Bachmann: Don't pass Obama's plan
September 8th, 2011
09:43 PM ET
11 years ago

Bachmann: Don't pass Obama's plan

(CNN) - Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann said she felt "deeply disappointed" by the president's jobs speech Thursday and called on Congress to avoid passing his plan.

"Clearly what we saw was just a sequel of all of the failed policies that the president has put forward in the past," Bachmann said in a post-debate speech.

While Republicans typically deliver a party response whenever the president addresses a joint session of Congress, the GOP passed on an address Thursday, giving no official reason for the move.

But Bachmann, who said she listened to the speech in the car while stuck in traffic, gave her own response in the House gallery in the Capitol Thursday.

She said she was offended by President Barack Obama's opening remarks asking Congress to "stop the political circus" and do something to help the economy.

Specifically, she blasted the president's plan to prolong unemployment benefits, calling them poor incentives for people to get jobs.

"Not only should Congress not pass this plan," Bachmann said. "I say, 'Mr. President, stop. Your last plan hasn't worked, and it's hurting the American economy'."

The GOP presidential candidate laid out her own nine-point plan, which included measures such as repealing Obama's health care reform, repealing financial regulation reform, and increasing exports.

She called the president's policies acts of "generational theft" that take money from future generations.

"The president has embraced solutions that are temporary gimmicks," Bachmann said. "They come and they go. That's what we saw tonight in the president's remarks."

Filed under: Jobs • Michele Bachmann • Republicans
soundoff (300 Responses)
  1. Ali

    Repealing Obama's health care plan is going to create new jobs? I have worked as a corporate accountant for nearly 20 years and have NEVER seen decisions to expand a business based on the possibility of increased benefit costs. In it's simplest form if the current facilities and staffing levels allow a company to meet their customers demands they will not hire. When demand or anticipated demand exceeds capacity they will hire. There is no silver bullet that will jump start the economy. There is no easy or simple solution. The government can help people who are suffering but they can't fix things. For significant growth to occur businesses need to increase demand.

    There are good and bad parts of Obama's plan. Many of them have little risk to the public and offer at least some hope of a recovery instead of another recession. Others are riskier and will be temporary fixes at best. Others are symbolic at best and most likely meant to illustrate the unwillingness to compromise.

    I find it very telling that republicans are criticizing measures that many of them have either supported in the past or actually have versions of in their own plans. Our government is designed to work based on compromise. I also found it telling to see the expressions on many of the members of congress's faces and hear their reactions. Obama gives a speech, after a huge public outcry for government to do something about jobs. His speech outlines a bill that he is sending to congress and the republicans respond by calling his speech a campaign speech full of the same tired old ideas. It feels like that for some if Obama were to take their plan and send it to congress with his name on it they would criticize it and say it was doomed to fail.

    The problem with Obama's plan or anyone's for that matter is that it depends on accurately predicting human behavior. It assumes that given a specific set of circumstances people will react in a predictable and rational way. When reading the hatred from so many people I find that people are anything but rational.

    September 9, 2011 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  2. Never stop working

    I wonder, how does she plan to increase exports? Wave a magic wand, and suddenly all of our industry that actually produces a physical product returns from China, Mexico, Bangladesh, India, and all the other places our corporations have sent the jobs to? Or reduce the minimum wage to $1.13 so that our workers can compete for the production jobs with these other countries??

    September 9, 2011 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  3. Jon

    Bachman has put nothing forward herself (much like Palin). Both are a waste of time on the U.S. political landscape as are all tea party trolls/hobbits/nazi's.

    September 9, 2011 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  4. Really?

    Of course she says it won't work. What would be news is if any of the GOP candidates liked any of the plan. If Obama succeeds they lose. The GOP has said no to everything and anything Obama has attempted. That includes bills the GOP has put up, because passing them might make Obama look good. That was the only way they had a chance to beat him in 12. I'm not surprised by this behavior. What really surprises me. Is the public has so quickly forgotten how we got in this mess and how the GOP has refused to budge on any proposals. The public short term memory will doom our country to repeat the same mistakes. And the biggest mistake at this point would be to put one of these unstable GOP candidates in office.

    September 9, 2011 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  5. sortakinda

    She says the American people are tired of speeches. So she gives a speech. What a genius!

    September 9, 2011 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  6. a6102658

    Republicans, Bachmann, do not have a plan, it is easier to destroy than to build, it is easier to destroy ideas than to come up with a new idea.
    She is what she is, a fringe candidate and is fading away, thank god.
    And by the way, unemployment is an insurance, millions pay into it, I paid 12 years straight into it, it is not free money, you Tea baggers.

    September 9, 2011 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  7. Richard

    This coming from a woman who has not pass anything while in office. She is a paper weight and should be treated as such. I think she is dumb as one also. When will people forget the crap and work together to help this country?

    September 9, 2011 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  8. Steven Gunning

    The Republicans will say anything negative about the President's economic plan even if there are points to it that the Republicans would have proposed if they had the power to. It was the George W. Bush administration that asked the incoming Obama Administration to put and economic stimulus together. And then it was the Republicans in Congress that opposed it because if it were not passed the economy today would be worse. The plan wasn't perfect but the Obama plan saved the economy from free fall that it was in because of the Bush policies. The Republicans are playing a political circus with Americans' future. Bachmann is offended? How childish. Why don't she come up with her own plan and let the American people see how little she will do for the middle class?

