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. Roberts

    GOP has no ideas and must constantly complain that things are not being done their way. We had 8 years of their way and it will take maybe multiple Dem presidencies to right the ship of state. Do you really think the american people are going to blame the current president after 6 months?

    July 11, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  2. jeffersonian american

    what a selfish, unpatriotic prick. cantor should be ashamed of himself for attempting to elevate himself & the GOP above our current circumstance. i feel sorry for the "hard working people of the 7th district of va", if this douchebag is the best you can come up with. what a loser.

    July 11, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  3. coda70

    Republicans are so full of themselves. The party is rotten at its very core and they think that we, the public, are too dumb to recognize their meaningless diatribes. But I guess they have to say something even if it is nonsense.

    Hannity was going on and on about the First Lady's clothes on their trip and saying nothing about Senators who were causing the collapse of the party's very foundation. Another babbler!

    July 11, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  4. Clifford in New York

    The Obama administration is full of lies and distorted facts, amazingly you Libs can't seem to get enough of it!

    July 11, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  5. republicans hate america

    remember the promise by the Rush Limbaugh Party that Iraq would cost us only 3 billion? how did that work out for you?

    July 11, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  6. Hotdog

    Just how stupid can a person be. One should have the common sense to ask, How long did it take for the counntry to get in this current situation? Secondly, no stimulus package will minimize the unemployment rate. Republicans seem to over look the cost of fighting two wars and what impact it has on our economy and the number of jobs that were lost because of out sorcing. Each time they come with this smoke and mirror routine and never address the source of the problem. They seem to think people are not smart enough to see through it. Therefore, with all the money that we have invested in both wars (billions) and the countless jobs that we have lost because of out sourcing we should be in a recession.

    July 11, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  7. Sue

    Didn't hear a solution. Tax cuts for the middle class – well rememeber we(middle class) did get a tax cut with the stimulus. Of yeah, rich people like Cantor doesn't know that because his friends didn't get one therefore it didn't happen!

    I didn't want to get a tax reduction, I would rather it actually be used for some serious infracture projects. But I do appreciate the help each month now that I haven't had an increase in pay for two years and starting in September will take a cut of 6%.

    July 11, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  8. Carole

    All you right wingers and this looney, get your panties out of the bunch. Calm down for goodness sake. The Republicans made a mess in eight years and you expect him to clean it up on FOUR TO SIX months?! Come on already!!!!!!

    Tell the Republican governors to put the money out that they got. The Republicans want failure. Sick, but that is what they want.

    We see through the party of NO. Don't you have to go to the C Street Nazi church tomorrow dude?

    **This is light weight gain. It took you a while to put it on and it will take a while to take it off correctly.

    July 11, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  9. Ted

    Eric Cantor, of the party of NO, is a loudmouth moron. The Republicans started the recession, but are trying to foist the complete responsibility of fixing it on the Dems alone. MORONS. IT is the incredible REDTAPE in washington that is disallowing the stimulus funds from getting out to do the good they are intended to do. Cantor Bohener and MCconnell are responsible to do their part in helping and they are not and are branding themselves as obstructionists. Morons.

    July 11, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  10. flavoter

    Desperate idiots, They gave Bush 8 years to destroy our economy, they allowed unregulated business practices to grow.

    And now they want President Obama to fix there mess in less than a year. (Please) the Rubublicans Seem to think the current President walks on water. Yet they blasted him for being seen as some type of save the day diety during the campaigns.

    It's like medicine you don't take a pill and because your not cured the next day you stop taking it. Stop playing gotcha politics and help undo the mess the Republicans got us into. The American people demand it.

    July 11, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  11. AR Guy

    "Stimulus Completely Failed" "Obama's war on the middle class"

    Both false slanderous accusations. No matter how much you dislike Obama, you can't prove either without getting thoughtlessly personal. I wish these politicans, from all parties, would quit acting like little kids trying to be alpha male and work together. Quit with this crap of my views are the only right way and yours will destroy the country. This isn't a republican or democratic recession, its an american recession.

    July 11, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  12. Josh

    And CNN still loves the Messiah.....Next.

    July 11, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  13. GI Joe

    1. W took away our 4th amendment rights. Illegal and unconstitutional and none of you whiners said a thing.

    2. C-Street Family in DC is grooming future dictators and none of you whiners say a thing.

    Don't just gripe and whine and hate on the blogs. Write or email your senators. I have, and I'll do it weekly until change happens.

    THEY will either get my vote or not based on what they pressure the others to do, and how they vote on issues that matter to me.

    These blogs are just for intimidation, hate, fear, and a whole lot of lies. You can complain, or you can act with civility. YOUR CHOICE.

