John Boehner Response to Obama 7-25-11 Transcript

The following is the transcript of John Boehner’s comments after Barack Obama spoke tonight.

John Boehner

Good evening. I’m John Boehner. I serve as Speaker of the whole House — of the members of both parties that you elect. These are difficult times in the life of our nation. Millions are looking for work, have been for some time, and the spending binge going on in Washington is a big part of the reason why.

Before I served in Congress, I ran a small business in Ohio. I was amazed at how different Washington DC operated than every business in America. Where most American business make the hard choices to pay their bills and live within their means, in Washington more spending and more debt is business as usual.

I’ve got news for Washington – those days are over.

President Obama came to Congress in January and requested business as usual — yet another routine increase in the national debt limit — we in the House said ‘not so fast.’ Here was the president, asking for the largest debt increase in American history, on the heels of the largest spending binge in American history.

Here’s what we got for that spending binge: a massive health care bill that most Americans never asked for. A ‘stimulus’ bill that was more effective in producing material for late-night comedians than it was in producing jobs. And a national debt that has gotten so out of hand it has sparked a crisis without precedent in my lifetime or yours.

The United States cannot default on its debt obligations. The jobs and savings of too many Americans are at stake.

What we told the president in January was this: the American people will not accept an increase in the debt limit without significant spending cuts and reforms.

And over the last six months, we’ve done our best to convince the president to partner with us to do something dramatic to change the fiscal trajectory of our country. . .something that will boost confidence in our economy, renew a measure of faith in our government, and help small businesses get back on track.

Last week, the House passed such a plan, and with bipartisan support. It’s called the ‘Cut, Cap, and Balance’ Act. It CUTS and CAPS government spending and paves the way for a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution, which we believe is the best way to stop Washington from spending money it doesn’t have. Before we even passed the bill in the House, the President said he would veto it.

I want you to know I made a sincere effort to work with the president to identify a path forward that would implement the principles of Cut, Cap, & Balance in a manner that could secure bipartisan support and be signed into law. I gave it my all.

Unfortunately, the president would not take yes for an answer. Even when we thought we might be close on an agreement, the president’s demands changed.

The president has often said we need a ‘balanced’ approach — which in Washington means: we spend more. . .you pay more. Having run a small business, I know those tax increases will destroy jobs.

The president is adamant that we cannot make fundamental changes to our entitlement programs. As the father of two daughters, I know these programs won’t be there for them and their kids unless significant action is taken now.

The sad truth is that the president wanted a blank check six months ago, and he wants a blank check today. That is just not going to happen.

You see, there is no stalemate in Congress. The House has passed a bill to raise the debt limit with bipartisan support. And this week, while the Senate is struggling to pass a bill filled with phony accounting and Washington gimmicks, we will pass another bill – one that was developed with the support of the bipartisan leadership of the U.S. Senate.

Obviously, I expect that bill can and will pass the Senate, and be sent to the President for his signature. If the President signs it, the ‘crisis’ atmosphere he has created will simply disappear. The debt limit will be raised. Spending will be cut by more than one trillion dollars, and a serious, bipartisan committee of the Congress will begin the hard but necessary work of dealing with the tough challenges our nation faces.

The individuals doing this work will not be outsiders, but elected representatives of the people, doing the job they were elected to do as outlined in the Constitution. Those decisions should be made based on how they will affect people who are struggling to get a job, not how they affect some politician’s chances of getting reelected.

This debate isn’t about President Obama and House Republicans … it isn’t about Congress and the White House … it’s about what’s standing between the American people and the future we seek for ourselves and our families.

You know, I’ve always believed, the bigger government, the smaller the people. And right now, we have a government so big and so expensive it’s sapping the drive of our people and keeping our economy from running at full capacity.

The solution to this crisis is not complicated: if you’re spending more money than you’re taking in, you need to spend less of it.

There is no symptom of big government more menacing than our debt. Break its grip, and we begin to liberate our economy and our future.

We are up to the task, and I hope President Obama will join us in this work.

God bless you and your families, and God bless America.

End John Boehner Transcript

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  • “THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT BLAH, BLAH, BLAH, BLAH”…….want Obamacare…the Republicans don’t……..the American people want the debt ceiling raised, the Republicans don’t. You are not speaking for the people, you are speaking to corporations, millionaires and billionaires. The entire Republican effort has been to destroy the Obama presidency as well as democratic programs. It is obvious to anyone with a one ounce brain it is politics as usual and to hell with the people. I support President Obama………I despise John Boehner’s effort to spread more bovinus turdus.

    • Larry, what happened in the House in 2010. The people spoke.

      • Steve Ellis

        Funny how when the people spoke in 2008 all we got was minority filibusters. I guess the people only count when their vote agrees with you. BTW as a result of the people speaking democrats control the White House & Senate. Its a very small group of freshman tea partiers that are egotistically screwing up our national debate.

