September 27th, 2010
02:10 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama says GOP 'pledge' irresponsible

(CNN) – President Barack Obama is responding to the GOP's so-called "pledge to America," saying the newly unveiled 21-page document is nothing more than a continuation of "irresponsible policies."

"What I'm seeing out of the Republican leadership over the last several years has been a set of policies that are just irresponsible. And we saw in their 'Pledge to America' a similar set of irresponsible policies," he told NBC's Matt Lauer Monday morning.


"They propose $4 trillion worth of tax cuts and $16 billion in spending cuts and they say we're going to somehow magically balance the budget, the president continued. "That's not a serious approach. So the question for voters over the next five weeks is who is putting forward policies that have a chance to move our country forward."

The comments came less than a week after House Republican leaders ventured to Sterling, Virginia to reveal the pledge in what amounted to a clear effort to recapture the spirit of their 1994 election landslide.

Among other things, House GOP leaders pledged to permanently extend all of the Bush-era tax cuts due to expire at the end of this year - including for individuals making over $250,000. They also proposed giving small businesses a tax deduction equal to 20 percent of their income, while requiring Congress to review any new federal regulations that add to the deficit.

They pushed a domestic spending freeze, with the exception of certain politically sensitive programs such as veterans' benefits.

While stressing the need to reduce spiraling deficits, they did not offer specifics on how to restrain the growth of entitlement programs such as Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.


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soundoff (46 Responses)
  1. russinmaine

    Well we should at least acknowledge that he has a track record that supports he knows a thing or two about irresponsibility!

    September 27, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  2. Dan

    The king of irresponsible spending on unions and friends, talking about irresponsibility!

    September 27, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  3. John

    IT the same old stuff BUSH did for 8 years,that why we are in this mess now.If we go by your PLEDGE to AMERICA this county will be broke. You REPUBLICAN need too worry more about the middle class and the very poor,Instead of BIG BUSINESS,WALL STREET and the VERY RICH. It time you REPUBLICAN to stop worry about how rich you can get,and start worry about the people that put you in office, because we can take you out.

    September 27, 2010 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  4. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Give the GOP an "F" for failure. They had 19 long months to prepare something with specifics instead of "puppeting" off Bush. The Tea Party shouldn't give the GOP a free ride for presenting this lame pledge just to get their votes, be smart and say NO to them until they give you specifics. Make them work for you and not for themselves.

    September 27, 2010 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  5. Tom Reilly

    They,re both wrong. Start raising all taxes on all products coming into the US until manufacturers bring back jobs to this country. Cut federal spending in half by stopping foreign aid, no money for arts, special interest groups, pork barrel spending, research, etc, etc, etc,etc. It's the debt stupids. Neither party can fix the country being broke until jobs come back and spending is under control.

    September 27, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  6. RKN

    Why is math so difficult for people to understand? Cut spending by $1, while you cut income (tax) by $100. You cannot do that and balance a budget. No one seems to look past the quick fix or the promise of a free lunch. Somehow people think that if the Republicans or TP do it then it is somehow more responsible. It is mental illness and the unending ability of people to fool themselves.

    September 27, 2010 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  7. Nick , California

    How do you say that you (the Republican Party) want to balance the budget and not spend any more money... but first I need 4 Trillion dollars??!!! What a load of crap! Even tax breaks won't save this country from this economic turmoil!! The government doesn't create jobs... so how can the Republicans say that they can??!! The only way is to focus our attention to educate our youth that we cannot live beyond our means and the American credit card culture is not the way to bring our country back to prosperity! We have to dig deeper within ourselves to take individual responsibility for ourselves and our country.

    September 27, 2010 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  8. Jeff

    What a joke. Why do these people work the government and not Cable TV networks? Oh wait, a lot of them do

    September 27, 2010 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  9. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    He sounds like Ike turner trying to get tina back again....but baby this time I mean it!!

