April 10th, 2010
10:17 AM ET
4 years ago

Kyl calls for job creation


(CNN) - Senate Republican Whip Jon Kyl is pushing his party's plan for job creation in the weekly Republican radio and Internet address.

"We believe the best course is to encourage job creation by private companies," the Arizona senator says. "And the way to do that is to limit intrusion by Washington and to keep taxes at a manageable level."

Full transcript of the remarks after the jump:

“Hello. I’m Senate Republican Whip Jon Kyl of Arizona.

“The effects of the ongoing economic slump have been severe and have touched all Americans. Too many people have lost jobs; others are working reduced hours or for lower pay. The latest report shows that unemployment has stubbornly stayed at just below 10 percent. Nearly four million workers have lost their jobs since President Obama took office.

“The American people have been telling Washington that promoting job growth must be the first priority. But, for more than a year, Congress and the President have focused instead on a controversial health spending bill which a majority of Americans said they didn’t want.

“Recognizing that their $1.2 trillion stimulus has failed and in a frantic, election-year push, Democrats in Congress are labeling every bill they bring up as a ‘jobs’ bill. Most are just more government spending, leading to higher deficits and more debt—and very few jobs.

“Republicans have a better plan. We believe the best course is to encourage job creation by private companies. And the way to do that is to limit intrusion by Washington and to keep taxes at a manageable level.

“The federal government has been growing at an astonishing rate. Just last year, the government borrowed $1.4 trillion! The American economy cannot grow and create good jobs if Washington spending takes more and more resources out of the private economy.

“Second, we must not raise taxes. Under current law, unless Congress acts, taxes will rise dramatically on December 31st. Taxes will increase on families with children, on married couples, on income, on capital gains and dividends, and even after death. It comes to a total of $2 trillion in new taxes over the next 10 years. And that doesn’t include the more than $500 billion in new taxes in the health spending law.

“Since most small businesses pay taxes as individuals, the increase in marginal income tax rates will hit job creators hard. Businesses are reluctant to hire because they are unsure about their future tax costs. Congress and the President should act to prevent the coming tax increase. That would provide job creators with some much needed certainty so they can begin hiring again.

“Unfortunately, Democrats in Congress have yet to say whether they will prevent this massive tax hike. And, they’ve even proposed new taxes like the cap-and-trade bill. Republicans believe we need to act now, in a bipartisan way, to head off these tax increases. That would show job creators and families that it’s safe to invest and save.

“So, these are two Republican ideas: First, reining in Washington spending. Second, keeping taxes at a manageable level. If we do these two things, private businesses and American families will be able to save, invest, and plan for the future.

“Together, we can help put Americans back to work.”


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soundoff (72 Responses)
  1. Dwayne

    Man...

    Shut up! That's all you senate republicans do is talk about what needs to be done but do nothing. Save the tax talk. People are hip to that crap now too. No taxes to pay for any public service or government initiatives, but yet you've done absolutely nothing to create jobs. The repubs always drive the economy downward then blame the dems for taking a little while to clean up their mess. But don't you worry! This administration is doing a wonderful job dispite your opinions. Obama is a good man who has a beautiful family, and I believe his values are Christian values. He'll do just fine. Watch! God gave you 2 ears and 1 mouth for a reason...observe and learn something from this administration Senator Kyl.

    April 10, 2010 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  2. Mickey, NY

    Sorry Kyle...everyone knows the only way Republicans know how to create jobs in "private companies" (no doubt companies that are big campaign donors to the GOP, or even Republican politicians who are shareholders in these companies), is to start wars.

    And history shows your recent attempt was a failure of epic proportions...

    ...so screw off...

    April 10, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  3. Erick in AL

    i mean no GOP can support Obama or his ideas. Then they bash him, then only repeat what he's done. It takes time folks. I dont see how Americans can put GOP back in power. They have NO ideas just hatred.

    April 10, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  4. ronalde

    Same old drivel from the republicans how many bills have you presented to the senate,none how about the 290 bills passed by the house that you are holding up that have job creations in some of them,you guys doublespeak sounds like you listen to sister palin because she has no idea of whats going on also and the so called tax increases are not increases but letting the tax cuts for the rich run out maybe just maybe you will learn to tell the truth but i doubt it once you start lying it is hard to stop just like palin it gets good to you.

