Let’s visit Minority Leader John Boehner’s district
By seniority default, John Boehner is the Minority Leader. He is taking shots at the Obama economic team and it is well deserved – not so much for what they have done, but what they didn’t do. They did not engage the business community; make capital available for new product and new business unit development producing manufactured products made in America, for instance. They did not give tax breaks and other incentives for doing these necessary things.
Now, let’s focus on Boehner. Is he a person with credible legs?
How did his district fair during the Bush Administration when he was at peak influence?
Answering the question, you will see that this is not the person that you want to see leading economic recovery. He doesn’t know how. His party doesn’t know how. They are the ones that crashed the system.
Obama needs to develop new strategy, but throwing him out and replacing Obama with Republicans would be a mighty big mistake, I think. Yet, Americans are prone to making them.
“Minority leader Boehner: Fire Obama's economic team, extend tax cuts
By Paul Kane and Michael D. Shear
Tuesday, August 24, 2010; 12:21 PM
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CLEVELAND -- House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) called Tuesday for the mass firing of the Obama administration's economic team, including Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner and White House adviser Larry Summers, arguing that November's midterm elections are shaping up as a referendum on sustained unemployment across the nation and saying the "writing is on the wall."
Boehner said President Obama's team lacks "real-world, hands-on experience" in creating jobs that are needed for a full economic recovery. The Republican lawmaker cited reports that some senior aides complained of "exhaustion," including the recently departed budget chief Peter Orszag.
(44: Boehner not the only one who wants Geithner out)
"President Obama should ask for - and accept - the resignations of the remaining members of his economic team, starting with Secretary Geithner and Larry Summers, the head of the National Economic Council," Boehner said in the morning speech to business leaders at the City Club of Cleveland. The mass dismissal, he added, would be "no substitute for a referendum on the president's job-killing agenda. That question will be put before the American people in due time. But we do not have the luxury of waiting months for the president to pick scapegoats for his failing 'stimulus' policies."”
Boehner’s District’s Economic Performance History
Ohio 8th District
Most of the 8th District is rural and small town in western Ohio bordering Indiana. Larger cities include: Middletown, Huber Heights, Troy, Piqua, Hamilton, and Fairfield. The district is rural conservative and largely white.
During Boehner’s time in office, Southwestern Ohio in his district has had mediocre to poor economic performance. Ohio’s manufacturing industry was decimated during the Bush years in which Boehner’s terms were coincident.
“FACT CHECK: John Boehner's Attacks on the President's Job Creation Agenda
Today John Boehner proved once again that his party would only take the country back to the failed policies of the past – policies that cost more than 8 million American jobs – and launched a series of false attacks on the measures that the President is pushing to create jobs, invest in our small businesses and cut taxes for businesses and middle class families.
Boehner belittles the jobs and livelihoods of firefighters, cops and teachers. First, Congressman Boehner attacks the jobs bill the President signed last month that saved hundreds of thousands of jobs of hardworking teachers, cops and firefighters, dismissing these hardworking Americans who teach our kids keep our communities safe as “government jobs.”
Boehner claim: “Not long after we spoke, he signed a 26 billion dollar ‘stimulus’ spending bill that funnels money to state governments in order to protect government jobs.”
Fact: The recently enacted legislation will save the jobs of hundreds of thousands of teachers, firefighters and police officers. This includes people like Rachel Martin’s in Illinois: http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2010-...
Boehner defends the most egregious tax loopholes that gives multinational companies tax credits on taxes they didn’t even pay.
Boehner claim: “Even worse, the bill is funded by a new tax hike that makes it more expensive to create jobs in the United States and less expensive to create jobs overseas.”
Fact: The jobs bill is not only fully paid for, but does so by closing a particularly egregious tax loophole, one that gives US corporations an incentive to shift their profits and jobs abroad. It’s a loophole that shifts almost ten billion of American taxpayer dollars to these multinational corporations for credits on taxes they didn’t even pay.
Boehner opposes job-creating tax cuts for small businesses while continuing to support a tax break for wealthiest two percent of Americans.
Boehner claim: “President Obama has stated he wants to stop some tax hikes, and not others, once again putting the government in the position of picking winners and losers and pitting taxpayer against taxpayer. …raising taxes on families and small businesses during a recession is a recipe for disaster – both for our economy and for the deficit.”
Fact: The expiration of the Bush high income tax cuts would have no effect on more than 97 percent of small businesses. Instead, extending these tax cuts would provide an average tax cut of $100,000 for households making more than $1 million http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/con.... The CBO found that the tax cut for the wealthiest 2 percent of Americans is actually the least effective means of stimulus for the economy http://www.cbo.gov/ftpdocs/108xx/doc1080... . At the same time, Boehner opposes the small business tax cuts currently before Congress that would actually help small businesses grow and create jobs – including eliminating capital gains on key investments in small businesses.
Boehner is playing revisionist history on the deficit, ignoring the fact that it was his party that took a record surplus and turned into a record deficit.
Boehner claim: President Obama hasn’t gotten serious about bringing down the deficits that threaten our economy.
Fact: In the eight years before the Obama Administration took office, the Republican Leadership took the record $237 billion surplus Bill Clinton turned it into a record $1.3 trillion deficit, and nearly doubled the national debt. They gave free rein to the special interests to write their own rules at the expense of everyday people. Their irresponsible economic policies helped to create the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, resulting in 22 months straight of job losses across America.
Boehner alleges that the President isn’t listening to small businesses, while it is the Republicans who continue to obstruct a Small Business Jobs Bill that will cut taxes for small businesses and extend credit to small businesses so they can grow and hire.
Boehner claim: Lastly, employers and small business owners are rightly frustrated by the fact that no one in the White House -- not the president, not the vice president, not his economic team -- is listening to them.
Fact: It is the Republican leadership that continues to block a package of tax cuts and relief for small businesses, the engines of our private sector job growth. http://blogs.abcnews.com/thenote/2010/07...
Fact: Rep. Boehner and 168 other House Republicans voted against passage of a bill to make credit available to small businesses. [HR 5297, House Vote #375, 6/17/10]
Boehner alleges that the stimulus has gotten us “nowhere,” yet praised stimulus projects in his own district:
Boehner claim: “All This ‘Stimulus’ Spending Has Gotten Us Nowhere.”
Fact: According to the CEA, as of the second quarter of 2010, the Recovery Act has raised employment by between 2.5 and 3.6 million jobs. This puts us well on track to reach the 3.5 million jobs benchmark by the end of this year. (Council of Economic Advisors, 7/14/10) Furthermore, independent economists have found that without the efforts to save the economy, including the Recovery Act, the nation’s gross domestic product would be about 6.5 percent lower this year and there would be about 8.5 million fewer jobs, on top of the more than 8 million already lost. (New York Times, 7/28/10)
Fact: Boehner himself praised Recovery Act jobs in his district, saying “I’m pleased that federal officials stepped in to order Ohio to use all of its construction dollars for shovel-ready projects that will create much-needed jobs. (Boehner.House.gov, 6/15/09).”
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