April 18th, 2009
10:00 AM ET
14 years ago

GOP: 'When will all this spending and borrowing end?'

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Three days after thousands gathered across the country to protest the new administration's policies on taxes, spending, and borrowing, the weekly Republican address echoed their complaints.

"When will all this spending and borrowing end?" asks California Republican Rep. Kevin McCarthy.

"Earlier this week, President Obama said that we need to get serious about fiscal discipline by trimming waste in the federal budget," says McCarthy. "Republicans couldn't agree more. We want to work with the president to get our financial house back in order.

"Unfortunately, the Washington Democratic establishment has pushed all year for policies that spend too much, tax too much, and borrow too much from our children and grandchildren"

Listen: McCarthy delivers the GOP address

(Read McCarthy's entire address after the jump)

Transcript, Republican Weekly Address, 4/18/09

“This is California Congressman Kevin McCarthy – the House Republicans’ Chief Deputy Whip.

“Earlier this week, President Obama said that we need to get serious about fiscal discipline by trimming waste in the federal budget. Republicans couldn’t agree more. We want to work with the President to get our financial house back in order.

“Unfortunately, the Washington Democratic establishment has pushed all year for policies that spend too much, tax too much, and borrow too much from our children and grandchildren.

“When I think of the future, I think of my 15 year old son Connor and my 12 year old daughter Meghan. I worry about their future because your kids are as important to you as mine are to me. And I am unwilling to leave our children with so much debt.

“It’s irresponsible to borrow more than all previous American Presidents combined. And it must stop if we want to get our economy moving again.

“The trillion-dollar ‘stimulus’ bill … the $410 billion dollar ‘omnibus’ spending bill… and the massive, fiscally-irresponsible Democratic budget that doubles the debt in just over five years, and triples the debt in just over ten years. All this money, but why are we funding a skateboard park in Rhode Island and new bike racks in Washington, D.C.? The Democratic governor of Ohio is planning to use $57 million dollars in ‘stimulus’ funds on studies instead of ‘shovel-ready’ projects that could create jobs now. And don’t forget that the same ‘stimulus’ bill authorized those outrageous AIG bonuses.

“When will all this spending and borrowing end?

“Hard working American families and small businesses are asking that same question. In fact, thousands of Americans turned out on Tax Filing Day to say they’ve had enough of the high taxes and borrowing to bankroll Washington’s spending spree.

“I attended one of these Tea Parties in my hometown of Bakersfield, California, and believe me, the message was heard loud and clear. Every day, America’s families, seniors, and small businesses are making tough choices. They’re worried about their jobs, their mortgages, and their savings. They’re sacrificing to pay the bills to make sure their children get a good education. But Washington isn’t willing to make the same difficult decisions.

“This is why Republicans are leading the way with solutions to provide a new direction. Rather than proposing more Washington spending, Republicans propose tax relief for American small businesses. We know America’s entrepreneurs and innovators create the jobs in our economy – over 70% of all American jobs come from small businesses.

“Republicans are also working to reduce taxes on hardworking American families, rebuild their savings, lower their energy costs, expand access to affordable health care, but most of all, curb Washington spending and borrowing. These are not Republican or Democratic ideas – these are common-sense American solutions that we have heard from millions of Americans.

“And we know that when the government spends our hard earned tax money, we should be guaranteed accountability. That’s why House Republicans are unveiling Washington Watch, a new website tracking misuse of taxpayer dollars and ‘stimulus’ waste. We invite you to visit that website at http://www.republicanwhip.house.gov. Together we can help stop wasteful Washington spending by shining a spotlight on the waste.

“In this time of economic crisis and financial instability, Republicans are reaching out to the President and Washington Democrats to find solutions to solve our country’s problems. We have incredible challenges before all of us, and we ask all Americans to join us in working together for better solutions. Because it’s not just our future… it’s all of our children’s future.

“Thank you for listening.”

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soundoff (87 Responses)
  1. FreeNLovIt

    The best we can all do is focus our eyes on the future and we will know what to do. We MUST grow leaders and jobs of the future. It is the only way to survive. Had we done something for the past 8 years to grow new jobs, we wouldnt be in this situation. God BLESS America.

    April 18, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  2. magella

    I don't know, Kevin–when will Obama be done cleaning up the colossal mess left for him by George Bush? Were you worried about the debt Bush was racking up while lining the pockets of his cronies with no-bid contracts in Iraq and Afghanistan? Because it was trillions of dollars then, and I didn't hear one peep out of the likes of you.

    All the money Bush frittered away fighting wars overseas–and in some cases, building the infrastructure of foreign countries like Iraq–could have been better spent on our own infrastructure, our own schools, our own children's future. Funny how you just now realize that this is something you should care about.

    April 18, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  3. Mike from Shelburne, VT

    Right, its irresponsible to try and save the country's failing economy, but its perfectly acceptable to start two wars that place even more debt upon "our children and grandchildren". I'm one of those "children", and trust me, I am much, much more willing to foot some of the bill to save the country from an imminent threat, not the possibility of one. Stop throwing us into this when you weren't complaining a few years ago about what the impact might be upon us, not to mention to deaths and injury's caused by that lack of action. Fight your own fights, don't go for the sympathy effect.

    April 18, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  4. B Lewis from Austin

    Again, why weren't these questions asked when the Bush Administration was breaking all levels of spending? Where were they when the Bush Administration financed two wars on credit? The GOP fails to admit that the Bush economic policies got us into this mess and all they have offered to get us out is the same policies. A majority of Americans voted to change the administration and solve the economic problems. So far, 65% of the public think the President is on the right track. The GOP expects this President to solve in 4 months what it took them 8 years to destroy. If you can't make positive contributions, get out of the way.