    April 10, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  5. The Republicans keep trying to crawl back to the top after wrecking America

    The same old crap from the loser Brigade. Always trying to draw attention away from their real aim: turning the middle-class into their slaves. Drop dead Republicans. We will not fall for your lies again like under Reagan and Bush. You should all drink a gallon of Vodka and then choke on your own vomit in your sleep and die.

    In Jesus name, AMEN.

    April 10, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  6. ThinkAgain

    Seems like the Republicans are a little late coming to the party. So many of the Republican governors either didn't take stimulus money or sat on it when they did – think of all the jobs they could have created with that?

    But, nooooo, it's all about trying to make our President and our country fail, so they can point fingers and try to convince people that the Democrats are harming the country and the Republicans (all their tried-and-failed policies to the contrary) are the ones to be in power.

    GOP = Party Before Country

    April 10, 2010 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  7. John

    Here we go again, the republican spokesperson for the rich telling us that we need to give the rich another tax break.

    What every happened to paying your fair share? The republican rich have received over 60% tax breaks since Ronald Reagan and the middle class is on vector to a depression level existence.

    Republicans have been waging class warfare for over 100 years and using the same old tired arguments with promises of a better living for all.

    It was the republican party that drove us into massive debt starting with Ronald Reagan and almost finishing us off with George W Bush. We can't afford any more republican solutions and we can't afford any more republicans in congress.

    Does anybody really believe Jon Kyle? I don't mean you rich republicans who are engaged in this class warfare with him, I mean do any of you Independents or Democrats believe him?

    April 10, 2010 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  8. Marcus

    'The American people have been telling Washington that promoting job growth must be the first priority.'
    But... are the numbers about jobs finally starting to get better? Oh please, those who disagree with that please don't come with the 'Sensus' excuse. You've been using it for the past three months. I know that hiring all those guys and gals to make the census did have an effect on the numbers of unemployement, but for three months straight? Like they would hire them and fire them and hire them back month after month?

    'Republicans have a better plan. We believe the best course is to encourage job creation by private companies. And the way to do that is to limit intrusion by Washington and to keep taxes at a manageable level.'
    To anyone who didn't understood what he meant... TAX CUTS!!!!
    They didn't worked out that well, did they? But please... let them try it again (and again... and again... and again...).

    'Republicans believe we need to act now, in a bipartisan way, to head off these tax increases. That would show job creators and families that it’s safe to invest and save.
    So, these are two Republican ideas: First, reining in Washington spending. Second, keeping taxes at a manageable level. If we do these two things, private businesses and American families will be able to save, invest, and plan for the future.
    Together, we can help put Americans back to work.”
    BIPARTISAN?? TOGETHER????
    From the guys and gals that are proud to be called 'Party of No'?

    April 10, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  9. ThinkAgain

    Kyl is using code words for more tax cuts for the wealthy – even though the result of the Bush tax cuts was for that money to be spent on building factories overseas (where wages are low and environmental and workplace safety laws are minimal), resulting in huge American job losses.

    Republican economic ideas are failures. This is proven fact!

    April 10, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  10. Darth Vadik, CA

    Except private companies are oriented towards one goal, making money, for a lack of a better sounding word, I may appear as a SOCIALIST, oh no, that is one of the 5 Republican ,mouth foaming words, but if you create jobs that pay 6 or 7 dollars an hour, you stand no chance of people spending stuff on good, they will only buy the needs.

    That is bad policy and that is what the "so called :free market" has brought to us.

    There has to be some happy median where companies are allowed to make as much money as they want, but not by destroying small towns, big towns, and using insider trading techniques.

    There has to be a fair "referee" that will call a foul when someone commits one, after all, we are a free society, but we can still end up n ails, paying great fines ad doing community work as our punishment for our transgressions, that doesn't mean that most people aren't free living and free speaking folks.

    Same goes for businesses, putting rules on business practices so the do not lie, cheat and steal is not Communism, we all need rules we need to play by, even in a free "capitalistic" society. Businesses should be allowed to make as much money as they want, as long as it is within the fair practices limit.

    April 10, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  11. Danny Cali

    Oh........Yeh.........! what about last 8 years when Republican was President? American didn't see nothing last 8 years at all and Republican just took American Tax to health other Country like Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan only so, we better stay out of the party of "NO".

    April 10, 2010 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  12. jules sand-perkins

    I think that Kyl knows that what he is proposing, on behalf of my party, will not really create jobs or help our economy very much, although it would be useful to the more successful to pay less in taxes.
    The unemployed will benefit most by examining their income-producing skills and Working with their own mental abilities to find, for themselves, a market for those skills, whatever they are, and then Selling them.
    "I'm looking for a job" really means, "I prefer to have somebody else be responsible for thinking about what I produce, and selling it...but I'm available to be helped, yes, I am!"
    My proposal of personal responsibility for the unemployed is absolutely Republican-compatible, and it once was compatible with Democratic thinking. It is not compatible with Marxist thinking.

