February 2nd, 2009
12:33 PM ET
11 years ago

GOP governor: We need an economic stimulus now

President Obama met with Gov. Douglas Monday to talk about the American recovery and reinvestment plan.

President Obama met with Gov. Douglas Monday to talk about the American recovery and reinvestment plan.

(CNN) - President Barack Obama and a Republican governor pushed for stimulus legislation at the White House this morning, as the president continued his push to attract GOP support.

Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas, vice chairman of the National Governors Association, told reporters that governors are looking to the federal government for assistance to "stimulate the economy, create jobs, to help us balance our budgets and preserve essential programs for the American people - and avoid the need to raise taxes at the state level."

The nearly $900 billion dollar bill passed the House last week without a single Republican vote. It is now in the hands of the Senate, and has faced bipartisan criticism from fiscal conservatives who say there are too many spending programs and not enough tax cuts for small businesses.

"I know there are some differences on some of the elements, and if I were writing it, it might be a little different,” said Douglas Monday. “If you were writing it, it might be a little different. But the essence of a recovery package is essential to get our nation's economy moving."

Obama said governors, mayors and county officials — who have been more supportive of stimulus spending than federal lawmakers - “are seeing the devastating effects on the ground of this economy." Many states have been forced to borrow from the federal government as their unemployment insurance funds run dry.

"People are being laid off, and that means that governors like Jim are having to not only deal with declining revenue, but increased social services to provide support for people who are unemployed as they're seeking work," he said.


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soundoff (129 Responses)
  1. KC

    Yes we do....but not the one being proposed. It won't help anyone, it just fulfills campaign favors.

    February 2, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  2. Scott the Independent

    What the GOP needs to do is to take a crash course in Economics so they can understand the historic basis on which they seem to put so much of the American peoples future on. What they need to do is understand that of the last 3 decades the republican party and its economic theories have ruled in Washington and this country and this is the result of over 28 years beginning with the trickle down theory from Regan to the recession of George Bush 41 to the near depression of George Bush 43; GOP we are dying here and you don't seem to understand you have no clothes. LET IT GO.

    February 2, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  3. Jennifer

    Way to go Gov. Douglas!

    February 2, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  4. Cindy

    Comeon lawmakers... get your act together. This breaking along party lines crap is totally what we voted against.

    February 2, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  5. Tiff of lithia springs

    Then have your Repub comrades in the Senate vote on it.

    Smart cars for gov officials would save money in the long run.

    Infrastructure jobs would last longer than a one time rebate check.

    February 2, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  6. D-Coder

    Republicans to America: "Drop dead!"

    February 2, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  7. PAUL W.

    Tax cuts didn't keep us from getting into this mess and they sure won't be able to get us out of it. Time for the GOP to cowboy up and make the interests of the nation, not just the Rush Limbaughs of the world, a priority!!! You lost the election for a reason, now recognize why that is and act responsibly for once!!!

    February 2, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  8. LLT

    CNN's coverage of this bill has been 7 to 1 from the Republican side. The Republican's tax cuts will not work. They are not acting on country first but with the media stirring up dissent looking at the 2010 election!

    February 2, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  9. TCM

    well...it needs to be an ECONOMIC STIMULUS.....not a SLUSH FUND FOR ENTITLEMENT REPLENISHMENT.....Which is what Obama's proposal is....any sane person that can read above a 5th grade level can see that 90% or more of these funds are going to things that need replenishment; welfare...school debt....etc..etc....not job creation. I hope the GOP and any sensible democrat (if there is such a thing) will stand their ground and do what's right for America. VOTE AGAINST THE ENTITLEMENT PACKAGE.......Obama's agenda does nothing but put us further in the hole, with no prospect for recovery...is that what you ignorant libs what to leave for your children?

    February 2, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  10. Allen

    What we REALLY need is for the federal government to cut taxes on business and stop spending money it doesn't have.

    February 2, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  11. Larry Schlueter

    Why, why, why.
    Why is there a need for a give-away??? It doesn't matter if it is an individual, a city, a state on the US . . . the need is now because of overspending and not being able to 'stay within the income'. But, I guess if you are some congressmen, you can get this done by not paying your taxes.

    February 2, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  12. Think People

    The problem is the depletion of jobs due to the "perception" of the market. It's Simple Logic at it core... more American Jobs equals more spending, people can at least try to pay their mortgages, more American revenue circulating in the US...the creation of new businesses as a result... thus the creation of even more jobs, thus the economy coming back online in lieu of greed basically depleting the free market then blaming everything on home owners after their jobs were cut in the first place due to the greed of share holders. You are not fooling me!

    February 2, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  13. sandee in Portland

    While I agree that the stimulus bill needs to be pushed through as quick as possible, I also don't think there should be any items in the bill that doesn't provide jobs or address the reason for this financial meltdown..,.the housing market. Tax cuts have not worked in the past and they won't work now. Until our politicians address the housing crisis, there won't be a solution to the economy. It's what started this meltdown and it's what will continue to be a drag on our economy until it's fixed.

