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.”
All this borrowing and spending will end in January 2013 when Obama finishes cleaning up the mess Bush and his criminals left
What happened to the pallet loads of money Bush lost in the opening days of the war?You weaked kneed republicans never asked or cared then.
the spending will stop when we get out of the hole the Republicans made in the first place.
Seriously GOP: you really don't know what you're talking about and you sound extremely hypocritical.
All those fatcats benefitted from you because you did not police the greed. now its come to a head and all you can do is complain.
If you love this country, sit down and shut up!!
Joe the Numbers Cruncher April 18th, 2009 11:23 am ET
"It pays to remember the last time we had not only a balanced budget, but a surplus, was under Bill Clinton. "
And a Republican congress... you know... the law makers. From 1992 until 2006 we had the largest increases in US GNP in history. In 2006 we created 255 thousand new jobs in one quarter alone. Then... the dems took over congress... All gone now. It's a two way street... The Bush spending was far from conservative... I agree... but to use that to justify what is happening now is scary. The inflation alone will be devistating. You simply cannot print money at this rate and not expect it's value to fall at the same rates.
When will all this spending end? Where were you during the last eight years when spending was out of control? Oh yeah! It's was your party in charge, so you didn't rock the boat. Hypocrates.
He's trying to rehabilitate his decisions and financial refusals. He turned down aid for our district and his constituents are outraged to the point his Congressional career warning lights are blinking "danger". Other representatives from the House and Senate have provided assistance to their district, but McCarthy hasn't and we are sitting here on empty and McCarthy is the reason. This week he has been quite busy trying to redefine himself and engage in damage control at home. If I were a betting person I would wager he is history.
Typical GOP response, they ruin our nation for generations and then want an immediate fix without any effot on their part. Patience is virtue which must be mastered in challenging times, the President needs time for his actions to take affect!!!
It will end when we digg ourselves out of the hole we were left with by the GOP!!!
You didn't have the majority of the American people at your tea parties, so why should we change just because the GOP says so.......just because a handful of people were demonstrating at the GOP Tea Parties.......get real the rest of us agree what ever it takes to spend and get this country back on its feet and out of this mess that you Republicans got us into then DO IT and the rest of you complaining, whinning republicans sit down and shut up or get with the program
Funny how everyone gets to use Bush's mistakes as Obama's excuse for a spending spree. Obama and his team were extremely smart. Get him nominated and push an agenda that is 100% socialistic in nature because the American people are so polarized by Bush's mistakes that he can get away with anything he wants. That's pretty sad actually.
Look at Ronald Reagan. He took over an for an administration that had deficits, high inflation, high taxes and a faultering economy. He CUT spending, CUT taxes and began the greatest peace time economy in the history of this country. And we are in the problems we are in because Bush spent so freely. So tell me, history shows us that you CANNOT spend your way out of a depression, what makes this any different? Oh yeah, Obama is here now. Well, rewrite economic history folks, we're saved. Thanks, but no thanks. I don't want a President who grovels to the world, bowing, making excuses for things as opposed to simply saying, that was then, this is now, lets get on with it.
Chi Town April 18th, 2009 11:39 am ET
Joe the Numbers Cruncher April 18th, 2009 11:23 am ET
And a Republican congress… you know… the law makers. From 1992 until 2006 we had the largest increases in US GNP in history. In 2006 we created 255 thousand new jobs in one quarter alone. Then… the dems took over congress… All gone now. It's a two way street… The Bush spending was far from conservative… I agree… but to use that to justify what is happening now is scary. The inflation alone will be devistating. You simply cannot print money at this rate and not expect it's value to fall at the same rates.
Most sensible post on the board. Thank you. Folks tend to simply think that because Clinton had a balanced budget all credit goes to the Democratic party because Clinton was a Democrat. People forget that he had a Republican congress in control during his time!!! And like it or not, Republicans are in large part FISCAL conservatives, or atleast they used to be. Bush was NOT A FISCALLY CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICAN, AND THAT IS WHY HE LOST MY SUPPORT!!
That is something the country wanted to know when these same republicans rubber stamped all bush's outlandish request. When he took billions in surplus and ran us into 8 trillion dollars debt, not even counting what he spend on HIS war in Iraq. But then it seems that the republicans think they can do no wrong. AND if the country dares to try to correct the mess they made then they will whine and try to obstruct everything being done to correct it.
Who ever started calling them the party of NO got it correct. All they can do is say no no no. Gee maybe the country should start to say no no no to the republicans. After all turn about is fair play.