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. Steve

    I don't get it. We have a Democrat President and a super majority Democrat Congress. Why are the comments here from the liberals stating that it's always the Republican's fault. The Democrats have the power to shove it down our throats like they have been doing. Are the Democrats in the same country or are they the moon children??
    Wake up Liberals/Democrat bloggers, what the hell do you want. You got the power, use it or shut up you dimwits..

    June 12, 2010 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  2. Jeremy in Shreveport, Louisiana

    People that run for the office of the President always say that they are running for the people. They are running for some sort of change in policy. If this statement is true, why does the president get a salary? Presidents make enough money without their salary. In addition, the Senate and Congress should not have the authority to give themselves raises every year. The authority to do so should rest on the shoulders of the voters. Every two years during Congressional and Senatorial elections, people should be able to cast a Yea or Nay vote at the polls. Rookie Senators and Congressmen would not be entitled to the new raise. They would have to wait a two year evaluation period until they could be eligible for a raise based on their delegates decisions.

    June 12, 2010 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  3. seawife

    So the Dems should be like the Repubs and just be the party of NO!

    Boehner, at least the Dems are doing something!

    June 12, 2010 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  4. marxist dogs are out of control

    The Obamists are intentionally destroying the economy so we will be forced into servitude to our Progressive master.

    And yes you Obamists fools, the collapse began with the installation of Nancy Pelosi and continues today.

    God help the Obamists after November.

    June 12, 2010 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  5. John Boner

    To Rugged American, and there are many more then your 25,000,000 that will not back your form of govt.

    June 12, 2010 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  6. Brennan

    LOL says the guy who gave Bush a blank check all the fricken time!

    June 12, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  7. Livin the good life

    Hey,...at least they are spending it on US Americans, not some "these are the people who tried to kill my father(s)" wars! Bonehead has NO right to say how the Demos are HELPING the American people instead of policing other countries! Where do these people get off and what bizarro world do they live in!?All that tanning has caused him to have cancer of the brain. (In which I think he has none)...Beau Colby

    June 12, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  8. Marry

    Thank you, Gerald! Absolutely to the point!

    June 12, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  9. Liberals are scum

    1.) Stimulus Funds: Went to Trade Unions and Government Workers, non-existent cities/zip codes/congressional districts.
    2.) TARP: Obama asked Bush not to spend it until he came into office.
    3.) Porkulus: Unemployment benefits
    4.) Record Campaign Contributions: turned off credit card filters to allow foreign
    ACORN: Frauducontributorslent votes, illegal activities
    New Black Panther Party: illegal election intimidation
    SIEU: wrote healthcare legislation with Pelosi and Reid
    Sestak/Romanoff: illegal job offerings
    Gulf oil spill: withheld spill calculations since day 1, campaign contributions to Obama from BP. Rahm Emanuel free housing.
    Worldwide Apology Tour: bowing to dictators, appeasing muslim extremists.
    Obama = Fraud/Corruption/One-Termer

    June 12, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  10. Sue

    CNN--when are you going to do an investigation/article about the fact that MANY countries/ships volunteered to help to clean up the oil after the explosion--but were not allowed due to Obama.

    These countries/ships had tools, equipment, skimmers--that suck up the oil filled water--filter it--and then release the clean water back into the Gulf.

    The Obama Admin used the excuse of the Jones Act-–passed over 50 years ago that does not allow foreign boats on US waters. However, the Jones Act can be waived--and Bush waived the Jones Act to allow foreign countries/boats to help us after Katrina.

    If foreign countries/ships would have been able to help--the disaster in the Gulf would not be as bad as it is. Obama wanted the devastation to get this bad-–so that he could push his climate bill.

    June 12, 2010 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  11. Chloe in Chatsworth, CA

    The reason cuts weren't made when the Republicans were in power is that, for all their rhetoric about fiscal responsibility, they know people like the Federal programs. They like their highways and public schools, Medicare and Social Security. They like having the most powerful military in the world and a near-perfect air traffic control system and national parks. They like clean water, trustworthy food and drugs and modern sewer systems. They like effective fire departments and police services. They just don't want to pay for them. There's no question that there is fat and waste in government and efficiencies could save billions, but the reality is the only way we're going to get back to a balanced budget is by paying for the cost of government, which means higher taxes. And there isn't a single politician in America with the courage to say this.

    June 12, 2010 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  12. Debbie

    Boehner is so full of himself and hot air! The US wouldn't be spending so much if we had never had Bush/Cheney! We went from surplus to tanking in 8 years. It will take at least that to climb out.
    IF the GOP wants to quit spending then they should stop giving to the corporations! It used to be the GOP was for a small strong central government. Now they are just for a corporate government where everyday people don't exist. OF, BY, FOR the Corporation!

