July 11th, 2009
11:45 AM ET
10 years ago

Top House Republican slams Obama over stimulus, jobs


WASHINGTON (CNN) – Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia, the number two Republican in the House of Representatives, used the weekly Republican radio and internet address to slam President Barack Obama's $787 billion stimulus plan.

Saying the stimulus bill passed earlier this year was "full of pork barrel spending, government waste, and massive borrowing," the House Minority Whip also says in Saturday's address that "President Obama's economic decisions have not produced jobs, have not produced prosperity, and have not worked."

Citing the millions of jobs lost this year and a national unemployment rate hovering just under ten percent, Cantor also uses this week's address to assert that the stimulus package has failed to deliver as promised by Democrats.

"Remember the promises? They promised you if you paid for their stimulus, jobs would be created immediately. . . . Yet just months later, they are telling us to brace for unemployment to climb over ten percent. They promised jobs created. Now they scramble to find a way to play games with government numbers by claiming jobs saved.

"Simply put, this is now President Obama's economy and the American people are beginning to question whether his policies are working."

Last week, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, the second ranking Democrat in the House, said in an interview on FOX News Sunday that he was "disappointed" at the slow pace at which the stimulus package was creating jobs in the midst of a recessionary economy. "We're looking at ways to get the money out more quickly."

Also in an interview last week on ABC's "This Week," Vice President Joe Biden said Democrats had misjudged just how much trouble the economy was in.

"The truth is there was a misreading of just how bad an economy we inherited. Now I'm not laying this on anybody. It's our responsibility," Biden said last week.


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  1. stl jake

    which obama "promise" is the lie?

    "it's going to get worse before it gets better."

    "it took years to get us in this mess, it will take years to get us out."

    "don't expect instant results."

    answer: none of the above.

    what the republicans want is to return to the "cut taxes for the wealthy" years of the bush administration.

    sorry, mr. cantor. not falling for that one again.

    July 11, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  2. Republicans are the American Taliban

    How's that Contract With America coming Republicans???

    July 11, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  3. Scott

    Haha how easily you kooky republicans forget. Many of these problems were exacerbated by many things the Bush administration did for 8 years. National and global economies don't turn on a dime, so expecting a your golden parachute after 6 months of a new administration is just your way of pouting that your party isn't in office anymore. Remember Bush's little idea of everyone getting a 600 dollar check ? That didn't work either, and don't forget the idea of bailing the banks out STARTED on Bush's watch, but he was already at the ranch by September of last year. At least his what passes for his brain was. And as people have stated, the people whining the loudest are the armchair politicians that don't have anything better to offer. What a bunch of babies.

    July 11, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  4. doni

    one thing for sure is that more time is needed to see real benefits of any stimulus. Also, not all of that money has been spent yet. Some sources say majority of it is still about to due to complicated legal conditions. So everybody especially republicans just need to be patient give it at least a year then start screaming and yelling meanwhile GOP should come up with ideas about next stimulus package which would be more efficient if they are reality that smart and market oriented. Another stimulus will be needed considering that good chunk of the previous one went to cover the wholes in financial sector and that money unlikely to trickle down.

    July 11, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  5. Shawn

    Who?

    Who cares? We can all see that Republicans suffer from 'Obama Derangement Syndrome' (an epidemic that afflicts sore-loser Republican babies) and will mindlessly bash anything and everything he does. Nobody cares anymore, and they have ALREADY used up 8 years' worth of hysterical outrage. Recovery will take time and I am extremely grateful and relieved that we have a real leader in the White House.

    July 11, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  6. Gene

    Come on everyone, you can not deny he lied in so many ways. tpp many to count. Lobbist not in my party, Tax cheaters, not in my party, Pork not in my approval(PS 200 Billion in the Stimulus package)TRIPS OVER SEAS Many and with each trip foreign aid promissed.
    TARP money spent on not what is was supposed to go, Czars 35 of them who do not go through congress and only the President has control of, each earns $135,000 to 185,000 per year and benefits, car czar uses a Lincon continental, AIG again to give out large bonus, large spending on parties and resorts social security dept, Plays golf on sunday not going to church, Cap & Trade Health insurance with back door taxes on all products and more hidden taxes we will never know about. ETC can go on for ever. All you who believe in Obama are truly stupid, me to I voted for his lies. Vote Republican regardless of parties to put a stop to him in 2010 Mit Romney is the guy for president.

    July 11, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  7. Tony in Maine

    If Cantor, Palin, Boehner and Sanford are the best the Party of No can come up with, they are truly following the path of the Whigs.

    July 11, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  8. carlos only smarter

    the dumb beener yesterday put his foot in his mouth by saying that Ohio was a disaster, no jobs and the stimulus money nowhere to be seen or felt......that's why he sent the "second" of the repugnants to blabber today because he found out that a republican in his own district inOhio was saying that the stimulus money was working well.....go figure these repugnant reptiles

    July 11, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  9. Scott

    And if anyone would know about broken promises, it'd be a Republican.

    July 11, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  10. Xeboprime

    Ok, let me see: the package is $700 Billion. To date, approximetly $60 billion has been spent. Some Republican governors are refusing to spend the money. And, to make an analogy, Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia says the game is finished while we are just into the top of the second inning. Nice work, guys. Keep it up. When the economy rebounds in 18 months, like Obama's plan calls for, the only people out of work will be the rest of the Republican party.

