Boehner Decries ‘New Normal’ Of Sluggish Economy

“High unemployment, stagnant wages, slow growth. We can do better,” Boehner says.

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House Speaker John Boehner is decrying the sluggish economic growth of recent years as a “new normal” and accusing Senate Democrats and President Barack Obama of standing in the way of legislation passed by the House.

Boehner’s comments, in a Web video released Wednesday, are an effort to push back on Democrats branding his Republican-controlled House as obstructionist after it has focused much of its efforts on repealing the new health care reform law, even at the expense of a government shutdown that economists say hurt growth.

“The American economy, the greatest in the world, is stuck in a new normal,” Boehner says in the video. “High unemployment, stagnant wages, slow growth. We can do better.”

After arguing the House has passed legislation that would boost jobs, Boehner says: “The Senate Democrats are standing in the way. President Obama is just standing on the sidelines. Mr. President, what are you waiting for?”

See the video below:

17 comments
roknsteve
roknsteve

Free whine for everybody!  But no jobs or food.  That's the republican way!

RobertNguyen
RobertNguyen

Absolutely we have to do better than just giving subsidize to corporations, tax cuts to the rich and belittle the less fortunate segment of our society. Perhaps, Mr. Boehner should contemplate retirement so a better person can take his place and do a better job for the American people. 

HudsonValleyTim
HudsonValleyTim

"We can do better"?  Please!

So far, the Republican controlled house has shown that they can do little more than bitch, rename post offices, and renew subsidies for their donor-industries.  Perhaps they can do better but I doubt that we will ever know.  The GOP simply lacks the conviction and political courage to try to do anything beyond what the Koch brothers tell them to do.  Everything is a non-starter.

AlphaJuliette
AlphaJuliette

I just receive a "Speaker Alert" from the Honorable Speaker of the House John Boehner.  In it he asks the question "what is the president waiting for?" and linked the above video.  Here was my reply;


Actually Mr. Speaker you need a wake up call.  Despite "getting your Irish up" you continue to pander to the extreme Tea Party element that is doing damage to this nation, jobs creation and the recovery.  Instead of supporting these ideologues you should be kicking them to the curb.
 
To answer your question the President is waiting for an end of the obstructionist agenda perpetrated by the GOP and your lack of sensible leadership in particular.  Instead of pointing hypocritical accusing fingers you should be building bridges to work toward the prosperity of the entire country.  Both parties have good ideas and valid concerns. 
 
The recovery is slow for a reason.  The common denominator is the bitter bi-partisanship that passes for our political processes these days and the lack of cohesion in our duly elected representatives.  You head that parade Mr. Speaker.
 
There is a very good argument to make a course change.  It would resolve many of the issues that are holding this economy back.  And it would restore our position as an effective global leader where we could better act in the interests of this country.  I urge you to consider the overview as written by Richard Haas in "Foreign Policy begins at Home."  http://www.cfr.org/politics-and-strategy/foreign-policy-begins-home/p29767
 
Then, take another step in the right direction as it applies to the federal budget, the deficit, Tax Reform and the economic recovery by reading "A Bipartisan Path Forward to Securing America's Future"  authored by Erskin/Bowels here - http://images.politico.com/global/2013/02/18/a_bipartisan_path_toward_securing_americas_future_final.html
 
Sincerely,
AlphaJuliette

jmac
jmac

What legislation that the House passed would have created jobs?   Would it be asking too much for a reporter to report ?    How about asking Boehner, Time Staff.   I'd like to know.  


Cruz is out saying he's for growth, but his plan for growth is exactly the same as Bush, Jr's plan for growth - Cruz actually commented that he wanted to repeat the 1920's.   Well, the 1920's lead to 1929 - exactly what we got when W. Bush repeated the 1920's and Coolidge.     

dectra
dectra

Perhaps Boehner should get his party to pass bills on what they ran on: Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

AlphaJuliette
AlphaJuliette

If the Honorable Speaker honestly considers the real reason for this sluggish economy then he should recognize the overall damage his own party is responsible for toward that end.  He should be more concerned about building bridges than pointing accusing and hypocritical fingers.  He should also do a little homework to better understand the consequences of his party of NO! is perpetrating on America.

A good place to start is here; http://www.cfr.org/politics-and-strategy/foreign-policy-begins-home/p29767

Unless our leadership do something about the fractured, confrontational and bitter nature of their own environment the business sector will continue to operate under a cloud of no confidence.

barneydidit
barneydidit

Yeah, The Republican controlled House has clearly shown us what a laser focus on jobs looks like. I mean they gave us "In God We Trust" as the National Motto as soon as they opened for business....and then spent 2.5 years failing to repeal Obamacare...over...and over...and over...

Paul,nnto
Paul,nnto

Thanks TIME for disseminating a political ad that the republicans know they don't even need to buy time for. 


Why wouldn't the republicans produce "Web video" content knowing the media will do the job of getting it out there?

UMMLocal12
UMMLocal12

@AlphaJuliette Your first mistake is in using the word honestly in relation to the Speaker

AlphaJuliette
AlphaJuliette

@barneydidit

Too True.  Their number one priority during the Great Recession was to deny President Obama a second term.  Since failing that they have reverted to a staunch obstructionistic program the consequences of which have been to constantly hurt the recovery.

barneydidit
barneydidit

@Paul,nnto And yet every Republican on the planet will tell you that Romney lost because of the media's "Liberal slant" (well...that and the IRS somehow keeping people from voting).