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Gibbs Trashes GOP Alternative Budget

By Scott Wilson
The president has been asking for it. Today House Republicans responded, offering a budget alternative that met with instant ridicule from the White House.

"It took me several minutes to read it," Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said in his daily news briefing at the White House.

The punch line came in response to a question noting that the GOP alternative spending proposal "doesn't actually contain any numbers."

"I think the party of 'no' has become the party of 'no new ideas,'" Gibbs continued. "The rhetoric inside the budget seems to be a road map for the failed policies that got us into this mess -- to extend trillions and trillions of dollars of tax cuts for the wealthy, continued subsidies for big oil. And I think it's -- it takes us back to where we've been and why we're in this problem."

President Obama argues that his $3.6 trillion proposal is "inseparable" from the country's economic recovery. He says the money it allocates to broaden access to health care, sponsor research on renewable energy, and improve public education is the best way to ensure long-term growth in a hyper-competitive global economy. It would cut the deficit in half by the end of Obama's first term, but it would also force the country to borrow nearly $9.3 trillion over 10 years.

Congressional Republicans have called the president's budget irresponsible. But this president, like others before him, has promised a less partisan tone in policy debates. Asked if his harsh words about the GOP budget were consistent with that goal, Gibbs said, "Well, yes."

"I guess it's no wonder that over the course of many years, budget deficits in this town and debts ballooned because a group of individuals think that you can have a budget that doesn't contain numbers," Gibbs said later. "No wonder we have inherited a budget deficit of $1.3 trillion and a debt that's out of control."

Posted at 6:06 PM ET on Mar 26, 2009  | Category:  The Budget
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""It took me several minutes to read it," Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said in his daily news briefing at the White House."

That's funny, because it took me a few minutes longer to read the Republican Budget than the Geithner Toxic Asset Plan that we've been waiting for for 3 months.

Repub Budget=7 Pages
Geithner Plan=5 Pages

Oh, and Geithner's plan doesn't have any numbers, either. Except the price tag at the very top ($500 Bil to $1 Tril) and a couple of simpleton examples on the last two pages (out of 5) on how a standard PPIP deal would work.

Gibbs is a moron and I'll be glad to see his idiotic smirking face get out of the Press Room.

Posted by: Playmaker-27 | March 30, 2009 8:48 AM

JRM2 -

Spot On. 68 GOP filibusters in 2006 alone.

Posted by: JohnQuimby | March 27, 2009 7:31 PM

" the Republicans were NOT in total control the last years. A Democrat led congress held sway the last two. And it's still foolish to think you can spend your way out of debt."
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Ahh, but they obstructed more than any congress in the history of the United States of America with a by-far record amount of filibusters while calling them "The do-nothing congress".

It's not that we think we can spend our way out of debt, it's that now we HAVE to spend to get the economy moving again.

Are you suggesting that the Repubs are the "do-nothing minority" of the U.S. congress?

Posted by: JRM2 | March 27, 2009 6:24 PM

GIBBS IS THE MOST INARTICLULATE INEFFECTIVE PRESS SECRETARY I HAVE EVER SEEN. AH, AH, ALL THE TIME. HE MAKES COMMENTS THAT TRASHES OR JOKES ABOUT VITAL ECONOMIC ISSUES AND I, FOR ONE, THINK HE NEEDS TO BE UPGRADED. A REAL YES MAN AND WHERE DID HE COME FROM ANYWAY?? I WISH THE GOP WOULD GET THEIR ACT TOGETHER AND I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING NUMBERS ON THEIR BUDGET PROPOSAL-AT LEAST THEY DIDN'T SIGN AN 1100 PAGE STIMULUS PACKAGE THAT THEY HADN'T EVEN READ LIKE THE DEMS. DID. WHAT A MESS-MORE SPENDING, MORE DEBT, MORE REGULATIONS-CLINTON TOOK THE BEST ONES OFF IN 1999 SAYING HE HOPED HE WASN'T MAKING A MISTAKE. SOMEONE UP THERE STAND UP, BE A MAN, ADMIT YOU'RE WRONG AND GET THE MESS STRAIGHTENED OUT, FOR PETE'S SAKE. BEWARE OF THE PIED PIPER-WE'RE ALL SO MAD RIGHT NOW, WE CAN'T SEE THE REAL PICTURE-POWER PLAYS TO TAKE OVER LOTS OF THINGS WHILE WE AREN'T LOOKING.

Posted by: noseyten | March 27, 2009 5:21 PM

lilcat1 said:

"Instead, the government is doing everthing it can to discourage industry to begin or to continue operations in this country."

How?

Posted by: JohnQuimby | March 27, 2009 2:39 PM

Well said, Mr. Gibbs. The GOP never heard of real math. They can't add (except for the top 1%); they only know how to subtract. Let's see, is sewage treatment a public good everywhere? In the District of Columbia it's a cash crop. Because so much -- er, flow -- is created. It's a gusher!

