April 11th, 2009
11:06 AM ET
6 years ago

GOP: Budget creates 'mountains' of debt

(CNN) – Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty charged that President Obama’s budget “creates mountains of new debt that will ultimately require higher taxes on all of us and our children.”

“I think that's wrong. Families are hurting now and small businesses can't create new jobs soon enough. Isn't it time we stopped working for the government and that government started working for us?” Pawlenty said in the weekly Republican address.

Noting that this isn’t a “Republican versus Democrat debate,” Pawlenty said he thought Obama’s proposals to eliminate capital gains for small businesses and lower taxes for the middle class were good ideas.

“But the budget that Congress is considering doesn't provide that tax relief,” the Republican governor said.

Pawlenty offered what he called a “novel ideal of the federal government.”

“Instead of collecting more taxes and then redistributing them through more federal programs, why don't you just let us keep more of our money in the first place?” he said.

“I urge President Obama and the Democrat-led Congress to let hardworking American families keep more of what they earn by cutting taxes and reining in spending. It's just common sense,” he added.

Full remarks after the jump

Transcript:

“Hi, I'm Tim Pawlenty, Governor of Minnesota.

“This weekend, my wife Mary and I are finishing up our tax returns – just like I'm sure many of you are.

“It's a time when a lot of us look at our family's finances and ask some pretty tough questions, like are we saving enough for our kids' college? Will we be able to retire at a normal age? And what might happen if the recession gets worse, like it has over the last 2 months, when over 1 million Americans lost their jobs?

“I know for a lot of folks, the answer to these questions are pretty grim these days. Nationwide, unemployment is at a 25-year high as companies lay off employees or go out of business altogether. It's at times like this when families – and businesses – feel a need to hold on to every dollar they can.

“But think about this: according to the non-partisan Tax Foundation, the average American has to work from January 1st until this Monday, April 13th just to earn enough money to pay all their taxes for the year – that's just two days before taxes are actually due, on April 15th.

“And then consider this: If the Democrat majority in Washington gets its way, most family's tax burdens will be even higher.

“Now this isn't a Republican versus Democrat debate. I thought President Obama's proposal to eliminate capital gains taxes for small businesses was a pretty good idea. And his pledge to lower taxes for middle class Americans was something Republicans whole heartedly supported.

“But the budget that Congress is considering doesn't provide that tax relief. And rather than eliminate capital gains taxes for small businesses immediately so they can create jobs right now, their budget keeps those taxes high until after President Obama's term in office. And most concerning, this budget creates mountains of new debt that will ultimately require higher taxes on all of us and our children.

“I think that's wrong. Families are hurting now and small businesses can't create new jobs soon enough.

“Isn't it time we stopped working for the government and that government started working for us?

“Here's a novel idea for the federal government: instead of collecting more taxes and then redistributing them through more federal programs, why don't you just let us keep more of our money in the first place?

“The federal government should keep a lid on taxes, control government spending, and borrow less – rather than increase the size and scope of the federal government so much that Washington is guaranteeing future tax increases. And while they're at it, they should also focus on making government work better, not making it bigger.

“It's time to prioritize spending, cut taxes to help families pay their bills and stimulate job creation. And let's get control of our national debt, so future generations aren't burdened with unbearable taxes.

“I urge President Obama and the Democrat-led Congress to let hardworking American families keep more of what they earn by cutting taxes and reining in spending. It's just common sense.

“I'm sure you will agree, especially on April 15th when your taxes are due.

“Thank you for listening and have a blessed Passover and Easter.”


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soundoff (157 Responses)
  1. Deepak

    Private sector won't invest in Infrastructure, Health Care, Green Energy, Education, etc. because they don't have any incentive to do so. Only the Federal Govt. can do it.

    April 11, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  2. alvino

    Putting a republican in charge of a surplus will only give large tax cuts to the wealthy and cause us to invade another country.

    April 11, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  3. mario

    Wait, let me guess what's the Governor's solution to this crisis.....
    Tax cut!!! What a novel idea! Why can't these Repubics come up with a new idea?

    April 11, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  4. Los

    You know what else creates mountains of debt? A six-year long illegal war waged while cutting taxes for the rich and neglecting EVERYTHING else.