    July 11, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  14. Alicia

    CANTOR don't you have a Brittney concert to go to without your teen daughter again you perva/

    Cantor never answered the question on Good Morning Joe about the Republicans being hypocrites with the family values.

    July 11, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  15. Once You Vote Black

    barrystash, sounds like you fell for the Milk and Honey crap. What a sucker you are. Want to buy a bridge? Its brand new.

    July 11, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  16. Neil

    Just like Democrats to ignore the facts and get angry regardless of the Unemployment rate (Almost 10%), the DOW (dropping like a rock) the shrinking GDP.

    But hey, don;t let fact get in he way...thats how you libs got us into this mess...just keep ignoring the facts.

    July 11, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  17. barrystash

    Cantor is brilliant and honest. He simply speaks reality. Instead of doing what was logical and a proven way to improve the economy Obamots went down the marxist/pork road which has now destroyed the Obama administration. If Hillary doesn't pick off Barry in 2012, Palin will. And the House will go Republican in 2010. So you butt sitting Obamist better get your stimulus dollars now, the bribe spicket will be shut off soon.

    July 11, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  18. Paul

    Fantasy: After 6 months, Republicans have gone from being a massive failure to being the saviors of our nation.

    Reality: Republicans are the folks who gave us Bush and who had total control of both houses of congress and the white house in the years that led to the current recession. It took many years of bad mistakes by the GOP leadership to let us get into this mess; it will take a while for Obama and the Dems to get us out of it.

    I've got a clear head, intelligence, and patience, which is more than I can say for anyone in the GOP.

    July 11, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  19. Walter

    Factually challenged. Eric Canter slips in a charge of wasteful, pork barrel projects without including any facts to back that up. Just like a Republican. --------–He fails to point out the direct connection between today's economy and the collapse of the bond market and near collapse of the US economy last September. Just like a Republican. -------–He tried to wash over the fact that less than 10% of the stimulus has been spent, and therefore we have seen less than 10% of its economic effect. JUST like a Republican. ------There was no Republican plan to fight the economic meltdown, unless you count a 5 page "budget" they came up with that had no numbers. When it came time to fight the Great Recession that they created under George Bush, they just laid down in surrender. JUST LIKE REPUBLICANS.

    July 11, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  20. JFK

    Barry and Vyker, your listening to Rushs and the Rights interpretation of things. Barry, Obama promised to make things better for people. Its not been even six months and your saying he broke promises. Please, bare with me as I try to keep a straight face. This recession can not and will not be fixed overnight. Its going to be BAD no matter who is in office!! Thats reality. And Vyker, has your taxes actually gone up? Seems to me Obama has lowered payroll takes on millions of people already. No "redistribution" of wealth has materialized yet has it? This insane rhetoric from the Right is just comical at how "gullible" as you say Barry that people can be.

    July 11, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  21. John from California

    Representative Cantor and the republican party are engaged in the most deceptive negative campaign against the American Middle Class in the history of this country.

    It was republican presidents Reagan, Bush and Bush that drove deficit spending through the roof with their tax cuts for the richest few in this country.

    It was under republican leadership that the foreign investment tax credit was used to ship jobs overseas gutting American manufacturing.

    It was under republican leadership that we engaged in a war of choice in Iraq instead of fighting our real enemies in Afghanistan.

    And it is republicans today that are standing in the way of the economic recovery from obstructionists congressmen to republican governors mishandling the stimulus money.

    Americans should read between the lines of representative Cantors statements and see that the republican party likes the current economic crises of their making.

    July 11, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  22. B.H.

    Cantor is absolutely the GOPs biggest fool and the biggest mouth. What has this idiot proposed that is a considered suggestion on anything?

    This guy is sounds like some high school kid.....

    July 11, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  23. RZ

    Blondie July 11th, 2009 11:57 am ET
    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.
    Ah, come on Blondie...Tax cuts for the wealthy. It solves everything.

    July 11, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  24. S.B.

    No, this is not President Obama's economy. He inherited this mess thanks to President Bush and you other Republicans, and he never promised that the problems would go away in a couple of months. In fact I recall his saying it might take years which I suspect it will. If no other good comes from this stimulus, it has helped to keep a lot of states afloat. I think it will work, but it takes time to get new projects planned, approved, and implemented; otherwise the money will be spent foolishly which is what the Republicans seem to think should be done.

    July 11, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  25. Louis K.

    Go back to school and relearn how to think before opening your mouth. Besides, you and your R pals from yesteryear are the ones who put this country where it is now.

    July 11, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
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