October 3rd, 2009
09:00 AM ET
5 years ago

GOP blasts Dems for 'job-killing policies'


WASHINGTON (CNN) – Republicans say President Obama's health care plan will do nothing to help address the nation's crippling job losses.

In the weekly Republican radio and internet address, Michigan Congresswoman Candice Miller calls for deeper tax cuts for small businesses and says the administration's stimulus plan has fallen far short of its goals.

"...at a time when both parties should be squarely focused on getting Americans back to work, Democrats are actually redoubling their efforts to implement job-killing policies that will stretch family budgets even further and pile more debt on our children and grandchildren," Miller said.


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soundoff (52 Responses)
  1. JonDie

    In 2008 Republicans plunged the country into a second Great Depression thanks to their reckless spending along with huge tax cuts for the rich and their the decision to place the country in a permanent state of undeclared war. If Republicans ever back into power this country is finished.

    October 3, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  2. GI Joe

    GOP protecting high-profit Ins. Execs. and their contributions at the cost of small business and Ameican families.

    GOP needs to go.

    Vote them out. They are obstructing fair Insurance Laws for Americans.

    Vote the GOP OUT.

    October 3, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  3. Debbie

    What a crock! The GOP was in power for 8 years and did nothing to help the nation in job loss. It was under their watch that the economy tanked. The GOP needs to stop being so divisive and start collaborating on our issues.

    October 3, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  4. Ken, AZ

    Is anyone surprised that once again a republican is proposing "Tax Cuts" as a solution to creating jobs? How many businesses are going to go on a hiring spree just because they get a tax cut? I've got a warehouse full of crap tha I can't sell, but when I get this tax cut I'm going to employ 10 more people to make more of this crap that I'm not selling. NOT! What is needed to spur job creation is an incentive for people to buy their products and services, not more debt that only benefit the 'doing just fine' group.

    October 3, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  5. Shelly

    The usual whining and complaining from the GOP. Have they any plans to move the economy other than tax cuts for the rich? Haven't heard any other proposals...NONE,NADA, ZERO!
    We were told the job numbers are going to rise before getting steady sometime next year. Job numbers always lag behind ALL other economic
    indicators.
    IMAGINE HOW MUCH WORSE IT WOULD HAVE BEEN IF WE HAD 'ONLY
    FILL THE POCKETS OF THE RICH' REPUBLICAN ECONOMIC POLICIES WHICH WE ENDURED FOR THE LAST 8 YEARS.

    October 3, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  6. America Shrugged

    What Dem policies have killed jobs? Let's try this Congresswoman Miller, THE BANKS AREN'T LENDING MONEY TO SMALL BUSINESSES.

    October 3, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  7. Annie, Atlanta

    And after 8 years of the Bush Administration and 12 years of the Republicans running Congress, what exactly did they do? They set us up for one of the biggest worldwide financial meltdowns in the history of mankind. Now they want to point fingers at the Dems? Anyone else see the hypocrisy?

    CNN, until the right has something substantive to offer other than obstructionism and destruction of our country for their political gain, please help spread their nonsense. It's crippling our ability to heal. There are people who really believe everything wrong in the world is either the fault of Democrats, President Obama, or both. I'm not joking.

    October 3, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  8. eolufemi

    Getting rid of employer based insurance would save businesses money immediately and free up money that they could use to hire people.

    The republicans and conservative democrats are against that though.

    Maintaining the employer based insurance system is the real job killer.

    Unless republicans are going to offer real alternatives and not just their usual rhetoric about lower taxes, which haven't done anything to create jobs or improve goods or services for consumers they will continue to be irrelevant.

    Right now 47% of the country doesn't even pay federal income taxes beyond medicare and social security.

    If anything folks need to pay MORE not less in taxes, and then maybe businesses wouldn't have to pay as much as they do in taxes.

    Unfortunately, republicans refuse to speak directly to the people and tell them what their options are.

    Pay more individual income taxes/accept a national sales tax or continue to rely on the wealthy and businesses both large and small to pay for all these wars, health care, social security, education, infrastructure, commerce regulation, law enforcement, disaster relief, science research and technology development, etc.

    But they won't. They rather lie to people for political gain by leading them to believe you can have all those things and not pay for them.

    It's not possible to continue having a government that does those things without any source of revenue for the government.

    October 3, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  9. MikeH

    Obama saved jobs by arresting this countrie's plunge into a second Great Depression, the plunge being the result of the Republicans systematic looting of this countrie's intrinsic wealth.

    Republicans cut open the economic arteries of America and bled out the country, into the mouths of their ultra-wealthy friends and family.

    All Republicans who participated in this should be identified, for future prosecution. All slimedog weanies who are paid by the RNC to post lies here (TCM, WillyBrown, etc) should be shipped off to Afganistan to give the Taliban something to shoot at other than our brave soldiers.

    October 3, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  10. America Shrugged

    Fast acting tax relief..LOL Who the heck is left to pay taxes? Yes, the Republicans did such a great job the last 12 yrs, now they want another crack at it. Same old bs tax cutting policies that didn't create any jobs during Bush's term. Let's see.. 2 wars, a trillion dollars in tax cuts, and medicare part D, all put on the credit card and they expect us to believe the tripe coming out of this woman's mouth? HA

    October 3, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  11. TCM

    but, don't worry...because he'll create more government jobs. And, we all now what a crack job they do....just look at the post office, or the DMVs...or anything else where you have gov't workers sitting around, predominately black, and not working, but collecting a paycheck...one big Obama-nanny state...

