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January 23rd, 2009
02:08 PM ET

Is it a mistake for the GOP to oppose stimulus plan?

From CNN's Jack Cafferty:

President Obama's hopes for broad bipartisan support for his $825-billion emergency stimulus package have been dashed.

US House Minority Leader John Boehner (L)R-OH and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) make remarks to the press outside the West Wing after their meeting with President Barack Obama today at the White House.

The President wants the emergency bill on his desk by President's Day. But there's an obstacle in the way: Opposition from Republicans that seems to be growing by the day. Now they are complaining they've been shut out of the process of writing the bill. They are pointing a finger at the Democrats for ignoring the President's call for bipartisanship.

We're in the middle of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. Voters made it clear they're sick and tired of partisan warfare in Washington. Is anybody listening?

Today President Obama met with GOP leaders to hear their concerns. House Republican leader John Boehner said he and his colleagues feel the package is too expensive and too slow. Republicans want tax relief in the hands of Americans right away.

The President said he would take the Republican concerns under consideration. White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said President Obama will go to Capitol Hill next week to meet with lawmakers and try to get this thing done.

My question to you is: Are Republicans making a mistake by opposing President Obama's stimulus plan?

Here’s my question to you: Are Republicans making a mistake by opposing President Obama's stimulus plan?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Melissa writes:
The GOP got us all into this mess so they just need to shut their mouths and let the Democrats fix it.

Teri from St. Augustine, Florida writes:
They will not accept any responsibility for their actions in bringing our country into this mess. Their arrogance led us here; their egos won't let them change. They saw how well their plan of stopping any progress worked after their 2006 losses, now they are living with their 2008 losses, and they are still just 'staying the course'. Let's see how many more seats they'll lose in 2010 if they keep this up.

Joey from Yankee Lake, New York writes:
Not at all, it is full of pork. A lot of things in there are not stimulative. If the Republicans do not stand up, the Democrats will run away with all the money for their special interest. It's a mistake to have one side making all the decisions.

Jason from Oakland, California writes:
As a matter of policy, it's always a good idea to do something that the GOP opposes, unless they try one of those reverse psychology thingies.

John from Connecticut writes:
No! We all saw what happened when Democrats failed to stop the conservative movement across Washington, a liberal agenda can be just as detrimental.

Bruce from St. Paul, Minnesota writes:
Let me see if I have this right. The Republicans are ok with money for Wall Street with no benefit to the country at large. They favor keeping the tax cuts for the wealthy and lower capital gains taxes. But they would not be able to swallow a bill that tries to get money back to the poor peasants. Didn't they get the memo? The Reagan Revolution is over. We have been trickled down on enough.


Filed under: Republican Party • Stimulus Plan
soundoff (491 Responses)
  1. Scott, Wichita

    We got to this point by issuing stimuli and bailouts. If we let everthing naturally get back to where it was, then we will have learned from our mistakes. All we learn from the bailouts and stimulus is that if things get bad enough, the government will come to our rescue.

    January 23, 2009 at 2:10 pm |
  2. Lynn in Ohio

    Not a mistake to offer up some intelligent constructive critisim but it will be a disaster for the GOP to try to stall or block it. It, after all, has been the GOP ideology that has fostered the delimna to begin with. Stongly opposing this plan will be evidence that the theory of an elephant having a good memory is entirely false.

    January 23, 2009 at 2:14 pm |
  3. Jeff N, Oregon State University

    I don't think that they are making a mistake in regards to opposing the stimulus package. For the most part, it is obvious partisanship, which isn't right in today's world of politics, but it is how things have been conditioned to work.

    Having opposition to the package allows the left to at least consider what problems may be present with the plan, not that they are likely to listen, but at least there is a little voice saying that it won't work.

    I may think that it is right for there to be the right's opposition to the plan, but I entirely disagree with the tax cuts that they seem to propose in response to their opposition... It's just not the right time for a tax cut, we know that it won't work.

    January 23, 2009 at 2:15 pm |
  4. James

    Of course they are making a mistake. Not only does it show that they are not looking out for the working class but they are still showing how out of touch there party really is. The again if it were a Republican president they would be all for it!

    January 23, 2009 at 2:17 pm |
  5. Ed Reed

    After helping George Bush run up the national debt from $5.7 to $10.6 trillion during "good" times, the Republicans are suddenly concerned about deficits while the country teeters on the edge of a second Great Depression and if we go over the edge because of them, then they will become extinct like the dinosaurs.

    Ed Reed
    Hooverville, TX

    January 23, 2009 at 2:18 pm |
  6. Conor in Chicago

    No. Remember Jack they are just trying to keep us safe from socialism they same way they kept us safe from peace and prosperity for 8 years.

    January 23, 2009 at 2:19 pm |
  7. Timer

    Yes.

    January 23, 2009 at 2:20 pm |
  8. Frank from Peterborough

    The Republicans whole heartedly supported all the Bush policies that got America to the point it is today with their talk of smaller government and less spending when in reality their actions were directly contrary to their political rhetoric.

    The GOP is still spouting these same principles and are going to use this rhetoric as a reason for opposing anything the Obama administration tries to accomplish.

    The answer to the question is a definite yes as people have caught on to their tactics with the past 12 years of Republican administration all resulting in recessions. That includes Bush one and two,

    January 23, 2009 at 2:21 pm |
  9. Demetrius

    Jack , they all are nuts ; that's why I trust God and not the government to do anything at makes sense.

    January 23, 2009 at 2:22 pm |
  10. Ray in Nashville

    Yes, but that shouldn't surprise anyone. Republicans have been mistaken about almost everything for the past 30 years.

    January 23, 2009 at 2:22 pm |
  11. Simpliticus

    I find it disingenuous that Congress passes the TARP funds measure which threw billions of dollars at Wall Street only to be either hoarded or used as a means toward further mergers and acquisition and it did not ostensibly help with the original problem of toxic assets. And that was under the George W. Bush administration. Now, Obama wishes to use the remainder of the TARP funds for which it was originally intended and ire is raised. The Republicans should just as well allow what the Democrats want because the GOP lost all credibility with Bush and what he did to bring us to this point. The GOP are NOT the custodians of conservative thought as a result and they do themselves a disservice thinking themselves thus!

    January 23, 2009 at 2:23 pm |
  12. Jennifer

    Who couldn't use a few extra bucks lately? I think it's a great idea to give the American people some money to help stimulate the economy a little. At the same time though it's a tylenol for a heart attack. I'm just hoping bigger and better things will be unveiled for the upcoming year. I'd rather have a job or cheaper health insurance than a few hundred dollars.

    January 23, 2009 at 2:23 pm |
  13. Katiec Pekin, IL

    They most certainly are. They are responsible for bringing our country to its knees with their policies and irresponsible lack of creditibility and spending that they SHOULD do everything in their power to help the survival of our country.
    The American people voted for change, but they continue with their politics as usual. If they do not start putting country first, they will cease to exist.

    January 23, 2009 at 2:24 pm |
  14. don in naples, florida

    Republicans? making a mistake, no, never.

    January 23, 2009 at 2:24 pm |
  15. Paul Round Rock, Texas

    I think so Jack. But they need to be able to voice a way to fine tune it. Because sitting on their hands and saying No and No again is doing nothing and something needs to be done or we could have people in the streets at some point like is happenning in Iceland now. Both sides must work together or we all will go down the tubes which none of us want.

    January 23, 2009 at 2:25 pm |
  16. Bea

    Big Mistake, Jack. Aren't there republicans in unemployment lines also?

    January 23, 2009 at 2:25 pm |
  17. SHIRLEY-OHIO

    Yes they are making a big mistake. The republicans are the ones who got us in this trouble anyway. They need to stop the hate and participate. They can either help do something about this by saying yes to this stimulus plan or watch this recession turn into a depression (if it is not already). The stimulus may or may not work, but at least they will be able to say they tried something. Doing nothing is just pure ignorance. I understand the price tag is high, but they need to do put a blind fold on so they cannot see the price tag and put some ear plugs in so they cannot hear the prices tag and vote yes on it.

    January 23, 2009 at 2:25 pm |
  18. pete in ny

    Jack
    If you mean the "stimulus" plan which the Congressional Budget Office said won't stimulate anything and which won't even spend a lot of the money until 2011 the answer is a resounding "Yes they should oppose it." I guess Dayton will have to live with prostitution and Las Vegas just won't get it's mob museum. The current bill is WASHINGTON POLITICS AS USUAL and far from being the politics of change it is old style partisan pork- not at all in keeping with Obama's pledges.

    On the other hand although you conveniently failed to mention it, Republican leaders who were shut out by House Democrats in developing the current bill , asked to meet with Pres Obama to present alternatives. i submit that is real support.

    January 23, 2009 at 2:26 pm |
  19. Les Oklahoma

    Would like to address what left of the Republican stand in the way of the stimulus program and their will be fewer of you over the next few years. If you obstruct and the economy get worse your in a heck of a pickle thanks to G.W. Bush. I kind of wonder where you were when Bush was putting us in this shape. Good luck with that blocking plan your going to need it.

    January 23, 2009 at 2:26 pm |
  20. john behan

    The Republicans are scambling after the election fiasco... after the disastrous"Joe the dumber" ploy...and after 8 years of economic suicide...it is in their nature to resist anything that will result in effective
    policies for the country.

    John
    St. Paul, Minnesota,

    January 23, 2009 at 2:26 pm |
  21. Judie from St. Augustine, Fl

    Jack,
    The GOP is making a huge mistake and we are watching them and taking notes.
    It is time for all good men and women to come to the aide of their country and that includes the GOP. That being said lets give our new President a chance to accomplish what he has set out to do. Lets all get behind him and not be a hindrance to him and the people of the USA. The GOP made their mistakes before and got punished for it, eg, they lost the presidential election,. They better think long and hard before they try to derail President Obamas plans to help this nation they could lose their seats in the senate and congress as well if they don't start working for the people that elected them.

    Judie
    St. Augustine, Fl

    January 23, 2009 at 2:26 pm |
  22. Terry from North Carolina

    Jack
    Republicans are doing what they usually do, oppose everything unless it benefits them, apparently this stimulus package does not give them what they want.

    January 23, 2009 at 2:27 pm |
  23. L.M.,Arizona

    Of course it is a mistake they are are like a drowning man reaching for a life raft with a big hole in it.

    L.M.,Arizona

    January 23, 2009 at 2:27 pm |
  24. carson

    Jack,
    of course they make a huge mistake again here. they left the power with the economic crisis that we've never seen in our lifetime of wasting money for 8 years and here again they're making a stupid silly opposing mistake . it seemed like all GOP are the destroyers. what all they're doin' is heading to the wrong direction as the last 8 darkest years.

    January 23, 2009 at 2:29 pm |
  25. Richard Green

    Jack,
    It's not a mistake to oppose parts of the stimulus plan. The big financial institutions shouldn't get another cent until there is an accounting of what has happened to the first $350 billion dollars.
    Obviously, not much has gone to where we were led to believe it would go. Unfortunately, we can count on the GOP to oppose the best parts of the stimulus plan.....those parts that will get money to those who will spend it on goods and services here in the US. They'll probably want to give more to Goldman Sachs to help them buy foreign banks while passing out more bonuses.

    Rich Green
    San Clemente, Cal.

    January 23, 2009 at 2:30 pm |
  26. David Landsbergen

    Dear Jack. The only way to return to a sane monetary policy is to abolish the federal reserve. It is not a part of Government, yet it virtually controls our monetary system. It has never been subject to any audit and no congressional committee knows of its internal system. Congress needs to return to a sane monetary system of checks and balances as it did before 1913.

    January 23, 2009 at 2:31 pm |
  27. Gina in Racine, Wi

    We have a President with a PLAN to stimulate the Economy.

    The GOP has no plan, no suggestions......they just want to bat down what ever Obama puts in front of them......just to bat it down.

    All they have is criticism......Obama has said if there is something else they think would work better, to give it to him to consider.

    Can you hear the crickets chirpping?

    The Voter's want someone to do something....we have had 8 years of no one doing much of anything....

    So I guess that the 2010 and 2012 Elections will show the GOP that they made a BIG mistake opposing this stimulus plan.

    January 23, 2009 at 2:31 pm |
  28. Stacy from Leesburg, VA

    Jack, it certainly is not a mistake to oppose the stimulus plan. The mistake is not rendering a counterproposal. This country is in trouble and playing politics just for the sake of argument does the country no good in either the short or long terms. The GOP needs to compromise and propose counter solutions, or just go home and shut the heck up and let the big boys govern.

    January 23, 2009 at 2:32 pm |
  29. Don in Fort Gratiot MI

    It's easy to oppose, then say "I told you so" later on. If not a stimulas plan then what do we do to get this economy working? If the GOP has a better plan let's hear it. We need action not distraction.

    January 23, 2009 at 2:32 pm |
  30. Ron San Diego

    Hi Jack:

    At this point in time YES IT WOULD. There is no telling what happened to the first half or Bush part of it. That wouldn't happen on Obama's watch.

    Bank of America said they didn't need it. And they didn't ask for it. I didn't see them giving it back to the Government. If they didn't need it or didn't ask for it. Then whay isn't the government getting the money back? Maybe the CEO's of B of A went on a high class trip to Newport Beach CA on the money.

    What is this anyway? Why didn't they give the American poor and middle class the money. They take it from those who could least afford it and give it to those who "DIDN'T ASK FOR IT" and "DIDN"T NEED IT". The government should DEMAND that money back from Bank of America.

    Ron K. San Diego

    January 23, 2009 at 2:32 pm |
  31. BD in Boise

    As a Democrat, I'm more than happy to have the GOP oppose anything and everything Obama does. Because in the long run, Obama will win and there will be less Republicans come 2010 and 2012.

    January 23, 2009 at 2:33 pm |
  32. karen-phoenix

    As a "former" republican I have written, Sheddegg, Kyle and McCain(AZ state representatives and senators) and said to all three that the American people WANT change. Vote with and work with the Obama Administration to get THIS DONE!!!! Oh, and told them to get Limbough fired! He's destroyed the republican party! I was a republican for 40 years BUT no more!!! They destroyed my country!!!

    January 23, 2009 at 2:33 pm |
  33. Russ in PA

    No, it's not wrong to oppose the stimulus plan. Only a Putz would think that more government spending, and more government intervention is going to solve the very problem that the government helped create. Come on, people, think about it! Think! Think! Think! Only Ron Paul is telling you the truth about the economy; the others of both parties are pandering for your future votes once again! The government stimulus plan is only going to take money away from people, and businesses that can better save, invest, and develop the businesses of the future! Think about your own bank savings as an example: why should banks compete for your business, and provide you a decent return, when they can get handouts from the government at much less cost?

    January 23, 2009 at 2:33 pm |
  34. C from middle GA

    Yes – seems like given how the GOP was handed their hat in the elections, they should try to get with the program and do something positive to help fix the mess that they were a big part of making.

    The obstructionist nonsense needs to go. It's time to get serious about trying to fix our economy.

    January 23, 2009 at 2:33 pm |
  35. glenn mller

    I thing they should oppose the stimlus package the first one didnt work why should this one

    January 23, 2009 at 2:34 pm |
  36. Pat,Lexington, Ky.

    If this stimulus package means families get $1000.00 to spend, it may well be a mistake, so the Republicans – and Democrats! – should question it. People are so far behind with bills, they;ll likely pay some of them, which would not stimulate the economy.

    January 23, 2009 at 2:34 pm |
  37. Gigi in Alabama

    This stimulus package is supposed to create jobs for citizens here in America (not outsourced in India, etc.), but undoubtedly Republicans can't or won't see the advantage of that. Now if this package would help their buddies that are CEO's, and rich fat cats, their reaction to the legislation might be a lot different.

    It took a Democrat to dig us out of every mess that Republicans put us in, and this situation is no different. As President Obama says, "Yes we can!" and we will!!!!

    January 23, 2009 at 2:34 pm |
  38. Asher Bob White

    A mistake for who, Jack? A mistake for the well-being of the American society? Absolutely! But we know that since the GOP's (Greedy Old Party) administrations of Eisenhower and Ford, the GOP agenda has been all about advantaging the top tier wealthy and business interests of this American society, not the common public interests. Additionally, the GOP has tried diligently to destroy our national government in the US. This GOP agenda is referred to a 'drowning it (government) in the bathtub;' right?

    Hays, KS

    January 23, 2009 at 2:35 pm |
  39. glenn mller

    I think that closg gitmo is a bad mastake because all the peope that will be released will goback ad start fighting otopsthen we will be in a biig mmess. alo if we stp torching the prisonerswill the enemy stop doing the same for us

    January 23, 2009 at 2:37 pm |
  40. Tina (Texas

    We the people are stuck between a rock and a hard place. We need a stimulus plan but we know that it will make our debt deeper and of course the Republicans don't want to help the people at all because they are not a people party. So go ahead and stay the course and never regain your Grand Old Party.

    January 23, 2009 at 2:37 pm |
  41. Paul S. Columbia, SC

    When the causes and culprits of the financial collapse have not been resolved and punished; What sense does it make to repeat the same mistake and expect different results? All that has happened so far is that Washingtons buddies on Wall Street are fat and free as a bird and the UAW got it's payoff for their support from the Democrats.

    January 23, 2009 at 2:38 pm |
  42. Jackie in Dallas

    If they have real objections, and are not just trying to obstructionists, a "loyal opposition" is a good thing.

    Each and every item needs to be run through the "yuck-meter" about whether or not it is needed. If they are trying to mess with the new President, or trying to put any pork in, or are just trying to get in the way of doing something that might actually help their constituents, then it isn't a good thing, and there will be push-back - first, from the President, and second from their "bosses", "We the People!"

    January 23, 2009 at 2:38 pm |
  43. Bizz, Quarryville, Pennsylvania

    The GOP stimulus package has always been focused on the rich and the trickle down theory. and we all know how that worked out. The way I understand it President Obama wants work from the bottom up instead of the top down this time. Being a member of one who is on the bottom, I'm in favor of it. Right now I am looking for a new vehicle or a good used one be cause I have demolished my vehicle in an accident. I am retired, my wife has a vehicle and we are very scared to buy another one right now because of the economy. If we are given help down here on the bottom, I would be walking around a Ford dealership looking to help an American owned company.

    January 23, 2009 at 2:38 pm |
  44. Greg in Cabot Arkansas

    The Republicans should either lead, follow or get the out of the way. Opposing the stimulus plan without offering something better is the same political partisanship that got us into this mess. They seem to prefer the country continue to suffer this economic crisis so they can say “I told you so”‘ the next time they are up for re-election. I’ve got news for them, the Democratic successes in 2008 were a direct result of the Republican inactions and obstructions since 2006 and us voters won’t forget in 2010.

    January 23, 2009 at 2:39 pm |
  45. Annie Naples FL

    No....they are expressing the taxpayer's disgust with all the wasted money in these "cures" for the economy. The only people helped are in the financial markets.

    January 23, 2009 at 2:40 pm |
  46. Alex in Seattle

    Yes they are, but small-minded obstructionism seems to be the order of the day. Starting with delaying the confirmations of the Secretaries of State and of the Treasury to coming out against the big things like the recovery package they show they are more focused on party politics. The GOP had their chance to raid the treasury to reward their corporate buddies. How about giving the new president a chance to actually help the country?

    January 23, 2009 at 2:40 pm |
  47. Ken in Seattle

    Yes. It takes a huge amount of gall for Republicans to oppose a plan that addresses problems they largely caused. It makes me sick to hear the the pathetic ramblings of some Republicans in opposition to the stimulus plan. In general, these Republicans continue to show little or no concern for the average American. Nor do they seem to be willing to roll up their sleeves and genuinely seek equitable solutions to their economic mess. While the country is in the process of drowning economically they are essentially refusing to throw it a life preserver. Lets hope voters are being attentive and have long memories.

    January 23, 2009 at 2:41 pm |
  48. Lisa, Ashford, Alabama

    Considering the Republicans and their decisions for over a decade I'd be surprised if they wouldn't make yet another mistake.

    Here's a thought - why don't they come up with a better idea?

    January 23, 2009 at 2:44 pm |
  49. Dave from Orlando

    The Republican party itself has become a mistake – and that is from a former Republican. These clowns couldn’t define “conservative” if they had a dictionary. That’s how we got into this mess.

    January 23, 2009 at 2:45 pm |
  50. Larry D.

    Jack,

    The Republicans are making a big mistake here I think a stimulus package would help our economy big time. We need to get out of this big hole that were in. Jobs are going bankrupt we need to take action and fast this is a great idea I hope the republicans don't vote this down.

    Larry D.

    Albany ny

    January 23, 2009 at 2:48 pm |
  51. Cheri, Tucson, AZ

    I understand their hesitation, but unless the GOP'ers can come up with constructive alternatives to it, not just tax cuts, tax cuts, etc, then they should not oppose it.
    The GOP hasn't done any better than this and has made things worse by refusing acknowledge the problem earlier. The GOP is truly a rich, white, old men's party with t eir antiquated thinking.
    If Obama does nothing, our kids and their kids will be much worse off than just having to pay off a debt. Their is NO free lunch any longer.

    January 23, 2009 at 2:48 pm |
  52. paul winter

    This opposition is not a mistake if you are a Democrat. Already the Republicans have painted themselves into a corner of being the Party For White Males and now they will be the Party of "No". What ideas do they have to give us relief in this crisis other than finger pointing and calling the Democrats tax and spend Liberals. They are handing the Democrats long-term power on a plate.

