Bachmann: Don't pass Obama's plan
September 8th, 2011
09:43 PM ET
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Bachmann: Don't pass Obama's plan

(CNN) - Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann said she felt "deeply disappointed" by the president's jobs speech Thursday and called on Congress to avoid passing his plan.

"Clearly what we saw was just a sequel of all of the failed policies that the president has put forward in the past," Bachmann said in a post-debate speech.

While Republicans typically deliver a party response whenever the president addresses a joint session of Congress, the GOP passed on an address Thursday, giving no official reason for the move.

But Bachmann, who said she listened to the speech in the car while stuck in traffic, gave her own response in the House gallery in the Capitol Thursday.

She said she was offended by President Barack Obama's opening remarks asking Congress to "stop the political circus" and do something to help the economy.

Specifically, she blasted the president's plan to prolong unemployment benefits, calling them poor incentives for people to get jobs.

"Not only should Congress not pass this plan," Bachmann said. "I say, 'Mr. President, stop. Your last plan hasn't worked, and it's hurting the American economy'."

The GOP presidential candidate laid out her own nine-point plan, which included measures such as repealing Obama's health care reform, repealing financial regulation reform, and increasing exports.

She called the president's policies acts of "generational theft" that take money from future generations.

"The president has embraced solutions that are temporary gimmicks," Bachmann said. "They come and they go. That's what we saw tonight in the president's remarks."

Filed under: Jobs • Michele Bachmann • Republicans
soundoff (300 Responses)
  1. c

    Of course it will fail – she will see to it personally. With people like her and vitter and cantor and mcconnell, nothing will pass.

    September 9, 2011 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  2. Jimmy, Ft. Lauderdale, Fl

    I don't buy the whole stuck in traffic tale either, Walter. Its funny also how her ready to go speech has no substance only rhetoric. She could at least look up from her scribbling as she spoke. Please let her be the one to win the Republican primary.

    September 9, 2011 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  3. Dave

    Earth to Michelle: You're an idiot and your 15 minutes of fame are up. By the way, where is your plan? Oh, that's right... Nevermind...

    September 9, 2011 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  4. Don

    Is there a single Republican holding office today who would put the interests of the country ahead of his/her philosophical opinions, thus leading to gridlock? I would never expect a rabble-rouser like Bachmann to do so, but I would like to know if there is anybody?

    September 9, 2011 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  5. poeple without a voice

    I think we should at least try the presidents ideas before saying they won't work. As one of those so called "lazy unemployed" just milking the system and don't want to work, unemployment helped my family from financial self destruction. It helped me stay afloat till I found another job which was harder to find than in previous years. Just because its different from your views doesn't mean it isin't going to work. P.S. Outsourcing is unpatriotic and one of the real problems affecting the economy.

    September 9, 2011 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  6. Carolina Bob

    Poor incentives to get jobs? What jobs? Maybe she could tell me where these jobs are. I don't think these politicians realize how bad it is out here trying to find a job.

    September 9, 2011 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  7. wendy

    michelle bachmann is ridiculous, she's pretty much no longer a leading contender in the race,might as well quit nowand save her money. How can she formulate a comment about the American Jobs Bill without reading it, and pretty much basing it on obama's speech.

    September 9, 2011 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  8. LootedUSA

    Those on state subsidized jobs and welfare have to realize, when the liberal-progressives are done with the hard working Americans, and no one wants to be creative in earning their leaving, the inflation will hit the roof and whatever you are paid now, will be enough to buy a loaf of bread. But if you could realize this, you would not need government subsidy.

    September 9, 2011 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  9. Mik

    So, Obama's plan is "bad". And the fruitcake's plan of simply eliminating minimum wage is "good".... My question is "for WHOM?"
    All you angry white folks who hate, hate, hate, just remember this. The repugs aren't looking out for YOU unless you make 7 figures plus.... but they'll lie to make you think so. Sure Obama stinks. But the TP lies are putrid

    September 9, 2011 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  10. RON4152

    She is a perfect example of the decline of our country. She has little knowledge of global markets and thanks to her and her followers our 401Ks have been reduced due to the down grade of US credit. Oh well, she will pray away the deficit and we will live happily ever after.
    To think that people voted for her and sent her to Congress again indicates our national decline. The sad fact is that there is no one from either party that is a real leader. Everyone has an agenda that they push and the country's welfare does not enter into it.

    September 9, 2011 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  11. Tom

    She is right, even though she's a bubblehead. Obama cannot get it through his head that the government CANNOT create jobs. It doesn't work. The government doesn't produce anything. All they can do is spend the money they get from us. But he will never admit it, because activist government is the core belief of liberalism.

    September 9, 2011 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  12. AP

    Sorry folks...there was nothing new in POTUS speech. Same old tired ideas. I'm sure ready for some "hope and change."

