed doors with Corporate Oil Companies was all about. It was Cheney selling his soul, the soul of the Bushes and OUR souls to the devil named OIL INDUSTRY. I suggest that you do some research instead of sucking on the big pablum bottle of Fox News, and get some opinions on your own instead of spewing forth the GOP party line. Seriously – either that or go get the mental help that you clearly need if you believe everything you've said.

    June 12, 2010 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  2. Albert, Boehner is a logo lover!

    Boehner is a logo worshiping corporate protectionist who ;serves only corporations and not We the People. His Party has sold out the American taxpayer so that stock holders do not have to pay for the damage they do. These Republican logo lovers refuse to remove the $75 million liability cap protecting BP stock holders as they pass the bill to We the People. Now Boehner tries to change the subject with by bad talking Obama.

    June 12, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  3. JohnRJ08

    Does anybody actually think that Boehner has a shred of credibility on this or any other issue? The man is a typical corrupt partisan politician who obviously believes it is his job to attack the administration relentlessly, while doing nothing himself to help resolve the problems he complains about. Utterly useless empty suit.

    I don't think any president actually enjoys spending. It is always a lightning rod for the opposition party. But, some times, spending is necessary in order to prevent greater evils, like a second Great Depression or the continued destruction of this country's middle class.

    The quick way to reduce the deficit is to get the economy growing again. Obama has been priming the pump, which the vast majority of economists agree is the right thing to do. I don't know if Boehner is a stupid man or not, but his complaining about spending demonstrate a total lack of understanding of this country's economic predicament.

    June 12, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  4. Ed FL

    Boehner would like the American public to pick on the democrats when his SO CALLED LEADERSHIP along With McConnell are responsible for most of it in addition to KILLING 4,000 american youths and WOUNDING more than 20,000 more. Live with it orange Person whatever you are. you come off as a good representative form Hollywood and Vine in LA.

    June 12, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  5. Patsy, Texas

    Where was this guy's outrage when Gingrich shut down the
    government in 1995? (Then pouted because, boohoo, Clinton made
    me sit at the back of the plane).
    Where was this guy's outrage when George W. Bush left the
    Presidency with a record 482 billion dollar deficit, which did not
    include the war costs?
    Oh yeah, he was right there (since 1992) voting for and standing with
    Bush and Gingrich.
    Useless rhetoric from yet another useless Congressman.
    Stir the pot, stir the pot, because answers to problems he has not.

    June 12, 2010 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  6. Ann

    Boehner is right, but I just don't like to associate Dems only with spending. President Clinton was not like Mr. Obama (or like Mr. Bush). It matters who is the president not which party is in power.

    June 12, 2010 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  7. Francey

    Anyone get the hypocrisy of Republicans crying about spending yet??

    Bush enters office after Clinton and inherits a surplus. He leaves office 8 years later with record deficits, the country in economic crisis and disaster of a magnitude similar to pre Depression.

    Then those who helped create the worst economic disaster of our times immediately start wailing about President Obama, saying "What are you going to do about this mess we created".

    Please. I pray the American public will not be totally deceived if they merely look at the factual history.

    June 12, 2010 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  8. Disgusted in NC

    A majority of Americans appear to be partisan idiots on the topic of government spending. Democrats and Republicans alike scream about the other party's profligate spending, but rationalize their own party's spending. The government is already horribly in debt – there is no extra money to spend. Politicians depend on ever-increasing spending to buy votes and partisan cheerleaders are their enablers. We, the American people, must put a stop to this insanity or our country's creditors surely will.

    June 12, 2010 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  9. If We Can Defeat Him On Healthcare, It Will Be His Waterloo

    Give it a rest Orange-man.

    June 12, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  10. Pragmatic

    Notice any specific plans to cut spending? The last GOP proposed budget was 19 pages long – with no number and two themes: cut domestic spending – increase military spending. Create jobs! Great! How? Less taxes on business means fatter bottom line for business – does not mean more jobs!

