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. Matt of Boston

    D Tree said "Jobs were created immediately, you ignorant and cynical man"

    I do not know what planet D Tree is living on, but it is not planet Earth, and it is certainly not the United States where we have the worst job stats in 26 years, and we have LOST significant numbers of jobs each and every month since Oblamo took office. Obama promised the creation of 3-5 million jobs when on the campaign trail - he has totally failed on delivery on that promise. He promised us no pork spending. He failed us on that promise. He promised us fiscal responsibility. He has utterly and completely failed us on that one by increasing the country's deficit by an amount that exceeds ALL previous presidents combined - ALL presidents, not just the last 8 years of President Bush, but the last 208 years including George Washington

    The candidate of Change has morphed into the President of Bait and Switch from the party of Borrow and Spend.

    July 11, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  2. This speech was moronic.

    This guy didn't do anything more than make hollow promises about how a republican agenda would some how magically turn the economy around IMMEDIATELY? I mean does he really think people are that stupid? He must. Obviously people don't feel 10K richer NOW. The stimulus was passed not even a year ago, these things take time! How about instead of spouting platitudes about what's WRONG with obama's proposals, you try and suggest some solid legislation that will actually work by virtue of fact, not some ridiculous fantasy rant about how somehow McCain was elected, the economy would be magically prosperous again.

    July 11, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  3. kansas 25

    I hate to say it but the only government program that has worked up to now, in any measurable sense is TRAP and that was created by Bush. So with that as the standard Obama is failing on the economic front.
    This bill was used to pay out favors owed over the years. This bill is the reason why bills need to be worked on over months not days.

    July 11, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  4. once upon a horse

    it took President Bush about 8 years to get this country in the shape it is now......but I forgot that President Obama is supposed to fix it in 7 months.

    July 11, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  5. Michael

    Typical republican drivel, all air, no substance, no fact.

    July 11, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  6. Sue in Alabama

    All I have to say is consider the source...
    This guy's running for President as hard as he can! And he's using all the recognized Republican methods to do it.

    P. S. And I agree with You, Rich!

    July 11, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  7. GI Joe

    By the Way - Jobs are being created – it's just that republican states are using the money for the state government, not the people. Grow up.

    Jobs are opening up in my state (NC) and neighboring VA. In Democratic districts.

    July 11, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  8. JF

    Yeah. And the mess we're in (a-la-REPUBLICAN ADMINISTRATION) happened overnight too, I suppose??! That's the problem ..we are a nation of impatient and yes..in many ways...SPOILED people. We want instant "everything"...instant jobs – instant economic recovery – etc. etc. And having an entire group of people constantly waiting in the wings to downtrod even the slightest POSITIVE moves does not help matters. For just once – can any of you Repugs just swallow your juvenile sour-grapes attitude and say or do something CONSTRUCTIVE??! The world is waiting ....

    July 11, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  9. Bifidus

    Um, a little sensitive, my kneejerk liberal friends? I love these "Cantor needs to shut up!" exclamations. I thought dissent was patriotic? Give the loyal opposition its chance, liberal-fascists.

    July 11, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    Cantor = Idiocy

    His Solution = Trickle Down

    Sorry the people of VA were so stupid to put him in.

    July 11, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  11. AndyB

    Whats this? The pot calling the kettle black again? Seeing how it was the Republicans that drove America into a ditch under EIGHT agonozing years of incompetence, the party of NO should shut their traps for at least the next eight. Better yet just go away permanently.

    July 11, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  12. Larry from Apex, NC

    6 months into the job, and already the the RePIGlicans are calling President Obama a "failure". Eight years of greed and corruption and TERRIBLE GOVERNMENT created this mess, and it won't be "fixed" overnight-or in one year. The RePIGlicans care nothing about the country; they simply want to position themselves for power in 2012.
    Don't be fooled by these anti-American PIGS; stand behind the President (urge him to be even tougher) and bring America back to its feet again!

    July 11, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  13. Eric of Reseda

    Sick of GOP leaders doing NOTHING to move this country in a positive direction. Reagan began this insane trend of mortgaging our future. Bush l continued the practice. Clinton brought deficit spending under control and we prospered. Under Bush ll, deficit spending soared again and the GOP weakened this country in ways we haven't seen since the LAST time they did it with the Great Depression. The Democrats pulled us out of that crisis and under Democratic leadership, we emerged by 1945 as the strongest country on Earth. So, I'll put my faith behind the Dems. The GOP in the last 100 years has been nothing but an impediment to our progess.

