April 4th, 2009
09:01 AM ET
13 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. Willy Brown

    Jan 21, 2013 is change we can believe in!

    April 4, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  2. Zaley

    Bush and his fellow Republican croonies put us where we are today. I don't think the Republicans should offer up any further ideas. They were and still are the problem.

    April 4, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  3. phoenix86

    Willy Brown:


    April 4, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  4. Prairerose

    Where were all these Republicans when our economy started going down the tubes?. . . . standing right behind George W !!!

    April 4, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  5. Becky

    Republicans weren't concerned for the past eight years, why now??

    April 4, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  6. Franky

    A Wisconsin guy, huh? I have family in Wisconsin, as a matter of fact, they are hunters and fisherman, that's a fact. Is actually on my mom's side...and boy, is my mom side the rich side I tell you, LOL!! Aunts, uncles, cousins, etc all live there, a good percentage too. They are smart, I mean, very smart. Believe it or not, my mom's nephew, got married at...(wait for it)...60+ years!! He married a 25 year old or something like that and if there's proof my family is crazy, here it is, LOL!!

    By the way, did you guys know this stat...did you know last months numbers unemployment numbers were the worst since 40 years??? Well, I'm sure you do because you have all the numbers there with you, LOL!! I don't, it takes time to get em, and yes, I call it work, LOL!!

    April 4, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  7. rob

    This is really rich. Hearing the republicans invoke the welfare of the children makes me sick. Let's talk about the 4,200 American children who are now dead because of republican lies, republican incompetence, republican arrogance and republican stupidity. And, yes, Willy Brown, the beginning of Obama's second term will certainly be a day to celebrate, all over again.

    April 4, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  8. JuneBug

    I'd hate to see the Republicans fix this mess. They were the creators!

    April 4, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  9. R in Seattle

    Doom and Gloom? Where were they when Bush was spending trillions in Iraq? Now that a Dem is in power they crawl out of the woodwork... give me a break. This two party system is driving us into the ground. Each party's only platform seems to be "Against the other one", neither has anything else that they consistantly stand for.

    I, for one, am going to sit back and watch where this stimulus and budget plan takes us. I can't wait to invest in AMERICA for once!!!!!!

    April 4, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  10. catmom

    And Republicans answer is more tax cuts? Tax cuts only serve to reduce revenue to the country which means that our children and grandchildren won't have the safety nets such as Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid food stamps. We won't have police protection, schools. Our infrastructure will continue to deteriorate, bridges, roads, electrical grids ect. Of course we all know that the ultimate goal of Republicans is to get rid of all the entitlement programs. Of course that won't mean corporate welfare or their perks.

    April 4, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |

    President Obama Is trying to Clean up the Disasters Left by Bush and Republicans, MEMO TO REPUBLICANS You and Bush Created this Mess, why on Earth would we want your Help to Fix it ?Leave the President alone Let him Work to Fix your Disasters!

    April 4, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  12. Anna, Missouri

    I think that Mr. Ryan needs to take a look at the vote of the House on the Republican budget. More Republicans voted against it than Democrats voting against the Democrat's budget. If more Republicans in the House voted against their own budget, doesn't that say that maybe, just maybe, they even have to admit that there is something wrong with their plans for the country?

    April 4, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  13. David

    For the sake of argument, let's assume the premise is correct: Barack Obama is making the Republican financial disaster worse. Fine. Republicans, you got us into this mess, can you please give any ideas to fix it that don't involve repeating what you've already done for the last 8 years?

    Nope, just more deregulation and tax cuts for the wealthy. Rest assured, it is always darkest just before dawn. We're going to get out of this mess and it won't be with Republican ideas.

    Goodbye Republican party, you reap what you sow.

    April 4, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  14. Brad

    Response? This is more like a faint echo that no one outside the Washington Beltway us listening to.

    The President is dominating the news with his overseas trip and the Republicans are "responding" when no one is listening to them because they have been so overshadowed by the President. I don't know who does their scheduling, but it almost seems like the Republicans are hiding...or are so ashamed of what they have to defend that they are just going through the motions so they can go home ASAP. It's like they know that neither the news media nor the public are interested in what they have to say so they arwe not putting any great effort into it.

    April 4, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  15. laughing@theGOP

    every second of every day.. the fear for republicans grow.. you can see it in their tone.. their NO votes.. everything they can do to keep it from working.. and even with all their NON support.. America is climbing back..

    we will make it.. never underestimate HOPE

    April 4, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  16. Icy

    Oh for heavens sake, the Republicans need to give the American Public a break. Let the president do his job PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 4, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  17. Ros

    Bush and his Republican cronies did some things I don't agree with either. They didn't force some of us into mortgages we couldn't afford, force us to stay in dying professions, etc. We've got some tough lessons to learn. Hopefully we'll find a middle ground that won't leave future generations with the bill.

    April 4, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  18. Michigander

    I'm so glad Ryan can be original with his words...isn't that quote from the entertainer Limbaugh? "spends too much, taxes too much, yada yada yada."
    We've been hearing that "grandchildren" line for decades, ever since my grandparents were alive and putting the debt on US. And guess what? I'm still here, still earning and still saving. My grandkids will be OK, but no thanks to the Republicans. They will be OK because their grandparents have college degrees, and will teach them to love school, work, get their degrees, and save money. We will also teach them that being poor is not, as Republicans seem to believe, a chosen lot in life. They will be generous, compassionate, and wise. They will never be Republicans, who are so concerned about their own wealth, but no one else's.
    This worry about future generations is laughable, since Bush is the one who foisted an unfunded, illegal war on them...causing this collapse by borrowing too much and taxing too little. The only US war in history which was not supported by US sacrifice. Well, it is now! And do not tell me that Dems were in charge the past two years...Bush vetoed every Democratic bill that managed to pass...that is not being in charge.

    April 4, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  19. John , NC

    I certainly agree with Willy Brown. We don't need a loose cannon.

    April 4, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  20. alvino

    Willy Brown and phoenix86-

    38 house republicans joined the democrats to reject the GOP budget plan. Now that is a start to being bipartisan.

    I think you two are going to have a very difficult 8 years.

    April 4, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  21. RO

    Boy,,, the Republicans can't find ANYTHING to say positive nowdays...whew...GLOOM AND DOOM! Give this administration a chance! It will take time to undo all the damages done in years past. Whew!

    April 4, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  22. alvino

    The unemployment numbers compare to the Reagan numbers of 1983.

    April 4, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  23. SDenice

    President Obama is doing all he can to change this mess that we're in. Agree with him or not, he's working hard and diligently. We all owe him the respect and opportunity to govern. Who in their right mind can expect this president to tackle these enormous responsibilities and problems in a few months time? It's just not fair. The incompetence of the previous administration is highlighted through the this new administration's great efforts. Also, I am greatly disappointed and disturbed by the "mainstream turned tabloid media" today. The irresponsible "journalistic' behaviors of those on outlets such as the ridiculous Fox News, and various radio outlets are spreading lies and half-truths about the Obama Administration and refuse to retract them when busted. When you allow sensationalism to spread to the minds of the unintelligent, uninformed, and uneducated, what you have done is created an explosive situation with potentially dangerous consequences.

    April 4, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  24. alvino

    I think Boehner should talk to Ryan about fixing his hair. That is all the house GOP seems to care about.

    April 4, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  25. FreeNLovIT

    It takes time just as it takes time to CRASH a world economy. The best Obie can do is stop or reduce offshoring of jobs UNTIL green energy takes off..

    April 4, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
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