Barbour slams Obama on taxes, economy
March 26th, 2011
02:06 PM ET
11 years ago

Barbour slams Obama on taxes, economy

(CNN) - Mississippi Republican Gov. Haley Barbour on Saturday criticized President Obama's economic policies and urged fiscal discipline in Washington.

Speaking in Des Moines, Iowa, to a crowd of conservative activists, the potential 2012 GOP presidential contender said, "When the government sucks all the money out of the economy, how is the private sector supposed to create jobs?"

Barbour slammed the Obama administration's tax policies for placing an extra burden on taxpayers and inhibiting job growth.

"The president from the beginning has been calling for the largest tax increase in American history," Barbour said, adding "the policies of this administration in every case have made it harder to create jobs."

Barbour also struck out at taxes placed on the oil industry, saying they would be passed on to consumers.

"Who’s he think is going to pay that? Exxon?" Barbour said, "That's going to be paid by the people who are pumping gas and diesel fuel into their cars & trucks."

Citing the need to jumpstart the economy, Barbour told the crowd that reducing spending would be key.

"I urge you to remember the most important thing, cutting spending is the means to an end, the end is to continue to grow our economy,” he said.

Filed under: 2012 • Haley Barbour • Iowa
soundoff (66 Responses)
  1. Rev. T.

    "The president from the beginning has been calling for the largest tax increase in American history," Barbour said, ..."

    Fact is Mr. Barbour that Pres. Obama cut taxes for some 97% of the taxpayers. Your Bible tells you not to lie. Better read up and then walk the Biblical walk, sir.

    March 26, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  2. normajean

    I find myself wondering that if you Repubs continue as you have been doing, nothing but complaining, lying and twisting facts, tearing down structure of the various states with your govenors messing with the unions, cutting back on medical, education and giving,giving giving to the corporations..while the little people are hurting so much.......what makes you think that the voters are going to vote Republican in 2012 ? ??? I think you all are in for a big surprise!!!!!!!!!

    March 26, 2011 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  3. Emmy Skaddittle

    He is certainly the one to give advice because Mississippi is in such great shape economically

    March 26, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  4. Ken in NC

    If there are some among you that think things are bad and can't get any worse, elect this IDIOT, Mississippi Republican Gov. Haley Barbour and let him and other members of the Tea-Publican party on the road to becoming a nation likened to Mississippi. He will have his administration all dawn their white robes and trusted steeds and ride through out this nation spreading their hate and evil to all including many whites who may not agree with his method of returning this nation to the 18th and 19th century. Between he and his trusted sidekick, Newt-ered Gingrich they will plunder and terrorize this nation back into the dark ages.

    March 26, 2011 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  5. aaron in MN

    Didn't they just announce corporations raked in a RECORD $1.65 TRILLION dollars???? Obama's sucking what, out of what??? Has the entire world gone mad!!!!!!!???????? guess what our annual deficit spending is? only $1.6 trillion. strange is it not.....

    March 26, 2011 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  6. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Barbour hasn't looked in his own backyard of Mississippi since he's been governor and that's why it still remains the poorest State in the Union for years while he is still Governor. Barbour has been able to lie to the people of Mississippi to keep a job but he sure can't lie to the American people to give him the job of President of this U.S., not now and not ever.

    March 26, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  7. Lisa Mitchell

    The "average" American knows that, as does Obama. And just what have Republicans done to "cooperate" in being a part of Obamas potential solutions? Of course with the exception of the tax break for their rich, and financially supportive good ole boys?

    March 26, 2011 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  8. Darrell

    Gov. Barbour,

    The Tea Party Republicans in the US House recently defeated a bill that would take away tax breaks from Oil/Gas companies that are enjoying record profits...President Obama is proposing using those tax breaks to invest in clean/alternative sources of energy that will reduce our nation's dependence on foreign oil as well as create jobs for Ams.

    Sir, please tell me why and how this is the wrong strategy that president Obama is advocating. Energy and tax policies that favors the US consumer and our national security in the long run. Please tell me why you favor having our brave young women and men continue to fight in Muslim countries to make sure big oil/gas continue getting their tax breaks and the US stays dependent on foreign oil.

    Imagine, sir, the US using those tax breaks to grow small energy companies that create jobs for Americans. Revenues from those new small energy companies contributing to local/state taxes that go for education, hiring more policemen and fire fighters, improving our roads and highways...and yes, making America Stronger!

