April 18th, 2009
10:00 AM ET
5 years ago

GOP: 'When will all this spending and borrowing end?'

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Three days after thousands gathered across the country to protest the new administration's policies on taxes, spending, and borrowing, the weekly Republican address echoed their complaints.

"When will all this spending and borrowing end?" asks California Republican Rep. Kevin McCarthy.

"Earlier this week, President Obama said that we need to get serious about fiscal discipline by trimming waste in the federal budget," says McCarthy. "Republicans couldn't agree more. We want to work with the president to get our financial house back in order.

"Unfortunately, the Washington Democratic establishment has pushed all year for policies that spend too much, tax too much, and borrow too much from our children and grandchildren"

Listen: McCarthy delivers the GOP address

(Read McCarthy's entire address after the jump)

Transcript, Republican Weekly Address, 4/18/09

“This is California Congressman Kevin McCarthy – the House Republicans’ Chief Deputy Whip.

“Earlier this week, President Obama said that we need to get serious about fiscal discipline by trimming waste in the federal budget. Republicans couldn’t agree more. We want to work with the President to get our financial house back in order.

“Unfortunately, the Washington Democratic establishment has pushed all year for policies that spend too much, tax too much, and borrow too much from our children and grandchildren.

“When I think of the future, I think of my 15 year old son Connor and my 12 year old daughter Meghan. I worry about their future because your kids are as important to you as mine are to me. And I am unwilling to leave our children with so much debt.

“It’s irresponsible to borrow more than all previous American Presidents combined. And it must stop if we want to get our economy moving again.

“The trillion-dollar ‘stimulus’ bill … the $410 billion dollar ‘omnibus’ spending bill… and the massive, fiscally-irresponsible Democratic budget that doubles the debt in just over five years, and triples the debt in just over ten years. All this money, but why are we funding a skateboard park in Rhode Island and new bike racks in Washington, D.C.? The Democratic governor of Ohio is planning to use $57 million dollars in ‘stimulus’ funds on studies instead of ‘shovel-ready’ projects that could create jobs now. And don’t forget that the same ‘stimulus’ bill authorized those outrageous AIG bonuses.

“When will all this spending and borrowing end?

“Hard working American families and small businesses are asking that same question. In fact, thousands of Americans turned out on Tax Filing Day to say they’ve had enough of the high taxes and borrowing to bankroll Washington’s spending spree.

“I attended one of these Tea Parties in my hometown of Bakersfield, California, and believe me, the message was heard loud and clear. Every day, America’s families, seniors, and small businesses are making tough choices. They’re worried about their jobs, their mortgages, and their savings. They’re sacrificing to pay the bills to make sure their children get a good education. But Washington isn’t willing to make the same difficult decisions.

“This is why Republicans are leading the way with solutions to provide a new direction. Rather than proposing more Washington spending, Republicans propose tax relief for American small businesses. We know America’s entrepreneurs and innovators create the jobs in our economy – over 70% of all American jobs come from small businesses.

“Republicans are also working to reduce taxes on hardworking American families, rebuild their savings, lower their energy costs, expand access to affordable health care, but most of all, curb Washington spending and borrowing. These are not Republican or Democratic ideas – these are common-sense American solutions that we have heard from millions of Americans.

“And we know that when the government spends our hard earned tax money, we should be guaranteed accountability. That’s why House Republicans are unveiling Washington Watch, a new website tracking misuse of taxpayer dollars and ‘stimulus’ waste. We invite you to visit that website at http://www.republicanwhip.house.gov. Together we can help stop wasteful Washington spending by shining a spotlight on the waste.

“In this time of economic crisis and financial instability, Republicans are reaching out to the President and Washington Democrats to find solutions to solve our country’s problems. We have incredible challenges before all of us, and we ask all Americans to join us in working together for better solutions. Because it’s not just our future… it’s all of our children’s future.

“Thank you for listening.”


