How Congress is killing the recovery
February 23rd, 2012
07:59 AM ET
6 years ago

How Congress is killing the recovery

New York (CNNMoney) - Since the economy dropped off a cliff in 2008, members of Congress have not exactly been shy about casting blame for no-or-slow growth on a variety of bureaucrats, outside institutions and Wall Street power players.

But if lawmakers are looking for an explanation as to why the recession lasted so long, they should look no further than their own actions.


Filed under: 2012 • • Congress • Economy
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  1. diridi

    Congress is horrible, I have ever seen in my entire life.

    February 23, 2012 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    In order to move our country forward, democrats and republicans would have had to work together. It is almost impossible, though, to work with a party who puts destroying the president as their top priority, and the elimination of women's rights a close second. We are moving out of the Bush/republican near depression thanks to the efforts of our president, but imagine where we would be if re[publicans had put our country first.

    February 23, 2012 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  3. GI Joe.

    The only objective is to make Obama a one-term president. – Mitch McConnell

    They ALL did nothing for this country. They ALL did everything they could to make President Obama look bad.

    Fire the baggers in 2012. Get rid of ALL republcans as soon as possible.

    February 23, 2012 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  4. Willie Floyd

    At last citizens are really listening to what is taking place in our govt. We can't wait until the next election to make our voices heard. We need to be on our phones to members of congress (the do nothing one we now have). It doesn't have to be your own Sen. or Rep.-ANY of them need to know the American people are sick of a congress with a 10% (or lower) rating.
    There are so many issues that need to be addressed-choose your most important ones and make them known!!

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    February 23, 2012 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  5. Pedro

    I am sure they will blame white house for it.
    Our politicians are not honest to take the blame. They are just thinking on making money so they will do anything to favor the biggest and richests.
    Nobody think about the poor anymore. We have so many people now leaving below poverty level but our money still being send overseas by trillions and when the President wants to do something to help out here, the Congress and House ask how we will pay for it? Really?

    February 23, 2012 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  6. winston

    ...and this is surprising why?? look at the Keynesian policies of the current administration, HISTORICALLY it has been proven such policies have ALWAYS hampered a recovery. Go all the way back to the great depressions.... Time to load the clown car and move them out of the WH, take a trailer full of congressmen with you.

    February 23, 2012 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  7. A True Centrist

    @ Wire Palladin, S. F. – "and the elimination of women's rights a close second. "
    What are you talking about. The Republicans are fighting the requirement for religious institutions to provide and pay for birth control. I'm pro-choice and non-religious but completely agree with the Republicans on the issue. You can not force a religious institution to go against what is core to their belief system, that's crazy. You may not agree with the religious institution, and I don't, but I certainly don't think you force them to turn their backs on what they believe in.

    @Pedro – "Nobody think about the poor anymore."
    Yes, a record number of people now live below the poverty line under this administration and brutal Congress. Job creation will help the poor and middle-class, and that's where the focus needs to be. It's too bad we lack the leadership in Washington, including WH, House and Senate that will keep the focus where it needs to be.

    February 23, 2012 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  8. vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    only ONE thing can help change this 11% approval handle here says it all!

    February 23, 2012 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  9. Taran

    I give credit/blame to both democrats and republicans on this one.

    February 23, 2012 09:27 am at 9:27 am |