June 29th, 2010
03:55 PM ET
13 years ago

Boehner: Dems 'snuffing out' America I grew up in

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(Updates with Democratic response)

(CNN) – House Minority Leader John Boehner is stepping up criticism of his Democratic colleagues, telling the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that "they're snuffing out the America that I grew up in."

Boehner's comments are the latest indication the Ohio Republican is aggressively setting his sights on the November elections as it appears increasingly possible his party could take control of the House.

"Right now, we've got more Americans engaged in their government than at any time in our history," he told the paper in comments published Tuesday. "There's a political rebellion brewing, and I don't think we've seen anything like it since 1776."

But Boehner, who most certainly would become speaker next year should the GOP take control of the chamber, stopped short of predicting Republicans will gain the 40 seats necessary to oust Democrats from control.

"The American people have written off the Democrats," he said. "They're willing to look at us again."

The top House Republican also previewed the GOP's top priorities should he take control of the speaker's gavel, including a repeal of the recently passed health care legislation.

"We are going to do everything we can to make sure that this law and this program never really takes effect," Boehner said. "One option would be to repeal the $534 billion in Medicare cuts, which pay for more than half of the law's provisions. "They're going to need money from the Congress to hire these 20,000-plus bureaucrats they need to hire to make this program work. They're not going to get one dime from us."

Boehner also suggested raising the social security retirement age to 70 for those who have at least 20 years left before retirement as a possible way to finance the ongoing wars

"We need to look at the American people and explain to them that we're broke," he said. "If you have substantial non-Social Security income while you're retired, why are we paying you at a time when we're broke? We just need to be honest with people."

In a statement released Tuesday, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Chris Van Hollen said Boehner's comments are "a wake-up call to the American people about the dangers of turning back the clock to a Republican Congress."

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  1. dodsoal

    Great! Now the republicans are blaming the democrats for the onward march of time. Next thing you know, the dems will be responsible for finite life spans and male pattern baldness! The republican rhetoric would be laughable if it weren't so sad.

    June 29, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  2. Michael Bindner

    I remember the America Boehner grew up in. Indeed, I was in Ohio at about the same time and am not that much younger. I would not want to go back to those days, where racial tension was not uncommon. Indeed, in the GOP, I'm not sure the "good old days" have not returned for some people.

    June 29, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  3. Tom from Canonsburg

    As usual Boehner shows that the GOP continues to prove that their priorities are to insure that are the Have's & Have Not's in America. They have distrorted continuously the healthcare systems of the many nations to take good care of their citizens. Why is it that the nation that has the highest level of medical care is ranked so low in life expectancy of their citizens? An actual great Republican, Pres. Teddy Roosevelt tried to get universal healthcare passed 100 years ago. What has changed?

    June 29, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  4. cjr

    he didn't grow up in this country – he grew up in a tanning bed! he and his lttle republican friends pretty much have destroyed this country. thanks to them – we are now a 3rd world country. it's over folks –

    June 29, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  5. jae

    Mr. Boehner,
    I live in Ohio. I have been here since 1981 when I was 6 and my family moved me here from korea. Let me just tell you how glad I am that America is not the same America you grew up in. You state that there are "more Americans engaged in their government than at any time in our history. there's a political rebellion brewing, and I don't think we've seen anything like it since 1776." Were you around for the civil rights movements. Oh I forgot, we were not counted as a "whole" person before the civil rights. do you remember children being hosed down by your police for trying to get an education? you are the biggest hypocrite ever. You stand there while your Republicans disrespect the president of the united states on international TV. We are not willing to look at you again. You are an out right racist. You are a disgrace to the good name of America. Saying that you would be the next speaker of the house is a joke, because when you have spoken, does anything intelligent ever come out? NEVER How much are you going to send to the big corporations rather than take care of the AMERICAN PEOPLE. you say you will repeal the $534mBillion medicare cuts, are you planning to send this to the corporations so that they can lower their monthly payments and offer this to people who still cant affor the payments. You dont ever say a plan so I am just guessing like everybody else. You need to not just be voted out, but you need to get a real job.

