Obama, Romney to unveil jobs plans as Congress returns
September 4th, 2011
03:45 PM ET
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Obama, Romney to unveil jobs plans as Congress returns

Washington (CNN) – Sarah Palin's got one. So does Jon Huntsman, while Michele Bachmann is starting to discuss hers in detail. Mitt Romney's going to show his Tuesday, followed by President Barack Obama on Thursday.

With a presidential campaign starting in earnest and fears of a stalled economy growing, the incumbent and many of those vying to beat him in 2012 are coming out with their plans to boost economic growth and job creation.

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  1. HOUSE REPUBLICANS = ZERO JOBS BILLS !!!!!! WERE'S CNN WHEN YOU NEED THEM!

    Now the roaches coming out the woodwork with an "Jobs Plan. Eric Cantor has been House majority leader over 240 days and not one "Jobs Bill". The Republicans are unfit to govern until they get the Tea Party under control.

    September 4, 2011 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  2. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I'm willing to listen to Romney but would expect that it would more of the same GOP junk that hasn't worked in the past. Tax cuts only work if the people who get them spend the money. The problem is that they aren't and haven't spent anything nearly enough to get things moving.

    September 4, 2011 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  3. Mikey

    Is it too much to ask that Romney's plan not simply be cut taxes and eliminate regulations, environmental, and consumer protections. Seems like the GOP vision for America is to make our future look like a bad sci-fi movie.

    September 4, 2011 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  4. Go Perry

    No one will be ready to cut loose and start building business till obama is out...too much fear on what he might do next.

    September 4, 2011 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  5. oldmanron1

    check out the speech that Buddy Roemer gave last thursday. You can read it on c-span. I believe he is the only man that has all the right answers.

    September 4, 2011 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  6. T'sah from Virginia

    Wow – with all of these plans coming from the RIGHT, far-RIGHT, if you merge all of the plans together, it only represents a small “fraction” of the solutions. The ONLY plan that will matter at this point is the one that comes from the Commander in Chief.

    The Jobs Plan-Economy Boost presented by President Obama will be BOLD. He could ignore everyone’s attempt to roadblock him in the past and tell them to their face what he wants to accomplish. I am sure THIS PLAN will be in “writing” and stuck to. In reality, he has more to gain and nothing to lose with whatever he comes up with. His announcement would be DIFFERENT because what we are constantly hearing in the media NOW is all the same. The President would have the right and upper hand in downplaying what the candidates are now presenting as their plan or incorporate some of it because may be some good in it. He will come out looking like the adult in the room!!

    Obama/Biden 2012

    September 4, 2011 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  7. proudmemberofglobalzero

    @ mikey...I agree with you but they are not trying to make a sci-fi movie...they are trying to make us like China. Only educate half the population...wear a re-breather to work...pay our people 30 dollars a week and see where that gets you.

    I will take the Presidents plan every day over more the of same. Tax cuts for 10 years...WHERE ARE THE JOBS?

    September 4, 2011 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    None of these twits , GOP or Dems has any plan other than getting themselves a job – talk, talk , talk, posturing etc. no action- NONE! Pigs at the trough and we keep feeding them !

    September 4, 2011 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  9. Russell Brown

    so now Mr Rommney has a sound plan
    great hope mr Rommney passing that great information on to
    The speaker of the house John Boehner and the Republican /teaparty
    if the plan is so sound hope Mr Rommney passes it over to President obama
    it is amazing what Mr Rommeny can accomplish if he did care who gets
    the credit time to put every able willing american back to work now .

    September 4, 2011 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  10. TEA PARTY Mike

    Missed part of last sentenced in previous post.
    I don't think Obama is going to present a plan that will work. Everything I am hearing that might be part of the plan has already been tried over the last 3 years and failed. NOT BLOCKED BY REPUBLICANS BY THE WAY. If Obama proposes more of the same ideas that have already failed he is in big trouble with more than just Republicans, a majority of voters won't be impressed either. And White House aides now caution that the speech will not be the "be-all and end-all" prescription for the economy. So Obama is going to propose a plan to just sort of fix the economy and create jobs? Or he has a full plan, but he is going to hold some back? I thought this was going to be a plan to create jobs right away, why would he hold part of his plan to do that back?
    I know Obama's progressive base is calling for something big on the order of borrowing hundreds of billions more for another Keynesian spending spree like the first stimulus. Problem with that is no one outside of Obama's base will support that. A majority of voters including independents never wanted the first stimulus passed and it has failed. If you come to town selling snake oil once and it does not work as advertised, it would be flat out stupid to come back to town again and try to sell it all over again. If Obama tries that he should expect to be chased out of town in the 2012 election.
    Whatever Obama proposes, Republicans will go forward with their plan to pass a series of bills to roll back regulations put in place over the last 3 years by Obama and the Democrats. The private business sector is saying these regulations are the biggest factor holding back economic growth and jobs.

