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Boehner calls on Obama to fire economic team


In an economic speech that was more political than policy, that offered more generalities than specifics, House Minority Leader John Boehner today called on President Obama to fire his economic team and briefly sketched out what Republicans would plan to do if they regain control of Congress.

"President Obama should ask for -- and accept -- the resignations of the remaining members of his economic team, starting with Secretary Geithner and Larry Summers, the head of the National Economic Council," Boehner said in his speech to the City Club of Cleveland, per an advanced copy of his remarks.

Boehner called on Obama to extend the Bush tax cuts, even for families making more than $250,000 per year, and he assailed the administration's economic policies. "We've tried 19 months of government-as-community-organizer. It hasn't worked. Our fresh start needs to begin now."

He then mapped out -- with few specifics -- how Republicans would govern if they controlled Congress. "I've said that if I were fortunate enough to be speaker of the House, I would run the House differently," Boehner said. "That means challenging the old ways in Washington, getting to the bottom of what drives people crazy, and then fixing it once and for all."

Boehner listed a few ideas to cut federal spending, including canceling unspent stimulus and TARP funds, erecting budget caps on future spending, and requiring congressional approval of any executive-branch rule costing more than $100 million on the economy.

But the GOP House leader didn't address the largest parts of the federal-spending pie: entitlements like Social Security and Medicare.