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. Bruce

    Yeah you folks keep voting in those career politicans like Barney Frank, Nancy Pelosi, Ted Kennedy. And you can say the same for the other side. This folks are all about controlling you and making you dependent on them.
    Man I just love that some folks don't realize that the Democrats held majority in the House and Senate over the past 2 years.

    Let's create more Government Programs and more Government Jobs, so the actual tax payers in this country can pay more to support them. Yeah that's a brilliant idea, lets shrink the number of tax payers supporting the whole government. More good ideas, how about we make environmental requirements so insane that we drive business and there jobs right out of the Country. Even better lets tax them more than any other country as well, I'm sure companies will be lining up to open up a business here. Finally we can just print money and buy our own bonds with it. Heck the Governemnt can create it's own money who needs anything else.

    February 17, 2009 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  2. Mel of Alexandria, Virginia

    When the stimulus bill begins to make a difference these no shame hypocrites will find a way to spin a credit to their own benefit. I wonder how long will so many allow themselves to be fooled by a few like Boehner. The GOP leaders have graduated from the college of Rove, capable of making a lie looks like the truth.

    February 17, 2009 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  3. Krystal in AZ

    All I've heard from the Repubs is that "this won't work". Well, what will?!?! Please, if you have a good idea, get it out there. And guess what? Tax cuts are NOT the answer right now. In case you haven't noticed, people are saving money, not spending it, and as long as people aren't spending money for goods and services, businesses will NOT hire. PERIOD!! I know this because I am a small business owner. You know what I'd do with a tax cut? I'd pay off all the debt I've accumulated because of lack of work in the past three months. Now why on earth would I want to hire anyone else to work for me when I barely have enough work to keep the business afloat? You need to inject money into the ecomony in specific ways, not just hope that tax cuts will do it. So, Repubs, if you don't think that this bill will work, then I'm all ears. At least the Dems are trying something. As an Independant, I don't care who puts the fire out, or whether they use water or foam, just that the fire is put out period!! Sure, foam may cost more than water, but when you're in a 4 alarm fire, and foam is what's available to you, you don't go out looking for water miles away.... USE THE FOAM!!!

    February 17, 2009 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  4. Charlie in Maine

    Obama gave them all achance to help make history. All but three in Congress (including my two Senators) chose the role of pot-hole on the road to economic recovery. GOP (Greedy Obstructionist Pinheads)

    February 17, 2009 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  5. Riaz

    Fine.. let us agree for the FREE MARKET TO RESOLVE BY ITSELF... Why couldn't it resolve for the last 12 months given the fact that Bush gave two stimulus packages. Is it getting better? FREE Markets created this complete mess without any supervision as well as any controls in place. What did we get out of free markets nothing but GREED... We need a government that has a foresight to look into a bubble and SAVE TAX payers money before it bursts on our faces. Where were these so called experienced GOP Senators all these days? Why couldn't they stop it? So, GOP DIDN'T STOP it and also STILL has no solution other than TAX Cuts...On the other hand GOP Governors are looking for FEDs to help them... Clearly a PARTY without CLEAR LEADERSHIP, still !!!

    February 17, 2009 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  6. FreeNLovIt

    Failure is not an option

    February 17, 2009 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  7. chuck tulsa

    The Republicans will stand by with glee and hope that we turn into a third world nation.

    That will make their draft dodging, drug addict leader, Limbaugh dance with joy.

    WILL YOU POST THIS OR WILL IT SIT WITH THE BOGUS "Your comment is awaiting moderation."

    February 17, 2009 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  8. John in KY

    If you're against the stimulus package, just refuse any befefits that might come your way because of it. (Simple way to show your disapproval)!!!
    Somehow I don't think it will catch on!

    February 17, 2009 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  9. FreeNLovIt

    I dont know what, but we need more Independents in Congress!!!

    February 17, 2009 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  10. chris

    can someone ask the GOP dude Cantor about his wife's role at the bank that got 267 million in bailout money that he voted for? What a hippo-krit!!!

    February 17, 2009 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  11. Proud Democrate

    Every time I see out president who is working hard for better life of those struggling every day to survive my heart feels with pride and I pray to God to keep him safe and give him more wisdom .Lets support our president.He is trying to solve these complicated and inticated problems everyday.what do you expect from your president more than this ? Every solution may not be perfect for every body my way or high way would not beneficial to any body and is not the solution for the current mess.

