Clint Eastwood isn't satisfied with Congress
February 9th, 2013
04:02 PM ET
5 years ago

Clint Eastwood isn't satisfied with Congress

(CNN) - Clint Eastwood isn't pleased with the job Congress is doing.

"It's almost like they don't give a damn," he said Friday in an interview with CNBC. "So if they don't give a damn, why do they expect anybody else to?"

And he's not the only one.

A CNN poll conducted last month found only 21% approved of how Congress is handling its job.

That survey was taken fresh on the heels of the fiscal cliff standoff, where bickering between the parties sent the U.S. over the so-called fiscal cliff, although only briefly.

Some would say conditions on Capitol Hill hasn't improved much since, especially as lawmakers find themselves in gridlock ahead of future financial battles, such as the sequester deadline next month and the debt limit by May.

Congress also has immigration and gun violence legislation in the pipeline, and a number of Cabinet nominations to consider.

But Eastwood, who endorsed GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney and drew attention for a rambling address at the Republican National Convention this summer, doesn't see progress in Washington.

"There's just a lot of people standing looking at one another and maybe it just appears that way to us who are outside of the beltway," Eastwood said. "Right now it's very disappointing. I just wish - the election's over, we should be moving ahead. And the leaders aren't stepping up."

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    It's not rhetoric – that's what your team specializes in. We're all about freedom, liberty, and prosperity.

    February 10, 2013 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  2. ThinkAgain

    @Dan in Michigan: "Our nation was founded to protect the rights of the minority against the tyranny of the majority."

    Where were you when Bush pushed through tax cuts during wartime, something NEVER done before in our nation's history? And both tax cuts – in 2001 and 2003 – were passed using reconciliation.

    The 2001 tax cuts were passed 58-33; however, the ones in 2003, at the height of the Afghan and Iraqi wars, when the Clinton surplus was but a memory, the tax cuts passed 51-50, with (Vice) President Cheney casting the tie-breaking vote.

    Again, where were you when Bush was taking our nation down the tubes with these unfunded wars and unfunded Medicare Part D?

    February 10, 2013 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  3. Gregory L. Faith

    Clint, get your throat fixed and run for public office AGAIN/! This time run against Ms. F. and take her place. PLEASE!!!

    February 10, 2013 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  4. Gregory L. Faith

    Run in 2014!!!

    February 10, 2013 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  5. ThinkAgain

    Funny how when Ted Nugent or Clint Eastwood spouts off, all you righties think they're proof of the "wisdom" of the GOP's failed policies, but when a Liberal speaks up for President Obama, suddenly they should shut their mouths.

    February 10, 2013 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  6. Redspotz

    Benny: I guess only left leaning Hollywood buffons should be allowed to spear their minds?

    February 10, 2013 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  7. GOP = Greed Over People

    Yo' Clint look up at the spotlight for enlightenment!

    Now, chat amongst yourselves!

    February 10, 2013 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  8. TNPatriot

    Yes Clint, the leaders are not standing up...and they are the guys YOU supported! Perhaps the REAL people in that empty chair was the folks that paid you for the worst performance of your life in Tampa.

    February 10, 2013 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  9. Mike

    I use to like clint's filmmaking. Now i think he is an old buffoon and he has tainted his films for me now.

    February 10, 2013 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  10. Jeremy

    Is it because they actually sit in their chairs and respond?

    February 10, 2013 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |

    That fiscal cliff fiasco is a classic example of why this Congress has such a low popularity rating. Our country is in such dire straits that it can't meet it's obligations without borrowing a considerably large sum of money every single day, yet Congress thinks it's just fine to give themselves a raise quite often. They haven't since 2009, but between 2000 and 2009 the so-called "Rank-and-File Senators and Representatives" paychecks rose from $141,300.00 a year to $174,000.00 a year, an increase of $32,700.00. The US Department of Labor said that "In 2011, 73.9 million American workers age 16 and over were paid at hourly rates, representing 59.1 percent of all wage and salary workers." How many people do you know that work for hourly rates that make $32,700.00 a year? That is more than double the federal minimum wage. I've never met anyone that works for an hourly rate that makes that much money. Not to mention that I've never met anyone in my entire life that could give themselves a raise.

