March 11th, 2009
01:25 PM ET
4 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. Mark

    Cleaning up ALL gov't spending and reducing our debt would start an economic recovery immediately.

    We now have the liberal socialist in full control good luck!

    March 11, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  2. No Hillary = No Obama

    Obama is not a magician, he is not a hero and people need to stop reinforcing this notion that this guy is all powerful. The economy is controlled by market forces not by Obama.

    March 11, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  3. Sick of Republicans

    What isthe President suppose to do... wave a magic wand and make everything better. Nothing is going to change overnight. Give the man a chance. He only been in 2 1/2 months.

    March 11, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  4. No Hillary = No Obama

    Obama is not all powerful and people need to stop reinforcing this fallacy.

    March 11, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  5. Grimm

    It took more than one person to ruin the economy so it will take more than one to fix it.

    March 11, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  6. big papa

    Grow up...

    ...it didn't take 51 days to get us here...

    -AND-

    ...NEVER forget WHO got us here...

    March 11, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  7. Todd

    Democrats??? How about the entire country....

    Oh that's right, it's not HIS economic problem. Guess that means he also won't be pounding on his chest and taking credit when it turns back to the good....Oh wait, he's a Democrat – It's all about taking no blame and all praise with those people!

    March 11, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  8. rena

    Honest to goodness, you can't please anyone. That's why this president need to stick to his guns, and this time think about the American people as a whole. I am so sick of seeing the wealthy people get over and when it's time for them to pay up they whine and cry like babies. And NO, I am not on welfare by no means, I am a hard working citizens, who is married to a military personnel, who has defended this crazy country for 24 freaking years, and he has NOT complained not one time how this selfish country has jerked them around for centuries. Maybe, some of you people need to have a long talk with some of our military families and soldiers. Then you might have a different outlook on things. How do you think military personnels feel when they are out defending this god forsaken country, have to face the same economy woes as everyone else and has been to wars after wars, and no one looks out for them and their families when they come back. Many are suffering from post-manic war depression, financial crisis because they are well underpaid for what they do, and when they get out the military the economy is so weak there is no job opportunities for them, because our banking system and government has robbed us blind.

    I am so sick with politics!!! People are hurting and most of us are complaining about who is doing what and what someone else didn't do. Bottom line, let me see any of us try to face the challenges that this president is trying to face. Easy to talk from your little computer and phone when you don't have to face the real challenge of giving answers to a whole world.

    March 11, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  9. KJ, CA

    Exactly how quickly does one think that a problem that took eight years to grow can get fixed? The Obama Administration has gone at this head on since before the President took the oath of office. If Rep. Shea-Porter has a better way I am sure that the President would love to hear it.

    March 11, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  10. John

    It's just terrible the way this administration is abusing the wealthy. I'm just glad Rep hyphen is willing to stand up for the downtrodden and misunderstood rich folks. Especially when she's totally uninvolved with the economy in any way. He has had fifty plus days to solve all the economic problems and only been there two plus years. She is a real wiener er I mean winner.

    March 11, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  11. matt

    Gibbs is a moron. Saying that criticism is not surprising is only true when it comes from the other side. When your own party is criticising your policies, I think you need to take note of that. Criticism from the other party is expected and is certainly part of the process. Criticism from your own party should raise a big red flag.

    March 11, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  12. just today

    are these people crazy,do they expect OUR President to fix the mess caused by the last administration in just a few short weeks, there's EIGHT LONG YEARS OF CORRUPT GOVERNMENT, IT CAN'T BE FIXED IN A FEW DAYS, DO THEY HAVE A BRAIN???

    March 11, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  13. Tiny

    Tim Geithner = Empty suit.

    BO = Socialistic suit.

    Together = We will all be in our Birthday suits.

    March 11, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  14. Diane

    I have never seen such impatience. We lasted a longgggggg 8 years waiting to get rid of the Bush administration. Why not give this administration a little more than 50 days??????? Oh, I forgot, we have become the disgruntled, spoiled little kids. The media should stop harping on who is not getting this or that and show a little bit of optimism such as the DOW hitting over 7,000 today even if it was a short time. Be glad that the American people are saving something – the credit card companies have long held us hostage. The policies now being put in place may work – at least see if they will before we slam President Obama. Whatever, it can't be as bad as the last 8 years were, be greatful!

    March 11, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  15. Tax Cuts can increase that certain part of tha male body!

    It seems that these people are exactly the same as overwieght people that try fad diets:

    It took the person years to get that pot belly but they give up as soon as they realize its gonna take that same amount of time to remove it.

    And now you know why most of America is overweight: Impatience!

    March 11, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  16. chuck hope

    where was this guy since the bush era. why didn't him tell bush to hurry

    March 11, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  17. T

    Come on>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>it only been two months..........

    March 11, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  18. The One

    I guess the Democrats are afraid the economy is now their problem, and not just Bush's problem.

    March 11, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  19. tigerakabj

    Alright, these folks need to sit down and be quiet. We did not get here overnight, and it is not going to be overnight for recovery.

    I am so glad Barack is our president. Maybe with his rational thinking and reason, he can "spread the wealth around" to these folk who expect him to fix Bush's mess (remember him?) in a day.

    March 11, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  20. Lesley

    Hurry up? Some saying he's going too fast. They want accountability and if that is to be done then the money must follow a process and not just be handed out. These congressman sound like little children pesting their folks for a new toy. I'm concerned about the intelligence of some members of congress.

    March 11, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  21. RLE

    ijoe I am with you.
    the idiot , Carol Shea who made such a request should not be in public office since it's apparent she has no clue. Why would any person with common sense expect the economy to become resolved in two months; vote her out!!!

    March 11, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  22. Kaci

    Ignore the Dems, Mr. President. Take your time and make sure this thing is done right. Because if you don't, the Dems will disavow you so fast it will make your head spin. I belive they are concerned about their mid term elections and not about the American people. You've been in office 50 days. The Dems signed on to a lot of the foolishness in the last two years of the Bush presidency that gotus exactly where we are right now. I'll be glad to see most of them voted out of office and new, fresh blood come in. Pelosi and crew have done the citizens a grave disservice. Get out of the way and let Mr. Obama lead.

    March 11, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  23. Will Clemins

    Obamma should just wave his magic twanger and all will be well. After all, it's a lot more fun to blame Pres Bush than it is to actually do something smart.

    March 11, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  24. The lonely Libertarian of Liverpool

    This has very little to do with just the last 8 years, it has a lot to do with the increasing ever growing Government expansion that has been taking place over the last 60-80 years. More Government expansion will not fix this, this spending now proposed by CNN own accounting to be close to 12 Trillion dollars in proposed bailouts since 2007. Yet none of that money is trickling down to the people who need it. The money is going into the pockets of the very same crooks that got us here.

    March 11, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  25. The lonely Libertarian of Liverpool

    This has very little to do with just the last 8 years, it has a lot to do with the increasing ever growing Government expansion that has been taking place over the last 60-80 years. More Government expansion will not fix this, this spending now proposed by CNN own accounting to be close to 12 Trillion dollars in proposed bailouts since 2007. Yet none of that money is trickling down to the people who need it. The money is going into the pockets of the very same crooks that got us here.

    March 11, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
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