October 9th, 2010
10:20 AM ET
8 years ago

GOP points fingers at Democrats

(CNN) - Republicans came out swinging in their weekly address Saturday, with the speech sounding like a midterm election roadmap for candidates across the country.

Republican Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming delivered the remarks that criticized the president over the unemployment rate, federal debt, taxes and health care.

"Very little trust remains. The president's policies are irresponsible, and unsustainable," Barrasso said in the video. "If you are tired of Washington's broken promises, you now have a choice. More of the same or a new direction."

Barrasso said the GOP will put the country in the right direction, pointing to Republicans' recently unveiled "Pledge for America" that he says addresses taxes, spending and health care.

Most of the president's weekly address emphasized the importance of education, but he too touched on the economy.

"All that really matters is getting back on your feet," President Obama said in his address. "If we're serious about getting our fiscal house in order, we'll need to make some tough choices. I'm prepared to make those choices."

The addresses come one day after the latest 9.6 percent unemployment figure was released and a little less than a month before the November elections.

Filed under: 2010 • GOP weekly address • John Barrasso • President Obama
soundoff (107 Responses)
  1. Bill from GA

    When George W Bush debated Al Gore before W was given the Presidency, Bush and Gore were both PROMISING to keep paying down the debt, while fixing Social Security and Medicare. W was also going to cut taxes.

    Those repugs are real good about keeping promises.

    October 9, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  2. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    If you can't help a people when they are "down" why should they help you climb up. I wouldn't want to be in a foxhole with not any of the GOP because they would do nothing but hide until the battle is won. I takes a real man in tough times like President Obama, and a whinner like the GOP in bad times.

    October 9, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  3. Corncop

    The Republican Party and their leadership must have been living in a vaccum. Most of them have been on office for far too long and they were there during the eight long years of Bush-Cheney. Have they forgotten who got us into this mess? I say let's dump them but being careful with their replacements. Electing people like Palin or O'Donnel would put us in a deeper hole than we already are. Wake up people, this is supposed to be our government, working for us. Make this fact known to the candidates and those already serving. The government serves at the will of the people, not itself, not self depracating politicians, and not the favored rich with access and power. They should heed the warning signs and change. A revolution happened once in this country, it can happen again!

    October 9, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  4. discusted

    Everyone here talks about the GOP always complaining; but if you stop and read what all of you are posting it is just a bunch of the same thing, all complaints with no solutions. It has been two years of Obama and 4 years of Democratic control in both the House and Senate and look where we are at. You Dems still want to blame Bush for everything but he has been out of office for 21 months. You seem to be just like the President; looking to blame someone else and not taking responsibility for the choices you made.

    October 9, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  5. brian

    2000 – 2010, two disasters struck – the world trade center was destroyed, and our economy was destroyed. Neither has been rebuilt, and both happened during the Bush presidency. Everyone expects the economy to already have been rebuilt, but no one questions why the WTC hasn't been rebuilt.The American people are ridiculously impatient, to be on the verge of bringing the very people who ruined our economy in the first place back into power. Why would they expect any different result this time? They blame the government while at the same time they sit back waiting on the gov't to solve their problems.

    October 9, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  6. emma

    The GOP has yet to share their plans for how they will create jobs, how thy will manage the war in Afghanistan nor how they will deal with issues like minimum wage, Social Security and Medicare. They have talked about repealing the health Care legislation, and then putting back in some of the same measures. How wasteful is that? They flood the airways with lies that this is what the American people want them to do. What people? The polls suggest it is not what people want.

    October 9, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  7. Tom-Vermillion Ohio

    I cannot help but wonder what those jobless numbers would look like if the Republicans did NOT block all those economic packages proposed by the White House and the Democrats...and there are 'bunches' of them. All because of Rush Limbaugh's proclaimation (January 2009) to see Obama fail. I heard that at least one of those bills would have saved 250,000 jobs at minimal cost. As for those loses in the government sector, doesn't that mean that the government payroll is shrinking? Isn't smaller government what the GOP wants? What about paying down the deficit?...How about taxing the bejeepees out of those whose function is to export jobs into countries whose laborers get paid 85 cents per hour? What does 'competitive' mean? Worker's wages need to shrink to that level?

    October 9, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  8. nick

    This is almost enough to make one puke! Theirs are the failed policies going back to Regean and his piddle down economics and war for the sake of war policies: confrontation for the sake of confrontation. They may fool the bigoted Tea Baggers who only see a Black President and nothing else, but those Americans who are not bigots see though the Party of the Lie..

    October 9, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  9. anthony

    When Bush submitted the 2009 budget (yes, it was his budget, because the 2009 fiscal year started on October 1, 2008) he projected a deficit of 400 billion. His projection for the tax revenues, however, was off by 600 billion (it was 2.1 trillion instead of 2.7 trillion that he predicted), and he did not put the spending on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in his budget. So the deficit for 2009 was 1.2 trillion before any new spending by Obama was included. The final deficit was 1.4 trillion, with the difference coming from amount of money spent in 2009 on the stimulus bill (it was spread over 2009-2011, and only 188 billion was spent in 2009). In other words, the bulk of the 2009 deficit (1.2 trillion out of 1.4 trillion) came from the spending items Bush had in his budget, the drop of revenues due to the recession, and the spending that was not included in his budget (the wars).

