March 11th, 2009
01:25 PM ET
5 years ago

Democrats to Obama: Hurry up and fix the economy

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Rep. Earl Pomeroy, D-North Dakota, says there are big concerns over talk about a second stimulus package.
Rep. Earl Pomeroy, D-North Dakota, says there are big concerns over talk about a second stimulus package.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Some Democrats are increasingly concerned about President Obama's $787 billion financial fix for the ailing economy, and are demanding greater transparency on further spending.

With the White House seemingly comparing the nation's economy to a house on fire, some congressional Democrats are asking, where's the fire truck?

One New Hampshire congresswoman said as much to Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner on Capitol Hill recently.

"I said, hurry, please hurry, because people are waiting and they are hurting, and they need the help now," Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, D-New Hampshire, said.

She's one of a growing number of nervous Democrats on edge or at odds with some of the Obama's administration's plans on the economy. Some are taking aim at the president's budget proposals that would curb popular tax deductions for wealthier Americans.

"I don't think ultimately the criticism is surprising. That certainly happens and is all part of the process," said White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs.

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soundoff (118 Responses)
  1. ijoe

    so they want obama to fix in 2 months,what took over 8 years to create ! this is gettin rediculous.

    March 11, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  2. aware

    Right but check out his actions on the present bill?

    An arrogant, obfuscating, dishonest coward will sign the bill. A man of authenticity and integrity will veto it!

    Which one is Obama? :)

    March 11, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  3. Sue

    This is trult something that we shouldn't rush Republicans...
    hold your horses... this type of mentality is precisely what got us into this mess.
    It's going to take time, and the majority of Americans (those who voted for Obama) are willing to take this step by step. Poor people have nothing but time... it's the rich who are feeling the pinch;)

    March 11, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  4. ijoe

    so they want obama to fix in 2 months,what took over 8 years to create? this is getting rediculous!

    March 11, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  5. Ray Fisher

    The entire nation is edgy but in the same boat as everyone.
    else. We haven't had a chance to witness the stimulus yet as the tax withholding portion isn't due till after April 1!!! Improvements are forthcoming but patience is key. As America allowed the economy to fail slowly over several years we must allow the President at least a couple months to begin repairing!!!

    March 11, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  6. renee

    What took 8 years to screw up will not be fixed overnite so chill out and wait it out like all the rest of us, Obama is doing everything he can short of waving a magic wand!!!!!

    March 11, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  7. Art Roberts

    If these dead heads have a better way let them go for it. Nobody brought the "silver bullet".

    March 11, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  8. Tony in Maine

    Hey – if Joe Friday could solve a murder in a half hour, there's no reason that Obama can't get us back to a Dow around 14.000 in five weeks. All the time he's wasting clearing brush in Crawford...

    March 11, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  9. Jim

    If you are not a wall streeter, there is no help on the way.....

    March 11, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  10. Zion

    You have your nerves. Why didn't you tell Bush to hurry up?

    March 11, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  11. Cindy

    I think Obama's doing his best. I think the Dems are doing their best. I think the Repubs are stonewalling. And the Limbaugh and Gingrich characters are waiting and hoping to say I told you so.

    What a drama... Using our lives, our economic situations, to further personal egos and aspirations.

    March 11, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  12. Ken in NC

    Economist and many others having already said that this turn around of the economy is going to take time and now some Democrats are saying "hurry and fix the economy". I am hurting just as bad as the next person and want to wake up in the morning to find that the economy has been fixed but while I am not an economist, I am no dummy either. I realize this is going to take time and I also realize it may get worse before it gets better. It took us 8 to 10 years to get to this point and it is not going to get fixed overnight. I expect to see a turn around in 10 to 18 months but not a full recovery to where we were years ago. The value of our economy has been devalued and will remain that way for years to come. We must begin to manufacture products in this country for our own use if we are to become a strong productive society again rather than just a nation of consumers that import our needs.

    March 11, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  13. Rudy

    Lies you can believe in!

