February 17th, 2009
04:46 PM ET
5 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. mike

    The Dumbocrats got us into this mess in the first place, why would anyone think they can get us out? With quality leaders such as Pelosi, Reid, Dodd and Frank, not to mention the clueless BO, we are doomed. We need to vote out all Democrats in 2010.

    February 17, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  2. Andi

    Does it really matter right now who is to 'blame' for our problems? Can we try to fix them, first, and then argue about it? Can one side let the other side TRY to help, without purposely getting in the way, 'just because'?

    February 17, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  3. J.P.

    "What is the republican plan to fix the economy?"

    Simple. Do nothing. If left alone, the market will right itself in the next 18 months, but when recessions fix themselves, politicians don't get credit for it.

    Recessions are cyclical in nature, a fact proven by volumes of economic data collected for generations. Recesssions, if left unmolested, will rectify themselves in 18-24 months.

    If a government gets involved to "just do something," all bets are off. History has shown when FDR got involved and "just did something," he expanded a routine cyclical downturn into 10-12 years of economic blight, both creating and prolonging the Great Depression.

    Those who fail to learn economics are destined to repeat voting Democrat.

    February 17, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  4. HelloooOOOOO

    Gosh, I agree, if the repubs didnt read it, what were they DOING ? they had plenty of time to READ it, so how CAN they say it wont work ? I also agree with all who say since repubs dont believe in it, then DONT take any money from it ! Go get your repub Govenors to solve thier own states problems ! I will be "watching" close to see which repubs DO accept money from this bill AND what thier excuses for doing so are..

    February 17, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  5. Rick

    Here's an idea. How about giving the stimulus dollars to the districts where the senators and congressmen and women voted for it. All those who feel it won't work, refuse to take the money for your district. We can then see where it is working and where it isn't.

    My guess is that even those that opposed the package will still take the money.

    February 17, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  6. tiff of Lithia Springs

    PETE,

    THE GOP WAS IN POWER 6 YEARS PRIOR TO THAT! WITH PRESIDENT TO SERVE UP THEIR NEEDS ON A SILVER PLATTER!

    JUST FOR THE TAXPAYER TO CHOKE ON THE ENTREE!

    February 17, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  7. Phil from Phoenix

    How can this bill be signed when neither sides have read the new revised version completely through!? My God where is this country going? A rail system from Las Vegas to L.A. Ya that guy is from Nevada. What a waste of money. Guess what people, Obama just announced the Mortgage Crisis is next, can we say preparing the road for yet another Bill! Thank God Jesus is my provider and not this Economy!

    February 17, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  8. Derek in Green Bay

    If the stimulus fails, then Obama fails, the free market fails, the country fails, but hey things are looking pretty good for them Republicans! Way to put country first. These people act like they weren't alive between 2001 and 2008, what a laughingstock. At least they have their 3 or 4 red states to fall back on.

    February 17, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  9. Randal, Texas

    This welfare spending bill is like taking a credit card at 21% interest to pay off the balance for a credit card with 9% interest, it makes no sense. Our economy is bad because of all the bad debt, yet we are going to go further, the most ever in our history, in debt in order to solve our economic woes. Boy, Hussain Obama really sold you people a bill of goods. I have some swamp land for sale....

    February 17, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  10. Kim

    Maybe it's time to stop pointing fingers, placing blame and whining and get on with the business of getting the economy moving again.

    If people would maybe focus a little bit of positive energy and work toward getting behind this President, the country and each other, maybe things might look a little less bleak and get stronger again faster.

    But I guess that's too much to hope for.

    February 17, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    @ JK, Ashburn, VA

    The GOP's plan for the stimulus was the same tax cuts and trickle-down economics blather they always suggest. It all equates to "give corporate America more money and trust them to do the right thing." Well, we trusted them with an unsupervised $350B tax refund (because that's what the first half of the bailout equates to) and look what they did with it. $30,000 toilet anyone? The GOP's insistence on tax cuts when Dems are in control is just a ruse to sap the government of tax revenue so the Dems can't enact their agenda.

    February 17, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  12. You

    @Tom Mc and other idiots:

    Oh my, the GOPeeERs are in full swing today.

    Yes, let's put our heads in the sand and pretend that the last 8 years NEVER happened, and if it did happen, it's the Democrats' fault. Yes the Dems did it, not the stupidest president who ever lived, or the 6 year Republican controlled Congress that allowed Bush to destroy this country. Yes, let's blame the Dems and if we can't blame them, let's blame poor people, yeah, they did.

    You GOPeeERs deserve to be upset. Now sit down, take your meds and shut your faces. Nothing can be worse than the 8 years of hell we went through with the 7th Worst President (and in my mind the worst) we've ever had.

    Losers should not talk...SHhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, be quiet.

    February 17, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  13. Bring It On

    @Tom Mc and other idiots:

    Oh my, the GOPeeERs are in full swing today.

    Yes, let's put our heads in the sand and pretend that the last 8 years NEVER happened, and if it did happen, it's the Democrats' fault. Yes the Dems did it, not the stupidest president who ever lived, or the 6 year Republican controlled Congress that allowed Bush to destroy this country. Yes, let's blame the Dems and if we can't blame them, let's blame poor people, yeah, they did.

