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. ol cranky

    wow, everything that ails the country was supposed to be resolved in 7 months. . . I guess compared to BushCo's ability to have mission accomplished immediately after invading Iraq and their deregulation and refusal to admit we were heading to recession taking us to the brink of an all out depression, the Dems are really behind schedule

    July 11, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  2. Jim

    Cantor is part of a marginalized, regional party, besides, it sure seems to me the Republicans are rooting for the US to completely fail.

    I'm still waiting on a Republican to give a correct definition of socialism, the days of fear mongering are over you twits, not only is nobody believing you any long – 75% of Americans thing you are irrelevant these days.

    Cantor, when you run for election I think Sarah Palin may be available to campaign with you, rumor has it she's a quitter and has lots of time on her hands.

    July 11, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  3. twit

    what a looser. Where were you senator last eight years when your party was spending like a drunken sailor? l do not recall you being critical of the way that Bush and his cronies ran this great country to the ground. If you would like to be taken seriously by the people with relatively high IQ be consistent. You are such a looser. Help this government to bring this country out of recession that your party got us in, do not just try to shift the blame. l feel for constituent that elected you sir. Then they get what they ask for. A looser...

    July 11, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  4. New Age Democrat

    I hated the massive spending under Bush, and had no problem railing against that. This is not different just because it's my guy. Cantor is 100% correct here, and I'm not ashamed to admit it. I dont have a problem with people making mistakes, but Obama and the Dems pretend like nothing is wrong at all! Instead, changing the definitions to fit. "Create new jobs" DOES NOT MEAN "Save or create". For Dems that blasted Bush on his spending where the #$*& are you now?

    July 11, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  5. joshua, baltimore

    lol at Republicans trying their best act to win back independent voters. At least this administration is honest unlike the last batch of crooks who occupied the office.

    July 11, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  6. infidel

    It seems that along with the Talaban and the N. Koreans we can add the GOP to the list of enemies of the USA.

    July 11, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  7. IS IT 2010 YET ??

    Did Americans vote for inept Democrat spending and borrowing?

    July 11, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  8. Egad I'm tired of the GOP

    Wasn't the great GWB the one that started the Stimulus? with John Mccain right there with him? give me a break. Nothing is instant, you idiots. Employment numbers are always the last to show inprovement.

    July 11, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  9. Seth

    Well welcome to the place where we can vent and give our opinions, well I think that it has nothing to do with party lines, which I think the media would like us to believe, its a bad stimulus package for sure, but democrats are known for the spending. And its not that I am picking at party line, its truth, the liberals, will stay in the middle and agree with whoever is ahead. I say lets cut it out and just be Americans, if you can tell I was being cynical with my first statement. This is the time to play nice in the sand box, and do what is right for the American people. Not ACORN, not Unions, not corporations, to get bailed out, but the poor guy down the street who needs a job, and wants to keep his house. Good grief, no use in playing party lines.

    July 11, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  10. Michael

    What has Eric Cantor done to fix the jobs Losses?What plan does he have to save jobs besides giving big rich fat cats more money. He probably included some of the pork in the stimulus bill that he is complaining about....And by the way if the government didn't take over GM and other banks to support them then your unemployment would be way over 10% probably around 20% so do the math, and one other thing we the people own the companies. If you don't like something going on in congress then complain or run for office its as simple as that.....

    July 11, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  11. LisaB

    It's been six months - SHUT UP CANTOR! This is the kind of immediate gratification expectation that got us into this mess. Has he learned nothing?

    July 11, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  12. Wojo

    Eric Cantor's right....it is now Obama's economy, but a weak one that he inherited. GOP mentality is that a farmer plants his crops and reaps his harvest in two days. Just imagine if McCain & Palin were in office. Sarah would be reading Farmers Almanac about now.

    July 11, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  13. Joe the Troll

    And Cantor's solution is..............?

    July 11, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  14. Dead Oriole

    Does one need to show proof of complete idiocy to be a member of the GOP these days? Good God! Anyone that was half stoned during several intro Macro Econ classes knows that any intervention takes time. Just how long is an economic cycle people? It isn’t days or even a few months.

