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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  1. Allan

    Why are we supposed to be interested in the reactions of the people who ruined America to the cure for the disease they gave us?

    February 17, 2009 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  2. janet, ohio

    I wonder what would have happened last year if Bush had said nobody who disagreed with his policies was getting a stimulus check. You stupid brain-dead libs would have had a heart-attack. Now you say the dissenting govs should refuse the money. HA! Did you send back your stimulus check last year? Didn't think so. So SHUT THE H!!!!! UP.

    February 17, 2009 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  3. Peter (CA)

    Right wingers: you can't be taken seriously when all you say is this is the Democrats fault since they ran Congress the last 2 years?
    Do you know anything about economics? Do you realize our problems have been percolating up since the days of Reagan? Do you realize NOTHING could get done the last 2 years because Bush vetoed everything the Democrats gave him?

    And not that Frank and the others are blameless, but let's remember that when they pushed Fannie and Fredie in 2005 and 2006, it was Republicans who ran Congress. Where was their opposition to all this then?

    Now, they tell us they have a better way: tax cuts. Another brilliant stroke. Tax cuts no longer work in a world economy. The corporations take the profits and still ship jobs overseas. Look around your house. Try to find something made in the US. Maybe the car in your garage but, if it was up to the Republicans, that would be gone, too.

    February 17, 2009 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  4. Susan in NC

    There was PLENTY of time for Congressmen (and women) to read the recovery package plans! That argument has ZERO truth to it. More than 90% of the plan didn't change from Day 1 and it's been "in the works" for a month! The small parts they all worked on that did change could easily have been read over and over and over again. That argument is simply an untruth!

    February 17, 2009 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  5. Joe Cool

    Can anyone tell me why people still care what Palin's opinion is? Or what any of the Republicans have to say for that matter? All they do is complain about the ideal, but come up with no solutions. Oh but they sure know how to create debt, cause a housing crisis, and a total near depression economic melt down.

    Shame on the GOP's...SHAME!! I won't be voting republican ever again. I'm just tired of the "my way or the highway" philosophy, that is tearing our government apart. Can't these fools compromise on anything?

    February 17, 2009 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  6. The Watcher

    You are all fools. The Dems and Repugs have conspired to crash the economy from the beginning. They are all part of the same NWO cabal. All this fighting is just a show to distract you idiots from the truth.

    February 17, 2009 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  7. rob

    @Tim, Seattle

    Tax cuts work every time they are tried: see JFK "A rising tide lifts all boats".

    You are only parroting the DNC talking points to discredit all things republican.

    Do some research, the Deficit was down 3 straight years up to 1 year ago from the Bush tax cuts. We had record tax receipts even with the run away spending that Bush and the repubs signed on for and the 2000-2001 recession and 9/11 and the War on terror.

    Your hero Clinton signed de-regulation bills sent to him in the 90's, from which we had the beginings of the current catastrophy.

    Lastly, check on Iraq lately, News Flash WE ARE WINNING and the Iraq people are learning to govern themselves. As a result, Obama is sending 17000 more troops to Afganistan because we don't need them in Iraq anymore.

    The Democrats depend on the stupidity of their voters to get away with their Propaganda, and looking at your post and others on this site they are absolutely right in doing so.

    February 17, 2009 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  8. Audacity of it All

    Did Obama read it first?
    Did Joe Biden read it first?
    Did any Democrat read it when it went from 600+ pages to over 1,071 overnight? They didn't even have 48 hours?
    What an emergency it was!!!
    BO couldn't even find his way back to DC to sign off on it!

    I am glad no republicans signed on.

    February 17, 2009 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  9. Jean2

    MAYBE THE REPUBLICANS SHOULD WORK ON THIER READING SKILLS!!!!

    February 17, 2009 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  10. You know the Republican party is toxic when ... Palin bails on NRCC & CPAC

    Santa Maria:

    Let's just hope you don't need a teacher, cop, firefighter and any first responders in your ideal little cocoon.

    February 17, 2009 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  11. Dylan from MN

    Can we get a new party to replace the GOP? How about the green party? Heck, libertarian would be fine with me. Their ideas have poisoned the well that is America.

    February 17, 2009 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  12. SDW

    I need to go home and take a shower...myself along with 350 million other Americans were was just "Pelosied"!

