Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Boehner on Obama's Ohio Visit

“Ohioans are looking at President Obama’s ‘stimulus’ policies and they are asking ‘where are the jobs?’ The fact is, the president’s ‘stimulus’ spending spree is not delivering the results he promised it would. More than 130,000 Ohioans have lost their jobs since February 2009, and the states’ unemployment rate remains at a painfully-high 10.5 percent.

“Worse yet, Gov. Strickland has yet to answer important questions about his administration’s decision to hire a company that outsourced work on a ‘stimulus’ program to El Salvador and other Central American countries. Are there other instances in which Ohio ‘stimulus’ funds were used to create jobs outside of our country? And why was a bipartisan oversight panel not established, as my Republican colleagues and I suggested, to monitor ‘stimulus’ spending and ensure this wasn’t happening? The people of Ohio and the taxpayers of the United States deserve answers.

“More waste, more debt, and fewer jobs. That’s not the picture of a recovery. It’s the epitome of failure. The simple fact of the matter is that a nation in our fiscal condition should be spending less, not more – and we certainly shouldn’t be hitting small businesses with a job-killing tax increase at the end of this year, as the president has proposed.

“The American people have had enough of Democrats’ jobs-killing policies. Republicans will continue to listen through America Speaking Out and offer better solutions to help small businesses create jobs and stop the spending spree in Washington.”

NOTE: According to an analysis by the non-partisan Joint Taxation Committee, half of small business income in America will face higher taxes under President Obama’s plan. Last month, Boehner and House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA) sent the president a letter encouraging him to work with them on a number of common-sense solutions to help put people back to work, including the ‘no-cost jobs plan’ Boehner and Cantor first offered President Obama last December at the White House.