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. FRANK

    ALL DEMOCRATS SHOULD GO REPUBLICAN!!!

    I GUESS OBAMA DOES NOT MIND BURDINING HIS CHILDREN AND HIS GRAND CHILDREN(YET TO COME) AND EVEN HIS GREAT GRAND CHILDREN WITH THIS OVERWELMING DEBT!!

    THEY ARE THE ONES WHO WILL BE STILL PAYING FOR IT LONG AFTER WE ARE ALL GONE!!
    SHOULD HAVE CALL IT THE "TAX BURDEN ON THE FUTURE BILL"

    GOD HELP US ALL!!

    February 17, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  2. Jeff

    I wish I could believe the GOP's reaction to the stimulus bill was about how it doesn't provide what is needed to boost the economy, but I can't help but think the reaction is mostly for the purpose of political posturing of the party for future elections.

    February 17, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  3. SJ in SJ

    I'm not an economist, and I bet few of the posters on this blog are, either. It comes down to: do you trust the good intentions of our government to fix our economy, or do you not?

    There's a lot of partisan bickering, and certainly the details could have gone one way or the other. But surely our government wants to fix our current situation, even if they disagree among themselves on "how". Now that the stimulus bill is in place, the right thing to do is to make it work – and Democrat or Republican, the leaders who do the best job making it work will be the ones who are heroes.

    February 17, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  4. James

    Clover February 17th, 2009 5:16 pm ET
    The country is trying to pull ahead. Trouble is, we're pulling dead weight ----------------------------
    The dead weight in this country is liberial special interest groups that most of this money is targeting. Plus the rest of you Dems with your hand out waiting for uncle Sam to give you your cheese!

    February 17, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  5. WhoCares?

    "Good grief you people are stupid!! YOUR boy just signed into law a bill that takes on more debt than we have ever had before in the history of this nation."

    Wow...Well...at least you are blatent in your racism.

    I love when Conservatives get angry and can't hold back their latent racism and always have to call the President "Boy".

    February 17, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  6. Jaime

    When this stimulus Bill DOES create Jobs will Michael Steele and John Boehner retract their statements and apologies? Or will they make up some excuse about President Obama "getting lucky"...I say they don't give him one inch when it comes to complimenting him on helping this country.

    February 17, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  7. Landon

    Those poor Republicans. They were so used to rubber-stamping everything George Bush put in front of em. Now they actually have to learn to read. Poor, stupid idiots. Vote the morons OUT!

    February 17, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  8. pete

    To all you Obamanots,

    The democrats have been in power for the past 2 years, which is when this escellated into a full blown crisis. Prior to that, it was the democrats pushing for banks to lend money to people who couldn't afford to repay it. It was welfare then, and it is welfare now to bail them out.

    February 17, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  9. boered1

    @ liberal fools

    Pleaselet me point out that YOUR GUYS added more debt to the nation than anytime in our history also, and did it for NO REASON other than to invade a country that was incapable of hurting us and ignore a country that had invaded us. Me I will take the at least he tried line over the he was a bad person line anyday!

    As for those who say this is caused by dems let me point out a few FACTS (I know you hate them but..) republicans have controlled the whitehouse about 3/4 of the time in the last 40 years (12 years to 28 years) Republicans have controlled the whitehouse over 50% of the time in the last 40 years (16 years to 24 years) Bush vetoed more bills in the last two years than he did in his previous 6 years (0 to most of them) so to claim that somehow the democrats are responsible for this mess means either 1) you are an idiot and a liar or 2) the democrats are more effective at governing than republicans since, even though they have been in power less they, apparently, have more of an impact on our laws than republicans. So which is it are you just idiots and liars or are the republicans incompetant?

    idiots

    February 17, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  10. Francisco Domingos

    One is about a good measure to stimulate the economy, but I do not know will be enough to put the giant to walk. The world-wide level exists a production excess, in result of a globalization without rules of market. The time of the oil is to finish and new power plants go to appear in force. It will be that this crisis is the beginning of a new age?

    February 17, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  11. Tonya

    BOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    THAT'S NOT FAIR WE COULDN'T THINK OF ANYTHING BUT WE ARE GOING TO CRY ANYWAY MAYBE OUR GOP SUPPORTERS WILL THINK THAT WE HAD SOMETHING IMPORTANT IN MIND WE ALREADY HAVE THEM FOOL THEY ACTUALLY THINK THAT WE ARE SMART (WINK WINK)

    I CAN TELL YOU WHAT'S NOT FAIR
    * NOT GIVING THE PRESIDENT A CHANCE TO TURN THIS MESS AROUND.