    You GOPeeERs deserve to be upset. Now sit down, take your meds and shut your faces. Nothing can be worse than the 8 years of hell we went through with the 7th Worst President (and in my mind the worst) we've ever had.

    Losers should not talk...SHhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, be quiet.

    February 17, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  14. Carl from Utah

    John Boehner is an obstructionist. He sees his job as the "Opposer in Chief"
    Imagine the powerful political risk he takes by opposing President Obama's plan before it even gets signed into law.

    Watch for old Beener backpeddling when it works. I can only guess at what he might say. I am sure that whatever he says it will be lame and stubborn, just like everything else he says.
    I am really glad he won't be running for re-election, I am glad that all these old GOP fogies who won't compromise will not be getting re-elected because when president Obama is successful, they will have no excuse. They have bet the farm on him failing.
    They will lose, and we will win!

    February 17, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  15. Louis

    Whatever happened to the line-by-line evaluation of the budget we were promised? IF GOVERNMENT WASTE CORPORATE INCOMPETENCE WERE ELIMINATED, NO STIMULUS WOULD BE NECESSARY.

    February 17, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  16. Michael

    I love how the Democrats are tyring to defend this stupid bill by saying it is the Republican's fault we got in the mess.

    Instead of faulting the Republicans for getting us into this mess, they should be defending in specifics why this is a good bill.

    But they don't because the bill sucks and can not be defended.

    February 17, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  17. Daniel

    Good for Charlie Crist. We need more Republicans like him.
    Nobody cares what Palin says anymore.
    Boehner, this isn't responsible action? Oh yeah, and I'm sure tax cuts are, especially after they worked SO well the last time.

    February 17, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  18. Mike Dallas

    So, the arrogant Governor Analsphincter of Alaska thinks there is no need to take the funds??

    She might want to look at the native Alaskans that were featured as they are now starving to death due to poor fishing and high prices, 15 dollars for a gallon of milk where they live! She might want to reconsider.

    To paraphrase Joan in The Women, "There is a name for this lady, but it is not used in polite society, outside of a kennel"!

    February 17, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  19. chuck tulsa

    The Republicans will stand by with glee and hope that we turn into a third world nation.

    That will make their draft dodging, drug addict leader, Limbaugh dance with joy.

    February 17, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  20. ginger

    What's with the fake arguement that President Obama is going to cost our country more debit? Someone has to help America. If the Republicans could buy a clue they wouldn't have let this mess happen in the first place.

    President Obama you have 64 million votes behind you.

    February 17, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  21. fem

    This is to pete, last time democrats were in power was abount 3 weeks now and last one before that was republicans for 8 gruling yrs. Well I have news for you pal, this Goverment will by the grace of God succeful and all republicas that want this Goverment to fail will eat worms when that happened. Republicans two wars, and no visions for our future and now they are playing blame game.. we American are not dumb or stupid you had you chance and you blew it. Good luck in next 20yrs if you luck because for now Repubican party are done. By the way I have never heard Democrats wanted the Bush admin to failed unfortunatley he failed the whole nation.

    February 17, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  22. Suz

    What concerns me most about all of this is the lack of reality that does not seem to be setting in on both sides of the issue. There is no quick fix. It might take years for any results. If this does work, how is its success going to be measured or determined? If it doesn't work, how is its failure going to be determined? I think of this as a medical problem. To determine the proper treatment, it takes trial and error until a satisfactory solution is reached. Therefore, everyone needs to be more realistic about the stimulous package or any solution that is tried. We need to give it time and if there are no results, go back to the drawing board and try something else. The point is, we need to pull together on this and not be at one another's throat. Keep that in mind come next election time when you vote.

    February 17, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  23. I voted for change!!!!!

    I've never seen, heard, or read so much hate. This man has only been in office for less than a month, and the repubs are already wishing on his downfall. I can guarantee it will take more stimulus to grown us out of this mess we're in. Funny how people forget how we got here. Everyone wants to point the finger, but no one wants to take responsiblity. The repubs and dems who are against this bill only care about their elections in 2010. How about those who are against this bill don't take a penny!!!!

    February 17, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  24. In Houston, TX

    How can you conservatives possibly blame Clinton for this? He left us with a surplus, not a deficit. And all you GOPers know that Bush reversed all the Clinton policies on his first day. I'll bet you guys are praying that people don't know or don't remember that fact.
    Then you say that the new deal didn't get us out of the depression, the war did. The war was nothing but government spending money in and on America. People working in factories building bombs and tanks...they were all working for the government. The government has to invest in America because those fat cats on Wall street don't think that America is a viable investment. This bill is an investment in America for Americans, not some foreign war where nobody reaps the benefits.
    If any of GOPers paid attention in ECON101 you would know that tax and spend gererates jobs and tax cuts do not.
    But don't worry, The GOP is killing itself

    February 17, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  25. Ex-Republican

    @Richard-Missouri February 17th, 2009 5:40 pm ET
    ---------------------–
    FACT: Eight years later, doesn't look like tax cuts worked too well. So much for facts that have recently been proven false.

    February 17, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
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