John Boehner

There’s no better way to get a beat on what Americans are thinking than to get out of Washington, DC. I’m halfway through an 11 state swing in support of House Republicans that’s taking me to 18 different Congressional Districts throughout the Midwest. So far, the questions I’m hearing most are “who will secure the borders?” “Who has a plan to reduce gas prices and make us less dependent on foreign oil?” “Who will make health care more affordable?” And “who will defend America from the threat of terrorism?”

The voters I’ve met on my road trip want leaders with practical solutions to today’s problems and a commitment to securing America – but that’s not what they’re getting from the Democratic Congress.

America faces the problem of securing our borders and restoring order to our immigration process. But Democrats cut funding for the border fence and put up barriers to its construction. They’ve even said not to expect new border security measures any time soon. In Nebraska, voters couldn’t believe that Democrats had gone so far as to steal a vote won by Republicans that would have prevented taxpayers from funding benefits for illegal immigrants.

America faces the dual problem of a dangerous dependence on foreign energy and sky high energy prices affecting everything from the cost of food to prices at the pump. Democrats’ proposals would only make things worse. In Michigan, I was going on-air to talk with Detroit radio host Frank Beckmann just as Democrats announced a plan to quadruple the gas tax. This after raising taxes on American energy companies and subsidizing “green pork” projects in a “no energy” energy bill. Simply put, the Democratic plan is a roadmap for economic stagnation, higher prices, and greater dependence on hostile foreign governments.

America faces the problem of rising health care costs. Millions of Americans go without health care every year, and Democrats have refused to let small businesses offer high-quality coverage and prevented workers from taking their coverage from job to job. In Ohio, people were asking why Democrats cut free market Medicare Advantage programs to pay for health benefits for illegal immigrants. And they were concerned by Democrats’ plan to expand government-run bureaucratic health care to families making up to $82,000 a year, cleverly billed as an extension of “children’s health insurance.” We need less government and more health care; Democrats just want more government.

John Boehner

John Boehner is the Republican Minority Leader for the House of Representatives.

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