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. pat

    @SUE – You think Arnold Schwartzenegger is a far left Democrat? Good God Almighty.

    June 12, 2010 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  2. Kim j

    I wish this guy would run with scissors. This economy is not growing and if the public sector can’t sustain employment and spending then is it not up to the govt to do so? We need infrastructure, so spend on that but just don’t spend frivolously. In fact during these times the govt could be low balling a few things and the first should be policing the world… do we need to be in Germany, how about Japan let’s get Bin Laden and then call it a day. Why if we put peoples education first this economy just might take care of itself through innovation! And as for John B.... we might think about dipping him in oil for his tan, it would cut down on electricity

    June 12, 2010 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  3. Marge

    Wish he and his fellow republican enablers would have opened their mouths and complained like this when Bush was spending like a drunken sailor. After all he ran 500 billion surplus into a 8 trillion dollar deficit.

    BUT I see, that's OK it is only when the Democrats try to spend to get the country back on it's feet from the mess Boehner and the republicans made that all the little wimpy guys who were afraid to say anything to Bush are now spewing their butt off.

    Republicans so so predictible. Doesn't he know that the people of this country know who ran up most of that debt and a lot is still coming from the tax cuts Bush and Boehner gave to the richest people and the corporations. THE GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING TIL THE DEMOCRATS LET IT RUN OUT. AND THEN THEN REPUBLICANS WILL REALLY MESS THEIR PANTS.

    June 12, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  4. there's a reason the mule is the dems mascot

    and banks won't loan money to ANYBODY now – yet dems point fingers at Wall Street while the govt made rules encouraging their behavior in te first place. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are more responsible and are failing as we speak, yet they get no blame???

    THese politicians are the scum of the earth and they should all be put in jail.

    June 12, 2010 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  5. Marge

    FOR SUE THE PHEW...how about all those southern states run by your REPUBLICAN BUDDIES. Every one of them are broke and have even cut money for EDUCATION. So when you talk about states going broke list the ones run by the republicans and you will see that there are more than 10 to 1 of states run by Democrats. But I guess since you have your head up republican butt you will surely overlook those.

    June 12, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  6. DENNA

    Wow John, just wow. Where was you fiscal responsibility when Bush was spending us into ruin with two wars, one completely unnecessary. Also, didn't President Clinton leave a nice surplus for him to work with? Please! Your concern is too little to late and just more complaining by the Party of No. Step aside; we have a country to run.

    June 12, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  7. crybaby right

    what's the sickness where firemen set fires deliberately so they can put them out and be heros?

    June 12, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  8. Bob

    Some quick facts here. Bush inherited a budget surplus on paper alone. It was never in the bank. Next, the Democrats have controlled congress since 2007 and could have done lots of things to stop Bush and now Obama and have not. There is plenty of blame to go around however this continual blame of just the Republicans just shows the pure ignorance floating around out there. Both parties are to blame and both need to be voted out in November. The US needs a clear third party to offset these career politicians.

    June 12, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  9. Bob (Illinois)

    Does Boehner have the slightest idea WHY all that money was spent? I don't think the man pays any attention to facts because he is too busy trying to score political points!

    June 12, 2010 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  10. bill

    boehner needs to go back to tanning bed.the sun has burned what little brain he has.what about two UNFUNDED WARS UNDER REPUBS.i dont know how they get away with their propaganda.well maybe i do N.B.C.=G.E CNN.=TIME WARNER.FOX WELL THEY DONR REPRESENT ANYONE.EXCEPT REPUBS. GET MY DRIFT AMERICA.ITS BIG BUISNESS.NO ONE SPEAKS FOR MIDDLE CLASS.

    June 12, 2010 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  11. Phillip

    If you have any objectiveness you'll notice a trend with the democrat/liberal respondents on the comments:

    1) The go-to response for any evil under the sun is to blame Bush (if it doesn't apply, they'll somehow find a way to try to make it stick).

    2) If the news is regarding a plainly obvious democrat blunder, they don't acknowledge it. They go back to bulletpoint #1.

    3) Blame any kickback or resentment from conservatives towards blatantly errored policies or bills of liberals as "racist."

    4) They're intellectually dishonest. It completely possible to be a democrat and also be critical of the actions of the elected officials you voted for. Unfortunately you rarely see that.

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

    Why in the hell did you not tell this to Bush? He is the one that started this downfall, and you voted for everything that he wanted.

    June 12, 2010 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  13. Richmond

    Wow, the ignorance of so many posts is mind blowing. Both parties are responsible for our present situation. Both parties contributed to the economy. Party loyalty has been growing more powerful than national loyalty for a couple decades now. And we are starting to see the effects of it. Both parties are more interested in getting credit for their ideas, than in recognizing good ideas from the other side. Neither side will agree on something for the good of the nation. Their ideas have to be for the good of the party first. Or the party will not help them get re-elected.
    People need to stop blaming one side or the other for our current predicament. Blame them both equally. Then vote for the independent in your district, and make a real change. Independents do not have a party to answer to. They actually might work for the people that voted them into a job.

