March 14th, 2009
10:15 AM ET
10 years ago

Grassley: Obama's programs 'don’t connect all the dots'


WASHINGTON (CNN) - In the weekly Republican response, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, criticized President Obama's plan to create up to 3 million new jobs, saying the president's programs "don't connect all the dots."

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  1. ran

    Another Republican who wants to spread fear/hate/obstructionism then to either support/work with the President or come up with solutions other then tax cuts for the rich. I can only hope he does not get reelected.

    March 14, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  2. katiec

    The republicans can do nothing else but criticize anything and everything President Obama puts forward.
    They have no credible, workable, updated policies, ideas of their own so continue party first mentallity.
    Voters are getting sick of their lack of concern for the future of our country. They are not doing what they were elected to do and continue to self destruct.

    March 14, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  3. beevee

    This nut and the rest of the republican leadership could not connect the dots when there was a republican president and brought this country to the current sorry state. Now he is criticizing Obama's plans. How can you be any more stupid.

    March 14, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  4. Scott, Tucson

    As Obama would say. "But, bu, bu, bu, but! But wait a minute really, after all he did just signed the largest spending bill in our nation history and to show for it, there's the 25 police cadets hired on in Ohio that now has a job, at least till next January. And he's slowly decreasing the unemployment rolls by bringing in people for his cabinet / administration posts. So that leave just slightly under 3 million more jobs to fill before 2012, go get em tiger!

    March 14, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  5. Sue

    No Senator, it's the Republicans who aren't connecting the dots. You see, Americans are unemployed, therefore they need help with their bills. Republicans chant "tax cuts," "no earmarks," but are the ones who gave tax cuts before, expecting those few who got them to sue the money to help the rest of us (isn't that socialism?) Plus 40% or more of the so-called evil earmarks are Republican inserts. But still you whine.
    Americans seem to be smarter than the average Republican lawmaker, thank goodness. The stock market is making a slow recovery, and consumers are starting to spend again. Connect the dots, Senator. That means producers here and abroad will begin producing again, which means JOBS. I realize that scares you, because then what will you have to hang on Obama? Oh, right, his birth certificate again. Grow up, shut up, and get with the program. As your former boss said "You're either with us or against us."

    March 14, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  6. carmela

    What a surprise... a republican senator criticizes President Obama again. The republicans are making a career out of criticizing or getting in the way of the President's projects. All I can say is good luck to them in a sarcastic way.

    March 14, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  7. gerald

    connect this dot you lost start trying to fix the economy and ouit wining please you people are terrible with this .please fix things this message nothing will work is nuts use your brain god gave you and think of a solution dont wine.

    March 14, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  8. JT

    Well 90% of Iowa believes it does.

    March 14, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  9. Sue

    Where is repubilican dots? your guys went from Five Tri, to ten Tri, with out no school, no heaith care, no road, no intertent, no energy, and others.
    now somebody else is doing a lots with one tri which he promise to pay half before is lst time you all are going crezy, talking about 30yrs ago, 20yrs ago. the world is talking abount tomorrow repubilican is talking yesterday.

    March 14, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  10. paul oregon

    REPUB. instead of being the party of NO why dont you roll up youre sleves and ask your president what you can do to help when he asks for input come up with things besides just no . hes your PRESIDENT too. its called comprise.

    March 14, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  11. kspam

    At least Obama has a plan. I have not seen or heard of any alternatives from my party. Only criticism. This is not going to fly in 2012.

    March 14, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  12. Marge

    Here we go slur, obstruct, deny and spewing the crap. What in the world is wrong with these people. The bowed down daily to every single solitary thing bush did to ruin this country, our economy, and loosing our jobs and now when someone wants to try to fix it they try to get people to go along with their asinine programs. The best thing for this country is for ALL republicans to shut up , or maybe head for cheney's undisclosed locations for the duration of their terms.

    March 14, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  13. Randy, San Francisco

    I don't see any economist endoring the Republican plan. Oh, that's right, the Republicans don't have a plan.

    March 14, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  14. Ray Fisher

    As opposed to a Republican plan where only the rich can afford a pencil to connect the dots, if the President is lacking in anything it would be support!!! Obama stands alone with his back against a wall of opposition, slander, ridicule and yes, racism, yet he presses forward with plans not for just today but forever. His party has abandoned him, his appointees have betrayed him, the pundits have berated him and part of the nation is wary of him, yet he still has the support of hope and is making great strides to repair our nation. Forget Wall Street, banks, employers and psychics, just stick with our President and prosperity will return one day!!!

    March 14, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  15. Larry

    Well !

    As long as it connects some dots, it is OK

    Because, in the last 8 years, Republicans and Bush did connect nothing at all – zero, and screwed up even what was in order.

    These Republicans have no base, footing or face to speak. They need to just Shut Up and watch how Obama plays the game…..

    March 14, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  16. Unshrub

    The only thing republicans are interested in now is the next election. They have no plans nor interest in helping us.

    March 14, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  17. Mike

    Other than complaing Do the Republicans has a plan to connect the dots?? How about Some of the Dots??? How about the dot tha Obama is not connecting?????? How easy it is to continue to complain about a mess they helped create and have no word for the Repubs........Fuss Budget..............what a pathetic crowd they have become.............some jobs are better than no jobs at all..............are the Repubs creating any jobs????? or Some Jobs?????????? Or just their own Job of complaining............

    March 14, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  18. Michigan

    ...and the Republican solution is....????

    March 14, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  19. EBJ

    Still waiting for the GOP to offer some solutions are at least try to help get us out of the mess our country is in. So far finger pointing, being disagreeable, and whining about evrything that President Obama is trying to do is really getting old.

    March 14, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  20. Robert

    The GOP are the ones not connecting the dots. It'll be a big laugh when the economy recovers and 2010 and 2012 crushes them.

    March 14, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  21. liz

    and Republican programs have worked so well?!?!?

    March 14, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  22. Darla (Edmonton, Canada)

    This is hiliarious coming from the GOP ... who have no clue what the dots even are! If they knew what the dots were and had really cared about connecting the dots ... maybe we wouldn't be in the middle of an economic "connect the dot" picture that looks like the messy scribbling of a two-year-old.

    March 14, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  23. Justin from New Haven, CT

    This coming from someone who hails from the middle of nowhere.

    March 14, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  24. Randall from Detroit and living in Torrance, CA -Still bashing and hating the GOP

    Yet another completely out of touch Republican trying to critisize President Obama for trying to fix the mess that they created. So, the conclusion is obvious – Republicans have an incurable genetic defect in their brains that blocks their capacity to reason and admit their own mistakes. This defect is called RBC short for Rush-Bush-Cheneyism. But now that stem cell research is going to happen in the U.S. maybe a cure can be found.

    March 14, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  25. JS......santee

    At least he has dots........and not the same lame attiitude that got us into this mess. The GOP is so disconnected with the majority of this country (and themselves) that they would not know a connection if it bit them in the behind.

    March 14, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
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