    April 10, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  13. E. Con

    Cap and trade is not a tax. Another deceptive statement by the Republicans.

    April 10, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  14. ThinkAgain

    Here's an income-generating idea for our country:

    1. Reveal the names of all the Americans who have hidden money in Swiss bank accounts in an effort to avoid paying taxes.

    2. In addition to their names, include their political party affiliation.

    3. Collect those unpaid taxes.

    4. Put those monies towards funding the the President's jobs creation bill and/or paying down the deficit.

    April 10, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  15. Allen Hussein

    If I am reading Kyl correctly, he is saying let's keep the Bush tax cuts which have worked so well over the last 8 years in stimulating the economy, creating jobs and cutting the defit. Let's continue to deregulate as everyone knows that it was over regulation that lead to the current economic crisis and double down on the same Bush policies that worked so well.

    Sorry Kyl, I am not drinking the rightard Koolaide that got us into this mess in the first place. I'm all for letting the tax cuts expire and revert back to the Clinton era levels. It seems like when taxes were at those levels, the economy grew, lots of jobs were created and teh budget actually had a surplus.

    April 10, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  16. Waiting

    this country has more millionaires than any other nation in the world.
    many with homes so huge their utilitiy bill are more than most people
    make in a year and you want to cut their taxes so they can buy more
    expensive yatchs and exotic cars-and this is going to create jobs!
    the only way to create jobs is to stop sending jobs overseas, and to use our natural resourses and technology to make clean energy happen starting now and to rebuild an america that is geared to be energy effiecent for the future. we are behind many countries on wind and solar energy production because there is little instant profit for investors and that's what it is really about.

    April 10, 2010 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  17. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    Wow cutting taxes for the wealthy. What a novel approach. How come no one thought of it before?

    April 10, 2010 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  18. Jean2

    Kyle, open your eyes and see what happens with little or no regulations. Mine disasters, financial failures, scams etc. This all should be evidence enough THAT WE ALL NEED RULES AND/OR GUIDELINES.

    It would be great if those elected or hired to be in control could be trusted. Until such time we all need guide lines.

    April 10, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  19. henriettap

    For eight years the Republicans were in charge in Washington yet they did nothing to create jobs,they were to busy striving forward with their agenda to break the country ,leave us almost to point of no return.Now they can say No to everything that the Democrats propose.They could fill enough hot air balloons to sail them all where they belong and that is in looney ben.

    April 10, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  20. Testify

    I dont agree with Kyle for the most part but do agree that small business' need incentives so can create jobs. The common factor is there..just disagree on how he thinks govt is stalling the economy and job growth.

    April 10, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  21. one voice

    You should've told that to President Bush when he gave tax cuts to big oil and the rich while fighting 2 wars!!! President Obama has lowered taxes for the working middle class and will let the Bush tax breaks expire. You are barking up the wrong tree pal!!! A little short term memory loss?

    April 10, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  22. realtips

    The Republican party is playing their base like a cheap fiddle. When are they going to be exposed?

    April 10, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  23. nazario a. gonzales

    Approximately forty-seven percent (47%) of Americans don't pay any federal income tax. Everyone receiving freebies should stop complaining, realize who butters your toast, and encourage the rich to spend more money to create business opportunities to support all the illegals who work in restaurants, construction, pick fruit and vegetables, and do the jobs than Americans don't want. Tax the rich, increase the percentage of those not paying taxes, and who will pay for all those on the dole. When the trickle down runs dry, then the American public will realize it has been duped by those who want redistribution of wealth. It is called buying votes. Notice, too, how well our democratic leaders live off public treasure. They come first.

    April 10, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  24. Gil

    Is he talking about taxes that cost us millions of jobs at the end of the bush administration and that Obama inherited? It is time to get government involved with some more stimulus. It seems to have corrected the free fall that bush and the republicans left it in!

    April 10, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  25. Hammerer

    Forget about jobs. Just quit and join the deadbeats and freeloaders. The Obama regime will provide everyone with free food, free house, new car, a check every week, and free healthcare. Why work and pay taxes. Obama has it all figured out and I know he would not mislead anyone.

    April 10, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
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