Posted by: MouthSore | March 27, 2009 1:21 PM

Actually, ElectricBill, the Republicans were NOT in total control the last years. A Democrat led congress held sway the last two. And it's still foolish to think you can spend your way out of debt. I didn't like the out of control spending in the past and I like more spending even less. You can bash Republicans all you like, but you're smearing people who were unhappy with an administration that didn't listen to them then and we're equally unhappy with the current administration who doesn't listen either. The evil is not tax cuts, or letting people control their own finances; it's out of control government growth and spending. Growing government without shoring up your manufacturing base is sheer lunacy. Instead, the government is doing everthing it can to discourage industry to begin or to continue operations in this country. In the end, the income required by government will outgow the capacity of the private sector to fund it. What then?

Posted by: Lilycat1 | March 27, 2009 12:31 PM

"...All the sophisticated mathematics and computer wizardry essentially rested on one central premise: that the enlightened self-interest of owners and managers of financial institutions would lead them to maintain a sufficient buffer against insolvency by actively monitoring their firms' capital and risk positions. For generations, that premise appeared incontestable but, in the summer of 2007, it failed..."
- Alan Greenspan
3/26/09 - Financial Times

And yet, we have a GOP plan (I read it) that declares government is the reason the market failed.

The central premise of the GOP plan is that government fails - that's why we should rely on the free market.

Well, as Greenspan points out, that option doesn't exist anymore. The global financial markets are broken and dysfunctional - because the primary pillar of conservative and Libertarian free market self interest FAILED.

Greenspan is also pointing out that economic self interest SHOULD have regulated business REGARDLESS of what the government did.

Posted by: JohnQuimby | March 27, 2009 11:58 AM

The Repubicans are definitely a NO team. They keep forgetting that the people voted for President Obama and he deserves the respect of a President. I was a Republican once and I am ashamed I was.
Gibbs is not a good speaker. He needs some refining.But he tells the truth. Republicans take heed. Respect the President of the United States and join in helping instead of NOING. We will not forget all your no's especially at voting time.Start cooperating PLEASE>

Posted by: barryaudrey | March 27, 2009 10:53 AM

It's obvious the the GOP "alternative" is a complete joke, but Gibby needs to tone down the snarky rhetoric here. Leave it to the foot soldiers outside the White House to trash the Republicans.

http://www.political-buzz.com/

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I don't believe he does.

Look at the tone that the Repubs set for 8 years. Hell, these morons even eat their own. Remember McCain having fathered a black child ? The Swifboat Veterans ? FOX News ?

I remember Perino lying her @ss off and chastising reporters that asked poignant questions. And how about Jeff Gannon ?

Gibbs is refreshing. No one in this administration needs to take any sh.it from the Repubs that got us into this mess.

And their plan is just as bare as their stable of contenders. Palin and Piyush ? Both phony as Rush Limbaugh. Huckabee ? Sorry, we've had enough of the religious right for awhile. Giuliani ? Noun, verb, 9-11 was almost 8 years ago. Romney ? Sh.it happens, Mitt won't. I could go on and on but why bother ?

Saying "We won or I won" is bad when Obama does it but it's OK for that moron Bush to state that he has political and he intends to spend it ?

Get real. These bast.ards deserve a lot more than they've been given so far. And I hope Gibbs keeps giving it to them.

Posted by: dennissuper | March 27, 2009 10:43 AM

The only thing more pathetic than Congressional Republicans is the posters who try to defend them and their failed policies. The Republicans had TOTAL control for six years. The economic meltdown and near absence of American prestige internationally are the results. Now, while the Obama Administration is working feverishly to make up ground on both fronts all the GOP can do is fall back on tax cuts for the rich (the only actual number in the "budget") and other failed policies. The Party of No would rather obfuscate and finish their work of destroying the middle class than work together to allow Obama to succeed in righting the ship. How like the Repukes. Pathetic, stubborn, and faux-patriotic at the same time. Lies, lies, and more lies. Staying the course.

Posted by: ElectricBill | March 27, 2009 10:22 AM

Adding billions and billions to the budget by increasing government size and spending is not the solutions to our problems, no matter how the administration wants to spin it. They're rather push through their costly, ill conceived, industry annihilating, psuedo-scientific, feel good energy and social engineering programs without giving the opposition the opportunity to state their case. I have to say, I'd much rather be in the "party of no" than in the "party of doh!". And yes, Gibbs is snarky, unprofessional and pretty unlikeable in general.

Posted by: Lilycat1 | March 27, 2009 9:58 AM

Robert Gibbs is an extention of this administration. They never had any plans of being bi-partisian especially when you keep saying I won to every alternative. Someone needs to tell Gibbs he is not funny nor is he very smart. Let's see how long he is in this job. He's a joke.

Posted by: curleyh40_2000 | March 27, 2009 9:54 AM

The republican's plan is to say 'no' all the time but the trick is they don't want Americans to think they're saying 'no' all the time. See?

