House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) today issued the following statement in response to comments made by House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank (D-MA) in favor of a 25 percent defense budget cut and tax increases:
"Just as Senator Obama did when he told us of his plans to spread the wealth around,' Barney Frank has provided us a window into how an unchecked Democratic Majority would govern. By admitting what so many of the American people already know so well - that Democrats plan to raise taxes and choke off funding for our men and women in uniform - Chairman Frank has proven once and for all that the Democrats running Congress are not nearly the moderates' they claim to be. As Democratic candidates around the country talk like moderates just to get elected, it's important to remember how liberal and wrong-headed the policies they vote for in Washington really are. How can anyone defend raising taxes in the face of an economic slowdown or slashing defense spending the midst of two wars? Chairman Frank's plans are not only wrong, but incredibly irresponsible. Yet, they are just a taste of the extreme policies we'll be seeing in Washington if Democrats are given complete control."
NOTE: During a recent newspaper editorial board interview with the South Coast (MA) Standard-Times, Chairman Frank called for a 25 percent cut in defense spending and announced, "We'll have to raise taxes ultimately." Franks' comments come just weeks after Congressional Quarterly reported on Democrats' plans to repeat the dangerous and ill-advised defense spending cuts last tried during the 1990s - all while the U.S. is fighting two wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.