    September 9, 2011 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  9. james kalchthaler

    First of all forget ANYTHING this broad has to say. Between her and Palin I have never encountered two more stupid and self-serving individuals. The President is trying to put forth some tangible alternatives, it is the CONGRESS or more specifically the Republicans that are standing in the way. Either help us get out of this hole or get the hell out of the way. We are sick and tired of negativity and apathey. We will be voting alll of you nay sayers out very soon maybe then you can experience some of the hardships we common people go thru each day. TY Mr. President. Go to hell Bachman.

    September 9, 2011 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  10. NJI

    Throwing money at the issue will not help the problem. Yes, there are some that are disabled, veterans, or cannot work that deserve or can't live without unemployment benefits. But I know plenty of capable people that are STILL on unemployment after 3 years because all you have to do is click a button on the Employment Security Commission's website and a check comes in the mail. If this country votes Obama back into office, we deserve to fail. The only thing he said that would work is if our Congressmen & women cared at all for our country and were not so focused on getting re-elected to another term or high pay, large benefits, and lack of sweat on their brow.

    September 9, 2011 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  11. humtake

    Yes, her "plan will fail" rhetoric before even allowing it a chance to really sink in has gotten old. If God came down and laid out a plan with Obama, she would say the same thing she is saying now.

    However, she is one of the few Reps who has spent a lot of time and research on a plan to help this country. That is way more than many other Reps and Dems have done. People should spend energy blasting those politicians who don't come up with any plans but like to whine and complain. They should not blast those who are at least making plans. If you don't agree with the plans, fine. But, by spending time and resources on those people will encourage other lawmakers to actually make plans if they want to be in the news.

    September 9, 2011 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  12. coder

    if it does fail – its because people like bachmann will make it fail... If they were on team america, then she and the rest of those lazy politicians would do their part, as a team.... Bachmann and corporate elite are trying to retain control over middle america, they want their tax slaves to keep paying for their gravy train...

    September 9, 2011 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  13. ZweiStein

    This woman sounds like a broken record. Throw it away.

    September 9, 2011 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  14. KevininNJ

    If I'm not mistaken, she's speaking in front of the great seal of the United States. that's fallen over / is crooked. I"ll take that as sign of what could happen if she becomes president.

    September 9, 2011 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  15. rizzo

    Since Bachmann doesn't really know much about anything, I'm not going to take her word on this or anything else.

    September 9, 2011 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  16. imnotconfused

    Of course she expects it to fail! Did we expect her to come out and actually support something that can help the American people? Absolutely not.....and she was offended by the call to "stop the political circus". OMG if that happens, what would the Republican clowns do??????

    September 9, 2011 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  17. Jo

    Well, someone tell crazy cat lady to show up on time. The bill may pass, but the only failure is her election.

    September 9, 2011 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  18. Adel

    Fact: his plans thus far HAVE NOT worked. We are worse now than ever before. She doesn't have the POWER to make anything fail. It's FACT. This President has done much since in office except cut back on our energy resources that in FACT would produce millions of jobs and millions in revenue. He's a joke. He's an embarrassment. He lacked any and all experience to run this country.

    September 9, 2011 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  19. fileta

    And her brilliant new ideas for job creation are...?

    September 9, 2011 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  20. big Al

    Give me a break! When, if ever, you people STOP the nonsense and deal with the reality at hand and look at the struggles this nation has. It's We The People, not We the Government. It's OUR MONEY our FUTURE. To some degree even as a registered Republican WE need to make a HUGE decision and I'm not an economist but do we trust our leaders we hired for the job? Or do we poke at each party to make the Blame Game? But MR Obama, haste makes waste. When something is Crammed down a throat, it truly leaves a bitter taste. I'm all for being Pro-active but I see the plan as re-active. Prove me wrong Mr. President!

    September 9, 2011 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  21. Andy H.

    Why anyone would listen to this woman is beyond me.

    – A

    September 9, 2011 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  22. Spinner49

    It always confounds me why those politicians who are most vocal in expressing their Christian faith are the first in line to cut social programs for the poor, eliminate health care, eliminate unemployment, and cut taxes for the wealthy. They may SAY they're Christians, but they don't ACT like it.

    September 9, 2011 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  23. Wulf

    THIS type of person is exactly what is wrong with Congress today. I seriously how the GOP digs deep and doesn't actually consider putting her in the running. The American people WANT you guys to work together, she just decides it will fail automatically to be sensationalist and to get media attention. Yet all her answers at the debate were out in left field. I especially loved when you commented that b/c of Obamacare restaurants cannot hire as many people....really Bachman when have YOU Worked at a restaurant, and what are these places that provide healthcare for their servers? Get back to me on that!

    September 9, 2011 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  24. M ~ FAITHFUL Citizen

    TPRepubs or Islamic extremists Were/Are behind the black-out on West Coast. If it was the first, they did it so the masses couldn't see Pres Obama. Since all "authorities" are stating not terror related, I'd say we're seeing corporate/Congressional Terror by the ones whose heads are so far up they see nothing but tarry stool. Anyone second this?

    September 9, 2011 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  25. Jon No Name

    But Bachmann, who said she listened to the speech in the car while stuck in traffic, gave her own response in the House gallery in the Capitol Thursday.

    IF the roads were fixed... would you have been stuck in traffic??

    September 9, 2011 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
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