    October 9, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  10. JustinTime

    Republicans are the ugly face of American greed. They could care less about anyone but their corporate buddies and are perfectly willing to steal from 99% of the US in their efforts to secure even greater wealth for the super-wealthy 1%. Take the wall street meltdown. Who is protecting and defending those on wall street and their greed-driven machinations that caused the greatest economic failure in the last 70 years? Republicans! Republicans don't want to see their criminal friends on wall street face justice so they block any and all legislation which could actually control or affect wall street.

    October 9, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  11. sparky

    if the republicans have all the solutions, why didn't they have everything in order after 14 or so years controlling the house and senate – 6 of that with a republican president?

    they harp on obama's shortcomings to fix everything in two tears yet they have done nothing but stand in the way.

    we need solutions, not more facebook posts from palin

    October 9, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  12. vic nashville tn

    I never seen in my life time stupid conservative republicans like this

    Just they want to win the election without clear plan If republicans gain the majority what they are going to do still in? Mark by the time they will hammer by left and media

    I wish third party will come by 2014 I don’t want to go front and back again

    October 9, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  13. a in austin

    Hey discusted – how come all the Republican filibusters on bills that would help Middle Class Americans. Why are they called the party of no? Where are their ideas? Guess what – I'm not you! You aren't able to post any of their solutions either. It's been an uphill battle since Obama took office trying to fix the damage from the previous 8 years with no help from republicans. If they had something to offer, I'd listen. NOT! Why do they get to continue to collect a paycheck and benefits without any work? Why do they continue to ship jobs overseas? It's corporate against main street. Guess whose side repubs are on? The rich get richer, the poor get poorer and the middle class is becoming extinct.

    October 9, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  14. John SoCal

    #1: The Democrats have controlled the House, the Senate, and the Presidency for almost two years now. If you still believe that the Republicans are to blame for everything that's going on, you're an idiot. #2: The Republicans have no business pointing fingers, because they were every bit as irresponsible when they were in power–although they certainly didn't waste as much money as Obama and this administration has.

    I know that CNN has become a rallying point for liberals, but come on–these comments reek of the most desperate hard-line Democrats who really aren't looking at politics like it's our lives, but rather "our team vs. their team". The
    Democrats are in power, have been in power long enough to have had an impact, and have failed. Stop trying to spin it.

    October 9, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  15. skylark

    "Awake Mankind
    It is the dawn of decision
    Will you rise and shine
    or die in your beds
    the blanket of ignorance
    pulled over your heads"
    A little verse I wrote during the Nixon impeachment year. Still true.
    We need to go back to the future and stop irresponsible breeding. In times of food shortage, even animals limit procreation.
    Our planet and resources are finite. Put too many rats in a cage and they will eat each other.
    Think about it.

    October 9, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  16. katiec

    It is absolutely ridiculous for the republicans to point their fingers at anyone. Their goals of obstruct any improvement in the economy, our country all for the sake of regaining power and winning the next election have made them a disgrace and a black mark on our political system.
    They obstructed and voted against finance reform, campaign reform, bringing outsourced jobs back to our country, aid to small business, equal pay for equal work, increase of minimum wage, improvement in health care for our veterans , extension of unemployment benefits, anything and everything to help us and our country.
    They blocked using additional funds, which are already there, to create more jobs.
    The ONLY policy they support is the continuation of tax cuts, perks, benefits for Wall St and the rich.
    Their goals to create gridlock, no bi-partianship, compensation for the next two years is additional proof they are not representing or putting our country and us first.

    October 9, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  17. Peter Zheutlin

    Yeah, it's all Obama's fault. What a joke. When Bush left office we were losing hundreds of thousands of jobs a month. At least we've stopped the bleeding. The stock market is up 50% since Obama came to office. Sure, the economy is weak, but it was near collapse thanks to Bush. I wonder: do they Republicans believe their own crap? BEFORE the Bush tax cuts, when Clinton was president, the economy ADDED more than 20 million jobs. Now, suddenly, if the richest 2% don't get to keep their tax cut there will be no job creation. Please.

    October 9, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  18. Son of CSM.Wiggins

    @ discusted the dems offered a very reasonable solution last week that the Gop blocked to discontinue tax breaks for companies that send jobs over seas . That was the final straw. You can't blame the dems for not bringing back 8 million jobs in two years. You can't scream about the Obama growing government then complain that economy lost 94000 jobs but gained 60000 private sector jobs . You can't right legislation then vote against it. You can't scream about wanting your country back on land that was stolen. You can't blame Obama for things that were actually bush fault.