    September 9, 2011 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  13. rafael60us

    With Bachman's negative attitude, how can the country move forward and get out of this recession. The President can't legislate and unless the Congress is willing to work together we are pretty much in deep sh.t!

    September 9, 2011 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  14. steven

    I'm a republican, but Ms Bachmann is just an old political hack. It wouldn't matter what anyone said, she would still be "against" it to further herself, not Americans. Its disgusting.

    September 9, 2011 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  15. R Simpson

    To be fair, W Manning, she did put forward her own, 9-point plan. 8th paragraph, first sentence of the article says she did. I am not vouching for it, I'm just bringing it to your attetion.

    September 9, 2011 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  16. dawgdays

    While I don't think bachman necessarily has the answers obama certainly does not. Its easy to see that his proposal will not be creating many jobs if any but instead is designed to save govt worker jobs (which are a drag on our economy as they largely produce nothing). Why is it the the politicians on both sides can't recognize that it is energy costs that are holding us back. Was there a housing bubble? Absolutely. What made the housing bubble burst? Oil at $140/barrel. What made our supposed economic comeback of earlier this year stall? Oil going from $60/barrel to $110/barrel. Now we sit close to $90/barrel with no growth in the foreseeable future. While $2 gas is a dream it is not out of the realm of possibilities if we a) drill everywhere we can, b) force a faster increase in the auto mileage standards, including trucks, and c) divert a large portion of our university research dollars away from all these nonsense social studies and towards battery technology (for hybrids and electrics), solar and wind (renewables) and other energy efficiency matters. Get us off foreign dependence for our energy needs and our economy will boom. And believe it or not, the faster we tap into our own energy resources and get this economy going the faster we can convert to greener technologies such as hybrid, electrics and solar.

    September 9, 2011 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  17. gary

    Bill Maher calls she and her husband the "indoor Palins".

    September 9, 2011 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  18. Hunter Morrison

    Im from ohio and when you look at our classifieds there will be three specialty jobs which take a b.s. Or b.a. in that field to be employed. Or one factory paying minimum wage with no benefits. Great for young folks getting out of highschool. The adjacent page has ten foreclosures a day. Those in our area who have been educated have left. I was out of state twenty five years. Came home to take care of my sick mother. As soon as i can i again will leave. We give corporations tax breaks and they go to other countries. Its time we take back america.

    September 9, 2011 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  19. Karen

    There is something wrong with this woman.....she doesn't want to help the economy!!!!! What is her agenda? Is she a racist? I can't figure out what else it would be.

    September 9, 2011 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  20. jswang

    Michelle, is another Palin... an idiot. President Obama really cares for the country all those other congressmen are only interested in saving their jobs. Look how Cantor got on t.v. this morning saying he agreed with the president. What changed? Just last month the tea party republicans didn't agree on anything he put forth. They have no ideals to improve the economy but would rather bash his that he puts forth. You people downing the President need to get an ideal. He can only put forth ideals and a plan it is up to the congress you voted for to pass them.

    September 9, 2011 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  21. Jerry Hoefen

    We all know why arent jobs an actually will be lest soon. Problem is we have adminsration who has additude isues. Nothing fair in this world is not going to cut it when we are paying taxs to keep people unemployed. I see companys posting the building of new factorys in china by comapnys in usa why because world production increasing dramticlly. Why build here in usa when they can build there better production lines with lest people in china. Goverment should be forced not to buy products companys who sending work out of country in doing so rewarding companys to send work out. Who,s in control of spending should be fired if they do no questions asked. This would be good start ,next i would stop grandstanding just do there jobs keep it quiet . I dont see any nation in world going around telling world what they do or do not do so loose lips sink ships. Unless thats what usa wants to happen

    September 9, 2011 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  22. Dr. Canuck

    Bachmann translated – "Don't pass this plan. It might work, and we need to keep the economy in ruins so we, and I especially might win. This is a sequel too of all of the failed Teapublican ideas that we have proposed." What a joke. I love her one solution to improving the economy: improve exports. Really? No kidding? Snap your fingers, and improve exports Michelle, the exact same way you will bring back $2.00 gas. BTW, thanks for showing the same lack of class your colleagues DeMint and Walsh showed by not appearing for the speech. Stuck in traffic, eh? There is a solution to that; leave early! Imagine we have someone who is nucking futs passing laws affecting all of us!

    September 9, 2011 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  23. Magruber

    Michelle Bachmann is this generations Joseph McCarthy. If I believed in Reincarnation, I'd swear she's him. On her next tirade, sombody needs her to shut up and sit down. She dosent know what she's talking about, and to be honest if you dont know what your talking about you should not talk about it at all.

    September 9, 2011 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  24. jim

    this woman should go and crawl under the rock she came from she has abaolutely NO IDEA what the heck she is talking about......EVER!

    September 9, 2011 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  25. yummyCorndog

    She is a funny lady. She makes Palin look like a carbon copy reject.

    September 9, 2011 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
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