GOP gov doesn't exactly 'back' jobs plan
September 9th, 2011
01:14 PM ET
3 years ago

GOP gov doesn't exactly 'back' jobs plan

(CNN) - The White House press operation was hard at work following the president’s speech last night, sending out rapid-fire emails filled with endorsements of the president’s new jobs plan. Support came from all corners, everyone from California Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer and St. Louis’ Democratic Mayor Francis Slay to the United Steelworkers union and the BlueGreen Alliance. More than 40 emails in all were sent by the White House between the time the president finished his speech at 7:40 p.m. and midnight last night.

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Filed under: Jobs • Michigan • President Obama • Republicans
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  1. John, PA

    Wow; 40 plus emails from Democrats. Another useless speech from the teleprompter president and the Stock Market tanks on Friday in the wake of a speech. Guess what Obama said was not what Wall Street and the American people wanted – cut spending and reform government to get the American economy going.

    September 9, 2011 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  2. Bill NY

    If this president turned water into wine the GOP would say they preferred champagne.

    September 9, 2011 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  3. Name king

    Of course repugs won't be on board, because if the economy gets better their likelihood of taking over the government is drastically reduced. So they're going to do every thing in their power not to hire folks.

    September 9, 2011 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    Mountains. Molehills. Thank you contemporary "journalism."

    September 9, 2011 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  5. Hammerer

    Apparently Wall Street did not like Obama's speech, the market has dropped like a rock. But all we will get from the media is that did not cause the drop.
    Never is Obama's fault. Must be the Tea Party.
    You know they oppose Obama and try to make him look bad.

    September 9, 2011 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Hmmph. Someone must not have finished their first cup of coffee before sending out the first email. Too bad the Governer cannot at least acknowledge that President Obama has saved Michigan from even more crippling job losses in the auto industry than what they have experienced.

    September 9, 2011 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  7. vic , nashville ,tn

    In 2010 issue # 1 was Jobs republicans took control of many states, State legislatures and governors pass unpopular bills after 9 moths into the office there is no improvement on unemployment and their approval rates worst than Obama’s
    Now they have to face the next election so what ever federal government gives they will take it

    September 9, 2011 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  8. once upon a horse

    since when is a Republican NOT backing a bill or program by President Obama news? They've been doing this since January 18, 2009.

    September 9, 2011 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  9. gt

    wow.. barbara boxer ....thats a real surprise ....and st louis mayor...sounds like a bunch of self promoting propaganda..

    September 9, 2011 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  10. Debbie

    Here's how I see it in the jobs game. Obama zero and GOP zero. The mess clearly stems from Bush. Obama's leadership did nothing to garner GOP votes to fix the mess. In 2010 GOP ran on jobs. So the score as it stands now is Obama 0 GOP 0. At this point the GOP has an opportunity to show they are more than dither and whine they can produce action. 2012 is too far away to continue the GOP plan on doing the same thing they have since 2008 because in the next 18 mo the USA will either fall or revolt. The ball is in the GOP court and it will be interesting to see if they actually take action or not. If yes then great. If more of the same then I see an American style French Revolution coming and the 3rd Estate (the people with beating hearts not the corporate kind) will revolt and storm the American Bastille...Congress.

    September 9, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  11. Voice of Reason

    Another hard-hitting news story – ripped straight from the political fray...

    Some governor of some state in the midwest is thought to maybe support some aspects of the President's plan, but may oppose some other parts, too.

    Slow news day, CNN ?

    September 9, 2011 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  12. TEA PARTY Mike

    Obama is a master trickster and deceiver.
    He says in his speech that Republicans have supported everything in his plan in the past, so they should again. This is short sited and shows limited thinking and a lack of ability to adjust to environment. But most likely it is just a political stunt to make Republicans look bad if they should object to any part of the plan.
    First of all, I don't think Republicans ever supported a bailout of the states. Sounds like Obama wants to give more money to the states to save government public union jobs. I don't think there was ever much Republican support for that.
    Second there are many reasons why things Republicans may have supported in the past should not be supported now.
    1) Conditions in the economy have changed, what may have worked in the past may not work in the present environment.
    2) The size of the deficit. Obama has added 4 trillion to the total debt. What may have been affordable in the past may not be now. Even paying for it with long term deficit reduction which is the way Obama looks to be heading may be a bad idea. Because the total debt is so much higher and still growing, any long term deficit reduction needs to be used to reduce the deficits, not pay for new spending. To use it for new spending means less deficit reduction can be realized. So in fact it is really not paid for, it actually will increase the debt. If 400 billion were to be shifted from the current budget to pay for this, that would be different because that would not increase spending, just shift it.
    3) The total cost may be too much. Some things may have to be cut out in order to bring the cost down to what is affordable.
    4) Something tired in the past may not have worked or worked as well as expected. It does not merit trying again.
    5) Obama and the Democrats have put a roadblock in front of the private business sector in the form of a mountain of new regulations and mandates passed over the last 3 years. Stimulus that would have worked before Obama and the Democrats did that will not work now unless government removes the roadblock.

    But Obama can not think critically, only politically. The speech was all about getting re-elected, not about creating jobs. Everything in Obama's plan has already been tried. Some of it does merit being done again as part of a plan that includes new things that need to be done in light of the fact that the environment has changed since the first stimulus 3 years ago. But Obama is more interested in getting re-elected than putting together a plan that will work.

    September 9, 2011 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  13. dan justice

    I think 85 to 90% of the American people have no idea of what their voting on do to all the politiacla rederic that the ordinary voter can not understand. in a nut shell its all pure unaduterated jargin. the government only tells the people what they want then to know. i am 62 years old. tell the people why we are not using the Green River Formation for energy prices to come way down by refining this resource and bring everything down in price. oh thats to simple.

    September 9, 2011 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  14. Squigman

    Human speed bump speaks. Film at eleven.

    September 9, 2011 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  15. Larry L

    This is a test for the Republicans to see if they even the slightest bit of concern for Americans other than the rich. They have3 blocked every initiative for two and 1/2 years in an all-out effort to discredit the President. They caused the drop in America's bond rating and refuse to compromise at any level – even if it's killing the middle class. This is a test and should they fail once more we need to work to bring an end to this elitist group of corporate prostitutes.

    September 9, 2011 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  16. Woman In California

    GOP gov doesn't exactly 'back' jobs plan

    Now that's something you don't see everyday.

    September 9, 2011 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |