July 11th, 2009
11:45 AM ET
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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. Rob

    Eric Cantor is a poster child for why the GOP got whipped in the last election. Jobs HAVE been created, which has led to a slowdown in the rate of employment. Apparently Mr Cantor isn't clever enough to understand that a stimulus package that averts economic Armageddon by slowing the rate of fall, is a pretty good package. Of course, it's impossible to know exactly what would have happened if nothing had been done, so Mr Cantor IS smart enough to know that he can make some political hay by criticizing the Administration for not fixing his party's disasters with a wink and a click of the heels of their magic slippers.

    When the GOP stops misleading people by being disingenuous for their own political gain, maybe they can become serious as a political force. But so long as mental midgets like Eric Cantor continue to represent their leadership, the country is in for a long period of intellectual darkness.

    July 11, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  2. treasonunderanyname

    Seems as though the repubs are just downright giddy that the economy is tanking, that people are out of work and suffering. Oh happy day, I bet they are planning the 10 percent unemployment bash as I speak.

    July 11, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  3. Snoopy

    Before Obama took office, I recall the Bush Administration (Repubs) and Bernanke shoving down our throats a $700 B package that evaporated in weeks. The untold story is that the Repubs threw $1 trillion+ to the financial crisis BEFORE Obama took office and that money did NOTHING. Now, the $787B package (that has not fully been used) is all of a sudden the worst thing in the world and a lie. Man, I still don't understand how people really listen to Repubs. Where oh where are their ideas? BossLimbaugh is calling for Hondorus people to take over our gov't and the Repubs say nothing?? Isn't that against the law for even 'implying' a govt' coup???

    July 11, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  4. Jim Doyle

    Obama never promised that jobs would be created immediately. He said from the beginning, even before he was inaugurated that it would take time to turn things around. He tried to get the Republicans to cooperate and all they did was say no and water the package down to include more tax cuts, which produce nothing. Cantor and Boner and the rest of them need to shut the hell up.

    July 11, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  5. d

    Maybe the stimulus package won't work. Maybe Obama is not everything he made himself out to be. Maybe he can't or won't fix the economy during his term.

    BUT, if that turns out to be the case, why the hell should we believe that the Republicans have the answers? If they did, they could have and should have used the six years when they controlled every branch of the government to fix things. But now they expect us to believe that they are the party of fresh ideas and effective solutions?

    In 2012, if we're still in the same mess we're in, I would like to think that Americans will recognize that it's time for a strong third party, because by then, both of the major parties will have shown themselves to be ineffective and simply playing politics instead of finding a way out of this disastrous economy.

    July 11, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  6. silly rabbit

    I seem to recall several weeks ago that the Republicans were supposed to come out with a budget of their own. Has anybody seen it? If so what was their plan to get this country back on it's feet again? I'm guessing more tax cuts for people like Rush Limbaugh who by the way had people lose their jobs at the company he works for as well. Perhaps if he didn't NEED the multi-million dollar contract that he signed more people could have kept their jobs.

    I'm guessing that folks still wondering when the economy is going to turn around even think that maybe Sen McCain, who admitted knowing nothing about the economy, and Gov Palin, who doesn't seem to know which way is up, would have done a far better job than Obama right now. If any of the GOP moaners would care to look at President Obama's past speeches he did indeed say this would more than likely get worse before it got better, that the unemployment
    numbers would go up and I never remember him saying after being in office for 7 months that everything was going to be rosy. But the only hope the GOP has is to put fear in the minds of the uniformed and so far from some of the posts I see it it's working.

    July 11, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  7. Demosthenes

    The reason we aren't seeing as big of a change as we hoped with the stimulus package is because greedy republican CEO's are awarding themselves millions upon millions of dollars of bail out money as bonuses rather than using it to create and/or save the thousands of jobs they were supposed to.
    That problem stemmed from the Obama administration trying to adhere to the very republican value of laissez faire, or "hands-off" government regarding the economy. His administration thought that the CEO's of these giant companies would do the correct thing and spread the wealth down-a sort of trickle down economics, if you will. They didn't do the correct thing. They did the "right" thing-the right-wing thing, that is. They hoarded the money for themselves.
    It goes to show you that republicans can not be trusted to do the right thing. They are selfish and greedy.

    July 11, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  8. Independent

    Rep. Cantor, you are such a JOKE!!!! The President doesn't have a magic wand.....and may I ask, where are your ideas...oh yeah, I remember it was a 6 page of nothing...wasn't it????

    Boehner said that not one dollar of stimulas funds had reached his state of Ohio, now we know that is a BIG LIE!!!!!!!!!

    Don't you ever get tired of telling LIES, don't you ever get tired of listening to yourselves when you say NOTHING??????

    July 11, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  9. Nancy

    I don't remember President Obama promising the sun, moon and stars. I do remember him saying that the economic stituation we're in would not be resolved overnight. If the GOP thinks they can do a better job, where's the ideas. I haven't heard anything from them but constant whinning.

    July 11, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  10. Hammerer

    Whgo got stimulated? Where are the jobs?
    Where is the evidence of any positive results of this sham? The labor unions got paid off, ALCORN got a large payment, banks got billions,AIG got billions and the few taxpayers still working got the shaft!
    I will admit this is change, but not the change promised.