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soundoff (87 Responses)
  1. yeah right

    yeah right, blah blah, blah, like the repubs didnt ALSO saddle our children and grandchildren TOO...find something NEW to harp about repubs !

    April 18, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  2. williefloyd

    Guess maybe they thought it would end with "W"???

    April 18, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  3. carlos

    the gop will always be the Grand Old Pharts.......now they say they want to work with the president ...........only when they realize that their ship is REALLY sinking

    April 18, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  4. John Sturgis, SD

    When will it end; is the GOP really this stupid, the spending began with their pet monkey Bush who irresponsibly sent the US in a downward spiral after he received a message from his deity over the short-wave radio Pat Robertson gave him. Bush sold the US to China so he could spend the $10 billion a week in Iraq, and now the US depends on the political blue pill to appear tall and strong. The GOP needs to find the rock they crawled out from under led by Gramm (R) who decided with the then majority Rep. congress who then removed the financial regulation that was put in place after the last big depression.

    April 18, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  5. tigerakabj

    There they go again. Tax Cuts, tax cuts, tax cuts.

    You guys had your chance to enact solutions that benefit the majority of America. In 6 years, Bush spent and added debt to this country more than all 42 presidents combined. And what do we have to show for it? A wrecked economy, 2 wars (1 illegal, one unfinished), environmental degradation, crumbling infrastructure.

    You GOP really think America has short memories and that we forgot who was in the White House just 4 months ago.

    You can take your tax cuts (for the rich since that's who you really care about) and shove them up your arses. Your tea parties are relegating you to the fringe and then oblivion where you belong. After the torture trials and war tribunals begin, you'll wish you had never been born.

    April 18, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  6. Minnesotan

    ""When will all this spending and borrowing end?" A better question would be: "When will all the lying and duplicity from the Republicans end?"

    April 18, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  7. Lynda/Minnesota

    Rep. McCarthy: I love my country. I also love my children. I love my grandchildren. I worry that my grandchildren are attending a school which doesn't have a decent biology lab. I attended a function in their local high school. The auditorium is literally falling apart and has since been closed down. I want them to be able to compete in scholastics, not just participate. I enjoy taking them to our beautiful parks. I enjoy driving on roads which aren't filled with pot holes, ready to blow my tires out. I enjoy driving over bridges which I don't have to worry will collaspe because of decay. I enjoy knowing my city has a fire department, a police department, and a functioning Library. The list goes on and on. I also understand that because all of these things have been ignored for the past 8 years, over and over again, more money, not less, will be required. While it is something I wish hadn't happened, I am not so ignorant as to forget why it is this way.

    April 18, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  8. Simmy

    "If my party had done their job when they had the White House, the House and the Senate, we probably would not be in this mess today."
    _____________________________________________________
    Words spoken by Michael Reagan, son of former president Ronald Reagan...I rest my case....

    April 18, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  9. Pat Dunedin Fl

    Nonsense, Where were these people for the last 8 years.
    The repubs are in trouble no platform just whinning!!!! This
    gets nothing done.

    April 18, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  10. Mary in Wisconsin

    The stimulus bill did not authorize the AIG bonuses. That money was authorized under President Bush, who did not ask for any limitations on its use. Read the history of things before speaking with assumed knowledge. Or, in plainer terms, activate brain before engaging mouth.

    April 18, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  11. Your tears taste great

    Why don't the republicans go if you seek amy

    April 18, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  12. katiec

    When will the republicans ever admit and acknowledge that the extreme measures our country is having to take is due to their
    uncontrolled, irresponsible spending and support of big business
    these last eight years?? When will they realize that their ideas,
    policies are outdated, unworkable and full of hypocrasy??
    Our government is now open, example, not hiding the cost of the
    wars, including these costs in the deficit, and the true diasters
    they created are coming to light. They accept no responsibility for
    their irrational spending and refuse to acknowledge their mistakes.
    They poster, lie, distort, pandering in front of the cameras at every
    opportunity and their party first, politics as usual and win at any cost
    is bringing our country further down the destructive path they
    created.
    I have never in my lifetime witnessed such dangerous, irresponsible behavior from politicians.

