Obama renews push for 'common-sense' job creation plan
September 12th, 2011
06:20 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama renews push for 'common-sense' job creation plan

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama stepped up the push for his $447 billion job creation plan Monday, calling it a "common-sense" blueprint for economic recovery at risk of being blocked by short-term political calculations.

"This is a bill that will put people back to work all across the country," Obama told a crowd of teachers, veterans, small-business owners and others at the White House. "This is a bill that will help our economy in a moment of national crisis. This is a bill that is based on ideas from both Democrats and Republicans, and this is the bill that Congress needs to pass."

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  1. Rudy NYC

    President Barack Obama renewed the push for his $447 billion jobs plan Monday, calling it "a bill that will put people back to work all across the country."
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    Actually, President Obama called it "insurance against a double dip recession." "Insurance" is the critical word and concept that he will be pushing, not the opening sentence in this article.

    September 12, 2011 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  2. California Conservative

    2009 – "Shovel ready jobs" = FAILED
    2010 – Jobs, Jobs, Jobs = FAILED
    2011 Summer of recovery = FAILED

    Three strikes YOU'RE OUT OBAMA.
    The proven failed policies of this administration is simply PATHETIC.

    September 12, 2011 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  3. SuperD

    I just want CNN to verify, if this bill passes. We want to know that these funds didn't go straight to Unions and the Democrat political base like the previous stimulus. CNN Follow the Money!

    September 12, 2011 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  4. Four and The Door

    We don't need a spender, we need a manager. But Obama does not have time to learn how to manage our way out of this mess and he is doing the only thing he knows. Throwing money at the problem. Everything we have seen in the last 2 1/2 years is consistent in telling us this does not work.

    The Republicans in congress need to send back an emphatic no to this fruitless approach. That's what we voted you in for in 2010 and that's what we will vote for in 2012. We will elect someone with a capability to manage the government in 2012. Until then, the mandate is to control federal government spending. Give America a real chance at recovery.

    September 12, 2011 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  5. Tired of the nonsense

    Put us back to work, Mr. President. :)

    September 12, 2011 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  6. Marcus

    Four and the Door
    'The Republicans in congress need to send back an emphatic no to this fruitless approach. That's what we voted you in for in 2010 and that's what we will vote for in 2012. We will elect someone with a capability to manage the government in 2012. Until then, the mandate is to control federal government spending. Give America a real chance at recovery.'

    So basically you're saying that the opposition's ONLY job is to say 'no' to whatever the POTUS comes up with without regards to whatever merit the idea has because that's what they have been voted for?
    That's not opposition, that's stupidity at work.

    September 12, 2011 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  7. AmericanDoc

    CNN used to be a liberal sounding board. Not so much anymore. I'm happy to see that people are finally listening to what obama is saying and not just mindlessly fawning over him like some kind of undeserved hero. He was voted in as the anti-Bush and never had the credentials or ideas to even manage a McDonalds. I see so many New Yorkers and other Americans so upset about 9/11. And yet they vote a man into top office whose name is a combination of two of our worst enemies. Irony? You keep your political correctness in your own house. As for mine, we will protect this great land and do our best to clean up the mistakes and prevent them from happening again. Bottom line, conservatives have more children, are better armed, and have a higher authority than themselves to answer to. Obama was the best shot in the arm ever to wake us up. "Lets Roll!"

    September 12, 2011 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  8. Rudy NYC

    Four wrote:
    The Republicans in congress need to send back an emphatic no to this fruitless approach. That's what we voted you in for in 2010 and that's what we will vote for in 2012.
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    I see. So, what you really wanted for America was to cut public sector jobs, and to raise taxes on the middle class by eliminating the payroll tax cut. I thought Republicans had ran on creating jobs.

    President Obama had called the summer of 2010, the summer of recovery. Republicans spent the whole spring, summer, and fall deriding the lack of record breaking jobs growth, all the while declaring that they alone knew how to and would create jobs. All Republicans have done is cut and kill public sector jobs; teacheres, firemen, police officers, sanitation workers. Curiosly enought, those same politicians voted to give themselves raises in most areas.

    September 12, 2011 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  9. Four and The Door

    Marcus
    ...So basically you're saying that the opposition's ONLY job is to say 'no' to whatever the POTUS comes up with without regards to whatever merit the idea has because that's what they have been voted for?
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    Not at all. If President Obama comes up with any new ideas, I say hear them out. But I don't hear any and he apparently has lost the objective to deal with the downgraded debt and has decided that on his way out he will drive it up as much as the congress will let him.
    The Republicans in congress know why they are there. To get control of our nation's financial footing. This is what the government can do to help the economy grow and this is where unemployment will come down long term. Not from extending unemployment benefits and buying votes.

    September 12, 2011 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  10. terry,va

    After 2 and 1/2 years Obummie the fool finally has something on paper about jobs. I'm glad. I just ran out of toliet paper.