        • Well Steve, what makes you think the Freshman position is any less worthy of the position of career pols in Congress? “Egotistically screwing the national debate?” No, elected officials doing what they were sent to Congress to do.

          As a result of the “people speaking” a conservative presence in the Senate almost made it. We will turn the Senate Republican in Nov. 2010.

        • The freshmen and tea party partiers screwed up our national debate? I’d say, a President, who when his party controlled both houses, made the arrogant statement, “We don’t mind the Republicans joining us. They can come for the ride, but they gotta sit in back”. Obama and his party, didn’t want a national debate, when they had both houses, they were saying to the American People, “Our way or the highway.” Screwing up the National Debate? I’d say, you need to look at the Democrats actions as holding up the debate. You have a very selective memory Steve.

    • Tiffany

      I’m not a fan of Boehner as well, but there is no way in Hell that I would ever support Obama. He needs to be impeached! They do not need to raise the debt ceiling at all! Obama says that this will affect the people, the working class but he is just trying to scare them into this so he can get what he wants. He will not reduce spending, it will only get much worse!! We need to bring out troops home, stop sending Israel 7 million a day as well as money we are sending to other countries! That would easily pay everyones social security and etc. checks with this money. BUT NO this is not about america and the people, this is about corporate corruption and greed. They try everything they can to hide the real truth from us!
      Please do not support the Debt Ceiling raise, We as the people are signing our own death certificate because of our ignorance. Take a stand and do some unbiased research to understand what is really going on.

      • Tiffany, I share your angst in many ways, but I believe supporting Israel in every way is a must because they are surrounded by murderers. They are a democracy, so rather than supporting Libyan rebels, I vote for supporting Israel.

    • Dan Simeroth

      `Why does Obama always say that we want to avoid hurting programs like Medicare and Medicaid…Sounds good… but next time why doesn’t he mention programs like welfare and the billions of dollars spent on programs to benefit illegal aliens?? It is wasteful spending like this that has pissed people off and voted Republicans into the house. The government has to stop the wasteful spending as all families have to do during tough times. The answer for democrats has always been to “just tax the rich!” Well good luck with that. It’s a world market now and corporations will set up headquarters in other nations with a tax rate of 1/3 of ours or less. This is just a wake up call to a bunch of spoiled brats who are going to find out what its like to live in a great big cold world and no more handouts!! You need to climb out of your little green bubble and maybe learn how to speak Chinese–Oh and you better learn about hard work too because they aren’t that great when it comes to hand outs. Spread work ethics not my wealth!!

    • Larry, I know your brain has been filled with the left’s bovinus turdus propaganda. So no matter what anyone who thinks with their brain, and uses their common sense, says, your going to spout your turdus. I don’t let anyone influence my opinion. I use what I know, what I’ve lived, and what I see happening around me, to form my opinion. I had great hopes, for Obama, when he was elected. I didn’t vote for him, but I gave him a benefit of a doubt, till he started to lead this country into servitude to the state. Now I’ll do all I can, through my vote, to stop him and his party from distorting and destroying this countries great dream of freedom for all. Despite people who are blind, such as yourself, to what the real agenda of the Democrat party is… the total dependency on the state for everything. Or in Latin, “dependentia totalis de statu rerum.” No matter how you say it or in what flowery language.. it’s not good for you or me.

  • SJK

    Thank you for posting this transcript. I was unable to watch this live and am happy to see that Boehner did not disappoint us. He is a man of honor and carries himself as such. The contrast in tone between his response and the soap opera display given by Obama is striking.

    • SJK, thanks for coming by and reading. I appreciate it.

  • EJ

    Boehner said yesterday:
    “Before I served in Congress, I ran a small business in Ohio. I was amazed at how different Washington DC operated than every business in America. Where most American business make the… hard choices to pay their bills and live within their means, in Washington more spending and more debt is business as usual. I’ve got news for Washington – those days are over.”
    Bush’s policies have cost over $5 Trillion to Obama’s $1.4… And guess what, Boehner voted for every single one of them. His speech yesterday was nothing short of intellectually insulting and fraudulent. Facts don’t lie.

    • EJ, as I have said here many times previously, because it was right then, or interpreted to be right, things are much different today. Our debt and deficit are far more serious than ever before. Now is the time to change the misjudgements of the past.

      Just as I asked another commenter, tell me why Democrats are not for a balanced budget amendment. Cut, Cap and Balance would raise the debt limit, cut spending and start the ball rolling for a balanced budget amendment. Again, why are your compadres not for Cut, Cap Balance? You know, Harry Reid wouldn’t even let Dems vote on it. Have to wonder if he thought Dems would help pass it.

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