    Look at the jobs created by a home being built and/or sold. From the concrete poured for the foundation to the sheets put on the bed after someone moves in, thousands of products are used and purchased. These guys have to get their heads out of their butts and fix the beginning of the problem, not just throw money around.

    February 2, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  14. sandee in Portland

    While I agree that the stimulus bill needs to be pushed through as quick as possible, I also don't think there should be any items in the bill that doesn't provide jobs or address the reason for this financial meltdown..,.the housing market. Tax cuts have not worked in the past and they won't work now. Until our politicians address the housing crisis, there won't be a solution to the economy. It's what started this meltdown and it's what will continue to be a drag on our economy until it's fixed.

    Look at the jobs created by a home being built and/or sold. From the concrete poured for the foundation to the sheets put on the bed after someone moves in, thousands of products are used and purchased. These guys have to get their heads out of their butts and fix the beginning of the problem, not just throw money around.

    February 2, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  15. Tesap:Savannah, GA

    All this talk....why haven't the Repubs drafted a stimulus package themselves????????

    All I hear is compalining with no solution.......................

    February 2, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  16. JJ

    Why are the Repubs want a tax cut for the wealthy but not the poor. Peple we need to rally around the Repubs and put them to shame. They need to know that we do not want tax cuts, we want jobs, housing and food.

    February 2, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  17. Peace.....

    It seem that the ones that is opposing the stimulate bill have a better ideas. So what is it? I waiting -- I didn’t think you knew.

    Oh! God, hell is too hot, so can I come in where it is cool? I don’t think so; you didn’t live up to any of my words.

    February 2, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  18. Craig- Easton, PA

    The GOP has been disparaging the aid to states in the stimulus package, btu they fail to point out that states, which must balance their budgets, will be forced to raise taxes to provide vital serivces at the local level that Congressional republicans have no responsibility for. In fact, a vote against helping the states to some extent, is a vote for higher local taxes.

    February 2, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  19. Griff

    Stimulate Us? You can throw it "North, South, East, and West. It is still just the USA... That is not the way out..... All you do is Isolate your part of America... The World will just "Counter-Balance" everything you do... Dito!

    February 2, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  20. Chris from NY

    For Christ's sake can the Republicans just give the American people a break? We elected a Democratic president and a Democratic congress. Let them do what we elected them to do. You can cater to your base but most Americans voted for the Democrats. The Democrats shouldn't abadon the idelas of those that elected them to cater to your base.

    February 2, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  21. Baze

    The problem with tax cuts and reduced spending is that in the end it will probably cost more money. People are going to continue receiving state issued handouts and if tax cuts are included in that scenario then that's going to drive the deficit through the extraneous roof that's already miles above (or below) the budget.

    February 2, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  22. Angie in Pa

    What is it the GOP Dont get Tax cuts do not work have we not tried them? If some of these states go broke then Police will lose their Jobs crime rates will go up, people who are Unemployed will not Continue to get Unemployment Benifits not to Mention more and more People will lose Healthcare and for those Unemployed who cant feed their Children will starve because there is no money For the Food-Stamp program. not to Mention the state will have to raise Property taxes To get the money from somewhere Now I ask the do nothing Gop how in the Hell Tax cuts alone will fund these Programs?

    February 2, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  23. Ron

    Who cares if there are about 1 billion dollars worth of items in the stimulus package that some people don't like (birth control stuff, etc, etc.) The whole package is about 819 billion – what difference does 1 billion, in or out, really make? Get real! Stop with the foolishness of arguing the small stuff and get on with it. Republicans just need to go away – far, far away.

    February 2, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  24. J.P.

    The level of economic illiteracy on display in these comments is simply staggering.

    I've actually read where people have commented, "Tax cuts don't help people without jobs." Really? Where in the hell do you think jobs come from in the first place?! They come from investment... investment of money from people being allowed to keep more of THEIR OWN MONEY in the form of lower taxes.

    (So many people do not realize that "tax cuts" simply mean, "We, the federal government, will steal LESS from you this year and you can keep more of what YOU earn.")

    When people say "tax cuts for the rich," well, when the "rich" pay the overwhelming majority of all income taxes in this country, when there actually IS a tax cut, don't you think it should go to those who actually pay the lion's share of the taxes? How can you give a tax cut to someone who doesn't pay taxes?

    Generations ago, activists pushed for mandatory public education for all children. Great, now let's take it a step further...
    DEMAND MANDATORY K-12 ECONOMICS EDUCATION IN OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS NOW!

    February 2, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  25. BB

    I think a few of the obstructionists might get voted out next time – tee hee hee he

    February 2, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
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