    January 23, 2009 at 2:48 pm |
  53. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: There is no magic formula to fix the ecomony--just as there is no cure for "greed," however, each party has their own verision on how to resolve the problem. These are difficult times requiring tough decisions--they should support the President's stimulus plan--and if it doesn't work--he will bear the burden.

    January 23, 2009 at 2:50 pm |
  54. Buck J

    No, the American people in polls have said "no" to this attempt to call this a Stimulus Package when in actuality this package is a "spending" package. Tax Cuts are more like the rebate we have had twice and has not worked.
    American people are far ahead of these politicians.
    Gov't takeover must stop.
    Joan B
    Minnesota

    January 23, 2009 at 2:52 pm |
  55. Sandra fromTexas

    Yes, they are appearing to look like Obstructionists. No real plans except more tax cuts for the wealthy. I believe that kind of thinking has brought us to this point. Enough!

    January 23, 2009 at 2:52 pm |
  56. Diane, Barneveld, NY

    Republicans have become obstructionists. It doesn't matter what kind of stimulus package or law is put forth by a democrat, the republicans always oppose it. They can't get out of their sandbox mentality. I wish they would let the grownups run things. Grownups disagree but they don't throw hissyfits when they do. Its "We the PEOPLE" not "We the PARTY".

    January 23, 2009 at 2:53 pm |
  57. C.L. In Missouri

    no

    January 23, 2009 at 2:54 pm |
  58. Steve of Hohenwald TN.

    They have every right to oppose the stimulus plan because there is no garrenty it will work. But if they hope it will fail like Rush Limbough does, i hope the people will see through them and replace them next time around.

    January 23, 2009 at 2:55 pm |
  59. george c paree

    So far he changing my mind (Iwas hillary supporter ) I find my self liking him more all the time So lets gave him a chance and support him and see.

    January 23, 2009 at 2:55 pm |
  60. Jerry from Monroe Co., WV

    I can here the republicans now with their alternative stimulus plans that Obama invited them to submit:
    1. Eliminate income tax for those making over $250K
    2. Eliminate capital gains taxes
    3. Privatize Social Security
    By following these simple steps, prosperity will surely trickle down this time- we promise.

    January 23, 2009 at 2:55 pm |
  61. Lois Canada

    President Bush summed it up pretty good last week.....you make decisions because you believe it's the right thing to do at the time! Who knows if it's a mistake or not, there are no guarantee's .... Besides didn't Obama's rise to fame, come because he opposed the war when everyone else thought it was the right thing to do?

    January 23, 2009 at 2:55 pm |
  62. Jim/NC

    That is too broad of a question. It depends upon what the GOP is objecting to. As a general rule, both democrats and republicans hide "pork" in them, as was widely reported in the first stimulus package. If they are objecting to pork and zero spending rules, they are absolutely correct in challenging the plan. I don't think the GOP will object to a well thought out and solid stimulus plan to get this economy moving. They will probably oppose specific pieces of it. The question sounds if the GOP will reject every piece of it. Doubt it!!

    January 23, 2009 at 2:56 pm |
  63. Dean in Macungie,PA

    Not if they want an end to the Republican party.

    January 23, 2009 at 2:56 pm |
  64. Steven Huggins

    I think the bigger question is: Can the GOP afford to oppose anything coming out of the White House? Besides, it is quite obvious that Republicans have no political capital to spend anyway. If the GOP were wise (which no one is accusing them of being so) they should lay low for awhile.

    Steve
    Miami, FL

    January 23, 2009 at 2:56 pm |
  65. Philip from Toronto

    Yes it is hypocritical and self-serving. The GOP has yet to admit that their policys and in-attention caused this mess and to take responsibility for their 8 years of failure. Where was the GOP's brilliant plan when the first 850 billion got pork-barrelled and given to Banks who kept their bonusus and jets and limos and executive retreats? I had never seen a two-faced dog until now. The GOP wants Obama to fail, plain and simple, and they will oppose anything and everything meant to help America to ensure that he does. The Republicans are anti-american. They pray for the collape of America so thay they can alone rise from the ashes.

    January 23, 2009 at 2:56 pm |
  66. Gigi

    That they allowed this to happen they should bow their head in shame and be as cooperative as possible. It doesn't matter when it started so the blame game is not needed. How long did it go on and nothing done, is my take on it is the problem. Who wasn't watching the mortgage and banking industry? And why? and why were they given money with no strings attached blows my mind. Where was Bush and his Cabinet when this was going on. You better believe they are making a mistake. The People had better wake up and take notice. Write you Repbulican Rep. Now ! Today!

    January 23, 2009 at 2:57 pm |
  67. HD Taylor - Arizona

    It is hard to tell. Most of these GOP politicians who oppose the bill had no problem voting in favor of all of Bush's wasteful policies that have fleeced this nation’s middle class. The hypocrisy of such people is disgusting as they will almost always put political party ahead of country. After all the GOP damage that Bush and his kind did to this nation over the last 8 years…it really is hard to tell what is and what is not a good stimulus plan.

    HD in Phoenix, AZ

    January 23, 2009 at 2:58 pm |
  68. Rod from Allentown PA

    Boy Jack, you folks sure like to have carefully orchestrated questions in order to fire up the left. Bush bashers unite. I guess the more you all bash Bush, the less scrutiny on the true problem. The Democratic controlled Congress. What did Pelosi, Reid and Frank do with the first of the "stimulus" package? Now they want more! Good for the GOP to question this. It is about time, they forget about the elections and show some cohonas.

    January 23, 2009 at 2:59 pm |
  69. Terry in Hanover County

    While there is nothing wrong with honest discourse between the parties, once more the Republicans are obstructionists because something may actually benefit the poor and middle classes. Their main support groups, the rich and Wall Street, have already been bailed out. Republicans look down their noses at us and call us whiners. In 2010, they will find more of their ilk out on the streets instead of in the halls of Congress. Let's see who'll be whining then.

    January 23, 2009 at 2:59 pm |
  70. Hope M. Madisonville, KY

    I think the Republicans will continue to obstruct just because that's what they do. It's time for Obama to tell them to either get on board or get out of the way. If they don't have anything constructive to offer, they
    need to be quiet. This country is in deeper doo doo than a lot of people realize including these obstructive Republicans and bold measures need to be taken asap.

    January 23, 2009 at 2:59 pm |
  71. Annie, Atlanta

    It's amazing how they grudgingly got behind a bailout plan for their rich Wall Street buddies, but blatantly say "up yours" to the taxpayers who vote for them and pay their salaries. People are starting to notice.

    January 23, 2009 at 2:59 pm |
  72. Chris - Savannah GA

    Opposition should always be listen to and heeded. Otherwise, we become heartless, uncaring and self-righteous.

    January 23, 2009 at 3:00 pm |
  73. Bob Conroy

    Well, look at it this way. President Obama has A very high approval rating. That means that an awful lot of Americans are rooting for him to succeed. Republicans are not the brightest apples on the tree.

    The citizens of their states WILL remember how they fought the President on some dumb issues when they should have been trying to help with the economic problems we face. For the most part, they are sore loosers and mad that they got their butts dusted.

    BobC NJ

    January 23, 2009 at 3:01 pm |
  74. Rob , NYC

    Jack–

    they are the ones that got us into this situation. They know it. And their terrified for the jobs. They know everyone at this point is so against them
    Their always against anything that could help period. But where the hell were they all when Bush kept doing his b.s..If they were being asked to steal & they could get something from it for their personal gain–you betcha they would be right behind it !

    GOP=GREED !

    January 23, 2009 at 3:02 pm |
  75. Allen L Wenger

    Hey Jack. It's all they got.

    Allen
    Mountain Home ID

    January 23, 2009 at 3:03 pm |
  76. Jim/NC

    Frank from Peterborough is absolutely wrong. Many republicans opposed the first bailout. John Kerry, Hillary, Joe Biden and many others voted for the war in Iraq. Let's be honest here, facts are facts!!

    January 23, 2009 at 3:03 pm |
  77. Thom Richer

    Jack, the only good stimulus plan is a Republican stimulus plan. Don't you know this by now? Look how well Bush's plan worked.

    Thom
    Negaune, MI

    January 23, 2009 at 3:04 pm |
  78. mitchell, arkansas

    yes. but, they are used to making mistakes, so it feels natural to them. that's ok, tho, many of these repubs haven't had to run for re election, yet, so their time to go is drawing near.

    January 23, 2009 at 3:04 pm |
  79. Ann from S.C.

    A stimulus plan of this magnitude needs careful thought and questioning by everyone, so to that extent, Republicans should speak to the issue. If they are attempting to throw a monkey wrench in the works, it is most unfair. They have no right to keep the government from solving this problem by playing their schoolyard games.

    January 23, 2009 at 3:04 pm |
  80. Terry "the hillbilly Hooser"

    Are Republications a mistake? That was your question wasn't it? YEA!

    January 23, 2009 at 3:05 pm |
  81. David,San Bernardino,CA.

    The republicans have proved beyond a shadow of doubt that they work only for the rich and the corporations and the rest of us can go to hell. We see that from now on they are going to do everything in their power to make sure that Obama fails. We had all better prepare ourselves for a very gloomy and pitiful future.

    January 23, 2009 at 3:06 pm |
  82. vern-t anaheim,ca

    these republicans are really "nuts",they got us into the mess we're in and don't want to do anything to help get us out but they wii learn that the majority of the american people will turn aganist them as they did in the recent election

    January 23, 2009 at 3:06 pm |
  83. Kerry Diehl

    Mistake???? Wow.....does this mean the shoe is now on the other foot??

    ALMOST – Except now (with the media).....unlike the democrats opposing Bush, it's shame on the republicans for criticizing President Obama

    January 23, 2009 at 3:07 pm |
  84. Krishna Koliwad

    Yes, Jack. They are, I am sorry to say. They need to move away from the tax phobia and start looking at a mix of solutions to stimulate the economy. Because GDP= Consumer spending+Investments+Exports+Gov spending. Right now, the consumer is not spending. Investment is zero and this global gloom has put a damper on export. Only thing we control is the Gov spending. Tax cuts may boost consumer spending. So, we cannot do one thing and one thing only. So, congress, wake up to reality and act in the interest of the country and not in the interest of your economic dogmas. Remember you do not have a lifetime tenure!

    KK,
    LCF, CA

    January 23, 2009 at 3:07 pm |
  85. NANCY , Grand Ledge MI

    Whether it's a mistake or not depends on why they're opposing the plan! If they think a little work will provide a better plan, that will work faster, then they're not making a mistake. But if they're opposing it only because it's a Democratic plan, and they're willing to let this country go down the tube just so they can get re-elected, then they're making a huge mistake!! If things get really bad, and they refused to help fix the problem for partisan purposes, they will appear no better than Bush!

    January 23, 2009 at 3:07 pm |
  86. Larry C. in Houston TX

    Jack – After reading some of these comments on here –
    I have noticed the word "Obstructionists" in several
    comments....Do you remember the word or phrase
    used to be "checks & balances" ??

    January 23, 2009 at 3:08 pm |
  87. Rose in Az

    Making a mistake to oppose it?? Maybe but at the same time I think that all areas of the plan should be carefully considered, that is what the two party system is all about. We the people need to make sure it is right the first time, no do-overs. We simply can not afford mistakes or improper spending.

    January 23, 2009 at 3:08 pm |
  88. Jim El Paso Tx.

    Sure it is Jack. They had no problem spending BILLIONS on Bush's invasion of Iraq as long as the military machine and their buddies were reaping that money but heaven forbid we should spend any amount to fix the damn mess they made an that would help the rest of us!

    January 23, 2009 at 3:10 pm |
  89. Richard in Colorado

    Yes it is a big mistake. The Republican party is still operating under the same obstructionist thinking as they were for the last eight years, where, along with the Bush administration, they blocked any measure meant to control the wall street greed. They still think wall street will work itself out of the mess they themselves caused. It is time for a bit of socialism (which if it had been used would have prevented this problem in the first place) and get us out of this mess. Capitalists have a lot of problems and it seems like they look to progressives and the taxpayers to bail them out. I for one am sick of their greed and lust for power.

    January 23, 2009 at 3:10 pm |
  90. Rae from Indiana

    Yes they are. Both sides need to work TOGETHER and they both need to COMPROMISE. Neither side is going to be completely happy with it and should not expect to be. It is not for them...it is for us. I would like for someone on either side to say if the banks can't do their part to help, the banks have 60 days to give the money back. The banks are robbing us from both directions and I don't see any concern from anybody.

    January 23, 2009 at 3:10 pm |
  91. Rick Medina,OH

    Jack,

    There is no question that something large and decisive needs to be done to re-kick-start this economy. But, we're talking staggering sums. For example, $1 trillion @ 5% (close to the long-term average of U. S. government bonds,) will cost taxpayers (probably my grand-kids) about $1600 a second! 24/7/365 - at that rate, it will cost taxpayers about $50K for the time it takes you to read this message. So, I don't think it is wrong to have a 'loyal opposition' - one that questions the wisdom of the Administration's choices, but avoids reckless obstruction.

    Rick S

    January 23, 2009 at 3:10 pm |
  92. John

    Jack: Yes, because the Republicans were given $700 billion dollars to use to unfreeze the credit market, and things are still not working correctly. President Obama has a great amount of political capital to spend, and I believe the Republicans should give him what he needs to stimulate job growth and create confidence in consumers to spend and buy new homes. The Republicans spend $1 trillion on Iraq and Afghanistan Wars which cost more than mere money. It is time for the Republicans to do something positive and shut-up for about 2 years.

    John from Alabama

    January 23, 2009 at 3:11 pm |
  93. Lynn, Boise, ID

    I really don't think it's a mistake to have an honest debate about such an important matter. However, I think by approving the TARP bailout with little debate, the entire Congress showed they have no problem handing out large amounts of our hard-earned money to rich bankers who have grossly abused the privelege. Because of that debacle, by the republicans being so opposed to Obama's middle-class bailout plan, it gives the impression that they care more about their rich buddies than they do about the regular people – and that is so maddening to most folks that it negates their argument.

    January 23, 2009 at 3:15 pm |
  94. Ray, Dunedin, Florida

    Don't be silly Jack!

    Republicans don't make mistakes! Just ask Bush and Cheney.

    January 23, 2009 at 3:15 pm |
  95. mary

    no, they are not making a mistake by asking, is good that they care and they will make sure that everybody gets the help. I hope they ask
    him in what way the package is going to help the unemployed.

    January 23, 2009 at 3:15 pm |
  96. Jenna Wade

    Are Republicans making a mistake by opposing President Obama’s stimulus plan?

    If they oppose Obama, it will show that Republicans only care for Americans when they are in power..

    More reason NOT vote for another Republican – EVER.

    Jenna
    Roseville CA

    January 23, 2009 at 3:15 pm |
  97. Michael H. Oil City, PA

    Although the Democrats can ram this down the thoarts of the GOP, President Obama is descent enough not to do it that way. He wants to work will them. Seems for the GOP it's always cut taxes and spending. We are in an unchartered financial crisis, hell the whole world is deficet spending, Let's give the new intelligent President a chance to govern, Rome wasn't built in a day. The GOP is only being all they can be....Obstructionist!

    January 23, 2009 at 3:16 pm |
  98. Kirven

    Yes it is. We tried it their way and it was a great failure. I might have some good ideals and they should be heard, but they have proven that they are not the right party to handle the economy.

    Kirven
    Rancho Cordova, CA

    January 23, 2009 at 3:16 pm |
  99. garrick

    hi jack
    what GOP,they lost and are trying to find their way,for right now, GOP stands for Grouchy Old Party.it wont make any difference their history right now.
    clearwater,fl

    January 23, 2009 at 3:17 pm |
  100. dennis northcarolina

    They are just questioning parts of the package which is not opposing the whole plan.

    January 23, 2009 at 3:18 pm |
  101. odessa

    the republicans had twelve years control during the clinton and bush administrations..they are recognized as the " me and i only party" for too long..they don't care about the poor and middle class families at all because they want the rich to stay richer and making big contract deals for themselves..they still don't get it after losing two serious elections; a new generation crew is emerging thanks to president obama because people have to learn to accept new ideas and get rid of old ones..all of the old gop men needs to go and bring in fresh younger people who are willingly to accept ideas and it also applys to democrats as well..

    January 23, 2009 at 3:18 pm |
  102. Daniel

    Unfortunately, you'll never please everyone in the debate over how the econonmy should be fixed.

    However, the one thing I am sure of is that if there are bailouts to major companies then there needs to be strict and detailed guidelines and requirements in how the money should spent (just one example is no retreats at upscale resorts or renovating your bathroom or office).

    It would be detrimental to our entire country if some form of a stimulus plan isn't approved and enacted. It's already been reported that the economy hasn't been this bad since the Great Depression in the 1930's. Those who have the chance to make the change need to instead arguing about what's in it for me instead need to discuss the outcome of the people who voted for them: US!.

    January 23, 2009 at 3:18 pm |
  103. Joe in MO

    The GOP got us into this problem. I certainly wouldn't look to them to get us out.

    January 23, 2009 at 3:19 pm |
  104. Teri in St. Augustine FL

    Depends on WHY they are obstructing...er, I mean opposing. Is it because they are sticking to the game plan that 'divide and conquer' is still the way to go in this post-Rove era? Or is it because they saw just how well cutting taxes worked during the previous administration? They will NOT accept any responsibility for their actions in bringing our country into this mess. Their arrogance led us here, their egos won't let them change. They saw how well their plan of stopping any progress worked after their 2006 losses, now they are living with their 2008 losses, and they are still just 'staying the course'. Let's see how many more seats they'll lose in 2010 if they keep this up.
    Teri
    St Augustine, FL

    January 23, 2009 at 3:20 pm |
  105. uncle jimbo - Chicago

    Lets see now – Hundreds of Billions to Wall St. and AIG with no oversight or accountability. Thats ok with the GOP

    Try saving the real working middle class with some tax breaks, and thats un-needed spending by the new administration, and needs to be looked at carefully ?

    Where were these clowns the last eight years ?

    Spending like drunk sailors on leave. They inherit a ballanced budget with a surplus paying down the National debt, and turn it into a destroyed economy with Trillions of $$$ debt . John Boehner needs to look in the mirror and say, What have we done !

    January 23, 2009 at 3:20 pm |
  106. Judy, Exeter, Calif,

    A good portion of the problem is the fault of the phonies who are opposing the stimulus package now. Sounds like they're still listening to Limbaugh. They didn't mind marching in lock-step with Bush when he created our massive deficit. Obama and the best financial minds in this country have worked on and thought this through ever since he was elected president. To further delay is foolish.

    January 23, 2009 at 3:21 pm |
  107. joey yankee lake n.y.

    Not at all, it is full of pork. Alot of things in there are not stimutive. If the Republicans do not stand up , the Democrats will run away with all the money for their special interest. It's a mistake to have one side making all the decisions. Americans need to wake up and take back America before it's too late.

    January 23, 2009 at 3:21 pm |
  108. Joe in DE

    No a duplicate.

    The GOP would make a major mistake to oppose the stimulus, however. they could make some points by opposing unpopular parts such as further bailouts for banks & brokers – the public opposes thia because funds previously provide have been abused. The fundfs have not been used construcyivelyt but instead for bonuses and to buy other institutions.

    January 23, 2009 at 3:22 pm |
  109. Liz in Towson, MD

    I don't really know the answer to that one (they probably don't, either). What the government should really be doing is putting a cap on profit margins for all corporations, including creditors collecting interest. Prices will be lower, sales will be higher, credit will increase, employment will go up, and people everywhere will be happy again.

    January 23, 2009 at 3:23 pm |
  110. Betty, San Diego, Ca.

    This may be the worst financial disaster in history once the complete assessment is in. Everyone, Republican and Democrat, agrees the situation is urgent and getting worse by the day. However, everyone will not agree on every detail of how to fix the problem. But, to obstruct the passage of a stimulus plan because you disagree with five, ten or fifteen percent of its content is a grave mistake for Republican or Democrat.

    January 23, 2009 at 3:23 pm |
  111. Christian Jones

    Yes, they are opposing it because no one from their party came up with the idea. They talk of bipartisanship in front of the median, but don't mean it. And the country will not prosper until they can accept different ideas.

    January 23, 2009 at 3:23 pm |
  112. Melissa

    The GOP got us all into this mess so they just need to shut their mouths and let the Democrates fix it.

    January 23, 2009 at 3:23 pm |
  113. Tom from Philly

    Doesnt make sense for them to oppose breaking the free fall, have they suddenly stopped worrying about their best interests at whatever the cost to the rest of the country? After years of artificially low taxes which balooned the deficit at the cost of the future, why whouldnt they want to stop the free fall of housing prices, most republicans i know have more expenisve homes and more equity to lose, if they continuted to be selfish at the costs of others theyd do everything possible to keep the prices of homes from its exponential decline, and restore value to stock portfolio, which ironically will HELP the country not continue to destroy it.

    Are they concerned about doing something that will help everyone and not just 1% of the country or are they opposing obama just to be the party of opposition, i will let u decide.

    All weve proven is that rich fare is no more effective then welfare. Neither group will ever have enough money, and neither wants to pay any tax at all. Anyone not concerned with whats going on or wants the economy to find its natural point of inflection, is just plain stupid, wait there is the answer.

