Gov. Haley blames 'psychotic' Washington for spending cuts
February 25th, 2013
03:26 PM ET
1 year ago

Gov. Haley blames 'psychotic' Washington for spending cuts

(CNN) – Republican Gov. Nikki Haley of South Carolina blew off some steam Monday, criticizing lawmakers in Washington for letting partisan bickering get in the way of balancing the budget.

"I could not be more frustrated than I am right now. How many more times are the governors going to have to pick up the mess of Washington DC?" she said at a press conference in the nation's capital for the Republican Governors Association.

She continued: "How many more times are we going to have to deal with these issues over and over again because of the finger pointing and the blame game that keeps on happening in Washington? What I will tell you is – we heard today a whole lot of 'no.' And that seems to be the new word in DC is 'no' from everybody."

Her comments came days before $85 billion in automatic, across-the-board spending cuts over the next seven months are scheduled to begin if Congress doesn't come up with a deficit-reduction plan. Lawmakers have known the cuts were coming since the summer of 2011 but have yet to pass a bill to avoid them.

While Congress is back in session Monday–after taking a weeklong recess–there's little indication that lawmakers will strike a deal by Friday's deadline.

Haley didn't appear to single out one party over the other. Rather the first-term governor faulted the president and members of Congress for not wanting to put in the effort.

"Something's wrong. My kids could go and find $83 billion out of a $4 trillion budget. This is not rocket science. What this is is an inability to want to get to work," she said.

And in a not-so-veiled swipe against the recent recess and Obama's Presidents Day golf weekend in Florida, Haley added: "No one should be going home. No one should be playing golf. No one should be taking vacations."

"What they need to do is do what these governors do everyday," she continued. "We stay until we get it done."

She further added that the federal government has grown too big and had too large of a role in peoples' lives.

"Has there ever been more of a time where government was more intrusive than it is today? And to the point that it is really psychotic," she said. "There is something very wrong in this town."

Haley and other state executives are in town for the National Governors Association annual winter meeting. The select group heard from President Barack Obama Monday morning at the White House, where he urged governors to put pressure on Congress to avert the upcoming fiscal slashing.

Like Haley, Gov. Bobby Jindal argued that Washington lacked leadership and more specifically targeted the president. While the Louisiana Republican and potential 2016 presidential contender argued for more cuts, he took issue with the across-the-board approach, saying there was a smarter, better way to make reductions.

He said the administration was exaggerating the impact of the cuts and called on Obama to stop "scaring" the public into thinking a doomsday scenario was near.

"I think it's time for the president to show leadership," Jindal said. "The reality is he's been engaged in almost non-stop campaigning trying to scare the American people, trying to scare now states and others."

The White House released Sunday night a detailed analysis of the potential impact of the cuts, and the president issued dire warnings himself Monday when he spoke before the NGA.

"These impacts will not all be felt on Day One but rest assured, the uncertainty is already having an effect," the president said. "Companies are preparing lay off notices. Families are preparing to cut back on expenses and the longer these cuts are in place, the bigger the impact will become."

The president has largely placed blame on Republicans for refusing to allow new revenue on the table as part of a deficit-reduction deal. Republicans, in turn, say tax increases would only cripple the economy, not boost it. Real change, they argue, will only come through spending cuts on inefficiencies in Washington.

Democratic governors also voiced their opinions Monday, urging Congress to gather in a bipartisan fashion to prevent the forced spending cuts that are expected to kill $750,000 and hurt economic growth.

"Really what we're saying is let's just get the job done," Gov. Dan Malloy of Connecticut said. "That's what we're paying you for. That's what you're here for. Work with the president. Find a way to get it done. Or, if you want, just turn us over, turn it over to us governors and we'll negotiate it."

Danny Kanner, a spokesman from the Democratic Governors Association said the comments at the RGA press conference are just "all talk."

