Boehner: Democrats' Massive Tax-and-Spend Budget Is a Trillion-Dollar Boondoggle
Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) issued the following statement opposing the Democrats' FY 2009 budget, which includes the largest tax hike in American history, a record $1 trillion in discretionary Washington spending, and zero entitlement reform:
"As American families and small businesses face increasing food prices, rising health care costs, and gas prices that are nearly $4 per gallon, the very last thing they need is a higher tax bill. But that is exactly what this Democratic budget would deliver: a $683 billion tax hike that will impact every taxpayer - from single filers and families to small business owners and seniors. No one is immune from the Democrats' largest tax hike in American history.
"What makes this tax hike even more outrageous is how the Democratic Majority intends to use it: to fund more wasteful Washington spending. In fact, for the first time in history, this budget tops the $1 trillion mark for overall discretionary spending. With too many families and small businesses across the country struggling to make ends meet, their leaders in Congress should not be asking them to support their trillion-dollar budget boondoggle.
"The Democrats' budget also swings and misses when it comes to long-overdue entitlement reform. While we all know that Medicare and Social Security are headed for bankruptcy, this budget ignores the issue altogether - looking the other way while this budget tsunami bears down on us even further. To shove this crisis off onto our children and grandchildren is irresponsible and grossly negligent.
"This budget is yet more evidence that Washington is completely and utterly broken. House Republicans have begun to roll out our plan to fix it, and in the weeks to come, we will demonstrate to the American people that on taxes, spending, and entitlement reform, we are prepared to lead where the Democrats have not."
Boehner represents Ohio's 8th District, which includes all of Darke, Miami and Preble counties, most of Butler and Mercer counties, and the northeastern corner of Montgomery County. He was first elected to Congress in 1990.