    October 9, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  19. kay

    The GOP was a party of yes once Bush was in office. I watched how they jammed CAFTA and NAFTA thru. The GOP and the US chamber of commerce are trying to distroy this country and life style. The supreme court allowing the forieign money to flow freely into our elections laundered thru the ousourcing (in name only) US Chamber Commerce.

    October 9, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  20. Bobby Ray

    Meet the new pledge, same as the old pledge, I hope we won't get fooled again! (apologies to the WHO) Our economic woes started with Reagan's Trickle down economics and the contract with America. The GOP is offering more of the same while Obama is trying to correct the problem. 16 years of fiscal insanity can't be corrected in a year and a half, but things look promising. When Obama took office, the Dow was at 6500, it closed at over 11,000 yesterday. A great turnaround and proof that the stimulus is working. Cutting taxes on the wealthy, unpaid health care, and deregulation are not and never have been the solutions.

    October 9, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    and yet to this very day we have yet to hear what those "tough choices" are. is it because these "tough choices" will be further the GOP agenda of helping the rich get richer (tax relief) and businesses keep their loopholes and not be regulated while the middle class continues to get hammered by having their jobs sent overseas, burdened with taxes continually having the heavy foot of the GOP on top their heads keeping them down not being able to rise above???? What are those tough choices GOP??

    October 9, 2010 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  22. K of CA

    and yet to this very day we have yet to hear what those "tough choices" are. is it because these "tough choices" will be further the GOP agenda of helping the rich get richer (tax relief) and businesses keep their loopholes and not be regulated while the middle class continues to get hammered by having their jobs sent overseas, burdened with taxes continually having the heavy foot of the GOP on top their heads keeping them down not being able to rise above???? What are those tough choices GOP??

    October 9, 2010 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  23. carlos

    the US Chamber of Commerce financing the repugnants with FOREIGN MONEY, that is treason, of course, the SCOTUS allowed this to happen, well, my fellow voters, use your COJONES and get out and vote the cowards, the unpatriotic, the criminals, and I mean the talipublicans OUT OF OFFICE. Can you imagine having the likes of miller, angle, paul, buck, odone and the wacky witch sp running the country???????? NO......and in Ohio get rid of the boner.

    October 9, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  24. Dean

    For those uneducated hateful liberals who think Obama is our savior and continue to blame Bush for our current financial crisis please read the following. I know it may be difficult for you to understand but read it anyway.
    It was Clinton who killed the Glass-Steagall, and it happened under a Democratic president. Barney Frank and his committee, they, they kept propping up Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac saying everything's fine, everything's fine, everything's good. And it was his job to know everything wasn't fine. And Barney Frank let you down and let us down as well. And so, but I want to say there's blame to go both ways. But I will say, I want to, I maybe keep beating this to death, but I still think anyone in this Congress who voted to add $140 billion to that bill, they should be ashamed of themselves. That is a disgrace. It's a disgrace. This Congress is a disgrace, Democrat and Republican.
    The Financial Modernization Act is better known under the names of its authors Gramm-Leach-Bliley - which, amongst other things:
    • Repeal[ed] the restrictions on banks affiliating with securities firms contained in sections 20 and 32 of the Glass-Steagall Act.
    • Create[d] a new "financial holding company" under section 4 of the Bank Holding Company Act. Such holding company can engage in a statutorily provided list of financial activities, including insurance and securities underwriting and agency activities, merchant banking and insurance company portfolio investment activities. Activities that are "complementary" to financial activities also are authorized. The nonfinancial activities of firms predominantly engaged in financial activities (at least 85% financial) are grandfathered for at least 10 years, with a possibility for a five year extension.
    For those unfamiliar, the Glass-Steagall Act was the 1933 legislation separating the functions of banks, brokerage firms, and insurance companies designed to prevent another crash like what occurred in 1929. Congress has been whittling away at these restrictions since 1980, and finally removed the last vestiges with Gramm-Leach-Bliley in 1999.
    Readers are advised that this bill passed by a vote of 362-57 in the House, and 90-8 in the Senate. As such, it passed with overwhelming bipartisan support.
    Maybe more important, as it was signed into law on November 12, 1999, despite all the blame disgraceful Democrats and media members have been assigning President Bush during this financial crisis, he had ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with the legislation that allowed financial institutions to engage in the activities that have led to and caused the current banking and lending meltdown. Clinton and congress are responsible for subprime lending.

    October 9, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  25. Marcus

    To anyone who may agree with discusted about all that the Dems do is to blame Bush...
    Well, the number of filibusters in the Congress for the current term is very high, very high indeed, seems like EVERY idea that the Dems come out with is wrong, bad and such... But where are the GOP's ideas? Not talk talk, laws to be proposed and fought for? WHERE? Say no and point fingers is really easy, ANYONE can do it. Show an alternative on the other hand means to work on an issue with more than just hot air...

    October 9, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
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