July 31st, 2010
10:50 AM ET
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Republican takes on Obama over support for small businesses

Washington (CNN) - Delivering this week's Republican internet and radio address, Sen. Mike Johanns, R-Nebraska, discusses a number of new policies and laws which the GOP says hurt - rather than help - small businesses.

Related: Obama uses weekly address to push small biz bill

"Isn’t it time, Mr. President, to tone down the rhetoric and to govern?," Johanns says in the weekly GOP address.

Johanns adds, "You talk about creating jobs and that sounds good, but your policies just do the opposite – with a fiercely anti-business tone."

(Read Johanns' full remarks after the jump)


Republican Weekly Address
Delivered by Sen. Mike Johanns, R-Nebraska
July 31, 2010

“Hello, I’m Senator Mike Johanns from the great state of Nebraska.

“I begin with a very sincere question for our President.

“Isn’t it time, Mr. President, to tone down the rhetoric and to govern?

“I’m a relatively new member of the U.S. Senate. But, I’ve had an opportunity to serve in the Cabinet; to govern a state; and to serve as the Mayor of a wonderful community.

“And I learned early on that to advance an agenda, a leader needs to pull people together.

“You talk about creating jobs and that sounds good, but your policies just do the opposite – with a fiercely anti-business tone.

“Let’s take an honest look at the impact of your agenda.

“More than 80 percent of jobs are provided by the private sector. Those are the jobs that put food on the table, pay the mortgage, and send our children to college.

“Our small businesses generate 65 percent of the new jobs.

“In Nebraska, we like to call them our Mom and Pop enterprises.

“These are really good people who don’t want to get caught-up in a political debate.

“They want to get up in the morning, head to work and find creative ways to build their businesses.

“And your policies, Mr. President, are hurting them.

“Let me give you an example: embedded in your health care law – under Section 9006 – is a job-crushing provision.

“It affects every business, every church and charity; every state and local government.

“It requires all of them to track their purchases and when they hit $600 with any vendor in a year – for any services or supplies – your health care law requires them to file a 10-99 form with the IRS and with that vendor.

“This will create a mountain of new paperwork – increasing it by as much as 2,000 percent, according to one study.

“One small business owner in Nebraska did an analysis and came to the conclusion it will cost his business an extra $15 thousand dollars a year.

“Now that may not sound like much here in Washington, but to a small business in Nebraska, that would go a long way to putting another American to work.

“Instead, that money will pay for paperwork… and for what purpose, Mr. President?

“Even the National Taxpayer Advocate – a division of the IRS itself – predicts there will be little benefit and a mess of erroneous tax penalties.

“This foolish policy hammers our business community when we should be supporting their job growth.

“It’s only one example of how the Administration’s promise to support small businesses really rings hollow.

“Then there’s the employer mandate in the health care law, which studies confirm will divert money from wages.

“It forces employers to provide government-approved coverage or pay a tax of $2,000 per employee.

“Another example: the new Medicare tax.

“The majority of small businesses pay taxes at the individual level, so this new $210 billion tax will hurt; hitting businesses that employ between 20 and 200 workers especially hard.

“And that’s one-quarter of our workforce.

“To put it simply; your actions thus far, Mr. President, don’t encourage small businesses to hire employees.

“You’re signaling to the business owners that they best be very cautious, not only because of the flurry of new taxes and regulations, but also because a national energy tax is next on your agenda.

“It's time to stop pushing anti-growth policies and start supporting a real job growth agenda.

“After all, what matters most is what we actually do, not what we say.

“I'm Senator Mike Johanns of Nebraska. Thank you for your time.”


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soundoff (116 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    Hey guess what GOPers we've had YET ANOTHER quarter of fiscal growth. The Bush recession is officially over and who got us out of there. That's right. His initials are BHO.

    July 31, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  2. Zach K

    I'm from Nebraska, and this guy is a quitter. He makes Palin look like a rookie.

    NOhanns in 2014.

    July 31, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  3. Mesa Mick

    Typical GOP hypocracy...Kill bills that will help small business, small banks and but the middle class back to work then blame Obama and the dems for you obstructing progress.