    September 12, 2011 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  11. Doug in NYC

    @ Four and The Door, President Obama loaded this bill with Republican proposals, so basically you're calling on the Republicans to vote against thier own ideas. I do agree however these Republican ideas of tax cuts have been tried for 30+ years, Reagan, Bush 1 and Bush 2 and failed misreably. It was under a Democratic President, remember President Clinton, that included Tax increases, where record breaking job creation was. Hmmmmmm

    September 12, 2011 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    "Not at all. If President Obama comes up with any new ideas, I say hear them out."

    No you don't. Quite simply, every single post you've made about Obama's newest jobs proposal has 100% ignored what expert economists are saying about it. You really shouldn't bother trying to pretend as though you're objective or that you pay attention to facts, expert opinions, evidence, historical record. You, as so many others on the right and who opst here constantly claiming that the first stimulus package failed, despite the objective numerical, mathematical evidence that it actually did not fail, have made your conclusions and you're going to stick to them...and no matter what anyone says or what evidence they place before you that contradicts those pre-conceived conservative tinfoil hat conclusions, you're going to ignore them and cherry pick and mischaracterize them and feed your confirmation bias. The simple fact is, contemporary conservatism has been reduced to ideology adamantly operating in a fact vacuum.

    September 12, 2011 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  13. SecedingfromTexas

    "....conservatives have more children, are better armed, and have a higher authority than themselves to answer to."
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    If you are saying that you are going to send your children out, armed with weapons, ready to do whatever, you
    had better have your answers ready for the "higher authority" all of us will answer to. And, if you are saying
    that all Americans do not grieve for the people lost on 9-11, you are living in your own little world of contempt for
    your fellow human beings, which is another reason you had better have your "answers" ready. And, you say "keep
    your political correctness in your own house", I will ask that you keep your hate in your own heart, we don't
    need to hear it.

    September 12, 2011 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  14. Voice of Reason

    Finally SOMEONE is focused on jobs! But the problem here is that the bill will require the GOP dolts in the house to see past the ends of their collective noses, and actually do something right. Instead, they'll paint it with some idiotic 'big government' brush, and all the Tea-Partyers will freak out, and they'll vote NO NO NO. They'll cling to their 'principles' like marines defending the last pillbox at the top of the hill – not because this really violates anything dictated by their moral compass, but simply because this president wants it, and says it is important. That's all it takes for these TPers to go into 'obstructionist mode'.

    September 12, 2011 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    "To get control of our nation's financial footing. This is what the government can do to help the economy grow and this is where unemployment will come down long term. Not from extending unemployment benefits and buying votes."

    BTW, sweetcheeks, two things here:

    1. In case you hadn't noticed, the GOP is slowly growing less and less comfortable claiming that fixing the deficit and debt problems will somehow, through some unexplained and magical unicron fart mechanism of interaction with the economy, fix all the economic issues, get rid of unemployment, create jobs and innovation and spur economic growth. It's talking opint word salad that's not really supported by top economists and they know it...and the public is starting to figure it out as well.

    2. "Buying votes" – All you reveal when you characterize government measures that are proven to be helpful as "buying votes" is that the GOP is opposing Obama and the Dems doing it purely for partisan electoral political reasons, and that they'd have no problem enacting those things if it was possible for them to take all the credit...but that's not possible, so they won't support it. Conservatives reveal the same thing whenever they rant their silliness about how "Dems just want to make the immigration system more sane and acknowledge that illegal immigrants who are here need a sane path to citizenship because all those Mexicans and 'others' who they give citizenship vote for Dems." Pish posh poppycock. "We're scared that fixing things and helping people will benefit the other party" IS NOT AN EXCUSE FOR FAILING TO GOVERN RESOPNSIBLY.

    September 12, 2011 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  16. TEA PARTY Mike

    Obama's rhetoric is really amazing, just when I think he can't get more outrageous, he takes it to a new high.
    He says the only thing stopping this bill is politics. Really, Obama's version of the bill won't even be sent to Congress until sometime today. There has been no attempt to stop it, it has not even been written yet. And Republicans leaders have stated repeatedly they believe a compromise can be reached.
    And does Obama really believe that someone with an approval rating of 26% on the economy and jobs and whose first stimulus failed to deliver as promised can dictate to anyone what must be done? Does Obama really believe a majority of voters want a stimulus two which is really just a repeat of the failed first stimulus? Obama is dictating that his plan be passed right away without even knowing if a majority of voters support it.
    Does Obama really believe he can dictate his plan to Republicans in Congress and dictate they pass it right away as is? Does Obama really believe Republicans will do that? Does Obama really think Republicans are going to pass his bill without knowing how Obama is going to dictate it be paid for? And does Obama really think Republicans are going to pass a new stimulus bill before they even know if it is supported by a majority of voters? Maybe so, Obama/Pelosi/Reid did not care that a majority of voters did not want the first stimulus or Obamacare or Cap and Trade or the auto bailouts and they did it anyway.
    Obama says the American people want the Republicans and Democrats to work together. And then he dictates a bill to Republicans and dictates they must pass it right away. So which is it Obama? Are you going to just dicate what you want and not compromise or are you going to do what you say the American people want and work with Republicans on a compromise? The Republicans are saying they are ready to compromise, when will the American people hear Obama is?

