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. FreeNLovIt

    Man! What's all these complains. I think we need to start asking the global community (the rich ones) to help pay for our DEFENSE. They arent any safer without us.

    April 11, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  2. athansor

    I keep hearing about how tax cuts are going to fix this mess, but how does that help the people who lost their jobs, or the people who aren't making enough to pay taxes? Can they afford to wait until trickle-down works? (if it ever does).

    April 11, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  3. A. Darton

    Where were guys like this Pawlenty guy when over the last eight years the Republicans were driving the bus in the ditch? Now President Obama has to do all he can to try and get that bus out of the ditch, and back running again. And all guys like Pawlenty and the rest of the Republican Party have done was complain, say NO ,and attack everything the President have tried to do. No answers from them, unless you count the same old answers which they have used the pass eight years which help get us into this mess. November 4th. 2008, we said enough is enough. Is Pawlenty still refussing the Stimulus money?

    April 11, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  4. John

    The harsh reality is that eight years of Republican negligence–the Iraq war that should not have been, our crumbling infrastructure, our lack of any kind of regulation, our failing, unregulated banks and corporations, our dying environment, our horrendous schools, our corrupt, often Republican-led, ACTA-infiltrated universities–are going to cost pawlenty of money.

    April 11, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  5. John

    "It would have been cheaper to give every man, woman and child $10,000."

    How can people be this ignorant? Do you know what inflation is? Do you know what is going to happen if the government just hands everyone money?

    April 11, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  6. Ryan in Jacksonville FL

    Shawn,

    Remember when Bush won in 2004 and Democrats said he stole the election and cried for 4 years?
    And you say Republicans cant act like adults

    Youre a child, go back to your 10th grade US Politics Government Class

    April 11, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  7. Marie

    The Republicans don't seem to have a grasp on reality. They are knee deep in childish protests like tea bagging taxes seemingly oblivious to the fact taxes were cut for 95% of the population.

    If the Republicans want to have an honest protest they should be screaming over Obama not rolling back the Bush tax cuts to the wealthy immediately rather than waiting for them to expire.

    Now that would be a change.

    April 11, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  8. A.P. Fremont, Ca.

    Thank you for your input GOP. Only...it's 4-8 years too late. In addition to the previous fact, ALL GOP Congressional members from that time period who are still seated in Congress now; voted for the very budgets that destroyed our present economy causing it's status now. Coincidently, these are the same folks criticizing new budgets to reverse the old budgets that destroyed our economy.

    April 11, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  9. prosanto, Phoenix

    Gov. where were you and GOP in the last eight years. dressed as cheer leaders for Bush. Shut up and follow the leader , our President Obama

    April 11, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  10. Bill

    Governor, in a recession the government is supposed to spend money to prevent a depression. When everyone else is too scared to spend, the government must in order to prevent economic collapse.

    The government is supposed to run a surplus during good economic times (like most of the Clinton years) in order to fund additional spending during the bad. Bush ran huge deficits for no reason, other than to give enormous tax breaks to supporters and to buy off support in Congress for an ill conceived war in Iraq.

    April 11, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  11. The Party of NO

    Fed Up,
    Did you send extra money to the goverment to pay for the needless war we have been dumping money into? My guess is that 100% of you whiny Republicans who were cheerleaders for this debacle,are whining about the taxes that are needed to pay for the cost of it.
    Don't you remember freedom isn;t free? You are happy to saddle someone else with that debt-namely our children. You are a bunch of crybabies and whiners and all you can do is defend the inept idiots that created this mess by blaming someone else.

    April 11, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  12. Razor Willy

    Heathcare...Heathcare...Heathcare now

    April 11, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  13. Xavier

    Fed Up,
    Last I looked Republicans did make the mess we are in. Also, Bush vetoes every bit of legislation that democrats introduced to try and fix it. Facts are facts, republicans are the reason for the mess we are in.

    April 11, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  14. Reggie Yamanaka

    I like Deepak's point; it makes sense. But is infrastructure what we need to boost the economy?

