Skip to comments.Republicans React to the Sort of SOTU
Posted on 02/25/2009 6:19:14 AM PST by 2nd amendment mama
At last nights State of the Union address, HUMAN EVENTS was on the scene, talking to members from the House and Senate, getting strong reactions from Republicans to the new Presidents first speech before a joint session of Congress.
Mike Pence (R-Ind.), chairman of the House Republican Conference, told me, I was heartened by the Presidents newfound optimism about the American economy. There is nothing quite as encouraging to the American people as having the American President come to the well of Congress and remind us that were Americans, well get through this. I also appreciate the Presidents call for fiscal discipline, but it was somewhat contradicted by a long laundry list of liberal spending priorities in areas like healthcare, education and energy. So therell be lots of opportunities for debate on those issues in the weeks and months ahead. Again we welcome the Presidents call for fiscal discipline but it would be helpful to see the President begin to articulate the kind of budget changes and the kind of budget discipline that would make that a reality here on Capitol Hill.
I also was struck by what we didnt hear, Pence continued. Number one, I think youll hear House Republicans overwhelmingly oppose any effort to raise taxes on the American people in a time of recession. More than half of the American people that pay taxes at or above the level the President announced tonight are small business owners who file individual tax returns. Raising taxes on small businesses is precisely the wrong prescription for recovery in an ailing economy. Secondly on that long list of energy priorities I didnt hear the words domestic drilling. While greater conservation is important and efficiency is important, alternative sources of energy are important they are no substituted for giving the American people more access to American oil. The Presidents failure to mention an expansion of our own domestic exploration for oil and natural gas was a glaring omission.
In another potent reaction to the speech, Rep. Trent Franks (R-Az.) said, Essentially he had us all bouncing our heads off of both sides of the canyon walls of philosophical reality when he went from on the one hand saying that we need to privatize personal Social Security accounts for everyone, which is essentially what George Bush said, and then on the other hand we need to nationalize the banks. For him to suggest that he wants to cut the deficit in half in four years when hell have tripled it in two months I find that a little bit of a roller coaster ride philosophically. And, of course, what I didnt hear was how he plans to continue to protect this nation, as George Bush did, from the threat of jihadist terrorism.
Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) told HUMAN EVENTS, Im concerned about the points that he made really that tell us big government is back. Whether it is cap and trade, whether it is cradle to grave education, whether it is universal health care, the era of big government is here. There is great concern over the amount of debt that we would end up accruing through this. You know its interesting that as you look at what happened with the stimulus bill, already the CBO estimate is that the debt ceiling would have to be raised to 12 and one-half trillion to accommodate that bill. We were at 10.7 as of January 3rd in our national debt. So that raises concerns for me. Now I think that we all understand that the nation is in recession, we all understand that the American people want something to be done. I have a philosophical disagreement with the President over what we do and how we approach that. I think our job is to have government create the environment in which the private sector and individuals can innovate and work our way out of debt. From the speech tonight youre left believing that he sees government as the solution to this and philosophically I disagree with that.
Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tx.) reacted to the healthcare issues brought up by the President. Cornyn said, I think he is right, healthcare is going to bankrupt the federal government, particularly insofar as Medicare but we need to talk about the means to the end. If the means is to basically turn it over to the federal government, I dont think thats going to solve the problem, but if hes interested in real reform, Im happy to work on it.
Rep. John Carter (R-Tx.) was concerned with the likelihood of Democrats raising taxes. Carter told me, When you mention cap and trade, you must remember thats a tax burden -- by their estimate about a $1.2 to a $1.5 trillion additional revenue from taxes. Thats a tax that we didnt get told the value of. He may be able to say if you are a wage earner making $250,000 thousand a year and you wont pay any more taxes, I dont know, Im skeptical. If youre earning money from any other source than wages where you have to pay any types of capital gains Im afraid you are going to pay a significant tax burden.
Another Texas conservative was concerned about tax increases. Rep. Mike McCauley (R-Tx.) told me, I think when you read between the lines on the taxes, what he didnt tell you specifically is that there will be a tax increase on small business and families and thats something that I dont think Republicans are going to support.
