GOPers respond to Obama's debt plan
September 19th, 2011
02:51 PM ET
3 years ago

GOPers respond to Obama's debt plan

Washington (CNN) - Republican presidential candidates were quick to respond Monday to President Barack Obama's debt reduction speech. Here are some excerpts:

Gov. Rick Perry:
"President Obama's plan is a bait and switch that offers more than a trillion dollars in higher taxes for a promise of temporary tax relief. The president penalizes investment when it is needed most, discourages charitable giving and doubles down on a failed government stimulus strategy."

Rep. Michele Bachmann:
"If Warren Buffett believes he doesn't pay enough taxes, then he should write a check today to the Treasury, but he and the President shouldn't enact warfare on the millions of small businesses, on charities and on middle class America with increased tax burdens. The President is compromising the future of our children with his plan to continue spending and increase taxes, and he is ruining the American economy."

Former Ambassador Jon Huntsman:
"President Obama continues to demonstrate that he has no new ideas on how to create American jobs. For two and a half years he's been peddling a version of the Buffett Tax Hike as a key pillar of his failed attempt to tax and spend and regulate this country to prosperity."

Former Gov. Mitt Romney
"President Obama's plan to raise taxes will have a crushing impact on economic growth. Higher taxes mean fewer jobs – it's that simple. This is yet another indication that President Obama has no clue how to bring our economy back."

Rep. Ron Paul
"The President's class-baiting rhetoric categorizes Americans into opposing groups and pits them against one another, purely for his own political gain. This gets us nowhere as a nation, and nowhere closer to solving our economic problems."

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich
"Once again, President Obama fails the test of leadership. In the midst of the worst economy since the Great Depression, job creation must be job one for our political leaders. Instead, the president has chosen the path of political gamesmanship and class warfare with a plan that would kill jobs with higher taxes on small businesses and private capital."


Filed under: 2012 • Jon Huntsman • Michele Bachmann • Mitt Romney • Rick Perry • Ron Paul
soundoff (73 Responses)
  1. JR White Bear Lake MN.

    The country needs more tax revenue and the poor and middle class are tapped out. A lot of us are under water with our homes and many other have already lost their homes. I don't feel sorry for the rich if they have to pay more. They will be ok and they won't be on the street.

    September 19, 2011 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  2. Hardy Takhar

    man ,its gonna be a sad day if one of these village idiots were to win the Presidency. They seem to have conveniently forgot how we came to be in this mess. The USA is a hate filled nation with little hope ,absolutely no sympathy or compassion for the small working man. God Bless Obama as he single handedly fights the Repubs and gutless Democrats who stab him continuously

    September 19, 2011 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  3. Moderate Sean

    All out of the mouths of Idiots....

    September 19, 2011 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    Yawn. None of these are even remotely creative...just your standard "yammer yammer baseless talking point [insert focus-group testing catch phrase to appease the base] blah blah ding dong." Not a single one of them has even read the freekin thing yet (and probably never will). They're not concerned with what's in it at all...just who it came from.

    September 19, 2011 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  5. Michael Greene

    I just cannot understand how GOPers can so blindly destroy any chance they have of stopping Obama's reelection next year. Surely the American reasonable, intelligent and justice loving people can only vote in favour of the reasonable, intelligent and just plans for the debt reduction of Barack Obama. The Republicans have nothing to match it but how they have the neck to face the american people with such stupid arguments in favour of the super rich in these difficult times is just mind boggling.

    September 19, 2011 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  6. kinglywarrior

    LOL, as usual the bobble heads are swinging side to side with no new viewpoints and nothing but electoral talking points to share. The saddest part is if they debated each other about this plan, they would suddenly disagree with each other despite what they all just regurgitated above...clowns

    September 19, 2011 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  7. Greg in Arkansas

    Still waiting for this six-pack of fools to tell us how we are going to pay for the two unfunded wars they started

    September 19, 2011 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  8. rob

    They are all correct. The Democrats are playing typical politics with the 14+ million people who are out of work and the millions more who are severely underemployed. Obama's plan has no chance of passing and to top that, it hasn't been introduced in the house and the Senate Dems won't even consider a vote on the jobs bill untill October....after recess.