    We might not be doing the right things but lets keep trying, when china forcloses on the entire country, and evicts us to a western province, in china to work at slave wages to pay US debt, it wont matter what democrats and republicans think, we will all be forced to be in the red party, and no one will be allowed to oppose those in power.

    Examining the options, do whatever needs to be done just be responsible...

    January 23, 2009 at 3:24 pm |
  114. Jeff in Massachusetts

    On the contrary! It seems that the GOP is the voice of reason for a change. I have supported Barak Obama since he announced his campaign, yet I have to admit that I'm becoming concerned with the news I'm hearing concerning his "stimulus" package: ie: it is to be phased in over over a ten year period, amongst others. I'm beginning to think that it would be better to just print up a trillion dollars, and distribute it amongst the taxpayers, and let us spend our way back into prosperity, as opposed to giving it to the greedy CEO's who put us in this dilema.
    Jeff,
    ashburnham, Massachusetts.

    January 23, 2009 at 3:25 pm |
  115. Ken Michigan

    No, not when the Democratic Congress keeps giving dollars to Banks and their CEOs for parties, bonuses, etc.
    No, not when the majority of financial experts with degrees in the field (not like some nominee we know who cheats on taxes and hires illegals) say they need to start at the bottom with the blood is flowing and fix that first not the top credit companies and bankers.
    No, when for 3 months there has been no transparency on the part of the Pelosians who hate the rich and the GOP so much that they want to put it to them.
    After all, isn't the GOP known as the Grand Opposition?

    January 23, 2009 at 3:25 pm |
  116. Mickie

    NO MORE TAX CUTS FOR THE RICH! When are the republicans going to hear what their constituents are saying. Out with them at election time.

    January 23, 2009 at 3:26 pm |
  117. BRUCE, ST PAUL, MN

    Let me see if I have this right. The Republicans are ok with money for Wall Street with no benefit to the coountry at large. They favor keeping the tax cuts for the wealthy and lower capital gains taxes. But they would not be able to swallow a bill that tries to get money back to the poor peasants. Didn't they get the memo? The Reagan Revolution is over. We have been trickled down on enough.

    January 23, 2009 at 3:26 pm |
  118. Ron

    Absolutely they are making a mistake fighting the stimulus.Amazing to me how the republicans all of a sudden are taking interest in slowing down how money is spent,didn't bother them to rubber stamp everything good ole Wdya wanted.Ron in AR

    January 23, 2009 at 3:26 pm |
  119. John, Fort Collins, CO

    The Republican tax cut mantra will do little to stimulate the economy. Many businesses already have a tax loss carry forward so big that tax breaks don't help them any time soon. Tax cuts for the well-to-do just add to their net worth. I think all the stimulus money should go directly to job creation and to consumers who will actually spend it.

    January 23, 2009 at 3:26 pm |
  120. Hugh ~ Tracy, California

    The GOP has made so many mistakes in the last eight years I'm not surprised about this one. It doesn't matter if they're in the majority or the minority, they always boast about wanting to work with the democrats, but they rarely ever do. I expect the GOP will oppose any plan not labeled as their own. The "Grand Old Party" is out of touch with the majority of the American people.

    January 23, 2009 at 3:26 pm |
  121. Aaron from IL

    Jack, I can't speak for the Republicans motives, but I don't think it's a mistake to question this package.

    As it's proponents admit, this $825 Billion will NOT turn the economy around but is instead a Hail Mary to hopefully prevent it from getting too much worse.

    While there are good parts of the plan, it's not as good as it could be.

    For example, there should be greater investments in expanding Rail in America which could make an impact on a broad spectrum of industries and even help the environment. Best of all, it helps industries, communities, and builds jobs HERE AT HOME.

    The Republicans may have other motives in standing against it, but with something this important, it doesn't hurt to make sure that we're making the best use of the funds and not just throwing good money after bad...again.

    January 23, 2009 at 3:26 pm |
  122. Barbara - NC

    Jack – they are no longer called Republicans. They have secretly changed their names to Obstructionists (unless it benefits "their CEO buddies"). OOPS – wasn't supposed to tell anyone.

    January 23, 2009 at 3:27 pm |
  123. Donna Wisconsin

    Yes they are making a HUGE mistake! We voted by a huge majority for Obama. We voted more Democrats into Congress. What don't they get? To continue 'same old, same old'? This is like the pot calling the kettle black. The Republicans got us into this mess and now want tax breaks BUT are worried about the deficit? I'm missing something here. We voted for Obama's NON-PARTISIAN program of working together. If the Republicans have a NEW idea, say it. Otherwise shut up and vote for Obama's plan.

    January 23, 2009 at 3:28 pm |
  124. Jay-San Antonio

    Absolutely!!! Jack. They should do all they can to work with the President to insure that there are no pork projects, but certainly America's infrastructure needs the investment and upgrades. What they need to understand is that when we invest in ourselves it demonstrates confidence, confidence that we do believe in ourselves and that this too shall past. The investments serve as both stimulus and hope. I hope congress on both sides of the isle remembers this point.

    January 23, 2009 at 3:28 pm |
  125. John Shepherd

    Does the GOP opposes the stimulus plan because it does not favor business enough? We have had Republicans helping business by taking from labor for over 30 years and where has it gotten us? Don't you think it is a time to help labor for a change and rebuild the middle class? I think it would be a good start to have the corporate officers refund their bonuses . America was at it's greatest when unions were at their watermark of 32%. Unions help to build the middle class. Republicans say repeal taxes on the rich and they will help create jobs. What kind of jobs? Slaves always had jobs.

    John Shepherd
    Douglasville Georgia

    January 23, 2009 at 3:29 pm |
  126. Ken @ Charlotte, NC

    Jack,

    From someone who wants to see the final suicidal act of a party of despots I would say no, it's not a mistake for the Republicans to oppose Obama's stimulas plan. The party's demise, like W's tenure, could end none too soon for me.

    January 23, 2009 at 3:29 pm |
  127. S, Michigan

    Any opposition to a stimulus plan is plain stupid! Why don't they gather some ideas of their own and add those to strengthen the stimulus plan than keep opposing what the Dems propose. We as a nation have GOT TO stop this infighting and bickering. It's people's lives and livelihoods at stake here!! Politicians think by dividing us the public, we will stay conquered.

    January 23, 2009 at 3:31 pm |
  128. Jane (Minnesota)

    Jack – It's OK for them to question aspects of it and they should have input into the package – but they should not oppose it - especially when economists on both sides are saying it's necessary. I would hope both parties can work together for the good of the country - wow what a concept!!!!

    January 23, 2009 at 3:31 pm |
  129. Richard - Knoxville TN

    Nope – It is not a mistake – It is really a plot by those devious left wingers who want to make the ratio in the senate about 75% Democrats and 25% obstructionist republican (small case intentional) -

    RB Knoxville TN

    January 23, 2009 at 3:31 pm |
  130. Domenic from Montreal, Canada

    Yes Jack. I hope that my American friends give President Obama time. I have no doubt that America will be safer, and economically powerful under his leadership. He's the best thing that has happenned to American in decades. What a breath of fresh air.

    January 23, 2009 at 3:31 pm |
  131. Laura

    Of couse not. It's always a great idea, on any level, to oppose a guy with an 80% approval rating. What a way to make a comeback for the GOP!

    Laura
    London, Ontario, Canada

    January 23, 2009 at 3:32 pm |
  132. Tom Ft Lauderdale

    Jack

    After the poor performance of the Bush administration I think to oppose the President would be political suicide. If this president fails we will all fail. Anyway I love a good fight. Test the waters!!

    January 23, 2009 at 3:32 pm |
  133. Jeff - Oregon

    Any time, any party, marches lock step in one direction it stinks of partisanship. Have they already forgotten the events of the past two elections?

    January 23, 2009 at 3:32 pm |
  134. Doug - Dallas, TX

    Jack, opposing the stimulus is a mistake unless they have a better idea. We are in this mess because of them and I don't know how anyone else feels, but the first $350 billion has done nothing to help us out here in the real world. The banks aren't using it for loans to help homeowners and the government by it's own admission doesn't know where the money went! What are they going to do with the second $350? I doubt we'll see any effect from that either.

    Bottom line is the people who need the help the most aren't getting it. But John Thain over at B of A got to spend $1 million to redecorate his office before he got the boot. Guess where the money came from? The bailout is not achieving the desired results because no one is watching how it is spent. Let's see, we're giving money to the same people who caused the problem and expecting different results. After we all call that stupid we realize it's our government at work and we wonder why we have problems.

    January 23, 2009 at 3:33 pm |
  135. Lynn - Mooresville, NC

    No Mistake. Another bailout (aka) stimulus, is the mistake. Giving our taxpayers money to be controlled by a non taxpaying Geithner ,to be spent on democrats' agenda is inexcusable. This stimulus push is labeled as a job creating solution, but only for minorities not white construction workers. This time Republicans are listening to the American people, while Democrats are just seeing dollar signs.

    January 23, 2009 at 3:33 pm |
  136. John from collinsville, Illinois

    Jack did you exspect any thing else from the GOP other than oppose anything democrats propose? They were born that way!

    January 23, 2009 at 3:33 pm |
  137. Richard Sternagel

    For 8 years the Republicans rubber stamped any thing the Bush Administration wanted ; even if it was not good for the country. Now the Republicans want to be included in the decision making on the economic stimulus package. They should be heard if it's legitimate criticism but not if it's just to be oppositional just for its sake. The country needs to pull together for the well being of the nation.

    January 23, 2009 at 3:33 pm |
  138. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    This is synonymous to your question yesterday, can Obama change Washington D.C.?

    We cannot change until we change as individuals. Until that begins to happen there will always be those who live for ideologies and a moment of power instead of compassion, gratitude, and all that can unite us.

    Therefor the Republicans are making a mistake by not being willing to change as individuals and consequently as a Party.

    January 23, 2009 at 3:33 pm |
  139. Chryssa

    Absolutely. They voted for it the first time, under Bush, yet required no accountability for the money. Now Obama wants to do it the smart way and they say no? All this shows is that they only care about themselves. As long as they can afford their homes and eat dinner every night, they like to pretend things are A-okay.

    Boise, ID

    January 23, 2009 at 3:34 pm |
  140. Daniel, Indiana

    If it causes their constituants to be come unemployed and/or homeless before the next election, I'm sure that the Republicans will find out.

    January 23, 2009 at 3:35 pm |
  141. Ron from SF

    Jack, it's the same stupid Republican game we've endured for too long. I was surprised that Limbaugh openly said that he hopes Obama fails. Like Windbag, they are undermining the country, because they aren't the one's calling the shots and this makes them beneath contempt. First they create the mess we're in and then they prevent Democrats from cleaning it up. How very nice. If you're sick of this and have a Republican Congress critter, tell that scumbag that obstruction will be dealt with harshly, at the next election.

    January 23, 2009 at 3:36 pm |
  142. Ray [Maryland]

    Are you really asking if they are : Making a mistake for asking or just ONE HUGE MISTAKE

    January 23, 2009 at 3:36 pm |
  143. Jeff - Payson Arizona

    Dear Jack,

    Those silly Republicans do not know the difference from right or wrong. They are more corrupt than Rod the Mod of Illinois and these executives from the banks and brokerage houses which caused this mess without any oversight pre and post debacle. After listening to Tim Geithner confirmation hearings this Country is in serious DOO-DOO, which Tim slightly let the cat out of the BAG without divulging how bad his predecessors made the situation. If this package goes forward, we have to have accountability on all levels, from individuals, businesses, financial institutions and government. I'm all for bailing out the homeowners and taxpayers first before handing over another penny to the financial wizards. This BUSH economic plan is going to get a lot worse before it gets better.

    January 23, 2009 at 3:36 pm |
  144. Andre R. Newcomb

    China is being accused of manipulating their currency. What do people think these many stimulus packages are going to do? I think that there are quite a few people who stand to continue reeling in the dough and expect racism/nationalism by 'Americanism' to rescue a failing system when the Euro and Chinese demand remittance on promissory notes. If people aren't objecting to these bribes (by the government) of the American people . . . welllll . . . the terms of my endearment aren't governed by what you're already not sharing.

    Andy of Sierra Vista, Arizona

    January 23, 2009 at 3:36 pm |
  145. Al in IA

    As with the selection of Palin, the Republicans are shooting themselves in the foot again. They would do themselves more good by simply demanding complete transparency and accoutability of the giveaway and a full accounting of where the first 340B went. That is something both parties can support and it is what the people want.

    January 23, 2009 at 3:37 pm |
  146. D. Texas

    YES it sure is

    January 23, 2009 at 3:38 pm |
  147. John

    There seems to be a skewed perception concerning the Obama Stimulus Package. Some think it will work, and some don't think it will work. The Chief Executive can't stand by and allow the total collapse of the financial structure of the country. We must get behind the policies of the President and support his plans to put our country on a strong track of recovery militarilily, diplomatically, economically.
    John
    Pampa, TX

    January 23, 2009 at 3:40 pm |
  148. Marie in Newark N J

    Yes.Eight years of Republican-style economics have gotten us into this mess.Do those same people want to be blamed for another Great Depression? If not,they should put aside their sniping and get onboard to help save their country.

    January 23, 2009 at 3:41 pm |
  149. Al, Lawrence KS

    The Republicans will make a mistake if they oppose 100% of everything the President proposes. No one is 100% opposed to 100% of everything. If they take this approach, they will lose 100% of the time.

    January 23, 2009 at 3:41 pm |
  150. George

    You bet your sweet patoot it is a mistake.for the Republicans to oppose the stimulus package, and it may be straw that broke the camels back with the American people. If the GOP think that somehow that Americans don't want change, then just let the Republicans place their own neck in a noose, and the American people will surely tighten it for them now that their protection from the Bush White House is gone. History will show us that the Bushies caused more damage to our own country that the war has.

    January 23, 2009 at 3:42 pm |
  151. Phil-Wenatchee, WA

    How can the GOP oppose a package that they originated in the first place?

    January 23, 2009 at 3:42 pm |
  152. Robin Las Vegas

    Opposition is Good, when warranted. in this case its totally unwarranted.

    The Republicans let Bush run a mock and spend all our money in IRAQ. now we have nothing to show but war dead and massive profits for the oil companies and all the Companies that bush hand picked to bleed the nation dry with his Iraq vendetta.

    Republicans can continue to self destruct if they want to. I hope Independents and Democrats continue to show the nation how the Republicans would like to continue on the road to Depression by trying to oppose a fix for the mess they created

    January 23, 2009 at 3:42 pm |
  153. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    Obama's approval rating is in the 70%s and the Repubs.' approval rating are lower than Bush's. If they did the math (not Karl Rove's math) then it should be obvious that it's a mistake to oppose Obama.

    January 23, 2009 at 3:42 pm |
  154. val from Oklahoma

    Dear Jack, I don't know if it's a mistake for the republicans to oppose the President over the stimulus plan, but I'd like to know WTF is Borgovarvich talking about, with all this horses and cowboys mess?

    He has got to be the most dumbest political figure next to George Bush. He obviously does not understand why he's being impeached. So let me spell it out for him. YOU TRIED TO SALE A SEAT IN THE SENATE, so why are you talking all this crap about what you've done to help the people of Illinois. Get over yourself, stop making yourself look like a fool, and most of all stop making the state of Illinois look like they put an idiot in the Mayors office.

    January 23, 2009 at 3:43 pm |
  155. Susan from Idaho

    Not if they have a better solution. I'm hoping that common sense will prevail in a lot of circumstances. If it's gridlock as usual our economic disaster will never be resolved.

    January 23, 2009 at 3:44 pm |
  156. Steve Canada

    Those cowboys have had their kick at the proverbial cat..There was an election...get out of the way!! I believe the terminology used after the 2004 election was "we won, they lost..get over it"

    January 23, 2009 at 3:44 pm |
  157. Tom in Desoto, Tx

    Republicans obstructionists? NEVER. Now that their boy, George W Bush, has almost doubled the nations debt and leaves office with the country in a shambles as he played the Emperor with no clothes he's leaves his underlings to finish the job of putting the U.S. economy next to the Titanic. Why isn't the GAO at the Senate explaining where all the money went?

    January 23, 2009 at 3:44 pm |
  158. just me!

    Thanks to the rubber stamping of Bush policies and irresponsbile fiscal spending over the past 8 years our economy has tanked. The checks and balances in our constitution have been ignored by the republicans. There has been NO transparency for 8 years. They only complain–where is their plan. Simple, they don't have one. Obama has been saddled with the mess created by the rebpublican. Obama has a plan and I desparately pray it works.

    January 23, 2009 at 3:46 pm |
  159. Kim in Dodge City, KS

    Mistakes are the specialty of the Republican Party, and I think the last eight years is a perfect example. They are not the least bit interested in a unified government that is responsible to the people that it represents, unless of course there is money in it for them.

    January 23, 2009 at 3:46 pm |
  160. Theresa (Charleston, SC

    Jack,
    some people just don't get it, if they were unemployed and getting a small check they will love for someone to help them out. Fired all the people in Washington, and let them recevied an unemployement check. and see how fast the United State can get out of debt.

    January 23, 2009 at 3:46 pm |
  161. Jason, Oakland

    As a matter of policy, it's always a good idea to do something that the GOP opposes. Unless they try one of those reverse psychology thingies...

    January 23, 2009 at 3:47 pm |
  162. Danny , Sacramento,Ca

    Jack you know as well as I do, its not that they oppose it. Its that the pupit master Rush the Slimeball has called for the failure of Pres. Obama. So the lemmings have no choice but to follow the marching orders of Rush. Or else suffer the rath of Rush on the airwaves. Anything to sabotage progress just as they opposed the bail out of our big 3 automakers to punish the UAW. Who cares about the suffering of the American people, when you can get revenge for Mc Same's loss.

    January 23, 2009 at 3:47 pm |
  163. Chris from Buffalo, N.Y.

    No, the republicans are not making a mistake if they oppose this bill. This bill will do nothing to stimulate the economy. Economists say the effects, if any, from this bill will not be felt by middle class Americans for months or even years. The republicans should support what their base wants (and what the republican establishment has eschewed over the last 8 years of so): tax cuts, spending cuts, and defecit reduction. That will stimulate the economy.

    January 23, 2009 at 3:48 pm |
  164. cy gardner

    I hope they are making a mistake by challenging the stimulus plan armed mostly with a quiver full of leftover Bush administration soundbites. It would be one thing if their oppositon had some innovative ideas, but the quotes I'm reading sound like they've been recycled from the '80s and '90s. cy gardner, arlington, va

    January 23, 2009 at 3:53 pm |
  165. Lori, Denver CO

    The republicans are the first to shut anyone out when they don't need them, but whine for bipartisanship when things don't go their way. I think they should stop crying and deal with the fact they were voted out. Nobody wants to hear what they have to say, since they talk out of both sides of their mouths–we want smaller government, but we're going to tell you what you can do in your bedroom; we want fiscal responsibility, but we're going to spend way more than we have and drive the deficits way up...blah, blah, blah. Go away already and let the serious people do the serious work.

    January 23, 2009 at 3:53 pm |
  166. Jack - Lancaster, OH

    Jack:

    Three mistakes are involved here;

    the Republicans,
    the Democrats, and
    The bailout, which is an authorized robbery in progress.

    Jack

    January 23, 2009 at 3:53 pm |
  167. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Republicans are afraid not to oppose Obama's stimulous plan, I don't think they care if it's a mistake. They're just riding the fence.

    January 23, 2009 at 3:54 pm |
  168. georgiaf

    I find it hilarious that the Republicans, the party of rob the poor to feed the rich, would have the audacity to claim they have a solution to fix the very economy the GOP brought to absolute ruin. Glad I'm an Independent because the Dems have a few hands in the Wall Street cookie jar as well. Let's just hope people like Warren Buffet, who actually know how to make money honestly while using some common sense will prevail in shaping our new economic policy.

    January 23, 2009 at 3:54 pm |
  169. Jayne

    When it comes to the economy, the Republicans need to bow their heads in shame and allow President Obama to do whatever he and his team feel is necessary. The Republicans couldn't rubber stamp spending fast enough during the Bush years, but now that we're hovering near depression status, they're billing themselves as fiscal conservatives when they're more like fiscal opportunists. Exile them to the road to nowhere that was actually built in Alaska under their watch.

    January 23, 2009 at 3:54 pm |
  170. Charlie in Belen, New Mexico

    Blind opposition just because it isn't their idea, isn't gong to do their party any good in the voters' eyes. Constructive critisim that may help prevent a replay of the T.A.R.P. boondogle WOULD be appreciated by the taxpayers.

    January 23, 2009 at 3:55 pm |
  171. Joe in DE

    What is moderation? Censorship?

    A major mistake for the GOP to oppose the stimulus, but they could gain points by opposing part – fyrther bailout of banks & brokers. The money previousl provide thes people has been used for bonuses & to bay other institutions – this is no benefit to the economy.

    January 23, 2009 at 3:55 pm |
  172. Billy G in Las Vegas

    hate to say it because I'm a "21st Century New Deal" Democrate BUT the TARP has been SO mishandled so far that the "RepubliCAN'TS" will probably make some political hay trying to slow things down. I think various polls show that upwards 60 percent or higher of the American public is opposed to the federal bail out of these, at best incompetent and at worst criminal, Wall Street "executives" esp when it doesn't seem to have helped the average worker or small business person on Main Street so far.