    July 11, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  11. some guy in New Hampshire

    Who cares? What one party hack says about the other party and its hacks can and should be thoroughly dismissed and disregarded. If George W Bush said that it would be a good idea to cure cancer, Democrats would have to find fault with the idea - or Republicans would do the same if Obama said it. Anyone who isn't sick of the vast amount of time and energy squandered by political partisanship doesn't understand what that sickness costs us. Death to parties and canned ideologies.

    July 11, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  12. Stop Whining !!!

    Hey Cantor$787 billion stimulus plan.......Correct me if I am Wrong
    The $787 billion stimulus plan.......was Paulson and Bush 's BABY

    July 11, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  13. David In West Virginia

    Rep. Eric Cantor and fellow republicans should be trying to help the president rather than constantly complaining and feeding lies to the American public to scare them about health care and issues of importance. The typical party of No whose leaders, Bush, Cheney and Gonzoles should be imprisioned for crimes against America. Furthermore, his fellow republicans can't keep their fly traps closed and should leave the Senate and government if they want to espouse their hypocrisy and love affairs.

    July 11, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  14. Joe

    If I ran my houshold or my business like this administration is running our country, Id be robbed daily by my poor neighbors and have gone bankrupt for spending more than I make. Wize up America you can't get something for nothing. Look to california if you need a glaring example of Democrat liberal policies run amok.

    July 11, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  15. Why is EVERYTHING someones elses business?

    This guy looks and acts like he is in to little boys.

    July 11, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  16. Len in Washington

    And do you remember that ALL the economists MONTHS ago (even your "own") said that job loss would continue even as the economy recovers? That has always been a "lagging" indicator of the ecomomic strength or weakness. I guess you forgot that...huh?

    The headline is simply a reflection of the Republican party now.
    All they do is "Slam."
    Maybe it's because that's the best they can come up with right now.

    July 11, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  17. Kevin

    President Obama has not yet accomplished what he claims to have set out to do. The Republican Politicians now are brining up issues that should have been addressed while they held the power to do so. Nothing from Democrat and Republican alike, but partisan bickering which does nothing but cause in-action and failure to get anything done. This is what both party's are about. If they passed bills that reduced the deficit and debt then they would have to start paying off the corrupt Federal Reserve. Once our debt is gone they would have to reduce taxation and programs designed to eat up tax dollars and thus they would not be able to kick their buddies big governmental contracts. All politicians I say to you stop wasting America's money on your corruption.

    July 11, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  18. Fatima

    I think we should give the stimulus a chance. Eric Cantor is just playing politics as usual .

    July 11, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  19. heather

    The situation we are in was created by Republican greed and control. The mess the country is in cannot be magically fixed in a short period of time. We all want a quick fix, but that is why we are in this mess. It has always been too easy for us to get the things we want and now we are having to pay the price. Unfortunately for Obama, too many talking heads are using the fact that it is taking time to say he can't do it. Time to stick together instead of creating more separation.

    July 11, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  20. Jim in Indinana

    The gop is getting kinda cocky since they havn't had a major scandal in about a week now. Who thinks they can go for twol

    July 11, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  21. Keeth in California

    I voted Obama but now I am worried about the deficit. However, if Cantor thinks I and countless independent voters are going to rush to the newly founded Republican "fiscal discipline " camp after Bush's 8 years, he's sorely mistaken - tho such naivete on scoring political points wouldn't be new for the GOP.

    July 11, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  22. Why is EVERYTHING someone elses business?

    Oh yeah, why is the relic' party the party of NO? Because they try to send America NOWHERE but broke and they have NO original ideas, NO idea of what to do, and NO respect for the American people. It's all a game to them.

    July 11, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  23. rick

    20-24 years of CONGRESS messing up! NO balance, blame the other party. WHEN is CONGRESS going to SERVE the people and NOT THEMSELVES. This has really become a wake up call for term limits with a max. of 12 years.

    Boehner and Cantor have NOW become the negative voices. IF Boehner waves another 16 page, budget fix, he should resign. IF
    ANY Congressional member votes on ANY bill in the future, without signing off on having read, RESIGN!

    Who outspent who is irrelevant. FIX the MESS in PLACE. The party with the BEST (determined by the public) solution, that can sell it to the general masses has the advantage.

    Failure on either party's part, DEMS to succeed, or REPS to stop complaining and present REALISTIC options should doom them.

    Business as usual, including the "exclusive" Senatorial options to hold up bills without public acknowledgement need to be abolished.

    WAKE UP! There are serious problems that the masses CANNOT deal with until YOU (ONGRESS) DO SOMETHING but complain.

    July 11, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  24. Barry

    It seems ludicrous to me for any Republican to condemn the President. Even if his policies seem to not be working, it was the Republican's and their most , well President, that got us into this mess. I think no human of either party, is going to get us out of the damage done the last 8 plus years. The Republican's and Democrats both need to get serious about what is going on. They both need to quit acting like spoiled " my way or the highway " children and grow up.

    July 11, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  25. ObamaN2012

    "Obama lied. He promised the masses milk and honey, but he and his allies have served up nothing but vinegar. Shame on him, and shame on so many gullible Americans who bought into his lies."

    -Barrystash

    Hey Barry, you think a republican with their ideas and policies (which got us into this mess) are what we should listen to lol? Yea right.
    Obama isn't going to fix this terrible economy that Bush and his cronies left us in 6 months...It will take time but Obama is and has always been the best choice. Plus, some of the TARP money may be used for small businesses, so now all these repubs can shutup about Obama leaving out small business...

    July 11, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
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