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. Rob

    Bohner, the clown of Washington. I don't care if this man is a Republican or a democrat, he is an incapable and ignorant person. I have listened to him for years and never heard anything that made sense. Of the many people we have in Washington that do not deserve to be there, he heads the list.

    June 12, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  2. scott

    Gotta love John Boehner for being so full of crap it's turned his skin brown. The largest active expenditure of the government is on the military, grown considerably by the Bush administration to handle two wars at the same time, and is being reeled in as quickly as prudent. The mandate for businesses to provide health insurance doesn't go into effect until 2014, and doesn't apply to businesses with under 50 employees, so that's a lie. The implication that Obama is responsible for the actions of congress is wholly specious, but at least it's a lie that has always been used on both sides. So much of hthisis so utterly ridiculous it's hard to bear.

    June 12, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  3. vegasguy

    Laughing @SUE

    Sue, you make an interesting observation that you must have heard on Fox No News. You should try changing the channel once in awhile. CA is not, I repeat not run by a democrat, the gov. is a republican, haven't you heard? Idiots from the right and Fox No News,

    Vote NO in NOvember to the party of NO.

    June 12, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  4. njt25

    Spending should be frozen, unless it has to do with national security. Obama is setting a bad example by telling everyone that is okay to spend beyond your means.

    June 12, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  5. Republicans is smart in the head area

    Hey Sue, you know what else NY and CA have in common? Both states contribute more to the Federal budget than any others, meaning we are supporting your podunk ass over ther in Alabama and Mississippi. Feel free to give us our money back.

    June 12, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  6. Rob

    14 months in office and Obama has destroyed the country...what ignorant rubbish. Conservatives are able to ignore history and current events, apply their failed ideology to all problems without question, and lie about facts to themselves. Conservatives are incapable of understanding the real world because they live in a fantasy land. Want proof, got to a Tea Party meeting. Reality is not one of the topics you will find presented.

    June 12, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  7. LJ

    What a buffoon! The Republican'ts under war criminals Bush/Cheeney gutted our Constitution and Treasury while filling vital government agencies — like MMS — with incompetent and corrupt cronies... and many positions Obama has been trying to fill for months are being held up by Republican't mindless obstructionism. Boehner & his ilk created the massive problems we're in AND are making it impossible for us to fix. Obama isn't perfect but Boehner is broken and needs to be replaced... and perhaps he can shut up in the mean time.

    June 12, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  8. bill

    I hate to be the one to tell the senator, but his president gave the corporate and wealthy tax cuts, started the Iraq and Afghanistan fiascos, and let the oil and financial industries do what they wanted to do for years with no government oversight under the name of "free enterprise with no regulation".

    June 12, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  9. Dave Wyman

    As someone above wrote, this is the pot calling the kettle black. The Republicans spent the treasury dry, while doing their best to lower taxes that would have covered what was spent.

    Republicans like to tar the Dems with the charge that the latter "tax and spend." At least, in taxing ourselves, we pay for the goods and services we want.

    By simply spending, as the Republicans like to do, whether it's on unnecessary wars or a bridge to nowhere, we risk bankruptcy. So I'll take the Democratic philosophy, which is to pay for what we want, rather than borrowing endlessly on a future that is, in fact, now here.

    June 12, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  10. sam

    yeah, unfortunately, Bush and the republicans did so much spending on wars and got the rich richer, that the democrats can't spend anything and us the middle and working class have to live in poverty.

    June 12, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  11. GOP is bad for America

    This from the GOP who spent like drunken sailors during the Bush administration. As soon as the other side is in power the GOP develops a sudden worry about spending. At least the Obama administration has spent money trying to keep jobs (think of all the additional unemployed people we would have if the atuo companies had been allowed to go under not to mention the teachers, policemen, etc., who kep their jobs thanks to the stimulus package) and trying to prevent our economy from going off a cliff. The GOP spent money on unnecessary wars, corporate welfare, and giving the wealthiest Americans further tax cuts that were not needed. I'll take the Democrats type of spending any day since both sides spend the same money - just on different things.

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

    where was boehner when bush had two UNFUNDED WARS.its all coming home now.boehner is a fool and should be called out on his lies.

    June 12, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  13. rkm63

    Can't blame the republicans when the democrats have been controlling the purse strings since 2006, and the housing crisis occurred under their watch as well. Blame Bush tactic won't work this time, American people won't fall for that again.