    September 27, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  10. Fran

    There is no substance to Republican pledge. They want to cut spending but they are same party that gave us two unfunded wars and an unfunded tax cut. They talk of putting Americans back to work but fought against tax cuts for small business and have been the party of free trade and outsourcing jobs. They say replace Healthcare with their plan. When asked if they would keep the coverage for people with pre-existing condition or not allow insurance to drop people who get sick or stop the lifetime limits on coverage or keep children on their parent’s policy or cover mammograms or cancer screening …… they are silent.
    A great Republican Abraham Lincoln once said, “You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but for can’t fool all of the people all of the time”. Ask for substance form your politicians don’t place a vote because of fear or hate. We have been fooled long enough.

    September 27, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  11. MAhole

    He's ABSOLUTELY right – just more of the same garbage recycled yet again.

    The Republicans have NOTHING. No plan other than back to the ways of "the shrub" – and look at where that took us. No thank you very much..........

    September 27, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  12. concerned citizen

    Great news we should eliminate all taxes, and Sarah, Rush, Glen and all other big mouth oportunistics, along with those perverted preachers or religious fanatics that in the name of religion and political nonsense have made millions of dollars. should be able to support the goverment finances.

    September 27, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  13. zazu

    What do all conservatives from all over the world, religion and walks of life have in common? And what do liberals from Jesus to the women's movement have in common?

    September 27, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  14. Greg

    When Obumble does one responsible thing, then he can toss stones. This idiot, has accomplished nothing, except to divide our Nation and send it down the toilet. This Kenyon born, Non American, Muslim supporting fraud, is only out to destroy what is left of a fragile America. This, I believe is his agenda. If we don;t get rid of him soon, we will all be kneeling east and praying to some guy named Mohammad or Allah

    September 27, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  15. Sluggo

    Obama should know irresponsible when he sees it. It is the hallmark of his administration.

    September 27, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  16. Orlando Patriot

    Obama spends almost ONE TRILLION dollars on a stimulus package that did not stimulate, increased our national debt by THREE TRILLION dollars, increased unemployment from 7.5% to 9.6% in less than two years, passed a Health Care Law that will BANKRUPT this country if fully implemented, and wants more "stimulus" money then has the kahunes to tell the Republicans WE ARE IRRESPONSIBLE?? Is this "Bizarro World" or what? The country elects a Community Organizer and sends a boy to do a man's job and HE has the audacity to call US IRRESPONSIBLE?? Are you kidding me??

    September 27, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  17. zazu

    "Regan has proven that deficits don't matter" Dick Cheney. Remember this. That is what gave us deficits. Now, the Republicans complain that money is being spent to fix the fiscal house they trashed for eight years. What kind of logic is that? How do you expect a trashed house to be fixed without spending? The house that you yourself trashed.

    September 27, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  18. reality check

    One huge problem is that Americans were not asked to sacrifice anything for the two wars waged by Team Bush. Then Bush cut taxes to the wealthy, who did not send their sons/daughters off to fight his wars. The Bush Team should have RAISED taxes on the wealthy to pay for his wars, but he didn't, and it has turned out to be a catastrophic mistake. We are reaping what the feckless Bush team gave us....tax cuts and two unfunded wars. This was bound to happen to us, folks, and Pres. Obama is not to blame. Don't give the Republicans another chance to wreck us. Furthermore, Republicans have not done anything to earn a paycheck in the last 18 months, so why give them a bonus? If you said no to your boss constantly, and were not a team player who offered anything tofix the company problems, would you still have your job, or would you have been let go in the downturn? I rest my case.

    September 27, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  19. OpenMind

    Having just read the document cover to cover, I must say I am not surprised, but still disappointed. I read lots of big claims and absolutely no actual PLANS on how to accomplish them.

    They claim to want to save tax money, but all they really want to do is re-distribute it to their target demographic.

    Also, anyone else notice that about 1/3 of the book was just pictures? Those extra pages could have been filled with so many specifics for HOW they were going to do what they said they were going to do.

    September 27, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  20. Marry

    The President is absolutely correct. But, here is the problem: The GOP is excellent selling bad plans and ideas, the Democrats very bad selling excellent plans and ideas! However, the GOP should be ashamed of their misrepresentation of the facts!

    September 27, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  21. Dave

    Well he would know about that!
    The two-party system is a scam.

    September 27, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
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