July 3rd, 2010
10:40 AM ET
4 years ago

GOP's Chambliss eyes the national debt

Washington (CNN) - Sen. Saxby Chambliss says the U.S. debt is "one of the most dangerous threats confronting America."

The Georgia Republican made his comment in this week's Republican address, and come on the same day that, in the presidential radio and internet address, President Obama criticized Senate Republicans for their attempts to delay the extension of unemployment benefits and tax credits to people and small businesses hurt by the recession.

Republican leaders objected to the measure because it would have added to the national debt. They offered alternative bills that would have paid for unemployment benefits with unused stimulus funds.

While never referring explicitly to the legislative battle over unemployment benefits, Chambliss hammers home the GOP perspective.

"[O]ne of the most dangerous threats confronting America today doesn't come from without, but from within. And I'm talking about our national debt," Chambliss says.

"At a time when many Americans are clipping coupons and pinching pennies, President Obama and the Democrats in Congress continue to spend money that they – we – do not have."

Chambliss also links the growing debt with national security, noting that China holds a substantial amount of U.S. debt.

"Just as with our energy and food supplies, America is vulnerable when we disproportionately rely on other nations. It is a matter of great concern that we are in deep debt to countries that often don't share our values or positions," Chambliss says.

soundoff (74 Responses)
  1. Hugo

    Here in a nutshell is the number one fundamental issue going on, blue dogs and Republicans are aware that if you don't have it, you should not spend it. They understand the economic consequences of where Obama is trying to take us.

    While the destroyer in Chief and his army of radical appointed cabinet members continue their onslaught to bring down capitalism, and initiate their idea of social justice in a bastardized form of quasi-Socialism. Fundamental principle of ACORN, overload the welfare system, well that didn't quite work so plan two, bankrupt the Nation and cover it in debt.

    July 3, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  2. Pragmatic

    That Republican Party, after taking a $237 billion surplus and turning it into a $1.3 trillion deficit over eight years to now want to masquerade as the party of fiscal responsibility!

    Republicans like to pretend that American history began in January of 2009 – happily ignoring the history that brought us to January in 2009, and the consequences that we are in.

    With their last “alternative national budget” – 19 pages and no numbers … “trust us” rings hollow!

    July 3, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  3. glenda

    The National debt lays fully in the Laps of the Republican Party, a War in Iraq that was unlawful, lied to us about the Weapons of Mass Destruction by the Bush and Chaney Administration......and from there on until the end of his term, Obama had all this mess put on him from the last administration......so if the Republicans would get off the A@%** and start working to help solve these problems instead of creating more problems with their PARTY OF NO, obstructions, whinning, trying to make sure this President FAILS so they can get control again maybe we wouldn't be in such a mess.......so stop trying to blame this President we Americans don't buy it........and it is still going to cose you all big time in November

    July 3, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  4. A keen observer

    Just another republican hypocrite crying about increasing the national debt except when republicans are increasing it.

    Why do republicans hate americans so much?

    July 3, 2010 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  5. Marry

    "[O]ne of the most dangerous threats confronting America today doesn't come from without, but from within. And I'm talking about our national debt," Chambliss says.
    And I am talking about the part of the political spectrum that first created these debts, than refused to take any responsibility for creating it and finally became the party of “Hell No” and wants the president to fail as their goal – not to bring us back to prosper as long as THEIR pockets get filled!
    “…to countries that often don't share our values or positions,"
    May I remind Sen. Chambliss that he and his party borrowed like drunken sailors from “abroad”, without concern from who or even mentioning it in the budget? That without any control or accountability and not to advance the US, but to have tens of thousands of people killed! Among them America’s finest in the end to fill the pockets of “friends”! You call that VALUES or POSITIONS??? I am sure; there are any number of countries with a lot more values than the GOP. Please go back to the drawing board and try to find something positive or useful.

    July 3, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  6. GI Joe

    More fascist propaganda.

    July 3, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  7. joe

    Too bad all I can think about when I see this jerk is that he was a draft dodger who had the guts to question a decorated war hero's (Max Cleland) patriotism.

    Hey Saxby, Max Cleland lost 3 limbs in Viet Nam. You should be ashamed of yourself for questioning his patriotism just so you could steal his senate seat.

    July 3, 2010 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  8. A keen observer

    Hugo, what planet are you living on? It is republicans who have buried the nation in debt starting with Ronald Reagan. You need to get your facts straight before mouthing off! You are a good example of the typical republican non-thinker.

    July 3, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  9. Marty, FL

    Today?? What about the debt from your past YEARS in Congress, Sen. Chambliss?

    Not accounting for the HUGE expense of an unnecessary diversion in Iraq, passing a prescription drug bill WITHOUT a way to pay for it, ETC.

    The GOP hypocrisy and lack of credibility are just astounding these days. Enough is enough, indeed.

    July 3, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  10. jbakaregit

    To the poster Pragmatic, well said.

    I live here in GA and voted for his opponent Jim Martin in 2008. I remember what the draft-doging, chickenshawk Chambliss did to Max Cleland (called Max, a triple amputee veteran, an "unpratriotic" supporter of Bin Laden) in 2002.

    I will work double overtime to make sure his partner in crime in the Senate (Issakson) is gone this November, and Chambliss gone in 2014. I'm still waiting for the sugar factory explosion victims to hold Chambliss accountable down here. (He helped de-regulate and then axe the safety precautions of the factory, which led to the explosion. Sounds like the events preceding the BP spill doesn't it?).

    July 3, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  11. NVa Native

    Enough is enough.
    These political/social parasites that are the Repub party will do anything to promote the failure of the US economy and any Democratic attempts to fix it.