    March 26, 2011 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  9. Larry L

    Interesting comment from a governor of what is essentially a welfare state. The Party of No wants no taxes but won't offer up any pragmatic solutions for cutting costs of medical care, education, Social Security, or even Defense. Each of their ideas leads back to their corporate masters, and tends to use the lower and middle classes as the bill payer. They want to give Medicare to the insurance and pharmaceutical insustries, education to private Christian schools, Social Security to Wall Street, and Defense to Beltway Bandit contractors.

    March 26, 2011 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  10. Clwyd

    Barbour the person from the state with the poorest people and lowest educational standards has room to criticize nobody and nothing! I cant understand his southern drawl anyway! Just another unqualified republican!

    March 26, 2011 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  11. pflatman

    Really, Haley? You disgusting, corpulent politician? Whatever we do, let's just let big oil (and other giant corporations) have their corporate welfare, courtesy of the American taxpayer. We should keep on subsidizing these greedy jerks?

    Oh, right, you're comfortably sitting in their back pockets.

    March 26, 2011 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  12. I hear voices

    Michelle Bachmann said she would run for president if God told her to. It appears that there is another God that has been speaking to her frequently. The Christian God would encourage her to help the poor and those in need, but she must have ignored those voices. The Christian God would have told her how important it is to teach our young, treat all people with respect, and put no other Gods before him. I wonder if Michelle is listening to the God from a warmer place.

    March 26, 2011 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  13. John J. Puccio

    When in doubt, lie: "The president from the beginning has been calling for the largest tax increase in American history." Sorry, the President wanted to raise the tax rate on the highest-earning 2% of the rich, back near the levels of the Clinton administration, before Bush the Lesser lowered them twice. The rich today enjoy the lowest federal tax rate in over sixty years, yet they want to pay even less. In fact, the upper 2% pay a lower actual income tax, after deductions, than a middle-class wage earner.

    March 26, 2011 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  14. GeorgeVT

    Wait... Mississippi is expecting at $634 Million deficit this year.. and we're taking fiscal advice from this guy?

    March 26, 2011 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  15. Jon

    Yes, because the state of Mississippi has such a vibrant economy.

    March 26, 2011 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  16. catmom

    And how is his state doing? And what are his solutions?

    Okay potential Republican Presidential candidates we get that you all hate President Obama and don't think he has done a thing for this country. We get that but what we don't get is what would you do? What are your solutions? What plans do you have to fix the economy and create jobs? Republicans ran on in the mid term elections after convincing some Americans that President Obama hadn't done a thing and is the reason for all their misery. But we haven't seen them do a darn thing to create jobs and fix the economy. In fact, we have seen just the opposite. So, now that we know Republican Governors elected in the last election want to pit one tax paying group of Americans against another and blame unions, teachers, fire and police, city and state workers for their states being in financial ruin all the while giving tax cuts to businesses and corporations, what exactly are your plans. How can you fix things and why exactly should anyone vote for you besides you hating President Obama?

    March 26, 2011 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  17. lforlegend

    why is Mis sipi so poor? The reason lies in the backward thinking of people like the guy. He's a joke and a waste!!

    March 26, 2011 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  18. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    And did he use the Mississippi state owned helicopter to fly there on the taxpayers' dime to deliver this speech?

    March 26, 2011 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  19. Badguy

    Another spokesman for the Rich and Powerful. The oil companies are gonna rape the consumer no matter what taxes are placed on them. Slap price controls on the them and send in government auditors to insure the taxes are NOT passed along to the consumers. Its time to get tough with the big corporations. If they don't react right, Nationalize them!

    March 26, 2011 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  20. renaldo

    Is Mississippi still part of the USA? I thought it was like Puerto Rico, sort of a third world unincorporated territory only not as nice.

    March 26, 2011 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  21. Indy

    "When the government sucks all the money out of the economy, how is the private sector supposed to create jobs?"
    Surely he is talking about Bush and the un funded wars, or perhaps the tax cuts to the ultra rich that have been proven time and time again to never create jobs.

    March 26, 2011 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  22. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Do Iowans really believe this tub of lard? Republicans are responsible for the Bush/republican near depression and the majority of the huge national debt. You cannot give unfunded tax cuts to the wealthy, have two unfunded wars, give big corporations and big oil unfunded tax breaks, create unfunded drug programs, and bail out Wall Street with unfunded TARP money.

    March 26, 2011 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  23. Jimm

    hmmm, what Barbour fails to mention is that our tax rate is at an all time low.

    March 26, 2011 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  24. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Mr. Barbour go back home and fix Mississippi, then come back to slam President Obama.

    March 26, 2011 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  25. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    If it was up to Haley, Citizens Councils would be in charge of our social agenda.

    March 26, 2011 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
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