July 11th, 2009
11:45 AM ET
13 years ago

Top House Republican slams Obama over stimulus, jobs

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia, the number two Republican in the House of Representatives, used the weekly Republican radio and internet address to slam President Barack Obama's $787 billion stimulus plan.

Saying the stimulus bill passed earlier this year was "full of pork barrel spending, government waste, and massive borrowing," the House Minority Whip also says in Saturday's address that "President Obama's economic decisions have not produced jobs, have not produced prosperity, and have not worked."

Citing the millions of jobs lost this year and a national unemployment rate hovering just under ten percent, Cantor also uses this week's address to assert that the stimulus package has failed to deliver as promised by Democrats.

"Remember the promises? They promised you if you paid for their stimulus, jobs would be created immediately. . . . Yet just months later, they are telling us to brace for unemployment to climb over ten percent. They promised jobs created. Now they scramble to find a way to play games with government numbers by claiming jobs saved.

"Simply put, this is now President Obama's economy and the American people are beginning to question whether his policies are working."

Last week, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, the second ranking Democrat in the House, said in an interview on FOX News Sunday that he was "disappointed" at the slow pace at which the stimulus package was creating jobs in the midst of a recessionary economy. "We're looking at ways to get the money out more quickly."

Also in an interview last week on ABC's "This Week," Vice President Joe Biden said Democrats had misjudged just how much trouble the economy was in.

"The truth is there was a misreading of just how bad an economy we inherited. Now I'm not laying this on anybody. It's our responsibility," Biden said last week.

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  1. Rob

    It's so obvious when democrats are covering up their screwups. They immediately personalize the attacks and start the fingerpointing and deflections to Bush. The people aren't buying it. They know Obama and the democrats own it, and they know it isn't working as they said it would. Even Biden and Hoyer admitted it, with the same let's blame Bush bull. If unemployment hangs in above 10% through October, 2010, the 2010 elections will see a turnaround in the House and perhaps even the Senate. It's just like 1994. I smell and hear fear from the democrats on this blog, like Ed's: "Ah shut up and go back to supporting Bush's lies and corruption."

    July 11, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  2. richard

    Obama is a sell out what a loser

    July 11, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  3. Cali J

    Hey Blondie,
    Why do you bring up Bible-Thumping? There was no Christian issue here until you brought it in. If Obama would start directing the stimulus at private industry and small business, you may see the tide turn. The ignorance of the left and of people like Blondie on this board are the problem. The hate for the other side and the far reaching insults. Do you think there are no bible thumping democrats Blondie? Pull your head from the tight warm spot where you now have it and see what's really going on here. Your hate for Christians is your own problem. Putting this money into Government Jobs and Unions is not the solution. Stop trying to pay back those who voted for you and start putting American business back to work.

    July 11, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  4. AJP

    Is Cantor related to the famous comedian, Eddie Cantor?

    He is really a joke in the Republican Party.

    July 11, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  5. carole

    Rep. Cantor is full of criticism and short on ideas. Were the
    Republicans in power, we would have tax cuts, but few services,
    a further declining infrastructure, part two of "Wall Street Gone Wild",
    more expensive, more exclusionary health care, and even more jobs shipped overseas. Many, many years of Republicvan rule have gotten us in this predicament. It did not happen by accident and it did not
    happen because the Dems were in power in Congress for two years –
    remember, they had a Republican president to deal with.

    They are counting on the citizens of this country to have a short memory; if not, how can they justify this constant drumbeat trying
    to tear down the current administration while they try to install one of
    their own.

    July 11, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  6. Ken

    Hey Neil! @ 11:54

    Obama Motors?? – I seem to recall GM ASKING for the bailout. Did you wish a Dubya "no strings attached, no explanation necessary" situation?

    July 11, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  7. Sucio

    Ah, yes, there would've been plentiful jobs created in just 6 months if Obama had giving the rich a tax cut.

    When tax cuts are given, businesses do not plan, strategize, nor do they budget. They go out there and start hiring away!

    You imbeciles!

    July 11, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  8. Susie

    Oh-NoBama – The only thing you stimulated was your traveling!!!!!
    Do you want to move, too???? Well, OK with me.

    July 11, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  9. Margo

    Republicans created that economical crisis and USA failure.
    It is difficult to understand that they want to fix it now.
    Their prescription is lower taxes. See what happened with California
    (26 bil deficit) thanks to their minimized taxes.
    So – please conservatists and republicans – stay away from government because you do not even believe in role of government.
    Please stop talking – let others to fix what you destroyed.
    It will be very difficult to fix it, as you can see, it wii take years, not just couple months.

