Different jobs strategies from Obama, GOP
October 1st, 2011
07:43 AM ET
3 years ago

Different jobs strategies from Obama, GOP

(CNN) - Pres. Barack Obama and Republicans squabbled over the best way to create jobs in their weekly addresses Saturday, with the president demanding Congress pass his jobs bill and Republicans insisting regulations be lifted on businesses.

"It's been almost three weeks since I sent the American Jobs Act to Congress – three weeks since I sent them a bill that would put people back to work and put money in people's pockets," Obama said in his address. "This jobs bill is fully paid for. This jobs bill contains the kinds of proposals that Democrats and Republicans have supported in the past. And now I want it back."

Obama presented the $447 billion American Jobs Act on September 8 in a speech to a joint session of Congress. The bill calls for targeted tax cuts, infrastructure spending and new job training assistance, and would be paid for by ending certain tax loopholes.

In their address, Republicans countered that the way to create jobs is to end regulations that they say are preventing businesses from hiring.

"For years, excessive regulations have been a source of frustration for businesses trying to stay afloat," Rep. Morgan Griffith of Virginia said the weekly GOP address. "Now, with our economy struggling and red tape still piling up, these nuisances have become full-blown government barriers to job creation."

Griffith mentioned two specific regulations – on the production of cement and the sale of boilers – she said are impeding businesses from thriving.

"Understand that the investments required by these rules are irreversible," Griffith said. "For those businesses that cannot make these investments, and decide to stop producing their product at a particular location, the job losses are also irreversible. The good news here is, excessive regulations are reversible and fixable."

In his address, Obama spoke specifically to Republicans in Congress who oppose his jobs bill, laying out the benefits and asking how lawmakers could oppose then.

"Are they against putting teachers and police officers and firefighters back on the job?" Obama asked. "Are they against hiring construction workers to rebuild our roads and bridges and schools? Are they against giving tax cuts to virtually every worker and small business in America?"

Griffith made a similar pitch for Republican-sponsored job creation bills, which she called on Obama to consider.

"These bills would save thousands of American jobs, and they are bipartisan. Members of both parties support these ideas right now. President Obama, who has said he's willing to consider stopping excessive regulations, should call on the Democrat-led Senate to follow the House in passing these jobs bills.

In a recent CNN/ORC International Poll, Americans overwhelmingly say condition of the economy is poor, but only 32% say Obama and Democrats are to blame. 52% blame the previous Republican administration.


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soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    So now, the republicans are at least admitting that tax cuts for the wealthy may not be the answer for job creation. They now want an end to those pesky regulations that keep Americans safe. The republicans sound a lot like the Kochs, Big Banks, Wallstreet CEOS, and big oil.

    October 1, 2011 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Frequently, when Americans have a chance to address problems by electing an intelligent candidate, they and the Supreme Court choose the clown. It happened in 2000, and it appears that Americans want to go back to those failed republican policies that trashed our country in 1929, and in 2008.

    October 1, 2011 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  3. Reggie from LA

    Not again!! Not another hostage situation created by the anti-Obama coalition. It's one thing to hate the President, but another to punish America as a result of selfish stupidity. For all who harbor and express ill will and hatred toward Obama, use a few of the brain cells you have and analyze this simple tactic the GOP/TP is using: OBAMA MUST NOT BE SUCCESSFUL. As opposed to: LET'S GET SOME THINGS DONE FOR OUR COUNTRY. Many of you still don't get it do you? Many of you still don't WANT to get it do you?

    October 1, 2011 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    The republican answer to job creation is to make the middle class and the poor people pay more in taxes, so billionaires and slugs like Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity, and Rush Limbaugh get all the tax breaks. If republicans had to share the sacrifice, they might be hesitant at starting wars.

    October 1, 2011 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  5. Rick McDaniel

    On this issue, neither party will be productive, because neither party is addressing the real issue.........the shipping off shore, of American jobs.

    October 1, 2011 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  6. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    My tax rate is 28%, and I would be interested to hear what percentage self made millionaire, terry, va, pays.

    October 1, 2011 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  7. a in austin

    gop wants to deregulate minimum wage laws – watch what you wish for.

    October 1, 2011 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  8. Tom

    Tax cuts haven't done anything for us, let's try something else GOP.

    October 1, 2011 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  9. Capitalism

    This is not a jobs bill it is a tax bill

    October 1, 2011 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  10. Sandy

    The difference between the two plans is that you can see how Obama's plan creates jobs where you don't see jobs being created with Repubs plan. Its not like 0 jobs are being created. Regulations are not stopping thousands of jobs that are being created right now. The only reason more jobs aren't being created isbecause of low demand. People dont have money to buy products and saervices. When are the idiot republicans going to understand this. People need jobs to buy stuff and Obama's plan provides jobs.

    October 1, 2011 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  11. Donkey Party

    More "my way or the highway" from the anti-American GOP-bagger domestic terrorists. Notice how they are also the ones most offended by the extermination of their fellow America hater al-Awlaki.

