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. S Callahan

    Being a Republican, i have to admit...I can't fault President Obama .I believe his intent is to make America better..it has to be acknowledged he is only one person.. I do lay blame to our local represenatives that we send to D.C.to make our voices known. The will of the people can't be ignored and our vote is our weapon of change. President's Obama's administration has to enforce the righteous use of the taxpayers funds for the good of the people, not the foolishness. There is a accountablity there.

    Truthfully, I think the next tea bag rally will be much larger.

    April 18, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  2. Lori, Houston Texas

    I guess people should have considered this problem back in the 80s, 90s and during the Bush years. When the left was pointing out the problems with wonton deregulation, greed, and war, we were called anti-business, anti-American and traitors. In time the majority of voters decided enough was enough and chose Barack Obama to come in and clean up this mess. Now, because some people's racism trumps their commom sense, they don't like the results. Too bad. We already had our revolution in Nov 2008. It's called the election. There is NOTHING more American and democratic than allowing Americans to choose our President in a peaceful election. That what we want to export, remember? Democracy around the world? Republicans have shown the world that they only believe in democracy when they win. When they lose, time to break out the guns for another civil war or threaten to secede from the union. How pitiful and so pathetic. As an American, I'm embarassed for them.

    April 18, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  3. Ken

    The question should not be
    "When will all this spending and borrowing end?"

    The queston should be
    "Why was all of this made necessary?"

    Think about what created this messand the last eight years.
    Don't let it happen again.

    April 18, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  4. S Callahan

    Also, people spend alot of energy bashing the Republicans stating they didn't speak up during the Bush administration.....that is not truth..there were many, many of us that did speak up....even lending our votes to President Obama....put the reality out there..and stop feeding hostility. This is OUR America...we all should be invested!

    April 18, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  5. FAYE, NV

    Most of you Repugs are not willing to work with the President and is eager for him to fail. Therefore, stop it already about wanting to with him.

    April 18, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  6. susie

    With Democrats in control there is no check and balance. We need an equal amount of Republicans and Democrats in the houses.

    April 18, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  7. yeah right

    I have been paying since was very young, ( long time ago now) for my parents and grandparents problems and bills, dont know anything else, and am sure my kids and grans are going to feel the same way, so trying now to use "the children" in your repub battle doesnt carry much weight ! try again repubs ! cant believe how messed up the repub party has become, they dont even know who thier leader is anymore...

    April 18, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  8. Jeff

    Right, the GOP, the party of fiscal discipline. You've got to be deaf, dumb, and blind to pay any attention to these guys after the last 8 years, especially when they start to talk about fiscal discipline.

    April 18, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  9. Sam I Am

    The Republicans were in a fantasy land for 8 years. They had no checks and balances to speak of, and did not have to negotiate for anything. When you give a 2 year old everything he wants, he doesn't become a better child, he becomes a little monster. This is what happened to the Republicans. Now that they no longer get everything they want, they're still throwing tantrums and screaming "NO!" Like a two-year-old's parents, the majority of adult Americans are tuning them out.

    Until the Republicans show that they are willing to work to get us out of the mess they got us into through collaboration and consultation with the rest of the world, they will become increasingly irrelevant.

    Allowing even the perception that idiots like Palin, Perry, Limbaugh, and others are in any way speaking for the party as a whole does nothing but further distance the party from the centrist postures they need to take to survive. The party is toast.

    April 18, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  10. ib

    Dave in NYC: just how is Obama giving tax cuts to over 90% when well less than 90% pay any taxes at all. I just love the liberal spin to cover for Obama. One more thing if you do pay taxes you did see a decrease in Bush's tax cuts. Everyone who actually paid taxes got a cut not just the rich. Of course the ones that do not pay taxes didn't get anything back which is the way it should be.

    April 18, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  11. phoenix86

    All this borrowing and spending will end in January 2013.

    April 18, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  12. Michigander

    "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"

    I wonder how much longer the republicans are going to chant this "it's the Dems fault" crap? These same guys that signed off on Bush's trillions of throw away dollars in Iraq, the first bailout that had no conditions attached, and the growth of government programs under them? Those guys who are now so bent on challenging every move Obama makes to correct things, and whining that it isn't fast enough or that it costs too much, or that they don't understand it? Who believe that the government is so horrible that it is OK to threaten secession? Who carry around weapons in broad daylight because Hannity told them "Obama will take your guns!!!" These racist Republicans are making me ashamed to be an American right now. Obama is moving fast because there is much to be done...if it's too fast for the Republican brains to handle, can't they just relax and give it a chance to work?
    No, they are praying it WON'T work, and since the markets are recovering, and things are looking a little better, they have to rally the troops and threaten all kinds of things. Why? Their taxes are DOWN, their children will no more be responsible for thousands of dollars in debt than we are (remember hearing about that in the 70's? We moaned in college about the huge debt our parents were leaving us...)
    It is time for the Republicans and their sheep to be part of the solution instead of becoming a problem.