    September 4, 2011 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  11. nuff said

    He has a great opportunity Labor Day in Detroit to leak as many things as possible and to even borrow a few ideas from Palin , Romney, Perry etc BEFORE they make their speeches.It is hard to turn down your own idea. Blatant-yes–but effective---a moratorium on implementing his new regs for 5 years would be electrifying!

    September 4, 2011 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  12. lisa2010

    the only difference between Romney's job plan and Obama's one is that the president will submit it to congress after he explains what the job plan.. Romney's plan is all it is, just wishful thinking until any one of them (if they do) get elected as president in2013..nobody who is unemployed will wait until 2013, they want something that will offer to them now... and goes whoes president now of course "Obama"...any plans from these GOP candidates is only that and will not be implemented until 2013 ...nobody is going to wait that long, and only if Congress approve it in 2013..So until Congress can come up with their own plan,(which they haven;t for a while) they together with THIS president might possibly get this country moving before 2013...

    September 4, 2011 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  13. Indy

    TEA PARTY Mike

    I don't think Obama is going to present a plan that will work. Everything I am hearing that might be part of the plan has already been tried over the last 3 years and failed

    How about the 12 year failure of Bush tax cuts that was supposed to create jobs? You probably wouldn't like Obamas plan if it created 30 million jobs in one day it would not be good enough for the Tea Party and Republicans because they want people to remain unemployed and unemployable.
    Who cares what candidates or carnival barkers plans are,I want to hear Obamas plan and the Republicans plan, you know the one that got them elected, they have had enough time now so lets hear it. The rest mean nothing from un elected people we need to hear from the people that can actually put a plan into action and be held accountable for the success or failure of their plans.

    September 4, 2011 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  14. TEA PARTY Mike

    Huntsman released his detail plan already and it has already been applauded by the private business sector where economic growth and jobs really come from. The Huntsman plan pretty much includes most of what House Republicans have already tried to do or will be trying to do in the near future. And I think it is safe to say that the other Republican candidates will reveal plans very similar to Huntsman's. Republicans are pretty unified on what to do for the economy and jobs. Republicans have already passed bills in the House to do some of what is in Huntsman's plan. Republicans have passed a budget that puts the government on a sustainable spending level, passed bills to cut the deficit and passed bills that roll back regulations like Obamacare. All of these bills except the final debt ceiling bill have been killed in the Senate by he Democrats.
    I expect Obama's plan will include some things Republicans support, how much is impossible to tell until the plan is released. Obama did just tell the EPA to back off on some of their new regulations that had been identified by the private business sector as getting in the way of expansion and jobs. But that is only one item on a large list of many regulations, mandates and new taxes passed over the last 3 years. If the EPA regulations are just the first of many more Obama will be willing to roll back, then Republicans will find a lot to like in Obama's new jobs plan. If not, then Republicans say they plan to pass a series of bills in the House to roll back many of the regulations that the private sector says are preventing them from expanding and creating jobs. I would expect Senate Democrats to also kill those bills.

    September 4, 2011 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  15. T'sah from Virginia

    [I don't think Obama is going to present a plan that will work. Everything I am hearing that might be part of the plan has already been tried over the last 3 years and failed.]

    But what about the TAX BREAKS for the RICH that was in effect for the past ten years. It was also extended with a promise from the Republicans that it would create jobs? And in reality, the stimulus did work – it prevented a depression and it saved and stabilized the unemployment growth; it kept teachers employed in our state and it also "saved" my jobs and others.

    Whatever happens, it must all come together. I saw some things in Huntsman plan that I know will work but he does not get the press like he should – Look at the Ticker before this one – "DeMint is is demand"...... What the Hell!!! Really?

    September 4, 2011 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  16. Out of Texas

    Romney can save himself the time and trouble of giving this elaborate unveiling of a so-called jobs plan when it is common knowledge to everyone what it will contain. Reduce growth of government spending, tax cuts for the rich, and deregulation.

    America has been there, done that, bought and wore that t-shirt with the logo reading "voodoo economics".

    September 4, 2011 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  17. nuff said

    Obama can lead by borrowing a few ideas from Palin,Perry, Romney et al and embracing them along with a moratorium for 5 years on any new regs since he was elected -or until unemployment is below 7%., He may anger his own party, in fact may even cause a showdown with Pelosiand Reid that is long overdue to determine who really leads the party.–Now that would get some attention!--and it includes Obamacare

    September 4, 2011 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  18. jebahoula

    The solution to high unemployment is easy but politically nearly impossible.

    High unemployment is due to the Federal government pricing American citizens out of the labor market with a minimum wage law of $7 per hour and welfare for the able bodied of about $5 per hour for staying at home.

    It is now unlawful for any American to work for less than $7 per hour, which is why millions of illegal immigrants come to America and are quickly hired to work illegally for under $7 per hour.

    If minimum wage and welfare for the able bodied were abolished, employers would legally hire Americans to work for under $7 per hour instead of illegal immigrants, who would go back home.

