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. Tony -FLA

    Rick February 17th, 2009 5:45 pm ET

    Here's an idea. How about giving the stimulus dollars to the districts where the senators and congressmen and women voted for it. All those who feel it won't work, refuse to take the money for your district. We can then see where it is working and where it isn't.

    My guess is that even those that opposed the package will still take the money.

    That would be fine with me as long as I don't have to pay for it. This blooted bull package is going to take generation to pay for. There you go, that is the answer. "Pay to Play", "That's the Chicago Way".

    February 17, 2009 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  2. HBO

    They hated throughout the primaries... the people and the senator won.
    They hated throughout the election... the people and their candidate won.
    They hated throughout the stimulus... the people and their president won.

    Keep up the good work!

    BIG UPS.... to all da HAAAAATERS!!!

    February 17, 2009 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  3. just dallas

    Nancy P and Dirty Harry needs to be replaced. They are making the Pres look bad I need them to get on his level or get out of town. Obama said he on 11/4 when he won he wanted a bill ready when he took office here it is a month late and everybody acting stupidly surprise. The adminstration is trying to get congress to move in real time you know instead of the 30second delay(ie months and year)

    February 17, 2009 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  4. Rob Stumpf

    Millions of conservatives and Republicans of all types are ready and willing to support Obama. But first, of course, he has to propose something that doesn't lead us down the road of big government socialism.

    Don't hold your breath.

    February 17, 2009 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  5. Mike from Ohio

    Comrads ! I'm willing to give up my 401K if it will result in Obama getting kicked to the curb in 3 years, 11 months. Notice I'm counting the days that the republic must survive this communists' rule.

    No doubt about it, this stimulus will fail. It goes against all economic laws and WILL NOT work. If Obama had any experience in economics or government...he would know that. But, you can't take the boy out of communism, but you can't take the communism out of the BOY !

    February 17, 2009 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  6. JIm

    This bill does nothing but expand government and create waste at a degree that has never been seen in the history of the US.

    This is the beginning of the new age of what this country is to become. Dowward mobility for our youth and a level of achievement that will be far less than our own. United States of China...that is who will own future generations.

    PS. Anyone else notice that California just crumbled under dept due to the the tremendous social programs, cost of schools, hospitals, free housing, and welfare for illegals????????

    They can't support their own taxpayers, because they are too busy paying for other country's citizens. ...THAT IS THE NEW VISION OF THE AMERICA TO COME.
    I hope you enjoy what's left, before the reorg. It is coming.

    February 17, 2009 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  7. Matthew, Detroit

    We are getting taxed as Republicans. Why would we not take the money.

    I dont like the package, but it would be pretty stupid to not take the money when I am FORCED to pay the taxes. You are going to take 800 billion from me, but then tell me I am only allowed to pay but not receive.

    I understand that. Pay taxes but give to someone else. The Democratic Mantra.

    Why does not taking it make any sense to you monkeys?

    February 17, 2009 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  8. patuca

    And nobody had time to read it. Those that voted on it did not read it. Wow! They did not follow the wishes of the people. I for one do not want this welfare bill. However I would like to see spending cuts in Washington

    February 17, 2009 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  9. Brian Lee

    Jindal and Palin don't have to accept the money.

    February 17, 2009 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  10. tahu from the mid-west

    Obama goes to shake a Republican Congressman's hand, and the Congressman spits in his hand.

    February 17, 2009 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  11. patuca

    Hey Proud Canadian. In order to take advantage of tax cuts you have to work...............not be on the dole.

    February 17, 2009 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  12. Mike Dallas


    "Bush is looking better all the time. Bush wasted 1 trillion dollars over 8 years"

    Your computer station is too close to your meth lab.

    The shrub cost us 5 trillion dollars over 8 years, I am sure you knew that but were disoriented, no one could be that ignorant of the facts.

    Well, maybe if you worship at the the alter of the bald bloated bonehead and couldn't come up for air.