    To all you "government on the cheap" GOPers out there...You and the party you elect are systematically eliminating the middle class – Talk about your anti-American conspiracy.

    It's "conservatives" and the power crazed Christian Nationalists who are doing away with the concept of a "common wealth" for ALL Americans in favor of "individual wealth" for just a FEW...

    July 31, 2010 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  4. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    Theres only one way out of this mess we must open all the closed down factory's and start mass production of Alvin Green action figures .

    July 31, 2010 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  5. Pretzel Logic

    To vbscript and all the people "afeared" of the "mountain of paperwork": There is an alternative. It's called a Com-Pu-Ter. Apparently this device will enable you to log in information and keep track of all of the many many suppliers with whom you run your small imaginary business. You should log off the one at the "liberry" and look into getting one for yourself.

    And the quote "One small business owner in Nebraska did an analysis and came to the conclusion it will cost his business an extra $15 thousand dollars a year." is absolute baloney. I'd like to see a journalist find out who that business owner is and see if that's even remotely true.

    July 31, 2010 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  6. Donnatella

    These republicans are going to find out come November that the whole country does not consist of racist right wing tea-tards that are totally against everything the president tries to do, do I agree with all of his proposals no, but this is a good thing, they don't want to give people unemployment and now they don't want to help small businesses so that they can hire somebody, what the hell is wrong with these republicans. These are definately not the kind of people we need to finish running down the country. We will end up right back where we started after the Bush spending spree, I'm still waiting for those wealthy tax cuts to trickle down.!!!!

    July 31, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  7. Mesa Mick

    Hey Henry Miller at 11:49 and 11:51...Crawl back under your sanctamonuous "christian conservative" rock.

    The infected hate-filled puss you're spewing about Obama is un-American and for dam shure it ain't like any "christian" ideology I've ever come across....

    July 31, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  8. u2canfail

    Johanns (GOP) does not know what Quickbooks is, never having run a small business. His crowd is all big business. Healthcare is needed for many. I was hoping for a Single payer system, or just a government option, but I knew with the GOP that there was no hope. What we got is far better than nothing.

    July 31, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  9. Tinkers Dam

    The Obamatard has no interest in helping small business. He only wants to protect the unions that put him into office.

    July 31, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  10. Joan

    It's interestingly disgusting how Republicans can go on camera or off and just plain lie, lie and lie. Obama is offering up a bill to help small businesses. It's supported by of all folks the US Chamber of Commerce, hardly a small-business enemy. Then the Repubs say it's not to help small business, a tax hike when it fact it's the opposite. These folks better go back to church and learn to practice the commandment against lying. Such is the cesspool of American politics Republican style. Woe is America.

    July 31, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  11. Steve in North Carolina

    @ Augsbee: You are right on target, but you are going to be criticized by the freeloaders who post here all of the time and want to keep the govt handouts going at our expense.

    July 31, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  12. Ancient Texan

    K Parks. Small businesses did quite well in the six years prior to the Dims taking over congress and the senate. Also when the tax breaks expire in January, everone who pays any taxes at all (not the 47% that pay none now) will have a tax increase. The Bush Tax cuts included everyone, not just the rich. Just for the record, Obama received more campaign money from Corporations than McCain did. You wasted a whole lot of words to say you don't have a clue.

    July 31, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  13. stevetall

    I own a small business, and neither the Republicans nor the Democrats have done anything to help. Of course, we've all helped the Harvard-trained criminals on Wall Street, the morons in Detroit, and all the douche bags in DC. You, sir, are in the latter category.

    July 31, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  14. katiec

    What do the republicans know about governing?? They have been obstructing anything and everything for 18 months in hopes of further detroying our country and our president.
    They have totally abandoned the American people and are a disgrace to our political system and our country.

    July 31, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  15. Informed

    People, pls try watching C-Span and see what's really going on in both houses of Congress instead of listening to these liars.

