U.S. Congressman Mike Turner (OH-3):
"As the presidential race heats up in Ohio and people turn to the issue of the president's record and their grave concerns about the economy. People in Ohio are struggling...
"This president has a record of trying to have government lead the economy and government lead the economy through spending. We've seen what that record is, 38 straight months of unemployment above 8 percent, 12.7 million unemployed Americans, and the president continues to add to our national debt, which currently sits at $15.6 trillion. As Ohioans ask the question, what was the president going to do? They look first to his proposal in his budget. And his budget put forward a plan of increased spending and increased taxes. And the people in Ohio know that that is not an equation that can produce jobs. As I've traveled around Ohio, I've asked groups to vote for themselves, raise their hands if they believe that increased spending and increased taxes will move this economy forward and will they support that. In all the rooms I've been in not one person has ever raised their hand. And then I remind them that's the exact same result that we got from this Congress when the president's budget, his economic plan, was placed on the floor of the House. Not one Republican, not one Democrat voted for the president's plan of increased spending and increased taxes.
"The president brought forth a budget that would continue to add trillions of dollars to the national debt. And the people in Ohio know that is an absolute threat to the ability of this economy to produce jobs. And they want Washington to rein in spending. They want Washington to come forth with a plan that will allow the private sector to move forward and create jobs. They are aware that the president's record that United States lost its Triple A credit rating score as a result of the out of control spending that this president hasn't come forward with one plan for cutting spending, not one plan for reining in the national debt, just mountains of debt in front of them and they know that grave threat to this economy's ability to create jobs.
"Another issue, Vice President's coming to Ohio this week. There are thousands of Delphi retirees who lost their pensions and are still demanding answers from this administration. The president had said he was going to run one of the most open administrations and then as they went through the General Motors bankruptcy deal, where Treasury Geithner clearly had conflicts of interest being on all sides of the transaction. The administration picked winners and losers and in doing so almost 20,000 Delphi salaried retirees lost portions of their pensions, from up to 70%. Most recently, the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program just announced that they were not going to continue their investigation as a result of the lack of assistance. The administration's representatives Ron Bloom, Matthew Feldman, and Harry Wilson have refused to meet or speak with the Inspectors. So, as a result of the administration refusing to provide information the Delphi retirees as to how the administration moved forward they are thwarting the ability of these retirees to get their pensions restored.
"As the Vice President goes to Ohio, he should answer their questions as to why the administration will not release the documents requested from the Delphi retirees and why the Special Inspector General is not receiving cooperation from either the administration or the former representatives of the administration so we can get to the answers how these pensions were taken and how these pensions can be restored."
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Budget and Spending National Debt