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Small Business Owner-Turned-Speaker Boehner Responds to President's Attack on Small Business Job Creators

Press Conference

Location: Washington, DC

At a press conference with Republican leaders today,Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) responded to President Obama's recent attack on small businesses, highlighting his own experience as a small business owner to underscore the fact that small business men and women take the risks and do the hard work that creates jobs -- not the government. Following is the text of Congressman Boehner's remarks:

"American people are still asking the question: "where are the jobs?'

"Now Democrats are threatening to tank our entire economy and harm our national security if they don't get a massive tax increase on small business people. Yesterday a non-partisan study from Ernst & Young showed that the president's proposed tax hike would cost our economy 700,000 jobs.

"Why are they pushing this tax [hike]? I think the president explained it himself…he doesn't believe that small businesses create jobs. He thinks government creates jobs.

"Listen, I was a small business guy. I worked hard, I took a hell of a lot of risk, and I was successful. And it sure wasn't the government there to help my small business. I'm the one that had the sleepless nights. I'm the one that went out on a limb to hire people. And when I had to meet that payroll, it was my obligation not only to take care of those people who worked for me, but to take of those families of those people who worked for me. And I think the president's attack on the private sector in America is exactly what's wrong with this administration. [He] doesn't give a damn about middle-class Americans who are out there looking for work, what he's trying to do is distract the American people in order to win his own re-election."

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