April 4th, 2009
09:01 AM ET
14 years ago

GOP response: Obama fixing crisis or making it worse?

(CNN) - Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin gave the republican response Saturday to the president's budget, saying that while there is "no doubt" that President Obama inherited a fiscal crisis, the question remains: "Is he fixing it or is he making it worse?"

"The President’s budget, which passed the House and Senate this week, will make the crisis much, much worse," Ryan said. "Put simply: the Democrats’ budget spends too much, taxes too much, and borrows too much from our kids and their kids. ... Their budget puts all the sacrifice on future generations. It makes no tough choices. It’s only tough on our children and grandchildren."

The Senate passed a $3.53 trillion version of the federal budget for fiscal year 2010 late Thursday night in a party-line vote, ending several weeks of acrimonious partisan debate. The package was approved on a 55-43 vote. GOP Sens. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, and Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins of Maine - who voted in favor of the president's stimulus bill last month - voted against what is essentially the blueprint of Obama's economic policies going forward.

Earlier Thursday, the House of Representatives passed its own version of the spending plan –$3.55 trillion budget, capping off a long day of debate and voting marked by the defeat of several alternative spending plans.

The House version of the budget, which passed by a margin of 233-196, also passed in a virtual party-line vote. All but 20 House Democrats supported it; no House Republican voted in favor.

Neither budget package garnered a single GOP vote.

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soundoff (64 Responses)
  1. nick

    Many of us seniors today were the children and grandchildren of the Depression and WW11. We and this country were doing ok, right up to the time Ronnie Regan began his Trickle down theory. The 12 years of the Bush era put this country in a hole which Clinton and now Obama are working hard to help us climb out. My point is, the grandchildren of these past hard times did very well, and so will our grandchildren. So, for todays Republicans, help or shut up. If your so worried about your grandchildren, leave them a trust fund, you in the beltway, or in Corporation can well afford it.

    April 4, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  2. bk

    Bush was wrong spending and so is Obama. We are going to be a bankrupt country. Wake up people this is not a DEM versus REP. This is our country. Stop the SPENDING!

    April 4, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  3. I heart Michelle

    The problem is that the Republican solution IS not better. Any Republican who thinks the existing Republican ideas are better is lying to themselves. They are spending TOO except what they are spending on is the same old defense spending. Bombs instead of bachelors degrees and tax cuts for the rich instead of training for the next healthcare professionals isn't going to help America at the end of the day.

    April 4, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  4. Kermit

    All I keep hearing is how much President Obama is spending, how his budget is the largest ever, but at least he doesn't try to hide the expenses of the wars we are fighting. He included them in his budget. This is the kind of honesty that was severly lacking under Republican control. I'd much rather see one large budget than a lie with "emergency spending" tacked on later to try to hide the true price of our wars from the American people. You cannot confront your debt until you are honest about it.

    April 4, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  5. Cystem Phailure

    The right-wingers have no credibility on fiscal matters, and certainly not on what constitutes too much borrowing. The GOP has no shame. But they should.

    April 4, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  6. Lee in TN

    This is ironic coming from a party that ran the country in debt so they could hand it to the wealthy. It is also ironic that they want the country to think they are worried about future generations. Since most of these republicans are millionaires, it won't be their children who inherit the debt. As always, it will be the children of the middle class who pay the bill for them.

    April 4, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  7. Indy in AZ

    Rob, I couldn't agree more!

    And where have the Republican tools been while Bush was spending on an illegal war, and letting everything in this country fall apart? I'd like to see them shut up, and stay out of they way, President Obama is too busy cleaning up the mess that has been left for this generation by all of them.

    April 4, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  8. Jeff W.

    I love it when a republican criticizes Obama. Where was this criticism when Bush was destroying the economy? It seems to me that the republicans were pretty quiet for 8 years. Obama has been in office for 3 months and apparently can do no good in the eyes of the Party of No. It gives me such pleasure every day to turn on the television and see that the White House is finally in good hands. By "good" I mean intellectual, approachable, and pro-science. When a republican speaks now it's like a mosquito in your ear, it's annoying but you know that it can't do any real harm. I feel sorry for the republicans, they're going to have to deal with the democrats in power for at least the next 8 years.

    April 4, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  9. lovable liberal

    It's not a fiscal crisis. It's a financial crisis, which Obama is trying to fix with fiscal policy. If there were no financial crisis, there would be no need to spend the way Obama has to in order to prevent economic freefall.

    April 4, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  10. Reid

    As a Wisconsonite, I don't know how Paul Ryan got into power - except for his good looks. The words that consistently come out of his mouth are always reciting the dead Republican theme songs. Maybe its good because it may bring about an end the Republican party. I now tell people that, "I used to be a Republican, but George W. and the Republican Congress cured me of it."

    April 4, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  11. independent liberal

    republicans ,as a whole ,are just as lost as the McCain/Palin Campaign was, during the election. i hope their days are numbered. The talibangelical movement of their party has brought them to their knees, deservedly so. they must learn that they are not responsible for dictating other's lives, and denying those same people's civil rights.I believe they are on their way out, and i say," good riddance!"

    April 4, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  12. SD,Michigan

    We barely avoided a depression and currently every sign out there in the market tells we're making our way back out of the recession. Slowly, but steady nevertheless. We are in a recovery, and Ryan can keep his doom and gloom scenarios to himself.
    Besides, he came up with a budget plan that 39 Republicans voted against!! It was useless and ridiculous.
    So step aside and stop criticizing, until you come up with some worthy idea.

    April 4, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  13. ShiWms.

    Definitely was time for a change! Get used to it Repubs, whats left of you! President Obama you are doing a great job! Keep up the good work!

    April 4, 2009 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  14. wmg

    Obama budget multiplies the deficit so far beyond any reasonable level one must assume Obama is purposely trying to destroy the economy. When Obama makes the statement that we are moving from an era of borrow and spend, he is lying, purposely and calculatingly. We are in fact moving into an era of steal and embezzle and Obama and Congress are the mafia dons that run the business. Their business is to remake U.S. in the image of social justice.

    April 5, 2009 05:58 am at 5:58 am |
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