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. Clint, Wa.

    "Pledge for America"

    The GOP’s solution for unemployment is really simple, we are transferring jobs overseas. If you are having trouble finding a job, move to India, China, Mexico, Taiwan, we have thousands of minimum wage or less openings available. So just jump on board with us, and lets get this country’s economy back on track.

    Thank you,
    The GOP.

    October 9, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  2. Robert Butler

    Once again, same old promises and not one actual policy the GOP has not tried before and has failed all of us. Come on GOP, the only thing you got going for you is the history of a posible mid term bump and a hungry press corp who need something to report! Before you ask for another chance, how about working NOW instead of saying nothing but no all the time?!

    October 9, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  3. pkfops

    More propaganda, private sector job growth has been steady at 4%. The truth is that the GOP in Washington has done very little to help this country. If you want to analyze the raw data go to thomas.loc.gov. This is the Library of Congress where all records and transcripts are stored and more. If you want to find out who does what, the information is there as a matter of public record. Don't ever let someone tell you how to vote.

    October 9, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  4. L

    To all the conservatives who shout that the health care law is unconstitutional. A Michigan Federal judge just rejected their complaints with a breath of rationality. His key decision:

    The health care market is unlike other markets. No one can guarantee his or her health, or ensure that he or she will never participate in the health care market. Indeed, the opposite is nearly always true. The question is how participants in the health care market pay for medical expenses – through insurance, or through an attempt to pay out of pocket with a backstop of uncompensated care funded by third parties. This phenomenon of costshifting is what makes the health care market unique. Far from “inactivity,” by choosing to forgo insurance plaintiffs are making an economic decision to try to pay for health care services later, out of pocket, rather than now through the purchase of insurance, collectively shifting billions of dollars, $43 billion in 2008, onto other market participants.

    October 9, 2010 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  5. Chris

    "GOP points fingers at Democrats" – that's all Republcians do is point fingers, criticize, complain, obstruct, and blame everyone else but themselves.

    As for their "Pledge to America" – it is just a rehash of their "Contract with America" full of failed policies and worn out dogma.

    October 9, 2010 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  6. Drew

    Just like them to accuse the opposition of eveything they are responsible for.
    Tout loss of jobs and pass favorable legislation for job exporting for profit.
    Complain about defecits and wage unpaid-for wars of aggression.
    Talk about "trickle-down" and enrichen the upper 2%.
    Laud "bi=partisian" efforts and block everything good for America with a "just say no" filibuster.
    Condemn gay Americans while molesting little boys.
    Vilify employers of "illegal aliens" while hiring undocumented workers to mow your lawn and nurse your children.
    I remeber being told that the Russians (I grew up in the heat of the "Cold" war) would accuse the United States of everything they were actually doing themselves.
    I think the modern American Rupublican/Tea Party has taken their cue from the KGB playbook.
    Is this the divisive and bullying attitudes we want in Washington?
    Wake up! Put down that Beer and shut of "Dancing With The Stars"!
    Your country is being stolen from you.
    One dollar at a time, right under your nose, with your blessings.
    Not with a bang, but a whimper.

    October 9, 2010 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  7. Patriotic American

    "Keynsian" = "Kenyan"
    It's just another way for the Republican Baggers to label the President a N--r in their quest to continue the OUTSOURCING. The REAL problem with our economy is that the corporations have outsourced 10 millions American jobs!

    October 9, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  8. chenna_benna

    I love how the GOP like to point the finger at Dems for the conditions with our economy when it was their policies and lack of action to help Dems clean up the mess that got us here. Does anyone know what they GOP solution is to create jobs that doesn't include repeals or cutting anything?

    October 9, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  9. Informed_Voter

    @ Anthony : I liked the response from you. Where can I get information about annual budget, spending, deficits etc, for the past 8 years? I recently became a citizen and I consider myself a middle of the road democrat. I want to be knowledgeable with facts rather than getting carried away by emotions. Thanks for your help.

    October 9, 2010 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  10. Richard T.

    The "Pledge" to do it to middleclass Americans again. In other words the GOP say screw the little guy. Why can't they understand the their "Tickle Down" economic policies never have and never will be a valid approach to building America.

    Say No to the Party of No solutions only help for the top 2%.