    July 31, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  16. normajean

    I have NO small business experience but one thing I can say for sure and you should all have figured it out by now, and that is that no matter what our president is for and no matter how he tries to get things done, he is apposed by the other non-working parrty. Look how the medical bill got watered down no matter how hard the Democrats tried to set it up. Everything they've tried to do has been fought. Incidentally, those who complain that our president is heavy on the spending. did you know that the deficit according to the Repugs did not include the cost of the two wars from the last administration and are now included which is one reason why the deficit has increased?

    July 31, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  17. La Piovra

    For almost the last thirty years, businesses conducting transactions of that sum and greater have had to report them in some fashion. That is because a convenient way of laundering money was to make a large up-front transaction and then cancel it, so that most of the money was returned "clean," minus something for the witting or unwitting "laundryman". It's prudent to leger all business transactions in any case. What then is so burdensome about filing a form, especially when any extra expense - office supplies, bookkeeper hours– would be deductible as business expenses?

    July 31, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  18. tf

    All the Repubs ever do is criticize....never suggest any alternatives, never present any new ideas...never even want to discuss or debate policies. What are they go for??????????

    July 31, 2010 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  19. Bob of Lompoc

    Obama is President of ALL of America, including Small Business Owers, and yes, even this dunderhead Johanns. Geez, it's news because a Republican Senator from Nebraska attacks a policy of the Democrat Predsident? Come on guys, is it a slow day? Get on over the the Clinton Wedding – get a picture or two. Or, if it is a REALLY slow day just publish yet another picture of the smiling Palin.

    July 31, 2010 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  20. normajean

    I'm astonished at how many of you sight what the president is for and against as if you could read his mind and yet you never mention the thinking of the Repubs for the last two years that has vertually stopped any progress at all. Thank heaven , our president has still managed to get things done which you seem to overlook. ONE QUESTION! EXCEPT FOR SAYING NO TO EVERYTHING AND STALLING AT EVERY CHANCE ,NAME ONE THING THE REPUBLICANS HAVE DONE IN THE LAST TWO YEARS THAT IS NOTABLE .PASSED ONE BILL OF THEIR OWN THAT BENEFITS THE POPULACE?CAN"T.......... THEY DON"T EXIST!THEY ARE ALREADY THREATENING TO DUMP THE HEALTH PLAN AS SOON ASTHEY GET THE CHANCE.!

    July 31, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  21. GL

    Republicans do not care about any thing small like us small people or small business. There was not excuse for the Republicans to vote against they created just to score politically gain. This was a move my the Republicans to make sure it looks like nothing is getting done by the President.

    NO EXCUSE WHAT SO EVERY FOR VOTED NO ON THIS BILL.

    July 31, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  22. Jim Bonacum

    Hey for all of you guys who are worried about the deficit here is where it came from. We spent too much and didn't collect enough tax revenue. If you want to cut the deficit it's pretty simple. Raise taxes and cut spending. Of course nobody running for office will ever say that. So we march on into the future destroying ourselves because nobody wants to pay the bill. Sigh. The sad part of all of this is we could actually fix the problem but nobody wants to give up their government entitlements or pay any additional taxes.

    July 31, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  23. Obama knows nothing of the economy

    All the small business people that I work with think that Obama is screwing things up for use. We are taxed like nobody's business, we have tons of paperwork (more now that the unsustainable/useless healthcare bill passed) and we don't know what the government is going to do next.

    Also, audits are way up. I was audited this year (no penalty)....

    I don't want to hear the hypocrite Obama blame republicans for his horrid anti-business policies–especially since he can pass anything he wants with the super majority in the Congress. Obama is just playing politics as usually–no positive 'change'.

    July 31, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  24. w l jones

    Governments is not in the business to make money but to spend it on on there citizen. If we take all government spending out the economy a whole country would collape within it self over night. Thank God for our system of people government again thank God.

    July 31, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  25. Marge

    oH GEE === again how can you tell a republican is lying. Heck fire their lips are moving. Who voted NO NO NO against the bill to aid small business. Republicans, not the Democrats so what kind of bullcrap is this guy spewing. but then the media as per always will also spew the republican point of view...CNN you know Fox lite...is trying but can't get there. I guess they don't like the fact that you tell it like it is and won't post your messages. I don't care...I put these out all over the web.

    July 31, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
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