Obama urges Congress to help on job growth
August 5th, 2011
11:32 AM ET
7 years ago

Obama urges Congress to help on job growth

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama renewed his push Friday for new congressional action on measures to spur job growth, acknowledging that the addition of 117,000 jobs in July will not be enough to lift the sagging economy.

The president called on Congress to extend the payroll tax credit, extend unemployment insurance, and fund new construction jobs when it returns from its summer recess after Labor Day. He insisted there is no contradiction between short-term economic stimulus measures and long-term deficit reduction.


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  1. The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE - The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends

    Why does Obama, the Democrats and all the clueless libtards on this board think that all those big bad evil greedy thieving law-breaking businesses will create jobs when it has been made clear to them they need to be taxed and regulated into submission because they are big bad evil greedy thieving law-breaking businesses???

    Their far left political agenda counts on class warfare against the very entity (business) they NEED to save their bacon!! GUESS WHAT???? Businesses have a hand to play and they will NOT play it to aid in their own demise at the hands of the leftists running the current administration.

    This country will see NO economic or job recovery until the leftists are removed from the government.

    August 5, 2011 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    With the results of this congress the past two years plus, the last thing we need is for them to make another decision.
    With the healthcare and the debt limit bills passed by this group America is on the edge of financial collapse!
    Congress involvement is the last thing needed.

    August 5, 2011 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  3. bobcat2u

    Why should President Obama need to ask congress to help on job creation ? Isn't that what repubs ran their platorm on to convince you to vote them in ? Now they're in there and it went from JOBS JOBS JOBS to HA HA HA, we fooled you, now let's go attack the president .

    August 5, 2011 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    I'm surprised that the right wing isn't claiming credit for the month to month improvement like they did at the start of the year. Back in March, they owned the monthly jobs reports. "See? America knows that we are back." Yup, America knows they are back alright.

    August 5, 2011 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    "You voted for the first black President to prove you're not racist, who you going to vote for next time to prove you're not an idiot?""

    Wow, what a round-a-bout way of screaming "I'm a racist." Good for you, dude. Truly, that was an ingeniouis way of trying to hide your racist feelings about Obama's election...cleverly projecting the racism onto everyone else like that. Did you read it in a book?

    August 5, 2011 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  6. Hammerer

    The last thing America is for congress to help fix the jobless problem!
    After the healthcare bill and the debt limit fix, one more bill from this group will push America over the edge into total financial collapse. They all need to be recalled and replaced by people that are not owned by special interest groups.

    August 5, 2011 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |

    So Obama's new focus on jobs is to do more of what is already being done and is not working. Who voted for this nut case.
    If he wants the economy to grow and to grow jobs maybe he should ask the private sector where jobs come from what they think will work.
    A poll by the Chamber of Commerce asked businesses that were making profits what was preventing them from expanding and creating more jobs. 40% said all the anti business regulations and anti business rehortic from DC over the last couple of years has caused them to not take the risk out of fear of what the Federal government is going to do to the next. 30% said the economy was just not growing enough to support expansion.
    There are many business owneres and executives that are saying the problem is the anti business bills and regulations passed under the Obama administration and the constant anti business Obama speeches that has caused business to calculate that it is too risky to expand. They expect more anti business bills and regulations in the future which makes if impossible to evaluate the risk of expansion.
    But Obama will not listen to the people who really create jobs in America, he will just contiune to attack them.

    August 5, 2011 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  8. John, PA

    Congress can help create one Job and with the loss of that job create many more job!

    Impeach OBama , Crimes Against the United States.

    August 5, 2011 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    "Not many companies are hiring. They are making plenty of profit during the current climate of low demand. Remove money from the economy and demand drops even further. What you are seeing are the effects of Republican economy killing policies. But, the policies sure do make some folks very wealthy."

    Precisely...but hey, CNN loves it too. They even had a nice piece during prime time last night showing how the top 5% of wealthiest Americans are spending more than ever, like there's no recession and no tomorrow! They showed us all the nice types of things they're buying too....like Gucci products and $1,650 jars of hand cream woohoo! Then they told us "at least someone is helping keep the economy afloat by spending...so all you functionally indentured servant paeon serfs out there, don't be mad...be glad the rich are getting richer and spending to keep the economy afloat!!!" I'm pretty sure Orwell's corpse took a dump in his coffin when the piece was over.

    August 5, 2011 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  10. Rudy NYC

    Ed Texas wrote:
    My concern is the The president said there is no contradiction between short-term economic stimulus measures and long-term deficit reduction.
    Obama didn't say that. Sean Hannity did.

    Creating jobs over the long term will do more for deficit reduction than short term spending cuts.

    August 5, 2011 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  11. Marie MD

    @four – you really are the typiical clueless rethug. Ard you palin power in drag?

    August 5, 2011 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    "Ask your representative what job creating legislation has been put forth by the GOP in that period. "

    To be fair, they'll have an answer: their eyes will glaze over and they will say something along the lines of "cutting government spending during a recession creates jobs...cutting taxes increases revenue...abortions get rid of future labor force...destroying planned parenthood would have created more jobs in daycare...fighting gay marriages means more jobs for civil rights attorneys and attorneys defending DOMA...by destroying labor rights and union-busting, companies can geatly reduce wages, especially now that the rich and corporations have purposefully made unemployment so bad that people will take whatever they can get, so companies will be able to hire 2 or 3 people for the price of 1...getting rid of environmental regulations will create jobs in the health care industry...etc. etc. etc."

