Rep. McClintock Says NO To Obama Stimulus

By Jon Huey on January 13, 2009

Rep. Tom McClintock was only sworn in a week ago and he is already making his mark in Washington DC. Here are a couple of great news stories highlighting Rep. McClintock's opposition to Obama's Stimulus plan.

Sacramento Bee, "McClintock ready to just say no as he starts House term"

By Rob Hotakainen

Published: Monday, Jan. 12, 2009

WASHINGTON – Tom McClintock arrived in Washington last week, ready to say no.

He'll say no to President-elect Barack Obama's plan to spend roughly $800 billion to rev up the economy. He'll say no to spending billions to bail out the auto industry. And he'll say no to his home state of California and others looking to Congress to get out of their budget messes.

He said the federal government doesn't have the money and needs to spend less to avoid "the same folly" as California, which is projecting a $40 billion shortfall in the next 18 months.

"My state is going to hell in a handbasket, and my country's not far behind," McClintock said in an interview in his new and sparsely decorated office on Capitol Hill.

McClintock, who survived a recount to defeat Democrat Charlie Brown in California's 4th Congressional District, said he wants to concentrate on fiscal issues in his first term. But for now he's busy settling in, adjusting to the rhythms of a new city and new job.

McClintock, the district's first new congressman in 18 years, got sworn in on Tuesday, calling it a sobering experience with "a shock-and-awe quality to it."

He bumped into Ted Kennedy on his first day, making eye contact and saying hello to the Massachusetts senator.

He found an apartment in nearby Arlington, Va., discovering it's much cheaper to live on the other side of the Potomac River.

He's trying to master the city's subway system, joining the thousands of Washingtonians who squeeze into jammed train cars each day.

And he has gotten lost, but he says the U.S. Capitol is a good place to get lost if one must get lost.

"It's been a great culture shock going from the dean of the California Legislature to a freshman member of Congress," said McClintock, who served 22 years as a California legislator.

McClintock is in for some long weekend commutes: He plans to fly to Washington every Monday and back to California every Friday for the next two years. But he said the flights will give him much reading time: "Five hours east, and six hours west."

He said he's also making plans to sell his house in Elk Grove, which is outside his district's boundaries. And he vowed to move into the district as soon as possible.

On Thursday, McClintock learned that he had won seats on the House Natural Resources Committee, which was his first pick, and on the House Education and Labor Committee, which he said is quickly growing on him. He said he'll use the latter to fight anti-business legislation and to argue for a repeal of the No Child Left Behind law, which he said has turned Congress into "a giant school board."

Unlike some freshmen, McClintock said he has no plans to sit back and be quiet. After getting "a full understanding" of the House and its customs, he said, "You'll be hearing from me."

McClintock, who replaced Republican Rep. John Doolittle of Roseville, is part of a House GOP caucus that's much weaker after losing more than 50 seats in the last two elections. And while he's ready to oppose big spending plans by Democrats, McClintock knows that his votes aren't going to influence the outcome.

"I learned a long time ago that the minority doesn't get to govern," he said. "The people decided that the Democrats should have the majority and should govern."

Florida Republican Rep. Tom Feeney, honorary chairman of the House Conservatives Fund, said McClintock is one of a dozen solid conservatives who won in 2008 despite a larger "anti-Republican trend."

Feeney predicted that McClintock will strengthen conservative ranks by promoting traditional family values, fiscal responsibility, a strong defense and a limited role for government in the private sector.

Even if Republicans are fewer in number, they still have an important role, McClintock said. If the party is to regain majority status, he said, it must offer a better vision of government and stay devoted to principles, just as it did in 1994, when Republicans won the House and controlled it for 12 years.

For McClintock, that means lower taxes and cuts in spending. On the campaign trail, he warned that Obama and Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco represented "European socialism" and yet more spending. He has already co-sponsored bills that would require Congress to balance its budget and to increase the tax credit for children. And he said his consistent message will be that Congress must stop out-of-control spending.

"It's incumbent upon the Republicans to sound the warning," he said.

McClintock said he'll oppose Obama's stimulus plan because the U.S. budget deficit is predicted to hit a record $1.2 trillion this year. He said the auto companies can file for bankruptcy. And he said California shouldn't get any federal help because the state overspent for years, causing its own troubles.

He has another big difference with Democratic leaders, opposing mandatory controls on greenhouse emissions: "We've tried that now in California, and it has been systemically shutting down California's economy."

On his first two votes last week, McClintock actually voted "Yes." He backed bills establishing new procedures for handling presidential records and requiring more public disclosure on contributors to presidential libraries.

"So far, I'm two 'ayes' and no 'noes,' " McClintock said, "but from reading what is coming down the pike, I imagine that may change fairly soon."

Also here is a radio news piece from KCBS on Rep. McClintock's opposition to the Stimulus plan.


I LOVE you Tom McClintock!

By Gail Cooley (not verified) on January 27, 2009

I LOVE you Tom McClintock! You are the only one that makes sense. I am dying for common sense. Thank you so much for serving California.