    June 29, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  6. once upon a horse

    yeah the America I grew up in never was close to having an AfricanAmerican president. Then again we also had REAL talk radio not this right wing crap that has taken over the airways. Why don't you admit it Boehner that your kind just can't handle it and you want the old America back where women and minorities "knew their place"!!

    June 29, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  7. T

    The Devil is always busy. Get behind us. Come on people PLEASE
    wake up. Boehner and his Hound Dogs are so wrong. They don't care about the people just the weathly. The Party of NO. Remember this GOD doesn't reward laziness, misbehavior, or apathy. To the
    contrary, He expect us to behave with dignity and discipline." "
    Our greatest accomplishment usually require lots of work. What hard work have the REP., have done ....." " They only say NO. They are not worthly of our vote. Don't vote Rep., vote Dem. The GOP dont care, never will care. Its all a game to them to get into your head.....be smart and walk the other way. VOTE DEM, less they are making things happen. They bring issues to the table and what have the REP>GOP have done. NOTHING

    June 29, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  8. Tim - Wilmington, DE

    Funny that he thinks the Democrats are "snuffing out the America" he grew up in, because, given that he was born in 1949, that America was deeply rooted in the strong liberal reforms of F.D.R. and L.B.J. The New Deal, Social Security, the Great Society initiatives, workers rights, women's rights, civil rights, Medicare, Medicaid... all brought to you with a big progressive smile. You're welcome, Orange Man.

    June 29, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  9. Rick McDaniel

    Sorry, but both the GOP and the Dems, are collectively responsible for their contributions to that.

    Neither has done ANYTHING about the illegal immigration, for decades, and that IS totally changing America. We are becoming Mexico Norte, with all the same issues and problems that plague Mexico.

    That is not partisan, in any way. Both parties are responsible. Only now, the Dems are in charge, so the ball is int heir court.......and they ARE failing!

    June 29, 2010 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  10. Ray Monahan

    Did John forget the America we live in today and the problems we face were created by congress spending and spending and spending. I think he is right, he changed the America I grew up in.

    June 29, 2010 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  11. BeverlyNC

    Boehner is such a slimeball. He has done NOTHING all year but play golf, lay in a tanning bed, and try to get in front of the media to criticize President Obama on whatever idiotic thing he can make up.

    Boehner is NOT a leader. He is an arrogant do-nothing who cares more about how his hair looks than what working class Americans are facing each and every day due to Republican policy failures.

    I hope the People of Ohio find him as worthless and embarrassing as the rest of the nation. We need to get him out of the House and put in real leaders who are there to SERVE the PEOPLE and not corporations.

    Boehner is a laughable orange-tanned fool.

    June 29, 2010 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  12. Sherry

    The ONLY thing the Republicans are focused on is CONTROL. If they were as aggressive at DOING their jobs instead of becoming the party of NO and trying to control the country, the Senate and the House, they might be a party Americans would actually look at in a different light.

    June 29, 2010 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    "There's a political rebellion brewing, and I don't think we've seen anything like it since 1776."

    Y-A-W-N. They come out with this drivel every single time the Dems control the WH and/or the Congress. It's Rule #1 in their playbook...followed by "blabber about taxes," "stir up McCarthyistic sentiment," "fearmonger about gun rights," and "start using every single word you can think of that hearkens back to the American Revolution and Civil War, including but not limited to tea parties, secession, states rights, etc." This is just Captain Orange Glow spouting off at the mouth from the GOP script again. Nothing to see here.

    June 29, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  14. tony

    If you want the old system, in which average premiums doubled in the last ten years, and more and more people and businesses can't afford to have insurance, repeal away!!! Democrats are working to make sure Boehner's America, in which the rich stay rich and everyone else is screwed, will not be everyone else's America.

    June 29, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  15. MAhole

    "The American people have written off the Democrats," he said. "They're willing to look at us again."
    Don't bet the farm on it Bone-head........... After 8 years of complete incompetence at the top, why would intelligent Americans want to go back to that???? You can't be serious..........

    June 29, 2010 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  16. QACoach

    "they're snuffing out the America that I grew up in."

    Thank God! Less racism, less tolerance of anything/anyone different. It must be tough being Boehner!