    January 23, 2009 at 3:56 pm |
  173. Tony in Michigan

    Yep. More partisan crap- they just don't get it.

    The Republicans passed the $700B package nevermind about safeguards, long term cost, or where all of the money went. They're just pouting now.

    January 23, 2009 at 3:56 pm |
  174. Anna, Missouri

    I actually watched some of the meetings on CSpan and all the Republicans wanted was to use Pay-Go. After they refused to use it during the time that they held power, and doubled our national debt in the process, all of a sudden when it makes no sense at all, they are insisting on it. It is all Republican Grand Standing, they couldn't care less if the economy turns around, and may even hope it doesn't so they can blame in on the Dems and regain control. (They seem to listen to Rush Limbaugh way too much) Maybe someone should tell them we are actually watching and we want this stimulus package passed!

    January 23, 2009 at 3:56 pm |
  175. David Bebeau

    No they are not causing a problem.The more of a spirited debate
    there is,the better the out come.
    David

    January 23, 2009 at 3:56 pm |
  176. Charles-NJ

    NO !!!!!!!!

    The way you worded this question will obviously have every true blue Democrat saying that it will hurt but lets get real here. This package was put together with zero input from the Republican side of the isle. With the amount of money at stake here, and even Democratic disagreemet as to whether this will work, don't you think maybe we should hear all the ideas before we flush more money down the drain.

    Thank God someone is at least questioning what we are getting for our money!!!!!!!

    January 23, 2009 at 3:56 pm |
  177. Patricia

    For all the whinin' the Republicans do about "fiscal responsibility" it is these very Republicans who put us in the mess we are in. They need to just shut the heck up. I'm done with them!!!!

    January 23, 2009 at 3:56 pm |
  178. JW in Atlanta

    I don't think they GOP can further destroy its image. Every thinking voter sees them for the angry obstructionists they are. By the very nature of being conservative, they didn't send enough troops to do the Iraq job, they didn't spend enough to fix the economy, they persistently conserve everything to the point of being impotent except perhaps for their own pay raises. They fool nobody. Let them whine. It will serve in the long run to get more of them voted out of office.

    January 23, 2009 at 3:58 pm |
  179. Tim

    Jack, love your segments,what the goverment should have done instead of bailing out all these companys that got themselves in trouble by overpaying their execs.and giving themselves huge bonases,they should have given every working and retired american one hundred thousand dollars tax free.You want to stimulate the economy that would do it.
    People could pat off their credit cards which would help the banks that screwed everything up to begin with,help homeowners with those outrages payments. I know that sounds simple but from what we have spent so far i think it would have been a lot cheaper.
    That money 900 in my case that we got from the bush white house was not a stimulase, I think it was THANKS FOR PUTTING UP WITH ME!!!!

    January 23, 2009 at 3:59 pm |
  180. Kevin Lunenburg MA.

    Mistake? So far it seems that way. All I hear is tax cuts, the same policy that we've had for 8 years now. That hasn't done much for us now has it? What's the definition of insanity again? It seems they still prefer to give more money to the prosperous than a job to a working stiff. It's time for a different approach, learning from past mistakes and measuring progress against a real plan not like TARP. If you don't like the plan, tell me what you'd do, but spare me the ideology that got us here.

    January 23, 2009 at 3:59 pm |
  181. Kiran Mandava

    I am a big supporter of Obama still I feel GOP members action is correct. We already burnt our fingers with the Banks bail out plan. $700 Billion dollars gone down the drain. Banks and other companies who got bail out money are not sharing a single dollar to us but they are decorating their offices, spending money on vacations and getting bonuses and all sorts of luxuries.. What the common man getting isa big ZERO. So Obama administration should come out with crystal clear plan A as well as plan B also. Without any detailed approach it is not wise on the part of GOP buy the Obama stimulus plan.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:00 pm |
  182. Stan in Boston

    Yes. Obama has shown a willingness to seek the views of the Republicans, but that doesn't mean he has to adopt those views. Obama not only campaigned on reaching across the aisle, but he also promised change. The Republicans do not want to try anything new. All they want is the same old policies that have not produced jobs. And they are not fair in their opposition to the new ideas that Obama has proposed. The Republicans complain that the jobs programs will be too expensive, but they will be far less expensive than the tax cuts the Republicans want. A dollar in tax cuts costs a dollar. A dollar for jobs costs less than a dollar because those employed will pay taxes on their wages. The people want cooperation, but they also want action. If the Republicans delay new ideas by insisting that we follow the same old failed policies instead, the country will see them for what they are: obstructionists.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:00 pm |
  183. Alex

    Jack – enough with the bias! Many Democrats oppose the stimulus plan. If it weren't for their opposition, the stimulus plan could pass regardless of Republican opposition. You know this Jack.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:00 pm |
  184. Dave in Saint Louis

    Absolutely they should let the Great One do whatever the hell he wants! The media has no problem letting him do so!

    January 23, 2009 at 4:01 pm |
  185. Lou

    Democrats propose...Republicans oppose...and BOTH parties still have no clue.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:02 pm |
  186. Brady

    The first stimulus plan hasn't done jack. Why should Congress approve a second one?

    Brady from Columbus, Ohio

    January 23, 2009 at 4:02 pm |
  187. Kevin, Chester Springs PA

    Republicans should make a fuss if the Democrats are just trying to ram their pet projects down their throats. Obama needs to knock some leaders' heads together on both sides of the aisle to get this bipartisanship thang going. It's time for change. And he should listen to both sides and make it a truly bipartisanship effort. This is the change America voted for and this is what we should get. If not, Obama should veto the bill. If more time is needed, so be it. We need to do it right. And doesn't everybody know yet we're all in this together?

    January 23, 2009 at 4:02 pm |
  188. Errick Ayala Los Angeles, California

    I believe being obstructionist just for partisanships sake is pointless. However, if they have actual constructive criticism and can add valuable opinions then why shouldn't they try and speak out? I'm greatly enjoying the Presidents attempt at bi-partisanship as it's quite refreshing. Even Pelosi is against working with the Republicans which is sad...

    January 23, 2009 at 4:03 pm |
  189. Pugas-AZ

    Let's stir in a little Republican, a little Democrate, add a pinch of horse sense and bring the pot to a boil. We can all sit down and eat it. If we get sick each party can blame the other. I'm hoping there as enough horse sense in the pot to prevail.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:03 pm |
  190. Mari Fernandez, Salt Lake City, Utah

    YES........ when we, the People, voted for Obama AND gave the Democrats control of Congress we were sending a clear message and mandate: We, the People, want everyone in Washington DC to cooperate and to work together!

    *** WARNING**** to the GOP.... work with our new president, or find yourselves voted out in the next election!

    January 23, 2009 at 4:03 pm |
  191. Ken in NC

    Well Jack, the Republicans got us into this mess and were not able to lead us out of it. It seems that none of us know what will work but we all know that if we do nothing we will complete our spiral down the toilet. They are making a mistake in that they do not know what will fix it but they are holding up or slowing down the efforts of the new admistration that's trying.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:04 pm |
  192. Greg, Idaho

    They should probably be very careful about opposing anything that will help fix the mess they created in the last 8 years.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:04 pm |
  193. Joe Rogers

    Republicans are just being Republications. They don't have the
    intellectual capacity to realize that it might be a better idea to come
    up an idea that they believe is better. No, that requires "thinking"
    and that's where their major shortcoming is. They seem to relish
    the idea that the nosedive they are in could become even steeper
    than it is.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:04 pm |
  194. Jerry Harris

    Most of the worthless Republicans oppose anything that will benefit the people instead of their lobbyist buddies. They are all a bunch of thieves that should be run out of Washington. Boehner is an absolute idiot saying he is not comfortable with where the money is going, to bad the Republicans didn't try to do something for the people when they has the power to do so instead of making sure that their rich buddies got richer, as well at themselves.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:04 pm |
  195. adam

    The Grand Obstructionist Partisans should just keep quiet as they proved that they will go along with any idea as long as its a proposal from their own party!!! The last 8 years are still fresh in the american publics eyes and serves as a good example of why republicans should SHUT UP, they love to play GAMES!!

    January 23, 2009 at 4:07 pm |
  196. Jay in Texas

    Until the news media educates us about what, specifically, is in the stimulus package, it is premature to criticize anyone who opposes it. We have already seen half of the first multi-billion-dollar Bailout for the super-rich vanish without knowing where it went and without any effect whatsoever on our economic crisis. Unless this stimulus package offers substantial financial help to the poorest of Americans, including millions of disabled and elderly who don't have to pay income taxes, I will join the Republicans in opposing it.
    Brownwood, Texas

    January 23, 2009 at 4:07 pm |
  197. Phil P. in NJ

    Jack, I think it's a mistake if we do nothing since it was the GOP and their well connected friends on Wall Street that got us into this mess in the first place. The GOP ran up the deficit over a eight year period and they should not be opposed to fix this mess. Everything they did was based on greed and now it's time to pay the piper.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:08 pm |
  198. Pat,Clearwater Florida

    They LOST THE ELECTION BUSH IS GONE, they need to help
    Obama get the package through. They sure did not worry about
    their support when Bush was in the White House. They are the
    MINORITY! WHAT DON'T THEY UNDERSTAND, DID THEY
    SEE OBAMA'S APPROVAL RATING? (Maybe they will retire
    and just disappear and the others will loose in 2010 because
    they are so full of themselves!!!!!

    January 23, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  199. Richard Williams in Larchmont, NY

    Jack,
    There is opposition from both parties. It depends on the percentage of opposition that will determine the pace of the legislation. My immediate concern is full-time work as a music teacher in a school and health coverage I can afford.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  200. Sue -Idaho

    Let's see jack for twelve years they worked three days a week, or make that showed up, rubber stamped everything Bush sent them, made sure that they and their big corporate donors got everything they wanted, never said a word about deficits, etc., now their worried. So my answer is yes, I mean that trickle down stuff they've been pushing for years finally bankrupt the country who better to tell us how to fix the mess they've created!

    January 23, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  201. John Booth

    NO! we all saw what happened when democrats failed to stop the conservative movement across washington, a liberal agenda can be just as detrimental.

    John– Connecticut

    January 23, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  202. Adi from Schaumburg, IL

    Yes, most certainly they are. If Reblicans don't listen to voice of people now, they will be wiped out from power very soon!

    January 23, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  203. Rick

    The republicans should pipe down. They had their chance. They are the reason we are in this mess today. They are not team players. They don't care about the country, only their own interests.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  204. Linda in Arizona

    Are they making a mistake? Not if they can get away with it. President Obama needs something like a 9/11 so he can point out that the party hacks who oppose his efforts to save the country from economic ruin are "unpatriotic". Maybe he should consult with cheney. He knows how to bring people in line.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  205. Bob Field Toronto

    The Republican elite want Obama to fail.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  206. Joshua from Pittsburgh

    Our system of government is based on some level of dissent. I think that the Republicans should work with President Obama, but we as Americans need to remember that we elected him President, not King. Disagreement is expected and, as long as it doesn't hinge on progress, should be allowed.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  207. kurt

    my take on this,is, you are part of the problem or part of the solution. right now the repubs are part of the problem, and have been for 12 years. they totally screwed up TARP, now they want to do the same with any help for te working people

    January 23, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  208. fred

    The plan is a disaster and should be opposed–not that the opposition has any chance of succeeding.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  209. Audrey West Pt. GA

    After George W. Bush left office with a national debt doubled with the help of the Republican Senators and Congress, the present Republicans and Congressman should approve the stimulas.Where were they when they allowed spending to get out of control the last 8 years and now are so concerned about spending. Give me a break.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  210. Diane G.

    Diane from Huntsville, AL.

    Where was Baynor when the economy was on a downward slide?
    He is a blowheart and should shut up and let the new popular president push the stimulous package.
    All of a sudden the republicans are watching the economy – what a laugh!!!
    Baynor and his cronies are grandstanding again and should try to fix the country instead of stalling. We are sick of this stalling.

    Diane

    January 23, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  211. Anonymous from Ramsey, NJ

    A successful government emerges from a vigorous debate of ideas. If the Republicans didn't voice their opposition to the stimulus plan, then our government wouldn't be doing their job. Our government needs to be debating because if there's a better idea out there, it is through debate that we will be able to find it. So I applaud the Republicans for keeping that debate allive.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  212. Richard, Syracuse, NY

    YES, After all it was Bush's hand picked dispenser of funds that saw our $400 Billion or so wasted because there was NO requirements on what the Banks did with the money.

    And to Dave in St Louis. You and all your Republicans can keep up the garbage and the slams and insults against President Obama. Because every time you do this, it just shows how small and petty you really are and how you are going to lose more power in 2010 and more in 2012.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  213. Jim, MA

    Actually, it looks like the Republicans are making the right choice for once. Just where do we plan to get the money for this stimulus plan anyway? Because we certainly don't have it.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  214. sheldon curtis

    I think it is a mistake Jake the people have spoke and we want the government to be one in these times of need!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 23, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  215. James Reed

    I am an independent and voted to change the political face of the government because the Republicans have done NOTHING

    January 23, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  216. James Butler

    I think Obama is doing a darn good job he hit the ground runing and we need what he's doing in our life

    January 23, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  217. Arielle

    They are not "wrong" because they are doing what they always do – it's because they have different points of view as to how to fix our economy. The truth is, the people voted in a Democrat. They voted for Obama, and they want his policies in place ASAP!

    Republicans haven't quite accepted this yet, and they may never see life through a Democratic angle, but they should try to open their minds to see that the American people trust Obama to do the right thing.

    Arielle Haze
    Glendale, CA

    January 23, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  218. eric y.

    No they are not.. Even though I'm a strong Obama supporter i think this is good checkes and measures. what i want is for them to work together and give americans a great economic plan.. eric ,calif

    January 23, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  219. Allen - Herrin, IL

    Lobotamies for Republicans... It should be a LAW!

    January 23, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  220. John

    Could it be that since it is NOW likely that the rich will actually begin to PAY for government operations that might be the reason the rich-back Republicans are opposing government spending? I worked at ENRON and I KNOW when Republicans are lying.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  221. Ruilt

    It'd be a mistake to block it. I can understand wanting to iron out loose ends and putting their two cents in, but to block and delay this from getting passed soon will most likely be disasterous. With the jobloss's growing greater and greater surpassing 26 year highs, its not the time to sit around twiddling thumbs and hoping everything will work out somehow.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  222. Andrew

    The US needs this stimulus package! The Republicans allowed George W Bush to squander his part. They should not obstruct Obama's attempt to fix the economic woes of this country. One of the reasons he was put in office was to do just that. The Republicans need to get out of the way and let this get done.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  223. Madhavi Sethna

    Having lost as badly as they did in this past election, Republicans who are addicted to partisan politics, are doing what their addiction leads them to do. Let the public send them a message to provide a jolt. Enough is enough. Let us move on to solving critical issues created by them in the last 8+ years.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  224. Ellie New Jersey

    I'm happy to see the GOP challenge the stimulus plan. I'm one of those Republicrats who supported Obama, but that doesn't mean that I want to give the new administration carte blanche. Its healthier for our government and our economy to have both sides heard

    January 23, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  225. Ali M

    Well I think the republicans are the mistake. Look at what they have done over the last 8 years I think now they should reconsider their ideals and let the Obama administration to deploy their plans.

    Ali M
    Vancouver Canada

    January 23, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  226. Shayne L. Glessing-Karzmar

    Jack: The Republicans just don't get it, they started the war, they gave the rich everything they wanted, they essentially and proverbiably "sacked Rome" – or in this case, the U.S. Where do they get off thinking we even care what they have to say any longer. They were wiped out in elections over the past 2 years. There is a reason behind this butt kicking, and the rest of us are ready to see the actions of others than themselves.

    The REpublicans are fools, but what really is new about that!!!!

    January 23, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  227. Mike (seattle)

    Yes they are making a mistake. The American people told them loud and clear that their way wasn't working. We have put our trust in President Obama and the only thing the Republicans need to do is say "Yes Sir" and then shut up.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  228. Keegan

    Republicans not supporting the plan is impractical and will impede any agenda they have planned for at least the next two years. GOP House and Senate leaders can complain and point fingers all they want, but at the end of the day, it the Dems that have a monopoly on the Legislative and Executive Branch. Resistance now will only set a partisan tone for the next two years.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  229. Chuck

    The republicans need to provide answers or follow. It is not enough to object or stall the process.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  230. Anne, Boca Raton

    Dear Mr. President,

    Why don't you appoint President Bill Clinton and Speaker Newt Gingrich to act as Special Advisors to the stimulus package?

    It is too important to let this slapped together version pass.

    Your leadership and their expertise could create a historic and successful package. Please don't waste this chance to think out of the box and do something effective.

    Isn't it your policy to bring in people who have successfully done things in the past?

    Haste makes waste and we've seen too much of that.

    Anne Cuskley, Boca Raton, Fl.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  231. Tom from Boston

    Gee Jack, they just got their collective butts whipped in the election, didn't they? I guess they must be masochists who can't wait to have it happen again to their congressmen in two years!

    January 23, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  232. S. Johnson

    Has the Republicans forgot who won the election and what the PEOPLE of the U.S. is asking? We certainly don't need the high and mighty Republican BS at this point. Why don't they quit trying to point fingers and role up there sleeves and get to work and quit whining like little girls. They can thank their President Bush for the $11.8 Trillion Dollar Presidency. ENOUGH Republicans. Let's hear something positive from their mouths.... You think?

    January 23, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  233. John in Arizona

    Civil debate, constructive criticism and loyal opposition are appropriate, but obstructionism that stinks of more of the same will only result in further disintegration of the Republican party.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  234. Dicky Neely

    Hi Jack,
    The Republicans are making a mistake opposing Obama's plan. It is the usual suspects leading the Republicans, John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, John Kyle, who are more concerned with posturing to their far right base than getting things done.
    They will be trying to bring down Obama's programs from now on.
    If Obama is successfull the Gop will wither further unless they buy into the new bi-partisanship..
    Dicky Neely
    corpus Christi, Tx.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  235. maskew

    It's time for these lawmakers to give up personal ambitions and figure out how to meet on a consensous and get things done.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  236. Jack/ Winston-Salem

    Given the fact that after 8 years of Republican mismanagement and a $5 trillion addition to the deficit – to now be concerned with the people's money is absolutely ludicrous! They ought to shut up and let Obama try a new plan.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  237. Donald Wilson

    It's kind of funny that the Republicans don't like Obama stimulus package plan but like the one Bush gave to banks that didnt have any regulations on it. The only reason they dont like it because there will not be any pork in the bill to make their pockets fat

    January 23, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  238. Gary Phillips

    If the last 8 years have revealed anything, it's that you cannot tax cut your way to economic prosperity. John Boehner and the rest of the Republicans are wasting time and hoping for political gain, while foreclosures and unemployment continue increase.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  239. Jim S

    Americans have made it crystal clear that they are tired of the partisian politics in Washington. Apparently the Republicans weren't listening. That's part of the reason they got their tails kicked in February and they still haven't learned anything. They've become a partisian, obstructionist party when they don't get their way and they've had their way now for about 12 years. Look at the results. Lets support President Obama and see what happens. Republicans certainly haven't had any successful answers. If they don't listen, and America keeps seeing their childish games, more will go home next election and good riddance.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  240. Julian Sanchez

    yeah is a mistake to learn from the past. We got to this point by spending what we dont have.

    The standard is portrayed by the media that :

    Since he made a mistake, I got the right to make the same of my own, and nobody has the right to tell me otherwise.

    Nice, a republican president wasted a few hundred billion dollars. I guess is only 'fair" that we allow democrats to do the same....just twice the money.

    After all isn't that the new rule of the land "fair doctrine".

    January 23, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  241. need4trth

    Yes, Republicans are making a mistake and it seems they really don't care. It appears our Republican counterparts are trying to bog this down with the same thing we voted against. Their tax relief is for the wealthiest one percent their favored constituency. Rep. John Boehner is trying to flex Republican strength the only way he knows how. OBSTRUCTION. It's the same old politics from the party that brought us George W. Bush.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  242. eddie lopez-lugo

    I believe that after 8 years in which the ideology of cutting taxes to create jobs showed how people saved more than they spend, creating a few jobs and increasing our debt in the process, it is time to jump in the ship of Barack Obama. If republicans want to keep themselves viable for 2010 they need to understand that everyone benefits when our government invests in public goods, not only by the job creation but by that fact that actual investment in our economy actually grow our it.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  243. Magnum

    Havn't the Republics learned anything? It is their constant Obstructionism that has caused them to lose elections since 2006. Citizens of this nation are sick and tired of the Republics Obstructionism. If the Republics are not careful they will lose even more elections in 2010.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  244. Reba

    I don't think the Republicans are asking to much. It seems they understand the money must come from somewhere, taxpayers or other countries. I don't think those who already get handouts from the gov't should get more and still not be responsible for the debt. So much for working along party lines.
    Reba S,
    Cincinnati,Oh

    January 23, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  245. gabrielle

    most republicans will be opposing any decision obama makes, either to challenge him or out of spite. they need to let go of their own policies and trust that obama has his best interest in the country and has an excellent cabinet to assist him in these great decisions. LET IT GO REPUBLICANS!

    January 23, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  246. Dee in Florida

    I do think the Republicans are making a mistake.

    It's clear that THEIR stimulus package had absolutely no effect, unless you count that moron who redecorated his office!