"(Republican governors) refuse to urge Congressional Republicans to embrace a balanced approach or end special tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans in order to stop job-killing automatic spending cuts, demonstrating that they have no interest in a bipartisan agreement," Kanner said in a statement. "Clearly, they're part of the problem, not the solution."


Filed under: Bobby Jindal • Debt • Deficit • Nikki Haley • RGA
soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    She's too chicken to "Go Christie" on her own "stupid party" I think.

    February 25, 2013 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  2. bcrunner

    WOW!! Like if there is a comparison!! The president was away for a long weekend, which I am sure she took off too. The rest of congress has been gone now for almost two weeks... and, she is blaming the president??

    February 25, 2013 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  3. Marie MD

    Does she know what the word psychotic means? This from the tea troll who annexed herself with the mutant from AK, a true sociopath, to get elected?
    Is she attending the crazies gathering with oops man, moon colony fat boy and take the country back to pre civil rights era curly toupee among others? If not, she should. She fits right in.

    February 25, 2013 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  4. Brian from WY

    Isn't she in favor of smaller gov't? Then why the complaining?

    February 25, 2013 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  5. lolo

    Oh the republicans. They keep shooting themselves in the foot. She should be blaming her stupid republican/tp party (AKA The KKK). They are the ones who keep slapping the president's hand away and obstructing everything even when the president agrees with them, now they are upset that he won't meet with them. I don't blame him one bit.

    February 25, 2013 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    ""I could not be more frustrated than I am right now. How many more times are the governors going to have to pick up the mess of Washington DC?" "

    BWAHAHAHAHA!!! You mean the Washington DC that senda you NY/CA/MA/blue state taxpayers' federal taxes to help you keep your broken red state afloat beacuse decades of GOP/Teatroll style economic ideology and policies have pretty much ruined it? Don't worry, Dipsy Doodle, we're well aware of who the REAL "mooches" and "leeches" and "takers" are. How'd you like standing there

    February 25, 2013 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  7. ucjb

    When your country's economy depends on stealing money from citizens and giving it to corporations you might live in a banana republic.

    February 25, 2013 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  8. Pete

    Gov.Haley needs psychological help pointing fingers at people in Washington that didn't cause thebmess that we're in now..Point fingers at republicans lady and look into the mirror because its your red states the ones that take more from government in subsidies than get in state revenues ,its fact that'll hit you square in your face if your republican led sequester goes through..Thank them and just because the president signed it he knew they'd be backpeddling to get out of this mess but quess what they never created a way out after forcing this monster on people nationwide,they sow what they real right guys .But remember if you're that dumb politically like republicans you have to be tough,right just ask Boehner,McConnell and company,they made this mess so now clean it up boys!!

    February 25, 2013 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    oops, left a sentence incomplete:

    ""I could not be more frustrated than I am right now. How many more times are the governors going to have to pick up the mess of Washington DC?" "

    BWAHAHAHAHA!!! You mean the Washington DC that senda you NY/CA/MA/blue state taxpayers' federal taxes to help you keep your broken red state afloat beacuse decades of GOP/Teatroll style economic ideology and policies have pretty much ruined it? Don't worry, Dipsy Doodle, we're well aware of who the REAL "mooches" and "leeches" and "takers" are. How'd you like standing there in front of the cameras taking credit for stimulus funds?

    February 25, 2013 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  10. The NRA is a T e r r o r i st organisation....Arming Mentally Unbalanced People to Kill Innocent Children

    Congress under the leadership of the GOP has been gone for 2 weeks....and they take two weeks vacation every other month!!

    Obama only took one weekend to play golf while John Boehner has been smoking cigars & drinking Cognac for the last two weeks....and it's the president's fault? #got2bekiddingme

    February 25, 2013 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  11. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Has there ever been more of a time where government was more intrusive than it is today? And to the point that it is really psychotic," she said. "There is something very wrong in this town."

    Well, bless your heart, Nikki-love. Look in the mirror, honey. LOOK IN THE MIRROR.

    February 25, 2013 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  12. Rick McDaniel

    Tell it to Obama.......it is the DEMS that creating all of the problems.