    August 5, 2011 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  13. Hammerer

    By the way, where is Obama today?
    Fundraising and campaigning.
    Maybe one of his cazrs should tell him that America is on the verge of collapse. That the stock market is in the tank and millions of Americans are out of work.
    It would be nice to have someone that cares!

    August 5, 2011 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  14. Rick McDaniel

    Totally wrong actions. That increases spending, and will be totally ineffective, in creating jobs.

    Have Congress pass a severe penalty tax against American Corporations importing their products from off shore. That costs the government NOTHING, and it levels the playing field, to return manufacturing to America, from off shore......no matter what country it comes from.

    Anything less......simply will be totally ineffective.

    August 5, 2011 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  15. bill

    Every time he focuses on jobs, unemployment goes up.

    August 5, 2011 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  16. Peggy - TX

    The President has the correct policies.

    Any honest and reasonable person who reads the history of the United States (reference 1937) understands that.

    If the Congress would step aside and support the President with additional short term stimulus programs then we could grow out of this recession as well as our long term debt. The disapproval of congress is above 80%, which is essentially 100% given that 11% of people in the extreme Right and Left are out of touch with the reality of Politics. The reason, for the poor approval numbers for Congress right now is that the rabid Tea Party has poisoned Congress and squelched legitimate debate and must now be put to rest – best to do this swiftly, quietly, with a dagger directly to the heart.

    August 5, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  17. John, PA

    Congress can help on job growth, it’s time for Term limits in Congress.

    August 5, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  18. Patty

    Rudy NYC wrote:

    Democrats ran the Congress in 2009 and 2010, and the economy was growing slowly, but not as quickly as we would have hoped. It was, and still is, a very deep hole into which we have fallen.

    Republicans take over the House in 2011, and we have seen *every* economic indicator tank. Housing. Jobs. Unemployment. Markets. Gas prices. Food prices. Everything has tanked since Republicans were granted a grasp of power.
    So Rudy, by your thinking, whoever controls Congress is the cause of the problems (and successes)...which means in 2007 and 2008 when things started really turning south, the Dems were to blame. I guess they got us into this whole mess, just hope they can get us out. Also, how is that stimulus bill that would hold the country under 8% unemployment working out for the Dems?

    I can't blame the Dems for our current predicament any more than I can blame the Repubs. Sadly a lot of partisan hacks are still pointing fingers. To place this blame on 1 party is comical at best. Extreme righties and lefties need to go, and we need a government that can work together. Where can i buy some congress DisappointMints?

    August 5, 2011 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  19. Abe

    We have wasted Trillions already on Obama's Keynesian spending binge and we have done nothing but go south. Its time to do the opposite. Most of us knew throwing $$ into the government was not the answer but now that he has gained that disaterous personal experience at the American taxpayers expense we can move on.

    August 5, 2011 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  20. Julie

    Well. Yeah. Seeing that one of the reasons they won the midterms was because they could do better at creating jobs. So where are they? Has anyone seen on jobs bill from Congress? All the cuts they intend to make will actually cost jobs. We are in a real bind here.

    August 5, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  21. diridi

    wake up...obama, focus on jobs, Manuracturing, and bring back call centers from India, focus on Agriculture....Milk is way up....push energy efficiency cars....get GE, who is going to open x-ray in China, and Ford in India....o.k, close these idiots...o.k, Nation first.....ok,

    August 5, 2011 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  22. Peggy - TX

    The President espouses sound policies that could help grow the economy out of the recession and lower the national debt in the long term. The problem is not with the Presidents policies, but that Congress has blocked his every move. The first stimulus did work! He acted swiftly and very effectively stopped the downward spiral. Now we need more of the same, but only better and narrowly targeted.

    The problem is the Tea Party. THE TEA PART IS POISON. Is not that the Tea Party has disagreeable policy positions, but that they act in a manner that undermines the foundation of our democracy by spreading lies and squelching legitimate debate. They don’t act individually, they act in lock step as if all controlled from one deceitful and cunning entity that truly hates America and runs the organization like an organized crime family.

    August 5, 2011 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  23. Positive

    All he'll hear from the Republicans/Teas is the same failed Trickle Down – cut taxes, end regulations. They are a one trick pony and sadly, the trick is on the American people who believe it.

    August 5, 2011 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  24. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    @Four and some more
    So many people wait until unemployment runs out before they seriously start making an effort to look for a job, extending the unemployment just works against the stated intent here.
    Nothing could be further form the truth ESPECIALLY during these economic times.
    You are talking as if jobs abounded and people who have families to support, and bills to pay can afford the luxury of waiting for unemployment benefits to run out and then hit the bricks looking for not only employment but GAINFUL employment.
    I read your posts along with Democrats Class Warfare, and others of your ilk and it appears to me that they are not intended to be factual so much as to shock and disparage. I guess negative attention beats no attention at all.

    August 5, 2011 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |

    So Obama has no new ideas, just more of the same that has not worked.
    Obama needs to start listening to what the private sector is saying. Obama is out of sync with the real world where jobs really come from, the private sector.
    This is from a new report today from the National Federation of Independent Business.
    John Kabateck, NFIB's California executive director says he doesn't expect things to get better in the near future amid the current business climate. "Well what we hear from small businesses everyday is that they're overtaxed, they're over regulated, and they're overwhelmed by a government that keeps getting in the way of their ability to grow," Kabateck says.
    Obama and his policies it the problem. Obama needs to get the Federal government to get rid of regulations that are choking the private business sector and get the government out of the way. This is what Republicans have been saying needs to be done for a long time now. But Obama will not listen. Obama loves government and hates business.

    August 5, 2011 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
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