    April 11, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  5. James

    Bush was wrong but Obama's spending is insane. He will out spend 8 years of Bush in about 3.5 years!

    April 11, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  6. Ron M.

    Why are Republicans ok with spending hundreds of billions of dollars in a soverign nation we invaded but when it comes to spending money here on American citizens they all of the sudden worry about debt? They are so clueless. The best answer to them is to take more of them out of office in 2010. That includes those Republican govenors who are refusing parts if not all of the stimulus package for thier states. The worst part is they are only doing the complaining for political gain.

    April 11, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  7. alvino

    Pawlenty says families are hurting. I salute his compassion, but would like to remind him, it was his GOP that led us to where we are today.

    April 11, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  8. Zach, California

    The Tax Cuts did work, It was the ridiculous spending that didn’t. Not sure why Bush and other Republicans spent so much over the last 8 years, most of it being in the final 2 years with a Democratic led congress. But Bush never Veto anything they sent to him. Because Bush spent too much doesn’t mean we can give a pass now and let them spend even more. What The Obama administration is proposing will make the last 8 years look like nothing. Everyone is right about the last 8 years, but that is no reason to turn a blind eye to this administration and let them do whatever they want. Its time to wake up and take a stand against all parties. We all still have a voice if we stand together against them. But the longer the Obama administrations has there rule the less we will be heard, as we will lose more and more constitutional rights and spend are way into a bankrupted nation, if we have done so already.

    April 11, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  9. mjm

    The Bush tax cuts worked great. The spending was the problem.

    In fact, I would have like to see how the economy would have done if we didn't have 911 and Katrina and Fannie and Freddie.

    So now the plan is to spend more money in the first 100 days than Bush spent in 8 years. Good thinking. Never mind that the states with the highest taxes seem to do the worst.

    Taxes will need to be raised on everyone because of this spending.

    Some of us can afford it. Many of you can not. Good luck.

    April 11, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  10. Fed Up

    I love how you Dems criticize the mountains of debt racked up by Bush and the Democratically controlled Congress and Senate, but fervently defend the even bigger mountains of debt Obama and that same Democratically controlled Congress and Senate are racking up. What you're really saying is you're not mad about the spending but who's doing the spending. If you were so opposed to the Bush tax cuts, then why did you so gladly accept them? If you're so supportive of all the spending PrezBO is doing, then how many of you are actually giving the government money above the taxes you pay? My guess is 100% of you two-faced Dems took the Bush tax cuts and 100% are paying nothing more to the government now – you're happy to saddle someone else with that debt. You're just a bunch of cry babies and whiners and all you can do is blame Republicans for your problems. Why don't you try looking in the mirror?

    April 11, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  11. Andrew

    Typical! Trash Obama's plan without so much as an idea (aside from tax cuts) as to what to do instead.

    April 11, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  12. newz4i

    Republicans borrowed from China and Japan to pay for our mistakes. Maybe Governor Pawlenty doesn't believe he should be responsible for our actions, however Democrats do.

    April 11, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  13. Dan, TX

    We can spend less money by phasing out social security and prohibiting life-saving medicatl treatment for those of advanced age. We need to institute euthanasia programs for people over age 80 who fail government-controlled physical and mental examinations. We have to weed out the weak to make a strong economy. This is the future unless we reduce spending or increase income (tax revenues).

    April 11, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  14. Ray

    The Republican Philosophy:

    Spending millions to support foreign economies and wealthy cronies = GOOD

    Spending to support the American economy and middle class = BAD

    April 11, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  15. Shawn

    I and most Americans support this budget. Where were these newly "fiscally responsible" hypocrites when GW Bush blew up a trillion dollars in Iraq for lies?

    Bush's last budget was 3.1 trillion and hid the costs of the wars. Obama's proposed budget is 3.6 trillion and includes the wars. I don't see what the fuss is about. Oh yeah - it's because Republicans LOST and have to act like petulant little children. I have never seen any group of "adults" react so badly to losing. Pathetic.

    It's time to invest in healthcare reform, education and a sensible energy policy that addresses climate change. If right-wingers don't like it, TOUGH. They are irrelevant and were thrown out of power for a reason. Go Obama!

    April 11, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  16. ashim from LA

    Okay; so don't raise taxes.

