July 24th, 2010
11:49 AM ET
8 years ago

Pence: Obama’s economic policies ‘have failed’

Washington (CNN) – Republican Rep. Mike Pence criticized the Obama administration and Democrats in Washington on Saturday, delivering a biting attack on the economic and fiscal policies promoted by a legislature and White House controlled by Democrats.

"The economic policies of this administration have failed,” Pence said in Saturday’s weekly Republican address.

"In the worst economy in a quarter of a century, American families are hurting. That's obvious to just about everybody, except that is the Democrats in Washington, D.C.,” the Indiana Republican said.

"You know, it's more clear every day, they just don't get it. Washington politicians just aren't listening and the American people know it.”

But on the same day President Obama capped his week by touting the Wall Street reform bill that became law Wednesday, Pence was instead looking to the future, and warning of tax increases.

"And if they haven't already done enough to wreck our recovery, Democrats in Washington are pushing more spending, more regulation, and right around the corner: more taxes,” Pence said.

"Washington D.C. doesn't tax too little. Washington D.C. spends too much. I don't know anybody back in Indiana who thinks they pay too little in taxes. And only in Washington D.C. would anyone believe that raising taxes creates jobs.”

The tax increase Pence warns of will come if the 2001 and 2003 Bush tax cuts are allowed to expire at the end of the year. President Obama had promised to make them permanent for families making less than $250,000.

But faced with growing fiscal challenges, there's debate in Washington about whether the country can afford to permanently extend the tax cuts.

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soundoff (159 Responses)
  1. Jack in Florida

    The party of NO has not offered any options to what the Democrats have done. All they do is complain, complain and complain some more.

    How about stepping up to the plate with some alternatives!!!

    July 24, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  2. normajean

    Pence can now add himself to the Republicans who will really change the picture ahead of us. He and his kind perpetuate the "Party of No" , a term which will be long remembered ..Of course there are problems,lots of them and the Democrats are knocking themselves out trying to clean it all up. The republicans have added NO help ,criticizm and a holier than thou attitude which will leave them holding the bag when things get to moving again. This is a two party system with one party working,while the other party sits with their feet on the coffee table, doing nothing.This is going to look great in the history books.I truly believe that Mr. Pence just sent another group of voters to vote Democratic.

    July 24, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  3. Tom-Vermillion, Ohio

    While you are at it, Mr. Pence, lets talk about Democrat origined and then passed bills that President Bush vetoed when the Republicans held the house. 2001 & 2003 Tax Cuts that will expire? Where do you intend to get the money? The middle class? Sorry, we as a whole are broke. Do I hear a hint of a 'trickel down' economics prelude here? If so, tell me how much of 7-10 figure a year salary is actually spent or reinvested in the USA? Or are those 7-10 figure salaries invested abroad? Are in favor of the GOP 'just say no' politics? I wanna hear it from all GOP Presidential wanna be's. Or do you folks just want to "spin" your ways into the House, Senate and ultimately the White House. Do I think President Obama is the 'perfect' President? The answer is no. However, he is light-years ahead of anyone, so far as I can see in the GOP in terms of representing his constituents, the Citizen of USA.

    July 24, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  4. timz

    Here's a great idea! Let's put the same guys back in charge that brought us to the brink of a Depression! That'll work!!!

    July 24, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  5. John

    The President is doing a good job, considering he has had only a year and a half in the office to rectify Bush's 8 years to ruin this country.

    Any Repub who speaks against this President and Gov spending should have spoken when Bush was actually causing this huge deficit. As during marriage, the repubs time to speak up during Bush's marriage year is gone and they should keep their TRAP SHUT or better ...go on Rush L.'s radio and talk....nobody listens to that dumbo anyway.

    July 24, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  6. Peter s

    Mr. Pence this how you put it "In the worst economy in a quarter of a century, American families are hurting. That's obvious to just about everybody, except that is the Democrats in Washington, D.C.,” the Indiana Republican said." WELL THE FACT IS, FOR THE LAST LOST DECADE UNDER BUSH, CHENEY, ROVE, BLACK WATER, HALLIBURTON E.T.C AND TWO FICTIOUS WARS THE AMERICAN FAMILIES HAVE TIGHTENED THEIR BELTS TO THE LIMIT!. THE CHENEY ROVE TRICKLE DOWN EFFECT DID'NT WORK FOR ALL INFACT IT REWARDED THE RIGHT WING RADIO HOSTS JUST LOOK AT RUSH AND BECK ETC.