    June 12, 2010 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  13. gg

    republican presidents spent a lot more ,but i guess it depends what they spend it on

    June 12, 2010 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  14. Coloradan

    Why do Republicans always seem to discover problems only when Democrats are in charge. A refresher: When Obama took office we were on the brink of another Great Depression losing 600,000-700,000 jobs a month. The economy was contracting, now it is expanding. The stock market is up over 50% since March of 2009 just weeks after Obama took office. (If that's socialism, maybe we need more of that). The rate of growth of government was higher under Bush than it was under Clinton.

    Clinton handed off 3 consecutive years of surpluses to Bush who quickly turned that situation into deficits, largely because of the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts that were probably only designed to stimulate the economy long enough to get him re elected in 2004. From there we ended up with the worst economy since the Great Depression.

    The bulk of the deficit roughly 75% has been rung up while Republicans have had the Presidency, most of that while a Bush has been in office. And Boehner was in office for much of this and NOW he has a problem.

    And yes, current deficits are obscene, but Obama gets a pass because of the mess he inherited, at least until year 3, then it's on him.

    June 12, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  15. Grace

    Correction, Andy- While Congress has failed to pass a final budget resolution in 1998, 2002, 2004 and 2006, Congress has never skipped drawing up a resolution, making this failure to act unprecedented.

    June 12, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  16. mike

    this how stupid the republicans are like johnny boy while everyone
    else is worried about the oil leak in the gulf this fool is talking about
    spending what are you going to do when the bill comes in on this
    mess in the gulf tell the tax payer there going to have to suck it up
    how about you take your big mouth and stick over the pipe then
    at least one problem will be solved

    June 12, 2010 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  17. The Truth, Please...I Just Want The Truth

    John Boehner is a hypocrite...so are the rest of the Republicans.

    If we were spending trillions of Federal tax dollars bombing, invading, and occupying, Iran, North Korea, Cuba, and Venezuela, Boehner and the rest of the Republicans would be telling us that we have to spend this kind of money in order to "defend" our country from these "threats to our national security" and would call ANYONE who evern DARES to question these wars "un-American" "unpatriotic" and accuse them of being "traitors."

    Democrats want to spend tax our dollars on improving people's lives here in the U.S.A., while Republicans want to spend our tax dollars on killing people in other countries.

    Both parties are going to spend our money...it's up to us, the voters, to decide HOW our money is going to be spend.

    June 12, 2010 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  18. ZacATL

    Yea he's right. But why demand Obama to do a job that Republicans refused to start 10 years ago? I thought the mantra was "Reagan proved deficits don't matter."

    I know! Here's an idea: How about another trillion dollar tax cut! That will solve our debt problems.

    June 12, 2010 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  19. ceaser

    atc333 absolutely correct my,thoughts as well.

    June 12, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  20. bill

    so many you lefties are ignorant as can be. this problem of overspending did not start with Bush, the ecomonic problems did not start with Bush. The idea that Clinton left a "surplus" is total bullcrap and if you had an ounce of intelligence you could see pass the line of crap the left wing media has pushed for years. I suggest you all do some serous research and not just listen to the left wing media nor the lefty teachers and attempt to gather the truth.

    The problem is with both parties....the entire government and from your side in large part the push for entitlement programs which will be the downfall of this nation if we continue on the path.

    As far this President, if he was truly going to clean up this so called mess Bush left then he wouldnt being what he is doing....spending out of control far worse than Bush did. What moron thinks if the last President over spent that the next President should multiply the spending?????? The stupidity in America is amazingly sad.

    June 12, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  21. Remember the Alamo

    It is not the money OBAMA is doing with his trememndous spending. I am not a Republican. In fact I was a Democrat for 50 years but no more. I want to ask you Obama supporters can you not see what Obama has done. He is creating an a financial crisis that Americans can not bear. I realize this does not affect two many of you supporters for you don't have anything to lose., but you lives. Which you will do if Obama has his way. Has an agenda of the destruction of the U.S. Do you not see the slowly deterioration of our allies away from us. All the while he is kissing up to the Muslim nations. CAN YOU NOT SEE THIS. If you can't you are the exact reason that OBAMA and his kind will never in many a year occupy the Oval Office again./ That is if we surrvive as a nation.

    June 12, 2010 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  22. coach

    It remains to be seen if consistent criticism based on political ambition will be enough to win electoral support of a country so in need of congressional leadership.

    June 12, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  23. gg

    better to spend the money on thing,s like war,oil companys haliburton ,black water tax refunds for the rich , but spent it to better the middle class waste of money right BOEHNER

    June 12, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  24. Rick in AZ

    It wearies me that all the Republicans can do is complain,complain, complain. Try putting forth One constructive plan that benefits the average American. Try helping out in our troubled times. When in office the Republicans will spend and keep on spending while lowering taxes. When they are eventually turned out , they leave it for thr Democrats to clean up the mess. They scream about huge deficits and that the Dems want to raise taxes.. They couldn't care less about the people. All they want is to be in power so they can get Big Corporate money.

    June 12, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  25. Givemeabreak!!!

    Let's take away all taxpayer paid benefits of our elected representatives. And take away salaries of the "Hell No" people. That will bring down spending.

    June 12, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
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