    Look at GOP budget cuts in action: Pawlenty's bridges are falling down ... Yes – the country needs a new direction but after seeing the GOP "in action" 2000 – 2008 – they are not up to the job ...

    June 12, 2010 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  11. vernis robertson

    John Boehner is wrong like 2 left shoes.First of all the spending and the national debt comes 2 wars , which are open bid contracts, tax cuts on the wealthy , a prescription drug program,that cost trillions of dollars. Why won't he talk about that .The Republicans are good at mis-information to the american people. This is why this country are in the situations because of the republicans. Everytime that get in office they put this country in a recession. Go back and check your history book. You need government oversite , to regulate these companies. Look at the banking industries. Do you expect President Obama to sit on his hands and do nothing, This is the Republicans only argument is spending. The Republicans have NO IDEA in how to move this country forward. The ONLY things Republicans bring to the table is , NO and Criticism. NO SOLUTIONS.

    June 12, 2010 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  12. No-sense makes nonsense

    So rich that the Republicans who have pushed and pushed to have a Free Market Economy based on Debt should be so outraged. The only things Conservatives and Republicans are interested in is:

    1) Getting rid of all Social Democracies and turn countries into corporations

    2) Permit all industries to run on the debts they do but somehow demand that governments run on a profit!

    Get off it. God didn't make our economic system. Sovereign Debt is now just another term to force the money from serving the 'Welfare of The People' to aggregating it up into the wealthy.

    I heard on Fox news that the 'wealthy' are driving the economy. That's SICK and reeks of Aristocracy but then that's what people like Boehner wants ... ultra-rich who 'trickle down' to all of the rest of us.

    June 12, 2010 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  13. stevetall

    With so many ignorant Americans around politics these days, I guess it's gratifying to know that someone represents them. It used to be that the intelligent, thoughtful, and selfless would be elected to congress, but now, apparently, any boob with a poor attitude and a short memory can play.

    For those of you who are 'scared' of our American system of government and believe that FOX has any real 'news' (like Senator Boehner), this must be a gratifying time for you. Blaming the current administration for all of the problems brought on by George Bush's presidency, while at the same time not doing one damn thing to make America stronger or better, must somehow make you feel better. I know that the blame-game is easier to play than actually doing something positive, but now is the time to get back to work. I'm sick of the sniveling from the right side of the aisle, and I'm not the only one. Things are improving economically, no thanks to the Republicans, so get on board, hang on, and shut up.

    June 12, 2010 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  14. jbakaregit

    John Boehner, what happened to the SURPLUS Democrat Bill Clinton left Republican Bush?

    These guys make me sick. They really think America is stupid and will just hand the GOP back power in November b/c conventional wisdom says so.

    June 12, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  15. jim atmadison

    Republicans failed to meet the budget deadlines when they held both houses of Congress and the presidency in 2002, 2004, and 2006.

    Where was Boehner's outrage at the "stunning failure of leadership" then?

    What a freakin' clown show the GOP has become.

    BTW, Boehner, you're nine years late to the fiscal responsibility party.

    June 12, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  16. cocapitalist

    Where were Boner and the other "fast acting" pseudo -patriotic Republicans when the 8 years of Bush was raiding the US Treasury with his friends, with their treasonous acts to spend us into an economic abyss of Bush's creation...

    June 12, 2010 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  17. lib

    Republicans don't like when the hard working Ameicans finally see some results from our tax money. Hope republicans never take over again. I'd rather a revolution.

    June 12, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  18. Voice Crying in the Wilderness

    Boehner, the best way to reform the way Washinton does business is to get rid of hypocritical, partisan, deceitful, self-serving, liars like you. This sorry state of affairs started before President Obama became president. Where were your concerns then?
    You, and people like you, is what's wrong with Congress.