    Did the Republicans learn NOTHING from the last election? Can they read the news (or, if they cannot read) do they at least watch the news on TV?

    Our country is in a MESS, and someone has to do something. If the remaining Republicans do not step up to the plate maybe THEY need to lose their next bid to stay in DC!

    Hello Republicans (and some Democrats too) We The People are SICK of the status quo. Get m,oving, or get out of the way!

    January 23, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  247. C D Odum

    It is not a mistake to question. If you are spending the money should you not get the most for the buck. Do not rush. I want the Congress to get it done right.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  248. adam in NJ

    i hear republicans wanting to be part of making stimulus. however when they are invited to have their say instead of bipartisanship they try to impose there ideas as if its there way or the highway.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  249. Aaron

    Republicans would be making a mistake by not voicing their concerns. At the same time they should be grateful that the new president welcomes their opinions.

    I don't like any political party and one thing IS for sure and that is that we're all tired of these big babies on Capital Hill paralyzing our country with their partisanship squabbling.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  250. John - Orlando, FL

    The Republicans are trying to make any wave they can in a bid for air time and to be seen as doing something. If they were so concerned where was their voice when lame bird Bush made this mess in the first place. We voted Obama in and they need to stand clear and let him work to correct this mess that they created. They should be happy they still have a job, or at least until the next vote.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  251. Miguel in Phoenix

    The GOP should be more concerned with how the last $750B were spent by a Republican administration than promoting their failing ideals. Economics 101, when in recession the government must spend, regardless of deficit. Obama's plan is not a "bailout" like the last package by Bush. The big corporations are not going to be getting a cut of this money, so the GOP is against it, after all that is who they represent.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  252. Scott Bornstein

    From Lakeland, FL

    Jack, the're making a mistake because we've tried the republican way and the results have been painful. It's time to respect the will of the people and let the President make this call. If it works, and we all pray it does, then great for America. If it doesn't maybe the Republican Party will think they have a platform to work with in 2012.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  253. Cindy Meyer

    I think Republicans are making a mistake. I think they need to work together and back President Obama's proposal. We need a united front and willingness from all to let the stimulus plan work.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  254. Mark

    I would just do whatever the Republicans say not to do, and not do anything they suggest..I think thats a pretty general fail safe way to go about things for now...considering the last 8 years.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  255. Dawn Kucera

    I think it is a mistake. They run the risk of being seen as continuing the partisan fighting. If they sign on, and the President's stimulous package works, then the country benefits and and both Democrats and Republicans reap the political benefit of bipartisan cooperation. If Obama's plan tanks, then the Republicans can make political hay in 2010. Seems like it's a win-win for the Republicans to go along with Obama.
    Dawn
    Waipahu Hawaii

    January 23, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  256. Aaron

    Jack:

    It's not a mistake for Republicans to oppose the bailout plan. The members of Congress are responsible to represent their districts. They aren't beholden to a vague national aura of approval for Obama.

    And as Republicans, they should exercise their critical thinking skills during this season of liberal confidence- just as Democrats (and Obama) did during the 2003 run-up to the Iraq War.

    Aaron

    January 23, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  257. John Johnson

    Jack,
    Of course and when haven't the Republicans made mistakes?They are the children that haven't learned to play with others

    John
    B.R.Louisiana

    January 23, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  258. Skip

    No.

    Do you consider a stimulus plan in which 60 percent of the dollars get spent two years from now effective?

    Sounds like funny math to me.

    Can you say bloated government?

    January 23, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  259. Harvey Miller

    The Republicans in the House and Senate are proving again that they have not learned anything from their eight years of failed policies under W. They are proving once again the age-old definition of insanity–doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Didn't we create a massive debt by issuing tax cuts and borrowing money to mismanage the war in Iraq?
    Tustin, Michigan

    January 23, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  260. Elliot in Florida

    By ALL estimates, we're stuck like Chuck with no real pleasant options for fixing this mess. No one wants this expensive fix, but we need it at this point. If the GOP plans to object to these measures, they need to come to the table with an alternative. Put up or shut up, as the new President has stated.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  261. Marie

    The problems of today cannot be resolved by the same level of thinking that produced them. Obama has some different approaches and the same people that were in decision making while this problem evolved are the ones that are determining the best solution or trying to. kinda of strange don't you think, since they still are only willing to think the same way. It is a mistake. If I were them, I would approve anything opposite of what they know, and just maybe you will get the opposite effect... success.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  262. Art Garland

    No, the last one did little if any good. History says you cannot spend your way out of recession. This money is aimed at the wrong people.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  263. joyce jacoby

    I think its reasonable to question it if they are concerned but after the president reviews their concerns then the republicans should give thir support and get it passed. I find it interesting that they are so concerned about getting this money into the hands of the people but wont support the bill.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  264. Shea Butta

    The Republicans said that we are borrowing money from our kids (wrong). We are borrowing money from our country for our kids, and intern will create more jobs now that will benefit our kids future until its time for our kids to have kids with futures duh 🙂

    January 23, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  265. Jodi ( in Portland, OR )

    Those Republicans who do not support Obama's economic stimulus bill, will have a huge negative stake in their campaign come 2010, or 2012.

    Too many more millions than not will be negatively affected of it not going through than if it does pass.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  266. judith

    ENOUGH ALREADY! I'm so sick of this partisan bickering that i could scream...use your common sense for a change. How in the world can we get anything done if Congress continues to hang on the old nonsense that each party has to oppose the other party's ideas?

    January 23, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  267. Wayne - IL

    Jack, Didn't anyone in Washington hear the American people this election? I believe that Pres. Obama did and is trying to promote a spirit of unity. But it seems like even the Democrates in Congress haven't heard the message. Partisonship seems to remain an obstacle in Congress. Maybe it's time to through all the bums out!

    January 23, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  268. Jay from Pittsburgh

    The Republicans were the rubber-stamp supporters of GW Bush. Now they are trying to torpedo an effort by the Democrats to 'fix' the many problems and illegal actions caused by the same GOP Congress members who got us into the mess and economic disaster in the first place. How dishonest! They should let people, Democrats, undo the damage that has been done. They just don't want to take responsibility for their Party leaders and previous President.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  269. Osa Alex Uzamere

    It is clear Republicans (al least some) will do anything they can to slow our new President in bring us back to a part with purpose...
    They are not being hit with everyday happening to the common man so why would they not delay everything?

    January 23, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  270. Jean

    Jack, its a Huge Mistake. Just as you have said, the American People are tired of hold-ups. The GOP better get on the Ball. Because a lot of them had no problem giving the Banks and others Bail-outs. Now this is where the rubber meets the road. We will not forget come Election day. There will be New faces in Washington. As far as I'm concerned" If you are not For with us. You are Against us.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  271. Ahmad Pittman, Ernul NC

    No its not a Mistake for the GOP to oppose stimulus Plan, First of all not all americans are going to get money and just giving it away is a dumb idea in the first place. The first didn't even work well, my mom couldn't get any money for me because I was 17 then I didn't qualify only got some for my brother. What he needs to do is figure out another way to help boost the Economy.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  272. Andrea

    Yes. They just don't get it. The country is behind Obama. He has the will of the people with him. Right now, if they oppose him... they are opposing the people.

    LA, CA

    January 23, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  273. John

    Boehner and the Republicans had 8 years to do it their way and look where we are now because of Republican leadership! Put a sock in it Boehner!!

    January 23, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  274. Joe in VA

    I am not sure Republicans are "opposing" the stimulus plan. Just because they don't embrace every aspect of it lock-stock-and -barrel, does not mean they don't want to get a plan implemented, and soon. They have a right and responsibility to ask questions. Spending $850 B is no small matter. Just because Obama's folks came up with the plan does not mean it cannot be improved. Obama is doing the right thing, listening to valid concerns. Ultimately, he won and he gets to decide, but the plan needs to be debated to assure it is as good as it can be. They are your kids taxes Jack, that we're talking about.

    Joe in VA
    Chatham, VA

    January 23, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  275. Rita

    Yes, they are making a huge mistake and John Boehner, Hocker and McConnell are definitely trying to be impediments. They are still very angry about losing. If they were so concerned about the stimulus package, why didn't they open their mouths about the fiasco that occurred under Bush with the first $350B. Where were the safeguards then? They're hypocrites.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  276. Dace Tucson AZ

    Oh course they are – but they haven't yet accomplished their goal of complete destruction of this country. But I guess Boehner has too much brain damage from all the tanning lights.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  277. Debby Gunnell, Grove City OH

    Since Democrats have won by large margins, the Republicans should realize people voted to stop doing things their way. We tried that for 8 years. Their plans did not work. Their tax cuts for the rich have robbed the rest of us. I did not hear their concern for the burden on our children and grandchildren when we began spending $13 billion a month on the war in Iraq.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  278. Susan

    If President Obama has a plan to get our economy moving again all bickering should be put aside. After all, the only people they hurt by petty bickering is the American public. Nothing has worked so far and all of the money in the previous stimulus package only went to help the banks and stock market. Too many Americans have lost their homes over bad practices of the bankers. Now it is time that the common people are extended a hand. Help put people back to work and this will help the country as well. We need help before it is too late.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  279. gg in NJ

    yes it is a mistake but then it seems the Repbublicans cannot get out of their way. You almost want to shake them and say wake up–what more will it take for Americans to say: get over the partisanship or get out of the way! They questioned nothing from George W for years and now they can't wait a week to be obstructionists. send them back home on another helicopter.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  280. Roderick Jackson

    Yes this is a mistake we need jobs, and what better than us citizens working to rebuild this country. I also like the service program and intend to be of service in some way. We do love our country I gave 8 yrs of service in the US Army.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  281. ann

    I am wondering about something I heard today about the second stimulas package to people If a person had a tax return issue 20 years ago and income lessened for the past 10 years and back taxes not been paid but a agreement with the IRS made would that person get a stimulas check? We all in a rut with the economy and low income and should be given the same as others to put back into the economy.We pay our taxes every year and have not owed for over 10 years or more and refunds from federal applied to one tax year an agreemnet was made.if ever had any extra money to apply to and feel we should be given the money as many others who are in the sam e situation.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  282. Ann Hughes

    Republicans favor big spending when: a: it benefits friends; b. it's for war; c: it's for the military/industrial complex. Spending large sums of money for ordinary Americans is automatically opposed, good or bad.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  283. Lew

    You are right Jack, the Republicans shouldn't object to anything the Democarats propose. They are omnopitent, right? You should retire, your blind hatred of Bush has completely clouded your judgement.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  284. Gerry Karol

    For those who pay no taxes get no refunds or rebates...period.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  285. Kenneth Dyas

    I almost fell out of my chair laughing when I heard John Boehner express concern over Obama's stimulus plan as placing a burden on our children. Where was his concern when he and the rest of the Republicans rubberstamped all the money requested by Bush to fight his "war on terror?" Please Mr Boehner. Don't be an obstructionist and at least be consistent.
    Kenny Dyas
    Warrior, Ala

    January 23, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  286. Debra, TN

    Of course they are! If it wasn't for 8 years of the republicans we wouldn't be in this nightmare!!!!! The only thing that should be coming out of the mouths of the republicans is "Yes sir, President Obama. Anything you say President Obama!"

    January 23, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  287. SoldierMoM

    The Republicans better get on board there is another Election in 2 years / And the American people are Watching ......

    January 23, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  288. Tom Berger

    i find it discouraging that mere days after President Obama made an earnest and well-intentioned plea for bipartisanship, Republicans and Democrats alike are already chomping at the bit to assign blame and stall the process, both in reference to the stimulus package and to the last of the confirmation hearings and their subsequent delay. the president has to pass a $825 billion stimulus plan; i think he's going to need his treasury Secretary. he has just signed executive orders which will throw 245 Guantanamo trials into the air; i think he's going to need his Attorney General. President Obama has already done more listening in three days than the last administration did in eight years; it's not like his roadmap for the stimulus is a surprise, as he's been talking about it since the beginning of the transition. please, members of Congress, give the president your support while he tries to navigate these unprecedented times and troubles!

    January 23, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  289. Kyle

    Kyle Pendergrass Gainesville, FL

    The growing republic opposition to President Obama's tax plan is a natural and beneficial aspect of the democratic process. Obama has pushed for bipartisan cooperation in the legislature and the national government overall and therefore rational deliberation and the process of give and take should allow for the best possible economic relief plan. Regardless, republicans have clearly realized the unlikelihood of a presidential veto on an economic stimulus package.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  290. Harvard Morehead

    Jack-

    It would be hilarious (if it weren't so serious) to see the same people who turned a 1/3 trillion surplus into a 1/2 trillion deficit, and drove the economy in a ditch in the process, worrying about the size of the stimulus package!

    Of course they are making a mistake! They tried their "better ideas" for 8 years, and the people spoke, by showing them the door! Get on board, Boehner, or your losing streak will continue!

    January 23, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  291. steve sioux falls

    Of course the GOP won't back the stimulas package as they take thier marching orders from leader Rush Limbaygh and he proudly announces his hope that our President Obama fails!

    January 23, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  292. Sharon

    Jack really! You have to ask? Look at the mess we are in. After 8 years under the Bush regime AND the mess we're in, isn't the question really "are The Republicans a mistake?"

    January 23, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  293. Mike, Boston

    The Republicans are making a big mistake. Times are tough. Markets have been hit hard, countless homes have been foreclosed on, and last year we lost more jobs than in any other year since World War II. The Republicans want to wait for the markets correct these problems at some indeterminate point in the future while reducing the scope of the stimulus plan. This would be an error. Our situation is dire; but it is dire only so long as we allow it to incapacitate us. The time for action is now.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  294. john

    Jack- what good are tax cuts- they have not created jobs as is obvious lately-abd if the fed doesn't tax, then the states increase their's to cover federal mandates. So the answer is partially federal spending but much more greatly the answer is for the federal government to fund every single thing they mandate- otherwise we all lose

    January 23, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  295. Jeff in Connecticut

    It depends Jack, are they opposed because it doesn't give yet more tax relief to millionaires? To big oil? To big tobacco? We need details!

    January 23, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  296. mystie

    listen, the masses sent a message loud and clear to the politicians, We are fed up with red states, blue states, and politicians that care more about ideology then accomplishing, getting the work done! We are hurting, I am a teacher, that is concerned about a pink slip, because in California we have Republicans and Democrats fighting over a budget! I am begging the politicians to get together, stop the Rush Linbalm politics of division!

    January 23, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  297. Barbie from Hollywood, CA

    Jack, let's be honest. When was the last time the GOP had a good idea that included ALL Americans?! And wasn't it the GOP in the Senate who turned the $750B bail-out pkg. into $825B before they allowed it to get passed? They are suffering from POWER Withdrawal Symptoms. They need to shut-up for a while, and let the new President make the decisions he's been researching for months.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  298. Yuni - Alabama

    Yes,
    But we should expected it. GOP ALWAYS Opposed whatever democrate think. They never let democrate run things smoothly, eventhough they now it's the only way or the right way to do it.
    Rush Limbaugh for quick example... want Obama to fail...He is Crazy and Insane
    Now they have more excuse to throw feet, they are minority and they have to be listened. Otherwise.. you are a partisan....
    Well, what i think, Obama can listen to them, but feel free to ignore them...

    January 23, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  299. Joel w Gonzales

    Big Mistake The Pres Know whats right and is trying his best to speed up the process as possible stuff like this can hold back the Package Follow Your Presidents Lead. He Is Doing Everything he has Promised Stop being self and lets all ride together after all the last time I checked we Are The UNITED States Of America Sorry Jack For the Caps in United just had to make that word clear Keep Up the good Work Love you And CNN Man.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  300. Matt Baker

    Jack, I am 100% Democrat, and I personally think that the GOP has a say . All parties of America have the right to an opinion, even though a Democrat is in charge. Everyone in America has a say about the Stimulus Plan. Thats what makes us United and Free. If the GOP thinks its not a good idea, they need to make a new Stimulus Plan and pass it along to the President. Jack, if you were in charge of the Stimulus Plan, what would you do?

    January 23, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  301. adam in NJ

    its wrong to go against stimulus proposed by newly elected president and democrats. republicans got there buts whopped in last election and should sit down for a little while

    January 23, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  302. mamaT, San Antonio, TX

    Yes, but I'm really not unhappy about that. The obvious partisan obstructionism at work here just proves that the right wing doesn't "get it". The more they rant the more they marginalize the whole party, which is fine with me!

    January 23, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  303. Interested? in Cleveland

    Of course it is. For too long the Republicans have shotgunned their policies through Congress with Bush at the trigger. They have aimed the barrel at spending and only now does our country feel the impact. It was not the Democrats in power these last 6 years, but the Republicans. To have these so few top Republicans complain is exactly their stagnant style to any thing that resembles a change in policy and practice. For Senator Boehner to suddenly cry foul and feign an interest for the financial burden America's children in the future will face due to their prior policies and practices is hypocritical.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  304. Bert in San Antonio

    It's not that they are wrong in opposing the stimulus plan, it is their duty to their constituents to do so. However, I do hear a lot of complaining from them but vague in their few solutions. Do they have any other ideas besides lowering taxes for the wealthy? It seems Obama is trying to play it down the middle but both sides are still playing partisan politics and the American people stand to suffer once again as we did from the handling of the first portion of the bailout.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  305. John

    The entire 8 years of Repug control have been a mistake. If anything the recovery package needs to be larger, especially for sustainable energy.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  306. Mike H. in Pottsville PA

    It certainly is a mistake. You don't stand idly by while your home burns down around you. You grab a hose, call the fire department, and do anything you can to prevent everything you hold dear from being destroyed.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  307. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Jack,

    Two words! Yes Dear!

    But I think they seem to quite understand the urgency since they also think it is too slow. Somehow we do not seem to see that there are some contradictions since they say it is expensive but yet they want more tax relief. We need to strike a balance between the tax relief and the spending on infrastructures projects that will put people back to work which will create private sector's jobs on top of implemeting reforms for accountability and transparency from the financial sector and in the distribution of the stimulus package. I think people want to see their elected officials work together and face this crisis and be flexible to adjust along the way and accept sound advice from experts ie economists and States requirements since they are directly in contact with their community and their needs!

    January 23, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  308. Joe

    It's nice to see that someone is questioning what is being done with our money, THE TAX PAYERS SHOULD VOTE , AND THE TAX PAYERS SHOULD OWN SHARES IN EVERY COMPANY THAT A STIMULIS DOLLAR TOUCHES

    January 23, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  309. Trebion Dixon

    Why fuss about the 800 billion dollar plus package? When were already 11 trillon plus in the hole. Give it a chance to work...it is on all of our backs including our kids, just like we bear our forfathers debts.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  310. Scott B

    We need to fully support open and honest debates in congress, but trickle down theory needs to trickle out of Republican dogma. If all the Republicans can offer is more trickle down drivel, then they can't blame Democrats from shutting them out of a debate because this debate lost in the general election.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  311. Lois, Minneapolis, MN

    Yes, the Republicans are making a mistake to oppose the Stimulus Plan. If the're smart, they'll do whatever they can to be seen promoting it! Americans are clearly tired of the recent Republican way of doing things and want Obama's decisions carried out without delay. This is no time for Republicans to drag their feet. The Minority Speaker should know that if we put less money in the plan now, our children will suffer MORE later.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  312. H.R. Tschudi, Vancouver

    For once, the Republicans are dead on. The only measure on the table that really addresses the root cause of the economic decline is an immediate tax cut for the middle class. The other measures are targeting mere symptoms.

    The problem is that too much credit was provided for decades. However, the banks having stopped the folly results in a collapse in the purchasing power of the average American household of 27%, the successing fall in housing, and asset prices, and the problems in the financial system. That purchasing power needs to be addressed by the government to bring the economy back on track. However, the Republican's proposal is also far too small.

    The "energy stimulus" bears no vision and supports the creation of more expensive alternative energies that are not going to provide a competitive edge to America. Instead, Obama should look forward and assess a geothermal/hydrogen approach, which would dramatically change the name of the game and create millions of jobs throughout almost all industries.

    H.R. Tschudi, economist and entrepreneur, Vancouver

    January 23, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  313. Dave Arnholt

    Which party was the majority party when all the deregulation took effect? I think it was the same party that was in power when the great recession started. That was the Republican Party and they want us to believe they have clue. What was it George Bush said about fool me twice?

    January 23, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  314. Dre Allen

    It is a SERIOUS mistake for republicans, in a clearly public supported new era in politics to continue their campaign of whiny politics over the best interests of the country. Still reeling after their catastrophic loss of power, all that SHOULD be left is a willingness to cooperate with the victor and support his moves towards rebuilding America. But no! More declines into their misery loves company style of finger pointing politics is surely on the horizon, but the republican partys familiar progress complications can't stop the new administrations momentum. PRESIDENT Obama will not allow it!