    February 17, 2009 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  13. No Hillary = No Obama

    Obama bragged that this stimulus bill is the most wide spread since the Eisenhower administration built and expanded roads and highways or something like that. But the residue that remains is Obama's ego need to be bigger, better and one is left to wonder – what comes first – his ego or the public good.

    February 17, 2009 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  14. Richie

    If your state doesn't need the stimulus funds, DON'T TAKE THEM.

    February 17, 2009 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  15. RSB

    Palin may say she doesn't like it but I'm sure she'll take the money. Remember the bridge to nowhere?

    February 17, 2009 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  16. Monte

    First, the people in our government have lost their priority. They have been elected to run our counrty the best way they see fit. My tax dollars pay the government officials. All I am saying is that if I did as bad of job with my current employer as our government is with our economy, I would be out of a job. Clearly they are corrupt and are NOT looking out for our country to make it a better country. I even say a clip on TV where our government officials are sleeping, looking at cell phones, etc. Is there any way we can FIRE our current government?
    I am tired of paying for the mistakes of a national government that has proven time and time again that they cannot get the job done. As a side note, a big "THANKS" goes out to the current government to give tax payers a very generous $8 to $15 per week in our checks while you hand out BILLIONS to corrput corporations that take money out of their own employees pockets.

    February 17, 2009 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  17. kevin

    I believe it is better to do something right now. I heard no plans from republicans. They were quite silent, playing politics as usual. You Republicans if you have nothing to fffer shut the heck up. You certainly gave Bush what he wanted...where did that money go ? You have no plan...mr. Boner is a well tanned golfer....no brains at all. As for that old man from kentucky perhaps he should retire. You have no ideas, your party is all about losers and hypocrits.....go away.

    February 17, 2009 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  18. annie - Palin 2012

    You mean the stinkulus bill?

    February 17, 2009 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  19. Get Real

    I better not hear a single individual pin the blame on Bush if this idea fails. I expect full accountability from this big spending bill. Bush had nothing to do with this.

    February 17, 2009 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  20. rick

    I went to recovery.gov. The PDF files are so big they are almost impossible to download and I have high speed Internet. What happened to the Obama team's high tech computer people. This is really bad. We are encouraged to visit the website and can't even ready what the bill says. I am very mad about this.

    February 17, 2009 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  21. Mike from CA

    It's time we AMERICANS VOTE OUT THE OBSTRUCTIONIST REPUBLICANS. They had the country for 20 out of the last 28 yrs and with a republican congress and republican presidents.


    It's time to kick them all out of congress. They are a DISASTEROUS party.


    February 17, 2009 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  22. Ray Fisher, Albuquerque, NM

    The auto companies will continue to ask for money to compensate for their poor business practices. I feel there is no answer other than to fund their retooling to make fuel cell autos and be done with them. That way they can be competitive in our new economy versus stuck in the 20th century with the horses and buggies. Hopefully, they can handle fuel cell hybrids with less overhead, moving parts and complexity. Wagonner from GM said long ago that with hydrogen fuelng stations his company would turn a profit overnight. All others have echoed that sentiment since!!!

    February 17, 2009 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  23. Texas Teacher

    Judy from Pa. What the helll do you know about it? I don't see any initials following your name indicates to be that you are some valuabe economist!

    If you don't know that of which you speak... you need to wise enough to keep your mouth shut!

    February 17, 2009 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  24. A New Era

    It's going to be a stampeed at the door once the money is handed out.
    Any Repub governor who doesn't go after this income to help their state will surely lose their governorship. The Repubs have put themselves in a "Catch 22" I sure like to know what Rush will say to his governor friends for accepting Highway Project $$$.

    February 17, 2009 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  25. Tom

    The GOP reaction has to be bad. They have to paint as negative a picture as possible to try to sway public opinion back to their diseased deregulation and do nothing (besides tax cuts and service cuts) rhetoric and gain some momentum for 2010 & 2012. Nothing that comes from a GOP talking head either Congressman or spokesman or media shill will have one scintilla of a positive ring. The picture they paint will be as black as coal leading up to the next elections. Any middle income wage earner that is foolish enough to listen to let alone follow the GOP babble is beyond help.

    February 17, 2009 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
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