    February 10, 2013 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  12. jk

    Maybe, just maybe, Clint should go talk to his Republican friends. What has John McCain been doing for years?
    Canter just likes to stand behind people and point. McConnell, he just wants a one term President so he has shot his wad. And lastly Graham, you can't figure out what this wet blanket wants, actually the President should nominate Lindsey Graham for something and then let's watch McCain go after him... it is about as entertaining as Clint was back in the day.

    February 10, 2013 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  13. Gambi

    Clint I spoke to your friend "the chair" about your concerns and when it replied I was shocked and said "I can't say that to congress." But we will vote the do nothing, block every idea or compromise, party before country nut jobs out of office in the next election.

    February 10, 2013 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  14. Clwyd

    The republican party and Clint are the most disgusting examples of Greed and mis-representation of the American voter!

    February 10, 2013 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  15. FactCheck

    Our nation was founded to protect the rights of the minority against the tyranny of the majority. With a (claimed) national debt of 16T, perhaps a Congress standing around doing nothing is the best thing.

    Yeah, darn those tyrants for waging 2 unfunded wars, implementing Medicare part D and the Bush tax cuts. Oh wait...

    February 10, 2013 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  16. jms58

    I agtrr with Clint on this one. We should have a way to throw the bums out without pay.

    February 10, 2013 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  17. everybodyknowsthisisnowhere

    Clint's opinion is as important as a farmer's from Iowa, and data processor from California, or a health care worker from Alabama. If they are an American, they all add up. Waaa waaa for the clowns whom are described by what they do instead of how they do it. D. in Mich makes quite an unflattering point about Congress, which Congress has earned! How many times was AHA voted on and "defeated" by the GOP, all in the name of grandstanding. Redraw voting districts to eliminate the jurymandering (pandering) shapes. It's difficult (liberty) becasue it is important.

    February 10, 2013 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  18. midnitejax

    Oh..Now Eastwood gets it?

    February 10, 2013 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  19. moose1

    It's not about Republicans and Democrats working together for the benefit of the country. It's about special intrest groups that own the congressional representatives! An Atlanta resident wrote in to the Atlanta Journal Constitution Vent column: Congressional representatives should have to wear uniforms, like NASCAR drivers; then we would at least know who their corporate sponsors were!!!

    I've had it woth both parties!! I now vote against the incumbent, no matter what party they are!! I guess that makes me a pissed off independent!!! 🙂

    February 10, 2013 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  20. TJ

    It's as Freedom says; you liberals do NOT have the wisdom of this man (or any other for that matter), and you liberals have an unbelievable double-standard, AKA your religion of "Hypocrisy".

    What is it with you liberals, foaming and drooling as if the Repub party is dead. It is, for a short period, just as the Dem party was also dead at various periods in our history. Grow up Mous(s), learn the ways of the world, the ways of our nation, the ways of adults and mature conversation. And I say this with no disrespect intended.

    Have a nice day in any case.

    February 10, 2013 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  21. keeth

    Somewhere, he's rambling on to a room of 535 empty chairs.

    February 10, 2013 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  22. Time for a Big Pay Day

    He should stick to movies...

    February 10, 2013 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  23. amlcpamaine

    So at least I know there's something with which I agree with the man – Congress is an embarrassment to our republic.
    But if he had his way we'd be a lot worse off. His party already drove us to ruin once.

    February 10, 2013 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  24. moose1

    I don't care about what Clint Eastwood thinks about Congress. Entertainers should stick to just that ...entertaining!!

    Tired of all parties! Only the special interest groups and minorities are represented. Middle class taxpayers just have to pay for what everyone else gets. I'm tired of it. It's my turn! I'm now in it for whatever I can get out of it!!! I cast my vote by "What's in it for me?"

    February 10, 2013 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  25. Sarah

    Clint, thanks for stating the obvious. Americans should demand that Congress takes an immediate pay cut and reforms its pension plan to convert all of them to the Social Security system.

    But, Clint, did you you really believe that things would be better with a Mitt presidency?

    February 10, 2013 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
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