GOP lauds pro-trade proposals, ignores Obama's pitch for jobs bill
October 8th, 2011
06:00 AM ET
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GOP lauds pro-trade proposals, ignores Obama's pitch for jobs bill

Washington (CNN) – This week's radio spokesperson for the Republican Party said he is "glad to see that President Obama finally" did something to his liking.

South Dakota Sen. John Thune during the weekly Republican address on Saturday expressed relief that President Barack Obama took action on some pro-trade fiscal recommendations he said GOP politicians sent the White House nearly three years ago in an effort to revitalize the economy.

"I was glad to see that President Obama finally submitted the trade deals to Congress, after letting them sit on his desk for almost 1,000 days," Thune said.

"We can finally implement the free trade agreements we've negotiated with Panama, Colombia and South Korea," he said, referring to a set of global trade deals he says would take advantage of the "95 percent of the world's consumers [who] live outside the United States."

"Washington should be doing all it can to lower trade barriers and help Americans sell more of our products to those customers," Thune said.

Obama in his weekly address on Saturday spoke highly of his own jobs plan to "put more people to work and put more money in the pockets of working Americans."

In his last sales pitch before the Senate convenes for a vote on the America Jobs Act next week, Obama rallied the upper chamber of Congress to pass his fiscal legislation, which he said would "help guard against another downturn here in America."

"This isn't just my belief. This is what independent economists have said," Obama said.

"Independent experts who do this for a living have said that this jobs bill will have a significant effect for our economy and middle-class families all across America."

Obama's $447 billion jobs plan includes a series of targeted tax cuts, infrastructure spending, and new job training assistance. The White House and Senate Democrats this week reached an agreement on a 5.6% "millionaire's" tax hike that would pay for the plan.

While never specifically referencing the jobs bill, Thune said "President Obama's policies are damaging our economy, and his proposed solutions are not serious."

Instead Thune focused on his party's global business endeavors, saying the GOP's proposed trade deals will "boost U.S. exports by more than $12 billion," thereby resulting in tens of thousands of new jobs.

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  1. lgny

    "We can finally implement the free trade agreements we've negotiated with Panama, Colombia and South Korea," he said, referring to a set of global trade deals he says would take advantage of the "95 percent of the world's consumers [who] live outside the United States."

    How do those three nations add up to 95% of anything?!!!

    October 8, 2011 07:21 am at 7:21 am |
  2. Clwyd

    Yup! Help the business and corporate world that will profit from foreign trade agreements, but the heck with the American workers! Greedy thug profiteering republicans!

    October 8, 2011 07:21 am at 7:21 am |
  3. 4merRepubCT

    How is global trade going to fix our dilapidated bridges and schools? How will that put more police, firefighters and health care workers into jobs? Demand for products and services is what creates jobs. As long as Americans don't have money to spend, there will be no demand. It's time to do something for the "demand creators," those who spend what they earn, not sit on it.

    October 8, 2011 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  4. Ted van Tol

    Politics! It is unbelievable.
    Bipartisanism has failed so Barack Obama must play it hard on the Republicans.
    What America need is a American Spring!
    Americans, come out of your houses and "move that bus"! Time is now!
    The alternative is a President who realy(?) means that America is created by God
    to lead the world! (Romney). What means keep the poor poor and the rich rich. Start wars all around the world
    to spend the money we need for a strong and green economy with decent social securities and support for countrys
    who want to do the same.
    So Barack, time for partisanism are over, show them your muscels, put fire in your speeches again and go for it.
    Then you wil have your second term and become the best President ever!

    Ted van Tol
    The Netherlands

    October 8, 2011 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  5. Johnson

    Obama is being attacked from three side's, right in the GOP think tank playbook. He is being attacked by the media, the republican congress while other republicans campaign for his job. They are going to do whatever possible to mislead the public about him. Propaganda worked in Germany and it is proven to work here in America. How stupid we are as a people to allow ourselves to be fooled so much.

    October 8, 2011 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  6. Victoria

    Glad to see atleast one thing got done. But trade deals are not enough and Until these repubs stop talking about deregulation, more tax cuts for the corporations and millionaires and all of the same old stale bs that got us into this financial mess in the 1st place then I cant take them seriously. What about the people? Barack is fighting for tax cuts to middle class, tax increase to corporations, for teachers, unions, veterans, for education, for infrastructure... THESE things ARE productive. Tax cuts to your rich friends is not. Take your pick in 2012. A leader for us the people, or a leader for corporations only to leave us with no middle class, terrible pollution, bad education and it wont matter if you have a job beacuse the road you drive to get there will be crumbled. Obama 2012

    October 8, 2011 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  7. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I am glad that one republican senator is glad Obama did something to his liking. Now if we could get the worthless republicans to do something to our country's liking, maybe the GOP approval rating would skyrocket to 13%.

    October 8, 2011 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  8. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    As for the jobs bill, independent economists say that it will create almost 2 million jobs. But the party of Fox, Limbaugh, and idiots don't care. Republicans know that If the jobs bill passed, Americans would abandon their party of hate.

    October 8, 2011 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  9. Four and The Door

    The "Jobs" bill is vintage Obama. Huge spending with what little it actually may do for jobs focused on short term employment. Nothing that indicates justification for going into debt by another $450 billion.