    April 18, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  13. Walter

    The answer is simple.

    The borrowing and spending by the government can end when businesses and individuals regain the capacity to borrow and spend.

    For the government to stop sooner would be to repeat the mistakes of Herbert Hoover, who economized us into the worst depression in our nation's history.

    But then, why should you expect the fools who caused the problem to know that?

    April 18, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  14. Rightsaid

    The Republicans caused the crisis. This bailout and stimulus business started before Obama took office and was only made necessary because Republican ideas (no oversight necessary and let's make the rich richer) failed!

    Yes, let's work together to get Federal finances under control. But, we have to deal with the crisis first and the GOP has demonstrated no willingness (except for those happy governors across the nation spending their stimulus money) to help out.

    That's why the GOP is increasingly marginal.

    April 18, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  15. BethP

    Of course, no mention that it was the republicans who got us into this mess in the first place. Pass the blame, that's gop for you!

    April 18, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  16. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    Answer: When Bush pays back the trillions of dollars he spent on his illegal, immoral wars and when Blackwater, Halliburton, and BIG OIL all pay back their illegal profits....

    April 18, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  17. Bethie in TX

    Pace the rage, dude. Where was all of your concern for your kids and grandkids' future when Congress was rubberstamping Bush's increases in Medicare? Or when Bush was borrowing billions from China to pay for the unjust invasion of Iraq? Or when our former president was hiding the cost of the war, not putting it in the budget as President Obama is doing? Or when the previous administration was doubling the deficit and squandering the surplus left to them by Clinton?

    Until Republicans acknowledge what grave errors Bush & company made, I'm not willing to listen to their criticisms of Obama, who is trying hard to pull us out of this recession, stimulate the economy, and invest in our future. Your "concern" is trite and too late, sir.

    April 18, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  18. SHARON

    Unfortunately, we need to spend lots of money to get out of the mess republicans created. Make no mistake, the republicans were and are heavy spenders too. The difference is their spending is for themselves and their rich friends. The democrats are spending money for all of us and our future. It is time we have a forward looking president and while the road will be rough getting there, we will all be better off for it.

    April 18, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  19. JonDie

    Republicans spent more than $700 billion in Iraq...without paying for a dime of it, it was all deficit. Spending REQUIRES taxing, the Republican policy of spending and spending and spending...while CUTTING taxes has led us to where we are today.

    April 18, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  20. danille garrison

    it will only end when congress has no money left and all americans are broke

    April 18, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  21. Marcus Tate

    "All the money Bush frittered away fighting wars overseas–and in some cases, building the infrastructure of foreign countries like Iraq–could have been better spent on our own infrastructure, our own schools, our own children's future."

    Saw an article recently, right here on CNN, where people had to build their own roads and pay for it themselves, right here in the US. I've said for years and years that the US seems to have money for everybody in the world – except its own people. Its about time the US starts to look after its own people and its own interests – and we can start with border security, stop letting everybody from Mexico into the US, and stop sending our jobs overseas to India and China, too.

    April 18, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  22. arithmetic is liberal

    GOP, the party of mock-fiscal conservatism, should ask where it BEGAN. Then do some math, and extract your answer.

    April 18, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  23. steve

    That's funny, I don't know if it is just me, but whenever I see an article from November 4th, and on, the term "GOP" is always in the same sentence as "complaining".

    Two and two equal?

    April 18, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  24. Monrovian

    And what was the GOP doing for the past 8 years? Bush inherited a surplus and cut taxes on the rich while giving no-bid contracts to wealthy cronies. GOP offers more of the same empty rhetoric. How about we spend the same amount on America as we do on Iraq?

    April 18, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  25. The Truth

    Obama's whole fiscal policy can be summed up in four words: Punish success, reward failure.

    April 18, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
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