Republicans slam president on jobs
August 27th, 2011
06:01 AM ET
3 years ago

Republicans slam president on jobs

(CNN) - In the GOP weekly address, Nevada Sen. Dean Heller blasted President Barack Obama for his economic policies and said the country is still waiting for an effective job-creation plan.

“It is clear that the approach of this administration and its supporters have taken for economic recovery has failed miserably,” Heller said Saturday.

Citing his home of Nevada as the worst-hit state in the recession, Heller blamed rampant spending in Washington, the new health care reform law, and a “seemingly endless stream” of regulations for crippling and killing jobs.

“The American public and businesses alike are waiting on a plan that can plant the seeds of economic growth and bolster job creation,” Heller said.

His remarks come more than a week after Obama announced he would propose a jobs plan soon after Labor Day.

Among suggested solutions for recovery, Heller advocated a balanced budget amendment, more open rules on energy exploration and a repeal of Obama’s sweeping health care reform.

The tax code also needs reform, Heller said, and made simpler for individuals and employers by cutting out “special interest loopholes.”

“The continual threat of tax increases feeds the uncertainty that serves as an impediment to economic growth,” he said.

Heller also called for an end to “scare tactics” employed by members of Congress regarding Medicare and Social Security.

No one wants to end the entitlement programs, he said, but they do need adjustments.

“They will not be around for our generation or the next unless Congress takes the necessary steps to strengthen these programs,” Heller said. “They can be fixed, but the lies have to stop.”


Filed under: Dean Heller • Economy • Jobs • President Obama • Republicans
soundoff (113 Responses)
  1. lynn

    Jobs is what the Republicans ran on in 08, so where are they? Notta, but let's blame Obama, so maybe the voters won't realize how we've bungled our promises.

    August 27, 2011 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  2. Publius Novus

    Sen. Heller is an economic dunce, much like his compatriots on the right. Heller "blamed rampant spending in Washington, the new health care reform law, and a 'seemingly endless stream' of regulations " First, even if there is no "rampant spending in Washingtion." The spending that has been authorized has been carried out in the states, to the benefit of the states, such as Texas. Without "rampant" federal spending, Texas would have an even bigger budget problem than it has. Second, federal spending creates jobs, it doesn't kill them. Third, the health care law hasn't ended or killed a single job. The greatest growth in private sector jobs has been in the healthcare industry. Last, I'd like just one Republican to list for me the "seemingly endless stream of regulations." I haven't actually seen one, let alone an endless stream, or a stream that kills jobs. Put up or shut up.

    August 27, 2011 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  3. DC2003

    Huh? You mean the same tax code that been in place since 2003 and the work force has been shrinking since before that ... that uncertainty?

    And wasn't it the GOP who just campaigned in 2010 so boldly on "JOBS-JOBS-JOBS" ... and have yet to submit one bill aimed at JOBS ... they have purposed several bills that would have effectively killed some JOBS ... but not one single bill to add jobs or aid small business!

    August 27, 2011 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  4. Sean II

    So I ask the Repubs, where is your plan for creating jobs? It takes all branches of gov to solve this problem.

    August 27, 2011 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  5. Donovan

    Bills start in the House. Where's the plan ... REPUBLICANS?!? It doesn't matter what the President does or says ... Bills start in the HOUSE. Republicans control the HOUSE. Republicans ran on job creation in 2010. Where are the jobs ... REPUBLICANS?!?

    Hypocrites.

    August 27, 2011 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  6. jlt

    Why have these liars on when so easily refuted?..Oh, cnn must be working on thei foxlite image!

    August 27, 2011 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  7. John

    The republicans ran last election on creating jobs. Nothing from them but obstruction. The tax cuts for the rich has sure not worked. Now they oppose tax cuts for middle class and poor.

    August 27, 2011 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  8. jersvette

    Same commentary with nothing to back it up. The Republicans have no plans for promoting job growth in this country and their entire focus is to bolster the wealth of the extremely rich at the expense of all other Americans. Never in my life have I seen this level of greed so rampant. When Warren Buffet tells you to stop coddling him with tax breaks and that he is paying 17% income tax rates you attack him. If you have solutions to job creation lets hear them. I am tired of this deceit and extremist mentality.

    August 27, 2011 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  9. James B

    Blah, blah,blah...Republicans are doing everything in their power to bring the US economy to its knees. These Republicans have no intention of reforming Medicare and Social Security, they want to dismantle both programs. Eric Cantor and the Republicans have signed legislation saying as much and both Romney and Perry advocate these positions on the sump. How stupid can Americans be to fall for this stuff. Republicans are bought and sold by corporate interests and are not looking out for the American people. Can anyone identify any piece of legislation proposed or enacted that actually benefits the middle class? Let me save you some time, nothing has been put forward.

    August 27, 2011 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  10. Louisiana Man

    The good, hypocritical, Sen Heller needs some reminding. His cronies in the 2011 house bellowed JOBS< JOBS< JOBS as their rallying cry pre and post election. Almost 9 mos down the line- not ONE job creation bill has been legislated.
    NOT TO MENTION- GWB bestowed ultra generous, unfunded, ten yr tax cuts to his pals that was SUPPOSED to initiate 'job creation.
    So when you start sling your barbs-better yell 'DUCK', cause you man hit a gazillion of your own.