    July 24, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  7. M.A. Dashell

    "The economic policies of the Bush administration failed,” is what Pence meant to say in Saturday’s weekly Republican address.

    July 24, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  8. Pragmatic

    """The economic policies of this administration have failed,” Pence said in Saturday’s weekly Republican address. ..."

    On the other hand, . When John Boehner was asked what the Republican agenda would be if they won election, the man smugly replied, “TBD" = “To be determined!”

    The GOP whines about Obama's leadership but admit they have no plans of their own! At some point, republicans will need to produce a governing agenda that offers voters a concrete sense of the policies they would try to put in place if they took power. Don't hold your breath!

    July 24, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  9. Discernment


    Mike Pence knows very well that 8-years of Bush/Cheney policies, backed up by Republican controlled legislations (from 2000 to 2006), which allowed millions of jobs to be shipped overseas – – – is the 'primary reason' the nation's economy has severely struggled.

    If Bush/Cheney had not dragged the nation into a war in Iraq which has cost $Trillions of dollars, all while providing $Trillion dollar tax cuts for the wealthy, than the nation would be doing just fine now!

    July 24, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  10. Henry Miller, Libertarian, Cary, NC

    "Washington D.C. doesn't tax too little. Washington D.C. spends too much."

    Yeah, and the idiot Dems seem to think that's cool. At least the Reps are saying the right thing–too bad Bush and company more or less ruined their credibility through rampant hypocrisy.

    July 24, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  11. ib

    Pence is right on. Unemployment has been higher under Obama than anytime under Bush and no that's not Bush's fault it's Obama's but people keep blaming Bush to cover for Obama. Obama is an outright failure with his far left policies and I just hope people will wake up to this before it's to late while we still have a country left.

    July 24, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  12. Randall in Torrance, CA (Disabled Navy Veteran, Retired) - It is time to put the heels of our Liberal Democratic Boots on the necks of the out-of-control Republican's and morons like small "s" senator very minority Boehner the Boner

    Pence is dense. He is referring to the fringe Tea Party nut jobs who represent less than a fraction of a gnats ass on the political spectrum compared to the majority of voters who elected Obama and Biden into office. Yes, Pence, again you are correct. Obama and Democrats are not going to listen to the very people who crafted the strategy to end all government over sight of the economy (the Great Recession), the environment (BP gulf catastrophe), and health care (U.S. ranks at the bottom of nations who assist citizens with health care).

    Pence is speaking to those who advocate the violent overthrow of our federal government because Obama is black and a progressive thinker.

    Pence is speaking to those crooked-stick-carriers, with T-shirts having derogatory slogans tightly fitted over their beer belies comparing Obama to Hitler. They are so dumb they don't know the difference between ultra-nationalism (Nazism; extreme right-wing) and Democratic domestic policies (i.e., public libraries, Fire Stations, clean public drinking water, Public Education, Police Departments, etc.).

    Pence is speaking to brainwashed, right-wing followers, who, if they had an inkling of intelligence, would walk into a Public Library and start reading and thinking for themselves. But instead, blindly follow maniacs like Rush Limbaugh, Glen Beck, Ann Coulter, Senator Boehner, and worst of all Sharon Angle, the wannabe senator nominee from Nevada who said on national TV that God wants all women and girls who are victims of rape and incest to bear those children and that the victims must never have a choice in the matter! Angle epitomizes the current GOP and those who voluntarily jumped from a ten-story building and landed on their heads, survived, and went through five weeks of rehab in a medical and pscychiatric ward and escaped to run for political office.

    Pence is old. His ideas are old.

    Americans are fed up with tired, old, broken ideas from the Retard Brigade led by General Limbaugh and Col Sarah Palin.

