February 17th, 2009
04:46 PM ET
6 years ago

GOP offers mixed reaction to stimulus bill

 Obama signed the stimulus bill in Colorado Tuesday.
Obama signed the stimulus bill in Colorado Tuesday.

(CNN) - As President Obama signed the $787 billion economic stimulus bill, Republicans offered mixed views on whether they believe it will ultimately be effective.

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele and House Republican Leader John Boehner both said the measure will fail to create jobs, while Florida Gov. Charlie Crist hailed the effects the bill will have on his state.

“At a time when Florida is facing historic economic challenges mirrored across the country, these federal stimulus dollars will help Florida meet critical needs in education, transportation and Medicaid," Crist said in a statement.

Other Republican governors have not been as supportive of the package, including Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

"We’ll need to look at the federal funding on a case-by-case basis," Palin said in a statement.

And Boehner, who successfully led his party to universally oppose the measure in the House, called it a "raw deal for American families."

“Our nation is in recession, and responsible action is required to help our economy protect and create jobs. This isn’t it," he said.


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soundoff (415 Responses)
  1. Jonathan

    there is no GOP plan, why? because you lost big time BEOTCH!
    stop being bitter and take it up the wazzoo!
    this isn't the normal run of a recession...this is serious stuff – Reflubicans and NeoConvicts would only enact anything that will serve their lobbyist and extremely rich..

    anyway, THE PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN!!

    YOU LOST!! NEED I REPEAT THAT...LOST=KAPUT!

    February 17, 2009 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  2. Joe - Chicago

    Yeah, lets just cut some taxes. That will stimulate the economy. Look at the Economic paradise that Bush the lesser created with his.

    February 17, 2009 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  3. Jason, TX

    Republicans are a joke. I left that party because of its lack of morals and crazy self indulgent politicians who can't think outside their own political careers. The obstructionists lost..... FINALLY!

    February 17, 2009 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  4. Patrick

    The Republicans can't offer Americans anythingany longer......they vote strictly along Republican party lines. Their proving that over and over.

    February 17, 2009 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  5. CAW in MD

    @Jeanne,

    Seriously, can you read? 35% of this bill is tax *cuts*. Exactly how do you get higher taxes from tax cuts?

    Being partisan is one thing, but ignoring reality is just a whole new level of insanity. Take a deep breath, and pull back from the abyss.

    February 17, 2009 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  6. Minnesota Voter

    Hey - Richard in Missouri. Don't know where you are getting your facts, but tax cuts DO NOT "fix" the economy. Economists agree that they have very little effect. If tax cuts were so effective we would all be so rich that this economic downturn would just put a little dent in our investments after the HUGE tax cuts that GWB implemented in 2001 - all $1.35 TRILLION of them. Makes the stimulus package look tiny.

    February 17, 2009 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  7. Steve in Louisville

    Palin should return all funding that the bill would provide for Alaska. That's one state that doesn't need any financial help. Plus that way she can keep her hands "clean" from being soiled by this terrible, terrible bill. Meanwhile, the rest of the United States can benefit.

    February 17, 2009 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  8. naqib

    Look at that stock market...

    Keep on stimulating...

    Down over 300 now... and falling like Bammers popularity

    February 17, 2009 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  9. Jim

    If governors object to the bill, they should refuse any money from it. Then they can face their voters based on political idology instead of jobs.

    February 17, 2009 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  10. rickystephen,usvi

    Pete's logic , if a man shot a man and the cop arrived while another man was helping the victim stay alive, the poor helpful guy is guilty, even if everyone saw who shot the man. By the way, the man that was shot is our beloved uncle "UNCLE SAM".

    February 17, 2009 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  11. Arlene Illinois

    I sure hope all the Republicans who voted against the
    Stimulus Bill aren't going to accept any of that tainted money
    for there districts.

    February 17, 2009 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  12. David

    I agree that all republicans who don't want to get behind solving this mess, then they should just not accept any money. The tax cuts in the package to individuals, just give the money back. If your child's school gets money for repairs, then transfer your kid somewhere else. I am so sick of hearing the Repubs whine and complain about Obama trying to help the American people. They are too worried about people who already have money and success while the rest of us suffer day in and day out, loosing our homes, jobs, and dignity.

    February 17, 2009 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  13. John

    I think there is one simple answer for those republican governors, don't take the money! Stay true to your guns republicans and turn down any of those filthy federal dollars.

    February 17, 2009 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  14. Jo in MN

    Republicans had a plan, but it was panned by economists as too small to have any real effect with too many ineffectual tax cuts and not enough of the investments that create jobs. The republicans didn't publicize their plan much because it wasn't good and they knew it.

    February 17, 2009 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  15. Stephen

    All of you trying to blame this mess on Democrats need to stop listening to talk radio and do some research. This bill is not a $787 billion spending bill. It includes almost on $300 billion in tax cuts. So for those of you Republicans who think tax cuts are the answer, there are enough tax cuts in here for the average person. I guess that's why you are unhappy because there aren't enough for the upper echelon. No more Trickle Down Economics. No More Corporate Welfare

    February 17, 2009 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  16. Joel, Honolulu

    Richard-Missouri, February 17th, 2009 5:40 pm ET: Can you please provide specific sources? I've heard the "only tax cuts work" argument but I've never seen any specific data to back it up. I'd really like to see some backup on this. When I say specific I don't mean "Economics 101" – I want to see links to creditable economists (note the plural). I doubt this because the amount of tax cuts necessary to put real money in my pocket – $13 is not real money, it's barely a movie anymore – would have to be a 50% or 75% tax cut, which is not realistic. I'd rather you keep the $13 and put it toward road reconstruction. Make our roadways safer, more efficient, and create some jobs.