    July 11, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  15. Marc

    Liberals somehow forget that's it's been a Democratically controlled congress since the 2006 elections... Remind me again the time frame they point to in regards to the beginning of this "Recession"? Wait, that would mean that's liberals are responsible for this crisis... God forbid anyone speaks the truth on this matter. Liberals are master liars. They've manipulated the American people with their blame game and now they criticize Republicans for speaking the truth about failed economic policies.

    Democrats will have their time. They control every aspect of government at this time. That means when the wall comes crashing down there is no dispute as to where the blame lies. Enjoy it while you can, morons...

    July 11, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  16. Angel

    You have got to be kidding me! He's been president .. what.... about 6 month and you repubicans are crying already.. Your plans that you had when the Bush team was in charge failed for the last 8 years. So stop crying and let the man do his job. You all created the mess so yes it will take a while before anything starts to show some promises.

    July 11, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  17. Independent_me

    Republicans are such liars!!! The Republicans are trying to derail the stimulus package by not using the money in their states.

    They are hurting their own constituents in order to try to make Obama fail. They are fooling no one. What is done in darkness will be brought to light!

    July 11, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  18. Rick

    It took George Bush and the Republican Party 8 years to distroy the economy and I never heard one Republican complain about spending money. The Republican Party doesn't care about anybody but their rich friends. Cantor is a disgrace to the Commonwealth of Virginia and needs to keep his mouth shut.

    July 11, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  19. km

    broken promises? gee...i remember bush promising on a bible that he would defend america from all enemies...next thing i know,over 3000 americans were incinerated in a matter of minutes on his watch–talk about breaking promises!

    July 11, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  20. Marc

    Wasn't this guy who was into an add saying that he and his dog hadn't found ANY job saved or created by the stimulus bill, just to be proven wrong as the police department of his district was saved thanks to said bill. Oh, no it wasn't. It's just that these guys end up looking all the same after a few weeks of ranting 'It's not working', 'It won't work' and 'BO is Wrong' everytime they open their mouths.
    First it is working, slowly of course since the USA economy is way too big to simply reverse in less than a semester, plus not even a quarter of the money from the bill was used already and lastly (as an example that things are startiing to get better) GM is back on track and planning to PAY BACK all the money that was LOANED (not given as some die hard republicans claim) even sooner than they agreed to pay when they took the money.

    July 11, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  21. husker

    lol. i think its laughable that "Every press release from the Republican party these days is again so negative and riddled with sarcasm." It's kind of hypocritical to tell the Republicans to shut up and play ball when for the last 8 years all the Democrats have done was call Bush stupid and a liar, say he "stole" the election, blame him for the 9/11 attacks, and generally disagree with EVERYTHING the man ever said.

    During the presidential election, Obama did say he could turn this economy around relatively quickly, only to say after he won that he might not get it done til his second term. I'm concerned with how many times Obama and Biden can admit they "didn't realize just how bad the economy was" and get a free pass for being ignorant.

    I'm also curious how much longer this administration will be allowed to blame Bush before they are finally held accountable.

    July 11, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  22. videodrome

    Okay, Republicans, why aren't YOU out there fixing this economy and creating jobs?
    I wouldn't mind all this yap if these Repubs had some results to show for all their hot air. But the party of "no ideas" is just as much the party of "no jobs" as well.
    But boy, they can sure sling out the racist remarks and the trite religious mumbo-jumbo....

    July 11, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  23. Mike b

    I wonder members of which party are sending all the jobs to China, India, and Mexico. GOP.

    July 11, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  24. Mark

    "Obama's economy"? That line really is laughable. In a subtle way, Cantor is telling Americans just how bad the economy that Obama inherited from the Bush Administration really is–and, like the Bush Administration often did–Cantor passes the buck..

    July 11, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  25. Hugo Castrobama

    Our out of control community activist president must be reigned in quickly. He knows not of what he does, but that does not stop him. Spending and WASTING more of our money (and that of our great grand children) than all presidents in history – combined. He MUST be stopped. Hyper inflation is around the corner and complete destruction just down the road.

    July 11, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
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