    October 1, 2011 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  12. T'sah from Virginia

    ►Pres. Barack Obama and Republicans squabbled over the best way to create jobs in their weekly addresses Saturday, with the president demanding Congress pass his jobs bill and Republicans insisting regulations be lifted on businesses.◄

    NOT every business is "regulated." So where are the JOBS? Griffith mentions two regulations – making cement and selling boilers but she leaves out – HOW are they affected??? Regardless of all that, fixing our infrastructure would produce more cement – PERIOD!! As far as selling BOILERS, are the regulations part of them being SAFE?

    No matter what the Republicans propose to create jobs, it is a "LONG-TERM" argumentative solution because it involves "changing" laws. We need a fix NOW and cannot wait for Congress to argue about how laws should be "changed" in order to create JOBS. Furthermore, the Republicans plan is NOT guaranteed; when there were NO so-called regulations, there still were NO JOBS!!

    Obama/Biden 2012!!

    October 1, 2011 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  13. LegendRx

    Get it done, and get America back to work. Period. Put the Republican leadership before a firing quad and be done with them, Period.

    October 1, 2011 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  14. diridi

    Obama, only way to survive, Reduce the Corporate Tax to 8 percent, then all Manufacturing comes back. Bring call centers back home, still CITI bank calls are going out of nation, watch out, citi, you lose business. Greed of WellsFargo needs to be watched, it may close its doors pretty soon....o.k,

    October 1, 2011 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  15. Brian

    Regulations, is that the best you got?

    October 1, 2011 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  16. maf

    The GOP can only hold things up for another six months or so, by then the election machine will be full throttle. They will soon find that their obstructionist, gridlock strategy turns off more voters than they impress. The Party of NO is in for a rude awakening come November 2012! Get your resumes in order, especially Boehner, McConnell and Cantor! Where are the JOBS!!!

    October 1, 2011 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  17. lisa2010

    hey you guys in congress, pass something of the jobs bill so people can get back to work... if we're going to wait until 2013, most people will end up living on the streets, and we (as taxpayers) will end up paying more...

    October 1, 2011 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  18. Thirty years of GOP class warfare ~ and here we are.

    It's very simple, even for the dumbed down fox followers –
    The GOPers want more tax subsidies for multi-national corporations and the very wealthy Americans (or foreigners) while they horde their cash and fire American workers, and extensive cuts to govt spending for programs that benefit the working / middle class and small business.
    The Dems want the govt to promote at least some spending in our economy through govt programs that pay workers and small businesses to work.

    October 1, 2011 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  19. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    The basic job creation strategy between Democrats and Republicans is simple. Democrats want to create millions of jobs in the United states, while Republicans want to create millions of jobs in India!

    October 1, 2011 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  20. rob

    "In his address, Obama spoke specifically to Republicans in Congress who oppose his jobs bill....."

    ""It's been almost three weeks since I sent the American Jobs Act to Congress...."

    So Obama is blaming Republicans in the House for holding up his "Jobs Bill"????? Excuse me CNN, but its the DEMOCRATS in the SENATE who won't bring up the bill because they don't have the votes to pass it. Why won't the media and CNN here not give the facts about Obama's political game of sending a bill that he knows won't pass. The media is so transparently backing this guy its stunning.

    Nov. 2012 can't come fast enough.

    October 1, 2011 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  21. Johnson

    I would NEVER EVER vote for another republican EVER again in my life.

    October 1, 2011 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  22. Dave

    I remember during the last campaign, the GOP said that jobs were their highest priority. They said the first thing they would do would be to offer a jobs bill, should they regain the majority in the House. Where is their jobs bill?

    The truth is that their highest priority is to get elected and get rid of Obama. That has always been the case and that's all they care about. They are dragging their feet and they want the economy to remain poor so they can hang it on Obama. This has always been their strategy and an awful lot of idiots bought into it.

    October 1, 2011 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  23. amlcpamaine

    This is just typical foot-dragging by the GOP. They rant about regulations but NEVER draft anything that actually ties their "tax cuts" and "deregulation" to jobs. Not one report has ever proved it and, whenever there's a proposal that actually REQUIRES HIRING they run from it like a bunch of liars caught in the act.

    October 1, 2011 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  24. Bill from GA

    The article ends with : " condition of the economy is poor, but only 32% say Obama and Democrats are to blame. 52% blame the previous Republican administration. "

    The real blame, currently, should go mostly to the repugs in Congress, who block all efforts by our President to create jobs. He has a proven record, by turning the economy around from near collapse, before repugs got the ability to block his efforts with the filibuster in the Senate, followed by repug control of the House.

    October 1, 2011 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  25. george of the jungle

    the repos will continue to argue over this and any other bill the president lays out while people struggle to put food on the table for their families. WHERE ARE ALL THEIR BRIGHT IDEAS!

    October 1, 2011 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
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