March 11th, 2009
01:25 PM ET
10 years ago

Democrats to Obama: Hurry up and fix the economy

Rep. Earl Pomeroy, D-North Dakota, says there are big concerns over talk about a second stimulus package.

Rep. Earl Pomeroy, D-North Dakota, says there are big concerns over talk about a second stimulus package.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Some Democrats are increasingly concerned about President Obama's $787 billion financial fix for the ailing economy, and are demanding greater transparency on further spending.

With the White House seemingly comparing the nation's economy to a house on fire, some congressional Democrats are asking, where's the fire truck?

One New Hampshire congresswoman said as much to Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner on Capitol Hill recently.

"I said, hurry, please hurry, because people are waiting and they are hurting, and they need the help now," Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, D-New Hampshire, said.

She's one of a growing number of nervous Democrats on edge or at odds with some of the Obama's administration's plans on the economy. Some are taking aim at the president's budget proposals that would curb popular tax deductions for wealthier Americans.

"I don't think ultimately the criticism is surprising. That certainly happens and is all part of the process," said White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs.

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  1. Da Bear

    I'm angry and ashamed of those who sit on their backsides on Capitol Hill, pretending to care about the average American Citizen while they pad their retirements and pat each other on the back, saying, "Aren't we smart, taking a public office for four years to have a lifetime of income without due regard for those we are supposed to represent". Tell Me Mr./Mrs. Representative, did You take a pay cut, or did anyone in the "House" get laid off? Did you end unnecessary spending, while enjoying the "Benefits and Luxuries" of Public Office" on the Blood, sweat and tears of your Constituents? Americans are tired of the Rhetoric, patting us on the head like a parent comforting a child after scraping their knee because the parent forgot to fix the loose step on the porch. How long must the blue collar worker support the lifestyles of the rich, the famous, the politician, the welfare recepiant who refuses work because it's beneath them, the illegal residents who don't pay into the existing system. History is doomed to repeat itself. We, a once great nation, respected by other countries, no longer can hold our heads high. We have raped, pilaged and plundered the coffers of this country that I love, to the point of extinction. It is only a matter of time now.

    March 11, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  2. Jack from MI

    How can so many people have such a simplistic view of the wold.

    IE LEFT good RIGHT bad

    They are all just different shades of the SAME THING!!!


    They are POLITICIANS


    They have your and my best interest in mind ONLY when it is in THEIR BEST INTEREST to do so.
    Its as if America has become a bunch of people that only remember the last 8 years and NOTHING ELSE!?!?!

    It is US vs THEM but is not (R) vs (D) the THEM ARE ALL THOSE CHUCKLE HEADS IN DC


    You are very naive or a fool if you think otherwise.

    March 11, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  3. Debi

    This economy is the equivalent to someone gaining 500 lbs. You started off eating just a little extra and then a little more.
    Now you have back problems and are completely overweight, so you have to get back to your original idea weight.
    In order to loose the weight you have to do it at a slow healthy pace. If you try to loose weight quickly it backfires.

    The US economy is trying to loose its 500 extra lbs at a healthy rate of a few pounds at a time.
    We were all fat cats, now it is time to get on tread mill and loose the weight.

    March 11, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  4. abc ~ anything but california hugh

    The financial problems started in the 70's then it accelerated in the late 80's because of failed Reaganomics and deregulation, finally collapsing in 2008! Now a few of these democrat screwballs think Obama can fix it soon? I'm a proud democrat, but this idiots are dreaming!

    March 11, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  5. Kathy

    It is unreasonable to expect Obama to fix this unprecedented problem in 50 days. It's not as if he is doing nothing, he has moved as quickly as he can. Impatience and impulsivity is not the answer. Obama is cool, calm, has a plan. My faith remains with him. Consider what a horrific mess we would be in if McCain had won the election. He would have tried to solve this problem with more tax breaks for the rich.

    March 11, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  6. Ron L

    Am I MISTAKEN or was this stimulus package just signed about 3 WEEKS ago?? And we have elected representatives SO DENSE that they expect something that took over a year to happen would be reversed in 3 weeks?? They need to ...GET A GRIP!!
    It is going to take at least another 8 to 12 weeks to get the downward slide to reverse. Anyone thinking it is going to take less just doesn't understand the depth and size of our ecomony.
    Whether you like it or not, this situation requires a lot of planning and some patience. So just cool it for a another month or two.

