Boehner on ABC’s This Week: No More “Stimulus” Bailouts; Cut Spending Now to Help Create Jobs
During an appearance yesterday on ABC’s This Week, Congressman John Boehner said Washington Democrats’ job-killing spending spree has gotten so out of hand that the Democratic-led House will not even pass budget this year, which would be a first in the modern era. In that same vein, Boehner addressed President Obama’s request for billions of dollars in new ‘stimulus’ bailout money, calling it more of the same fiscally “irresponsible” policies that pile debt on our kids and grandkids.
During the interview, Boehner stressed that BP must be held accountable for the full cost of the Gulf oil spill. For its part, the federal government must answer for its inability to provide an effective response to the disaster. Other topics included Israel’s blockade of Gaza and the 2010 elections. Following are excerpts from Boehner’s appearance and video of the interview:
Boehner On Washington Democrats’ Budget Failure:
“This appears to be the first time, in the modern era, that the House is not even going to consider a budget. … Every family knows that in a tough time, it’s more important to have a budget, not less. If you think that they’re going to move a budget on Capitol Hill, you must obviously believe that Elvis is still alive. … That’s why I gave the President a letter this week with 100 economists saying that cutting spending now will, in fact, help get the economy moving again and get jobs back to the country.”
Boehner On President Obama’s Fiscally Irresponsible ‘Stimulus’ Bailout:
“Listen, I’m concerned about the plight of teachers, firemen, policemen who face the real possibility that they may be laid off. But to send this letter up here on a Saturday night with no opportunity to cut spending elsewhere in a budget strikes me as a little different. … The fact is the spending spree in Washington is continuing to run unabated. The American people are screaming at the top of their lungs, ‘stop!’ And to move this, without finding other offsets in spending, I think is irresponsible. It’s just putting more debt on the backs of our kids and grandkids. And it really begs the question, why don’t we have a budget this year?”
Boehner Says That BP Must Be Held Fully Accountable For Costs Of Gulf Oil Spill:
“The American people want this oil leak stopped now. They want to know what happened. They want the Gulf cleaned up, and they want it all done now. And I just think that BP ought to be held responsible for all of the costs that are involved in this. I said that right from the beginning, and I continue to believe that. I’m not sure that the federal government, though, was – isn’t also responsible. The laws that were in place, the materials that should have been in place for a spill this size, were not. And the reaction, I think, on the part of the Administration has been slow. But having said that, it’s time to get this thing stopped now.”
“I said from the beginning, BP needs to pay for the entire cost of this. But … this is a failure of government. Government is there to protect our shores, to protect our environment. And there’s been a real failure here. We’ve been asking for 55 days, where are the inspection reports from this rig? The Administration won’t give them to us.”
Boehner On Israel’s Blockade Of Gaza:
“I think the Israelis have a clear right to defend themselves. When you look at this Flotilla that came over, the first five ships that were inspected, there was no problem at all. It’s pretty clear to many of us who looked into this, that this last ship was intended to be a problem, intended to cause a conflict. And this is part of a much bigger problem that we see with the Administration, where we’ve coddled our enemies, and pushed our friends aside in the process, raising a lot of doubts around the world, including the people of Israel, who are having serious doubts about our commitment to them, our closest ally in the Middle East.”
Boehner On The 2010 Elections:
“Our goal is to take the majority in the House. We’ve got 100 seats in play, we have a real shot at winning the Majority, so that we can put a check on this Administration and all of the spending that’s out of control here in Washington, D.C.”
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