Contrasting economic messages in weekly addresses
July 7th, 2012
06:00 AM ET
2 years ago

Contrasting economic messages in weekly addresses

(CNN) - President Barack Obama touted in his weekly address the transportation and student loan measure he recently signed into law, while Republican Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle urged her congressional colleagues to do more in aid of the struggling economy - including repeal of Obama's health reform law.

Obama recorded his message while campaigning in Ohio this past week, and pointed to the law which funds transportation projects nationwide, extends lowered federal student loan interest rates and reauthorizes the national flood insurance program.

The bipartisan measure will help the struggling economy, Obama said, by funding infrastructure jobs and relieving some 7.5 million college students of what would have been a loan rate increase.

"Those steps will make a real difference in the lives of millions of Americans," Obama said in his address. "But make no mistake: we've got more to do."

The unemployment rate remained unchanged at 8.2% in June, the Labor Department said Friday, with the economy adding only 80,000 jobs.

Obama repeated his previous calls for Congress to spend money that would have been spent on war efforts instead on "nation-building here at home," plus expand federal education financial aid programs.

"In America, a higher education cannot be a luxury reserved for just a privileged few," Obama said. "It's an economic necessity that every American family should be able to afford."

Buerkle, from New York, said the president's health care law will continue to hold back the economy.

"The health care law, which carries an astronomical price tag and a mess of regulations, taxes and fees, fosters a climate of uncertainty and instability throughout our economy," she said. "According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 74% of small businesses say this law makes it more difficult to hire new employees."

She criticized the individual mandate, which the Supreme Court last month upheld under Congress' taxation power, as "a massive tax" and referenced House Republicans' plans for a vote to repeal the law.

The vote is expected to take place on Wednesday.

"This health care law just flies in the face of what America is supposed to be, and repealing it would revitalize our economy and the values upon which our country was founded," Buerkle said in her address.

Republican lawmakers, she said, will advance other legislation in coming weeks, although the success of any measures will likely be hampered by election-year politics.

The House and Senate are scheduled to convene on Monday afternoon. Obama will hold campaign events in Iowa on Tuesday and in Virginia on Thursday and Friday.


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soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    Nation needs to elect democratic congress and senate, then we can pass jobs bill.

    July 7, 2012 06:54 am at 6:54 am |
  2. Donkey Party

    The domestic terrorist GOP is more anti-American than the Taliban and Al-Queda combined. Civil war is needed to eradicate the conservative disease. Choose your side wisely.

    July 7, 2012 06:59 am at 6:59 am |
  3. Marie MD

    Can somebody please tell the bishop that his friends, those corporations, are the ones who can hire people but they, like the teapublikkkans, are waiting until the elections????
    The bishop likes to fire people (his words) and he has money hidden overseas.

    July 7, 2012 07:14 am at 7:14 am |
  4. Gurgyl

    Link high speed railway lines....to all around USA. Penalize that ships jobs overseas. And hires foreigners be it doctors or IT guys....

    July 7, 2012 07:31 am at 7:31 am |
  5. Black Oppie

    I can tell he's lying, his lips are moving

    July 7, 2012 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  6. exrepublican

    "House republicans plan for a vote to repeal the law". Such stupid games our elected officials play. As if everyone doesn't already know republicans want to repeal this law. Ok, so you all (repubs) agree to repeal. Now what? The senate votes not to repeal. More time wasted working on REAL issues that could boost the economy. I am so sick of the foolish games directed towards trying to fool Americans. We ALL are sick of these idiots we have elected. Why don't we ALL force them to be honest and productive. We cimplain, but do nothing!

    July 7, 2012 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  7. MNCrist

    Mr Obama Is DOING something, while the Republicans are UNDOING something... Enough said!

    July 7, 2012 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  8. vic , nashville ,tn

    It took 8 years and 2 wars to get here; we can’t get back in over night

    Republican’s economy policy tested in Europe its not working

    July 7, 2012 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  9. chefdugan

    I am sick to death of both Obama and Romney pointing out the obvious to us without a single plan to do something about it. Any American with an IQ bigger than their hat size knows we have a housing and an unemployment crisis. We don't need these joksters to tell us the nation is in trouble. What we do need is someone to tell us how they intend to solve the problems. We need a plan of action not a worthless political speech. The attack and counter-attack each other, and neither one makes an ounce of sense. I think the bible put it right, sounding brass and tinkling cymbals. Two losers seeing which one will be the biggest!

