Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Boehner Says Speaker Pelosi’s National Energy Tax & Dems’ Government Takeover of Health Care Will Make It Impossible to Create Jobs

At a news conference this morning, House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) said if Democrats want to protect and create jobs, they should scrap job-killing legislation like Speaker Pelosi’s national energy tax and their government takeover of health care. These job-killing bills, during the middle of a recession and especially since the ‘stimulus’ isn’t working, will harm our economy and undermine efforts to help families and small businesses. Following are Boehner’s remarks at the news conference:

“All of this talk about a second stimulus bill has been rather interesting. I think it is an admission on the part of the Administration that, you know, their stimulus plan is not working. And so there are conversations about how we get to, how do we grow jobs. I found it interesting over the last couple of days to hear the Vice President, Vice President Biden, and the President mention the fact that they didn’t realize how difficult of an economic circumstance we were in. Now this is the greatest fabrication I’ve seen since I’ve been in Congress. I’ve sat through those meetings at the White House with the President and the Vice President.

“Trust me, there’s not one person that sat in those rooms that didn’t know how serious our economic crisis was. We tried to explain to the President that growing government was not going to get America back to work again. And that by allowing small businesses and families to keep more of what they earn – they are the real engine of economic growth in America. If we really are serious about creating jobs, we ought to allow American families and small businesses to keep more of what they earn.

“The second thing we should do if we’re concerned about growing jobs in America is that we should not pass this national energy tax, which is going to raise the taxes on all Americans – less money for them to spend – and millions of American jobs are going to get shipped overseas as a result. And if you look at their proposal on health care, again we’re talking about a $1.5 trillion tax increase – less money for the American people to spend on themselves, less money for American businesses – and if that’s not bad enough, we’re going to ruin our health care system and we’re going to tax employers if they don’t provide health insurance.

“So we are killing jobs with every proposal we see here. The first thing we should do here is practice the Hippocratic Oath. First, do no harm. Let’s get rid of the national energy tax idea, let’s get rid of the idea of raising taxes on this big government takeover of health care that will make it impossible to create jobs and it will cost Americans millions of additional jobs.”

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