    Employers could hire two American teenagers at $3.50 per hour each, instead of just one at $7 per hour and the U.S. unemployment rate would drop drastically.

    This would reduce the cost of living for everyone and especially help millions of Americans who receive only $500 a month, i.e. $3 per hour, from Social Security.

    Moreover, Social Security and Medicare taxes would then be collected from the legal Americans and their employers, whereas now these taxes are not paid at all by the illegal immigrants and these same employers.

    September 4, 2011 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  19. Douglas Gordon

    From all comments thusfar,has anyone discussed the accomplishments of the past life of each to qualify them for the future common sense reasoning? In so, capable of attracting people to accomplish for self, management, and utilize judgement to make them qualified to lead the country?

    Certainly, President Obama will show his past performance – in a positive manner – along with his past earlier accomplishments, as a Senator. In addition, he organized thousands of Productive and Hard Working workers to fulfill his future program. That was indicated by the vote for President given.

    Personal Message: I would like to see Mitt Romney declare he would run one term only – and team up with Sarah Palin as VP.

    September 4, 2011 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  20. once upon a horse

    so NOW all of a sudden the Republicans are starting to come out with job plans. What freaking took them so long? They won the House in November and have done nothing but try to defund everything they don't like. Perhaps they have finally heard the Amercan people when we asked WHERE IS THE GOP JOBS PLAN?? And also they may have heard the whispers that the GOP really doesn't want the economy to get better while Obama is in office so they are willing to let it get bad by offering little to NO plans to improve it.

    September 4, 2011 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  21. Rick McDaniel

    Obama's plan is no plan. It simply is "if I spend enough money on unemployment benefits, and other spending waste, maybe things will improve before election time."

    September 4, 2011 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  22. Wise1Speak

    ROMNEY GETS A 'B- MINUS' FOR AT LEAST BEING DIFFERENT FROM THE GOP PACK, , , , , BUT, , , , ,

    But again, Romney steals his ideas (i.e. from President Obama) and play politics with peoples' hope to stay relevant.

    (1.) – First Mitt was against the Tea Party, and now he is using the Tea Party.
    (2.) – First Mitt was for government sponsored Health Insurance Coverage, before he was against it.
    (3.) – First Mitt was for Detroit auto bailout and advised President Obama to bailout the American Auto Manufacturers. But when the Tea Party turned against Obama's auto bailout, Mitt followed suit and suddenly turned against Detroit. But when Obama's bailout saved Chrysler and GM and millions of jobs, suddenly Mitt was back on board to claim credit for Detroit's auto bailout.

    September 4, 2011 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  23. Wise1Speak

    ROMNEY GETS A 'B- MINUS' FOR AT LEAST BEING DIFFERENT FROM THE GOP PACK, , , , , BUT, , , , ,

    But again, Romney steals his ideas (i.e. from President Obama) and play politics with peoples' hope to stay relevant.

    (1.) – First Mitt was against the Tea Party, and now he is using the Tea Party.
    (2.) – First Mitt was for government sponsored Health Insurance Coverage, before turning against it.
    (3.) – First Mitt was for Detroit auto bailout and advised President Obama to bailout the American Auto Manufacturers. But when the Tea Party turned against Obama's auto bailout, Mitt followed suit and suddenly he turned against Detroit and the bailout. But when Obama's bailout saved Chrysler and GM and millions of jobs, suddenly Mitt was back on board to claim credit for Detroit's rescue.

    September 4, 2011 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  24. HOUSE REPUBLICANS = ZERO JOBS BILLS !!!!!! WERE'S CNN WHEN YOU NEED THEM!

    The President Obama should make it "loud and clear" that the economy was growing until the "Do nothing" Republican Tea Party came along and killed it. The mass lay off of public workers insured that the unemployment rate remain above 9%. The last quarter of last year had U.S. growing at 3.1%.. The President "Jobs Plan" has to focus on creating higher demands so business can hire, not tax cuts. The greedy business got us in this mess and the American will be the ones to get of out this mess!

    September 4, 2011 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  25. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    @ Go Perry.....
    I love it when you guys talk about so much FEAR out there when it comes to hiring, yet many of these corporations are sitting on RECORD profits...TRILLIONS of dollars in fact and most of it happened so far during Obama's watch. They sure didn't have any FEAR in raking in all that cash did they??

    And isn't strange that now after Obama has said he's coming out with a jobs plan that all these Republicans are starting to finally come out with some as well? What the heck took so long...they've been in office and control of the House since January after the 2010 elections. What the president ought to do is just give his jobs ideas, which of course the Republicans will say NO to, then on top of that let these GOPers give their jobs plans. Then take bits and parts of Romney's Huntsmans' Palin's, Bachmann's and whoever else Republican has a plan and say..."well that sounds good, let's do that". I bet you the rent money then those same Republicans will be AGAINST it even if it is something they created themselves. :)

    September 4, 2011 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
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