    July 7, 2012 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  10. chefdugan

    I am sick to death of both Obama and Romney mouthing off about how deep the trouble is with our nation, yet neither one has a damned thing to say about how they intend to get us out of it. Any American with a an IQ bigger than their hat size knows we have an unemployment and housing crisis. Not a word from either of them about how to solve them! Two losers fighting to see which one will be the bigger loser! Doesn't anyone in this great nation of ours have a PLAN to start on the recovery. Constanly stating the obvious is just not going to cut it.

    July 7, 2012 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  11. Stuffit

    While the liberally biased media could not help but report the dismal job numbers of the failed Obama administration, none of them reported this even more startling success by it, 85,000 people started disability payments during the month. 5,000 more people sucking up to the public feeding trough than actually started working. Change we can't believe under the most incompetent, inept, corrupt, union toady president in our history.

    July 7, 2012 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  12. ANOEL2005

    does anyone really believe Obama has answers (after 4 yrs. of blaming others) for this economy's struggles?

    July 7, 2012 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  13. Indy

    "This health care law just flies in the face of what America is supposed to be, and repealing it would revitalize our economy and the values upon which our country was founded," Buerkle said in her address

    Sorta kinda like trickle down economics ? You give Republicans everything they want and wait for the economy to magically heal itself ? Now they want us to believe that repealing healthcare and feeling good about values will boost the economy. The worldwide economy is not that great and it's not Obamas fault,it's not Bush's fault,it's not one person fault or one administrations fault, but you can bet your bottom dollar that Congress has a huge amount of blame for the US economy. The only way to get past the problems is to work together and get rid of politicians that have a priority of willfully working against the President and the people to push their agenda above what is good for the majority of the country.

    July 7, 2012 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  14. chuck weidemann

    The middleclass/working class has been taking on the chin from these so called friends ....republicans!!! They talk about taxes...welfare....how they hold us down,stop us from being wealthy like them!!! Then they cut taxes if you make over $250,000.000 and they get to pay a much smaller percentage of income than you or I....welfare for the wealthy!!! Republicans have a history of living off the blood sweat and tears of the hard working middle class of this country....that's just the way it's been until now. Everyone has a chance to make a living and provide for themselves in this country and that's what most people want. We also don't want to pay for the people who have more than us....but don't mind so much helping those with less!!!! Just make the ....haves.... pay a fair share and do their part....no welfare for the rich any longer.

    July 7, 2012 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  15. truth hurts

    All Obama knows how to do is spend money we do not have. But not to worry, the highway to the fiscal abyss will be well paved and pot hole free. We'll never even know we've left the road and are flying until we hit the bottom.

    And why are we subsidizing all these cheap loans for these free riding college students? Nobody forced them to take these loans. THEY signed on the bottom line. How is it now the taxpayers responsibility to shoulder the costs? This left wing insanity must stop. Everything in this country cannot be "free" to those that Obama wants to pander to just before an election in which he needs their vote to survive. How about these free riders learn to pay their own bills?!!

    July 7, 2012 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  16. charlesName

    It must be nice for the rich to not worry about there medical bill while 99% worry about it. Now those that where playing the why pay for health care when I can go to the ER. While we have to pay higher ins. For them and tax payer. Now we can be at ease a little. My mom and dad that have worked all there life don't have to say should I buy food or go to the doctor's. We need full health care for all Americans where we all pay for all. Tax junk food, and no tax on health food. Then we all can have heath ins. And we all pay how we eat.

    July 7, 2012 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  17. Rupert Murdoch = Josef Goebbels

    Obama says that higher education should not be a luxury that only the rich can afford. Agreed. But low interest student loans aren't as good as public education to the PhD level.

    Buerkle's LIE #1: the Chamber of Commerce says 74% of small businesses say Obamacare makes it difficult to hire new employees.
    Actually, this number comes from an online, opt-in survey. The Chamber says that this self-selected sample cannot be used to determine the sampling error. So, it cannot be correlated with a true representative sample. Which is why reputable news organizations are prohibited from using such surveys.

    Buerkle's LIE #2: "massive tax."
    Actually, only those people who can afford health insurance, but choose not to buy it, will be charged a tax penalty. ($95 for about 1% of the population.)

    Buerkle's LIE #3: repealing Obamacare would revitalize our economy.
    Actually, Obamacare hasn't really started, yet. And if you want to revitalize the economy, #1 – force banks to write down mortgages to current appraisal values, and #2 – strengthen the social safety net to build middle class confidence and alleviate middle class economic anxiety.

    July 7, 2012 10:21 am at 10:21 am |