(CNN) - At the start of 2011, along with Americans across the country, Republicans and Democrats made their New Year's resolutions via web and radio addresses.
Although President Barack Obama was realistic about the divided Congress that will be sworn in Wednesday, he said members of both parties must work together to ensure economic growth continues in the new year.
He said members of both parties have a "shared responsibility to move this country forward" and that he is willing to work with anyone from either party to ensure a productive future for the country.
"We should all expect you to hold us accountable for our progress or our failure to deliver," the president said.
While Republican Sen.-elect Kelly Ayotte from New Hampshire said Congress should deliver for the American people, she also set the stage for hard Republican lines on jobs, the deficit and taxes.
"The American people sent us to Congress with clear instructions: Make government smaller, not bigger. And stop spending money we don't have on programs that aren't working," Ayotte said in Saturday's address. "The successful Republican effort to prevent any income tax hikes on families and small businesses over the next two years was an important first step."
She said the new Republican members in the House and Senate will enable the party to double its "commitment to the principles on which we were elected."
"For Republicans, the start of the 112th Congress on Wednesday will mark the opening of a new chapter for our country and our party. We're keenly aware that the American people are relying on us to change business as usual in Washington – and we're well-positioned to do just that," Ayotte said.
To quote Se. elect Ayotte:
"The successful Republican effort to prevent any income tax hikes on families and small businesses over the next two years was an important first step."
So now the republicans will attempt to take credit for the piece of the legislation they would have fought(continuation of the cuts only for those making under $200,000) , if not for the tax breaks included for the wealthy, or "their base"?
Disingenuous as usual.
“As president, that's my commitment to you: to do everything I can to make sure our economy is growing, creating jobs and strengthening our middle class”
This resolution one year late
Cut government spending
That means no pension and government health insurance for congressmen and senators
I love it
Happy New Year
vic nashville tn
One year too late...ok, granted! But you forget: (1) American Corp. are profitable (2) jobless claims are dropping (3) ten straight months of economic growth, after the Great Financial Crisis the Republicans brought us, (4) banks are starting to lend money once again (5) you and I, along with other middle-class citizens, will be getting a tax break starting today. Things take time...as a small business owner and citizen I am happy to see that we have turned the corner...you can continue to voice sour grapes and fear...I am working hard and looking forward...I will invest money back into my small business and hope to hire some people, albeit part-time, in the new year...by the way, you need to contact your congressman/congresswoman and tell them to cut their salaries..that is not president's responsibility. Happy New Year!
@vic - cutting government spending doesn't mean no pension or health insurance for congressmen. For one, that would be a less than a drop in the bucket of government spending. Secondly, the government is still an employer, with a responsibility to provide a mechanism for its employees to save for retirement (a pension or 401K plan) and health care.
What we should be doing as a nation is holding Congress and the President responsible for a comprehensive budget plan that clearly shows how we get from where we're at to where we want to be. That means defining the goal that we're trying to hit, the combination of spending cuts and tax increases to get there (we can't cut our way to a balanced budget), and the no-kidding consequences of those spending cuts and tax increases. Republicans now have to offer actual specifics to their mantra of cut spending. Let's see how they do. I'm not optimistic.
Talk abour re-writing history. Fact is republicans fought tooth and nail to give the rich a tax break, not the poor and the middle class. They used us to get what they wanted. They were perfectly willing to let us, the poor and middle class get hit by the bus unless their rich buddies got a tax break. You did nothing for the rich or the poor, you're votes are proof of that you only give a damn about the rich.
The republican creed: Vote, 'no' on everything and take credit for what passes. Remember the photo ops for the congressional republicans with the checks that went to their districts from the stimulus.