Jeff Flake (R-Az.) quipped, I particularly liked [the Presidents] statement that hes not a fan of big government but, unfortunately, it was contradicted by a lot of what followed in the speech. There was some pretty big government outlined the rest of the time.
Louie Gohmert (R-Tx.), listened to the speech with the booklet copy in hand, highlighting the parts he found interesting as the President spoke. Gohmert told me, There were a couple of things that concerned me, for example, first we are creating a new lending fund that represents the largest effort ever to help provide auto loans, college loans and small business loans to consumers and entrepreneurs. Uh-oh, what are we talking about here? Is this a new Congressional bank because the last time we had a Congressional bank I wasnt here at the time, but I dont think that worked out very well. I would hate to see us return to the same sad old tired policy of past administrations.
I also want to check the line that basically says that healthcare in America is a cause of a bankruptcy in every 30 seconds, Gohmert continued. The judge in me wants to see the evidence that is actually whats causing the bankruptcy every 30 seconds. Im serious.
I didnt have this speech in advance, I was just going through while he was giving it, but this was a great line, and hardly anybody gave it much applause. He says, We must also begin a conversation on how to do the same for Social Security. President Bush expended virtually all of his political capital in 2005 trying to reform Social Security so Im glad he brought that up. Thats a good thing. But then he adds, while creating tax-free, universal savings accounts for all Americans. Thats fantastic, the Republicans should have been on their feet for that one I would have thought. Thats the way you encourage people to save for themselves. Thats good stuff. Maybe Republicans were too stunned, Im not sure.
One of the problems that weve seen with the economy is a lack of confidence, Gohmert continued. He had the line toward the end, Their resolve must be our inspiration, their concerns must be our cause and we must show them and our people that we are equal to the task before us. Thats a fantastic line. Thats great. Thats encouraging. And now if hell just quit saying crisis every other paragraph or catastrophic or catastrophe or worst since the depression -- if we can move those out and move forward knowing that we can fix whats wrong, the I think were on our way to getting back healthy again.
Connie Hair is a freelance writer, a former speechwriter for Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) and a former media and coalitions advisor to the Senate Republican Conference.
How the sheeple can listen to BO spout diametrically opposite philosophies and swallow it all without question shows how far America has been dumbed down. BO is not a fan of big government? - he really means he is fan of total government.
I really hate how they equate hot air blowing from either orifice to be equally good.
First, irresponsible spending/credit use is what got us into this mess, but we have to make the consumer confident so they will continue this irresponsible behavior to prop up our economy.
Second, We have lent money to people who irresponsibly borrowed more than they could afford, but to stop the housing crisis, we need to help them temporarily afford those mortgages to keep the housing market from declining further.
Third, We have to cut the deficit because it is unsustainable, but first we have to make it twice the size it already is to put people back to work with jobs that will disappear as soon as the work is finished.
Does anyone elses head hurt?
I skimmed this. Did I miss the part where EVERY Republican said: “Before I continue behaving as if this man is POTUS, I want to see his birth certificate and his college applications and other records?”
I skimmed this. Did I miss the part where EVERY Republican said: Before I continue behaving as if this man is POTUS, I want to see his birth certificate and his college applications and other records”?
When is someone going to talk about the current Fiscal Year Omnibus Appropriations Bill coming out of the house with 9000 Earmarks totaling $5 Billion.
What is wrong with these people!!!!
Can’t they see through this crap? As always it is going to take WE THE PEOPLE!!! to stand up to this sh*t.
The republicans should have walked out of there.
Makes me wanna PUKE!
Can we have Trent for President?
Well they're sucking up for whatever pork that can get there hands on...
No, just my stomach from all that retching up bile.
Now lets see where the markets go this first 15 mins...
Conservative Republicans must win enough seats in 2010 to outnumber Democrat seats in Congress in order to put the brakes on and reverse the downward spiral of Socialism/Marxism.
Dropping like a stone. looks like it's going to be Another Obama (half)black Wednesday.
Dow now down 79. Where da hope at?