Republicans billed it as a major economic speech by House Minority Leader John Boehner, and the prepared text of the speech itself promised "a plan to break the ongoing economic uncertainty." But what followed was a familiar litany of criticisms of President Obama's current policies -- including a demand that he fire his Treasury Secretary and his chief economic adviser -- but only a promise that the GOP will offer up its true plan weeks down the line.
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Speaking in Ohio this morning, Boehner, who hopes to be Speaker of the House next year, acknowledged that Republicans will offer "a clear and positive governing agenda focused on getting people working again" next month.
For the time being, though, Boehner attacked a recent, $26 billion aide package Obama signed, helping states save the jobs of teachers and other public employees -- in Boehner's words "to protect government jobs."
As terrible as that is, though, the bill is also paid for. "Even worse," Boehner lamented, "the bill is funded by a new tax hike."