July 31st, 2010
10:50 AM ET
8 years ago

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. Tom-Vermillion, Ohio

    The truth here is that there are 'legit' and 'not so legit' businesses opporating in the USA. (I have another Email account that has countless examples of 'not so legit' businesses, y'all know the kind). I can see where these businesses would have a problem with that. For truely 'legit' businesses, this is routine and in fact makes life easier for the business owner. Apparrently, the GOP is for pro-scam businesses, the ones who make millions in profits on product that has little or no value. The more I think of it, maybe everybody should send 1099's to the IRS on everything they want to right off. Including those petty compaign contributions.

    July 31, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  2. Peter s

    Republicans are for businesses only if it serves their purpose! political donations. Its just the other day John Boerhner met with lobbyists? May be this is how the talks went in my dream!
    "Boerhner"- Guys inform business to stop spending or hiring, we republicans have a great chance of reclaiming the house.... Boerhner continues folks remember the great advice we got from our defacto leader Rush?
    "Lobbyists" in unison!! yes we do! we want this half caucasian half negroid president to fail!!!.
    "Boerhner" Now very excited salivating like a hyena!, yes thats what I'm talking about this will be his waterloo!. And please before I forget please contribute to my cause coz I want to be the next speaker of the house and you know what that means!!! scratch my back and I will scratch yours as long as we can blame the half caucasian, half negroid president!!.

    July 31, 2010 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  3. Steve in Denver

    @vbscript2: If you were to read (I know, you are a neocon, you can only listen to limbaugh and faux news), the CBO (that is the Congressional Budget Office, a non-partisan entity that makes budget estimates) clearly shows that the Bush tax cuts are the largest factor in our budget deficit. Two conservitave economists earlier this week released a report that, without TARP and ARRA (the stimulus, moron), the GDB would be 6% lower, and 8.5 million more jobs would have been lost.

    So, let's praise the bush tax cuts that ran up our deficit, and now that the note is due, have put us in the worst recession since the great depression, and accuse Obama of running up the deficit.

    It is sad that it takes more than a five second sound bite to explain this, or the neocons would never have a hope of power again. Supply side economics = FAILURE. Pre-emptive war=FAILURE. Torture = FAILURE. Tax cuts paying for themselves= laughable FAILURE.

    I'm so glad we went with the smart one this time.

    July 31, 2010 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  4. keeth in california

    So what's the GOP's plan? Nothing except more tax breaks for the richest of the rich. Been there, done that, didn't work. Thanks but no thanks for that bridge to nowhere.

    July 31, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  5. Hendrik

    @ib and Augsbee and Phoenix86 and Henry Miller, Libertarian

    You are the morons who constantly show up with the same tired words. I know who you are just by reading your nonsense.

    Go to Fox Noise where you have your allies.

    July 31, 2010 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  6. Esme

    I am a small business owner and I am very happy with the policies initiated and put into place lately by the current administration, helping me out directly and indirectly - Such as the push through of health reform which has enabled me to get health insurance and afford better conditions for my employees.

    July 31, 2010 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    Henry Miller, Libertarian, Cary, NC
    "Then why don't you and your party get the hell out of the way?"

    Because if the Republicans "got the hell out of the way," the Dems would bankrupt the country." The Dems don't have to bankrupt this country because the Republicans did that before the Dems got the chance. You do remeber 2 wars we must pay one was a lie "WOMD" I did not see you telling Bush to stop spending your money.

    July 31, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  8. Josylad

    I have actually watched the way the republican go about their rhetoric about Obama's Presidency. One question though is why see the world's strongest country collapse because of their selfish goals. Recently China just became the 2nd in rank and might overtake America sooner than expected. Please i beg the republicans dont destroy what is left of the last 8 years because you can get you cant get your way

    July 31, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  9. Rick in AZ

    If you tell a lie long enough and loud enough people will start to beleive it because they keep hearing it over and over. Johanns is a liar. A nose growing Pinnocchio liar. How did he vote on the recent Small Business bill? He voted NO just like the other Rebublican in the Senate from Nebraska masquerading as a Democrat..I can not understand how average, go to work each day, struggle with the bills Americans can be so bamboozled by these people. If you are not a multimillionaire the Republicans have no use for you except to swindle you out of your votes.

    July 31, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  10. George of the jungle

    yata yata yata do people still listen to these clowns???

    July 31, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  11. Hall for President

    Because if the Republicans "got the hell out of the way," the Dems would bankrupt the country.
    The Dems can not bankrupt this Country because the Republicans did that with their two wars one was a lie "WOMD" I did not see you telling President Bush to get out of your pocket book. Get over your self, you got a black president and there not a dam thing you can do about even if he die tomorrow he is still your president.

    July 31, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  12. Marty, FL

    Talk about rhetoric, Sen. Johann. You & most of your GOP followers just voted AGAINST support for American small businesses. Your obstructionist followers also voted AGAINST tax relief for small businesses in the Recovery Act that passed under President Obama. Credibility please...

    July 31, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  13. Paul

    Henry Miller, didn't the repub's bankrupt the country like oh say 18 months ago. I believe the dems pulled out of that tail spin and have put it on the mend with very little help from the repub's

    July 31, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  14. George of the jungle

    the repeos keep beating that dead horse. Do any of you nimrods know what a community organizer does. More that ol saggy palin.For got she got a boob job It seams our repo friends either need more education or something. They still can't seem to spell the presidents name correctly. They are either stupid or lack education. Surly they would not do it on purpous. How unpatriotic. They wouldn't want that. The repos spend all their time trying to scare the public and lots of you buy into this. Try listening to something besides fox news and broaden your mind. Not everyone is swalloing this junk the repos keep putting out.

    July 31, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |

    And these idiots actually think that they will win in November. They thought the same in 2008 too. Wingnuts are low IQ Americans. All 10% of them.

    July 31, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  16. republicans hate america

    that is precisely what the president is saying senator, for your party to stop filibustering every single thing that stops through congress. do the GOP even listen to what they say?.

    July 31, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
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