    * I DON'T HAVE A SPOKES PERSON BUT THE LADY WITH 14 KIDS HAD A SPOKES PERSON AND A BOOK DEAL I WANT A BOOK DEAL TOO

    * 4 HOUSES LIKE MITT I DON'T NEED A HOUSE HE COULD JUST LET ME SLEEP IN ONE OF HIS BATHROOMS I BET IT'S THE SIZE OF MY LIVINGROOM, DEN & PATIO PUT TOGETHER

    * AND THIS ISN'T FAIR FOR THE PEOPLE TO LET RUSH DICKHEAD HAVE A RADIO SHOW BUT THEY TRIED TO BAN MICHAEL PHELPS FROM SWIMMING IF RUSH CAN POP PILLS AND HAVE A RADIO SHOW, MICHEAL PHELPS CAN SMOKE AND SWIM......

    February 17, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  12. Rick

    Is that Hairplugs standing next to Obama? Without a muzzle??

    February 17, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  13. How to solve World Hunger: Tax Cuts!

    Funny how NOW everyone is worried about how much we are spending.

    So 7 trillion was not enough to worry but 10 trillion is?

    February 17, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  14. Robin, Tampa FL

    Palin and Jindal are talking about going through the stimulus funds on a case-by-case basis? That's really big talk for governors who are from welfare states.

    February 17, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  15. Chad

    GOP is a joke, and they know it. That is the sad part. What do the GOP, Ford and GM have in common? All of them are desperate to prove they aren't as inept as they appear. They really need to hire a good PR firm...but most of those are located in DEM strongholds like L. A. and NYC.

    This huge out cry over this bill by the Repubs is nothing more than a PR stunt. They can turn to the camera and say "I voted against it" if it fails...knowing full well their state needs money NOW. Every state will take their share, all 50 states...from Alaska to Maine. All 50 states will spend the money to help their states (at least the gov. of Floridia was honest..here here Gov Crist). Shame on any senator from any state that takes the money with one hand, while shaking his finger at the people providing it with the other.

    February 17, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  16. Sara

    Watch, Every Republican griping about the Stimulus Bill will gladly take the money. Probably put it right into their own bank account. I don't trust a Republican as far as I could throw one of the fat hogs.

    February 17, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  17. Paul, Riverside, CA

    To all those state senators and governors who do not want the money, California would gladly like your portion. You may think the money wont help, but it will, plain and simple. Oh yeah, Bobby Jindal better appreciate his time as governor. I have family in Louisiana that are proud Republicans that will not vote for him OR ANY OTHER REPUBLICAN because of the crap they pulled with their NO votes.

    February 17, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  18. yasmine

    the Republicans do not have the anwers...they were in charge 8 years and kept giving the wrong answer.... something has to be done...

    February 17, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  19. Griff

    If you have no Experience in any Field, and Idiots Elect you... You7r going to be tested... A guy who can't swim is in Shark Infested Water... But you still glorify this Idiot Barack Obama...

    February 17, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  20. kayla

    IF THE STIMULUS IS NOT TO THE REPUGS BENEFIT, THEN MOVE ON. STOP CRITIZING AND SHUT THE HELL UP. DON'T TAKE MONEY. I GUESS YOU ALL WANTED ANOTHER 8 YEARS OF BUSH.

    February 17, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  21. Melissa

    Yet again, the Republicans prove they're more worried about their money and power than they are about their people.

    February 17, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  22. TjayeInLA

    Yes, we know how much the nation relies on the opinion of the party we've clearly declared we don't want or agree with.

    February 17, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  23. Tonya

    IF YOUR STATE DOESN'T NEED THE MONEY SEND IT BACK WE ACCEPT REFUNDS OF ANY KINDS BUT YOU HAVE 90 DAYS TO RETURN DAMAGE GOODS AND ONCE RETURN YOUR STATE WILL BE UP SHYT CREEK BECAUSE WE CAN'T RESALE WHAT YOU HAVE RETURN GOOD LUCK AMERICA WE ARE ABOUT TO TRY AND TURN THIS MESS AROUND THANK YOU FOR SHOPPING WITH US GOD BLESS YOU AND HAVE A BLESS DAY.....

    February 17, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  24. norb

    Like Boner presents as a good role model. I wonder how many pack's of cig's he smokes a day? He's just mad cause their gonna tape him an extra 62 cents a pack for the recent child health care bill that past. I'm sure he and his cronies didn't vote for that. He's probably got phillip morris on speed dial on his cell phone.

    February 17, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  25. Allison

    Don't count on any Republican to help with our economy...they vote strictly along their own party lines for their own gains.

    February 17, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
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