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

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. neiman timms

    MaKing us look bad As i country that cant that cant come to an agreement on anything. smh

    September 9, 2011 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  2. Jt_flyer

    The american people are going to drop kick these republican pricks out of office.

    September 9, 2011 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  3. Sandy

    LOL. Yeah, the people that don't have jobs would love for you NOT TO PASS THIS BILL! What a fool!

    September 9, 2011 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  4. MNnot 4bachmann

    Specifically, she blasted the president's plan to prolong unemployment benefits, calling them poor incentives for people to get jobs. – Well, maybe if there were jobs out there it would be an incentive to get back to work.
    Michelle is an air head at best – Afetr her comments about hurricanes etc and how they are God trying to get our attention, I wonder how she feels about the fires in Texas.....Maybe it's a sign Rick Perry should drop out of the race?
    The sooner the Republican party realizes that serving the financial interests of corporations and wealthy – an old economic policy that just does not work (according to non-partisan economists – not politicians) the better off we all would be.
    Why is it that almost every economist has pointed out that a fix to the debt problem needs to be balanced and include new revenue and yet the republican party cannot get past their concept of cuts as the answer to everything.
    I consider myself an independant – and I'm certainly not a cheerleader for the dems and Obama – but at least their ideas are not all based on balancing things out on the backs of the middle class.
    Besides, job creation is ultimately not in the realm of government and unfortunately we live in a time where world economies have a major impact on the USA and it is pretty bad all over.
    Michelle – like most of the republicans – have ideas just like her 2.00 gas....unrealistic, fantasy based crap that they think will continue to fool the American public.

    September 9, 2011 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  5. Bubba

    Unemployment benefits are NOT an entitlement. You pay into the fund when you work, so it will be there for you if you need it.

    September 9, 2011 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  6. She is Unamerican....

    American are suffering. Why does she want America to fail. Republicans want the middle class and poor to suffer. They just want to have power regardless how it may cost the country. They are evil.

    September 9, 2011 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  7. Kevin in IA

    How in the heck can anyone vote for this woman? She is the biggest idiot and partisian hack that there is. She was born in Iowa but moved out of state when she was 12. In one of her stump speeches she said, "Everything I need to know to run the country I learned from living in Iowa". Wow. So a 12 year old can be president? With her mentality, I guess she's the right person for the job then.

    September 9, 2011 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  8. avgthinker

    Having Bachmann say that the President's plan will fail before they even get a copy of the legislation is like the blacksmiths and stable hands saying that loud horseless carriage will never catch on. She has less than a clue than anyone else trying to run this country. She has the idea that we can go back to $2.00 gasoline in a free market economy when most of the resources for that product are overseas. Even if we drilled every single drop of oil reserves we have it wouldn't make a dent in our current oil consumption as a nation. It certainly wouldn't be felt in the 4 years of a presidential term. She blasted him on unemployment benefits? Of course they are not a way to get a job but they are a way to put food in your belly when you don't have one and that is only barely! What would she do? Tell the millions who are struggling too freaking bad? Good luck feeding your children? She is stuck on repealing health care reform. So far the only thing I can see about that is that my college graduate son still has health insurance under that we are paying for that he would not have gotten if the law had passed. I am sorry republicans but when my family is the benefit of a law you will never convince me it is a bad thing! She wants to repeal financial reform? Is she totally insane or just on some seriously strong drugs? Does she not have recollection of 2008 and what happened with Goldman Sachs, Lehman Brothers, AIG, Frannie and Freddie Mac, Bear Sterns or countless others? She does agree with the President on one term but even then she wouldn't admit it, she wants to increase exports. That is all well and good but she doesn't give any idea on how she plans to do that. She is a total joke and makes America look more stupid every single day we allow her to get on TV.

    September 9, 2011 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  9. Stephen in VA

    Yeah, I've been on unemployment benefits before, myself. That less-than-$200 a week check didn't do a whole lot toward making me and my family comfortable. Y'all who are saying that extending the unemployment lifeline makes people not want to look for a job are completely out of touch.

    September 9, 2011 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  10. help

    Stick a fork in it Michelle, you are done. Not gonna get that nomination.

    September 9, 2011 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  11. Ryno

    Ms. Bachmann clearly hails from a planet other than Earth. She is so out of touch with reality, it is truly an embarrassment to call her an American. Trust me, nobody ENJOYS being on unemployment. Unemployment benefits aren't enough to help the average American pay their mortgage that they are already underwater on. I have a good friend who had been laid off from his $120,000/year job almost 18 months ago, and has not been able to find work since. His unemployment benefits I believe have run out. We can shorten unemployment benefits once there are plenty of jobs out there... but until then, we need to help our fellow Americans.

