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
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  1. Edgar

    Been a loyal to my GOP is getting difficult when this kind of people trying to be in the ticket. Why we could not ask Condee Rice to be part of the ticket I mean why could the candidate of my party could not be an intelligent and bright person... Please let's put on the ballot a real candidate not this moron which is what the democrats wants.

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

    all those who think undoing regulations and giving more power to companies and employers will float your boat are dreaming. Most of the wealthy and powerful in this country do not care about the disadvantaged or even the middle class. They have been greedy and will continue to be greedy until their short-sightedness brings them down too. I am past middle age and as a nurse have had a lot of experience with life and death. I can tell you nothing is fair and balanced and there are seemingly more people who want that to continue than who don't. Expect to have to take care of yourself, whether you have the means and ability or not. Our society is getting meaner by the day

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

    she has no clue what the american people are going through..maybe she should try actually listening to the people

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

    Michelle Bachmann's comments are uncharitable, ungracious; in other words, words of a politician. Her chatter is focused on giving everyone a bad attitude; similar to bullying. If she was elected, do you really think everyone would cooperate with her? Doubtful.

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

    The only thing I can say is "I'm truly sorry Minnesota"

    September 9, 2011 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  6. Mr. Phoenix

    Vote No...for Bachman she is lost and obviously out of touch with our needs.

    September 9, 2011 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  7. Dave S.

    Hey Michelle, when a President addresses Congress the typical practice is for members of Congress to be there. Nice to see that you respect the office you want to run for so much by heading home while the President is addressing Congress.

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

    Dear Mrs. Bachmann,

    I work for a Fortune 500 company. My company has not given us raises several times over the past few years, even though we get quarterly e-mails saying how well the company is doing and how the stock is rising. Meanwhile, we have regular layoffs and contractors with no experience are brought in. They can be let go at a moment's notice, and that works better for my company.

    I used to call the Help Desk in a neighboring town when I was having computer problems or the printer for our group needed toner or repair. However, that 100 or so of my coworkers have been let go. Now I call over to In_dia. The person who answers the phone often does not know what "cyan toner" is, and I have to explain. That is not their fault. I suppose they are just happy to have a job, no matter how little it pays. I know some people scream at them because their English is not great and they are often not as helpful as they might be if their English skills were better. Again, not their fault, and it's not nice to scream, but people get frustrated.

    You are wrong in your belief that giving and giving to the corporations will make them hire. It will not. The bottom line is, they want to line their pockets and they want to pay less to people in In_dia to take a call about a broken printer rather than pay someone in Pennsylvania or New Jersey. You are trying to put one over on us, but those of us who are living it see right through you.

    Why don't you support your president, self-proclaimed Patriot, instead of shipping America's jobs all over the world?

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

    The real failure Bachmann is dealing with right now is her presidential bid....she is becoming just a sorry political footnote in presidential campaign history

    September 9, 2011 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  10. mike

    Bachmann said. "They come and they go." I hope she is included in "they"

    September 9, 2011 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  11. Duncan

    "repealing financial regulation reform"

    It was lack of financial regulation that sent the country into a recession.

    September 9, 2011 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  12. 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 nay say the presidents plan without having one of their own. Pure cowardice !

    September 9, 2011 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  13. Joe The Plumber

    Does this squirrle REALLY think the unemployed are unemployed because of they are s0 well off with unemployment benefits?

    September 9, 2011 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  14. AM

    MS Bachman, Please communicate with God and let him know the plight of the american people. I am confident he will directly communicate to you a solution unless of course he tells you that we have to suffer becuase we voted for Mr. Obama and there is nothing you can suggest ....as always.

    September 9, 2011 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  15. Charles Dennis

    I listend to Bachman's diatribe towards President Obama and I wonder what was she thinking. For starters, I to assume that people want to collect unemployment benefits instead of having a full-time job, benefits, such as ohh...health insurance. Okay, what is your plan Ms. Bachman? How would it be executed? Where would the funds come from? Also, she appears not have noticed that the unemployment rate is at 9.6 percent. The republican party as a whole cannot have revisionist history, since we just endured eight years of failed policies from George Bush. I must admit that I actually jumped party lines during the last elelction and voted for Bush, however, I will not be duped again. Quite frankly, Michelle Bachman is in over her heard and should bow out gracefully. I am registered as an independent, and I think the Romney would be a viable choice because of his business background. The other candidates, based on their rhetoritc appear to be more interested in slamming President Obama. We get it! You don't believe in his ideas...okay...However, please stop wasting precious tv time with such nonsense. Use the time to get out what you believe in, and how you plan on accomplishing your goals.

    September 9, 2011 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  16. don

    That's right GOP. Who needs americans working and paying taxes. The only sane solution is to allow Coprorations to pollute air and water like they want to then we will have all the jobs we can handle. Who believes this crap these Republicans are selling? Anyone?

    September 9, 2011 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  17. coy4one

    Of course Bachmann does not like the plan. If the plan goes into effect and works, she can't become President!

    September 9, 2011 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  18. Peggy Lucas

    Ms/Mrs. Bachman needs to go back where she came from. It wasn't until President Obama was elected did the American people hear about her. Where is her jobs plan? When will she have one? My answer is never! Bachman is an embarrassment to women and the Republican Party – God forbid, she makes Sara Palin look good.

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

    "She called the president's policies acts of "generational theft" that take money from future generations." Are you kidding me? Isn't every generation "robbed" by the previous one? I wish politicians would make well thought out criticisms instead of empty promises.

    September 9, 2011 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  20. alex

    Please don't say another word until you come with your own plan. It is very easy to be negative. Lay out your own plan.

    September 9, 2011 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  21. vicki willis

    Crazy lady! Go home and stay there. We need positive people.

    September 9, 2011 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  22. saftgek

    Rep. Bachmann, in hateful and delusional fashion, says "No" to our country and to our President.

    She is the feminine poster child for the hateful, spiteful GOP. Neither she, nor any of the other GOP candidates, care one whit about the people of this country – or the globe.

    It was put very nicely post-speech last night: "McConnell, Boehner, Kyl and Cantor will NOT give the President a victory before the election of 2012."

    If the GOP was comprised of legitimate patriots, the would get behind the President and the Plan, on behalf of shoveling us all out of the destruction and debris left by the Bush-Cheney Regime.

    Rep. Bachmann, your mouth runneth over with hatred and ego! Please keep in closed!

    September 9, 2011 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  23. Maine LIberal

    "repealing financial regulation reform" this will get people back to work when banks can increase credit card rates to 29 percent on past and furture balances.

    the proposals made last night were 60 percent taxcuts for small business and working families/ middle class.
    God forbid that unemployment benefits continue when companies hired no-one in august

    September 9, 2011 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  24. Brad

    The real truth of the matter is that Ms.Bachmann doesn't really have a plan. The dog that barks loudest bites least. Oh, and as far as taxes go and tax credits, the US is 14 trillion dollars in debt and you don't pay off debt by reducing taxes unfortunately. It's amazing how this Tea Party and their completely unpractical thinking towards government finances and how debt should be paid, hell, just how a country is supposed to function has completely twisted the thinking of good minded, hard working American people. You want to raise money to pay off debt, you don't cut unfortunately because that only helps the wealthy in the end. You raise corporate taxes and income taxes while giving slight credits to small business. All of this nonsense coming from the right has no merit to it at all because all it is at the end of the day is politicking and it needs to stop because this country can't be mired in beauracracy anymore than it is now.

    September 9, 2011 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  25. j.song

    to 'shuttleguy...good luck to you..........i truly hope you get the job!!!

    September 9, 2011 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
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