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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  1. JT the concerned College Freshman from MO

    I really think that the only solution to really get out of this mess that we made on our own, is to work together as Americans, not as Democrats or Republicans. The cause of this recession is not any particular person's fault; it is the fault of all of us for being so divided against everything. It is time for us to stop being the problem and start being the solution that our future depends on. This is coming from a liberal who speaks nothing but gibberish to those who think that a ramble on and on. "A house divided against itself cannot stand." Abraham Lincoln I want any presidnet to succeed, Democrat, Republican, ect. If we wish for any president to fail, then our country fails as a whole. If being a Liberal means wanting this country to be successful in the future, then boy I am a hardcore extreme one. CNN, please post this.

    October 3, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  2. j

    are you kidding me!!! isn't the republican president who got into this mess. I haven't heard one word or solution to the ecomonic problem from repoblicans yet. What a joke.

    October 3, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  3. unshrub

    The republican’s response would be laughable if it wasn't for the sad fact that people are still loosing their jobs. However, it's the republicans who are still responsible for these job loses. They have 8 years to do something right, and all they did was squander what Clinton had fixed AND now they want to blame Obama because their problems were not fixed in 9 months.

    October 3, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  4. If the insurance companies win, YOU LOSE

    This weekly Republican address delivered by Michigan Congresswoman Candice Miller is classic misdirection.

    The same greed that has crippled our health care system also crippled the financial services industry and nearly brought down our
    economy.

    The time has finally come to fix a health care system. Sure, the system helped thousands of executives achieve riches beyond the dreams of avarice at the expense of millions and millions of Americans. But it has simply proven to be unsustainable. And too many Americans are dying unnecessarily as a result.

    Democrats say that President Obama's health care plan does not go far enough to fix the root of the problems.

    And the Democrats won in 2006 and 2008.

    So, Michigan Congresswoman Candice Miller, quit spouting nonsense.

    October 3, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  5. Chris

    Health care reform wont help job losses? I didn't realize it was supposed to! The two issues are Apples and Organges – stop trying to connect them in some arcane way.

    What is Republicans answer to the job loss problem? Surprise, surprise – its more tax cuts. That's their one answer for everything! The GOP treats tax cuts as some kind of magical cure all. Yet history has show again and again that the deficit has grown to record size under Republican administrations and their Borrow & Spend philosopy. It was the Right's policies and ideology that was responsible for getting us all in this mess in the first place!

    I also find it funny and hypocrital that a GOP congresswoman is criticizing the Democrats, saying that both parties should be focussed on getting more Americans back to work - when her party has done absolutely nothing except attack, complain and obstruct.

    October 3, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  6. John, Brooklyn, NY

    What idiots.

    The GOP's criticism that health care reform doesn't address the issue of joblessness is akin to blaiming a doctor because the heart surgery he/she performed hasn't yet cured your hemerrhoids.

    One again they are stretching both truth AND logic to advocate that our country fail, fail, fail...all for their political benefit.

    October 3, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  7. Scott

    What happen to the economy? Bush, Bush, Bush, and Bush. How can anyone not see this. We did not get into this overnight. Gas and energy prices from the last eight years. No oversight on wallstreet and big corporations. Lets face the facts and not talk down the truth!!!!

    October 3, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  8. Four and The Door

    Congresswomen Miller points out the sad irony of what we are watching happen in Washington. Even in the face of this continuing deterioration of the unemployment picture, the administration and congress are putting their primary efforts into programs that will only make this situation worse. Their explanation that Health Care costs are the cause of enemployment is absolutely rediculous. Americans are smarter than that, really.

    The way to fix our economy is not to suck the life out of businesses with boundless government spending. That only perpetuates the disaster. They need fiscal discipline to recover, but that's more difficult for politicians than just blowing billions day after day.

    October 3, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  9. S Callahan

    lol again, I won't tell CNN I told you so.

    October 3, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  10. Jill-IN

    Michigan's economy and unemployment was in deep deep trouble long before Obama took office and frankly without the actions that have been taken by the Obama administration since February, this Nation's unemployment would be much higher. It is absurd to think that anyone has a crystal ball and could state with certainty exactly when the recession (depression depending on your personal circumstances) will come out State by State. Michigan has unique challenges and needs to get a grip on what to do to change their State's economic dependence on manufacturing. For one, take your shorelines back from private property owners and open your State's shorelines up to public hotels, restaurants, shopping and tourism. There is enough beauty and travel possibilities there to keep one busy 52 weeks out of the year. It's like having a "Maui" in the Midwest. Don't attack a public option for healthcare which is needed by millions at any given time in our Country, or attack the energy policies and scare people into thinking they will ship jobs overseas and think these things will cure Michigan's problems. Once again you have an either – or mentality and can't envision multiple pursuits. Start thinking and quit talking like a sheep.