    April 18, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  5. FreeNLovIt

    Decrease in spending should start with questions like this:

    1) Do we need a $2000 toilet seat for the Navy?
    2) Do we need a $5000 handkerchief for the ciA?

    We need to start with wasteful spending. Some spendings are needed to keep the states going, but some really need to go...

    April 18, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  6. Ralph

    That was a question these "so-call fiscal conservative" should have ask when they gave our surplus away to the rich and plunged us into a depression with there wink and nods to Wall Street and the Banks. I think the Republicans and what the majority of the electorate seen, is a bunch of liars to there party and people that voted them in. Too late for the credibility card.

    April 18, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  7. Chris (NY)

    The GOP and its' followers desperately need to take courses in Micro/Macro Economics.

    They also need to take an in depth course in Diversity Awareness/Cultural Sensitivity.

    Chris (NY)
    Obama/Biden 2008 & 2012

    April 18, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  8. pavocavalry

    this is going to be a long term affair,hopefully at least 100 years or more.

    my friend ed luttwak who i respect once told me that empires takes hundreds of years in collapsing or should we believe that mexico may be messing with USA as Friedman says in his book the next 100 years


    Agha H Amin

    April 18, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  9. Sam I Am

    Complain, complain, complain. And yet, the package alternative that the Republicans presented, only after being brow-beat into doing so, is much, much worse. After 8 years of uncontrolled spending, and cooking the books (the wars were never in the budget) the Republicans do not have a let to stand on. Oddly, they think people are listening to them. They are the idiots who got us here in the first place, and now they're preaching fiscal responsibility???? Yeah. Right.

    April 18, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  10. Had It

    They didn't say a word for 8 years when the Republicans were spending like drunken sailors.

    It's only now that Bushes messes are costing so much to clean up that any one of those right-wing-nut-jobs say anything. Shame.

    April 18, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  11. Chris

    GOP = hypocrisy hypocrisy hypocrisy = their lower taxes but spend spend spend policy the past 8 years speaks louder than the tripe they are spewing now. their message has not changed.

    April 18, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  12. HEIDI

    All this spending and borrowing will end, when the Presdient fixes your 8 years of borrowing and spending. You "The Republicans" weren't worried about the future genetrations of this country from 2001-2009.

    April 18, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  13. Greg in Houston

    Does anyone in the GOP (Good Old Prejudice) think we believe a word coming out of their mouths anymore? Especially after the last eight years? If they do, they are as dumb as our treasonous governor.

    April 18, 2009 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  14. Truth Teller

    "When will all this spending and borrowing end?" asks California Republican Rep. Kevin McCarthy.

    When we bring all of our troops home from the war you righties started. Then there will be money to put back into the economy, you idiot.

    April 18, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  15. Xavier

    When will it end? It will end when we can fix the mess you GOP morons got us into!

    April 18, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  16. Terry

    Where was the "spending" concern from the GOP the last 8 years when Bush was in office? Why don't they have any "new" ideas besides "tax cuts" for the rich?

    April 18, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  17. Dave from Colorado

    Yes our country is in a bad way and the GOP should accept that they are the primary cause. They are just going to have to face that their tax cuts for the rich have come back as taxes with interest for everyone. They did it and now they are trying to get out of owning up to their failure.

    April 18, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  18. Truth Teller

    When it came to starting and paying for a useless war, you didn't complain about spending then. Did you?

    April 18, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  19. Dave

    Where was this kind of criticism when Bush was in office? His fiscal policies are, in large part, the reason we're in this mess in the first place. If they have a better idea instead of crying "the sky is falling", let's see it.

    April 18, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  20. J S Ragman

    I have asked over and over, "Where has all of this fiscal responsibility been for the last eight years?" Why don't the Republicans answer this simple question?

    April 18, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  21. IS IT 2012 YET ??

    It will end only when Obama and the Socialists in Congress are voted out.

    April 18, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  22. ib

    All this started with Bush and with Obama it has got out of controll to the point that everyone will lose. Higher taxes and out of controll inflation are on the way thanks to the great Obama. I hope all who voted for him are happy with his 'CHANGE' since you will lucky if you have change left in your pockets after King Obama.

    April 18, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  23. Spineless Administration

    It will end when Obama is out of the White House and Congress is not controlled by Demoncats. Republicans need to go back to the days of their contract with America when Newt ran it with budget surpluses.

    April 18, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  24. Dave NYC

    Is this still the GOP's only solution? Our ailing economy will not be revitalized by simply abstaining from spending!

    The President is not spending wildly, he is *investing* in a new economy based on clean energy and health care reform. He is also giving a tax cut to over 90% of us.

    When Republicans talk about cutting taxes, they only mean for the rich.

    And when republicans talk about cutting spending but they can't offer a different solution, they become nothing more than powerless whiners.

    April 18, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  25. Portland, Maine

    Hey Rep. Kevin McCarthy.... i know you have only been in Washington since 2006....but where the hell were you and the rest of your Republican friends while Bush was in office, spending our future away?

    "Unfortunately, the Washington Democratic establishment has pushed all year for policies that spend too much, tax too much, and borrow too much from our children and grandchildren"

    Are you serious? Have you paid attention over the past eight years? Bush was the one that spent to much. Bush was the one that taxed the middle class to much. Bush and the Republican party are the ones responsible for borrowing to much. Remember, that there was a surplus when he entered office in 2000. How soon Republicans forget......

    Stand aside while Obama and the Democrats clean up your parties mess

    April 18, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
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