Oh, but they'll concentrate on President Obama's "treasonous teleprompter"! Bah hahahahahahaha! How pathetic are the wingers today? Just listen to them and watch them. They're a mess. Heck, even John Boner can't figure out if he's for bailouts or not. One second he's acting all big and strong against bailouts and then 10 minutes later he asked about bailouts and he says, "Ummmmmm, we'll see".

Too freaking funny! Speaking of funny, Robert Gibbs is fabulous. He's just like President Obama where he can sum up the republic party in few words and crack up the whole nation! We're laughing because we know how the republics are and it's why we kicked them out of office in 2008!

http://whitenoiseinsanity.com/

Posted by: KayInMaine | March 27, 2009 7:21 AM

Today the official voice of "Big Brother Obamaism" he speaks and the press writes.

Tomorrow he speaks and the crowds yell

"Big Brother Obama, Big Brother Obama Big Brother Obama"

And the "Thought Police" watch over everyone.

VJ Machiavelli
http://www.vjmachiavelli.blogspot.com
NO MORE SCHUMER
NO MORE PELOSI
NO MORE RANGEL
NO MORE ENGEL AND HIS MILLION DOLLAR HOME IN MARYLAND

Posted by: VJMachiavelli1 | March 27, 2009 2:46 AM

Borrowing $9 trillion isn't really cutting the deficit is it? It's just kicking the can down the road.

Posted by: rjjrdq | March 27, 2009 12:19 AM

Wow, the big number is about a big record tax break to the wealthiest! Sad. No wonder GOP are considered a nuisance and not a heavy weight contender!

Posted by: edtechlab | March 26, 2009 9:46 PM

I wonder why it is that it's okay to criticize the President because he's insufficiently "bi-partisan", but it's perfectly okay for Congressional Republicans to apply every perjorative in the book to the President's policies and that is simply "politics"? Could someone please explain this nasty double standard to me? What's that I hear? . . . . . . crickets?

Posted by: Beej1 | March 26, 2009 9:32 PM

JakeD, the Republicans didn't present any alternatives, they didn't present anything at all. Well, they did propose lowering taxes on the highest income people. They have become a parody of themselves.

Posted by: lowercaselarry | March 26, 2009 9:03 PM

Thanks, Gibby, for letting us see what the President's version of "bipartisan" is. Clearly Obama's version lacks seriousness, maturity, and professionalism, because he clearly thinks that his constituents also lack seriousness, maturity, and professionalism, not to mention accurate information and a grasp of history.

The democrats cannot play the anti-Bush riff after they mushroom the deficit into neverending debt. Obama's budget is a disaster, and it is making us a luaghingstock in Europe and China; and I thought Obama was going to restore global confidence in America...

And what about that tax cut to the middle class that we are already being warned is going to the cutting room floor?

Great job, Gibby, Obama, and kids.

Posted by: rsmann | March 26, 2009 8:33 PM

gibby is having so much fun
give it to them bobby
ha ha
they have been dishing out criticism
now let them take some

Posted by: JoeBridgeman | March 26, 2009 7:29 PM

Why didn't they just wait until Wednesday to unveil it? I think Gibbs made a mistake in heaving so much ridicule, come Wednesday it will have some meat on the bones. But hopefully it won't be the same-old, same-old because clearly it has not been working.

Posted by: JRM2 | March 26, 2009 7:10 PM

Peloser and Hairy's Congressional Recovery Action Plan(Yeah, if the acronym fits!), is going to destroy this Country.

O'Bomba and his Congressional Partners in Crime cannot keep spending Borrowed money like drunken Sailors!

The BEST call for action was by Mitt Romney when he addressed the Congressional GOP.

It would be VERY NICE, if the Postal would get his recommendations some exposure!

For my part, I would like to DEMAND "Hardship" Loans directly to US Citizens NOT on Welfare or un-Employment who NEED Liquidity;

And;

Drastic, EFFECTIVE Enforcement of our Labor Laws, and the PASSING of HR-1940: Birthright Citizenship Act(Currently gathering dust on Peloser's Desk!).

Money for those with none, and the ENDING of Wage and Community destruction by Opportunistic Foreign Nationals;

is what is NEEDED!

Posted by: SAINT---The | March 26, 2009 6:43 PM

parkerfl1:

Whether you think they are a "complete joke" or not, you don't think it's just a bit curious that the WaPo blog doesn't even present the GOP alternatives and has to wait until the White House trashes them to even report on it?

Posted by: JakeD | March 26, 2009 6:38 PM

It's obvious the the GOP "alternative" is a complete joke, but Gibby needs to tone down the snarky rhetoric here. Leave it to the foot soldiers outside the White House to trash the Republicans.

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: parkerfl1 | March 26, 2009 6:17 PM

The GOP personally handed Obama their alternative to the AIG Bonus & "Stimulus" Package too. Gibbs's words are patently NOT consistent with the goal of "less partisan tone in policy debates." Even an idiot like he is knows that.

Posted by: JakeD | March 26, 2009 6:13 PM

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