    October 3, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  11. Death Panel Sarah

    I'm tired of reading the lies from the STUPID 'CONS'. Every word from their mouths is a lie trying to influence the 'intellectually challenged' among us......Please write about something interesting.

    October 3, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  12. once upon a horse

    yep sure were a lot of jobs created during the Republican era wasn't it? I didn't know that when Obama took office back in January that 8 months later unemployment was suppose to end and the economy wa supposed to bounch back to the Clinton years. Mr. Bush got two terms and 8 years to get it this way but YOU Mr. Obama only get 9 months to turn it around.

    October 3, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  13. Perusing-through

    LISTEN PEOPLE, THIS IS NOT ROCKET SCIENCE . . .
    Never in the past 120 years has the Republican Party cared enough to implement a national policy to help the American middle-class find jobs or procure health coverage. NEVER! The GOP had a chance to provide jobs during the Great Depression, but they did not. Instead they hated on Franklin Roosevelt and called FDR a "Socialist" (as they are calling Obama today).

    October 3, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  14. normajean

    . I can't believe that Ms. Miller has the nerve to say this.She even starts
    out in the negative. For the last year there has been nothing constructive from what is supposed to be the other party, the Republicans. Nothing. Oh, no wait a minute, there has been NO NO NO!.I notice you say both parties should be focused. Just what has your party been focused on except rejecting any efforts to get anything done.The Democrats aren't the party "killing" policies, they are the only ones trying against all odds to get things moving. Thanks for nothing Repubs..

    October 3, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  15. Steve in Las Vegas,NV

    Where ARE the jobs?...Headed away from here due to high costs, especially due to the insane cost of health insurance and healthcare!

    October 3, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  16. Hugo

    Sniffit, I am a well educate white male, paid for at my own expense, worked for every thing I own, I am now unemployed and struggling to keep my family of 5 afloat. Does that make me a minority or a majority? Liberalism is the exuberance of youth, when you have worked hard to build your personal wealth and a Government does everything within it's power to take it from you, you will become a Conservative. It is not color specific!

    October 3, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  17. Useyourbrain!!

    "Congresswoman Candice Miller calls for deeper tax cuts for small businesses".

    I have a small business. Since my federal taxes are based on my INCOME..I will pay no income tax for 2009, (no income=no income tax). Since my business has hit bottom, I have no employees, therefore I have no payroll taxes. So will someone please explain to me, WHY I NEED A TAX CUT????

    October 3, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  18. J of K

    Obuma still continues to LIE, now he is trying to say that passing this really bad deathcare plan will create jobs !!!!! This guy hasn't a clue ! It is really beginning to be proven that his total lack of experience at anything -not even running a lemonade stand- is detrimental to our country. I, for one, am really sorry to have voted for this pop-star wanna be.

    October 3, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  19. Jim

    No matter what the situation, Repiblicans always see tax cuts as the answer. A tax cut won't build a road or school or hire a policeman and it won't get us health care.

    October 3, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  20. 60's survivor

    same ole samo from GOP. no real ideas. keep going back to their box of relics. and the same old chant. no. no. no!!

    October 3, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  21. I once was a Reagan guy

    If You have no reasonabe plan besides ' cutting taxes' and then go on to malign the stim package which hasn't kicked in yet, and the president? They'd be better off just shutting their trap and focusing on their next election.

    October 3, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  22. just say no more

    This country needs to wake up and realize that DEM's and Republicans are wrong. We need less Federal government and have the individual states make their own decisions.

    Obama, he's a bigger loser than Bush and much more arrogant!

    October 3, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  23. Detroit Larry

    hey tmc, what time did u say the klan meeting was tonite?

    October 3, 2009 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  24. Tasha in tally

    You can't say the president kills jobs and in the same sentence celebrate all the job we lose with our Olympic bid. Idiots the lot of them.

    October 3, 2009 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  25. Preston kath

    Preston and kathy how about getting a joct mc donalds or burger king more people will be working and paying taxes folks the good jobs are gone

    October 3, 2009 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
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