    October 9, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  11. grapevine

    I am looking forward to the reaction from the TeaPers when they are finally awakened to the fact that it isn't just ObamaCare that their party leaders hope to shut down. It is the entire federal government. Social Security Administration. Health and Human Services. EPA. FDA. Education, and every other government agency they have each been taking granted of. No more SS checks. No more Medicare bennies. Nothing. Better stock up on food . . . who knows when the next e coli disaster will hit. Do they not ask themselves why the TeaParty is so hell bent on voting in Angle, Rand Paul, O'Donnell, Haley, McMahon, and all the other TeaParty misfits? Do these voters not listen to what is being said by their own candidates? Are they not asking themselves why this particular group of incompetents are being courted so strongly? Oh, well. Ought to be fun watching when the reality of it all hits.

    October 9, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  12. TM

    The GOP's "right direction" is right back to the path of destruction that nearly destroyed our economy. The clinical definition of insanity is doing the same thing and expecting a different result. The Republicans had their chance and they did NOTHING, and when they were thrown out of power they decided to act like spoiled brats and pout and yell NO for two years. And now they have NOTHING new to offer and expect us to reward them? Insanity.

    October 9, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  13. Observer

    Funny, Republicans NEVER talk about the Stock Market that Bush left plummeting. They never mention that when Bush left everyone was worried about us being in another Great Depression. They never mention that the stock market is UP around 30% since Obama took over. Selective amnesia.

    October 9, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  14. silvertop

    GOP had contract with America, it worked. Paul Ryan and others worked on Roadmap; now Pledge to America, these info can be found on internet. Don't say that they have not solutions.
    Who then is the party of NO that rejects anything that is different from their position? Obama-Reid-Pelosi never reach across the aisle in the spirit of cooperation.
    How can you keep ridiculing the GOP when the current triad leadership has failed and the majority of the public wants changes.
    If you read the headlines with intellectual honesty, aren't you ridiculing yourself?
    If GOP takes over power, they need to be kept accountable too. They are not angels.

    October 9, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  15. ronalde

    they block all kind of bills that would put this country back to work,the senate is blocking 460 bills some of which would help to get people back to work,then to stand up and say that the democrats are not doing anything about jobs is just plain crazy,as you can see they are the ones that want the jobs to go to overseas.All of you people that have jobs and want to keep them had better vote democrat,if you don't you wont have them long and the bleeding will start again.

    October 9, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  16. jm

    One of the biggest problems the Dems face is that they are far to polite. The whole country knows, even the Repubs that we don't yell and scream and try to conjure up every dirty trick in the book to try to make them look bad, but I think we should start. Obama has been working his butt off to try to right things that the Repubs destroyed while they are doing every evil thing they can think of to make the president fail. The sad part of this all is that they call themselves Christian's. If that is christian conduct, it is no wonder so many people are leaving the churches.. I am so sick of them getting by with this crap. I just hope and pray, yes we are christians also, that every one gets out to vote for the sake of our country, and yes it is our country also.

    October 9, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  17. russ from md

    I not sure how all you socialist liberals can blame the republicans for shipping jobs overseas when the biggest cause of companies going to foreign countries was the greedy unions asking for the moon in pay and benefits. Look at Pittsburgh, The Steel City as an example. Almost all the plants are shut down now and we import most of our steel because the non-union labor costs make it so much cheaper. The union demands just recently also almost cause us to lose our auto industry. Add to that the higher taxes that the liberals want and you can’t blame the big corporations. You want the companies back, quit being so greedy.

    October 9, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  18. Sparky

    Kinda funny how they act like Obama inherited a huge surplus and a prosperous war free economy like Bush did

    October 9, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  19. Katie B in NC

    Republican campaign slogan: "Vote for us because the Democrats are too slow in fixing the problems we created."

    October 9, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  20. Rich

    Four of the last five Democratic presidents balanced the federal budget and ran surpluses.
    Zero of the last five Republican presidents balanced the federal budget.

    If Republicans really cared about the federal budget deficit, they would be Democrats.

    October 9, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  21. jillib

    Mr. Borasso, I have to ask...while this country has been working through the biggest economic and employment disaster since the depression, what exactly have the republicans done to rectify the situation?

    From all appearances, I have to respond that they have done nothing constructive. They have voted against virtually every piece of legislation, absolved themselves of any responsibility to our current situation. They claim to be proponents of small business, but have voted en masse against 8 tax cuts for small business owners. Extension of unemployment benefits, forget it. Any job creation legislation was unanymously voted against by the republicans. The stimulus – which, contrary to what republicans state, did work, but they voted against and condemned the results, even while attending ceremonies celebrating funding in their states.