Great start Congressman! At

By Troy Thomason (not verified) on January 27, 2009

Great start Congressman! At least we have one voice in Congress who gets it. True, standing up to Pelosi's Army won't be easy or "the popular" thing to do, but someone must educate those out-of-touch that there are other more responsible alternatives than giving away the keys to the vault.

Best of luck to you and thank you.

Tom: I am sure glad that you

By Marty Sonke (not verified) on January 27, 2009

Tom: I am sure glad that you are there in Washington. Other than voting I wish there was a way that I could send the rest of those clowns a message. Spending our way out of this mess isn't going to work. It didn't work in the 30s and it won't work now. The best thing we could do is shrink government as fast as possible and give the people back more of their money. The people will either spend or save and either one would help right now. You have a huge task set before you and from one conservative to another, thank you for being a Great American. Good luck to you and Godspeed Tom!

Orange County, CA

Bravo TOM! No to bailouts.

By sh (not verified) on January 27, 2009

Bravo TOM! No to bailouts. We had a model for the housing crisis. It was called the RTC. Why we didn't use the RTC example initially is not clear. No to infrastructure projects. Caltrans just spent millions buying CHINESE steel for the Bay Bridge, at the expense of US jobs, on a project that was already billions over budget and a decade late. And no one in Washington is talking about how to monitor and administer the infrastructure projects so that they stimulate the economy quickly and that US parts and labor are required on such projects. This was just campaign rhetoric, I assume.

Great to hear from you. You

By Bill Ferril (not verified) on January 27, 2009

Great to hear from you. You haven't changed and please don't. Hope you can send a message every week, so we can pass on. bill ferril 818-248-4080 2232 phyllis st. la crescenta, ca. 91214-1537

Thank you for your

By Lou Ann Mueller (not verified) on January 27, 2009

Thank you for your conservative representation in Congress. That is why we voted for you. Keep up the good work.


By Richard Ghysels (not verified) on January 27, 2009

Congratulations Congressman!
Keep our conservative voice alive in the Congress.
Richard Ghysels

Glad to see someone in

By John (not verified) on January 27, 2009

Glad to see someone in Washington is looking out for ME! please tell Nancy and all the other Nanny State leaders to get out of the way they are only making it worse!! If I were to act like Congress and learn from their example I should get 3 more credit cards and max them out as that will get me out of my personal resession.... does that make sense?? OF COURSE NOT!!! then why does it make sense to Congress...oh right it's not THEIR MONEY hence no responsibility and it's much easier to pass the buck...... ALL THE BEST I'm counting on you....
worried in Califonia

Congressman McClintock, Keep

By Jim Fausett (not verified) on January 27, 2009

Congressman McClintock,

Keep up the fight us conservatives! Stay the course, no bailout! The economy will adjust itself with the only thing the government can do is cut spending lower taxes to get the economy going again, it will be hard but we Amercans can handle it! We trust you, you must trust us!!

Go getem, Tom. Good work!

By Bernard Carlson (not verified) on January 27, 2009

Go getem, Tom. Good work!

Good for you Mr. McClintock.

By edith eschen (not verified) on January 27, 2009

Good for you Mr. McClintock. I read about you before the election and was hoping that you would win. Unfortunately I'm not in your district, but unknowingly of that, I sent a donation because I agree with your positions.
May God use you as one of those who turn this country around to where it should be, and may we be as strong as the founding fathers of our nation.
Thank you,
Edith Eschen

Congradulations on a first

By Ronald Wurz (not verified) on January 27, 2009

Congradulations on a first week in Congress. I am excited that you are there, and I am not even in your district, but I know that with you there I will be represented. I have confidence that you will make an impact in Congress even as a new Congressman, because of your experience at the State level. Please keep me on your mailing list / email list, and keep me informed on what your doing there. Again Congradulation.

Ron Wurz Napa CA

Tom, You always exceed

By James Pavik (not verified) on January 27, 2009

You always exceed expectation. Stick with the conservative caucus and avoid entanglements, both foreign and domestic. You are correct about California's need to bail itself out.

hello, its excellent :-)

By alex farguson (not verified) on February 10, 2009


its excellent :-)

Yes indeed; Congratulations

By John & Ardeth Story (not verified) on February 9, 2009

Yes indeed; Congratulations and God bless you and yours.
Your visist to the Roseville Olympus Junior High School was
wonderful and well received.
I agree with the comment, " Tom McClintock is a beacon of light
in a sea of darkness". That about sums it up!
We wanted to let you know there will be a group of "Freepers",
from the (Free Republic Website), in Washington D.C. Monday & Tuesday
Feb.9th and 10th to protest the so called "Stimulas" plan.
Thank you for your dedicated service to our beloved country.

Keep up the good work...after

By Mike Mohajer (not verified) on January 27, 2009

Keep up the good work...after all we are suppose to have a "republic" system of goverment! Thank you!

Keep up the good work and

By CaliChris (not verified) on February 14, 2009

Keep up the good work and continue to represent common sense policies to our out of control government. Although we no longer live in California, please protect our property there and the future of our young adult children who still live there. It is important for the republican party to reach out to young voters. Our future depends on it. Please encourage your constituents to speak to college students. They are taught and surrounded by liberal and socialist bias. I realize that it wasn't necessarily what my students were taught, as much as it was clear what they WEREN'T taught. They need to hear comment sense from leaders like you.

