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. Jim

    Hey Sue!

    Last time I checked California had a Republican Gov.

    June 12, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  2. Russ

    Republicans are always crying about how the Democrats spend money, but it was their fearless leader George W. Bush, who got us into this situation. Clinton left office with a surplus that was growing. It was forcast that Social Security would be on a sound footing. Now, with the cost of two wars, tax cuts, and tax rebates, all of which had no effect on stimulating the economy or making us safer, we are in deep trouble they say. However, we are not, even when compared to your typical family. For instance Boehner says our debt will equal the GDP. So what? How much debt do you have compared to your yearly income? Most of us have a mortgage. That alone is far more than a typical family's income. In fact the typical family has a mortgage, car loans, credit card bills, and college loans. The total my be six times yearly income. By that measure the government deficit would have to equalnearly 78 billion! While I don't like debt myself, it is sometimes necessary to take it on to live a good life. If it were possible, the Republicans would cut taxes and spend more. Which is what they did for the 8 years before Obama, who is trying to clean up the mess they left. Every time Boehner opens his mouth, I am disgusted more. What he needs is a talk show like his heros Beck and Limbaugh who have no basis in fact for almost everything they say. They are three peas in a pod.

    June 12, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    Democrats in America were put on earth to do one thing: Drag the ignorant hillbilly half of this country into the next century

    June 12, 2010 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  4. Chris

    Democrats in America were put on earth to do one thing: Drag the ignorant hillbilly half of this country into the next century.

    June 12, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  5. tony

    Yes, we cannot go on like this. We need to start by paying back the debt from Republican administrations first. The nation had a debt of more than 10 trillion when Bush left office, not counting the 2009 deficit of 1.4 trillion, which was the last Bush budget (Yes, an outgoing administration writes the budget for the first year of the incoming one. The 2009 budget was written before the start of 2009 fiscal year, which started on October of 2008, before Obama was elected). Obama should be held responsible for his budget, starting in 2010. Republicans need to pay for their own debt.

    June 12, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  6. Eli

    Why can't Americans be objective? Bush's spending was bad but Obama's is much worse.

    June 12, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  7. Russ

    NY and CA are run by looney left liberal Democrats! That is news to me. Schwarzenegger is a Republican and Paterson has been trying to cut the budget from the day he got in. That is why everyone doesn't like him. No, it was Pataki who got the state into the mess it is in by not funding Medicare. You Republicans should look yourselves in the mirror, you will see the enemy!

    June 12, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  8. Alan

    I think this problem us much more serious than most people realize... This isn't the fault of one president, it's not the fault of republicans or democrats. It's not due to illegal aliens. Those factors contributed. However, the BIGGEST problem is that America is competing in a global economy. One industry after another has been outsources starting with the New York textile industry in the 70's. It's been non-stop every since, with steel, cars, electronics. When the internet and cheap international phone systems became available in the 90's it opened up call center jobs, I/T, and many, many other jobs to very cheap foreign competition.

    In my opinion this problem should be getting 50% of the attention, and frankly gay marriage and abortion are way down the list of priorities for me, but seem to be highest on the list for most Americans.

    How has America responded? The federal government has been borrowing large sums of money ever since Reagan was president. This problem has been snowballing for 30 years.

    I hate to see republicans and democrats going at each other, because neight party has presented an answer to the problem.

    The only answer I see is finding ways to make the cost of living lower in America. Lower home prices are a good thing in that respect. If you were going to build something in a factory, would you build it in a place where your employees have to spend $300,00 for a house, or $20,000 for a house?

    I've been very concerned about the amount of federal deficit spending for the last 15 years, and it's just getting worse as we get more desperate.

    I wish our leaders had the vision to see the REAL underlying problem and the wisdom to come up with answers. All they seem to see is the symptoms and they are treating those with borrowed money.

    June 12, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  9. Ivan-AZ

    If Repubs would stop obstructing EVERYTHING and start legislating then this Congress could be responsible for one of the largest economic turnarounds in American history....but instead they'd rather say NO and keep putting ALL the blame on Obama and his administration...umm did we forget that it was Republicans in charge of the legislative branch AND executive branch who blew through a surplus on TWO wars and tax breaks that crippled the middle class....Im sorry but I'm not being SOLD on anything the GOP is trying to sell and ANYONE with good sense will be slow to beleive a word they say

    June 12, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  10. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Republican "pork barrell" spending is in the budget for the rich is holding the budget up and Boehner knows this.

    June 12, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  11. Abe

    Complaining does not solve the issue. Come up with a solution. Lets remember who put us in these mess. Mr. Boehner, you have the answer. Let's hear it.

    June 12, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  12. Death Panel Sarah

    You LIKED spending money when Bush was in office!!!
    Now that it is for the people, you hate it!!
    I guess you just hate people and love businesses......typical ReptiliCON!!!!

    When will you admit to your affair.....you can't be a republiCON without one!!!