    Then Mr. Pawlenty, will you tell me who will foot the bill?

    Moron....

    Republicans ALWAYS make blanket statements with zero solutions to solving the problem.

    April 11, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  17. Get Real

    I must be stupid or confuse, the GOP party was in power for 8 yrs. They had all the time need to accomplish at least something, anything good for this country if they wanted to. They left this country 4 times worst then they got it, and now it’s so funny how they all over the news channel talking about how they have the solutions to solve all the issues that the country I facing.
    Now, let’s be real here people don’t let the GOP party fool you the facts are there.
    When Bush got in power 2001 we had a surplus and the economy was doing well.
    Bush and the GOP had the same choice that Pre. Obama has today to do something about this country health care system if he wanted to, but no he chooses to pass. The GOP left a big mess, 2 wars, bad economy, Immigration, Education and the list goes on and now they want you and I to believe that they have the solutions for everything in just a few months that Pres. Obama been in power. The GOP country first b**l Sh8t, they had 8 yrs in power chose to do nothing for the country.

    April 11, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  18. The Party of NO

    So in other words, lets keep doing the same old thing and expecting different results? A lot of good a tax cut does you if you don't have a job. You have to invest money to make money.
    Moonbat liberals, where were you when your boy Bush was spending like a drunken sailor.? You are just a typical Republitard,
    eff up everything and blame it on someone else.

    April 11, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  19. Jina

    I'll believe that the government (regardless of party) REALLY wants to work for the people when they trim down their own salaries and benefits and put that money to work, rather than borrowing money from China.

    April 11, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  20. Dan, TX

    I agree with most of the posts here. The republicans raped our country and gave the loot to the wealthy. Either Obama is raping the country and giving it to the middle class and poor – class warfare – OR is he restoring the economy destroyed under Republican watch (they can ram through a tax cut for the wealthy over the dems objection but not better financial rules?). EITHER way, I'm going to support Obama on this one.

    April 11, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  21. FreeNLovIt

    To Dan
    We can spend less money by phasing out social security and prohibiting life-saving medicatl treatment for those of advanced age. We need to institute euthanasia programs for people over age 80 who fail government-controlled physical and mental examinations. We have to weed out the weak to make a strong economy. This is the future unless we reduce spending or increase income (tax revenues).

    –> We should keep social security and FORCE our government to spend more wisely. I'm not for $200.00 toilet seat for the army. Some people really need food on the table. We dont have a problem giving CEOs a trilliondollars, we shouldnt have problem giving people $200.00 a month to eat at the age of 80. I dont know about aging, but if I was 80, I wouldnt care to show up at the hospital or ask for treatment. I would just die by myself to help the yuonger generation.

    April 11, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  22. Dan, TX

    It isn't the GOP that are so much the idiots as the wealthy class in the country that were so greedy that they kept asking their GOP lackeys to keep tilting the playing field in their direction.

    April 11, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  23. carrie , alabama

    When will the GOP take the blame for the out of control 8 yrs of Bush spending like a drunken sailor!
    The GOP cannot fool all the people with this rhetoric , but they do fool some so they just keep on and on with these half truths ....case in point many or most in my state have yet to take off the blinders and let the sun shine in with the real truth of this economy and where the blame lies.
    I for one am not in the 250K and above so will not have a tax increase so these scare tactics do not work on me . But the budget is scary but as in a household budget , it has to hurt for awhile to pay down your debts when you live above your means , buy homes, cars and things we cannot afford. The time to pay the piper for this over and it is goning to hurt all of us. it is a hard and painful realty of the much admired Bush and his war. I support the military as a retired Army wife and an career Army son , but never supported the war that took us into a very dark bleak hole . Out children for decades will pay dear for this .

    April 11, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  24. FreeNLovIt

    To Ray

    Dang you hit it onthe head!!!! with those messages...

    April 11th, 2009 11:56 am ET

    The Republican Philosophy:

    Spending millions to support foreign economies and wealthy cronies = GOOD

    Spending to support the American economy and middle class = BAD

    April 11, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  25. Ryan in Jacksonville FL

    Obama's idea of spending everyones money on poor people who dont want to work seems like the best thing ever......Right ?

    April 11, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
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