    July 11, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  11. Reggie Payne

    It seems to me that if the Republicans were smart, they would honestly try to ensure that they did everything they can to help the American peolple other than complain about everything that's being done by this administration. If it doesn't work then come back and tell me what your plan is. I feel as if we are being held hostage by the Republican Economic Terroism Theory....."do nothing to help and if it fails then the people will come back to us"...yeah right. Keep preaching fear and us Americans will remind you of how America came to be in the first place. Our determination to rise above in spite of.........you.

    July 11, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  12. barbara

    Mr Cantor states that the Republican party have provided options that put jobs first. I've not seen them or heard of them. All I have heard is more of the same. The Obama stimulus plan has not been close to funded. Why not? That to me is a better issue to question. There was a great rush to have approval to spend the money, but it's not being spent. Lets get the money out there where it can do some good, THEN complain if it doesn't work.

    Why are we talking about further stimulus when the original amounts are still in Limbo?

    July 11, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  13. mario

    8 years of bush and they get on Obama after 6 months. Short memories. Maybe if the Abbott and Costello of economics, bush and mcLame, would have done something except say the fundamentals of the economy are strong while the economy tanked his last 18 months in office it would not be where it is. They just hope it stays bad for political reasons.

    July 11, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  14. Gerry

    It's about time that the people in charge of our government start taking blame for some of the things they are doing that is adding to the problems inthe economy. They should also read the bills that are brought in front of them before signing the bills. It's like taking a test before you read the question.

    July 11, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  15. Richard-Arkansas

    I am still waiting for the GOP idea on how to cure this Bush-created mess. Tax cuts won't cut it-it would make the deficit worse which is supposedly their big worry (except when George Bush, his dad, and Ray-Gun was running one up).

    Oh, I see- Deficits under Republicans are okay, any left over GOP deficit or addition to the deficit under a Democrat is bad. What fantastic reasoning!

    July 11, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  16. Family

    So Eric, what is your plan? Hmm..that is right. The GOP is not smart enough to come up with a plan. GOP didn't even do anything when the job numbers were falling after July last year.

    July 11, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  17. ryan

    doesn't he realize this is only the first inning of the game. It's like Cantor is saying 'okay guys, we're down this inning. Guess we lost the game". Let's keep playing ball and then criticize if we're still getting pounded by the time the ninth inning rolls around.

    July 11, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  18. Mark

    Wow, another Republican with complaints and no new ideas. How unrefreshing.

    July 11, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  19. Jay in Virginia beach va

    same republican bs from the party of "no clue"...

    July 11, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  20. Robert, Miami, FL

    It seems that the authorized Republican line is negativity, all the time.

    It's also telling that the accusations brought against Obama are precisely the errors of the previous administration. Pork-barrel spending, massive waste. Scrambling to play games with numbers. A case of the pot calling the kettle black.

    How this game of accusation in the mirror can go on mystifies me. It's transparent to everyone except the people doing it.

    Republicans could begin to earn a shred of dignity and recover some influence, if they would roll up their sleeves and get to work rather than digging in their hells and throwing tantrums in the media.

    July 11, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  21. ahk, beverly hills, ca

    Instant gratification is for two year olds, generally followed by a temper tantrum when they don't get what they want. Rome wasn't built in a day, so stop whining or you'll get a "time-out".

    July 11, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  22. bluesky

    Ah, yes, the part of NO speaks out once again. Let's see them come up with some ideas of their own, besides tax cuts for the very wealthy.

    July 11, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  23. in NJ

    With only 11% of the stimulus spent, these democrats are clearly playing politics with American livelihoods.

    The economy is probably going to turn around but only when almost all the stimulus is spread to the people and small business...which will probably be around November of 2010 just in time for the midterm elections. Meanwhile, Americans are still suffering now. The idea of the plan was good, but the implementation has been horrible. Not well planned, and not well executed.

    I voted for the President, but will not do so again. His execution of this plan as our chief executive has left much to be desired. While the Democrats in Congress and the President will claim victory for this when it takes full effect, the people will have needlessly suffered from the political greed that they thought they rejected last November.

    July 11, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  24. tigerakabj

    "Jobs will be created immediately?" Obama NEVER SAID THAT.

    He SAVED jobs from being cut, like teachers, firefighters, policemen, etc. That was the action of the first round of money out the door, which included tax cuts to 95% of Americans.

    This stimulus works over a period of 2 years. No American stupid enough would believe Obama could create a million jobs in 4.3 months (the time since the stimulus bill was passed. It took a long time to get to this point (8 years to be exact).

    Obama needs to quit holding back Spain from prosecuting Bush and his cabal. I'm tired of the GOP and their lies, negativity, and zero ideas. Those are the characteristics of a dead party (especially one that is being lead by Rush Limbaugh). These guys think America is stupid and forgetful as to who was in office for the past 8 years.

    July 11, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  25. Louise in NC

    The GOP keeps trotting out all these negative people talking against the stimulus, hoping that the American people will be so stupid to listen to them and agree with what they say!!!The only thing that comes across to me is that they DO NOT want to see the economy recover!!!!!

    July 11, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
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