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. Andrew

    Deficits are caused by cutting taxes on the wealthy and not enforcing the tax code in regards to corporations, not the spending (especially not the spending on aid programs). If the people who have all the money in this country actually had to pay taxes, these deficits would not occur. Thank you Repuplicans AND Democrats for that.

    June 12, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  2. Wendy P

    Lets' get the hell out of Iraq and Afghanistan then! Everyone is afraid to admit that we are killing and dying for NOTHING but it's costing us our financial stability, human lives, and the reputation of this country! We would have plenty of money for health care for all if had not listened to the Bush Crime Family!

    June 12, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  3. Mark Smith

    Why I can't take Republicans seriously on cutting Spending. When you cut taxes and it increases the deficit, that is spending! Think of it as entitlements for the rich. During the Bush Administration, the Republicans gave away 8 Trillion dollars to the rich. Income taxes are at the lowest point as a percentage of GDP, since 1960. In the mean time, our bridges are falling. More families can't afford college for their children, and our ability to manufacture goods continues to decline. I am a liberal Democrat and I am in favor of small government, but only after you have cut the corporations down in size and brought them under control.

    Oh, and a free market doesn't mean their are no rules; it means that everyone plays by the same rules and everyone has free access to all the information. Create markets like that Republicans, and I'll be with you. On the other hand, willful failure to enforce the laws such as we have seen at the SEC if the first step to systematic corruption. Corruption is the cancer that kills democracy.

    June 12, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  4. Rick

    Republicans started this mess. You can't start 2 wars without paying for them. Republicans are two faced SOB'S and make me want to puke. All they do is cry because they lost the election and what makes it worse for them is they lost to a African- American. GO OBAMA!!!!

    OBAMA 2012

    June 12, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  5. Ken

    And on whose Presidential watch did all the money get given back to the wealthy while the war expenditures just kept on growing???

    The Iraq war started over seven years ago. That's a LOT of money spent on imaginary WMDs – and a lot of profit to Haliburton.

    June 12, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  6. Kayo

    They really screwed over the medium and small business owners. A lot of jobs could have been kept if those businesses could have just met payroll. Yet, all the money went to these crooks so they could pay promised bonuses.

    June 12, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  7. ThinkAgain

    Sue says that Bush and the Republicans saved our economy and country after 9/11.

    Does she forget that Bush ignored explicit intelligence about Osama bin Laden's intent to attack our country using airplanes (the August 6, 2001 Presidential Daily Briefing)? Less than a month later, we were indeed attacked.

    Does she forget that Bush fabricated evidence and knowingly lied to Americans about Iraq's involvement in 9/11 in an effort to go to war?

    Does she forget that Bush cut taxes on the wealthy during wartime – unprecedented in our nation's history and which resulted in turning the Clinton surplus into a huge deficit?

    Does Sue forget that while the deficit was increasing, Dick Cheney said deficits don't matter?

    Does Sue forget how Bush completely squandered the good will of the international community after 9/11?

    If the Democrats had been in power in September 2001, we may never have been attacked by Osama bin Laden – because the Dems wouldn't have ignored the warnings. If we had been attacked, the Dems would have gone only into Afghanistan. The Dems wouldn't have run up the huge deficits, de-regulated Wall Street and the myriad other destructive things the Republicans did.

    In short, our country would be a lot better off.

    June 12, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  8. Mario

    Bad timing on the unaffordable health care bill. Very bad.

    June 12, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  9. Steve

    Well, it was okay for eight years when Republicans were doing it, but out of power they reverted to fiscal conservatism. And you wonder why politicians are not respected?

    June 12, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  10. Gary Gray

    John Boehner is one of the very best Republican Congressmen this country has ever seen. I've seen a few, I'm 69. His strongest qualities are that he is RELENTLESS, his business experience, his ability to see through the BS at a single glance, and his incredible ability to relate the facts to the people of the United States. If this guy became President of the United States tomorrow our problems, yea the entire world's problems, would be over day after tomorrow. THANK YOU JOHN BOEHNER!

    June 12, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  11. Henry Miller, Libertarian, Cary, NC

    'We cannot go on like this,' Boehner says of federal spending.

    Yeah. So why don't all you idiots in Congress stop spending money!