    February 17, 2009 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  12. joblesscollegegrad

    I think the "party of NO" (aka GOP) hope the stimulus does not work...

    February 17, 2009 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  13. Bruce

    Jim you got it wrong. Things didn't not get better with the Governement intervention during the Depression.

    It's beleived that they prolonged the recovery with all the stuff they implemented.

    Finally, we got out of the Depression because of World War II, no ifs and or buts. It created a huge need for manufacturing and reconstruction.

    February 17, 2009 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  14. Los

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

    OK, great, I agree. Responsible action is required. But why should we listen to these guys? The GOP's mantra of "tax cuts, tax cuts, tax cuts" is what got us here (plus Iraq, no-bid contracts, cronyism, etc. etc.). They have completely lost all credibility on economic matters.

    February 17, 2009 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  15. sabu

    If republicans hadn't broken the bank with drunken-sailorish spending during most of Dubya's time in the White House their complaints about the cost of stimulus package and its impact on future defecits would be more credible. As things stand, we have to let actions speak.

    February 17, 2009 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  16. Ula Nejad Sacramento, Ca

    Didn't look like he was too pleased either. Biden ever so faithful is the star in this picture as witnessed the deed of cession. Bye bye America.

    February 17, 2009 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  17. dave

    I hope this work so all these pundits who say it want work and had no good alternatives can just shut up. Most the ones doing all the talking rubber stamped all those big spending bill of Bushs.

    February 17, 2009 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  18. John

    The GOP's reaction to this legislation is what anybody should have expected – obstruction.

    One has to remember that the GOP got us to where we are and they don't want things to change. This is the GOP economy, the rich got richer and can now retreat into their wealth while the rest of us scurry around for their trickle down crumbs.

    February 17, 2009 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  19. BeefyDaddy

    For Dems, bipartisan means allowing for spending cuts in programs that they feel need more money.

    For Pugs, bipartisan means full bore tax cuts (preferably for businesses and the rich) and nothing else. Unless it contains full bore tax cuts, they refuse to go along.

    So in other words, Dem bipartisanship incorporates the opposition's policies to reach a consensus. While Pug bipartisanship means my way or the highway regardless of the consequences.

    Why do Pugs hate America?

    February 17, 2009 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  20. just dallas

    @yooper your going to hell just for entertaining the notion for the bible says what man thinkith so his he.

    February 17, 2009 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  21. Mary Ann Costanzo

    The Republicans in Congress are unpatriotic - I didn't hear them critcisizing the Bush administration but now they are totally opposed to President Obama's efforts to help the American people, not just the large Corporations and special interest groups.
    The Republicans leaing this opposition will fade away and President Obama will prevail !!!!

    February 17, 2009 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  22. 2 BLIND MICE!!!

    Michael Steele and House Republican Leader John Boehner both said the measure will fail to create jobs*****Stick a Fork in both of the Idiots ...They are DONE!!!

    February 17, 2009 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  23. Ernie in LA

    Have some of you Dems had a sore butt hole since Jan. 20? I know for a fact that the Texas Teacher has. You ain't seen nuttin' yet.

    February 17, 2009 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  24. Joe Terrogano

    Michael Steele, John Boehner, and Sarah Palin, how intimidating. All that brilliance and talent, how will President Obama ever survive? Probably by continuing to do what he is doing. "Responsible action" is something you obviously do not know anything about Boehner. Where was your responsible action during the 8 Bush years? Palin as national budget genius? Pleeezzzzzzeeeeeee!

    February 17, 2009 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  25. Rob Stumpf

    Tax Cuts…DIDNT WORK!<<

    Lie. Tax cuts had NOTHING to do with the housing bubble. Not anything. Tax cuts DO work.

    Trickle down theory …. DIDNT WORK!<<<

    If you mean it's bad for America that more productive people should keep more of what they earn...then you don't know what you're talking about.

    De-Regulation……DIDNT WORK!<<<

    Lie. If you mean the housing bubble, that had nothing to do with regulation. Those that say it did are just trying to win the votes of the gullible.

    Pre-Emptive wars…..DIDNT WORK!<<<

    Correct. Saddam and the Taliban are both STILL in power.

    Maybe you didn't LIKE these things, that's different. But people can not take you seriously if you have no objectivity about them.

    February 17, 2009 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
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