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. Zane

    I want to know where the jobs are...IT IS ABOUT THE ECONOMY STUPID. Where have we heard that before?

    July 11, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  2. garofulaar

    Don't republicans realize that GM would have been liquidated and 100,000s of more jobs would be gone? If you think it's bad now, we would have fallen off the cliff if the GOP had its way.

    What exactly is their plan? Pray?

    July 11, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  3. Texas Dem

    So the problem that's been handed Obama is worse that ALL economic indicators led on. Even though I'm freshly out of a job I'm still a heck of a lot more optimistic about my chances under this president than under ANY Mepublican that could be put in place. The Mepublican message on a recent bumper sticker: "I'll keep my guns, my freedom and my money. You can keep the 'change'.". Well if its change they're pushing back on (ala the back room rip off schemes of the Bush admin) then I know where they want to take us. No thanks!

    July 11, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  4. AJ

    Party of "NO" will do nothing else than criticize!! Only 11% of the stimulus has been committed (not even spent) and the republicans are expecting miracles. They forget that it took them EIGHT years to get us into this hole that they created. Have patience!!

    July 11, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  5. tochi

    GOP is creating mischief to distract from their own problems. They don't let facts stand in their way-I don't recall president saying stimulus was going to work overnight. GOP has seized one months unemployment figures to make their case. There will be ups and downs, so there is no need to jump to conclusions.

    July 11, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  6. Enough

    Obama and company used scare tactics saying the stimulus/spending bill needed to be passed immediately or the world was doomed, declaring this was the worst recession since the depression. He promised if passed unemployment wouldn't go over 8%, it is now at 9.5%. Now they are saying they misread the economy and we need another pork bill. Sorry folks, Obama doesn't have a clue what he is doing and maybe one day you will take off your rose colored glasses and see the world as it is, not as he says it is!! The blame Bush grace period has expired, Obama owns this economy and the bad decisions to go with it.

    July 11, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  7. Glenn

    July 11th, 2009 11:50 am ET

    lol @ "Obama's economy."

    I know the GOP banks on the general populace being dumb in order to win elections, but we don't have THAT short of an attention span.

    You are 100% correct!!!

    Republicans counted on the public being dumb, Democrats counted on the public being STUPID.....who won?

    Speaks volumes.

    July 11, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  8. hyprocrit

    CNN, you moderate comments yet allow "bible-thumping party members" do descibe republicans? would you have allowed "polar-bear humping party members" to describe liberals? i doubt it you nazi

    July 11, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  9. AJ

    And I forgot to mention that if the govt. spend the money willy nilly (which appaerently what the republicans wants it to do), they will be the first one's to criticize the pork barrel spending which they already seem to do (seeing the blog)!!

    July 11, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  10. lkinopfl

    I am so sick of the negetavism with absolutely no solutions. Republican leaders, don't you have anything BETTER to do but criticize?? Don't ask a Republican leader for an opinion, because guess what? you're going to get the same exact thing every time, criticism and no solutions.. yay! this is what our tax dollars are paying for!!!!

    July 11, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  11. ian curtis

    to barry stash:

    the assertion that Obama offered people milk and honey is as simplistic as your ridiculous comment.

    July 11, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  12. Jeremiah

    Yeah Yeah...defend Obama. Let's be honest, nobody knows what to do with the economy. It's like throwing crap at the wall and hoping something sticks. If anything, it's getting worse. Congrats. Obama and Bush are just about as useful as each other. Oh, accept Obama speaks like he has a brain, he just doesn't use it for much apparently.

    July 11, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  13. roy

    cantor should just do his job,voting NO with his counter parts.i have never heard a decent thing about our PRESIDENT at all.if by 2010 nothing has happendon our NATION ,then go after the democrats,as i also will do.

    July 11, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  14. Emma

    If the GOP has the answers to the economic dilemma (other than lowering taxes and knocking out social programs that cost money), what are the answers? If the Republicans were in charge, of course everyone who could work would be working, Remember, the majority of Americans did not like McCain's economic plan.

