Weekly Republican Address 10/30/10: Leader John Boehner (R-OH)


Hello. I’m John Boehner. Before I served in Congress, I ran a small
business here in Ohio, and I saw first-hand how politicians in Washington can make it
harder for small employers to meet a payroll and create jobs. In the final days of the 2008 campaign, Barack
Obama promised to “change this country and change the world.” Well I don’t know about the world, but here
at home, Americans haven’t experienced the change President Obama promised. One in ten of our fellow citizens is out of
work. Our national debt has grown by $3 trillion. Trust in government has fallen to an all-time
low. These problems didn’t start under President
Obama. But instead of fixing them, his policies have made them worse. A “stimulus” spending spree that created jobs
in China and El Salvador, while millions of Americans lost their jobs here. A job-killing national energy tax. A government takeover of health care. All these things have combined to create massive
uncertainty for small businesses, the engine of job creation in America, while our children
face a future clouded by debt. Americans are demanding a new way forward
in Washington – an approach that neither party has tried. It starts with cutting spending instead of
increasing it; making government smaller and more accountable; and helping small businesses
get back to creating jobs again. That’s what Republicans are offering with
our Pledge to America, a governing agenda built by listening to the people. A generation of fiscal recklessness in Washington
has pushed us to the brink. Just to stay afloat, we’re now borrowing 41 cents of every dollars
we spend from our kids and grandkids. This spending spree threatens our children’s
future. It’s also hurting our economy. Americans know it has to stop, and our Pledge
to America puts forth a plan to do just that. We’re ready to cut spending to pre-‘stimulus,’
pre-bailout levels, saving taxpayers $100 billion almost immediately. And we’re ready to put in place strict budget
caps that limit spending from here on out, to ensure that Washington is no longer on
this spending binge. We need to stop the coming tax hike. We can’t
balance the budget without cutting spending and achieving real economic growth – and
we won’t have real economic growth if we raise taxes on small businesses and families. There’s a third thing we need to do to help
our economy, and that’s change Congress itself. The American people are in charge of this
country, and they deserve a Congress that acts like it. Americans should have three days to read all
bills before Congress votes on them – something they didn’t get when the “stimulus”
was rushed into law. We should put an end to so-called “comprehensive”
bills that make it easy to hide wasteful spending projects and job-killing policies. Bills should be written by legislators in
committee in plain public view – not written in the Speaker’s office, behind closed doors. Across our nation, Americans are looking at
President Obama’s policies and asking – where are the jobs? To help our economy get back on track, we
have to stop all of the coming tax hikes and cut spending – and to cut spending, we need
to change Congress itself. This is a new way forward that hasn’t been
tried in Washington yet. It’s a break from the direction in which President Obama has
taken our country. And frankly, it’s also a break from the
direction in which Republicans were headed when Americans last entrusted us with the
reins of government. The American people are in charge, and they deserve nothing less. Together, we can do these things. And in doing
so, we can begin the drive for a smaller, less costly, and more accountable government
that honors our Constitution and respects the will of the people. These ideas are at the core of our Pledge
to America. We’ve tried it President Obama’s way.
We’ve tried it Washington’s way. It hasn’t worked. It’s time to put the people back
in charge. Thank you for your time and may God bless
the United States of America.

Author Since: Mar 11, 2019

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