    America voted for Hope, Change and Progressive Action by Obama and Biden. God bless them and their wonderful families. God bless those who are suffering from the fallout of the BP oil spill and the defunct auto indusrty in Detroit who need government intervention that was absent under GOP "leadership."

    In JESUS name – Amen.

    July 24, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    Mr. Pence I find your remarks rather disingenious. The Republicans controlled the House, the Senate and the Presidency for six years (Mr. Pence you were a part of this team) and what did the Rebublican team leave behind, an economic catastrophe. It would be rather silly to assume that the situation can be rectified in two years. It is about time own up to the fact that they created the mess and should simply shut up and let the President do the job.

    July 24, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  14. ib

    By the way Texan you say something about deficit levels under republicans; what dream world have you been living in since Obama took office and started his uncontrolled spending?????

    July 24, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  15. back to Dems

    People seem to forget that the Dems were in the majority the last two years of Bush's term. They are the ones who started this spending spree. And now they have the president pushing to spend.

    I wish everyone would stop blaming the Repub's for the past. The past is gone, get over it. Obama was put in office to get us on the right path, look where that has gotton us! We are worse off now than we were before him. Open your eyes!

    July 24, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  16. InlandEmperor

    Why would anyone give two "pence" as to what this Bush "lite" disciple thinks. His group dug the hole we are climbing out of and much to their chagrine we are seeing good things happening all around us. Hopefully his constituents will be tired of his group's tired tactic of undercutting our recovery and allow him to share in the challenges his neocon...chicken hawk..."lite" policies caused.

    July 24, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  17. Joshua Ludd

    Yeah, because it has been democrats who have not wanted to extend unemployment benefits.

    Even if one were to accept the idea that the Democrats have no idea what they are doing, the alternative is the Republican party... the people who caused all this in the first place.

    July 24, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  18. Jeff Spangler

    The GOP is getting a bit ahead of the market, but when Bernanke chooses words like "unusually uncertain" about a continued recovery, it's a pretty good political bet.

    July 24, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  19. aatami

    Self serving fear mongering idiot.

    July 24, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  20. A keen observer

    This is typical republican drivel. The republicans refuse to take responsibility for the wild borrowing and spending when they controlled Congress and blame President Obama for mortgaging their children's future. In fact, it was the republicans who more than doubled the national debt and mortgaged their own children's future.

    What have the republicans done to help average Americans? What job creation plans have they put forward? The only economic plan the republicans have is more tax cuts for the rich which helped to create the massive debt they created over the last ten years. What a bunch of hypocrites. And Pence is one of the leaders of the pack in spreading lies about the President and trying to make voters forget that republicans are largely repsonsible for the mess we are in.

    July 24, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  21. Dixie

    Obama doesn't get it? I was once a republican. Now I would rather be associated with a gang of serial killers than the more kinky republican party. Didn't the republicans get it when they approved every idiotic whim of Bush and Cheney? 2 wars as an example. Yoo-hoo, we are not stupid out here in independent democratic America. For good or bad, the gop has cornered the market on stupid.

    July 24, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  22. Ryan

    my oh my....what short memories they have

    July 24, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  23. Jason

    The President is doing fine.

    Repugs...Cons...and TEA baggers...they all seem to forget, there is no quick fix to all of this.

    It's going to take this term, plus the President's next term to get us out of the finical mess created by King W and his cronies.

    July 24, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  24. Doraine Gordon

    Pence, who alway looks like he is mad, doesn't even know what he is talking about. Why don't those lying Republicans admit that they are the ones who messed up our country? All they do is talk against Obama. They have no plan on how to fix anything. All they know how to do is cut taxes for the wealthy and critisize the Dems. Why, that old ugly Pence has even joined hands with the Tea Party. But that's ok because we all know the Tea Party is all Republicans. I hope all the Amercan people get out to vote in November. I hope to see alot of Republicans lose their seats. It is the only way to get our country back into working order. The choice is yours, America. We either go back to the way we were, using George Bush's policies that destroyed us or move forward with Obama and the Democrats. Pkease make the right decision! Vote Democratic!

    July 24, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  25. South Carolina

    The president is doing a great job. I don't know, who you're asking b/c its not the public.

    July 24, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
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