    March 11, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  7. Lee, Ann Arbor, Michigan

    This is what you get when you have a totally inexperienced President that was pushed into office by the main stream media and his only experience was 2 years in the Senate and a "Community Organizer."

    We the taxpayers are going to have to pay dearly for his getting experience "on the job" and his scramble to take the Country into socialism.

    He is the wrong person for the job and now the working American people are going to PAY DEARLY with our hard earned taxes.

    March 11, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  8. Simmy

    Some of these same Democrats were nervous during his campaign. I say, get a backbone and a little more patience. I expect that from Republicans, but I expect a glimmer of unity from the leading party.

    March 11, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  9. Chaz

    The GOP took eight years to wreck our economy and now they try to thwart every effort the new administration makes to revive it. So now, both parties are wanting it "fixed" in six weeks. Anything wrong with this picture? And hey, it's global, so there will be no quick fix. People much smarter than I am are working on it, and President Obama is the right person to be in the pilot's seat right now.

    March 11, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  10. Nancy Smith

    I stimulate the economy day in and day out. As someone who has worked their way up, I am in no hurry to bail out the millions of irresponsible bankruptcy bound hooligans out there. Stop your liberal whining and go something productive!

    March 11, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  11. Rob in Detroit Mi.

    John MCcain needs to shut up! in fact the whole republican party needs to shut up, and back the president,the majority of the country is.
    come 2010 the Dems will be picking up more seats in both houses.
    The American people see Republicans getting in the way of the president and they don't like it.

    Oh and another thing dont put pork in a bill then turn around and viliafy
    Dems for having pork in the bill too,you republicans come off as hipocrits.

    March 11, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  12. Dee Orangevale,CA

    Jim Acosta and Ed Cornik seemed to have to scrape the bottom barrel out here to build enough quote base to publish this.

    This is just other-worldly reporting that minimizes the majority of the democratic opinion to attempt to subsidize a viable concern with the moderate (very small) branch of the party.

    Let's take the Midwestern and central moderate house democrat moderates (basically republicans) and use them to exemplify our point!

    The democrats are more comfortable then they have ever been! I saw this as an independent.

    March 11, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  13. matt

    OBAMA has spent $1.2Bil each HOUR through his 1st 51 days in office....he was right, that sure is change because no one else has EVER done that.

    March 11, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  14. Clemson student

    for every person who thinks this is all Bush's fault read up on your history. It was CLINTON who relaxed all the requirements for bank loans, it was CLINTON who let al the Fannie and Freddie go wild, and it was BUSH and the Republicans who tried to reverse these policies in starting 2002!!! However the proposed bills that would have stopped this were halted numerous in congress by the DEMOCRATS everyone here seems to love so much. And Obama accepted over $100,000 from them during his 3 years (05-08) in the Senate. No senator in history has gotten that amount of money in that short of span from one company.
    Beware of he who is a great speaker indeed.

    March 11, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  15. Vee

    "Obama was elected by the American people on the promise of a new way of governing in Washington, especially in regard to greater transparency. All we've had our rejected nominees, extra pork, and pessimistic speeches from "the One". He keeps saying things are looking bad, well then do something, dummy."

    The One? Really? Not sure what that means, but you should probrably just refer to him as your President from now on. But in case you have not noticed, he IS trying to do something! My question to you is: What do YOU propose?? Stop the whining and give it time! Everyone had patience when this mess was being created – now exercise some when this mess is being cleaned up!

    March 11, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  16. dem 4 life

    Good lord it took 8 years to ruin it, give him a break it was never going to be fixed in 6 months people!

    March 11, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  17. Cincinnati girl

    Beware the quick fix!! That's what has gotten us into this mess. Our economy has gotten progressively worse for decades with the snowball rolling down the hill at lightning speed over the last 8 years. This quick fix approach is the crux of the problem. If politicians would stop trying to make false gains (that turn into campaigns) and look for real solutions, we'd all be better off for it. Sometimes you have to just be happy with planting the seed. We all can't be around to enjoy the glory of the tree.

    March 11, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  18. benvictor

    Denigrating comment by Obama's mouthpiece. He may want to downplay the growing anxiety over the humongous spending and no results controversy, but it will surely grow unless there are concrete performance results. But, there are about 50 more days of honeymoon left, so there is hope for turnaround.

    March 11, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
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