    August 27, 2011 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  11. Natalie in MN

    I am so sick of the GOP whining about tax increases for the wealthy. If you think, compared to a teacher who earns about $40K/year and some less, that $250,000 per year is not wealthy, try living on that salary. And quit the posturing about Obama's jobs proposal when you know damn well it will just get obstructed by our wonderful Congress, who should have their pay and benefits seriously docked since doing such an embarrassingly dismal job since the 2010 election. Shame on you all! The GOP has become a big joke.

    August 27, 2011 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  12. Louisiana Man

    The good, hypocritical, Sen Heller needs some reminding. His cronies in the 2011 house bellowed JOBS< JOBS< JOBS as their rallying cry pre and post election. Almost 9 months down the line- not ONE job creation bill has been legislated.
    NOT TO MENTION- GWB bestowed ultra generous, unfunded, ten yr tax cuts to his pals that was SUPPOSED to initiate 'job creation.
    So when you start sling your barbs-better yell 'DUCK', cause you might hit a gazillion of your own.

    August 27, 2011 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  13. Haap

    Where's the jobs the tax cuts were supposed to create? We've been waiting for those since Reagan. This should have had a headline like Republicans Admit Failure of Tax Cut Plan Look to Obama for Help.

    August 27, 2011 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  14. B

    How many jobs have the republicans created? Job creation is what THEY campaigned on in 2010.

    August 27, 2011 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  15. cardog

    I thought it was as much the job of Congress to propose "Jobs Programs" as it is the President's job to suggest ways to create jobs? Seems to me that all the Teapublicans do is continue with the blame game, all the while doing everything within their power to block ways for the economy to improve, all in the name of defeating this President. Really it's shameful......

    August 27, 2011 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  16. FedUp

    Well, Obama has his priorities. Something happens overseas, that he thinks he can take credit for, and we get an immediate speech. Jobs at home? The economy??? You can wait for September when Congress is back in session, Obama says.

    August 27, 2011 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  17. maf

    Seriously???? Nothing new here, just the next GObP shill in line to spout really old, really bad Party of NO talking points!
    Wow, this is how the Party of NO will become the Party of NOTHING! When many agencies and individuals (CBO, Bernanke,
    Buffett, et al) are spouting that the deficit situation is an equation with two parts – Spending and Revenue, this rhetoric is clearly false. When the Republicans campaigned on jobs and then segued onto ANYTHING else but JOBS, the rhetoric is clearly misguided. When the Republicans have been doing everything in their political power to GRIDLOCK this administration, this rhetoric is divisive, negative and uncalled for.

    Can't wait to hear Huntsman, then Romney and finally the President on their jobs strategy! Too bad the election is still 15 months away. The GObP have only one platform to run on "Cut Spending". Not enough to shift power in two branches of the government and it may be enough to lose them the one controlling interest that they have now.

    August 27, 2011 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  18. Mike, Albany

    Yes, Mr. Heller, the republican lies do need to stop.

    August 27, 2011 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  19. John/kc

    The pundits never seem to blame free trade for our jobs problems. When you allow a corporation to off shore millions of American jobs to a third world country for cheap slave labor, then import those very same products back into the USA with no import duties, making those corporations huge profits, then you deserve what you get, which is no jobs left in this country.

    August 27, 2011 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  20. FactCheck

    There were 300 bills that were written by the House Democrats during the last Congressional session. Every single one of them was vetoed by the Republicans. That pretty much sums up their position on everything. Good luck trying to parlay that strategy into votes in Nov 2012. By the way, you may want to ask John Kerry how that strategy worked out for him back in 2004.

    August 27, 2011 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  21. Len

    The American people did not vote in 2010. We allowed 25% of the population control America. We have no one to blame but ourselves. The GOP and Tea Party pulled the wool over our eyes and we fell for their hate and lies. Wake up folks and pay attention to who you vote for in 2012. The GOP and Tea Party are destroying this country! Wake up!!!!

    August 27, 2011 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  22. w l jones

    State right red state do not need Feb. help where your jobs ???!!!

    August 27, 2011 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  23. MICKY

    Not sure why this guy feels the need to blame it all on Obama! With the congress he has had since 2010, its a wonder we have any jobs at all. Also, the Republican ran on the lie that they would create jobs! Where are those jobs? You see, its a sick government we have that needs to be relieved of its duties. That is true during the Bush era as well as now. Obama may not be able to accomplish much of anything. I guess we will see who the true Americans are in the next debt debate! God help us all! (I am not affiliated with any sorry organized religion so before you get nasty, think about it).

    August 27, 2011 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  24. Phil Barger

    I have a great idea let give more money to the big corporations, continue to block everything that the President tries to do, and see how much money we can get for our own pockets from unnamed sources, all the while trying to keep our zippers up,,, Ain't it great being a Republican!!!!

    August 27, 2011 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  25. Debbie

    LOL 2010 Elections GOP ran on the promise of JOBS. 2001, 2003 Bush JOBS Bills (AKA Bush Tax Cuts) and what has the GOP produced on JOBS? ZIP! GOP shouldn't throw stones. 3 suggestions: 1. Stop all private campaign funding and finance by public taxes only. (We will pay for what we get vs we will avoid what private $$ can buy) 2. Pay Congress the same as an Army Private, same health care and housing. 3. Have an American French Revolution!

    August 27, 2011 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
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