    June 12, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  12. DianeRPCFL

    The major thing Boehner left out of his spending comments is an explanation why, as a member of Congress during the Travesty known as the Republican Days of Government Domination, he allowed George W. to turn us into a debtor-nation to a marxist/socialist government, China, by borrowing so much money from them to pay our free-market, capitalistic economy bills???? Not one Republiclan has stepped forward to provide an answer to that question as of this date. Anyone out there posting in defense of the rightwing have an answer to that question?????

    June 12, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  13. Michael

    Boehner should stay in his tanning booth and keep his mouth shut.
    Nothing positive ever comes out of this guy's mouth, ever. No good ideas, just bile.

    June 12, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  14. ja

    was his head in the sand during the Bush era, this sudden enlightenment

    June 12, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  15. Bud

    What does this FOOL know about spending ? He was spending like a drunken sailor for the 8 yrs. Bush was in office. Now this Bozo is worried !

    June 12, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  16. Mickey, NY

    b. o. stinks: June 12th, 2010 11:56 am ET

    [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?]

    I'd like to make a bet. How about we bet whether or not you're a typical American idiot who listens to Rush and Beck, and believes what they say...how that for a bet?

    June 12, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  17. John

    You know, Mr. Boehner. You speak of how our government spending is out of control, but two things concern me:

    1. What about 2001-2007 when your party controlled both chambers and the White House? There was no fiscal constraint then.

    2. What do you propose the United States do to fix its fiscal problems. You bash the Democrats for spending, yet offer no real solutions to the problem.

    You are a hypocrite just like the other 534 people in the Capitol, and there's nothing more to be said otherwise.

    June 12, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  18. BillE

    Where was 'perma tan' Boehner when Bush was running the country into the ground. Why didn't you say 'NO' then?

    June 12, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  19. D. Bunker

    So Bohnhead wants fiscal responsibility? Where was he during the Bush years?

    And you idiots talking about CA and NY have no clue. They've been controlled by the GOP for many years (a GOP gov in NY until recently and still a GOP gov in CA). In addition, the GOP, even as a minority, have played their NO card way to often. No ideas, just opposition.

    June 12, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  20. Da Professor

    " 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."

    What a phony! Exactly how many budgets did the Republicans and Bushy bring in on time? did you say NONE? Exactly correnct. What Congress outspent the dems for the past 30 years while they controlled Congress and the White House? Did you say the Republicans? Yup!

    The right-wing controlled Repub BS goes on and on.

    June 12, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  21. Mickey, NY

    Boehnor, the only "stunning failure of leadership" is from your own party.

    GOP: domestic terrorists

    June 12, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  22. Two wrongs

    Simply amazing.

    I see people saying Bush did it,, the Republicans did it.

    Ok,, fine,, but have ANY of you ever heard the saying,, Two wrongs do not make a right???????

    I am amazed at the lack of serious thought with some of you, you actually think it is allright to let Obama and his administration spend this country into debt, just because you want to say Bush did it,,, Blame the republicans,,, it is not Obamas fault.

    And I love all of you who say Repbulicans were in charge when Bush was in,,,,,, you really should look at who the the majority the last several years of the Bush term.

    Going on two years and all you all want to do is point fingers,,,, maybe you really need to look in the mirror people. The tell me who is to blame for electing this Prez who thinks we can just print more money.

    June 12, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  23. Jon NY

    Mr. Boehner, Aren't you a member of congress? Stop taking the easy way out by saying "No" to everything and get to work!!!

    BTW .... While we're talking about spending, aren't you the same guy that thinks that the cleanup costs in the Gulf should be shared between BP and the taxpayers? I don't care if it bankrupts BP, the taxpayers should not pay a penny!

    June 12, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  24. vegasguy

    Rep. Boner is the real stunning failure of leadership! These are the same guys who took a surplus and ran our great country into the ground and very nearly off the cliff. Really, Mr. Boner, Really?!? The American people know exactly what you did and who you really are.

    Vote NO in NOvember to the party of NO.

    June 12, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  25. AbolishPoliticalParties

    I don't like Boehner. Not one bit. That doesn't stop what he said in that address from being true. Completely true. Bush was irresponsible, to put it mildly. He spent money like a drunken sailor. However, Obama has been spending money like a thousand drunken sailors with Congress more than happy to help. If they're going to do this to us then they could at least give us a kiss first.

    June 12, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
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