    February 17, 2009 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  13. Judy from PA

    The stock market, the economy will come back on it's own. It's all about cycles. Obama only pushed for this stimulus bill so that he looks like the Messiah when it does come back. When, in actuality, it would have come back on it's own. Now we just have a huge bill to pay.

    February 17, 2009 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  14. Michael from ALabama

    Why do Americans have to have a "Buy American Clause" to buy American. Isn't it about time we do the right thing for our country, because we want to.

    February 17, 2009 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  15. Sue

    Well, since it took Bush 8 years to get us here, anyone who expects Obama to claw us out anytime soon is wrong. But to slam the package before it has a chance to work only serves to continue the fear drving the stock market down. And frankly, the Repubs would love to see us fall into Depression so they can trumpet their tax cuts as the way out. Sorry, not buying that schlepp any more.
    And Palin won't be happy unless we taxpayers are funding her yet-to-be-approved pipeline through Canada. We aren't buying her crap either.

    February 17, 2009 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  16. Ex-Republican

    Ok: So let me get this straight:

    When Bush screws up, two towers fall, our right to privacy and in general our freedom is destroyed. America begins torturing people, natural disasters strike and people remain stranded for WEEKS, and our soldiers get sent to die in an illegal war looking for non existant stuff and our image is destroyed globally.

    When Obama screws up, a railway system to Las Vegas gets built.

    Hmmmm, I kind of like Obama's screw ups compared to Bush's.

    February 17, 2009 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  17. Sue

    For the last time, Democrats were not in control the past two years! Everything they sent to Bush was vetoed promptly! Unless you have a veto proof majority, you can accomplish nothing that the President disagrees with. So yes, this is a Republican mess.
    As far as returning the idiotic check last year, janet, if I thought it wouldn't have gone into the sinkhole in Iraq, I would have. Instead, I sent it to peace groups and my peace church for their use.

    February 17, 2009 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  18. MS

    Wow, if this is a cross section of the American's who voted in Novembers election, I am not suprised that our Legislators don't agree. Come on, everyone is hurting and name calling and looking back are not going to help us fix this problem, notice I said "Us" not the politicians in DC. They (both parties) are not for us the American people, they are for lining the pockets of their campaigns for 2010!!!

    February 17, 2009 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  19. Merle

    YEAH everyone...lets ALL be FORCED to jump aboard and weaken the Dollar a bit more shall we?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 21st 2012!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 17, 2009 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  20. rob

    Who cares what the Repub's think??

    February 17, 2009 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  21. Al

    The RNC had 8 years to come up with something good. They created this big mess, not Obama. They left us with it. The Republicans who are screaming the loudest are the ones who sat there for 8 years and let this economic crisis happen under george bush. Now that someone is doing something and taking a step forward in something that clearly defines the creation of jobs and helping working Americans, now the very same Republicans are against it. It seems the Republicans are not happy unless the working men and women are out of work and suffering while they preach morals and family values.

    February 17, 2009 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  22. Merle

    YEAH everyone...Lets be forced to get on this trainwreck of a bandwagon and WEAKEN The Almighty Dollar even more!! woo hoo!!

    December 21st 2012!!!

    February 17, 2009 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  23. Obama 2.0

    Yeah, and squirels have mixed reactions about crossing the road, HAAAAAAAA.

    February 17, 2009 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  24. ME IN FL

    It is funny that these same Republicans were the ones that voted for all and any spending that Bush wanted without caring for the American people.

    Millions spent rebuilding Irak while we needed the money in our country to rebuild our highways, bridges and levies (Katrina), create jobs, healthcare...... Millions spent in a needless war that cost not only money but lives of American soldiers........but now the GOP cares about the American people??? Really?? We do not want you to care for us at all!! The only thing that the GOP has to do is shut up and what we as Americans need to do is to VOTE THEM OUT!!!

    February 17, 2009 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  25. ME IN FL

    It is funny that these same Republicans were the ones that voted for all and any spending that Bush wanted without caring for the American people.

    Millions spent rebuilding Irak while we needed the money in our country to rebuild our highways, bridges and levies (Katrina), create jobs, health care...... Millions spent in a needless war that cost not only money but lives of American soldiers........but now the GOP cares about the American people??? Really?? We do not want you to care for us at all!! The only thing that the GOP has to do is shut up and what we as Americans need to do is to VOTE THEM OUT!!!

    February 17, 2009 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
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