    June 12, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  19. Disgusted Democrat

    As a lifelong Massachusetts Democrat I begrudgingly agree with Mr Boehner and the GOP on this one. The spending – the pork – the deficit are all out of control. Our Democratic leadership of Obama-Pelosi-Reid-Kerry-Frank-Dodd et al have failed us miserably. There is no leadership coming from the White House and no fiscal discipline coming from Congress. I guess we may have put in a very inexperienced person in the White House- and it is showing.

    I fear the GOP is correct on this pivotal issue, which if not handled correctly, will sink this country into a Depression.

    It is time to curtail the pork; repeal health care reform; get out of Afghan and Iraq, tighten the budget and change Social Security. On the matter of social security, I would propose three very difficult and controversial approaches which will help greatly:

    1. Increase the retirement age to 68 or 70
    2. Eliminate social security benefits for people that do not need it – a threshold based on income and liquid wealth
    3. Increase the individual and corporate contribution to medicare by 1% and increase it 2% on soccial security

    we need to start running this country in a much more fiscally conservative standpoint

    June 12, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  20. Peter s

    Mr Boehner! Sir, stop misleading the public! Although the spending as you say is on the high side! lets stop alittle bit and ask ourselves why?. Its because of a simple reason Republicans screwed up the economy big time! two wars started under false premises to enrich Cheney his clonies and corporations, and please dont for get the bush tax cuts for the choosen few you know those republican untouchables. No mr Boehner tell me this if you inherit or buy a down trodden house don't you have to make the necessary repairs? the answer is YES!!!! President Obama is trying to repair a worn out house, called the USA economy!. Which you mr Borhner and the other republican parrots helped to bring down! Comprede Senor Bohner?. American don't have short memory has you and the other republicans tend to think!. Look mr Bohrner its just the other day you and your Republicans friends were singing the hymn of drill, drill drill baby! now mr Bohrner pay a visit to gulf coast and tell me what you think?

    June 12, 2010 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  21. chris

    Sue said: "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."

    I love it when the Right tries to push this myth. As if Bear Stearns, Lehman Bros. and all the rest of Wall Street were acting completely responsibly up until the Democrats gained a slight majority in Congress. Then Barney Frank in six short months personally forced each and every one of them to recklessly overleverage themselves with hundreds of billions of dollars in sub-prime back securites that he just happened have in his back pocket.

    The financial breakdown was the result of a whole series of events that took several years to build up to. By the time Democrats took control in Congress, the house of cards that Wall Street had been building over the years was already on the verge of collapse. Blaming the Great Recession on the Dems is sort of like blaming the Titantic disaster on the guy that happened to be working in the engine room when the ship hit the iceberg.

    June 12, 2010 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  22. keeth in california

    Opportunistic hypocrite.

    June 12, 2010 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  23. Rosslaw

    Boehner seems to forget about two Bush unfunded tax cuts he voted for which literally evaporated within eight months after Bush took office the largest surplus he inherited from the Clinton administration. Two tax cuts in the middle of two very active conflicts costing thousands of American lives was moral and financial insanity. Boehner seems to neglect the crony capitalism he continues to endorse with its secret, no bid contracts which end up getting American troops killed for his fund raisers. Listening to Mr. Permatan about fiscal practices is like hiring one of the Republican child molesters for a baby sitter.

    June 12, 2010 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  24. DrDeathRay

    Regardless of political affiliation, you cannot say Mr. Boehner is wrong. However, Mr. Boehner needs to support BP being held entirely and solely responsible for all cleanup costs in the gulf to show he is sincere in his proclamtion. If the Republicans once again want to pass on the cost of irresponsible and greed centric business practices on the American people we will clearly see once again that the Republican party cares more for multinational corporations than the American people. And that the quantity of spending is not the issue but simply to whom it is dispersed. The Republicans historically are the greatest of spenders and the creators of the largest governments, despite their rhetoric, and some solid actions will be required for Mr. Boehner and the Republican party to have any credibility in this matter.

    June 12, 2010 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  25. david

    This guy is either a complete Moron ...or a paid spokeperson for the tanning bed industry.

    June 12, 2010 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
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