    September 12, 2011 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  17. Marcus

    Four and The Door – 'If President Obama comes up with any new ideas, I say hear them out.'
    Fool me once...
    Lame puns aside, do you realize that this answer of yours goes against the message in your previous post?
    The opposition has failed to come up with a single 'job bill' of their own. They say that the ones brought up by the POTUS and his party are: bad, very bad and worst... BUT what is their alternative?
    Tax cuts?
    Like it worked during GWB's presidency (check the facts before going against this statement please)...
    Point is that the (R) folks in Washington, DC, have yet to come up with ONE SINGLE idea as to how to handle with the major concern in the US today (that's JOBS in case you don't know it). Specially those who were voted in promising that they would have it (JOBS!!!) as their main concern as soon as they were sworn in...
    When they come up with a new idea they would be, at the very least, doing what the opposition is supposed to do: propose an alternative to any idea they are against to.

    September 12, 2011 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  18. Four and The Door

    Doug in NYC
    @ Four and The Door, President Obama loaded this bill with Republican proposals, so basically you're calling on the Republicans to vote against thier own ideas. I do agree however these Republican ideas of tax cuts have been tried for 30+ years, Reagan, Bush 1 and Bush 2 and failed misreably.
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    ...except for Reagan's sharp tax cuts which resulted in 17 years of great economic expansion and employment growth.

    September 12, 2011 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  19. Woman In California

    Everyone knows by now the (R)s are not serious about putting middle class people back to work. This was confirmed during the debt ceiling hostage crisis. They only care about hurting you and "sticking it to you." Using the words "common sense" push them away even further. Maybe when these angry disgusting people finally realize they are only hurting themselves – then and only then will they work with you. The way I see it – this will just be another bill that goes nowhere sadly. After all, winning the House back means much more than human suffering right?

    September 12, 2011 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  20. California Conservative

    Obama and the Dems had two years under complete democratic control of D.C. to do something about jobs and history has proven they failed and all this while they said jobs was #1.

    September 12, 2011 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  21. Sniffit

    "There has been no attempt to stop it, "

    Right...nobody's attempting to stop it...uh huh...except for the pre-emptive warnings that the proposal is DOA, the ramped up pre-emptive misinformation and criticism campaign that the GOP engaged in prior to the President's speech, and a letter sent from Boehner to the President on behalf of the GOPers in Congress begging him to send the bill to them piecemeal so they could avoid any compromise whatsoever and enact only those parts that the GOP likes (i.e., really just the tax cuts) and screw the Dems out of having any chance of getting the portions of the bill that the Dems like (i.e., unemployment insurance, infrastructure programs, things that would put construction and teachers to work...pretty much anything not tax cuts or that would increase unionized employment).

    September 12, 2011 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  22. Tired of the nonsense

    Common sense is something the GOP is not burdened with. Look how many times they block Democratic bills JUST because they're from Democrats? How many chances to rebuild this country after the GOP gutted it has been lost due to the fact that the GOP just wants to stop the opposition in order to bring the country to a screeching standstill?

    September 12, 2011 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  23. The Elephant in The Room

    Total debt in the US [Government,Corporate & Household] is 375% of GDP. Reagan faced a total debt load of 175% of GDP coming out of the 1981 recession.

    Demand creates jobs and our collective capacity to create DEMAND is constrained. It is foolish to expect this recovery to occur as quickly and robustly as has historically be the case.

    These measures will help push things in the right direction – as the $787B Stimulus bill did.

    With 14 million out of work and unemployment rate @ 9.2%, to cut it in half through infrastructure projects that employ people for 4 years would take $2.8 TRILLION for labor expenses alone. Cement, rebar, etc. would be extra.

    Close the damn loopholes, raise the damn marginal tax rate on the affluent and get cracking. Only the government has the capacity to spend like this right now. The San Diego blackout proves we have urgent infrastruture needs.

    September 12, 2011 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  24. Voice of Reason

    He can push all he wants. The fact is that the Tea Party wont listen. They are not interested in answers to a problem – they simply want abject adherence to their narrow-minded view of 'how things should be...'

    Sorry, Mr. President – but good luck getting THAT crowd to try ANYTHING. Every member of the house GOP/TP caucus seems to have had 'My way or the highway' tattooed on the inside of their eyelids.

    September 12, 2011 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  25. Four and The Door

    Tired of the nonsense
    Common sense is something the GOP is not burdened with. Look how many times they block Democratic bills JUST because they're from Democrats?
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    Uh...not once! Do you think the objection has anything to do with the fact that it costs $450 billion when the mandate from American voters in 2010 was very clearly to cut government spending?!?! The only thing the Republicans are trying to hold up is the continued complete decent into a hole of debt that our country will have little chance to ever climb out of.

    September 12, 2011 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
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