    "Imperfect Bill" ...but he'll sign it. Wow, anyone see that coming? The Prez is giving the phrase "tax and spend liberal" new meaning... that and just about all his campaign promises. And how about them earmarks? Nary a one cancelled... all 8,500+ still in there... but not NEXT TIME... NO NO NO... only "public" earmarks NEXT TIME... THOSE are the "good" kind of earmarks. BUT, from now on, all those nasty evil "private" earmarks... they ARE OUT!!! Now, we all know it's "imperfect" BUT...... isn't that "Change We Can Believe In"?

    March 11, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  14. Veteran in Kansas

    Well, people are hurting, yes they are, and have been. It took 8 years to create the situation we are in today, I hope it does not take eight years to fix, but it's definetly going to take more than 50, 51 days to fix. Maybe those Congresspersons should look back and ask themselves what they did to stop this from happening or to fix things before the President took Office.

    March 11, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  15. John in VA

    Rest of America to Dems: Obama can't do it all by himself!

    Banks need to quit being stingy with their bailout money and make loans, people need to quit living in fear and buy stocks, and people need to be able to adapt to the new economy.

    March 11, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  16. Mark

    A second stimulus would only prove the worthless and wasteful value of the first one!

    Almost a trillion dollars of tax payer money thrown out the window and for what??

    March 11, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  17. Republican comedy

    Yeah, President Obama, just snap your fingers and put the economy back into shape. Apparently, CNBC and some of your critics seem to think so.

    March 11, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  18. Georgia Gal

    As much as I'd like President Obama to hurry up and fix it to, what do they think he can do ... snap his fingers and everything will be magically fixed?? I wish it would be that easy, but its not and the way these people are acting you would think it was.

    March 11, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  19. EBJ

    wow you talk about a man being pulled from both sides of the room. It seems that no matter what President Obama tries to do the Repubs either say it cost too much or it's not good enough, now he's going to have some Dems claim he's not moving fast enough? Just one man with so many issues I hope he dyes his hair every week. To be honest with you, after 50 days in office just where did the country think we would be. That all unemployment would end, the stock market would rise, the red and blue would join hands and sing "We are the World"?

    March 11, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  20. Deborah

    I'm part of a very successful Sales Team that just got the word our last day of operation will be April 28.

    With this news suddenly the folks who voted for Obama went silent.

    As you loose your job, your 401K, your future inheritance, you as well will suddenly see that a terrible mistake has been made and "We the people" are the only one's left to correct it!

    Washington is letting us all down!

    March 11, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  21. Kevin in Ohio

    I guess these dems realize finally that it is THEIR economy, 100%.

    March 11, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  22. Anne/stone mountain Ga

    This is just unbelieveable...Hurry, Hurry, Where was all this concern when Bush was president for 8years he did and said just what he wanted and knowbody Blinked....Give President Obama a chance.. How long has it been 50 days??.. . And for the Dems/Republicans since the President does not write the bills, give him something with out all the Ear Marks... People are hurting...Let's start a blog geared toward job serach let's help each other out.....

    March 11, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  23. Pegasus

    This is ridiculous! Stop trying to rush President Obama on fixing the economy....this is going to take some time as he has stated over and over again....this quick-fix-overnight everyone has in mind is not going to happen overnight. If this is rushed and not completely planned out or figured out, then we will be in for a bigger fall and regret. It's bad enough that there are too many indians and not enough chiefs. I am just sick and tired of hearing negative things coming from the right and left....everybody feels like they have the answer but don't know how to produce the results. Please just let President Obama do his job he was elected to do and stop interfering if you don't have any business. Where was all of this negativity to stop Bush when he was in office making bad decisions that has caused this mess? This mess just didn't start when Obama got into office. It was already in the making coming full speed ahead. I just pray that President Obama would seek God for guidance in handling this economic problem and stop listening to man's warped ideas that has gotten us where we are today.

    March 11, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  24. No Hillary = No Obama

    This is ridiculous to think "Obama" can hurry and fix the economy. Not only that but it reinforces the projected hero status this guy has cultivated for himself by sheer ego. Market forces control the economy not Obama.

    March 11, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  25. Zion

    Democrats, let me stop you. Where were you during the last 2 years of the Bush administration? I know that Republicans ruled for 6 years, but technically, you have had control of congress for almost 40 years prior to. Lets not play.

    March 11, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
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