    October 3, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  12. jim

    more party of no shenanigans. when are the republicans going to try to be part of the solution?

    October 3, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  13. ThinkAgain

    And what about all the job killing done by Republican governors who have not accepted stimulus money – or, if they have accepted it, have held onto it instead of distributing it?

    President Obama's policies would work a lot better if obstructionist Republicans would stop putting party ahead country.

    To top it off, Republicans think that most Americans are idiots and can't see what the GOP is doing.

    Well, November 3, 2010 is going to be one nasty wake-up call for them – when they find themselves all out of a job!

    October 3, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  14. Just Say No to Socialism

    Had to have that stimulus package or unemployment would go over 8%. Well you got it and its still climbing. Thank god Amercians are waking up to see what this Healthcare is all about and then we need to shoot down the cap and tax bill!!

    October 3, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  15. Robert Buchinger

    Ever escalating health care costs are what is killing small business. My wife's small business had health insurance rise over 15% in the past year. Health care in this country is right where the financial industry was 2 years ago. Unless reforms occur, we will all be uninsured.

    October 3, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  16. Tom B

    How well did those job creating policies of the Republicans work for the last 8 years? Oh yeah – it was disastrous. A bunch of lawyers arguing over economic policy which they don't understand is pathetic. It is like a bunch of economists arguing about which legal approach is best with no legal training. No wonder we are in this mess.

    October 3, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    I blast the GOP for wanting to kill seniors and minorities!

    The GOP: proudly serving just whites since 1953!

    October 3, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  18. REG in AZ

    These are not just old issues as no one has ever apologized and we are still feeling the pain. No one has swore they won’t happen again, no one has ever admitted that they were wrong … and in fact, they actually are boldly and aggressively seeking to return to ‘more of the same’. We really do need not to forget!
    Remember the arrogantly offered subterfuge: Tax cuts for the wealthy benefits the economy; Global Warming is not a problem; Private Accounts for Social Security will solve the problems; The Bush admin did not minimize/ignore warnings before 9/11; There was sufficient solid and irrefutable real justification for attacking Iraq; Attacking Iraq didn't take away from the real effort in Afghanistan; Afghanistan is secure; Even though America has paid 95% of the costs it hasn't been a false coalition; Iraqi oil money would pay for the war; Pressure was not put on the intelligence community; Torture and departure from Geneva Convention rules were not authorized at the highest levels of the Bush Administration; Ongoing reporting on the status of the War in Iraq never misrepresented the truth to manipulate public opinion; No bid contracts to favored vendors totaling $100s of billions, was responsible use of taxpayers' money; Giving responsibility for our port security to Dubai Ports would not be a security risk; The humungous deficit and growing trade deficit are not problems; The administration did not react to the hurricane Katrina aftermath with apathy and irresponsibility; Bringing American drugs back into the US at lower costs would be unsafe; The Bush administration had nothing to do with exposing the CIA agent's identity; The squelching of the 'wiretapping without court order' story was done for national security reasons; Raising the security threat level just before an election in 2004 was not a political ploy; The financial problems we are currently struggling with are not problems of excessive deregulation and the lack of any responsible oversight thus favoring a few and resulting in unchecked greed, gross dishonesty and run-away self-indulgence by those few; Even though it is totally inconsistent with his sociopathic personality and displayed actions GWBush is really a committed 'born again Christian'; it goes on and on with these just being some of the manipulative distortions. See any current similarities with the dishonesty now being offered? I am an ex-registered, forty year Republican who wants them to turn their act around and offer the average American honesty and real benefit, conservative or otherwise, but I also feel to now ignore the obvious and support them in 'more of the same' would just be 'shame on me'! The only way to see them turn it around, for them to ever become conscientious and responsible representatives for all the people and not just focused on Special Interests and a select few, is to totally reject what they have become.

    October 3, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  19. howie

    I agree, how in hell is the health care reform going to reduce unemployment. In an effort to reduce unemployment we must nulify NAFTA (Clintons baby) and bring manufacturing back to the USA.

    October 3, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  20. jamese

    We can't afford the tax cut as recent article mentioned 172M of wasteful spending on military needs that the Pentagon did not ask for.

    October 3, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  21. Bill

    Of course they say this, that's there job. The opposite party always has plans that would destroy america. Democrats did the same thing when republicans held the majority.

    This country dearly needs a viable 3rd party.

    October 3, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  22. Charlie Brown

    Yes, "it didn't have to be this way" but you and the Bush administration screwed it all up. Please, lady, you're the least qualified to be giving advice on how to get out of this mess YOU created.

    Amazing how you've been screaming for results since three months into this new administration when this administration came in and quickly prevented this country from falling into the abyss.

    You people have no shame!

    October 3, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  23. NoTelePrompTer

    The only jobs will be health care related and government jobs and of course health care will be part of the government. Heaven help anyone with a degree in something that cannot be used in either of those two fields. And heaven help those of us who have to support that ever growing government with our taxes.

    October 3, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  24. carlos, THAT one

    better ideas????????? where do this insignificant non IQ'ers come from.......OK, so where are your ideas you idiot?....just repeating what the other idiots tell you including the beener (or whatever his name is)

    October 3, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  25. Linda

    Health care reform has nothing to do with helping address job loss. It will it easier for those who have lost their jobs to get health insurance without depleting what saving they may have left.

    October 3, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
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