January 27th, 2010
09:47 PM ET
4 years ago

Begala: Republicans should have put their hands together

(CNN) – Hard to believe that Republicans did not applaud when President Obama called for Wall Street fat cats to pay a fee to help reduce the deficit. Taxpayers bailed them out and now they're reaping record bonuses. That's bad politics and bad policy – not to mention bad morals.

soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. Lilarose in Oregon

    Paul, you know the answer.

    They are low-life jerks. They will be back, but nothing will get accomplished.

    I am age 68 and I believe when I die we will be the United States of China.

    I also believe that China IS NOW the economic superpower.

    THAT is scary.

    January 27, 2010 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  2. File under "Sarcasm"

    Bad manners don't equate to telling the same lies he told in his last speech on healthcare about everyone supporting it, it will bring down premiums. And now he's on to bashing Bush.

    The man hasn't changed. He still believes he can sell us the Brooklyn bridge.

    January 27, 2010 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  3. obama the liar

    Begala is just a liberal hack that believes any thing a democrap has to say...i think his forehead clouds his mind.

    January 27, 2010 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  4. never

    Begala needs to remember when dems booed bush in congress, talk about bad morals. people in glass houses and all that.

    January 27, 2010 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  5. Jeff

    That's because many of them are in office because those same "fat cats" funded their campaigns, and with the recent Supreme Court decision is only going to make it worse.

    January 27, 2010 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  6. DAVID

    U know what is bad policy???? All of these millionaires in this room drawing hundreds of thousands of dollars of tax payer money and cadillac health plans every year..... they should not earn n e thing for the privilege of driving our country into the ground....

    January 27, 2010 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  7. Stephen

    Let me tell you ... nice speech .. but i have not seen this much crap since i lived on a farm in Vermont growing up. We are not stupid. Wait until 2010 elections and you will see what we think not what you want us to.

    January 27, 2010 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  8. jschmidt

    Republicans are pro-business, and Democrats apparently are anti-business. So taxes discourage business. If Congress wanted to prevent TARP banks from giving bonuses they should have put a clause in the TARP bill but Dodd left it out. I hate it when they want to change the rules after the fact. You want to affect bonuses, then put pressure on the compensation committees. Taxing is just a populist move by the Dems to show how in touch with the people they are. But they are so out of touch.

    January 27, 2010 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  9. andy

    Hush..the liar in chief is speaking. He is making up lies as he goes along. He is good at it. Republicans have enough sense not to aplaud like the idiot and the wicked witch of the west behind him.

    January 27, 2010 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  10. Boo

    Why is that hard to believe? It's pretty much par for the course. I'm not suprised, over that, but am suprised you would find this hard to believe.

    January 27, 2010 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  11. Madness

    He claims he will make banks pay back but gives free passes to Freddie Mack / Fannie Mae / GM which were worse than any financial firm because the unions there helped him get into office. In addition, by making banks pay higher taxes which is unconstitutional, they will pass that cost to the consumer which is the middle class which is the same as raising taxes, doesn't anyone in the middle class understand that? This is why the republicans wouldn't applaud and I am glad to see them stand their ground. It is about time someone sees through all the lies.

    January 27, 2010 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  12. C.Z.

    Shut Up Dem! Go GOP!

    January 27, 2010 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  13. J.C. - Independent 4 Public Option

    I am not surprised at all. GOP believes Wall Street will save Main Street. They are wrong again. The trickle down economy theory doesn't work. It always takes Main Street to save Wall Street. We should have given more stimulus money to Main Street than Wall Street. Small businesses will figure out how to make the best of it than big corporations. When small businesses do better, they will support Wall Street. On the other hand, when Wall Street does better, they still refuse to give credit to Main Street. Whom can taxpayers trust?

    January 27, 2010 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  14. mavcal

    Does this President have any foresight at all? He operates on a policy of hindsight, maybe that's why they sat on their hands.

    January 27, 2010 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  15. WeThePeopleofVirginia

    Begala is an expert at "bad politics and bad policy - not to mention bad morals" . . . because he practices this daily.

    January 27, 2010 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  16. Military man

    Why should they applaud anything the career politician says?

    "Do as I say not as I do" characterizes the majority of the aspirations he's calling congress to as I type this.

    January 27, 2010 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  17. Bubba

    I wish no one put their hands together and kept their seats. Too much fluff and not enough substance tonight.

    January 27, 2010 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  18. Colleen

    I totally agree. I am sick of watching State of the Union and see grown men act like children. For C sake grow up and start worrying about the pocket of the everyday man instead of your own. I am not sure what a young student would think to see half the room not applaud or standup for the president. What is happening here? Do they know our students suffer the most. The future leaders of our country are in classrooms where more and more money is being pulled away. Our most important resource is being ignored. We should be spending more money on schools, not less. We need a break. Just because you are a different party doesn't mean you cannot agree with what he is saying, or applaud his effort.

    January 27, 2010 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  19. jhk

    it's also bad morals to mislead the public on the whereabouts of the missing TARP money. Almost all of the major financial institutions have paid the government back in full with added interest. We are not stupid, the President does not have to use politically motivated distortions to sell us his plans..... The truth in this situation might not sound as good to an angry public but we deserve better. We've endured similar misrepresentations to make us believe in the policies of the previous administrations.... I thought we voted for a change.

    January 27, 2010 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  20. L Allen

    I cannot believe that you think for a second this is fair and balanced. I always skip over to check out CNN. I thought it would be a little more to the center. This is a lost cause. It is no wonder FOX feels like it has to report a little for main street. You guys won't. Sad I have been watching CNN for 20 years and the last 6 months I have watched it maybe a total of 6 hours. I have to look elswhere for what the American main street is truly saying.
    Sad Sad Day it is.

    January 27, 2010 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  21. Jordon

    I'm not a Republican, but most of us independents were certainly not happy with a fee to Wall Street. Why?

    Because they're not the ones wildly wasting our money.

    It's Congress. It's the President himself. It's Nancy Pelosi spending $130,000 so she could take her family on three military jets to Copenhagen and racking up a $1 Million dollar hotel bill.

    THAT is our money.

    January 27, 2010 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  22. Eric

    Say it aint so

    January 27, 2010 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  23. Scott, Tucson

    Well at least they didn't boo obama like the Dem's did to Bush during one of his SOTUA.

    January 27, 2010 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  24. Thank you Massachusetts

    Only hard for a liberal to believe. Republicans know what he's really up to and know that any fees will eventually trickle down, as usual, to the working class.

    Obama just took credit for the success and planned withdrawal of our troops from Iraq; just a tad bit later then he said he would? Good grief.

    And, of course, he couldn't resist whining about the "mess" he inherited from the previous administration (even though the Democrats held the majority in Congress for the last few years Bush was President).

    This guy talks and talks and talks and.....

    oh, great, lower morale for the military in the name of Political Correctness: repeal "Don't ask, don't tell"

    Sorry, Mr. President, but you are on the same course and we aren't buying it.. Your "change" is not what we had in mind.

    January 27, 2010 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  25. lifelong democrat

    Why should GOP applaud it, they KNEW financial institutions will just pass it to consumers.

    January 27, 2010 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
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