House Republican Leader John Boehner wrote an op/ed today for The Washington Post in response to a meeting House Republicans had earlier this week with President Obama regarding job creation. Boehner writes directly of the President's accusation that Republicans are "scaring" the American people. Read the following excerpts:
Republicans took the opportunity to question the impact of the president's proposals to raise taxes on small businesses and expand government at a time of double-digit unemployment. Unfortunately, instead of addressing our concerns, the president said that Republicans are primarily interested in unemployment because of the 2010 midterm elections, and that we seem to be almost rooting against recovery. I told the president very directly that everyone -- Republicans and Democrats -- wants to get people back to work.
The president also accused Republicans of "scaring" the American people, but the truth is that double-digit unemployment is scaring people and his job-killing agenda is making it worse.
hat are the president's new ideas for job creation? This week he outlined even more federal spending on programs that haven't worked to keep unemployment below 8 percent as they promised. He didn't call it another "stimulus" program, but that's what it is -- more Washington spending that expands government but does little to create jobs.
...That's why Republicans have offered common-sense solutions to break down barriers to economic growth and help small businesses create jobs, starting with a recovery plan focused on encouraging investment and allowing families and small businesses to keep more of what they earn. Instead of the national energy tax, Republicans would implement an "all of the above" strategy to create jobs, lower energy prices and clean up our environment.
In contrast to Democrats' government-focused approach on health care, Republicans have proposed the only plan that would, according to the Congressional Budget Office, lower premiums by as much as 10 percent, cut the deficit and consistently reduce federal spending on health care over the next two decades.