    July 11, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  14. big papa

    NEVER forget who got us into this mess...

    ...no matter how mightily the republican traitors try to pin this on President Obama...

    ...Cantor and his conservative cohorts are all responsible for this mess...

    ...and they should all be very AFRAID!

    July 11, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  15. KK

    That's right Cantor, you Republicans just want to put the blame for our economy on the President. When Bush got into office he had a surplus and ended with a big deficit, so that means he added to our deficit minus a surplus and another trillion. How can the economy turn in only 6 months? Party of NO keep quiet.

    July 11, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  16. Larry

    No one said jobs would be created immediately, and cantor needs to stop lying about the facts.

    Jobs are being created. Just ask Boehner about the jobs being created in his district. Those jobs were on the news this week. You know, the jobs Boehner said weren't being created!

    Like you've heard about a thousand times President Obama is not going to be able to fix in 6 months what it took the Bush administration 8 years to destroy.

    Wise up! You Republicans are looking like very stupid people.

    July 11, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  17. Mitch

    Ummm, after losing all those jobs under Republican watch, you can't expect one stimulus package to correct a situation that took 8 years of lousy economic policy to create. What a hypocrite.

    If you have a better idea, then offer it. If not, shut up and go home. You and your buddies had 8 years to produce this mess. Your opinion on how we get out of it is moot and unwanted.

    July 11, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  18. keith

    umm..ok..we are 4 months into the stimulus being passed the repubs and whining that the economy hasn't been turned around yet? c'mon! Anything they can grasp at to dog this administration. they need to sit back and all shut up and wait

    July 11, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  19. MIchael

    Rep. Cantor is right. People hated George Bush so much that they were willing to believe anything the Congress told them. The plan from the beginning was not a stimulus plan. Most of the money was never designed to be spent this year. It was a sad money grab by these individulas who swore to protect the American people. Shame on Congress. And shame on the President. He knew better.

    July 11, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  20. Randy

    Once again..neither Republicans nor Democrats caused any of this. It was simple American greed....which many of us may share...that has turned on its self. I am an Independent with conservative views. I personally think the party system should be abolished. It causes us way too much harm. All political parties do is blame each other and it is like being in a fraternity...you will support your frat brother no matter what you may believe you have to support him...ridculous. I want to also say that in reading so many comments from many news articles it seems that an overwhelming majority of the Liberals are saying what is tantamount to hate speech with their comments. I have tried to hold my tounge...no more. I want to remind the Liberals that about half of this country has Conservative values. Is it going to come to the point that we actually cannot get along and can't even live next to one another? This is becoming a bad situation between the two camps. We are not making it any better with these comments. We all need to step back and take a long hard look at what we are saying. Feelings are being brought out that might not be able to be put back in. Friendships are breaking up over all of this ideology because of the venom.

    July 11, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  21. tedious898

    I get the sense that the president is doing the very best he can. I know, I know, the rethuglicans are complaining about Obama being a failure.....yahda yahda yahda......But my question is where was all of this righteous indignation during the Bush administration?

    Since when is an economy as large the US turned around in under 6 months? These things take time. We didn't break it over night. We won't fix it over night either.

    Well according to the rethuglicans; Obama should be thrown out of office for being such a utter and complete failure. We should bring back Bush since he was "such a great President" – Heaven please deliver us all from this type of thinking. I couldn't handle another day of Rethuglican control

    July 11, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  22. John from TN

    its funny how they slam Obama over the "pork" in the bill, when the republicans are responsible for over half of the "pork" projects in the bill. grow up republicans and stop playing the blame game.

    July 11, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  23. Kat

    I want a job created by the stimulus package. Please someone tell me where to go to get one of those!!!!

    July 11, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  24. Candy Wilson

    Where is the idea that the stimulus would creat jobs in a week? The jobs are starting and they in turn start another and so on.. How bout "we" try and help our Own house first? PLEASE stop with the Negative Attitudes!!!! And where in this speech are Rep. Cantor's Plans? Again all we do is criticize... Thankyou

    July 11, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  25. GI Joe

    All states have received stimulus money.

    Contact your LOCAL or STATE governments and ask why THEY have not created jobs. Ask your senators why.

    July 11, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
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