    They are not serious about this issue and they will pay the price at the ballot box.

    Nov. 2012, can't come fast enough.

    September 19, 2011 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  9. Sarah

    GOP complains the country is in debt and they say something should be done. Taxes are a logical answer. How else can we solve this problem without helping each other? Btw, half of our current debt is all thanks to GWB and his lovely republicans. Does not matter what party you stand for, even a five year old can see this! Also raising taxes means the rich would get taxed. Please note that most republican party members we see on tv today are either worth billions or millions of dollars and so are they're families! When they complain about taxes it's because they do not want to pay them! I call that lazy, rude, and extremely UNAMERICAN! They are in the upper 2% of the American society meaning no taxes! Which most Americans do not know this! How about they all stop complaining about what they think matters and listening to who matters! The PEOPLE! Isn't that why we elected Obama because, the man cares? I would love for those rich republicans to pay for my college education then maybe I'll pretend to believe lies!

    September 19, 2011 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  10. Sandra

    I am tired of republicans telling President Obama what he is doing wrong, but not coming up with any solutions themselves. If you aren't part of the solution, you are part of the problem. Back-seat drivers the lot of them.

    September 19, 2011 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  11. S.positive

    Folks, now you see why none of these republicans will be president. They prove every time the trap is set that they cannot compete against the president. Sound bites will not cut it folks and if they cannot show why the current president should be replaced, well you have your answer, he will not be replaced. That Folks is what I call HARD FACTS.

    September 19, 2011 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  12. Four and The Door

    In general, these are all very clear and accurate responses. I am not a great fan of Ron Paul but his response is probably my favorite. "...Class baiting for his own political gain...". It does bring into focus that this is not just that Obama doesn't understand economics or that he doesn't have a clue how to get businesses to hire again. Obama is intentionally fanning the flames of class warfare for his own political ambitions. It is divisive and irresponsible for someone who is supposed to be in a position of leadership.

    September 19, 2011 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  13. king

    how much rederic these repugs thinks the american people can take before they act do somthing. this is unbeleivable to see so many americans lesson to this shovel manure the repugs pushes constantly, where is our sence of understanding. the repugs cry night and day about the deficit yet they are unwilling to conpromise on the way we solve it. lesson the wars, and the bush tax cuts are the two policies eating the crap out of the deficit. both are championed by the repugs. yet they dont want these deficit eating dragons to be tamed. this is rediculous america.

    September 19, 2011 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  14. JSH

    Why is it called class warfare when we ask the richest among us to pay their fair share but when conservative Republicans seek to cut social programs that serve the very poor while simultaneously defending tax policy that keeps the tax rate for the elites at all time historic lows? It seems to conservatives class war is when the poor and middle class get fed up with a elite bias in our system and demand equality before the law. But you can bet that the dumb poor conservatives are going to be falling over themselves to help carry the water for the elite GOP politicians. I don’t know one person who votes GOP who doesn’t vote against their own economic interest.

    September 19, 2011 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  15. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Here are some excerpts:"

    Here is the translation of excerpts: WE certainly don't have a clue ourselves how to fix the damage own party ideology has repeatedly caused economically time and again, so beyond offering anything other than our own inept talking points (which got us where we are today) we will instead continue with our Obama blah, blah - Obama blah, blah talking points.