    October 8, 2011 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  10. Realitybites

    3 years ago eh? Seems convenient you placed it after Bush was gone and we were in the dumper economically. You have no credibility 'Skeletor boy'?

    October 8, 2011 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  11. WiredweirdinSF

    I see where the corrupt House Minority Leader has shown her (as well as all democrt liberal) hypocrisy. After demeaning, demonizing and name calling those of us who are TEA party supporters (the 53% of hard working, Americans who actually pay taxes) she praises the the current Occupy Wall Street movement who can't clean up after themselves. Remember the recession started after she and the rest of the corrupt union toadies became the majority in Congress and passed all of these laws that destroyed the economy.

    October 8, 2011 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  12. diridi

    This Nation needs "Manufacturing Sector" very desperately. To do this, nation needs Jobs Bill. We have already sent our jobs to India, China, Korea, Philippines., etc, These Jobs, be they manufacturing, or call-centers, need to come back. Yes, we need to have Trade Deals too. We also need to have Best Negotiations. Look, Oil, is way up. We need First and foremost, Oil Independence, Energy Efficiency, Ford is sending Manufacturing units to "GUJARAT". I strongly urge, not to buy Ford. If you buy it, you are indirectly encouraging Ford to move its Manufacturing sector out of this nation. Which is wrong. So, do not buy made in Foreign Land. Buy always, Made in USA. Do it for this Christmas, by next festival, we will be flooded with Made In USA products, and lot of Jobs. Problem solved. It is in your hands. God bless. God bless does not mean that crazy Jeffrey, idiot stuff. I am not even going to those idiotic Congregational places. Do not give a dime to those crazy places. You know, Texas, Paster told crazy stuff....

    October 8, 2011 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  13. jacksays

    "Thune said 'President Obama's policies are damaging our economy...' "

    Obama's been in there three years. The economy has been damaged a lot longer than three years. Gimme a break, Thune.

    October 8, 2011 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  14. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared class war on US!

    Given how badly the US has fared with these deals, including the jobs lost and wages reduced, I seriously doubt the numbers Thune is tossing around. These trade agreements are destroying America and both parties are to blame. Perot was right about them, and it's a shame people still aren't paying attention to the fact his prediction regarding job losses was correct.

    October 8, 2011 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  15. gg

    the only thing republicans are for is free trade that creates jobs in other countries

    October 8, 2011 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  16. jane

    Bye Bye GOP...... Your time is up in 2012

    October 8, 2011 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  17. Teresa

    Too bad Thune didn't note in his speech how much those trade agreements changed in the past 1000 days. As usual the GOP was giving everything away so Big Business Buddies could bank it all away in foreign countries. Changes made by the Obama Administration are the only reason these FTA's are moving forward. In other words they've been completely renegotiated but the GOP still think it's all because of them. Fine, hype it up all you want, we know who really fixed this deal.

    October 8, 2011 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  18. KatR

    The President encouraged the GOP to come up with an alternative plan that would put people to work right now. Their response? The same old tired rhetoric that govt regs are stalling job recovery. In the eraly 1900s Pres. Teddy Roosevelt gave a speech in which he stated that no business should be bigger than govt. Apparently, the GOP governing ideology believes that business (aka free market) should be stronger than the government. That ideology led to the financial collapse because our financial sector was not properly regulated. Rather than protect the public from unsound financial activities that caused our economy to go into a tailspin the GOP STILL maintains that government is the problem. Sure am glad to see thousands of Americans hitting the streets right now as it appears the governing ideology debate in Congress is making all of us angry. My generation led a revolt against a govt that was waging an undeclared war in SE Asia and succeeded in ending that war. We can only hope that our children are able to have the same level of success as they march in the streets today.

    October 8, 2011 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  19. dale

    I am so sick of the mean and nasty obstructionists, they just can't stand the fact that an educated Black man is POTUS, otherwisw why would that guy named mitch mcconnell announce to the entire nation that they, republicans, would work to make sure he was a one term president. Must admit they are working hard at saying NO, NO,NO. Wake up ppl, 34 states are changing/revising voter registration laws so that hundreds of thousands will have a harder time casting a vote or they will give up out of frustration and not vote.

    October 8, 2011 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  20. tlfaulkender

    John Thunes' response was his acting what the real reason for economy being was not from the G.O.P.'s nine years of destroying our way of life. Like I just woke up from a 10 year coma~! Very ignorant destructive fellow that JOHN THUNE.

    October 8, 2011 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  21. Sgt.Joe

    The GOP grandstanding has gotten way out of control. People need to get fired up about this. Do you think it's okay that they ignore the Jobs Bill. What a slap in the face of hard working Americans! Typical of the Greedy Old Party.

    October 8, 2011 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  22. Martha in CF

    The republicans are nothing but losers. I hope it shows with the next election what losers they are and they all get voted out. The republicans are the downfall of America. Where are the jobs that you promised with the 2010 election? That's right, there never was anything that you were set to propose on jobs.
    How long are the redumblicans going to let the jobs bill sit on their desk?
    Things need to change in Washington-let's start with term limits, no pension upon retirement(that is what is happening to many of us Americans), and limited funds to run campaigns. We could probably be debt free with the money spent on campaigns and lobby money................

    Obama/Biden 2012

    October 8, 2011 10:53 am at 10:53 am |