    June 29, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  17. jae

    the statement, "the america I grew up in" rupert murdoch put a stop to this kind of talk from hannity, beck, oreilly because murdoch told them FAux news is getting horrible feedback even from teabaggers that this is just wrong to say because no body can describe the america they grew up in. But Mr. Rand Paul, although a racist, at least he is not afraid to wear his robe out in public. these guys like boner gets offended when we call them racist? Really.

    June 29, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  18. Johnathan

    The america Boner and his party of neanderthals want is a place no american wants to go back to, where little people are treated as peons and big oil, wall st, and insurance giants TELL the GOP what THEY want... and get it, screw what is best for the everyday citizen.

    Your party destroyed the america that I grew up in, you orange orangutan inbred fool!

    You can fearmonger all you want. Like a boy who cried wolf.

    The GOP? born again? Sure, that ...and monkeys fly out my rear end!!!

    June 29, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  19. haren

    I think this guy should be defeated in Nov. election.
    I don't know how his district can send man like him.

    June 29, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  20. Former Republican

    You have a short memory, John. We haven't seen anything like this since 2008, when President Obama was elected to office. What we are witnessing now is the typical surge in strength that the party out of power almost always has in the midterm elections that follow a Presidential election. That is hardly revolutionary. Besides, what exactly are you proposing by suggesting that the Democrats are snuffing out the America you grew up in? That we apply 1950's solutions to 21st Century problems? Maybe the Democrats are actually transforming this country into one that tens of millions of us wish we had grown up in. What they are doing now should assure our position of leadership in the world for another 100 years. 18 months is hardly enough time to assess their progress toward that goal. As a small business owner and former Repubilcan, I'm willing to give them more time to undo the mess we created under the Bush-2 Administration.

    June 29, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  21. independent

    Does he mean the segregated past in which he grew? Does he mean the white, patriarchal, barefoot and pregnant past? Does he mean the military-industrial dominated past? Or, perhaps the 'What's good for GM is good for America' past. Which past does he wish to revisit. Perhaps Christmas Past could give him his wish this year.

    June 29, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    yes, its true that more Americans are more intuned to what is going on, but make no mistake, it is not because of your part of " NO"..It is because of Pres Obama and all of the positive reforms he is trying make..Not mention still cleaning up the mess your party left him with the 8 years you had control of the country..So yes, this is not the America you grew up in, and thank God it is not !!!!!

    June 29, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  23. JonDie

    Mr. Bohner,

    The Stone Age, where your mind "lives", ended more than 5,000 years ago.

    Here's what ended my America.

    George W. Bush (a wartime desertor) and Dick Cheney (a wartime draft dodger), left our troops in Afghanistan with no mission, no leadership and no strategy from 2002 to 2008 so that they could invade and loot Iraq, which involved getting 50,000+ U.S. soldiers killed or wounded and which created hundreds of billions of dollars of debt in order to enrich Halliburton and Blackwater.

    The result of this criminal endeavor by Bush and Cheney was that the Taliban took over Afghanistan, the puppet we put in place there became weaker and more corrupt than ever, and although our NATO allies supported us in what was legitimate self-defense after 9-11, they will probably NEVER support us again for any reason.

    And then there's the deliberate decision of Bush to NOT help the victims of Hurricane Katrina which caused the deaths of thousands of Americans.

    And then there was the decision of Bush and Cheney to let an unregulated Wall Street steal everything that wasn't tied down which almost led to a second Great Depression.

    And then there was the decision of Bush and Cheney to NOT regulate BP so that BP could rake in record profits year after after.

    And these are just a few of the highlights that Boehner thinks were part of a "golden age" for America.

    June 29, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  24. Sarah, the baby seal basher

    These chickenlittles were so quiet during the Chenney Presidency,you could hear a pin drop.They are all mouth and no action.

    June 29, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  25. a health economist

    Changed the America he grew up in? He grew up during the Cold War and times of high racial tension. Senator Boehner wants to go back to that?

    Anyone that tries to use the argument "weren't things better when you grew up? Party X is changing that." Things were better for EVERYONE when they grew up no matter what age becuase WE WERE ALL KIDS WHEN WE GREW UP! As children we don't have the worries or cares that adults do. And when parents know they are going through tough times they do everything to make sure their children do not realize it so they can enjoy their child hood.

    June 29, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
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