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. Socrates in Leominster

    Mr. Cantor.. Are you stupid or ignorant? Bush, Cheney, and self righteous and hypocrites like you were almost 8 years in control of the government and what did you do for this country? Bush is riding his bike, Cheney is counting the pay offs he is getting from Hulliburton and all of you now dare to criticize a President who is 6 months in the White House who is trying to fix the mess your bosses Bush/Cheney made, to whom you followed like sheep, and you expect Mr. Obama to make miracles...
    Your party is doom to disappear because people, that have common sense, even among republicans, have realized what a bunch of inept, incompetent, mediocre and hypocrites you all are. Why don't you come with ideas to solve problems instead of being negative...

    July 11, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  2. Jeff

    Eric Cantor is one of the most ignorant men in office. He is an embarrassment to our society. Why do we elect people such as him? And the wacko up in MN? And the TX governor? Exactly how many INSANE voters do we have? It's truly frightening!!!

    July 11, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  3. Skeeve

    I wonder republicans are really such idiots or they are just pretending ? Seriously, the level of ignorance is simply appalling. You want results in less then 6 month? No seriously? 2 years – and this is MINIMUM. Nobody ever promised any quick results. THe economy as such is a VERY slow machine. ANY republican who promises quick recovery is either an incompetent fool or a liar. Problem is considering that republicans represent the least educated portion of USA electorate these people will eat it all up.

    July 11, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  4. Big Ed

    Cantor, Boeher, Limbaugh, Coulter and all the other ultra-right wing loudmouths – if you have no viable solutions to offer, then you are part of the problem. No one wants to hear your self-centered rants -they want action, they want results. The GOP is NOT results driven. That is why you are no longer in control and your party is becoming more and more irrelevant. So as far as I am concerned, until you can come up with a better plan, PIPE DOWN!

    July 11, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  5. Polar Bears Against Palin

    Too bad Republicans weren't this concerned with job creation during the Bush years.

    People have no patience. The stimulas probably did prevent a total collaspe of the economy. Give the money a chance to funnel through the system.

    July 11, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  6. Rick

    How do we know that if not for the stimulus, unemployment might not now be over 10%.

    July 11, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  7. Yobee

    "Dems broke promises Republican says"

    Excuse me? Is that really worthy of even a bullet headline?

    "Repubs broke promises Democrat says"

    That ain't worth a mention either.

    July 11, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  8. madisonmom

    The American people are not stupid....we know it takes time. Stop trying to play on people's pain. Where are your ideas and help for the average person out there? We are sick of the criticism! get to work and get help for people!

    July 11, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  9. RR

    He's right. We were promised unemployment would top off just about 8% and millions of jobs saved or created.

    The stimulus was RUSHED through without anyone reading it.

    Doing NOTHING would have acheived similar results with NO more added debt!

    July 11, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  10. gary davis Harbor Oregon

    it is unbelievable to me and most of AMERICA that these people still have the same old song and dance . threats and fear the republican moto
    AMERICANS and the rest of the free world are once again proud to have a leader that cares and is trying to do what is right . I am proud of our leader as each day we move forward in time and not back to the same old republican big corporation lies . and watching Mr. Obama in AFRICA . makes me proud to stand with him and support his ideas ( our ideas) to the world . CHANGE IS HERE . and a smile goes a long way . no more lies and no more greed . we are watching a change in the world and we are with the help frm this administration planting the seed of change . and it is working

    thank you Mr. President and our staff of great people
    like Hillary ,Joe and everyone that wants CHANGE

    July 11, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  11. DLF

    What is missing in this is the fact that the stimulus bill could not have passed without votes from a certain percentage of the Republicans.

    They too are responsible for not only adding pork to it but approving the pork that was allowed to remain there.

    I know that they made a big noise as if they really cared about the original bill's amount of pork but they still voted and approved what was finally included as well as their own!

    The problem is politics as usual from both the Democrats and Republicans. Both sides are equally guilty and responsible!

    Maybe it is time to finally throw both worthless parties out of office?

    July 11, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  12. Jim

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

    Because Cantor says so? I think not.

    Besides, our choice is between Obama's policy, which may or may not work, and Republican policy, which DOES NOT WORK (ask greenspan). I'll choose to have a chance of success, thank you.

    July 11, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  13. BobbiJ

    How incredibly ignorant. Anyone with ANY education in economics knows that you can't change the course of the economy overnight. Cantor's idiotic statements are the equivalent of someone blaming the captain of a cruise ship for not making it turn like a speedboat.

    Furthermore, it's funny how the same Republicans that blamed Clinton for economic four years after he left office now think that the economy that THEY spent 8 years wrecking is now all Obama's fault six months after he took office.

    Finally, it amazes me that there are people that actually still believe the GOP. I guess it's true: If you repeat a lie often enough, there are people that will believe it no matter how absurd it is.

    (Ms or Mr CNN moderator, i'd much appreciate it if you'd be so kind as to use my opinion this time.)

