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. Clifford Wilford

    The stimulus sounde like FDR to me, ley's see WPA,CCC,WWII to
    name a few. Remembe FDR'S quote" We have nothing to fear, but fear itself" PRESIDENT Obama sounds fearless... Ilke it .....

    February 17, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  2. Gerri Adams


    February 17, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  3. Sheryl

    Who cares what the GOP thinks they have no plan of their own!!!CNN why dont you call them on that? Which is how we got our selfs into this ditch!!!

    February 17, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  4. Val

    Hey, all of you that oppose this effort to stimulate the economy, the mess from Bush, you better return the stimulus check when it arrives with a note that says " Thanks but no thanks". Otherwise, it will render you stupid if you spend it! Just grow up people, and stop whinning!

    February 17, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  5. J.P.

    I just KEEP reading where liberals say tax cuts don't create jobs and help the economy?


    Then please elaborate...
    who are all these poor people who hire you to work for them?

    I've worked for 25 years, and not once has a poor man ever:
    1. offered me a job
    2. hired me for a job
    3. signed my paycheck

    I guess the poor are just more industrious and entrepreneurial where you live.

    February 17, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  6. 2 BLIND MICE!!!

    @Michael Steele and House Republican Leader John Boehner both said the measure will fail .........2 Sheeps following the Great Shephard Rush Limbaugh ....Steele the Magic Negro and Boehner the Great White Hope

    February 17, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  7. mike

    1 of Obama's most underrated talents is his ability to adapt. Let's not forget that during the election everytime he was pressed to act, he did and in a big way. He'll learn from this and grow. As will we.

    February 17, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  8. Cory Collier

    For all of you defending the president now, I'd remind you that many of us spent the last 8 years doing the same. Something else to keep in mind: The burden of proof is in your hands now. If this bill doesn't help people out of this recession, then it will be your party that has failed them. I'm not saying I have the answers here. However, to presume that you do, means that you'd better be right.

    February 17, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  9. Karen S Crow

    When this "stimulus" fails to stimulate to the level promised, business investment dries up, unemployment continues to droop along and your taxes sky-rocket, just remember .. YOU voted for this suit.

    February 17, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    GOP Gameplan:

    Step 1 – Put up a big list of everything in the bill you claim is pork, even though it doesn't fit the real definition of pork.

    Step 2 – Claim you haven't had time to read the bill, even though you posted said list.

    Step 3 – Do and say everything you can to destroy consumer and investor confidence in the bill so it has less of a chance of working and you can play the blame game in 2010.

    February 17, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  11. Tony - Fla

    Those of us down here in FLA will take care of Charlie Tuna. If he thinks that I am going to send him to DC to replace Martinez in 2010 or give him another term as Gov he has lost it.

    February 17, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  12. Richard-Missouri

    FACT: there is only one way to PROPERLY stimulate the economy, and that is TAX CUTS. HISTORY HAS PROVEN THIS over and over again. Spending, as done by the government does NOT stimulate the economy. The whole Dem approach is stupid, it will not help the economy, and it only worsens our national debt. Yeah, the idiot Republicans spent like Democrats on crack; we know that. But, this does NOT take away from the FACT that the tax cuts helped the govenment bring in record amounts of cash during Bush's tenure as President, and it also worked for other Presidents. The idiots simply spent too much money, which is different than the "failed policy" nonsense Dems keep throwing out. The tax cuts work, but Republicans overspent. THAT is what went wrong. Now, Dems doubling down is even greater stupidity. To top it off, much of the bill put forth is not stimulating to the economy. As usual, the clowns in Congress shoved evey pet project under the Sun into this thing. And people like Biden are telling us we are too stupid to spend the money if the money was given to us to spend-only the government can spend your money wisely. And remember, the government must take from someone before it can give to anyone. Our government has become the center for wealth redistribution. Where's that in our ORIGINAL Constitution? Didn't we break away from Britain to avoid some of the garbage we are getting now? Our governement, Federal and State, tax everything, and what do you get for it? Not much! The Founding Fathers are rolling over in their graves. Dems are just buying votes, and paying back those who helped Obama win. We are truly on the brink of becoming a socialist nation. When the banks get nationalized, and I think they will, we will have fallen over the brink. Honestly, there is so much wrong in Washington. We need to start a viable third party to take back our government, and send the clowns packing.

    February 17, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  13. Incredible

    Palin has the balls of a Bull Elephant. There are people literally starving in Alaska! How dare she???