    Dre Allen

    January 23, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  315. Shirley Jackson

    It's absolutely a mistake. In my state, unemployment exceeds 10%. Tax cuts might be desirable if you already have a job. But people with no employment and no prospects would be completely left out. Besides, the Republicans had eight years to show that their methods of deaing with the economy are sound. They've had far longer if you include the nineties when they gained control of the congress. I think most Michiganians would agree that they've failed miserably. hy should we listen to them. It's time to make a direct assault on the problem of unemployment, poor infrastructure and a seeming hopeless economy.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  316. Chantal, Hampton, VA

    8 years of GOP's economic policies got us into this mess, it's time for them to gracefully stop insisting on those tax cut for the rich and have sympathy for those folks who have lost their jobs, homes and etc. It's time for them to look out for the non-rich

    January 23, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  317. Les Kennedy Knoxville, Tn

    President Obama had best understand one thing in a hurry. Any politican south of the Mason Dixon Line will oppose every move that he makes, no matter what. Right now he wants to give money to the working class and the Republicans want to keep giving to the upper class. Where was their opposition when they were raping the Treasury for George Bush's first six years in office. Get ready, this is going to be the standard.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  318. Darrell Parrish

    A new president has taken office in a time of dire financial struggle in this country. It is in the president's best interests to fix the problem. I think the republicans need to sit back and ask themselves one simple question. Would this man do anything to hinder his image this early in his term? Their party has had their chance, and it obviously failed. They need to accept the president's plan, and give it time to work.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  319. Eric VanSickle (Cedar Falls, Iowa)

    I think the GOP hasn't realized they don't run the show anymore. The Democratic majority in both houses have widened, and there's a Democrat in the White House now. They're hanging their hat on the fact we voters voted them into majority in 1994 after a year and a half of Clinton's policies and maybe they can recapture the majority in 2010. They want to play the "We told you so" card. However, in the long run, when the Obama/Democratic stimulus plan shows success, the GOP will look like fools.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  320. S

    YES the Republicans are blowing it and have been blowing it for years. They are nothing but a bunch of rich cry babies catering to the most elite rich of the World. They seem to have no issues when it comes to the top Wall St. execs stealing tax payers money with the bail out, but heaven forbid a package should be pushed through to put Americans back to work after they have outsourced all our jobs and the jobs they haven't outsourced they are bringing people in from other countries to fill–simply because they don't want to pay Americans what they want to charge us to live in this country. The Republican party will be only in the history books hopefully someday soon. They have no base supporting anymore because their base is all the filthy rich Americans and now regular Americans are all poor–thanks to their BS for the last 8 years!!
    The Republicans should stop whining and getting in the way. This is about helping the poor guy this time not your rich buddies. Shut up!

    January 23, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  321. donnahandleman

    RE: stim pkg
    The Repubs want a tax cut. If the Dems would include a tax deduction like we used to have where ALL INTEREST paid on even credit cards and autos was deductable, those of us who are not hurting would be inclined to buy "because it is deuctable", and those heavily in debt would get some tax relief from the interest on their credit cards. WIN WIN!

    January 23, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  322. affy california

    The gop need to get on the obama train if they want to get reelected. The american people are already aboard

    January 23, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  323. Mike in Akron, Ohio

    Absolutely, the Republicans are making a mistake. After eight years of the same old rhetoric of tax cuts, tax cuts, tax cuts for the corporations which then took the jobs overseas, the Republicans are making a huge mistake. If this isn't a Depression we're in, we're almost there.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  324. Dennis

    Absolutely! Each day they stall the stimulus package is another day where americans will lose their jobs and lose their homes. This is a time where Americans need help now! There is no time for partisanship in Washington and Politics as usual. In a time where the Republican Party is looking to find itself, they are doing a good job of reminding us who they are and what they stand for.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  325. MK Thomas, Chicago, IL

    Yes. Republicans are making a mistake by blocking the President's economic recovery plan. This time its not a game. We must have relief NOW!!! Republicans should not try to use this dire occasion to now demonstrate their diligence for the people, especially since they did not do so when they actually were at the helm. Operatative word being, 'were'...
    The landslide spelled "we want a new day!"

    January 23, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  326. Claude,Calgary Canada

    Who cares what the Republicans thinks, for the last "Eight Years" the Rupublicans have begged the Chinese for more money in there milk jug, and now look where we are, maybe these Republican should go back to there Southern Communities and reform racial divides they have pitted in there communities. Right now, Republicans have no relevant roles to play in Washington!

    January 23, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  327. Michael Paine

    Yes.
    Our mistake is assuming they can think.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  328. Janis, Lafayette, IN

    The Republicans are not wrong for voicing concerns about any agenda in Congress right now. After all, that is what they were hired to do by their constituents...address their concerns in Washington. But...and there is always a but...do not bog down the process of economic recovery and issues concerning national security with unneccessary and child-like maneuvers and stall-tactics that are not in the best interest of the American public. Grow up and face the music with dignity and a have greater concern for the survival of the American democratic process which is what will pull this country back up to their feet by the boot straps.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  329. Tawn Tu

    Yes, I think that the GOP's opposition is a stall tactic. They are bitter over the loss of the election and don't see the urgency in the approval of the plan. Yesterday, 3 of my friends lost their jobs. They are all single mothers. This economy is getting worse fast and the government needs to do something NOW!!!

    January 23, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  330. Zach

    It's definitely mistake. Thousands of people are losing jobs. Businesses are going bankrupt. People are falling under the poverty line, and they can't make a decision together to stop it. People need help now. There's no time to debate on how to do it. They should just make a plan and follow it. End this nonsense.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  331. Alan, Buxton Maine

    Almost anything the Republicans do is a mistake. They had their chance, blew it and now want to make the Democrats look as bad as they were. They should give this administration a chance to get some changes made. If they don't work, the Republicans will have made a good case to get back in the majority next election. If not we all win and they are better off too.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  332. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Jack,

    Two words! Yes Dear!

    But I think they seem to quite understand the urgency since they also think it is too slow. Somehow we do not seem to see that there are some contradictions since they say it is expensive but yet they want more tax relief. We need to strike a balance between the tax relief and the spending on infrastructures projects that will put people back to work which will create private sector's jobs on top of implementing reforms for accountability and transparency from the financial sector and in the distribution of the stimulus package. I think people want to see their elected officials work together and face this crisis and be flexible to adjust along the way and accept sound advice from experts i.e. economists and States requirements since they are directly in contact with their community and their needs!

    January 23, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  333. Frank, Chicago

    Isn't it smarter, politically, to let the Democrats put their plan in motion? After all, then they would "own it?" If it works, everyone is a hero. If the Republicans obstruct it, then the finger of blame is pointing in the direction of the GOP. By the way, dear GOP: "Haven't you "looked out for the tax payer" enough? We all know where that got us.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  334. Woody Lewis

    Isn't it the law makers' (Congress) responsibility to stipulate how the stimulus package be spent?

    I think the money should be given to the common citizens (of about $230,000 each) and that would make one hellofva stimulus without the CEO bonuses in the billions!

    January 23, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  335. David Jones

    The Republicans are not making a mistake by opposing the stimulus package. President Obama has loaded the package with many items to fund liberal campaign promises that will do little, if anything to stimulate the economy. It is full of Big Government programs and will be a horrible waste of money we don't have. The Congressional Budget Office has already said the package won't create jobs for several years down the road. I can not believe our elected representatives are seriously considering this package as it stands now. Well, on second thought. With Pelosi and Reid at the leadership positions I guess I do undersand.

    David Jones
    Winston Salem NC

    January 23, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  336. adam in NJ

    President Obama said he welcomes the constructive criticism, but the GOP should be aware that it would be a disaster if they go against a president with a very high approval rating.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  337. Diane Fudge

    Yes! the republicans and democratics for the matter should stop bickering/saying no and offer solutions. If you have a good/better idea put it on the table - that is the reason they were elected. Pres. Obama is reaching out to the brighter minds from all sectors concerning a solution to the economy – politicans need to step up to the table.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  338. Frank Nardo

    No, the Republicans should question the amount of the stimulus plan as I would expect the Democrats to to the same (checks and balances). The first bailouts didn"t work and I don't believe this one will work either. Americans will not spend even if the banks offer free money, the economy is too uncertain, and that will not change.
    Why do the economist not understand this?

    Frank
    Cape Coral, FL

    January 23, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  339. Keith

    I am a conservative Democrat that is worried not about Republican opposition, but Democratic Congressional leadership tactics. I sympathize with Repubicans on the grounds of being excluded. By virtue, the democrats are excluding voters represented by those Republicans. The Democrats can no continue business as usual or the Republicans will gain power during the next election. The American People know the Democrats have the power to screw things up–they are in charge right now. The Democrats are better served by changing their congressional leadership if they want to stay in power.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  340. Sergio

    Honestly the government shouldnt be giving anyone money because of the huge deficit we are in. The 10 trillion deficit we currently have would jump to over 12 trillion within Obamas first month in office. Democrats right now are not thinking about the long run. The reason the economy goes bad under a republican president is because the previous democrat screws it up, but it has a delayed response and it hits the people. Why else do you think the presidency goes back and forth between democrat and republican? Btw Jimmy Carter started the mortgage crisis back when he was president.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  341. Osa Alex Uzamere

    .......now they care about what happens to us and our children?
    They followed Bush blindly for 8yrs.....
    How did we get here not on Obamas watch?

    January 23, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  342. Jan from Iowa

    The Republicans would come across better to the middle class (like me) if they would have an alternative stimulus plan or even some actions that could be added to the plan. Instead they are just jumping up and down saying bad plan, bad plan, bad plan, and I'm hurt because I didn't get to put my pork barrel into it.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  343. Michael from Slidell, LA

    Yes, It's a mistake if the GOP challanges the package just to be challanging it. It would be nice if Congress could set up some sort of suggestion webstite that everyday American citizens can offer their ideals, sometimes that best solutions comes from the least expected sources.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  344. Thomas Wynn

    No, I don't think that the Republicans are making a mistake by challenging President Obama on the stimulus package. In fact, I think this is the kind of dialogue and challenge that our President welcomes.

    Our President is smart enough to listen to all of the Democrat and Republican arguments on the stimulus package and make an intelligent decision based on hearing all points of view.

    This is the kind of intelligent decision making that our country voted for!

    January 23, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  345. BG Kumar

    I am a fiscally conservative person who has been dead against deficits except at this time where I think the economy needs a boost to get out of the predicament we are in.

    Yes they are absolutely doing the wrong thing. They are playing politics and playing with the lives of teh common people who they have no regard for. Were was their concern about borrowing from our children during the last 8 years when the debt increased by more than the cumilative debt from previous 200 years..

    They playing partisam politics and the John Boehner and his cronies should be thrown out..

    I am fiscally conservative but I agree with warren buffet that it is time to act now or risk going into a depression.

    BeeGee

    January 23, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  346. Susan Henry-Ohio

    The republicans just want to always buck and kick anything the democrates want. Those days should be over with. We as Americans are sick and tired of the fighting in Washington. Obama will get the job done and the republicans know it! They just love to complain. The republicans have their nerve to say anything about anything.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  347. Mike - Hot Springs, Arkansas

    I am sure that the Republicans are determined to do all they can to make sure Obama has a difficult time. Old Rush Limbaugh said he hoped that Obama fails. Perhaps that is not just hype for his program. I am sure that there is a large group who will do all they can to sink the ship. They do not seem to realize that they are also on the boat and we are kind of short of life vests.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  348. David Scott

    The GOP should just "play-along", to avoid the embarrassment that there is nothing they can do about it.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  349. Madeline Marotto

    You bet Jack, or come next elections the Republicans will be looking for a new job, and the rest of us will be looking for new canditates.

    Madeline
    Florida

    January 23, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  350. kevin from oil city, pa

    Listen jack,
    I consider myself a republican for many reasons and given the chance in 2000 or 2004 I probably would have voted for bush, however as a first time voter I voted democratic because I have seen what certain republican policies have done to our economy the last eight years. My argument is that it isn't wrong for the gop to oppose obama"s plan, its simply their philosophical viewpoint that can't be changed by a new man in the white house. What they do need to realize though is that their philosphy has been wrong and they know it, they should sit back and see where obama takes us, possibly back to the prosperity that we witnessed with the last democrat in the white house, give him a shot because the gop has had theirs and really dug us a deep deep ditch

    January 23, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  351. Ken

    You Betcha! Republicans are promoting failed right wing free market policies, failed supply side solutions, and loudly advocate a Hubert Hover like non-government response to our current economic challenges. They rather destroy what’s left of the economy they damaged under their 8 years of failed republican leadership for political gain!

    Ken

    Portland, Oregon

    January 23, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  352. sandy kramer

    of course the republicians are wrong to oppose Obama's package to
    help the exonomy-all of a sudden they are concerned about over spending and spending our children's money-they were the ones in
    power for the past eight years and ok'd everything Bush wanted and put the country in the financial position that it is in today!!!! I say to them "get over it" and work with the new Pres. Also seems strange to me that under Bush 41 the stock market went down in 1987 and now
    again under Bush 43 the same thing????? What is going on?????

    January 23, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  353. Alex in Maine

    Right or wrong, the bill will pass both houses. Obama's toughest opposition will come from his own democratic counterparts, and it's too early for them to but heads too much. They will enjoy their majority for a while, and not concern themselvs with Boehner or McConnell.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  354. Peggy Howard

    I am so sick of everybody in the media, and everyone else babying
    Obama, the Republicans have a right to be contrary to any thing the new president says or does. He is not God.
    Please treat Obama like everyone else and not make him a god,
    he uses the restroom like everyone else!!!!

    January 23, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  355. Matt Baker-Colorado Springs

    Jack, I am 100% Democrat, and I personally think that the GOP has a say . All parties of America have the right to an opinion, even though a Democrat is in charge. Everyone in America has a say about the Stimulus Plan. Thats what makes us United and Free. If the GOP thinks its not a good idea, they need to make a new Stimulus Plan and pass it along to the President. Jack, if you were in charge of the Stimulus Plan, what would you do?

    Matt Baker-Colorado Springs

    January 23, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  356. jbar

    YES. They need to sit down and get out of the way. They have been
    rejected by popular vote of the people and I say that we take names
    and numbers for 2010 and then finish the sweep.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  357. SoldierMoM

    Does anyone except me ? See that the Ecomomy is run by the consumer and not the wall street Excecs ? Give the American People a stimulus and watch the ecomomy take off........

    January 23, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  358. Jeff in Murphysboro, IL

    The Republicans are not wrong in expressing their reservations, and the Democrats and President Obama should listen. However, the American voters just fired a bunch of elected representatives who spent the last 8 years mired in empty rhetoric.

    It's perfectly acceptable to disagree and work toward a mutually acceptable compromise, but they had better get it sorted out quickly.

    This country is cardiac arrest and needs immediate defibrillation .

    January 23, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  359. Oregon Wally Las Vegas Nevada

    So far the stimulus programs have been a disaster, helped nobody but the bankers and put us hopelessly further in debt. business here in Vegas are shutting there doors daily. now is the time to do a lot of firing of government officials, if it isn't already to late. prices remain high for food. i was told potatoes were $5.00 for 5 lbs because of high gas prices, gas is down three quarter's sense then but the potatoes are still $5.00. it seems nobody knows how to fix anything demo or rep what the hell gives ?

    January 23, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  360. Laurie mitchell

    Their prime objection is just to obstruct. They really want the tax cuts for the wealthiest(most of the Repubs.) to continue. They see nothing wrong with the working class paying for their lavish lifestyles , pensions and healthcare.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  361. Joan Lewis

    When will these two parties grow up and start acting like responsible adults. It is okay to oppose it if they have a better plan and truly believe this plan is set up wrong. But to oppose it because the Democrats thought it up, then that is partisanship in its worse form. I would like to see a lot more in construction of road works/bridges, wind turbines, and solar panels etc. for infrastructure where jobs are created, and less on tax cuts. Jobs mean people can pay taxes. No jobs, no taxes. If we are working we can afford to pay taxes, and buy health plans. The
    Republicans are focusing on tax cuts, and less on job creation. America wants to work.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  362. Ray Kinserlow

    I think what you are seeing is a knee jerk political reaction from the leadership of the GOP. Once they do their homework and see how little stomach there is in Congress for opposing the popular Obama, they will shut their pie holes.

    Ray Kinserlow
    Lubbock, Texas

    January 23, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  363. Kirk Williams

    The Republicans fail to understand that tax cuts are only garnish on the dinner plate of economic recovery. It looks good, and makes the dinner appear appetizing, but provides no nourishment. The Republicans need to stop confusing garnish for meat. Maybe a lesson in the economic food pyramid might be in order.
    Kirk Williams
    Peoria, Arizona

    January 23, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  364. Gary, Pismo Beach, CA

    To oppose the stimulus package just for the sake of opposing something is totally insane and very much the same ole' stale politics that President Barack Obama came to Washington to change. The GOP doesn't get it. Someone needs to tell them that they lost...Soundly! Somehow they feel that the majority of the country wants to follow their lead for the next four years. We are in this mess because of their deregulating everything in the financial community and now they have the audacity to say that they are the voice of reason. They are the voice of treason if you ask me. They are acting like a bunch of sore losers who have nothing else to do but complain about everything the winning team says or does, just so they can feel relevant.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  365. fred

    Well the GOP lied for 18 month saying no Recession wheh it was already their . Waited till Dec to say ! BY that time the Depression had already started .Hopfully Obama will tell the public soon that 1929 is here! As for the GOP they are lost forever!!!

    January 23, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  366. CindyR

    I have no faith in them being part of a solution when they were right there in the middle when this mess was being constructed. I pulled out a old Time article from 2007 while at work and guess what, Summers and others knew we were having a mortgage melt down and banking melt down then. This begs the question where was the Bush administration when they kept saying the fundamentals of the economy were fine? Think of the money that would have been saved if they would have taken proper action then. Oh yeah, that would of been before their corporate executives could walk away with all the money that has been so called lost. Money does not evaporate someone walked away with it, simple physics. Then they have the nerve to say no tax incentives to low income people. What about the Trillion Dollars spent to give their millionare buddies tax breaks over the past eight years that was alright. If there is any doubt in anyones minds that trickle down economics does not work, this economic crisis should erase that doubt. There is nothing wrong with keeping pork out and offering new solutions that would actually create jobs, but they are digging thier own hole when they play politics. The American people have changed and we are watching.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  367. Mike Huestis / California

    Jack,
    The Republicans are repeating the same arguments made in the thirties
    about F.D.R.'s New Deal. Because of their opposition the "Great Depression" lasted for almost ten years. As a result they lost their power in congress for almost forty years. As of the election they have become irrelevant . If they don't wise up they may become nonexistent.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  368. Bob from Pa

    Jack,
    The Republicans should certainly express their concerns and bring forward helpful suggestions but to spew the same old Republican resistance to anything Democrat is ludicrous. Were these guys asleep last November? Shut up & get on board. Republicans don’t have to cave in, but don’t fight it.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  369. David Bakody Nova Scotia

    A mistake Jack ..... is the Pope Catholic? do brears poop in the woods? AND is CNN the #1 trusted news organization in the world?

    January 23, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  370. Mismanaged in Mississippi

    YES! If congress can aprove a 700 BILLION DOLLAR bailout, yet can't seem to find out where the money went, why is it so hard to give the american people some much needed help. Is creating new jobs such a bad idea to the republicans that they cant seem to overcome their petty differences. People are struggling to make ends meet. At the very least they wont have to assemble a usless committee to find out where the american people spent their money; just call the local utilities office.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  371. antonio

    Jack,

    Seems like the Republicans had no problem giving themselves a pay raise, yet they don't want to give Americans anything. A tax cut? How about jobs, jobs, jobs. Lots of them. If they think tax cuts for businesses create jobs, well guess what? It doesn't and it won't. These elected leaders have a cushy job, great healthcare and great pensions whereas they rest of us have less or worse. Please tell them to do something and QUIT blocking legislation. We are paying for their pay raises aren't we? I hope they are thrown out of office when it comes time for their next election in their homestates. They are BAD for America. Things are getting BAD.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  372. Bill

    Jack, Jack, Jack! It took 8 years for the Republicans to send this country to hell! These people like to take there time! They just want the same time frame to fix it. Give those poor fellows a break.

    Bill C.
    North Brookfield, MA

    January 23, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  373. patrice

    Cafferty, i want the new administration to have an investigation on september 11. We are still in the dark of what happend that day: for example the virginia derpartement of transportation captured every single thing on the pentagon, but they are not been able to chow what happend. They sad it is for security reson, but we saw the two that went in to the twin tower.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  374. Troy

    Mississippi

    Politically it is suicide because everyone thinks that this stimulus package is the right thing to do. In reality, trying to spend our way out of this mess is a huge mistake. We are just prolonging the inevitable. We have to let the market correct itself. This is just going to lead to more inflation and worse problems down the road. Remember Jack, we need to ask where this 800 Billion is coming from.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  375. julie

    The Republicans are wrong to oppose this package, if we wanted them to run the government we would have supported and elected them. Their track record should prevent them from any input whatsoever. They need to sit back, listen to the American people and then try to earn the right to participate in bipartisan decision making process.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  376. Mike, Fayetteville, NC

    Sure they are wrong. The republicans are only opposing the plan to make themselves feel relevant.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  377. Terrie

    Yes the Republican party is making a huge mistake by not work with the Obama administration. The Bush Taxes cuts are part of what got us into to this mess to repeat those taxes cut would show great ignorances, however I think question the President Obama's on a long term strategy to ensure the future economy is appropriate. Many of my friends are out of work, The United States will pay for this current crisis in multiple ways for a long time to come it is time to take action.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  378. Madi in Blue Virginia

    The "tax cuts and only tax cuts" Republicans are in danger of being seen as obstuctionists...because they are obstructing the passage of the economic stimulus package . We need to do something immediately to put people back to work, Individual tax cuts don't benefit folks who aren't working. Shovel-ready infrastructure and other projects will put people to work immediately, but we also must look to the long term by going green (including upgrading the electrical grid) and investing in other projects that have been too long neglected. Get behind our president!!!