    June 12, 2010 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  14. yuhmad

    Broehner you just need to shut to hell up. Think about the 8 years of war with Iraq during the Bush Administration and if McCain was president today, Iraq war will still be going on. How high was the deficit, Broehener? How come gas prices sky rocketed during the Bush Administration? Guess what, the REPUBLICANS WERE FEEDING THE OIL COMPANIES and in return the REPUBLICANS POCKETS GOT BIGGER and the middle class deficits went up while the wealthy class deficits went down. What happen to the surplus that President Clinton left, Broehner? WHAT DID THE REPUBLICANS DID WITH THE SURPLUS?

    June 12, 2010 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  15. Carl

    The Republicans want you to think that the eight years of the Bush Administration was just a bad dream, it never happened. I was there, it happened. I knew Iraq was bs, about a year before we invaded it. If you could see through the propaganda and think for yourself, anyone else would have seen it to. Notice how Cheney is suddenly silent on the oil spill, he is because if the truth gets out it all goes back to him. Dick Cheney, the puppet master of Bush, is the nemesis of the well-being of all Americans, or at least 98.5% of them.

    June 12, 2010 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  16. brian in denver

    Mr. Boner says "this is a stunning failure of leadership..." . He is a stunning example of conservative obstructionism.

    June 12, 2010 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  17. ThinkAgain

    The end game of the Republican strategy is simple:

    1. Do everything possible to make President Obama and our country fail.

    2. Then point to that failure and say, "We need people in government who know how to do things! Vote out the incumbents – Vote for us!"

    3. Regain political control, reinstating all the tried-and-failed policies of GW Bush and Reaganomics that brought our country to the brink of financial ruin.

    4. Back in power, intimidate the opposition with accusations of being un-patriotic and siding with our enemies.

    5. As things fail under the Republican policies (and they will – it's proven fact), tell Americans that government doesn't work and what we need is to privatize everything.

    6. As the economy and everything goes down the toilet, tell Americans that the market will "correct itself" and that in the meantime, taxpayers need to bail out all the companies who are "too big to fail."

    7. Continue the process of privatizing success and socializing failure for all the big corporations.

    8. Repeat until the United States of America is just another third-world
    country where the top 2% wealthiest families own everything, there is no Middle Class, and the vast majority of people live in poverty, dependent on the charity of those corporations and the Church.

    June 12, 2010 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  18. William Jefferson

    Oompa loompa loompity dee.....

    funny how boner had no problem when his party turned a projected 5.6 trillion surplus into a 5 trillion deficit......

    funny how boner never once had a single iota of trouble spending money for his parties billionaire's tax cuts......

    funny how boner never once had an issuewith fighting a war based on lies by paying for it with deficit spending.....

    coming from boner, one would expect nothing less, and nothing any more honest that this drivel. He has the integrity of a street pimp.

    Sorry, didn't mean to malign pimps.

    June 12, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  19. AnIndependentViewer

    I usually find John Boehner a hypocrite...the Fed Spending was OK when your party was in power...but instead of going with that type of critique....OK Congressman....how about cutting and or reducing the perks, salaries of Congress...which were raised on an annual basis when the Republicans were in power, I won't hold my breath....AND....when the bipartisan commission on debt reduction produces it's report....please tell the American people then what you agree with, what you disagree with and what your solutions to the Debt (2/3 produced by the Republicans) would be....with that said...I still think there is a place for you in Hollywood as...Charlie Harper's late Father....they could find a way to bring him back to life....kind of like your new found Fiscal Responsibility...which always seems to die when YOUR party gets into power.....

    June 12, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    I am throughly disgusted with both parties and if I could make both of them walk a plank I would start them out on it and just to make sure they do not change their clollective minds, I would saw it off behind them.

    June 12, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  21. Charlie

    On our current path the Government will collapse within 50 years and the Chinese will take over. Then and only then will the Democrats be happy.

    June 12, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  22. ThinkAgain

    b. o. stinks says, "... see soon we will be taxed 50% and go to the nanny state cradle to grave.............. any bets?"

    How about these for revenue boosters:

    1. Collect rightfully-owed taxes on all the money wealthy Americans have put into Swiss bank accounts.

    2. Collec rightfully-owed taxes on all the money corporations have put into offshore accounts.

    3. Reinstate inheritance taxes on the wealthiest Americans.

    4. Eliminate the Bush tax cuts on the wealthy, and roll the rates back to what they were under Reagan (39%; that's only 3% higher than they are now).

    Taxes on the rich? You bet – and it's the least they can do for the country that has given them so much.

    June 12, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  23. Positive

    How can anyone stand there and be that hypocritical after the way he and the other Republicans buried the country in debt and deregulated it to the brink of crisis?

    I'm sick of the Republicans insulting my intelligence!

    June 12, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  24. John J, IN

    More gibberish coming from a senior leader of the party who started us down the road of huge deficit spending ater the Democrats cleaned it up. What a bunch of lying crooks.

    June 12, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  25. emma

    Our economy reminds me of the oil leak. Once the economy tanked, thanks to the Administration during 2000 to 2008, it is a monster to clean up.

    June 12, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
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