    September 9, 2011 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  12. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Just like when she gave the "Tea Party Response" to the State of the Union address. So far I have not heard her say anything that would ever let me vote for this clueless wonder Palin-lite waste of a Congressional Seat. Either the folks in her district are so ignorant that they keep electing her, or they think she is the best joke they have ever sent to DC and enjoy watching her attempt to be the Snookie of Congress.

    September 9, 2011 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  13. john grahm

    our country has been attacked in many different ways by terrorists why not politicaly. they have fought our president in every imaginable way why not try to destroy our country internaly...think about it!!!

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

    Republicans don't seem to be coming out with a plan at all...or congress in general. There are more minds in congress that should be creating a jobs plan. They will poop on the presidents plan without having one of their own. Pure cowardice !

    September 9, 2011 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  15. JC

    Tewrobert: the name is OBAMA, a proud AMERICAN name. Your mispelling of our president's name is evidence of your misguided racism.

    September 9, 2011 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  16. way to obvious

    she had her speech ready before the prez every said a word. an obvious reaction for a women who's campaign has it's wheels falling off. even radical Rollin's has jumped ship on her. seeking attention in hopes of making her relevant again, she'll say and do anything. she was one of the few nut cases wanting us to default on our debt and lets not forget $2 gas. here's a lady who fought tooth and nail to prevent the tax cuts on the wealthy from expiring but is rejecting Obama's effort to do the same for the middle class and small business?. no doubt she'll spin on this position once she understands the issue lol!. hopefully someone will explain it to her soon, using small words. the biggest hypocrite i've ever seen in politics. it's so obvious that even her t-bagger followers are taking pause (and running to Perry's side). so the pledge she signed about taxes must have only applied to the wealthy and corporations??. she's done and she knows it.

    September 9, 2011 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  17. Jrodney

    It's laughable at best for all those, on which ever side of the aisle, corridor, hallway or cubicle you sit in; that exclaim, "The President will fail. His policies are failures. His ideas are not original." The short-sightedness of this fuels the real pain and anxiety of the American people; who are truly the ones who 'lose' in this. You may rally your cause by being opposed to President Obama, but you do not serve a purpose, with the 'sky is falling' song and dance, without offering up any concrete concepts, solutions or way-forward.

    September 9, 2011 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  18. jschiizzy

    Wow, i can't believe a Tea Partier is AGAINST tax cuts.

    September 9, 2011 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  19. Dr. Ruth

    Stop the circus he said..

    and what do we get? more of the same from Backman..

    Its time for serious action, last deb ceiling debate was the biggest circus ever, they risqued the welfare and safety of the country, as I can see Backman thinks is OK to do just that..

    She calls herself patriotic?

    September 9, 2011 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  20. Sigh.....

    I'm becoming clear that the T in the T-Party stand for Terrorism. Like the 911 terrorists they are working from within the system to undermine the American economy and trying to topple it.

    Of course someone like Michelle is going to be all up in arms and offended by the President's speach. She is one of the main side-shows in the circus.

    I'm so tired of all the chronic critics like Michelle, who do nothing but espouse that anything proposed by anyone other than themselves will not work, but have NOTHING to offer up as a real solution themselves. People like Michelle are part of the problem in Congress causing our Legislative Branch to look like a bunch of ineffective fools.

    American's wake up and vote everyone of these people not moving the needle forward out of office come the elections. Its been too much time wasted with these people doing nothing but whine that they are not getting "their" way, yet have no solutions to offer.

    We all need to remember that before W was in office, our economy was in surplus. All the economic issues we are dealing with today are a direct result of his 8 years of "that" administration.

    What's going on in Washington D.C. sure seems a lot like what was going on in the government during the fall of the Roman Empire. What's it going to take to get American's moving forward and on the same page again? Certainly not members of the T(errorist) Party.

    September 9, 2011 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  21. Cybersport

    Let's see the Republicans come up with an alternative. The people who are suffering need something now,,,,,

    September 9, 2011 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  22. Statman29

    Bachman to America: Drop Dead.

    September 9, 2011 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  23. Duncan

    "calling them poor incentives for people to get jobs."

    If there were jobs (and I don't mean serving burgers) then people would be applying for those jobs. There are too many unemployed for all 9.7% to be sat around not wanting to work.

    September 9, 2011 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  24. shari

    Is she serious? Good grief, as a female, I am ashamed that she is one of my gender.

    September 9, 2011 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  25. Good Solid Republican

    Stuck in traffic. Wow. And she wants to be President. "Driving is HARD!!!!!"

    Keep the kneepads close honey, you are going to be (k)needing them to get elected.

    September 9, 2011 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
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