    January 23, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  379. lynn gennrich

    What could the republicans be any more bone headed. let me think just a couple of months ago Republicans and the bush gave 750 billion dollars to the wall street fat catz. Where was their outrage for that massive blunder. where is the 350 billion that was sent to the bankers? Where is the screwtney? Where have they been these last 8 years? "they desearve to be thrown out of town. Good luck to President Obama, he has for now shown great patience and he will need alot of it.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  380. James Reed

    I am not a republican or democrat, I voted for a change in the political face of washington. Republicans have spent the country into the poor house. Now they are trying to obstruct any spending under the guise of fiscal responsibility, please don't insult my intelligence. Now they say the first 350 billon has dissappeared and blame the auto and housing bail out which was a small part of the 350, do the Republicans think we are stupid. They say Hillary can be bought by money donated to Bill but Mitch McConnel has a wife who is a works on K street. I am so sick of these nut jobs I could puke.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  381. Jeremy

    Yes they are making a mistake. The American people have finally begun to realize that when Republicans talk of tax breaks for "folks" the folks they want to give the breaks to are big corporations not the common man or small business people who need it most. The failed Reagan policies are finally coming to an end "folks"

    January 23, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  382. Tom Bailey

    Its not necessarily a mistake, but it may be seen as obstructionism. However, the Republicans do have value to add to the debate. While I'm not a Rebublican, I do not blindly follow in lock-step as a Democrat. I believe that for Mr. Obama to be successful, party considerations need to be put aside for the betterment of all people living in this country. Speaker Pelosi also needs to pay attention to this need; her comment to reporters that . . ."Yes we wrote the bill. Yes, we won the election" is self-serving and will not lead to building consensus in Congress. WE NEED TO WORK TOGETHER! Thanks.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  383. David - Chicago, IL

    Jack – It's only a mistake if their opposition is based on partisan politics. If the objections to the Obama plan are substantive, and altenatives are offered by the GOP, then a healthy debate can commence. Typically that will produce good results !!

    January 23, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  384. lady Beverly

    Jack this simply shows that the republicans are up to the same old tactics, trying to fight against the President getting things done, we are in to much of a crisis to be playing these immature childish games, there is no time for this kind of behavior, people have lost jobs,and are still losing them,people are hurting, we need to get behind our President, back him and get this country moving again, he has truly be dealt a huge mess from the Bush administration and it want be solved overnight.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  385. S. V. W.

    The GOP would do anything to stop Obama's success to curtail the worse economic disaster since the depression, that they caused, at the expense of the American people. Yes, the Republicans are still on autopilot from the last 8 years.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  386. Arthur in Arkansas

    Jack, I do think it's a mistake. The GOP members are acting like children, all of the whining and complaining is ridiculous. They should take their ball and go home like all children do when they don't get their way. The Republicans have had plenty of opportunity to come up with something but they would rather spend their time hindering the process. Haven't they learned anything? How are we ever going to get anything accomplished if we don't get past the foolishness.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  387. Katherine Salt Lake City UT

    Yes it's a mistake! By opposing it, it's just going to take longer to get anything done about the economy! Who knows? Tomorrow the stocks may plummet again! We really can't wait that long!

    January 23, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  388. Diane Turner

    Yulee Florida

    No, i do not believe that the Republicans are making a mistake it is time for the American people to get relief. Instead of the big business that fund campaigns. Help us immediately!!! We are tired of our tax dollars being wasted on big money companies while the little ones are being closed with no help and we are all out of jobs.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  389. Dru in Augusta GA

    After their beloved King Cheney and Prince Bush, the Republicans should be happy their opinions are even being considered, due to the fact that we're in this mess, because of their mismanagement and abuse of the tax payer's money in the first place.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  390. Gloria in Fort Washington

    The Republicans are hiding behind this false concern for deficit spending. They sure did not care about the spending or the middle class when they were in power. Their solution to every problem is to give more tax cuts to business. Now they are pretending to be the champions of the people! Give me a break. If Americans do not have jobs we cannot pay taxes. The Republican tax cuts will go to thoses who are already making it, not to the folks who are drowning. We need to put people back to work as soon as possible. If they stand in the way of jobs just to obstruct President Obama, then they need to be prepared for a thumping in 2010.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  391. VJ IIlinois

    Not at all. They are just showing that they have "em".....it just took eight years to grow "em".

    January 23, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  392. Tom from Philly

    ok checks and ballances is in reference to the different branches of government NOT the political parties.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  393. Anne

    If they don't have viable options, they should stay out of the way. Obstructionism will mean even fewer Republican seats after the next election. The country is tired of people who have no new ideas throwing stones at those who do. We have no time for schoolyard bully tactics–a mistake–you bet it is in the eyes of anyone who wants this country to succeed.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  394. Carl in South Carolina

    The republicans are doing what the do best. Opposing everything the democrats are trying to do.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  395. Rich B.

    Jack, stop asking loaded questions!! The Republicans said they would meet Presidents Obama's deline and have a bill to him mid Feb. What they're asking is what all responsible law makers should do, what are the details? If they don't do that, the Dems will continue to run the country and economy into the ground.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  396. Bill Davis

    Is it a mistake for Republicans to oppose the stimulus package? Would it be surpising if it were?

    Bill D
    Champaign, IL

    January 23, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  397. Leighton Henry

    The republicans must be cautious but they should give the green light to the president. hey after all it is George bush's policies that got them in this mess in the first place. the president could push the bill through but he wants all americans to be involved and thats admirable.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  398. Chris "Ziffy" in Manchester, NH

    Why is it that the Republicans have such an issue on the way that the Stimulus package is being handled? The fact that some of the money is being spent buying contraceptives is very insignificant, unless however the Church is pressing into the matter. It is time to seperate Church and State already. I happen to be Catholic, not practicing however...but it is how I was brought into this world. This country spends too much money on bastard children, and I mean that in its' truest definition.

    Part of the problem in this country is its' over-growing population. Let's get things in order for the people who are here and struggling before it gets so out of control that we start eating each other. I am an out-of-work computer guru who has been unemployed for long enough to really see what is going on. My forced resignation has made me think of things a little more, and see what is happening to our country.

    The only reason why the Republicans want to "put more money into the hands of the people" is so they look good for the next time elections come around. I hope that the red states can finally start to see these lies.

    I have an idea. How about the Republicans tell us what they did with the unaccounted for $350 billion from the first half of the stimulus package, and then we can go from there. Just something to think about.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  399. Sergio

    Also you cant give tax cuts to people who dont pay any taxes anyway. The top 5% of Americans control most of the wealth but they also pay over 60% percent of the taxes. The best thing to do at this moment in time would be to stop spending...period. Cut all unnecessary programs. We need to worry about our problems and ours only. We cant give out money we dont have. It's just like having a maxed out credit card and just getting another and maxing that one out instead of paying it off. The solution to this crisis. Stop spending and simply keep all the same tax rates and collect.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  400. m

    Big mistake – by the republicans. Tax breaks are perceived to help their constituents therefore that is what they want to do -- to save their political hides rather than do what is best for the people. This is another political move. If they think defiance is going to buy them points with anybody, they should be reminded of what happened in November when they had a very similar response. Did they learn anything? Obviously they would rather not cooperate and cause the American people a lot of grief. We have no time and no patience for their pettiness. The economy is in dire straights. They had better learn how to move forward and compromise and cooperate rather than move backwards and attempt to divide and conquer.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  401. Tawn Tu

    The Republicans had their chance to fix things with Bush and they just made things worst. After a resounding defeat in the election, why do they still think their way of doing things is the right way. The American people have clearly stated that they are against the GOP ways.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  402. Louvenia

    Yes, it is absolutely childish, and a total waste of time to block the stimulus package! The New York times has an article today talking about China already starting to spend hundreds of billions on all sorts of infrastructure projects and Sweden as well. The GOP needs to stop playing games!!

    January 23, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  403. elizabeth

    When a new president of a country is employed by a majority of citizens who clearly see his potential, he should be given the benefit of doubts. Already, Republicans are "Paul Reveres" (Limbaugh), "Freedom fighters against socialism" (some dimwit senator) & minority watchdogs. These people aren't "mavericks" or whistle-blowers. They are alarmist misfits having tantrums over losing. Obviously, America has a new consciousness & a firm will of changing politics "as usual." These are signs of a country growing out of adolescence. We may have to put these leaderless, clueless Republicans out on the ice for the polar bears.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  404. James Conn

    By all means, the Republicans Trickle Down theory worked wonderfully. Lets hear some more good advise. Jim Logansport, In.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  405. Robert Sawyer

    Yes it time for republicans to get on board in the rebuilding of this country. They had no trouble or problem in the S & L bail out during Bush 41 presidency, nor a problem with the last bail out for the have mores under Bush 43 presidency. Seems high time they get in lock step for the betterment of all the people.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:31 pm |
  406. Cal from Norwalk, Ohio

    No, Jack. When Congress ok'd BILLIONS of $$$ to Wall Street and
    Ford, Chrysler, and GM, they handed over all this $$$ with no protocol
    of OVERSIGHT how this $$$ was to be spent!! All they did was hold
    their hands out and the $$$ was freely handed over. I would hope
    Obama will be smarter. THERE MUST BE OVERSIGHT on all this
    $$$ be handed over and RESPONSIBILITY for doing so!

    January 23, 2009 at 4:31 pm |
  407. Richard Young

    I believe you really don't want to know what I think. You only post answers to your question that promote your extremely biased views. You are so full of bitterness for those who don't share your opinion. You need to be removed and replaced with someone who at least is willing to see both sides of an issue. By the way, if you would smile sometime and lighten up a little you might develop the ability to see beyond your on nose.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:31 pm |
  408. Bob Bennett

    I think Obama should keep it simple, Jack. When he(Obama) goes to the GOP to ask for support of a package he (Obama) feels is fair to both sides & it is desperately needed, he should just ask Boehner what it would take to get it passed by the GOP leaders. Then post the response on "youtube" for everyone to see. The country could then make up their own minds whether the DEMS are asking too much or the GOP just doesn't want to work together.
    Bob Bennett, Linton, IN

    January 23, 2009 at 4:31 pm |
  409. Patty.D. Bristol, Pa.

    Dear Jack, The Republicans had no problem running up the tab while they were in power and George Bush, of course, didn't seem to care about our childrens finacial future. NOW they have a conscience! This is partisan politics. Oh, and don't forget the Republicans insistence about the tax cuts for the wealthy. They GOP will never change. They will always cater to the rich and big business at the expense of the middle class. Truly shamefull.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:32 pm |
  410. Raymond Breakstone

    The resistance of the Republican Party to Pres. Obama's program is just part of an age old method of bargaining to exchange support for an administration program for a minority party's "piece of candy."
    For example, I will support your program if you allow me some entitlements, which the president is opposed to.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:32 pm |
  411. Nancy, Tennessee

    The GOP needs to put their petty objections aside and work for the good of the country. Everyone knows that the nation's economy is in trouble because of lost jobs. President Obama and his advisors know that reducing unemployment is the only permanent solution to this crisis. People without jobs are not paying taxes and any tax cut percentage of zero is zero. It is a win-win solution to create jobs that help repair our infrastructure. The work on our interstates, bridges, and energy grids cannot be put off indefinitely. It is time to put our citizens to work doing meaningful projects.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:32 pm |
  412. Rick

    Of course it is, however, it is the only way they know how to express themselves. They are still ignorant and arrogant and their dribble echos in their own minds; like "singing in the shower" and thinking it sounds great!

    January 23, 2009 at 4:33 pm |
  413. dennis watkins

    The Republicans would do well to reconsider their stance.Being not
    part of the solution is being part of the problem. Oh, excuse me :
    they have been the problem!

    January 23, 2009 at 4:33 pm |
  414. tms

    Isn't it amazing how Republicans know all the answers AFTER the test is OVER?

    January 23, 2009 at 4:33 pm |
  415. Katiec Pekin, IL

    Hey Jack,
    The major majority of comments feel that the republicans are making a big mistake to play their politics as usual.
    Do hope you are able to indicate this when reading your comments.
    Am too lazy to count them but a big percentage are sick of the republicans and what they have done to our country.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:33 pm |
  416. Karl in Pittsburgh

    Jack: When are the House Republicans going to get a clue. Tax credits and rebates didn't work over the past eight years and certainly won't benefit middle America, only big business. For too long big business has been catered to and look where it has gotten us. If people can't buy goods and services, big business will continue to come to the government for more handouts.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:33 pm |
  417. Lynn, Columbia, Mo..

    Mistake is one way to put it. Freaking stupid is another. So is not surprising and sad.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:34 pm |
  418. Jaack Holman

    Jack, Republican obstructionism is a bad political move. If you were impressed by the mass gathering at the mall, just wait until the masses that brouignt Obama to the Whie Houjse hit the streets in protest to GOP foot-dragging! My adviced to teh GOP is to get grief counseling.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:34 pm |
  419. Gerald G Granroth

    Yes! Republicans must do what is wrong in order to feel like Republicans. Their craft is drifting towards the black hole of oblivion and it's obvious they are incapable of "righting" their course because the idea of cooperating for the best of the nation as a whole totally evades their grasp.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:34 pm |
  420. Viki, Alaska

    The US government is going against nature with the bail outs. In nature the strong survive. Why are we bailing out disfunctional companies?? If the government keeps on bankrupting the country, we'll all have to learn Russian, Chinese and Iranian.
    In answer to the question, No.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:35 pm |
  421. Wyndi

    Republicans keep saying this money is to be borrowed and their children will have to pay it back. Well, maybe they should ask their children what to do as most of them voted to elect Mr. Obama President.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:35 pm |
  422. Patricia Beckett

    Jack,
    The Republicans are attempting to come across as if they are guardians of the public trust, mainly the use of Americans tax dollars. Well, the American people are not idiots! The prior admn. unabashedly is responsible for the largest deficit in American history!
    What do we as a country have to show for it? Answer: Record unemployment; Record number of Wall street crooks who to date have gone unpunished;, mortgage meltdownt, two wars in the Middle East; and if we were truly concerned about bringing to justice those who were responsible for 9-11 we could have spent a heck of a lot less money and saved hundreds of thousands of lives by focusing on those who were truly responsible such as Osama Bin Laden and not Saddam who had nothing to do with 9-11. Heck, I'm 62 and after 9-11 I was so upset I could have gone to Afghanistan and taken Bin Laden out. The only resourse(s) I would have needed was a plane ticket, map and oh, yea, a Smith and Wesson.
    Republicans, stop your obstructionist tactics and get down to business because aftert all, it was your party who created such a mess. We alreay have deficit spending and the only way to get out of this mess is to pass Obama's stimulus package to create jobs so we Americans can become productive again, replenish the Treasury, regain our confidence and hopefully avert the big D (depression)!

    January 23, 2009 at 4:35 pm |
  423. Geraldine, Wasilla AK

    I'm tired of opposition for the sake of opposition. I believe that EVERY legislator needs to offer an alternative to each and every item they oppose. Otherwise, it's just political posturing. However, beyond that, I don't think many have a comprehensive overview of exactly how one can contemplate tax reductions at the same time as increasing huge spending.

    Infrastructure spending has enormous value and is long overdue; however, I'd like to see more talk about a renewed commitment to SBA type of loans. Statistically, small businesses provide the most jobs. Plus, a loan implies repayment some day. I consider small family farms to be small businesses and they should be able to participate, also. Create a public clearing house for home-based businesses, especially those involving computers.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:35 pm |
  424. Conor in Chicago

    When the Republicans took power, their stated aim was freedom from government, freedom from undue taxes, and freedom of religion. What transpired was basically the GOP became the American "Party of God" and while in power they maintained this image for the electorate that supported them while on the side they turned over our collective power to the corporations and our collective wealth to the upper 1%. They also let loose their agenda with regard to world domination vis-a-vis Iraq and Afghanistan. All the while through Bush's term it was the especially religious who invested all of their faith and trust in the GOP because they were the party of God. It didn't really matter what else they did.

    There is no reason to ignore the possibility that this their plan once more. Let America descend into economic chaos, argue once again that all we need is more God in our lives, reinvigorate the whole "American Party of God" illusion, and take power once more. Just a thought.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:35 pm |
  425. Howard in Missouri

    The notion of bi-partisanship should not be interpreted as simply agreeing with what the other side has proposed. The stimulus package must be implemented quickly to the people it will benefit the most. If the democrats are trying to insure that happens, then maybe extra time should be spent to that end. If there is language in the plan to provide money to millionaire executives that have ruined their companies, and in return the economy as a whole, so they can buy more $35,000 toilets and $85,000 area rugs, then maybe it is the republicans who should consider more thorough, and consequently, slower implementation of the plan

    January 23, 2009 at 4:36 pm |
  426. Gustavo NYC

    The way I see it, the Republicans did not say a word when Bush expend 49 plus trillion dollars that mostly went to Halliburton, and the oil Companies, and now they make a big deal for triffle. Omaba is trying to do something, but whether he will succede or not the Depression that is coming is not his fault but THE REPUBLICAN.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:36 pm |
  427. Mike in St. Pete Beach, Florida

    Normally I would say that I do not have enough information to come to an informed decision, but considering the past eight years, I think it's safe to assume that the Republicans are doing something wrong.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:36 pm |
  428. M. A. Clark

    Yrs. The only plan I have heard them offer has to do with more tax cuts. If I were unemployed, I'd rather have a chance at a job than a tax cut.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:36 pm |
  429. Tom from Philly

    So what is their plan? cut corporate tax in half and double the bush tax cut on the top 1%? THAT certainly will spontaneously make corporate america hire americans at high wages with good benefits, and bring executive pay into line with the rest of the world. R I I I I I G H T,

    I have a new healthcare plan, free antipsychotics for congress!!!!! I will check the box on my tax return for that wont u?

    January 23, 2009 at 4:37 pm |
  430. Richard in Kansas

    Jack,

    Anyone, GOP or otherwise, should be opposing pieces of this stimulus plan. That only gets more and possibly better options on the table to be considered. The point is not to hurry up and pass something but rather get it right this time.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:37 pm |
  431. Anna

    Where were they when Bush spend trillions of dollars. They should have opposed that then I would beleive them that they have our best interest in mind. Now that they drove our economy to the ground they want to protect us. That is a joke.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:37 pm |
  432. Craig Flowers, Little Rock., AR.

    Republicans have had years to figure all this out and it only seems natural to take anything they say about the economy with a grain of salt. The economy should be left to those who offer new and fresh ideas about how we can survive and keep our dollars within our own borders. Whether those people are Democrat or Republican doesn't matter. Almost every American needs a bailout, almost every American needs a stimulus plan that works.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:37 pm |
  433. Micky

    I cannot believe that Mr. Boehner has the nerve to stand on TV and talk about spending money. He and his cronies almost destroyed the USA. Now, we have to spend to help the middle class, and save our country. We have to show the world that we can make it and it better be done fast.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:37 pm |
  434. chimera in New Hampshire

    In Blago speak "bleeping" yes!!

    January 23, 2009 at 4:38 pm |
  435. Lyn from NYC

    Of course it is, but they're just mad that they lost. It shouldn't be called the US Congress, but the US Kindergarten. The whole bunch act like they're five or six years old.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:38 pm |
  436. S

    If the bill isn't for the rich to getting richer the republicans are against it....they are selfish and self centered. Republicans are not for anything that will benefit the poor or middle class–never have been. Their party is fading out because their supporting base is filthy rich people and thanks to the republicans the majority of americans are out of work and POOR!! They are blowing it by giving any opposition to Obama...he is trying to fix the mess they created.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:38 pm |
  437. Tom in New Hope, MN

    The Republicans don't know who their leader is, where they are going, nor do they have any positive recommendations. They just want to be contrarian obstructionist. What the Republicans should have learned from the last election is the pubic wants action and not a failed ideology. Remember the Republicans are the ones that got us into this massive mess. They didn’t know what to do when they were in control so how is it all of a sudden they know how to fix the economy. The Republicans need to go away and come back when they have their house in order and are ready to participate in a positive manner.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:39 pm |
  438. joe vadala

    Why, oh why, would we listen to anything the Republicans have to say after this past 8 years? They're the same bunch of egotists and elitists who helped get the country into this desperate situation! They're so far removed from "real America" that they don't even know it!

    Joe Vadala
    Bloomington, IL

    January 23, 2009 at 4:40 pm |
  439. Francine Falk-Allen

    I respect intelligent debate, but I find it extremely ironic that congressional Republicans are using the argument against Obama's stimulus plan that "our children are going to have to pay for this". Where were they when we spent billions in Iraq for a war with little advantageous outcome, perhaps even permanent worldwide detriment, and the Democrats were using this argument? We owe trillions because of that war and it was known early on that "our children" were going to pay for it for possibly decades. Now we want to pump the money into our own citizens' hands and they use "future debt" to try and put the brakes on it. It's time to stop trying to protect lower taxes and put people to work. That will fuel their precious "free" market more than adherance to a philosophy that at this time is not working.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:40 pm |
  440. Rosalia

    Yes, they are making a HUGE mistake. After 8 years of horror, they should be eager to work w/Obama. The Republicans & Bush are the reason we are in this economic mess.
    We Americans are not taking it anymore. What is it that the Republican want, a cast system were the majority are poor & barely surviving. they are just begging for the American people to start a French Revolution.
    Hey Republicans, we are homeless & hungry!!! Do you guys care about the American people or only yourself & your rich corperate buddies!
    For God sake they had 8 long years, ENOUGH!!!