    February 17, 2009 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  17. mw

    How many trillion dollars in debt did President Obama inherit compared to the price tag on the stimulus package, which is not enough. The GOP is throwing up smoke 'n mirrors. The GOP is inadequate. The GOP did not have the answers for 8 years.
    Remember the PEACE AND POSTERITY OF THE CLINTON YEARS??? We can get there again and more easily with repugs voited out next election.
    Can't thank the repugs for any peace and prosperity now can we.
    ALL REPUBLICAN GOVERNORS, MAYORS, CONGRESSMEN, SENATORS NEED TO TURN DOWN THE MONEY FOR THEIR RESPECTIVE STATES, SINCE THEY ARE SO AGAINST IT. LEAVE IT FOR THE PEOPLE WHO SUPPORT OUR PRESIDENT'S EFFORTS.
    WE, THE PEOPLE, DECIDED WHO WE WANTED TO RUN THE COUNTRY, AND THANK GOD, IT IS NOT A REPUBLICAN SPENDTHRIFT.

    February 17, 2009 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  18. Vietnam Vet71

    Rich, affluent, republican and/or from the Old South means you retard other US citizens from making it. Rather, your money is that much more valuable if the little people have little or no buying power—keep the unemployment rate as high as possible with NO stimulus plan.

    February 17, 2009 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  19. Kathy in Minnesota

    John Boehner, Lindsay Graham, John McCain, and Michael Steele are nothing but WHINERS!!!!!!!

    NO!! The GOP have not come up with a feasable plan because they have NONE!!! TAXC CUTS and BUDGET CUTS do not increase Tax Revenues, build Bridgesm Roads, Schools, or Infrastructure.

    People working jobs that won't be outsourced and consumer spending on goods and services are what stimulates the Economy!!!

    Apparently the GOP still does not get it!!!

    February 17, 2009 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  20. Jeff from Jersey

    The republicans are looking for anything to try and save face after they got trounced in November.America needs to finish the job and oust the rest of them in 2010.Their failed policies are what dug the country into this economic black-hole and it is once again up to the democrats to dig us out.

    Why can't this country ever learn?The republicans lower taxes for the select few,cut programs to help our most needy and then spend $TRILLIONS that we don't have on military toys and what else God only knows,and they leave it up to the democrats to clean it up,whining all the while about new taxes or expensive programs to help those their policies made destitute in the first place!

    February 17, 2009 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  21. abc

    honestly hope GOP will dust themsevles off for one last time and be a vital & worthy opposition party for the 21st, not 19th century. otherwise, our country needs a true conservative party, not simply using conservatism as a slogan or political vehicle.
    it's depressingly funny to see how different levels of officials react, ones who are on the front line dealing with unprecedented recession support the plan except the two governors already eyeing the 2012 presidential election, one aiming to attract minorities while the other wants to turn 2008 VP to a P campaign in 2012.
    but hoping our country will fail because of political differences is shameless. i'm glad our administration sees how outcompete and outeducated we are on a global scale, not just being shortsighted and ideological.
    God bless America!!!

    February 17, 2009 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  22. AV

    LIKE I AM GOING TO PAY ATTENTION TO ANYTHING SARA HAS TO SAY AND AS FAR AS BONEHEAD BOEHNER, WHEN DID HE WIN THE NOBEL PRIZE FOR BEING THE BEST ECONOMIST. THE ONLY RAW DEAL WE AS AMERICANS HAVE GOTTEN WAS THE LAST 8 YEARS. BOEHNER AND SARA SHOULD LISTEN TO THE SMART PEOPLE WHO HAVE SAID THIS BILL 75% OF IT WILL STIMULATE THE ECONOMY AND THE TAX CUTS THE REPUBS WANTED AND GOT WILL NOT, HE ONLY WON THE NOBEL PRIZE YOU YAHOOS.

    February 17, 2009 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  23. Jimmy D.

    "The idiots simply spent too much money, which is different than the "failed policy" nonsense Dems keep throwing out."

    If spending "too much money" (while producing NOTHING to show for it other than a failing school system, trillions in national debt, and several thousand of America's bravest dead to appease the daddy issues of a simpering under-achiever) isn't considered a "failed policy", then what is it?

    February 17, 2009 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  24. Jill

    Well glad to see that most of americans act like the people in DC. Why don't we stop blaming the republicans, blaming the democrats and try to solve this problem. No plan is 100% but at least there are people trying to help. The economy needs more than just tax cuts it needs the government to spend money. And for all the conservative screaming about generation theft and debt- Personally, if you want to point a finger at the biggest reason this country is in debt–IRAQ WAR. But again finger pointing is for the politicians like Boehner and Pelosi.
    So why we we all just play nice together and give th stimulus time to see if it works–also have anyone of you dismissing it already actually read it. If not go online lots of copies.

    February 17, 2009 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  25. Candice

    Since these Republicans are SO against the plan then maybe their districts don't need these funds... I doubt Gov. Swasanagger will be saying the same things

    February 17, 2009 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
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