    February 25, 2013 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  13. Guest

    She's right!

    February 25, 2013 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    ""Has there ever been more of a time where government was more intrusive than it is today? And to the point that it is really psychotic," she said. "There is something very wrong in this town.""

    You want intrusive, sweetcheecks? Say it with me...I'l say it slowly so you can follow along:

    "t r a n s – v- g i n a l u l t r a s o u n d."

    We already watched VA's GOP/Teatrolls hang themselves on that "invasiveness." Indiana is currently trying to pass that as a requirement for abortions now too. And these people have the unmitigated gall to complain about intrusiveness of government? How's all that col plastic probe workin' out for ya, eh Teatrolls?

    February 25, 2013 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  15. Rudy NYC

    Brian from WY

    Isn't she in favor of smaller gov't? Then why the complaining?
    ----------------------
    Informed conservatives know that the cuts will hurt the economy rather severely....which is exactly why conservatives have launched into this campaign of ever escalated rhetoric to blame the entire double dip recession on Pres. Obama. They know a recession would be the result of the cuts, and they want to plant and fertilize the "Obama Recession" narrative into people's minds ahead of time. That's where all of this is headed, so that Republicans can make gains in 2014 and reclaim the White House in 2016.

    February 25, 2013 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  16. Gurgyl

    She is no good. A stupid.

    February 25, 2013 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  17. Martha in CF

    Oh Ms Haley, now you are acting like the rest of us Americans. We are sick and tired of what is happening in Washington. They lolly gag around, go on their vacations from office(like what recently happened in congress). Where I use to work if your job wasn't finished vacations were CANCELED-if you didn't do your job, your were out the door.
    But Ms Haley, Mr Boehner said he got 98% of what he wanted and was happy about it. Get furious with him--he, Cantor, McConnell have been fighting the system ever since the President was elected......THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE SICK AND TIRED OF THIS CRAP TOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 25, 2013 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  18. Sniffit

    "cuts that are expected to kill $750,000 and hurt economic growth."

    Worst proofreading in this article I've seen in a long time here, CNN.

    February 25, 2013 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  19. DENNA

    I just love it when the GOP says that the President isn't leading. Well, Boehner isn't leading the Congress either if you insist on finding fault. President Obama cannot do this alone because, despite popular GOP opinion, he is not a dictator. Congress creates bills and the President signs them. Boehner needs a real good shaking and a slap in the face to wake him up. How much damage is the GOP willing to create just to irritate the President?

    February 25, 2013 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  20. sonny chapman

    Hey Bobby Jindal, show some leadership yourself by coming back to La. & deal with the mess here instead of flying all over the country stroking your own ego. Oh by the way, the Repubs. now say Obama is TOO involved in Immigration. Grow Up Kids !

    February 25, 2013 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  21. Ken

    And they were brought to you by John Boehner and the Tea Party that you adore!!

    February 25, 2013 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  22. Sniffit

    I bet she can't say "invasiveness" with a plastic ultrasound probe in her mouth.

    February 25, 2013 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  23. ThinkAgain

    @Rick McDaniel: "Tell it to Obama.......it is the DEMS that creating all of the problems."

    Really? A majority of Americans elected President Obama TWICE; in the 2012 election, Democrats retained the Seante and received more votes than Repubs, who kept their majority ONLY because of the jerrymandering they did in 2010.

    What is it about "the will of the people" that Republicans don't get? THEY are the ones who are standing in the way; THEY are the ones whose policies created this mess.

    THEY are the ones who need to start putting our COUNTRY FIRST.

    February 25, 2013 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  24. Thomas

    Gov. Nikki Haley and Gov. Bobby Jindal , psychotic , pasave agressive .

    John Bonner played golf last weekend .

    February 25, 2013 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  25. Bill

    The simple fact that all these loser GOP'ers fail to remember is that almost every House republican agreed to the sequester cuts. Idiots.

    February 25, 2013 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
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