    July 11, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  15. Jeremiah

    Oh yeah, and change is here, NOTHING IS HAPPENING YOU IGNORANT FOOLS! The only thing that has happened is our deficit getting to the point that who KNOWS how we are going to pay it off. You people are so blinded by your stupid party affiliations it's disgusting.

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

    Cantor is a moronic clown who's more interested in destroying the American economy for his facist puppet-masters benefit than in doing any actual good for the American people.

    Cantor is a paid hack, much like TCM, and it would be much better for America if Cantor, TCM, and all the other haters of Democracy (99% of the Republican party) were to move to Iran, they'd love your ideas there.

    July 11, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  17. Gerald West

    Republican politicians are doing everything they can to obstruct stimulous measures. They can propose nothing to stimulate the economy but another tax cut for the wealthy.

    July 11, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  18. Steve J, Michigan

    I don't see how a Repub. can critisize anyone about the economy and still keep a straight face.. Sure, the Dems controlled congress from 2006 but we still had a Repub. president with veto powers.. I'm still willing to give Obama time, heck Bush had 8 yrs..

    Steve-Michigan

    July 11, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  19. Dave

    That's what gets me. All these conservatives decrying the stimulus bill as having failed. IT'S BEEN SIX MONTHS, YOU IDIOTS. How can you possibly expect a magical immediate solution to a hole that it took George Bush 8 years to dig us into?

    I'm so tired of hearing this crap. Give the Oba-man a chance. I can't wait til the next election, when things have righted themselves and all you nitwits are finally silent.

    July 11, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  20. Jeremiah

    And for the record, it was the DEMS AND THE REPUGS THAT CAUSED THIS PROBLEM. Stop with the stupid finger pointing. It started under Clinton you fools, got worse under Bush, and not it's continuing to get worse. Do you people read? Have you not seen the unemployment numbers? And all these supposed jobs being created, yeah, they are temporary and are not even close to what needs to happen. You people are so blind with your parties. Look at the facts, Obama is screwing up, and it's OBVIOUS. Seriously wake up. Just because you hate Bush doesn't make Obama right, they BOTH screwed up. Only difference is that Obama managed to raise the deficit by record numbers within not even 6 months of taking the white house. Great accomplishment.

    July 11, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  21. Shoreline

    The policies that Eric Cantor would espouse were imposed upon our Nation for almost 30 years, and they have brought us to our knees.

    But fortunately we now have a President who stands for America and not some fanatical right wing ideology.

    July 11, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  22. Kevin A

    The reason these idiots are a minority and will stay that way? Because they do not have a SINGLE original idea. They said they had a budget alternative. At least Dubya knew a budget when he saw one; CLUE, it had NUMBERS in it.
    When, when, WHEN will any of them get a clue and do something, together, about the God awful mess we are in? There is no "I" in team, idiots. If things continue on the path we're on, God help us all!

    July 11, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  23. common sense

    I admit I do not know all the details, only what the news organizations report, but I have heard that only about 11% of the stimulus money has been spent, I hear all the time that Governors and other 'recipients' of the money are turning it down because the accountability for it is 'too hard to do' (imagine, asking someone to account for spending! We are usually accusing people of not accounting for the money....look to the DOD contracts in Iraq and Afghanistan), and a number of other reasons for not wanting the money.....so, if no one is taking the money, how the heck is it going to work? And if no one wants this money, why would there need to be another stimulus package? No one would want that money either.

    Hope someone out there can tell me I am incorrect with what I believe are the facts (though abbreviated as they are)

    July 11, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  24. The Marginalizer

    The ONLY Republican Strategy: Playground Politics

    July 11, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  25. Pa for Obama

    The republicants left us this mess to start with; now they have the nerve to talk about how bad the econonmy is???

    July 11, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
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