    June 12, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  14. lan

    the thing is that the rich don't want to improve the economy, they want to destroy the middle class so they get richer. no one is hiring at the moment, even though they saved up so much money during the Bush era. they are just so greedy and evil, and Obama does nothing to stop them from enslaving the rest of the country.

    June 12, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  15. David in NN, VA

    Angry leftists (the only variant there is) write stupid comments. Sometimes they use big words, but the thoughts are still stupid.

    June 12, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  16. sandy

    why didn't he say that when Bush/Cheney were spending like drunken sailors? Bush had a surplus when he took office and then he left Obama with a mess that no one can fix. Boehner is a hypocrite and has no business being the minority leader.

    June 12, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  17. Tom from Ohio

    Boehner, right now Obama's working on cleaning up after a de-regulated oil industry. Please be patient, he can only clean up one Bush mistake at a time.

    June 12, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  18. bill

    come on cnn i have two post awating moderation.WHAT DOES THAT MEAN.

    June 12, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  19. Tripp

    Lol. This "Sue" person is a tool. I can't even begin to explain how warped your view of the world is, Sue.

    June 12, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  20. Jos

    We can't go on like this anymore – no longer can we sit around and listen to this sack of orange crap spew forth garbage – We just can't do it anymore – he opens his mouth and crap falls out – never has there been a more self serving bloated orange hypocrite in American Politics – self serving hypocrites are a dime a dozen in the GOP but an Orange one – now that's something to celebrate.

    June 12, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  21. Johnny Five

    Andy, in 1998 Clinton was president.

    You're barking up the wrong tree though. FYI.

    June 12, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  22. PDXSerric

    Really? Here's a shocker: BOTH sides spend AND tax pretty much equally.

    From a March 3, 2004 article by by Veronique de Rugy:

    "When the Republicans gained control of Congress in 1994, they promised to eliminate the deficit and reduce wasteful spending. For several years, the GOP partly upheld its commitment by modestly curtailing spending growth and balancing the budget.

    "Unfortunately, the balanced budgets of the late 1990s created an "easy money" mindset in Congress, which began a spending spree that continues unabated today. Total federal outlays will rise 29 percent between fiscal years 2001 and 2005 according to the president's fiscal year 2005 budget released in February. Real discretionary spending increases in fiscal years 2002, 2003, and 2004 are three of the five biggest annual increases in the last 40 years. Large spending increases have been the principal cause of the government's return to massive budget deficits.

    "Although defense spending has increased in response to the war on terrorism, President Bush has made little attempt to restrain nondefense spending to offset the higher Pentagon budget. Nondefense discretionary outlays will increase about 36 percent during President Bush's first term in office. Congress has failed to contain the administration's overspending and has added new spending of its own. Republicans have clearly forfeited any claim of being the fiscally responsible party in Washington. "

    In other words, the Repubs current arguments are just more smoke and mirrors as they jockey for key votes. Will America wake up?

    June 12, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  23. Slick William

    sickofthisbs June 12th, 2010 11:59 am ET

    @mamacoo, I totally agree with you. I work with this guy who thinks that ALL entitlement programs should be abolished. I told him to pray that he doesn't ever have a catastrophe in his family such as a bad illness i.e stroke, heart attack or cancer because he might have to be on disability or welfare one day. He gave me this weird look, I guess he never thought of it that way.
    It isn't the establishment of entitlements, it is a culture of folk that abuse, take advantage of, misrepresent, and deplete these social programs. When you give someone something for free you will soon find they expect it and no longer provide for themselves that which is being given for free. You most probably misconstrued his look of disbelief at your lack of afterthought in this aspect of entitlements for a weird look....

    June 12, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  24. proud dem in nc

    blah blah blah. It was fine to spend a trillion dollars on these wars. I didn't hear the right wing nuts complaining then. Go away Senator Bone-Head, All you people in the party of "no" ever do is throw bricks. Bozo Bush got us into this mess. He inherited a surplus and poof... doubled it on the needless Iraq war, so shut up Republicans!!!

    June 12, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  25. Marie MD

    Hey boner, no tanning today? Where were you and your repug cronies (the party of NO) when the bush and cheney administration were spending BILLIONS of dollars in Afghanistan and Iraq?
    We wouldn't be in the position we are in if hadn't been for the eight years of the worst and most corrupt administration (even Nixon's wasn't this bad) in our history.
    And boner, unless you can come up with a solution, please STFU!!!

    June 12, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
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