    We were hemmoraging 7000000 jobs a month by the time Obama took office, this same republican administration, over the course of 8 years only created 3 million jobs, not even enough to keep pace with population growth – these same folks and stood on the sidelines and hollered "where are the jobs" and chucked like a pack of Beavis and Buttheads – prolonging the downturn through their obstruction and negligence. Several republican legislators have verbally stated they want the president to fail, problem is that the whole country goes down with him. Their childish, cynical and contemptible reaction to our current economic crisis is astounding.

    The thought that the republican party will be rewarded through electoral gains in the upcoming election is beyond belief. The party whose policies of trickle down economics, tax cuts for the rich, borrow and spend legislation, and small government through deregulation has damaged this nation considerably – how many times must you be fooled before you wise up?

    October 9, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  22. Mike in Texas

    Same old garbage from the GOP. Keep outdated policies that have proven not to work. No forward thinking people at all.
    Insanity if trying the same thing over and over and expecting different results.

    Granted unemployment isn't doing well but even with a Republican controlled Washington it most likely would be worse.

    Taxes are down since Obama took over. You now cannot be denied health insurance because of a pre-existing condition. Your kids can stay on your insurance until they are 26. Better prenatal care.

    This is progress people. Spending was out of control before Dems took over. At least now govt is trying to spend money on our infrastructure and not some other country who we invade.

    October 9, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  23. Keith

    Republicans might do better if the American people didn't hate them more than the Democrats. Three biggest contributors to the deficit BY FAR: unfunded Bush tax cuts, unfunded Bush wars, and loss of government revenue due to the recession.

    The stimulus spending? Include it in a pie chart with the above real three contributors to the deficit, and you can barely find it.

    Republican position? Make permanent all the unfunded Bush tax cuts including those for the wealthy that the vast majority of economists say will have minimal effect upon jobs, thereby continue that massive deficit contributor. Absolutely don't make any cuts now or in the future to the military industrial complex. In fact, INCREASE money following to the military industrial complex (see Republican "Contract on America: The Remake"). So no only continue that massive deficit contributor, but increase it. And "we haven't had any ideas all along about how to address the recession any differently than the Democrats, but we've been really good at standing on the sidelines saying 'no' and complaining."

    Oh ya, and the Republicans are SOOOO concerned about education? THAT’S one of the areas where they DO want to cut government spending (see “Contract on America: The Remake”). Rather than build a brick school houses and otherwise improve education, they CLEARLY state they’d rather the money flow to the military industrial complex.

    Once you cut through all the propaganda and their new hollow language where they try to cater to the Republican FauxNews Tea Partiers, there is NOTHING different in “Contract on America: The Remake” from what the Republican Party has pursue for at least the last decade.

    October 9, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  24. billy

    Republicans are not standing in any body's way....... The democrats can pass any bill they want they have the majority. stop saying we are blocking anything is absurd. Use your majority while you can.

    October 9, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  25. Sick&TiredOfTheGOP

    Please wake up America. Anyone who has taken a class in Economics 1 or Economics 2 knows what it takes for our economy to rebound and how long it will take providing the right tools ARE IMPLEMENTED IN TIME. And if the right tools ARE NOT IMPLEMENTED IN TIME, you also know what will happen to an economy that is trying to recover, it won’t! This is the reason the GOP has voted NO TO EVERY BILL that would have served as a RIGHT TOOL. Currently, there are several bills sitting in the senate that would have served as a RIGHT TOOL and would have prevented a lot of jobs from being lost. However, the GOP senators have, once again, placed a blocked to prevent the votes that would have passed the final passage of these bills, and from the looks of the economy as we speak, the bill would have also prevented the additional layoffs that have occurred lately which is exactly what the GOP wants. It is not only the responsibility of the Democratic Party to care about the American citizens/taxpayers who are unemployed and can't find work; it is FIRST the responsibility of the GOP Party especially since it was their policies that got the country into this mess!!!. The GOP should not include politics into serious events that can help those of us who are suffering. As for as the tax cuts, where are the jobs? Remember the tax cuts for all of us have been in place for the last 9 years; so where are the jobs? THE REAL ENEMY IS The GOP !!!

    October 9, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
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