    April 11, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  15. Peter E

    Where were these 'fiscally conservative' republicans for the past 8 years? Where was the outrage they should have expressed then?

    April 11, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  16. A.P. Fremont, Ca.

    Mr. Fed Up... claims the Democratically controlled congressional policies between 2006-2008 are responsponsible. He's in denial. The GOP controlled the Congress by majority from 2000-2008 by majority of FILLIBUSTER. As a result, the GOP policies and ideology was all that could be implemented. Let's not be in denial...

    April 11, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  17. Central FL

    If this truly were not Gov. Pawlenty's D vs. R position, where were these cries when President Bush and his Congress were creating mountains of debt on an unnecessary war and other irresponsible spending habits? The GOP plan of more tax cuts for the wealthiest incomes (in the middle of a war nonetheless) proved not to work and actually exasperated our financial challenges.

    I'm willing, as are most Americans, to give President Obama's plan a chance. It appears to be showing some cautiously optimistic signs of working. Thank God.

    April 11, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  18. Peter E

    So... he wants government to 'work for us' but at the same time he wants government to cut taxes so that it won't have any resources to do anything. Bravo! That's really well thought out... Now if he only started using his brain.

    April 11, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  19. James

    Democrats don't really have a policy. Their plan to gain power involves
    1) creating class warfare
    2) destroying conservative powerbase
    3) creating a "New America" with an infux of massive intergration of people financially dependent on the Government to create a dominate voting base!

    April 11, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  20. The Party of NO

    Zach in California
    Please explain what constituional rights you are losing. The worst assault on our constitution in this nation's history occured under the Bush administration. Obama is trying to undo some of that damage.
    I'll bet when your right to be from illegal search and seizure, and due process of law were being stripped away, you made nary a whimper.

    April 11, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  21. Peter E

    All these governors grand-stand with their talk and complain about how the federal government doesn't provide tax relief, increases debt, bla, bla, bla. But NONE of these governors cut their state taxes in turn or lead the example of balancing the budget. And for those 'fiscally repsonsible' governors that 'refuse' the stimulus money they do it only AFTER their state legislature has made it perfectly clear that they'll overrride them anyway.
    All talk, zero action!

    April 11, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  22. alexander

    Mr. Obama calls for world to unite, at the same time he is spliting the United States into as many different factions as he can makeing this a weak unstable country well he turns us into a socalist communist country.People you may not think this is true but I say look closely ,watch all U.S.elected in the federal Government ,try and ask them what is going onif you can reach them I do not belive you can.Do not foget that 53% voted for socialim the fed. chairman and the Sec of the treasury said they would go for a global currency. Beware the man that says I am American. PROVE IT MR.

    April 11, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  23. Xavier

    Zach in California,
    Bush never vetoes? Where are you getting your facts? Rush, Oreilly and Hanitty? Bush issued more vetoes after democrats took over congress than he did in his first six years. Among others bills, Bush vetoes health coverage for children, and a ban on torture.

    April 11, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  24. Elmer

    Tim It is common sense....but since the constituencies targeted by the liberals for votes are in large part those who live off of the redistribution of wealth (and I could list them all but we all know who they are), why would the liberals running congress ever want to take common sense route. It is unfortunate that Bush couldn't see past Iraq and what his policies would do to the Republican Party because if we don't get control out of the hands of Pelosi and the rest of the "drunken sailors" spending our money, it could take centuries to regain our standing as a great nation because our dollar will be worth so little. Obama will not be able to accomplish his goals because of the overspending...he will look like a typical tax and spend democrat when his 8 years are up.

    April 11, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  25. Perusing-Through

    Wait a second, , , what is Pawlenty talking about? Hasn't President Obama already implemented a plan to give 95% of Americans tax cuts? YES! Than what is Pawlenty talking about? Oh, I know. Pawlenty is talking about the Republican version for tax cuts, where the rich get the "real significant tax cuts", while the middle-class get crumbs – – which leads to this financial crisis starting over again.

    April 11, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
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