July 11th, 2009
11:45 AM ET
12 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. Ron

    lol @ "Obama's economy."

    I know the GOP banks on the general populace being dumb in order to win elections, but we don't have THAT short of an attention span.

    July 11, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  2. Jason

    Last time I checked...it took us a long time to get into this recession. For some reason, Republicans think that it can happen over the course of just 6 months. I do recall the dems also saying it would get worse before it gets better.

    July 11, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  3. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    Ah shut up and go back to supporting Bush's lies and corruption....

    July 11, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  4. JD in Moraga

    Guess there's a reason he's Number Two.

    It's easy to criticize – a real leader would follow up with a reasonable alternative plan.

    July 11, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  5. Vyker

    I wish people would just realize, liberals can break promises, cheat, lie, pound their fists, act like children and get away with it.

    If anyone else (conservative, independent, etc...) does any infraction similiar to what the lib's do above, libs will hold their breath and pout and call them all very elementary names.

    Case in point, Mike Jackson's house resolution bill, House Speaker Pelosi said she would not consider passing such a bill (first time I have agreed with her). If a conservative said such a thing...they would be labeled a racist.

    I just wish the government would redistribute my work ethic...and not my money.

    July 11, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  6. truthsayer

    The Repubs have no ideas and yet CNN entertains their whining week after week

    July 11, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  7. Truth in Headlining

    How come the headline is "top house republican" but the opening sentence says he is the second ranking. Is it because nobody really cares, so you try to exaggerate the title to get someone to read it? Strange!

    July 11, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  8. Neil

    The Obama Socialist regime is in full swing. He is doing exactly what he wants to do. Now we have the First National Banks of Obama. Obama Motors, Obama Credit Cards and who can forget the Obama stimulus package? But where is all the money? Lets see, Obama took over the Banks, Auto industry...Nah..not the money...surely. I mean only someone that would take over banks would do something like that...oh wait a minute...

    July 11, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  9. Rich

    It is adorable when Republicans think anyone cares what they have to say.

    July 11, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  10. vb

    May God have mercy upon each one of us !!

    July 11, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  11. Mia and Mike

    This guy needs to just shut up. Every week, if not day, he's got something negative and unproductive to say. We get it- he's not an Obama fan. Hope he also realizes he doesn't have too many fans himself and people are getting tired of his repetitive song.

    July 11, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  12. Ian Goodwin

    Only the republicans could assume that anyone could save ALL the jobs in America. Point of fact is that nobody has a job that is safe, and anyone can lose their jobs at anytime in this economy. The president, a political party, the electorate, none of them even combined can protect everyones job.

    No promises were broken, the stimulus package originally as designed BY THE REPUBLICANS would even take more than a year to take effect. Get over it and grow up. Every press release from the Republican party these days is again so negative and riddled with sarcasm it makes me sick. YOU created these problems and now YOU want to say how they should be repaired? No way in hell.

    July 11, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  13. PAUL

    I think we whould give the stimulus a chance. It appears that the obstructionist Eric Cantor is simply playiing politics as usual.

    July 11, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  14. gary davis Harbor Oregon

    CANTOR needs to shut his little mouth and get busy helping all of us get back on track . I we are so tired of the lip service from the republicans . negative is all they now

    CHANGE IS HERE with or without you

    July 11, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  15. Blondie

    And, I suppose that no Republican president ever screwed up. I am sick and tired of reading the Republican rant with zero ideas of how they would have done it differently. When, and only when, they come forward with a different plan that is viable, will I bother to pay any attention whatsoever to Gingrich, Limbaugh, Sandford and all the other womanizers–at least Clinton didn't travel to the ends of the earth .

    I wonder if these Bible-thumping party-members have ever heard of removing the plank from their own eyes before they try to remove the mote from their own. Such values, they have!

    July 11, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  16. D. Tree

    Jobs were created immediately, you ignorant and cynical man!

    All Cantor and the rest of the GOP leadership know how to is attack, never offering a new idea of their own.

    Mr. Cantor and the rest of his pals will have egg on their faces when the Economy is back on its feet.

    Of course then, they will find a way to say it had nothing to do with the stimulus package.

    July 11, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  17. barrystash

    Obama lied. He promised the masses milk and honey, but he and his allies have served up nothing but vinegar. Shame on him, and shame on so many gullible Americans who bought into his lies.

    July 11, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  18. JFK

    Apparently Rep Cantor has not yet joined the rest of us in reality. This recession that has been building for a long time is not going to be fixed overnight. And we now know that this will take a long time to recover. The Stimulus Bill was not a cure all but there to soften the blow as we hit bottom. Maybe he should be looking for ideas to make things better now instead of blaming people.

    July 11, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  19. mike,texas

    The party that bankrupted america dosent like how Obama is cleaning up their disaster. poor babies

    July 11, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  20. ruffian

    Guess what GOP, no one believes you anymore. You have no credibility left in the bank. None. When one of your drones goes on national television to comment about anything, people now all assume most of what is being said is a lie. Your Obama hate and repugnant political and social agendas have turned the nation against you for good. You can keep screeching and flinging feces about your cage, but it will not change the fact that no one follows your sick ideals anymore.

    July 11, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  21. Brian MacDougall

    When Cantor speaks, it's like listening to a little Yorkie yapping. All sound and fury and no subustance.

    July 11, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  22. Sylva

    I agree with you Jason!

    July 11, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  23. Amazing Repubs

    And, what has Cantor done??? Or... all his buddies?

    July 11, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  24. Fed up in MI

    Yes, Mr. Cantor, we do remember the promises. None of which came with any specific time-frame. I also recall President George W. Bush and his merry band of fools promising that we would be "welcomed as liberators" in Iraq and that our army we would be in Iraq for "six weeks, six months – tops". What about those promises?

    With just a shade more than 12% of the stimulus money spent, it is entirely premature to be judging it a failure. To put it in terms of a sports analogy, it would be like calling the outcome of a football or basketball game before the 1st quarter is done.

    And since the responsibility of actually supervising the spending of the stimulus money falls on the states, why isn't the Honorable Senator from Virginia calling the state legislatures to task for not putting the money to work faster? Or would that bring up the inconvenient fact that the Republican-controlled state legislatures are intentionally dragging their feet to make the Obama Administration look bad?

    July 11, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  25. Brent

    Apparently the Republicans think that the American public is dumb enough to forget that it was 8 years of their incompetent "leadership" that got us into this mess in the first place.

    July 11, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
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