    September 19, 2011 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  16. bawana

    blah blah blah blah,,,,same old same old from the idiot repugs,,,,,well over 80 percent of the people favor raising taxes on the rich,,,get over it,,,hey where are all the jobs you said you would create repugs?,,,are they in the laws you are trying to pass like abortion ,gay marriage, and workers rights ? i guess all these job creators you guys are talking about need a little break ,,kind of like the ones they have had for the last decade,,,,well we helped them,,,now where's the job's repugs ?you repugs make me sick,,,just look at how you acted at the tea bagger debate,,,applauding 234 deaths in texas,,,do you know how many they have repealed the death penalty for inmates in texas,,,,at least 19,,,,,applauding people put on life supoport screaming out pull the plug and what ever else stupid crap yall pulled,,,,it really shows just how ignorant you repugs /teabaggers are,,,i think that is hilarious,,the rest of the world looks upon you guys and laughs at your ignorance

    September 19, 2011 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  17. SecedingfromTexas

    We could write their responses in our sleep, but just to point out a few things:
    Rick Perry: "discourages charitable giving". What has discouraged you up to now Guv? Your "charitable giving"
    mostly adds up to political think tanks and campaigns.
    Michelle Bachmann: Parroting Mitch McConnell
    Ron Paul: "class baiting". Not original, not correct, and not important.
    Romney: Still haven't seen any proof that Bush tax cuts have created jobs.
    So, like I said, while we are sleeping...............

    September 19, 2011 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  18. Nini

    The class warfare,and distribution of wealth is all that this President is about.
    He is very ideologically driven and doesn't believes the American system. He said it but we chose not to hear him.
    He thinks the government has the right to decide what you and I deserve to keep that is the fundamental difference between Obama and what America is about.
    Remember what Obama said " We are few days away from fundamentally transforming the united state of America". To this day none of our journalists have asked him what he meant by that.

    September 19, 2011 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  19. Jaywing

    The GOP, once again, is the party of NO. I'm really sick of these idiots catering to the wealthy to fund their election campaigns. And let's be real America - these GOP clowns DO NOT have your best interests at heart - only their own. They are more than happy to sell the country down the economic river to get big donations to their re-election campaigns from thsoe who pay little or no taxes - the wealthy. The President is right - ithis isn't about class warfare, it's MATH, pure and simple. If you gain the most from Amierca's generous buisness policies, then you should pay the most in taxes. Period.

    September 19, 2011 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  20. Rudy NYC

    Someone needs to tell these noise makers that it isn't New Year's Eve.

    September 19, 2011 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  21. mnj

    Ohhh my, now the GOP is shaking in their boots....they may have t pay taxes like the american people do. They achieved their riches on the backs and middle class...time they pay their dues! At least Obama and Buffet have the courage to say 'tax wealthy people more because we don't need it.' Ever hear a republican say they have to much money. Here's an idea...ask Obama, every senator and representative to write a $50,000 check (out of the goodness of their hearts and concern for the country and people they represent) and give it to the treasury. Then let the people know who did do it and who did. That would give a lot of deadbeats and airheads total defeat by voters. Both parties can 'clean house, and it will be done by the voters. If we start pushing for these contributions perhaps they will listen. And make sure every contributions come from their own pockets and not ANY campaign funds. Guess I can dream. After all, I'm an American.

    September 19, 2011 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  22. Marc Lewis

    President Obama is wrong. There is a 'Class War' going on and the Republicans are the ones who have started it. Everything they propose is intended to help their wealthy supporters at the expense of everyone else. Look to the past and you will see that the corporations were hiring the most at the same time their taxes were the highest. Why should they increase their work force if they can improve their bottom line by getting tax breaks and hand outs, without spending a dime of capital. The protests that the GOP are making about Obama resorting to Class warfare sounds much like Hitlers protestations that Poland had attacked Germany at the beginning of WWII.

    September 19, 2011 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  23. Rick McDaniel

    The debt plan doesn't do, what Obama claims.

    It doesn't reduce the deficit by a dime. All it does is slow the growth of the debt. We will still have increasing deficit spending, with absolutely zero reduction.

    Time to stop lying to the people, and be honest about what he is proposing. Not only is he lying, he is proposing to lock his spendthrift ways, into our government until 2022.......years after he leaves office, even if he is re-elected.....Lord spare us that!

    September 19, 2011 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
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