January 27th, 2010
09:45 PM ET
5 years ago

Erickson: Why Obama worries conservatives and independents

(CNN) – It is stuff like this that makes conservatives and a growing number of independents worried about President Obama and his views.

He says, "Now, the true engine of job creation in this country will always be America's businesses. But government can create the conditions necessary for businesses to expand and hire more workers." But when he listed all the jobs the first stimulus helped, he said, "Because of the steps we took, there are about two million Americans working right now who would otherwise be unemployed. Two hundred thousand work in construction and clean energy. Three hundred thousand are teachers and other education workers. Tens of thousands are cops, firefighters, correctional officers, and first responders. And we are on track to add another one and a half million jobs to this total by the end of the year." In addition to a lot of people disputing the numbers, all the jobs he listed are either government jobs or jobs highly dependent on government. If American businesses are the "true engine[s] of job creation" why are all the jobs created that he touts born of government?

soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. Lilarose in Oregon

    Who cares what you think?

    January 27, 2010 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  2. Scott, Tucson

    So in obama's mind, if you have a job right now the credit goes to him and if you're out of work than it's Bush fault. It took this twit a year to realize that jobs are what's on the minds of Americans not his obamacare which he and his fellow Dem's wasted a year trying to cram it down our throat without success and while he had his 60 vote majority too.

    January 27, 2010 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  3. Mrs. S Callahan

    Nice point Erick...that is what we are saying at the kitchen table.

    And frankly, these jobs would have been filled regardless because of massive baby boomer retirements...so is it really 'new ' jobs or filling of 'old jobs.....just sayin'

    January 27, 2010 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  4. Mate

    Of course private business was laying people off in the recession so it is the government who had to step in to create jobs. I thought this would be clear to primary school children

    January 27, 2010 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  5. mavcal

    I think what confuses people about Obama is he talks a good game, that seems to reflect his conceptual understanding of the issues and problems. However, his ability to enact leadership, to set policies that have foresight instead of hindsight and to persuade effectively are all defective. What doesn't help matters is his arrogant persona.

    January 27, 2010 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  6. DAVID

    let's all suck at the teet of government because it knows best..... no thanks... it should be as small as possible to only supply the basics.....

    January 27, 2010 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  7. andy

    he bothers nobody but people smart enough not to believe his lies. He talks about pork reform but is ok with backroom 100 million dollar
    payoffs.. what a joke.

    January 27, 2010 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  8. true

    true, all jobs mentioned are unionized or bs jobs in clean energy.All the jobs that will be created will be govt jobs that are needless, mainly in the green area of climate change, which is a falsehood in itself. The only way this economy can pull out of the slump is through the private sector. What started all this mess was irresponsible lending through freddie and fannie which was supposed to watched over by franks and dodd, good job guys.

    January 27, 2010 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  9. John

    Good point – and what's scary is we hear how jobs are being created and this will reduce the deficit. Wake up people!! More government jobs will mean increased strain on the budget when the NEW PEOPLE WE HIRE TODAY RETIRE IN THE FUTURE...it is impossible to add jobs to the government today and reduce budgets and deficits in the future. The current generation will not foot this added cost – THE GENERATION IN HIGH SCHOOL TODAY WILL FOOT THIS BILL.

    January 27, 2010 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  10. Thank you Massachusetts

    Exactly. He needs to keep those government jobs rolling in order to keep their vote in his pocket and keep the power. So, who pays for these jobs? Right, you and me – the tax payers.

    January 27, 2010 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  11. Dan

    The problem is that the people also don't trust the Republicans and their math.

    A record surplus was turned into record deficits under Republicans.

    The only thing Americans know is that both parties can not be trusted.

    Even loyal Tea Party members are angry that the Republican party has taken over their movement. Thanks to Republicans, they are charging hudreds of dollars for a Tea Party convention with a dinner of steak and lobster.

    January 27, 2010 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  12. Eric

    Umm where are you getting your facts from? I've been watching from beginning to end and I didn't hear anything about cops and firefighters. I DID hear him mention a glass company in Philadelphia and a Clean energy company in North Carolina. Get your facts straight before you try to criticize dumbo.

    January 27, 2010 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  13. J.C. - Independent 4 Public Option

    What have you got to lose if you have got health insurance coverage?
    More talents will start small businesses on their innovative ideas, because they are now covered. Why don't Americans have such freedom of fear from getting seriously ill?

    January 27, 2010 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  14. Someone

    If American businesses are the "true engine[s] of job creation" why are all the jobs created that he touts born of government?

    That's because corporate America isn't hiring Americans. They are moving jobs overseas.

    January 27, 2010 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  15. Eric

    Because those people who work as policemen, teachers, etc like to go out to eat, buy clothes, drive cars, etc. And restaurants, stores and car manufacturers are businesses that employ people. Seriously, you can't understand this?

    January 27, 2010 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  16. etranger

    Construction workers and those who work in clean energy are not "government" employees. Typical of conservativism's lock-step bias, Erikson has no problem with "government" funding no-bidding Haliburton or murderous Blackwater, but funding "cops, firefighters, first responders" are the harbingers of, GASP, "socialism."

    Ok. Then having a tax-funded military is "socialist," too. MORON.

    January 27, 2010 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  17. Edwin

    Obama is nothing if not an amazing speaker. Before the speech, I had pretty much given up on him. Now, I think I will give him another chance.

    He *did* say it wouldn't be easy, at the start...

    January 27, 2010 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    Fair enough point.

    January 27, 2010 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  19. mag

    Obama is wonderful and truly an inspiring leader.

    January 27, 2010 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  20. Sue

    GREAT job Erick..........

    Yep, they were either government jobs, or the jobs that they claimed that they created did not exist.

    McCain is investigating the jobs that he claimed during his speech that were created in Arizona.

    Remember their first report of jobs saved/created---in districts that did not exist, companies that did not exist, jobs that did not exist, etc.

    January 28, 2010 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  21. Nea

    What difference does it makes a job is a job we just have different views that does not mean that the other person is wrong Democrats believe in big government and the Republicans believe less in government.And to me if you have a governemt job and you are happy with it why down the government isnt that still relying on the government to make ends meat.

    January 28, 2010 02:08 am at 2:08 am |