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. FreeNLovIT

    Good grief! They gave W eight years and they gave Obie 8 days!!

    April 4, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  2. alvino

    What part of "it is going to take some time," to fix this mess does the GOP not understand?

    I think we have been patient, as it has been almost 6 years since Bush's declaration of "Mission Accomplished" in Iraq, yet the right wing nuts cannot give the new president any time to fix the mess he inherited.

    April 4, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  3. alvino

    What part of "it is going to take some time," to fix this economic mess does the GOP not understand?

    I think we have been patient, as it has been almost 6 years since Bush's declaration of "Mission Accomplished" in Iraq, yet the right wing nuts cannot give the new president any time to fix the mess he inherited.

    April 4, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  4. Mike from Shelburne, VT

    I have a hard time believing that a party made up of upper class traditionalists really care about the new generations that mostly despise their effect on America during the last 8 years. Stop throwing us into the arguments, get some real reasons behind your objections other than the obvious objections based purely on party lines. You don't seem to care about us when it comes to global warming and warfare, so who would believe you care about us when it comes to this?

    April 4, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  5. chuck

    I am just waiting to see the time that the NO votes from the Repukes start costing them their jobs. THAT is the only action that will stimulate them to start working for their districts.

    Luckily I am from a southern red state where I am already working to make this happen.

    April 4, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  6. Steve A. , New Braunfels , Texas

    The Republicans are sceared and jeolous that the Obama"Democrat" administration might succeed in turning the country around to prosperity and peace of which they will get no credit. They, the GOP, are realy, realy sceared.

    April 4, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  7. katinpuyallup

    I just got my first pay check of April. It looks like the president's middle/working class tax cut is going to give me an extra $10.00 a week. I won't get rich off it but, the extra 40 bucks a month is wellcome.
    Thanks, Mr. President.

    April 4, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  8. Donna from Colorado Springs

    And a Republican budget of tax cuts for the rich and screwing everyone else in the country would be better? They really need to change their old way of thinking and learn from past mistakes. The country DOES NOT buy into their policies anymore. Unfortunately for the Republicans, the country learned the hard way of what happens when they are in charge of the country!

    April 4, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  9. New strategy

    The GOP is now aware that no one is buying the "blame Obama" game for the crisis he inherited. So the next best thing they can do is claim he's making it worse.

    I have to give it to them, they are simply masters at shifting the blame away from where it belongs. And looking back at previous Presidential terms, they always have been good at this.

    April 4, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  10. Lisa

    Lots of so-called fiscal conservatives are coming out of the woodwork.... where were they the past 8 years??

    April 4, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  11. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Bush must have held a gun to the Republicans' head for 8 years because they sure voted "Yes" to everything, I guess Bush knew how weak and stupid they are. The Republican party is doomed.

    April 4, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  12. Dave in Arizona

    And the Republican solution is to allow the fire we started to continue to burn, then sell the charchoal. If you don't agree with the plan then you are not an American and support Socialism....

    April 4, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  13. Chris from Va. Beach Va

    Willie Brown , you are right. President Barack Obama will continue to implement his change. The Repubs have no one to challenge President Obama. The Repubs have no vision or strategy moving forward. Get use to it.

    April 4, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  14. Bill

    Please the Republicans lost in 2006 and in 2008 and they keep trying to sell this very tired message more tax cuts for the rich and everybody else you are on your own. Please Republicans our country has changed since the election of President Regan. Please come up with a plan for the year 2009 or you will be the minority party for the next 200 years. Maybe the Wig party can come back there messeasge has to be better than the Republicans?

    April 4, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  15. Carol, California

    @ rob

    I agree completely.

    April 4, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  16. Sammy

    Yet in the senate the republicans couldnt rally themselves together for a filibuster. If it was such a bad plan they should have done so.

    April 4, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    would somebody please ask the kids in DC to grow up, play nice, and work together?!

    April 4, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  18. Sandy

    No tax cuts for big oil or the uber wealthy, so he must be making it worse?

    April 4, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  19. Bret

    Three decades of GOP control, with one gap (Woodrow Wilson), ended with the Great Depression. Three decades of GOP control, with one gap (Bill Clinton), ended with this current economic crises. Anybody else see any correlation?

    If we learn from history, Hoover attempted to solve the Great Depression crises by the same means expounded by the current GOP members: private enterprise, lower taxation, ect... At the end of the day, the crises became significantly worse. Why not learn from the past, and not stick to failed theories?

    April 4, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  20. tedious898

    Willy Brown ....Ha, I laugh at you.

    Obama's popularity is sky high here in the states and without historical equal in the world. So what you're saying is...Jan 21, 2013 – Obama's 2nd term.

    April 4, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  21. Mark, B'ham., Al.

    Where was Obama when he was a Senator suppose to be doing his job of being part of the other branch of governement. The democrats controlled that branch for the last 2 years and did have a fillibuster to fight back with in the Senate the other 6 years of Bush. It is not all Bush's fault, the Congress is just as bad. Now, this administration and Congress want to stick us with European Socialism's problems and have the World stick it's nose in our economy by having a veto power!

    April 4, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  22. Tayo

    Republicans solution is mainly tax cut,but this was practised for 8years&the end result is this mess.Is it too difficult for GOP&its cronies to try another method.It shows lack of tolerance if gop always believe things must be done only their way.Relax and watch this plan,if it doesnt work,you've all earned the right to criticize.Trickle down economies doesnt work where people are greedy

    April 4, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  23. vs

    Does the GOP know that the Church Age has come to an end ??

    April 4, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  24. Maggie

    You are so right. Anyone with the slightest mathematical skills should realize you can not cure debt by barrowing more and more. What is wrong with the democrats thinking? It just goes to show that someone in that party should study their economics. It has always been the way of the Democrats to spend, spend , spend. We should not have to suffer theri mistakes now shoul our future generations. they want gratification now instead of letting our economy right itself over a period of time with less debt. I shudder to think of where we are going. We are already broken ecconomically and soon will be broken in many other ways. What will we have to show for the Democrat's hisgh spending ways but more debt? WE are in danger of crumbling and becoming a has been society at danger.

    April 4, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  25. Lynn

    The Republican stance and budget does not look to the future and what must be done to vbring progress to America to vbe able to compete in an international world.

    April 4, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
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