    Like getting money to the un-employed who spend all they get just to pay bills and feed their family. Repubs prefer giving a rich CEO a tax break then he/she puts it in the bank or pays off debt (and sends campaign money to Repub), which doesn't put cash right back into the economy – which is what the Dubya/Dick regime did. Plus they won't fund the tax breaks so it does two negatives to our economy. We got screwed twice.

    More importantly we can't focus on cutting the deficit until the economy is stronger, cutting spending now will stop the recovery. Which is exactly what the Repubs want. And the Repubs know this, but lie about the opposite being true. Not that anyone would be surprised by a Repub lying – that usually happens when their lips move.

    July 3, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  12. w l jones

    Under our economy system we rely on buying and selling goods and taxing on each end for military,national highway, social service. social security safty net and post office to garnutee our way of life. As for as national debt we can not look our way of this debacle the only way is spend our way out. Bless.

    July 3, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  13. Desperate

    I live in Georgia, so Saxby represents me. But I am not served well by him. He is more worried about the republican line than he is the residents of Georgia. People on unemployment in GA have not received their checks in over a month now. And despite the rhetoric, my choice is not between keeping my unemployment or working a low-paying job. My choice is getting unemployment or having no money at all, and losing everything. There are no jobs to be had in GA, our unemployment is over the Nat'l average. Can this man not understand this? Exactly what constitutes an emergency to this man? His lack of urgency in this is very, very distressing.

    July 3, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  14. Willy Brown

    It's Obama's and the progressives posing as democrats debt.

    July 3, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  15. Publius Novus

    One of the primary reasons the national budget under President Obama looks out of whack is that it is, for the first time in ten years, an honest budget document. Bush's budgets didn't look nearly as bad as they were because they didn't account for two wars and the unfunded Medicare D benefit. All of which Sen. Chambliss supported wholeheartedly.

    But more importantly, the only way out of an economic slowdown is to spend money. The faster money is spent, the faster we will recover. Deficit spending in economic downturns is, like it or not, necessary to modern economic operations.

    And BTW, money is only a medium of exchange. It isn't real.

    July 3, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  16. Bill from GA

    I believe the only time Saxby opposed W was when W wanted to reduce farm aid to the extreme rich of farmers. Saxby insisted that farmers continue to get millions of taxpayer money. He wasn't concerned about the national debt then, only his rich farm buddies.

    July 3, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  17. haren

    we have problem because guy like Hugo is watching to much FOX news.
    Where were you Mr. Hugo when republican blew surplus and pile up deficit.
    If your house roof is damaged you have to spend or borrow money to fix it, not live in open sky.
    We need to spend money to bring this economy back.

    July 3, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  18. dont worry

    @Hugo So aloof and foolish are you my friend to forget. That forget bush what did these fiscally responsible tax cuts for the rich do???. Oh yes ship our jobs out of the d#$% country so go to class for the last 20 years from the ending of the H.W.Bush term till now you will see who the problem is. Progressive policies always helped america conservatives just hide behind a fake mask of capitalism.

    July 3, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  19. Larry

    Saxbonehead stated: ""At a time when many Americans are clipping coupons and pinching pennies, President Obama and the Democrats in Congress continue to spend money that they – we – do not have." BS! This country has tons of billionaires and multimillionaires who pay very little in taxes. A hedge fund manager earns a billion dollars a year and pays 15% in tax leaving him with $850,000,000 each year.

    July 3, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  20. Gil

    Where was the repuglican worry about debt when we were taken into two costly and illegal wars in Iraq and Afghanistan by the republican president bushwacker?

    July 3, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  21. sensible Cape Coral FL

    With a name like SAXBY CHAMBLISS the third, what would you expect?

    July 3, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  22. Pete in Guilford

    The GOP answer (and Tea Party too) is to cut taxes. Using their "family finances" metaphor—if you were in debt, didn't have enough money to pay your bills, would you stop working or take a pay cut, reducing your income, to get out of you situation? No. That is the same effect as cutting taxes for the government to operate. Stupid.

    July 3, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  23. maf

    More Blah, Blah, Blah from the Party of NO, this time by the name of Saxby! With Steele, Boehner, Cantor, McConnell, Rand, well it just doesn't matter, the GOP don't GET IT!!!

    Polish up your resumes Republicans. The sweeping warmup is beginning and the FLUSH is on the way. Can't wait for you to join the millions of others in the unemployment lines trying to figure out why the government didn't extend benefits and allow you the opportunity of health care. Remember, you guys are the ones not playing nice!!

    July 3, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  24. Jim

    It was the Republican party that always said deficits don't matter. Now that they've run us into the dirt they act like they didn't do it. The number one threat confronting our budget is a weak economy which means we need to continue stimulating the economy until it’s on its feet again. Otherwise our revenue will remain flat and we won't be able to balance the budget anyway. I'm tired of this Republican hypocrisy and I have no idea why America should take economic advise from the very guys that ran us into the ground.

    July 3, 2010 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  25. Hugo

    Ahhhh yes, please tell me of the fiscally responsible Democrats that take for the worker and spread to the nonproductive. I agree that the Republicans totally betrayed their fundamental beliefs during the Bush years, spending like Democrats. However, both parties have perpetuated our Nation into the abyss, Clinton's NAFTA and China trade agreements, sending jobs out of our Nation by the millions. EPA regs that are ridiculous setting standards so high that they snuff every industry and manufacturing business before it can prosper. AND my favorite of favorites for you that want to attack my positions, FANNIE AND FREDDIE, another wonderful gift from BOTH parties. Now, good day and I am not a Republican and believe me Ronald Reagan theory of trickle down prosperity works way better than trickle up poverty!

    July 3, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
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