February 17th, 2009
04:46 PM ET
13 years ago

GOP offers mixed reaction to stimulus bill

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(CNN) - As President Obama signed the $787 billion economic stimulus bill, Republicans offered mixed views on whether they believe it will ultimately be effective.

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele and House Republican Leader John Boehner both said the measure will fail to create jobs, while Florida Gov. Charlie Crist hailed the effects the bill will have on his state.

“At a time when Florida is facing historic economic challenges mirrored across the country, these federal stimulus dollars will help Florida meet critical needs in education, transportation and Medicaid," Crist said in a statement.

Other Republican governors have not been as supportive of the package, including Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

"We’ll need to look at the federal funding on a case-by-case basis," Palin said in a statement.

And Boehner, who successfully led his party to universally oppose the measure in the House, called it a "raw deal for American families."

“Our nation is in recession, and responsible action is required to help our economy protect and create jobs. This isn’t it," he said.

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soundoff (415 Responses)
  1. Denise Bozrah, Ct

    The Republicans said from the start that they would not help write the bill. They said if it fails it will be on the democrats. They said they woud not vote for it. They vowed to fight it. They did not accept the the offers to help write it. Now they call foul! The partisanship is theirs not Pres. Obama. They didn't vow to help heal the country nor help the american people. What they did vow was to fix their "brand". That is so not important right now. Work witht he rest of us to fix the economy. They might stop verbally attacking the Pres. also. He's doing a great job!

    February 17, 2009 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  2. abc

    it's depressingly funny to see how different levels of officials react, ones who are on the front line dealing with unprecedented recession support the plan except the two governors already eyeing the 2012 presidential election, one aiming to attract minorities while the other wants to turn 2008 VP to a P campaign in 2012.
    honestly hope GOP will dust themsevles off for one last time and be a vital & worthy opposition party for the 21st, not 19th century. otherwise, our country needs a true conservative party, not simply using conservatism as a slogan or political vehicle.
    but hoping our country will fail because of political differences is shameless. i'm glad our administration sees how outcompete and outeducated we are on a global scale, not just being shortsighted and ideological.
    i believe the knowledgeable economists around the world and many whom have warned of this recession know a world more than GOP (or Dem) politicians about economy. because our stimulus is closely tied, whether anyone accepts it, to the world economy and how other countries recover from this recession. China is another country that is being closely observed for their stimulus plans. it's no political bickering matter, it's a global problem. a 10% adjustment on the 35% business tax cut will help the medium & small size businesses but there are other factors too... not just tax cut and tax cut to the unemployed? where's the $$ to be deducted?
    God bless America!!!

    February 17, 2009 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  3. chris

    or it could create or save in excess of the 4 million target. Since no one really knows if those who say it won't create jobs stick to that line; then I can esaily say it will save/create 4 million more. Time will tell and I'll be here (God willing) to take the heat "getting it wrong" or the glow or being "right +"

    February 17, 2009 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  4. Ilona Hussein Proud Canadian


    You forgot to mention another of the Republicans BIG, BIG,
    PLAN TO FIX THE ECONOMY...................The very reason
    $787 BILLION PLAN......................

    THEIR CAPITAL GAINS TAX CUTS, who do you think they were

    Just in case you don't know the answer, I will try to help you
    out...................THE RICH WILL GET RICHER AND THE POOR

    February 17, 2009 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  5. Peggy Ivie

    It seems to me that the big 3 automakers were criticized for flying to DC in private jets. Now we have the President flying to Colorado to sign a bill he should have signed in DC and saved the taxpayers money. Get real people this government does not care about the little guy anymore.

    February 17, 2009 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  6. Tina, NC

    For the people saying the governors/senators that voted against it should refuse the money, I would normally agree. However, the people in those Republican states and districts are, more than likely, the ones who need the most help. The Republicans sure haven't done anything for their constituents.

    February 17, 2009 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  7. Debbie

    Pray tell Boehner, what is it? Tax cuts? Cause I can't wait to put my tax relief check in the bank and save it because I'm sure my job is at risk. Is that what you mean by stimulating the economy and creating jobs? Tax cuts? You guys are freaking brilliant! And the fact that you are threatening Republicans who *dare* to vote against the party rule shows that you are party first, country last. All Republicans care about is that Obama, and therefore the country, fails. If this country dies a slow torturous death, but the survivors vote Republican next time, that's really all you care about. Right?

    February 17, 2009 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  8. Cynthia - Arkansas

    Please don't take what you so proudly voted against. What a bunch of hypocrites. Their out today bragging about what THEY got for their voters. Ha!

    February 17, 2009 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  9. Put your money where your mouth is

    Republicans are all talk and no bite. If you don't need the money, then send it back to the federal government. If you really think that this is such a bad idea, DON'T USE THE MONEY! Pure and simple.

    February 17, 2009 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  10. Jim in San Jose

    What else would you expect from the party of NO. Even if the bill was thoughtless enough to be 100% tax cuts, they still wouldn't have supported it because it wasn't THEIR bill.

    The republicans have forgotten the lessons of 1934 and thus will have to learn them again. 18 years out of power should take us to somewhere around 2028 before the country is once again subject to their stupidity.

    February 17, 2009 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  11. Hankers

    "Other Republican governors have not been as supportive of the package, including Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin." DIDN'T SARAH READ [WHERE SHE CAN'T TELL] THE RECENT ARTICLE THAT EXPOSES THE RAMPANT DISPARITY AND POVERTY IN HER STATE. "LET THEM EAT THE BRIDGE" SHE SAYS!