    June 12, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  13. Chewy Chickletts in Tijuana

    Who gives a crap what "BONER" thinks? He's just another republican parrot repeating his soundbites like the good inbreeder that he is. Go back to the tanning bed or giving blow jobs in public men's bathrooms like the rest of your sick buddies, tool.

    June 12, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  14. observant7

    In the short span of one week Boehner wants a balanced Democrat budget from President Obama, and Tax Payer dollars for the BP Oil Spill.

    What's wrong with Boehner? Has he been rubbing himself with Gulf Oil? And Drinking Gulf Oil Cocktails?

    June 12, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  15. todd

    You aint seen nothing yet this communist president is just warming up!

    June 12, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  16. Mick from MN

    Basic economic theory says during a recession a gov't must spend to stimulate it – since nobody will spend.

    Which is why every country in the world increased gov't spending during the recession.

    Basic economic theory also says, once the recession is over, the gov't must cut spending.

    So, what the GOP is trying to do is trick the public into believing that they are the ones pushing the gov't (Dems) to cut spending, when in fact, the gov't will cut spending – by a whole lot – next year!

    The GOP economic policies have caused every inflationary burst and bust in American history.

    June 12, 2010 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  17. rainier08

    Is mr. boners memory that short ? Exactly what happened from 2001 -2008 ?

    June 12, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  18. Rob in MO

    Boehner was strangely silent for 8 years as George Bush and his republican buddies converted a budget surplus into a huge deficit through ridiculous tax-cuts and an unnecessary war. Governemnt spending has been the major thing that has extricated us from the Bush economic depression.

    June 12, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  19. Charles

    John Boehner is a "betsy wetsy doll"...he whines and pees, but offers little more that rhetoric from a party idiology. Some of his points are of interest, but Republican idiology is about control and wealth. All their message is simply about money or being anti-socialistic. In the end we burned through a lot of cash on the foreign wars since 2001...and what has it achieved? We watched California implode thanks in large part to the Bush Administration's hands off approach to regulating organizations like Enron & Wall Street. The source of our current problems is rooted in misapplied self interest of certain well positioned executives greed. Creating more jobs is admirable and desparately needed, but if corporate America creates the positions, but then simply ships them oversees in the name of shareholders to create more executive wealth...what does that do for American workers. Companies used to be a place where people worked and shared with their second family of co-workers, but globalization has undermined that theory of companies. Boehner and his followers are all about the negatives of the current environment. They should have the guts to offer and follow through on "no earmarks" moratorium, heavy incentives for American job creation/disincentives for shipping jobs offshore and congressional term limits. If you want to promote some real results Mr. Boehner, stop complaining and offer some real contribution for a change. If taking back Washington means giving it back to a congress wanting to pander to wealthy donors, oil and pharma companies...this is not the right American ideal for many of us...dare I say a majority of us.

    June 12, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  20. Mark D

    You crazy liberals are out of your minds. To so blindly follow a man (obama) shows how incredibly weak minded you are. No wonder you are a dying breed who represents a huge embarrassment for our country. A pre-emptive statement, I did not vote for Bush. You guys screwed your healthcare system for yourselves, ruined our childrens future as well as the future of our nation and all because your max. foresight is like a week. CNN, you are pathetic for not having a single story about that moron dem Greene who won in S.C. senate primary. If I was an exclusive cnn reader, I would have never known about it. Pathetic journalism/journalists. Get a clue you parasitic creatures, and a job while you're at it (democrats and journalists alike, although they are synonymous).

    June 12, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  21. diane

    boehner is a rich repub, who wants smaller government, so wall street , big corp. and big oil guys, and the medical world can continue to do what ever they want. that is why they want smaller gov., and they can say they are tired of hearing that bush and cheny got is in this mess, but i dont care how tired they are of hearing trhat, it is true, and my opinion is every bit as important as these rich repubs, and a lot more sensible than any of them, i say, we vote all of the career politicians out. i want bigger gov, so there can be some regulations on all of them.

    June 12, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  22. D.

    And he said this when President Bush was in office too?
    We are in such a crisis but have the Congress rollbacked their salaries and the over 100,000 staff members' salaries. Charity starts at home.

    June 12, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  23. Chuck T

    Boehner talking about fiscal responsibility is kind of like the key note speaker at a prostitutes convention talking about morals.

    Where was his concern when he was voting for two unfunded wars and cutting taxes on the extremely wealthy which would have helped pay for the wars?

    June 12, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  24. SCOTO

    Its no mean feat but the Republicans manage to hire people who look as dumb as they actually are.

    June 12, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  25. there's a reason the mule is the dems mascot

    Both parties lie like dogs – you can't say only GOP members lie. Politicians make a living misleading people – they are mostly lawyers – and lawyers are the best liars. 45% of congress is attorneys.

    Both parties spend too much – but dems are out of sight. They want us to depend on government so they have complete control. A society that depends on its govt is a society doomed to massive failure. Obama wants us to be like Europe – which is why the only jobs he has created are census jobs. No private jobs. I say vote him and all other incumbents out of office.

    June 12, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
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