    April 18, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  13. Henry

    I would be willing to listen if these GOP folks were just willing to come up with comething substantive instead of tax cuts, tax cuts.

    Who is going to pay for our deficits. I say, "Raise taxes on everybody, especially the rich folks." We so often think that waving the bone in front of people will get us the following we need.

    Logic tells us this does not work. But logic is not something GOP wants. They like emotional responses.

    April 18, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  14. Candy Wilson

    It will end when we ALL start to be more careful.. I am starting myself in every faction of my life.. Yes this deficit is out of control but it is similiar to shocking a patient who is cardiac arrest...This is what the Pres. is trying to do.. I see the benefits already all around me.. I live in a small river "mill" town on the Ohio river and we have our struggles...But as someone said in church one evening "We already know how to conserve, we have been down a long time" How true this is as I look to how the rest of the country is Failing. Other areas were much more prosperous But a false prosperous and there they are Crashing....Personally i am more concerned over the Division of the country now more than anything I pray for us all. Thankyou

    April 18, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  15. Joe the Numbers Cruncher

    A better question is when will so many Americans stop buying the "snake oil" being peddled by Limbaugh, Hannity, O'Reilly, Colter and too many more right wing "lug nuts"? All this garbage about "trickle down" economics, too high taxes, "state rights,and too much more, has been discredited by events.

    It pays to remember the last time we had not only a balanced budget, but a surplus, was under Bill Clinton. Barack Obama inherited an economy that was close to bankruptcy by prolifigate spending on an Iraq war that did not have to occur, unwise tax cuts and more. We'll get back to the suplus when we are out of this mess. I'd suggest that thoe named above and their supporters go read John Maynard Keynes. Perhaps that will open your "closed" minds.

    April 18, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  16. Dee

    I think the Repubs need to give Obama and the Administration a chance. I've heard nothing but howls since the election that the world as we know it is going to end. Believe me I didn't do too well during the last administration. I think President Obama truly wants to make things better for those of us who will never be rich but only want to be able to get along and survive in life and maybe have a little fun.

    April 18, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  17. Phil

    It would have been nice if Congressman McCarthy and his fellow Republicans had shown the same enthusiasm for fiscal responsibility before they not only allowed but helped Bush and Cheney lead us down the road to the horrible mess we now find ourselves in.

    April 18, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  18. Rob Littell

    Are they're any Republicans left?

    I seriously doubt it.

    April 18, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  19. Rez

    Where were you when G W was spending billions in an uneccesary war?? How come all of a sudden the GOP leaders feel the need to avoid over spending and borrowing? It started with Bush! We didnt hear any republicans complaining then!

    April 18, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  20. Dorothy in NC

    Rep McCarthy's comments are laughable. I guess for the past 8 years, you must have been on vacation without access to a tv, radio or newspaper.

    Someone from CNN should start an investigation into how much money Haliburton made over the Bush years and how exactly it was made.

    April 18, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  21. Keith in Austin

    The blame game you Libs continue to ramble about is getting pretty old. Barry has already spent 3 times more than Bush. The spending probably won't stop until the government owns all of us but thankfully so far, we still live in a democracy so in 2 years we'll start voting the current liberal bums out and the balance of them in 4!

    April 18, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  22. Glennis

    I was highly critical of the previous administration's spendthrift ways and frequently contacted my senators and congressman about it. All to no avail. I am disgusted with the current administration's attempt to outdo the Bush administration in spending. I don't care how you spin it, you simply CANNOT keep borrowing and spending exhorbitant amounts and increasing the size of government and expect economic stability. We are going to run out of funding for this outrageous, irresponsible waste and abuse of money. These people are so out of touch with main stream America that it would be laughable if it weren't so tragic. They have nothing more than self interest and self preservation at heart.

    April 18, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  23. To: California Republican Rep. Kevin McCarthy

    when the HUGE mess you created is cleaned up

    April 18, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  24. Rob Littell

    The Repubs made a mess. The Dems clean it up. What kind of fool doesn't see this?

    April 18, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  25. GOPer

    The spending will end when we once and for all clean up the mess made by the GOP. Hopefully by then we'll, the GOP, will have smart politicians.

    April 18, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
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