    July 11, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  14. roger

    You can always tell when a conservative leaves a comment. Its always about liberals and how blind they are and how gullible they are for falling for "Obama's tricks." "Obama's Socialist Regime" (too beautiful.) If only the Republican party realized how entertaining they actually are. Every single person actually enjoys listening to you. Everyone. Its why we watch reality tv or get caught up in celebrity gossip. Its actually entertaining to see people that are so disconnected with the lower and middle class. So many religious views and yet you still believe in the hope of politics. Did you ever think that maybe Obama only has the support he has because the GOP has destroyed themselves so much? Some people with brains realize its useless to ever pick sides in politics. Each side has success and failures. You had 8 years of failing. Yes, you actually were given 2 terms and now here we are. So for the sake of my own entertainment, please keep leaving comments. Its interesting to see how much you criticize. The see-saw game continues. Perhaps leave something more thoughtful that might actually stimulate conversation rather than whining all the time. -hypocrite

    July 11, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  15. reallyanewday

    Blonde..I'm not a republican but do have some ideas. Number 1: give incentive for small and large business to succeed instead of dumping more costs and penalties on them. Make it profitable for business to succeed and we all win...not with handouts but instead with jobs! Seems like some Americans are so worried that someone...heaven forbid...would prosper! Cap and trade is bad for business and bad for America/Americans business.
    Number 2: Slow down with the programs and think them through. What is this mad rush that produces such poorly written, pork filled, but to wordy to completely read in time, BILLS! Take your time...do it right the first time!

    July 11, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  16. Earl

    Follow-up. What gives Cantor the appearance that he actually has support behind his arguemnt is the simple fact that those who support him do not have a clue about how to access the stimulus money. Thus, stupid, ignorant, un-motivated American citizens that know more about their remote control than how to implement the stimulus money. These kind of people remind me of someone who makes a mess, then spends the rest of the day looking for someone else to clean it up.

    July 11, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  17. AlwaysThinking

    If tax cuts for the wealthy and de-regulation of the financial industry result in job creation and economic growth and stability, then how come since 1980 and Reagan have we had:

    – The S&L bailout
    – Record farm foreclosures
    – The housing/real estate bubble
    – Huge numbers of jobs shipped overseas
    – Decline in real wages for middle income families
    – Soaring deficits (except under the only Democratic president during that time – Clinton)
    – Health care costs spiraling out of control

    If giving more money and power to those who already have more than they need – through tax cuts and de-regulation – is such a good thing, then why is our country in such a mess?

    July 11, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  18. Michael

    The republicans ar no longer the party of "BIG IDEAS" they are whinners. They created the problem with their over spending throught out this decade it was president Bush who started this stimulas thing.

    Now we have a president who actually has a plan (it may need some adjusting and fine tuning) with real goals and objectives. The republicans expect teh president to fix their decade of mistakes with just a flip of the switch, lets get real.

    Republicans, get backto BIG Ideas and lets see a real honest debate and stop your whinning.

    July 11, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  19. Larry

    I love the mindless drones who chant "CHANGE IS HERE... CHANGE IS HERE". Is it really that hard to accept that the critics understand that change is here, don't like it, and refuse to blindly support it like you do just because it is the fasionable thing to do today?

    July 11, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  20. Jim in North Fl.

    Man you Dems are blinded by your love for Obama, the Republicans had alternative plan, it was short sweet and to the point, it was more directed at the problem and was brought up on house floor. We are in a one party system now and you Dems have no one to blame but your self.

    July 11, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  21. tedious898

    If we had of complained so vociferously when Bush pushed into War with Iraq (in the 1st 6 months) we would have save alot of money and had it available to spend right here in the US.

    Now we expect Obama to fix a problem that was 8 years in the making in less that a 1/2 year. In the meantime, all the reDumblicans are saying "Obama is a failure, we should impeach him, he's a theif, a liar – YOU NAME IT....

    In other words......OBAMA IS THE WORST PRESIDENT WE'VE EVER HAD BEFORE EVEN COMPLETING HIS 1ST 1/2 YEAR???. While...Bush in his 1st 9 months allowed the worst attack on American soil in our history. Yet we need to get rid of Obama and bring back Bush and the Rethuglican cabal for america to return to the way it should be?

    July 11, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  22. Dave

    Eric, why don't you first figure out why your state, Virginia, can't seem to use the stimulus money given to it? 39th out of 50 states is pretty bad. After that then ask the states that have spent the money how they spent it? It's one thing for the federal government to provide the money, but the state governments were the ones that had the task of putting it to use.

    July 11, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  23. agent guru

    If this is Obam's economy after less than six months in office, then, it was Bush's presidency on 9/11 after about eight months in office. He cleverly escable blame for the attacks. Obama inherited mess after right wings inept management for past eight years. Republicans are really afraid tht Obama's policy might work at time of electios in 2010.
    Guru

    July 11, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  24. Dennis

    For eight years George Bush Jr. and the Republican Party spent us into recession. Now they expect us to believe that Obama should be able to repair their mess in 6 months. The took a booming economy with a budget surplus and squandered it. They have attempted to block every action taken to save the economy and put people back to work.

    Even George H. (read my lips, No New Taxes) Bush knew when it was time to abandon the obsolete economic ideology the Republican keep dragging out as a solution. Cantor and the rest of the Republican would rather see us all suffer than to help the President solve our economic problems. Cantor has absolutely no credibility. He is totaly disloyal to the American people.

    Cantor and the Republicans are not the solution to our problem, they are the problem.

    July 11, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  25. Average American Joe

    HELLO!!!!!! Of course they are lying, they are democRATS. That is one of the many bad things that they do. The only people who believe them anyway are their enSLAVED subserviant constituency.

    July 11, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
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