    February 17, 2009 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  12. Rosalind Henderson

    We do keep you and your family in our prayer, because I know God is watching over you. And thanks for the stimulas bill because we need it. The republican have been taking from the poor for so long, they can't see hard time for the people's that are in need. God know how to do things in time. The Bible says The last will be frist, and the frist will be last, so it's our time the poor people.

    February 17, 2009 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  13. Tim, Seattle

    @ Stefan who lies when he said "just shows your ignorance and unwillingness to look past the kool-aid. Repubs did offer up an alternate plan that would have close 1/2 as much and created 2x the jobs"

    Stefan, just a reminder that the 1.3 Trillion Bush economic stimulous was almost all tax cuts and guess what IT DIDNT WORK! Now you want the same thing and expect a differenet result.

    Of course no one is going to adopt your ideas if they have been proven they dont work. Buit in case you need a reminder,

    Tax Cuts...DIDNT WORK!

    Trickle down theory .... DIDNT WORK!

    De-Regulation......DIDNT WORK!

    Pre-Emptive wars.....DIDNT WORK!

    February 17, 2009 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  14. B.H.

    The GOP has had eight years of tax cuts to the well off and that is a large part of were we find ourselves right now. Also Ragan‘s deregulate everything with no controls on anything. Now, the GOPs solution to this mess is more of the same,tax cuts for the rich!


    February 17, 2009 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  15. DenverDem

    "We’ll need to look at the federal funding on a case-by-case basis," Palin said in a statement." ~ Palin

    In other words, she once again has NO IDEA what she's talking about.

    February 17, 2009 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  16. Yooper

    Interesting that the repubs didn't have time to read the bill yet have had time to hold press conferences to tell the world this won't work. Other countries are watching and they must think you repubs are a bunch of idiots...we finally have a man in office that REALLY gives a crap about this country and instead of working together the Repubs have decided their political future is more important that the counrtys future...sad, I don't worry about my grandchildren because I truly believe we are on the road to Civil War. The south better watch out cause we have guns in the north and we are not afraid to use them and I am buying my grandchildren target lessons for their birthdays....

    February 17, 2009 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  17. Willy Brown

    May #44 and his side kick Joe be voted out in 2012.

    February 17, 2009 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  18. A tired American

    J.P wrote "History has shown when FDR got involved and "just did something," he expanded a routine cyclical downturn into 10-12 years of economic blight, both creating and prolonging the Great Depression."
    I had always thought that history reflected something that happened, not something that someone says might have happened. Also, the Great Depression was going like gang busters before FDR, so you can't blame this on him.
    If you want to rewrite history you need to get working on Bush 43's legacy now before it becomes recorded history.

    February 17, 2009 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  19. Ryan-TX

    RIchard, I see that you have TAX CUTS in your blood. That's your answer, you've seen it work. Please consider this:
    1. Tax Cuts work great work people with jobs. How do tax cuts address job loss and spiraling debt by people needing to live even though they don't have jobs?
    2. What did Tax Cuts help with the war on terror? Remember how much money we're doling out every day to Irag and Afghanistan? We aren't paying for that, we're borrowing and all the Tax Cuts in the world will not pay for this war.

    Don't sit there and tell me that ADDITIONAL tax cuts in a time of war, during a recession with escalating job losses is the ONLY tool available to stoke the economy. You're wrong.

    February 17, 2009 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  20. Jeremy Derkovitz

    Well then, I hope Palin and Jindal decide to return any money that the stimulus package could give to their states, and then tell their constituents they were acting in their best interest. That would be putting their money where their mouth is. But, I am sure there is another bridge to build in Alsaska.

    February 17, 2009 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  21. donald

    To all those in the GOP who have called the stimulus everything from a disaster, catastrophe and every other negative word in the book, do your constituents a big favor, TELL THEM NOT TO TAKE THE MONEY!! Why should your states receive any money, you don't believe in it and you sure as heck didn't vote for it, so please, don't hold out your greedy hands asking for any of it. The money needs to go to those senators and others representing their states who came to the table for Obama to get this thing done.

    For any of you scumbags who now feel that it is your states best interest to take the cash when you didn't vote for it, beware because I will be there to personally remind you of the whining, sniveling and groveling you did to try and derail this!

    February 17, 2009 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  22. SunnyD

    If any governor of any state does not want that money then don't take it! Simple as that. No one will shove it down their throats. Simply let another state have it.

    February 17, 2009 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  23. Conan the Cimmerian

    All this standing around and looking so second-fiddle-ish must be hard for Biden to swallow. At least as a senator he was his own man. If he was young enough to run for president after 4 or 8 years it would make sense. He would have been better of being secretary of state–he'd actually have stuff to do.

    February 17, 2009 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  24. G in BR

    I voted for Jindal and I am still waiting to see exactly what benefit he has brought to the state of Louisiana as governor. Some people offer a lot of talk but absolutely no action!!

    February 17, 2009 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |

    To all who compare the current crisis to the 30's, newsflash: the WWII was an anormous government spending. Add to that that a lot of people worked for depressed $$ due to patriotic reasons, which then was acceptable. Today, hopefully noone needs to die for that. Of hunger.
    Also, bashing the government: the government is US. We are the government, we voted our representatives in. We can vote them out too. The government is not a foreign state or entity, they are us. policemen, soldiers and bureaucrats.
    Think about it. Stop the stupidity and go to vote. Or run for office. Do something the better of this country. Offer solutions. Volunteer. Care of your neighbors, watch out for your community. Plenty of things you can do.

    February 17, 2009 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
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