    Rosalia, West Covina, Ca

    January 23, 2009 at 4:41 pm |
  441. Lorene in Georgia

    No, the Republican should not oppose this plan. They have no altenative to anything – they just want to get in the news so that people in their home states can see them saying something, or should I say, saying nothing. What they are saying, has already been said by the democrats and Obama when he was running. They need to just shut up and go somewhere to find a brain and come up with some constructive criticism; and stop getting on the news with all of that unnecessary babbling. It really makes them look even more stupid.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:42 pm |
  442. Bob

    Apparently John Boehner doesn't understand who is in charge now and what the American people want from their government. He acts as if the Republicans are still running the show..........Heaven Forbid. And hasn't Mr. Boehner seen the latest CNN polls..........doesn't he know that a tax cut with do very little to stimulate the economy..........most taxpayers say they will either put any tax break in savings or pay off bills which provides absolutely no stimulus to the economy. Perhaps Mr. Boehner should humbly join his former Republican colleagues back on the reservation.
    Bob (Alabama)

    January 23, 2009 at 4:43 pm |
  443. Tom from Philly

    Why doesn't anyone underatand the exponential free fall we are on. Its not just bad, its bad and getting worse in proportion to how bad it is. 1% lost homes, 10% more are 30 days late, I wish i could separate the element of the country that wants to find the natural inflection point of the economy. Its about 35% unemployment, food riots, and a ~60% devaluation in home prices, based on 1907 and the depression.... I hope the food riots are in the yard of your devalued house that you cant sell because no one can afford to buy it. We are looking at a situation where the regression point of underwater real estate will be predate bill clinton. If you dont understand what that means, simply put, realestae values will return to levels not seen since the early 90's or before, just about everyone will be underwater. If you think we have a toxic debt situation now? wait just wait, remember getting worse in proportion to how bad it is............

    January 23, 2009 at 4:43 pm |
  444. Joe Hannah

    "It's about jobs, stupid." A tax break doesn't help when you have no income. We don't have time for a trickle. We need to create jobs now. Offer some dignity to the disenfranchised. Lifting morale will do more to stimulate our economy than any tax break. We need the courage to give new ideas a chance, the old ones haven't been working.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:44 pm |
  445. samanthia downs, leesburg, fl.

    How much more are we middle class Americans going to have to take from people who for eight years lied and cheeted us and now we are broke, and they now want blood. JUST DO THE RIGHT THING FOR THIS COUNTRY AND TRY AND FORGET ABOUT YOURSELF FOR ONCE.

    s. downs, leesbrug, florida

    January 23, 2009 at 4:44 pm |
  446. Gordon from NJ

    GOP economic ideology got us into this mess, now they say we should keep doing the same things, and this time it will work. That is insane.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:44 pm |
  447. Kathleen

    t was a Republican who brought this economic mess upon us along with an onslaught of other disasters. Why give big business tax cuts when it's used to redecorate CEO's offices? Give Obama what he wants because I believe he will take upon himself to have more oversite and transparency than any other politician.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:44 pm |
  448. Kim - Blair, NE

    Only if they can come up with something better that everyone can agree on. Fat chance!

    January 23, 2009 at 4:45 pm |
  449. Luke Randles

    Wait a minute Jack,
    Aren't these the same Repiglicans that just 6 weeks ago were crying "don't ask any questions...just give Wall Street billions of dollars and don't ask where it's going...we know they will use it wisely" . Now these Repiglicans are the ones stamping their feet that the Dems may actually get some accountability requirements for the rest of the bailout money and perhaps get it to the working people for a change.
    And when they are pushed to explain any alternative plans they have.....all of a sudden the room gets quiet and the only sound we hear are that of feet shuffling around.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:45 pm |
  450. Tom, Avon, Me, The Heart of Democracy

    How can a party with the beauty, intelligence, and wisdom that is embodied in Olympia Snowe make an art form out of Stupidity?

    January 23, 2009 at 4:45 pm |
  451. Melanie in rural IA

    Everything the GOP does is a mistake. Any group that supported Palin as their 2nd in command isn't smart enough to draw a picture for my refrigerator let alone draft a piece of legislation.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:45 pm |
  452. Sandy from Knoxville

    I don't understand why the dissenters are always the same guys! McConnell. Boehner, Vetter and a few more. It's tiresome to see their whining over and over. I'll bet that most of America is disgusted with them also. The only good ting is that the GOP will lose support faster than I could have anticipated. It's sad because vast number of Republicans in Congress have honorable intentions and will voice reasonable dissent, but will co-operate if it seems right. The guys mentioned above just hog the limelight and DO NOT have our best interests in mind.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:45 pm |
  453. Thomas Bate

    Come on Repulicans, stop playing politics! If you have a better idea, lets here it! The only thing I have heard is that they want the money to go to the people faster. And how is that supposed to work? Maybe we should have Money lines instead of Bread lines? Clearly, time is an issue here. Maybe some of these fat cat Repulicans, should skip lunch and have a real pow wow about how to tackle this issue, instead of some glib grandstanding. I dont see them working nearly as hard to solve problems as our new president. Obama has held out the olive branch to these people, now maybe he needs to slap them with it.

    Tom Bate / Miami FL

    January 23, 2009 at 4:46 pm |
  454. Francine Falk-Allen is in San Rafael, CA

    Just forgot to list my location in my earlier post!

    January 23, 2009 at 4:47 pm |
  455. JayW in Austin

    It is a mistake for them because it provides more proof to the voters that they prefer playing politics instead of doing something that would help the country. The GOP had no problem spending money when they ran congress, so what could this be other than pure partisanship?

    January 23, 2009 at 4:47 pm |
  456. Mary Johnson

    Jack;
    All John Boehner cares about is getting his face on the news everyday.
    He is a megalomaniac.
    I bet if you asked; most people are as sick of his face and voice as they were of W's.
    this country is about to fall over the edge of a financial cliff and the Repuglicans are just living in a bubble and pushing all of us from behind. Over we ALL go. Tooo bad, really. this country could actaully become Balkanized. This was a really good question, today. thanks

    January 23, 2009 at 4:48 pm |
  457. Deb I , Nauvoo, IL

    Republicans are the reason we are in this god awful mess. Who cares what they say or do? In fact, what ever they say is–Wrong. They are terrified Obama might be doing the right thing. Like Rush Limberger all they care about is having Obama fail–whatever that failure might cost this nation. They are the very opposite of patriots.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:48 pm |
  458. paul

    How many crooks can you get with a stimulus plan?

    January 23, 2009 at 4:49 pm |
  459. Katja in Bradenton, Florida

    Depends on if the plan is full or pork or not. The money is to help all the people, not just pet projects.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:49 pm |
  460. Connie from Indiana

    Jack, The Republicans have always opposed any thing for the little guy, now they want the package filled with bigger tax cuts for their buddies If they are so concerned about spending and they want to show what great conservatives they are, why didn't they introduce and pass a bill to repeal their automatic raise that the house and senate received in Jan. ?

    January 23, 2009 at 4:49 pm |
  461. Darren

    After eight straight years of bankrolling George W. Bush's every whim, now they want to get fiscally responsible, lol.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:49 pm |
  462. Robert F Harwood

    It might not be what the GOP wants but taxes need to raised! Bush ran up the debt, and the debt needs to be paid. Simple as that. Their president spendt money on the national credit card with a couple of wars and more. He left the bill for whoever took over. The other way to pay this debt is increase the Customs tarriff, duties, and fees to current value and indexed to inflation for the future. This will increase the cost of imported goods, making domestic goods not increasing in price. This improves domestic business health. The domestic business's employees vote. It doesn't pick on any one product or country. It is fair and simple.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:50 pm |
  463. Tom from Philly

    not to get off track, but here is the difference they supported bush fiscal policy because it lowered taxesartifically for the few years the old and rich have left to live, at the expense of the masses, and the future.

    The stimulus is supposed to help the entire country. If we can find a plan that only helps a few % at the top and market it in a way to convince everyone it will help them to gain mass support, then we have an official republican plan.... (ie trickle DONT economics)

    January 23, 2009 at 4:50 pm |
  464. Richard of Maine

    I'm Republican but totally fed up with the whole bunch. Like Pavlov's Dog anything that is proposed they run one or another out to the Capitol steps and trot down the negative path. I wish they would just keep running over the hill, over the dale, and out of sight. Did they not learn anything? WE ARE SICK OF THE DISSENTION, GET A LIFE, OUT OF POLITICS! Perhaps Brother George should add a wing to this new Texas house and they can all live together.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:51 pm |
  465. Leo

    The Republicans are still working from the trickle down playbook, but these are extra ordinary times, which calls for extra ordinary measures. They have their heads so far in the clouds, they haven't realized they have become the GRAND OUT OF TOUCH PARTY.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:51 pm |
  466. P. Bond, Russellville, AR

    Repubs. are absolutely RIGHT to oppose this obnoxious waste of our money. Everyone who knows anything about economics knows that govt. spending does NOT stimulate the economy & create jobs. Instead of modeling himself after Abe Lincoln, Obama ought to take a few pages from the history books and follow Reagan who turned our economy around the REPUBLICAN way: Cutting taxes & govt. spending. It's never made sense to me that the very people who hate govt. support the Dems. who are all about big govt., raising taxes & spending us into oblivion on social welfare programs. Our democracy is unique in our laissez faire, free enterprise system; it's why everyone wants to live here. Yet govt. haters support high taxes & over-regulation by a govt. who just handed over billions to a bunch of banks to spend on bonuses & fixing up their bathrooms & offices!

    January 23, 2009 at 4:52 pm |
  467. Gerry In Toronto

    Listening to the GOP interview today after their meeting with Obama, I was surprised they pushed for more tax cuts for high income workers-in other words an enhanced Bush tax cut, while also suggesting lowering the tax cut for the middle class.

    It's hard to imagine a political party so out of touch. Have they forgotten the first Bush tax cut cost over 10 trillion dollars , 7 of which was borrowed and due to be paid back by our children and grandchildren or are they still listening to Rush Limbaugh.

    Too many of the GOP are still listening to Rush Limbaugh

    January 23, 2009 at 4:53 pm |
  468. Dan from Alliance, OH

    No, If the majority party fails to include the minority in the writting of the bill then it is politics as usual. They have a obligation to fight at any parts that are pork and don't help Americans.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:53 pm |
  469. D Gibbs -- Cedar Falls Iowa

    No, its their right as the opposition party. Plus, Reed and Polosi were and are the two biggest obstructionists I have seen in my 60 years of life. They have got absolutely nothing done in their in time as House and Senate leaders and oppose any idea that is not theirs. They call their opponents names and throw insults at them and then they call for bipartisan support. They , along with former President Bush and his administration were the reasons nothing got done in Washington.They all were and are the problem why nothing got done in a bipartisan way in our govt. We have voted out half of the problem and I hope for our countries sake the other half of this problem can be disposed of.
    As for the stimulus I think all ideas should be presented and debated on so we at least get it 1/2 right. We have already wasted $750 billion that both democrats and republicans supported so they both bare the blame for this wasted money. Actually,I do not support any baleout. Just send every person in the country a check for say, $25,000 and that will probably solve all the economy's problems and be cheaper in the long run.

    Thank you,
    D. Gibbs

    January 23, 2009 at 4:54 pm |
  470. Ron , West Coast

    The GOP will not ever compromise with the president on this stimulas package , or anything else in the future .......
    They lost the presidency in Nov. , but they dont give a damn about that , they will continue to obstruct , devide , and lie . Until , and when the american public decide , and realize that the repubs. , and their lobbist cronies dont really care about the well being of america , we will continue to have griblock where important legislation is concerned .......
    We have to once and for all vote those crooks out of office , and give the dems. more of a majority , then we will have really entered the 21st century......

    January 23, 2009 at 4:55 pm |
  471. Brett Milam

    Hiding behind bipartisanship to support horrible policies is grotesque.

    -Brett Milam
    Cincinnati, OH

    January 23, 2009 at 4:56 pm |
  472. Jasmine in Germany

    If Republicans are complaining that they were "shut out of the process" it suggests to me that they were "unable" to attend meetings, which in turn suggests that they were "unwilling" to adhere to scheduled meetings, seek whatever excuse you may. Don't complain if you didn't put your two cents in before or during the meetings when you had the chance. As for tax relief being "too expensive and too slow" , maybe some GOP leaders should learnhow to use a mirror.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:58 pm |
  473. J Freeman - Los Gatos CA

    GOP & Republicans are likely far more likely, "to be to a valid point" on further bailout check'n balances then a infantile Nancy Pelosi, espcially after no oversight on first bailout monies. Minority voices are to point, whilst the Democrat speaker of the house focuses only on digging up on the past, in a time of profound change to the future. These times need only to focus on the economy and the future, and the people have spoken to that - now is the time "we the people" are watching to see if our leaders are listening. Obama/Biden clearly are, which is casting a clear light on those who are not (Pelosi are you listening?).

    January 23, 2009 at 4:59 pm |
  474. Tom from Philly

    I agree rob, but we have to watch out because tariffs and isolationism supposedly helped deepen and worsen the depression, im not the best authority on the first depression, but thats what those in the know say. I am going to have to watch out for rocks in my windows, but taxing fuel will not only help pay the govt debt but make foreign goods expensive without actually imposing a tariff on them. so long as gm comes out with the 100mpg car, our daily cost of fuel will be about the same. AND we will be driving american cars... mabey i should take one of those antipsychotics now... but mabey im right

    January 23, 2009 at 5:01 pm |
  475. Penny K

    Oh, heck yes. I don't think those guys realize HOW put off people are by what they've done. Vive L'France, if you know what I mean. Or Iceland if you've caught the latest on the web. Shut up and sit down, the people have voted.

    January 23, 2009 at 5:01 pm |
  476. Sherri

    The Republicans will never learn will they? More seats to be loss in 2010 if they continue with their pettiness, its a sorry reminder of why President Obama has to create this Stimulus package because of the 8 year do-nothing BUSH administration compliments of the same Republican party that is not being very partisan when it comes to this new President who is only trying to get the country out of the ECONOMIC ABYSS that he has inherited.

    January 23, 2009 at 5:02 pm |
  477. Debbie

    Absolutely not. They're entitled to their opinions, and Pres. Obama himself said, "all ideas are on the table." They just might have viable alternatives rather than throwing money at the problem.

    January 23, 2009 at 5:03 pm |
  478. John in Texas

    The Republicans are fine with allowing criminals like KEN LAY of ENRON for stealing $68 BILLION from employees and investors but know when the government is trying to help the PEOPLE they oppose it. Tax breaks for the rich only go to build factories in Communist Red China and outsource good American jobs to countries that support slave labor. The rich hide their money in offshore tax shelters, pay no taxes and hire no Americans. Breaks for working Americans will go to support AMERICAN small businesses and the US economy NOT America's enemies.

    January 23, 2009 at 5:03 pm |
  479. OBDAG in Appleton, WI

    Yas, the Republicans are making a huge mistake in not backing the stimulus bill proposed by President Obama and the Democrats. The best way to put it is that they just don't get it. All the Republicans are doing is making the hole they are in deeper and deeper for them to try and climb out. They better get with the program quickly if they ever want to be a viable political party in this country again. Clearly they are the ones that have created the mess and now are unwilling to even try to help clean up the mess. It seems they always want everything their way even when their way is the wrong wayThey had best understand they only have two years to convince voters the deserve even one vote foe a Republican. Right now they are trying to be the party that receives no votes at all for their candidates. I think we need to give the Republicans a new name " The party of the brain dead."

    January 23, 2009 at 5:04 pm |
  480. JIM FALLBROOK CA

    My buddy Jack Cafferty!!! The financial bailout which the democrats voted for didn't work. Neither will the economic stimulus plan proposed by our socialist president Barack Hussein Obama. I believe the economy is in this situation due tothe financial crisis. Remember, the majority of Americans were against it as they were for open borders. Furthermore, this so called crisis is no where near what is was under Jimmy Carter. Now that was close to a depression. Just to refresh your memory and the liberals who responded to this, under Carter mortgage rates were 21%, Unemployment 14%, and inflation at 18%. Blaming bush for all this is mostly not true. This started when the D

    January 23, 2009 at 5:04 pm |
  481. Debbie

    Have we noticed that the stock market is still tanking even though there was already a stimulus? And even though Mr. Obama with all his promises of further stimulus has been inaugurated? The GOP might be wrong some of the time, but they just might be right this time.

    January 23, 2009 at 5:05 pm |
  482. ThomInSC

    Hey GOP, ever hear of the phrase, "Yes, We Can?"

    January 23, 2009 at 5:05 pm |
  483. Brenda

    NO. The democrats have been in charge of congress the last 2 years but none of your liberal readers can even admit it. They blame the republicans and Bush for everything (even though Pelosi and Reed have been in charge since 2006).

    Do people know there is more money in the stimulus plan for ART then for important programs? Do your liberal readers know that we could eliminate ALL income tax for 2009 and spend LESS than the democrats want for all their pork in this bill? Do your progressives know that over 1/2 of this pork is not going to be spent until after 2011?

    Anyone who thinks this PORK bill is going to help the economy hasn't looked at the fact that FDRs multiyear stimulus plan KEPT us in the depression until WWII pulled us out.

    January 23, 2009 at 5:06 pm |
  484. Ed

    No to an 8 billion spending plan usually means yes to a 1.6 trillion plan or 3 trillion after earmarks.

    January 23, 2009 at 5:07 pm |
  485. JIM FALLBROOK CA

    My buddy Jack Cafferty!!! I hit the submit icon by mistake. The financial bailout which the democrats voted for didn’t work. Neither will the economic stimulus plan proposed by our socialist president Barack Hussein Obama. I believe the economy is in this situation due tothe financial crisis. Remember, the majority of Americans were against it as they were for open borders. Furthermore, this so called crisis is no where near what is was under Jimmy Carter. Now that was close to a depression. Just to refresh your memory and the liberals who responded to this, under Carter mortgage rates were 21%, Unemployment 14%, and inflation at 18%. Blaming bush for all this is mostly not true. This started when the DEMOCRATS took control of congress. Most of this was due to the corruption of the Democrat party which was evident by it's 8% approval rating.

    January 23, 2009 at 5:07 pm |
  486. Brenda

    Do all the liberals in your column understand that it is "rich" people and small and large businesses that EMPLOY ALMOST EVERYONE. Businesses CREATE JOBS. Poor people do not create jobs. Poor people only spend a small amount of money and suck up public services (health care, public transportation, etc..). Do liberals think that handouts to the poor create jobs? Are you kidding me? Businesses that are expanding and making profits (low taxes) create jobs and employ people. Giving money away to the poor is a waste of money.

    January 23, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  487. Deon from NC

    I think that the republicans are wrong for opposing this package because the plan behind it is realistic. All of a sudden the republicans are concerned how money is spent when it is their fault we are in this position now. I say Obama is a very well educated man and he is very careful with his decisions and I think that we, as Americans who chose him to lead, should support him in his decision. Thats what politics is all about. His plan may work or it may not. And what if he gives in to the republicans and their plan doesnt work? Then the same people disagreeing now will be criticizing him then saying he should have been confident about his decision. So its one of those situations where we have to trust him. We chose him, now let him do what he does best.

    January 23, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  488. Walter MacEachern

    Partisan opposition is a mistake for sure, but it's important that the package be carefully managed. I agree we need a huge investment in infrastructure. The problem in Washington (both Republican and Democrat) has never been making decisions to spend but in lacking the skills to manage and fullow through effectively. Oversight is only part of the problem.

    January 23, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  489. gloria21213

    The Republicans will have something to say about anything that is presented to Congress By Obama. If they don't benefit, no go. Why are they holding back on the comfirmation for Holder? because they are afraid the fact that torture is against the law and some may be prosecuted, maybe some in Bush's Cabinet. Now they want more information to torture. What if Holder say those will be prosecuted they will not confirm. Jack, I need to know what are the Republicans values and their prinicipals? I want to know.

    January 23, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  490. Donna Leanne

    Not only is it a mistake but the GOP need to quit acting like a bunch of spoiled brats. The only thing they care about is their EGO's. They don't care about what is good for the country, but only show concern for saving face. They got us into this mess now they need to quit being so egotistical and give the current administration some cooperation to do what is good for the country. All I have seen from The GOP is a bunch of complaining little Brats that had their feelings hurt. They need to get over IT.

    January 23, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  491. Mark

    What did the democrats who ran congress since 2006 do to correct the mortgage crisis which got us into this mess? It was Reed and Pelosi who failed us. It was the Democratic congress who did nothing and let Fannie and Freddie keep buying up and thus encouraging SUBPRIME mortgages (interpret as loans to poor people who had no possible chance of affording the loan...interpret as loans to people who shouldn't have been allowed to buy a house). It is the Democrats who advocated that everyone should own a home regardless of how much they make that got us into this mess. Don't blame Bush when the Dems in congress did nothing and proposed nothing since 2006 to stop this mad spiral. And don't blame the mortgage brokers/banks because an ADULT IS RESPONSIBLE FOR SIGNING THE LOANS THEY COULDN"T AFFORD. After all, isn't it Obamas "age of personal responsibility". ....or does that not apply to democrats.

    January 23, 2009 at 5:16 pm |