Very disappointing meeting

By Don (not verified) on March 12, 2009

Very disappointing meeting with a member of Tom's staff. After talking for 20 minutes about the burden of Alternative Minumum Tax the staffer commited to nothing, huried me out of the office and said "keep working hard and paying those taxes". I expected more.

Keep up the great work! I

By Sure (not verified) on January 27, 2009

Keep up the great work! I finally feel like we have some representation because you are there!

Keep it up Tom! Don't forget

By Mary Amsden (not verified) on January 27, 2009

Keep it up Tom! Don't forget to broadcast Obama's plan to increase the number of people NOT paying any federal taxes. Everyone should pay something, it is grossly unfair to make so few pay so much!

Bravo, Tom McClintock.

By Ann (not verified) on January 27, 2009

Bravo, Tom McClintock.

Congressman McClintock, I am

By Tim Monette (not verified) on January 27, 2009

Congressman McClintock,
I am grateful to the 4th Congressional District for electing you to serve our community. I know you will do your best and shake things up in our nations capitol. You know, one definition of a nation is, the government of a sovereign politically UNIFIED people occupying a definite territory. Our nation is far from unified, and I understand that through many people come very different ideas and ideals. People need to remember how our nation was created, it was by the people not government. I pray more people, with our values, will be elected to serve in the next few elections. Thank you while you endeavor to make Congress see the error of their way.

Tom is one of the few elected

By Gilbert Zepeda (not verified) on January 27, 2009

Tom is one of the few elected Republicans that truly represent conservative values. Obviously, our current Governor doesn't have a clue and should formally becomes the liberal that he is. Nancy Pelosi is another joke, someone who tries to justify condoms as part of the Presidents plan to "stimulate" our economy speaks volumes with regard to the ongoing liberal plan to spend us into poverty. Other than support politicians such as Tom, what can we do to stop this insanity? California isn't in trouble because of revenue, it's in trouble because Sacramento likes to spend more than they confiscate in taxes. Don't any of them see their impact on business that continues to leave the state as well as more people leaving the state for the past four years than come here? I too, living on a fixed income and being a California native and 10 year vet, am contemplating leaving the state that I love. It's frustrating and irritating to watch public officials take our state down the drain.

Dear Rep. McClintock: Hearty

By Andrea Ainley (not verified) on January 27, 2009

Dear Rep. McClintock:
Hearty congratulations on your election to Washington. I'm sure you will make a positive impact during your time there.

I wanted to draw your attention to an article written today by Thomas Sowell. In the article ( ) Sowell draws attention to the fact that the stimulus plan funding stretches way too far and that the most direct and immediate stimulus plan would be to make meaningful tax cuts to the American tax payer. Unfortunately Republicans do not have the seats in either houses of legislature to make a big noise, but I urge you and fellow Republicans to use Sowell's words and push for some air time and print time in newspapers sounding the warning bells of this misguided allocation of public monies. We also need to reexamine who is sitting on the banking and finance committees and what kind of press coverage they get. Heaven knows the Democrats need to rethink having Maxine Waters, Barney Frank, Gregory Meeks, Artur Davis sit on any board!
Best of luck.
Andrea Ainley

You go, Tom! The few of us

By Benita Colitti (not verified) on January 27, 2009

You go, Tom! The few of us left will fight with you.

Tom you are a breath of fresh

By Wayne Barbarick (not verified) on January 27, 2009

Tom you are a breath of fresh air in a sea of stagnet dimwitted - democrat hot air. Keep your conservative principles and "Don't Let the Dimwits Get You Down". We must continue to oppose liberal morally bankrupt policies for the sake of our future generations and my grandchildren now. YOU GO TOM!

Wayne Barbarick
Orcutt, CA

SO happy you are in

By Mildred Eselin (not verified) on January 27, 2009

SO happy you are in Washington and setting an example for other so-called Republicans. Keep up the good work!

Congressman McClintock. It

By Juan Diaz (not verified) on January 27, 2009

Congressman McClintock. It has a great ring to it!! I used to read about conservative Republicans and then thought they were now a myth. Then came Tom McClintock. Now I know they still exist. My son, now in the U.S. Army 82d Airborne Division, met Tom in Sacramento @ the California Boy State event back in 2004 and took a picture with him. I was a young fool when President Ronald Reagan was in office and regret not paying attention and supporting him. I didn't think there would be another that I could align to until Tom McClintock!! God still answers prayers.

Thank you Tom McClintock and

By Bill Wells (not verified) on January 27, 2009

Thank you Tom McClintock and God bless you. Congress has much to learn from you.

Thank you Congressman

By Gerardo Garcia (not verified) on January 27, 2009

Thank you Congressman McClintock, let's stop the communist Obama and all the garbage the liberals want to do in Washington.

Let's clean house, and me and my family hope that you will become the sweeper we need in Washington.

Congrats and God bless you and your Family!!!