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John Boehner Says Obama's Budget Plan Will 'Destroy Jobs'

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The budget for next year that President Obama plans to send to Capitol Hill on Monday will "destroy jobs" because it fails to rein in federal spending, Speaker John Boehner said Sunday.

"He's going to present a budget tomorrow that will continue to destroy jobs by spending too much, borrowing too much, and taxing too much," Boehner said on NBC's "Meet the Press."

Boehner said he had sent a letter to Obama signed by 150 economists who say "that cutting spending now will help create a better environment so that we can begin to create jobs in our country. This is a critically important step, if we're going to end the uncertainty and start to give investors and small business people the confidence to invest in our economy."

Boehner's negative reaction to news reports on what Obama's budget will contain was echoed by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan on "Fox News Sunday."

"It sounds like the similar budgets that he has been giving us the last couple of years," Ryan said. "It looks like to me that it is going to be very small on spending discipline and a lot of new spending so-called investments."

Obama's third budget will claim to reduce the federal deficit by $1.1 trillion over the next decade and will start with reductions in the upcoming fiscal year in many domestic programs prized by Democrats, according to reports in The New York Times and The Washington Post.

A key element of Obama's plan is a five-year freeze in domestic spending, but Ryan was unimpressed.

"This discretionary freeze is off of an extremely high base," Ryan said. "They just blew spending out the gates in the last two years. A 24 percent increase in domestic discretionary spending. When you throw stimulus on top, it was an 84 percent increase, and he wants to freeze for a few years off those high levels. It is less than 1 percent of spending over the next 10 years."

Boehner said, "Locking in that level of spending is way too much."

As concerns rise over the federal deficit issue and the size of the national debt, the administration is hoping to stake its claim as one committed to getting spending under control, although the Times reported that "the administration readily concedes, even boasts, that the president will not win any race to outcut Republicans."

The White House and Democrats in Congress hope to depict the more aggressive Republican budget-cutting effort as one that will harm Americans dependent on key government programs and undermine the economic recovery by eliminating spending for infrastructure and other job-creating projects.

Even before it turns to next year's budget, House Republicans have already put forward a plan to cut $61 billion from this year's budget, including programs that Obama says are necessary to stimulate growth like high-speed rail, education and science research.

"If he is talking about coming and having new spending, so-called investments, that is not where we are going," Ryan said. "The great debate we are having in Congress now ... [is] how much to cut spending, not how much to increase spending. And these early press reports are showing us that he wants paltry savings on the one hand and a lot of new spending on the other hand."

Pressed on what the Republicans plan to do about the cost of entitlement programs like Social Security and Medicare, which make up a big chunk of the budget, Ryan said it was too early to offer specifics of what the GOP might do, but said that if Obama's budget doesn't address the problem, he would be "abdicating leadership on dealing with this entitlement crisis."

"Presidents are elected to lead, not to punt and this president has been punting," Ryan said.

On NBC, Boehner said of the entitlements programs, "I think it's incumbent on the leaders in Washington ... to go out and help the American people understand how big the problem is. Once the American people begin to get their arms around the size of the problem, then and only then should we begin to lay out an array of possible solutions to have that conversation."

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olearb382

John is right and every day I am turning away from my democratic roots. If jobs are to be eliminated best it be those of a high paying nature. They surely have money saved to get by until times are better. Lets cut these high pensions and benefits these politicians get. It is said most are millionaires worth about 5 million each- why do they need a salary period, and they can pay for their own pension and health benefits. Why suck it out of the average guy so they can live high off the hog. We got a businessman by the name of Jack Davis, smart, well liked, down to earth guy running for Congress. And he only wants $1. and will accept no benefits, none at all. Whats the matter with the people, we need more Jack`s in our government.

February 16 2011 at 10:36 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
cdsgreen

I am still waiting for the jobs the republicans claimed the tax cut will create

February 15 2011 at 9:40 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
bthered

Hmmmmm...How many jobs has Boehner created.....Try NONE..

February 15 2011 at 8:47 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Margaret

I'd like to know what Speaker Boehner's plans are for creating jobs. He and the Republican Tea Party have been there for 6 weeks and no job-creating bills are on the agenda. Only destroying the progress made by the last Congress. People LIKE the health care bill. They like that they aren't denied because of a pre-existing condition. They like that they can keep their kids on their insurance until age 26. They like their insurance can't deny them coverage if they get a catastrophic illness and that there is no cap on how much the insurance company has to pay. WHY would anyone want that stopped? WHERE ARE THE JOBS, SPEAKER BOEHNER??

February 14 2011 at 9:58 PM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply
MY LORD

14% of America do NOT liver below the poverty line. Tere are NOT 60 million people without health insurance. Obamacare was a disaster,, and the Insurance companies are in the tank for Obamacare

February 14 2011 at 9:03 PM Report abuse -5 rate up rate down Reply
oldman1410

One out of every seven Americans live below the poverty line. 60 million don't have health insurance. One of every 110 births have some form of autism. Neither the Republicans or Democrats propose anything to help those people. The closest is the health care bill passed by the Democrats but the Republicans are trying to kill that because they have to repay the healthcare insurance companies who helped them get elected.

February 14 2011 at 4:45 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
ettu

Every single day it becomes more apparent that President Obama was not ready to lead this country. His "vision" for America has put us deeper into a hole, and is attempting to make everyone, the States and the citizens, more dependent on the Federal Gov't, and we cannot let this happen. We lose our options, when the Fed is calling all the shots.

February 14 2011 at 4:13 PM Report abuse -6 rate up rate down Reply
exnyorker

Did Boehner criticize Obama's budget the day before it was released ? Now that the budget has been released, has Boehner read through it all and analyzed it? or does Boehner just criticize things without reading and studying them ?

February 14 2011 at 4:09 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
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tenderlies1

You are most likely right in your post. Even if he read it which he most likely didn't he wouldn't understand it any way. No matter what was in it he would have said the same thing

February 14 2011 at 6:43 PM Report abuse +8 rate up rate down Reply
MY LORD

Why not? Obamacare was passed without anyone reading it first

February 14 2011 at 9:01 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
sfamilyent

What a bunch of BS! Mr. Boehner, you are a leader in Washington. Do your job! What have you done to create jobs? What are you doing to help the American people understand how big the problem is? What are you doing to help the American people get our arms around this problem? What are you doing to fix the problem? I'm tired of hearing criticism from Republicans during a time that we are looking for action! Get to work, or expect to lose your majority in 2012!

February 14 2011 at 1:40 PM Report abuse +8 rate up rate down Reply
mikruce

It's time for America to take control of our government. Maybe our government should take a look at what they are causing instead of blaming others. That's obviously what the problems are and here we go from year to year with no answer. Look hear people that all of us have voted in take a look, please! You are the problem and not the answer for making our land what it is today. We the people elected you to office not for the pay, but for you to solve the problems of our nation. People of America take a hard look at who YOU vote for. And if that person or persons you voted in are not doing their jobs, don't vote for them again or impeach them. Look here people something is real wrong the way our elected officials are doing their jobs.

February 14 2011 at 12:38 PM Report abuse +7 rate up rate down Reply

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