I listened to the message from the newly elected Senator Kelly Ayotte she said in her message that there is an "American Problem" I believe she is mistaken the American People didn't create the problems that America is facing rightt now. This all happened in Washington. She did say that Washington doesn't "Create Jobs" the private sector creates jobs. I keep on hearing how "Government" is going to create jobs they can't and they won't let the private sector create jobs because of the "Banking Mess" in the United States. The people who elected all the new House of Representatives and Senator's are going to be watched for the next two years. They said that they are going to make changes well their time has come and there's an old saying "Put up or shut up". It's time for the politicians to start thinkking about "America First" not other countries. If they want to think about other countries then they should go to the country they are helpping and stay there. Because they are not wanted here. I have a saying "Bad Lawyers make bad politicians" you never see a successful Lawyer running for Public Office that's because that lawyer can make more money in the private sector and make even more money defending the politicians in Washington who get themselves in trouble. I should be "America First and always America First".
It's so great that optimism is up for 2011. If it were down ... we'd have to call it pessimism.
Now we will get to watch the Tea-baggers and the GOP cut each others throats..
It will be interesting to see them faced with the reality of cutting programs and watch the backlash they will get!
Welcome to reality GOP – -
I live in New York and recently retired from the geriatric health care field and work with social workers and other health care professionals who are disgusted by what they are seeing, When, in the United States of America, in this economic climate, do we give older foreigners who are coming into this country in large numbers Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, Disability, and so many other services when so many American citizens who have lived their entire lives and paid into our government are denied access to these services when they are in need. So many of our jobs have been outsourced, people can't find work, are denied benefits, food stamps, etc. and everything is increased. Where is the justice? Ask those politicians in power how this happened and when it started. Are we being held hostage by all of these countries coming into our country in such large numbers? And they are rude, demanding, and expect nothing more than everything they can get from us only to go home for months on end and return to continue to bilk the system. Many, many people are aware of this and I would not be surprised if a revolution doesn't take place as a result. Please advise the public and get some kind of response. Thank you.
2011, the year communism died, whoa.. that was a close one we almost lost this great country because of this bonehead and soros!!
Maybe CNN could make a news year resolution to quit keeping Palin sories on the top of the Ticker for days on end.Everone in the world knows Palin is not a politicain and only a "celebrity gone vile" and there is no reason for her DVD sale to be the headline of the Political Ticker for days on end.
In other news, the economy is based on supply, demand and innovation and 2011 should be the year that Americans quit blaming Presidents past and present for the state of the economy and go out and create supply,demand and innovation and work hard as an individual to improve the economy. It is going to take years to get the economy back on track and it might as well start today ! Get off the blame game and start to think smart and work hard.There is no country in the world that counts solely on Government to create jobs other then communist, socialist countries so suck it up everyone and get to work.
I'm with Vic...charity begins at home and it is past time for congressmen and senators to lead by example and immediately cut their government pensions and health insurance benefits. Also, they all take a sacred oath to work for the betterment of ALL Americans. Therefore, when any legislator's course of action is to hinder or obstruct congressional action which would help most Americans, he or she should be given a leave of absence ...without pay...until matters are resolved as expected by the very oath they've taken. When any legislator declares that his one goal is to see that the President fails, he should immediately lose his office and be replaced.
Amazing what one will do when looking into the eyes of the opponents and discovering that they have overcome the obstacles to begin the process of unraveling all those entitlement programs that are choking the economy to death.
No cut tax cuts for the rich which seems to be the only plan the Republicans have.
After listening to Obama and Ayotte I noticed an important difference. Obama talked about both parties working together to solve the nation's problems while Ayotte sent a clear message that the GOP solutions are the only viable solutions. Ms. Ayotte....only 37% of the American voting electorate bothered to vote in November. Anti-incumbent fever was strong and the lies told by GOP candidates were outrageous. You are very wrong if you think that the majority of Americans have given the GOP a mandate to shrink the size of govt. But sometimes.....you just have to give people enough rope to hang themselves. I foresee the next 2 yrs as worse than the last two. Hopefully, when 2012 rolls around the GOP and the wacko Tea Party will disappear into the dustbin of American history. The era of "starve the beast", begun under Reagan, will finally be noted in history books as an idea that doesn't work.