A solemn Speaker of the House, John Boehner (R-OH) made this statement last night after debt ceiling talks broke down. While Obama said he was left at the “alter” again, Boehner said Obama changed the goal post, demanding another $400 Billion in tax increases. Boehner believes the leadership in Congress can solve the issue, if the President won’t. I don’t know how that will happen. Do you? See the video and some snippets Boehner’s comments.
They insisted on raising taxes. We had an agreement on a revenue number, a number we thought we could reach based on a flatter tax code with lower rates and a broader base, that would produce more economic growth, more employees and more taxpayers, and a tax system that was more efficient in collecting taxes…
The White House moved the goal post. There was an agreement on some additional revenue until yesterday when the President demanded $400 Billion more which was going to be nothing more than tax increases on the American people.
I can tell you, Leader Cantor and I are very disappointed in this call for higher revenue. Secondly, they have refused to get serious about cutting spending and making the tough choices that are facing our country on entitlement reform. That’s the bottom line.
I take the same oath of office as the President of the United States. I have the same responsibilities as the President of the United States and I think that’s, for both of us, to do what’s in the best interest of our country…I can tell you that it is not in the best interest of our country to raise taxes during this difficult economy and it’s not in the best interest of our country to ignore the serious spending challenges that we face.
This is a serious debate. It’s a debate about jobs, economy and the future of our country. Until recently, the President was demanding that we raise the debt limit with no strings attached. Matter of fact, the Treasury Secretary sent me a letter two days after we were sworn in in January, demanding that we give him a clean increase in the debt limit. I immediately responded and told the Treasury Secretary that the American people would not tolerate a clean increase in the debt ceiling unless there were serious spending cuts attached and real reforms in the way we spend the American people’s money.
I went to New York City in May and gave a speech to the New York City Economic Club where I outlined the challenges we were facing and I made it clear that we would not increase the debt limit without cuts that exceeded that increase in the debt limit, that there would be no new taxes and that there would be serious spending reforms in place…I’m confident that the bipartisan leadership in the Congress can act. If the White House won’t get serious, we will.
John Boehner: Obama Moved the Goal Post (video)