    February 17, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  14. 911willie

    We need to start paying for this

    One way –

    Put a $50 a barrel fee on imported oil. At 10+ Million barrels a day that we import, this will raise $200 billion a year, encourage conservation, domestic oil production (because it is more profitable), and would make alternatives that are being devastated by the current low price, more economically feasible

    February 17, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  15. Ryan

    The most egregious thing about this bill was the Dodd amendment that went much further on pay caps than anything proposed by the administration. I realize everyone wants blood from bankers, but you are now shareholders in those banks and should want them to succeed. Obama wanted a $500K cap on EXECUTIVE compensation. Dodd's amendment created a far overreaching measure that is going to cause a complete restructuring of bank pay. It's not just on executives, but traders who are actually making the banks money and offsetting the losses made by other departments of the banks.

    What Dodd's amendment did was to create a sweetheart deal for all of the hedge funds in Connecticut whereby they can now lure successful people from banks in New York to their firms because the banks can't compete to pay them. As a result, the talent is coming out of banks and taking their skills, and importantly for Chris Dodd & his state, their tax dollars elsewhere.

    February 17, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  16. Lu from Houston, TX

    I don't see the House GOP with this much "independent" thinking when Bush was in power for the last 8 RAW-DEAL years.

    February 17, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  17. Ex-Republican

    @Tom Mc February 17th, 2009 5:26 pm ET
    Are you trying to suggest that the republicans aren't whining? Get real, the democrats ARE whining, admittedly, but don't for a second think it's not in response to the dillusional childish behavior that the republicans (especially the elected ones) are expressing.

    February 17, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  18. Sniffit

    @ pete

    From late 2006 to late 2008, the GOP filibustered like crazy and Bush set a record for vetoes because they didn't want the Dem-controlled congress to do anything. Please direct your attention to the results of the November 4, 2008 elections in order to understand what the American people thought of the line of rhetoric you just regurgitated.

    February 17, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  19. Liz

    The Republicans are right. This is a spending bill NOT a stimulus bill. The Democrats and their supporters have been blinded by the light of the Chosen One. Obama is an idiot!!! Wake Up Everyone!!

    February 17, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  20. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    I know what the Republicans would say if this package fails ("we told you so, we told you so, NAH NAH NAH NAH NAH!) but what are they going to do if the program is succesful and starts the economy going in the right direction? In fact behind closed doors I wonder what they might REALLY be rooting for.

    February 17, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  21. wakeupamerica

    Geez, so much for Boehner and Steele's confidence in the American people. If the stimulus fails, it fails for everyone – independent, Dems and the GOP ! Such wet blanket boobs they are. I'm surprised Jindel is also crying since his state can surely benefit from the fiasco of Katrina handled by Bush. He must be sniffing the same stuff the rest of the GOP is inhaling. Seems like Charlie Crist is the only GOP with a little sense and truly on the lookout for the people of Florida. Look at California layoffs, look at states that can't pay income tax returns that people need, look at states struggling to pay unemployment.... The American people voted in November and they voted against the GOP and the issues they and Bush created to get us to where we currently are. They still don't get it – stop voting party lines right now and vote for the American people who are in need. Dire need. At least Obama is trying to get us out of this mess which Bush created and then ducked to act like he had nothing to do with it. Go Obama – I'm glad the stimulus was signed!

    February 17, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  22. Andi

    The GOP will do anything to sabotage the stimulus – they don't care about anything but themselves and their money. Must be nice to have a cushy life and then tell the rest of America, hey, up yours, I ain't voting with no Dem, and CERTAINLY not with a Black guy!

    Maybe it will do the GOP good to be in the minority for a bit. The tenet of Democracy in general, is 'Majority Rule'. They lost the election and just can't move on. Now they threaten other members of their party for voting by something other than Party-Line (and who is calling the Dems communists, eh?). They are acting like spoiled children.

    It is their duty as elected representatives of the people to work together. And yeah, the GOP did come up with an alternative plan, very late in the game, and it was rejected by the Dems. Too bad. You guys had ONE idea, and when it was rejected, that was it, no more, and you refused to work with others. The Right will only be happy if they get their way. How much cred did any Dem ideas get when they were a minority in Congress? Not much – esp. since the Reps had the power to filibuster anything they didn't like, instead of actually trying to work with it.

    For Pete's sake! Something had to be done! There are more Americans who need help that there are rich jerks, so get over it.

    February 17, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  23. Moe, NY

    If Steele says it is wrong, then we all know it is right. Just like Bush...if Bush said it was the right thing to do, most of the American people knew it was the wrong thing to do. These Republicans are so transparent it is almost laughable. Republicans do not care about the American people and most of us are well aware of who and what they care about. They sat on their collective behinds and did nothing while our economy crashed, and they are still, in most part, sitting on their collective behinds and doing nothing but spiting out vicious accusations and hoping that President Obama fails. Hope they are all voted out next time around...they more than deserve it!

    February 17, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  24. tiff of Lithia Springs




    February 17, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  25. Lu

    By the way, the Texas congressmen are already writing letters to ask for their share of the stimulus money. A way to be double-faced.

    February 17, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
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