American Crossroads targets Obama ahead of jobs speech
September 8th, 2011
06:00 AM ET
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American Crossroads targets Obama ahead of jobs speech

Washington (CNN) - American Crossroads, the independent GOP group founded by Karl Rove and led by former Republican National Committee Chairman Mike Duncan, released an ominous new online video Thursday ahead of President Barack Obama’s highly anticipated jobs speech.

The video - “Job Loss Calendar” - accuses the president of implementing burdensome regulations and taxes that have hampered private sector job creation since he took office in January 2009.

“After more than 30 months of record unemployment, the question arises: How many jobs have Obama’s policies destroyed?” a gravelly-voiced narrator asks.

The three-minute video claims that a series of administration efforts have stalled job creation, including health care reform, a National Labor Relations Board complaint against Boeing and a Justice Department lawsuit blocking a merger between AT&T and T-Mobile.

“With nearly 14 million Americans out of work, the best jobs policy might be to start repealing his own policies,” the video concludes.

Crossroads spokesman Jonathan Collegio called on the president “to get out of the way” and stop over-regulating private business.


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soundoff (168 Responses)
  1. Tom

    American Crossroads, the independent GOP group founded by Karl Rove... I stopped reading right here.

    September 8, 2011 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  2. Ed

    If Americans want jobs and get this country back on track then the only way to do it is vote Obama OUT of office in 2012.

    September 8, 2011 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  3. CEOs United

    What is an independent GOP group?

    September 8, 2011 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  4. Ben

    When has a merger ever not resulted in a net job loss, let alone creating new jobs?

    September 8, 2011 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    "Every president in history has had an opposition party, but they lead the way and solved problems."

    Name one that had the opposition behave in the manner the GOP has behaved for the past 2+ years. Go ahead. We'll wait right here. You can start your Google search by looking up all the records the GOP has set in the past 4 years for filibusters, blind holds, refusals to even hold hearings on appointments, etc.

    September 8, 2011 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  6. GaryB

    This is a complete smokescreen, or it indicates that Republicans have never run a business and no nothing about how corporations work. Corporations will always try to maintain the minimum workforce necessary for the maximum profitability. Due to the unemployment rate, salaried workers are willing to work 50 to 60 hours a week right now for fear of losing their jobs, so corporations are taking advantage of this fact to keep staffing at a minimum and profitability at a maximum. The regulations aren't killing jobs, greed is killing jobs. Government's only option is to either find a way to grow markets (corporations will higher more people if they think the cost is offset by market expansion) or create government funded jobs to compete with private sector jobs.

    September 8, 2011 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  7. cal thomas

    Republicans want to tank the ecomony so they seem like a better alternative. Every major program they have enacted or tried to enact ends up COSTING JOB RATHER THAN GROWING THEM. The Budget Bill 800,000 jobs if it got passed. The Debt Ceiling agreement another 300,000. Every amendment to bills carries job costing proposals.

    If tax cuts lower regulations were the key to unemployment how come Texas with no taxes, and Florida, the other Republican state that controlls both the Gov's office and the legislatures have unemployment rates as high or almost as high as the national average.

    Republicans wouldnt know the truth if it bit them on the ......

    September 8, 2011 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  8. M&M

    I'm SICK of ALL ungrateful Republican. I'm forced to return to school and work on student loans because my husband lost his job (we live off savings we used to pay bills and seek employment- over 400 resumes, 20 interviews and 4 reject over a6 month period). The only saving grace was President Obama's health plan that allowed insurance for my children who require med’s that would be over $1,000.00 a month without insurance. Shame on you Republicans who think we should be a 3rd world country, depending on the aid of other countries to help Americans in need, or better yet a system who only helps the rich get richer and push the poor out of the US to fight for outsource jobs.

    September 8, 2011 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  9. Mark from Louisiana

    Besides Boeing, look at what the obama justice department has done to Gibson Guitars. The most anti American worker administration EVAH!

    September 8, 2011 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  10. Lynne

    Maybe we need a calendar that correlates all of the GOP filibusterers and no votes on things the President has tried to do to create jobs...maybe we need a big old video reminder of one of the GOP leaders saying that their priority was to make sure President Obama was a one term president, not developing jobs like they all ran on. Maybe they should have left my uterus alone and focused on those jobs they promised everyone when they were running for office.

    Remember if a bill doesn't get through the House to the Senate to the President nothing happens....so the questions is "WHERE DID THE BUCK GET STUCK?" The buck got stuck in the House of Representatives....How many jobs bills have they put forth VS bills to do with my Uterus???? I tell ya this much boys and girls, my Uterus is not a job development location

    September 8, 2011 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  11. AlaskaPalin

    Cooperations have 2trillion in offshore banks as they hold the economy hostage waiting for another tax brake from a republican president to repatriate it. Thats how they control capitalist governments. 2trillion dollars will decide who the next president will be, for if we do not vote the cooperate way there will be no private sector job. After all it is taboo for government to create public sector jobs under capitalism.

    September 8, 2011 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  12. Woman In California

    @ DA – You are 100% right. Everything you said is needed and true.

    September 8, 2011 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  13. harbharb

    Attributing to the economic collapse was a lack of regulations against certain business practices. Obama hasn't added enough regulations because the Republicans have obstructed him at every turn. The GOP's only goal is to regain power. Catering to corporations is their ticket back to the White House. They don't care about working people–except to force their religious right morals on them. But even this is only to curry the favor of these voters and potential donors. Keep the GOP out of White House. Vote all of those Republicans out of the House and Senate.

    September 8, 2011 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  14. Jim

    @Matt, stop looking for excuses and using race as the problem. President Bush did not exactly have a cooperative democrat ally in the house or the senate. Obama chose to ignore the GOP for his first two years, he never missed an opportunity to attack businesses, banks, the wealthy or those who disagreed and now that he is forced to build a concensus with the GOP you want to blame racism for his failed policies.

    Tell me, who's fault is it that Obama spent more in three years than Bush did in eight? Who's fault is it that business is wary of Obama? Is it right to start class warfare, telling people that we should essentially hate those more successful than we are? The problem is that rich is relevent, if you have a house and I do not, you my friend are wealthy and the president told me that you should pay more so that I can have a better life.

    I am sorry, but Obama has not stopped campaigning and he has not stepped up and lead this country. Leader solve problems, they do not spend their time crying about what others did.

    September 8, 2011 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  15. Reggie from LA

    So, that Job Loss Calendar is another frail attempt to blame Obama for job losses. They're ignoring the ecomonists charts again. Hmmm. Wonder if they are doing that on purpose to make Obama look bad. Why gee whiz. I reckon they are. Liars.

    September 8, 2011 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  16. Jim

    Those of you complaining about businesses and the wealthy not giving you jobs, well get together with like minded friends and start your own business. Mortgage your homes, throw in your savings take the risk and start a business, then you can hire as many people as you like, pay them the wages "they" think they deserve and allow them to tell you how to run the company, oh and then you do not have to concern yourselves with making a profit. Once you do this, come back and let us know how long your business lasted.

    September 8, 2011 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  17. Woman In California

    @ EddyL

    I feel the same way and posted that accordingly a few days ago. I will NEVER vote for another democrat if they don't give the republican president (God forbid) a dose of what they are giving our president now. End of story. Period.

    September 8, 2011 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  18. Balls McGhee

    yes because we all know the GOP has a great job creation record!!

    September 8, 2011 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
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