John Boehner

The American people have much riding on the results of two major debates in the House of Representatives this summer. Over the next eight weeks, House Democrats have promised to rush through legislation on health care and global warming (known as “cap-and-trade”) that will devastating consequences for the American people – particularly the middle class, who have plenty at stake as we await the outcome of these debates.

House Republicans are responding with common sense proposals to reduce the skyrocketing cost of health care and promote a cleaner, healthier environment while lowering energy costs and creating jobs without raising taxes. Unfortunately, Democrats have taken a decidedly different tact – the go-it-alone approach that has become all too familiar to middle-class families.

Think about it: on every major issue addressed by Congress and the White House this year, the middle class has taken a hit. First there was the trillion-dollar “stimulus” spending bill, which no one even bothered to read. Just last week the Vice President admitted the American people are being “scammed” by it. That’s no consolation for middle-class families, however, who are now paying for those infamous AIG executive bonuses, checks for the deceased, highway studies instead of highway projects in my home state of Ohio, and a skateboard park in Rhode Island and bike racks in Washington, D.C.

The middle class – and their children and grandchildren – also is paying for a $400 billion “omnibus” spending bill loaded with 9,000 unscrutinized earmarks, passed just weeks after the “stimulus” became law. They’re paying to bail out those who lied on their mortgage applications, those who abused their credit cards, and those who made bad business decisions. They’re even paying for the Democrats’ budget that spends, taxes, and borrows too much, and which – as luck would have it – doesn’t include the middle class tax cut the President promised during the campaign.

And if Democrats get their way, by the end of this summer with their “cap-and-trade” scheme, families and small businesses will be paying a national energy tax on anyone who drives a car, buys an American-made product, or flips on a light switch. It sure looks like Americans are being scammed on far more than just the “stimulus.”

John Boehner

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

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