    July 11, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  10. Sucio

    Ah, yes, there would've been plentiful jobs created in just 6 months if Obama had giving the rich a tax cut.

    When tax cuts are given, businesses do not plan, strategize, nor do they budget. They go out there and start hiring away!

    You imbeciles!!!

    July 11, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  11. Republicans is smart in the head area

    Baloney, Eric. There have been many jobs created and more coming. The idea that Obama bears sole responsibility for the sorry state of the economy is ludicrous. But of course withfolks like Neil and Vyker around, ludicrous is status quo in the GOP.

    July 11, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  12. Only 21% of Americans trust republicans to lead them into the 21st century!

    Your doing fine President Obama, as long as you continue to cause the party of NO neo-cons to foam at the mouth, your doing something right.

    You will not have all the answers, but at least your DOING something!

    July 11, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  13. GI Joe

    The squeaking wheel gets the oil.

    Let's oil up some of these squeaking politicians and slide them off the national scene. Cantor is a liar. He misleads. Another rotten squeaking republican.

    July 11, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  14. Barbara Independent in NY

    The "Party of No Ideas or Credibility" needs to get a different spokesmen. I can't stand this hypocrite. Ask him if the bank his wife works for has paid back their stimulus money yet.

    July 11, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  15. street_smart

    It's amazing that the GOP party who had basically decimated the economy over the last eight years and drove the country into the deepest recession in 75 years is now complaining about job loss.

    How hypocritical can you get?

    Also, it's interesting to note Cantor's supposing concern for American jobs while advocating the shutting down of what's left of the American car industry and moving the jobs overseas with the millions that were already off shored in the last 30 years under successive GOP administrations.

    July 11, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  16. RLG, Real Virginia

    It will take more than six months to repair the damage done in 8 CATASTROPHIC years of Bush/CheneyCo. & their swindling, price gouging, and war profiteering friends.

    Mr. Cantor, you make me embarrassed to be a Virginian. If he were still around, Thomas Jefferson would surely slap your deceitful and disingenuous face for promoting an agenda of more lies, fear, mistrust and elitism. It is your duty to support the Constitution and the people of the Commonwealth. What have you done for us, except political grandstanding to refuse financial support for unemployed Virginians and homeowners in jeopardy of defaulting on their mortgages?

    "At long last, sir...have you no shame?"

    July 11, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  17. John

    Rep. Cantor is right.

    Obama, if you remember, said that he would go over LINE BY LINE through the government budget and get rid of inefficiences and waste.

    Obviously he neglected this in trying to push for faster approval of the stimulus package.

    Sure, everyone can break promises. But if people here blame Bush for everything, it's also fair grounds to blame Obama for his lies......

    July 11, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  18. B. Lewis in Austin

    Can anyone remember one positive comment made my Cantor since his party LOST the election? It has been nothing but "no", obstructionism, and sour grapes. If this is all they have to offer as leadership, then they might as well start planning for 2016.

    July 11, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  19. The Party of NO stood calmly by for 8 year while the shrub raped and pillaged America, so, why would we listen to you now?

    Sorry, Cantor, but after 8 years of waging 2 wars and giving tax breaks to the rich, and ignoring the deficit and the impact on future generations, President Obama does NOT own the economy after 6 months, President Obama is doing the best he can considering the mess he inherited from you republiklans on 1/20/2009.

    Only you neo-con knuckle heads and your redneck knuckle dragging followers, believe what you say!

    From one of the 60% that approve of President Obama's work to date, Good Job!

    July 11, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  20. kmp

    I think many forget how long it took for us to get into this mess, so a reasonable mind would then realize it will take us a while to get out of this mess. But wait most Republican do not have reasonable minds and to my fellow Dems give it a chance even I knew things wouldn't move as fast as we would all like.

    July 11, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  21. aware

    I am an Independent, and I agree with Eric Cantor! Obama, so far, is all obfuscating talk and no walk! 🙁

    July 11, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  22. annie for Palin

    Cantor is so right on! Individuals or countries CANNOT borrow or spend their way out of debt. Even a fool would know that although obama can't seem to figure that out!

    July 11, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  23. jim

    more republicans trying to escalate the issue using inflammatory language and even flat out lying.

    still proving they are the party of no, it seems.

    i wonder if they will ever even try to be part of the solution rather than part of the problem

    July 11, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  24. Wanderer

    What else do we expect from the GOP? Gee, they will never get tired of the old and even mould taste, won't they?

    July 11, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  25. annie for Palin

    The only jobs created immediately by the joker was the 35+ czar jobs.

    July 11, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
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