July 11th, 2009
11:45 AM ET
11 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. gee

    Obama is a talking head. All talk and no production. His cult followers still believe in the garbage he is spewing. Follow the speeches of Chavez and Castro with Obama's speeaches and you will see the similarities.

    July 11, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  2. Chris

    Yeah, what's it been, like six weeks already? He wants results gosh darnit! Cantor=Fool

    July 11, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  3. videodrome

    barrystash July 11th, 2009 11:58 am ET

    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.
    I guess the gullible like barrystash forget that the Repubs are as much to blame for this mess as Democrats.
    Any Republican politicians show up at your front door with all those jars of "milk and honey" yet?
    Didn't think so.

    July 11, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  4. Karyn

    Who's this guy's speechwriter, Sean Hannity? I felt like I was listening to a rerun of Friday night....that is, right before I switched the channel. Oh yeah, I cut this guy off in midstream too. What's with the slow speech? He's talking like he's addressing morons.

    July 11, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  5. cats

    No GOPer should even utter a word against the currrent administration until September 12. That is when they claimed Bush became responsible for our government's problems. Come to think of it , they continued to blame BIll Clinton for everything they did not like until Barck Obama became president.
    Yes, Vyker, GOPers lie, cheat (on their wives as well) pound fists and holler "NO" just like children.

    July 11, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  6. Dominic

    republicans are NOT taken serious. These morons would compalin is he cured cancer, saying it was not fast enough. This is ONLY politics, putting their need to be in control ahead of this country. They are anti-American traitors and NOTHING MORE! Real Americans see through this crap, and will never allow their failed agenda in control again!

    July 11, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  7. William Cunningham

    Here we go again, these Republicans find it easy to criticize the current administration, knowing that the economy recovery is an evolutionary type of process and not a revolutionary (overnight) realization. I am not convinced that these folks are hoping that the recovery will not evolve until a month prior to the 2010 elections. They are not concerned about this country's economic plight only wishing and hoping that their unanimous "NO" vote for the stimulus package will be the banner to campaign on. What options did or have to offer except to be cynical.

    July 11, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  8. GuyInVA

    Let me go ahead and take care of the leftist responses:

    "... inherited this mess."
    "... no alternative plans."
    "... George W. Bush."
    "... republicans to blame."
    "... misjudged (wait a minute, no we didn't)."
    "Did I mention Obama inherited this mess?"

    Actually, several republicans have alternative economic plans (whether they are good or bad is anyone's guess). These include the thing that liberals hate the most... tax cuts. However, when the white house responds to every criticism by saying there are no alternatives, and this is echoed by the sycophants in the electronic and print media, it begins to take hold in popular opinion.

    President Obama himself joked recently that he was lying awake wondering about a policy question, so he rolled over and asked Brian Williams what he thought. It's very funny, because sadly, it's very accurate.

    July 11, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  9. Molly Weasley

    Of course, the GOP plan for stimulus was four pages. Tax cuts and no numbers. That was it.

    If the country had gone that route, the unemployment rate would be skyrocketing and the deficit would be several trillion.

    The Party of No is also the Party of No Ideas.

    July 11, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  10. Ike

    Cunning Cantor, go to Britney's concert. yeh

    July 11, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  11. Tom

    Chicago politics as usual!

    July 11, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  12. Raju

    Wha?? The Republicans blocked every single thing that the Democrats tried to do, and now they are saying this. Geez....Republicans...Hypocrites, liars, and time for them to keep their mouth shut!

    July 11, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  13. coach

    The time it takes for recovery will be directly related to how far the economy was permitted to deteriorate by the previous administration.

    July 11, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  14. Hawk, Texas

    Dosen't this fool realize that the stimulus will take a while, it took this nut and his fellow republicans 8 years to put us where we are at. i wish some one would ask him just how many jobs were lost under bush. and how many were shipped over seas.

    July 11, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  15. ElGatoGrande

    And his solution is what?.....

    July 11, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  16. Haas

    the Repubs don't have one single idea on how to get us out of this mess they created. They lie, they cheat and they try to blame someone else.

    Our president told us it wasn't going to be easy and that it was going to take time to get out of this hole. Once we do get out of this hole I wouldn't mind if the Repubs jumped in an buried themselves.

    July 11, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  17. rdh

    The Stimulus Bill was passed without being read by the politicians or by the average citizen because Obama said it was imperative to our economy now (months ago). Can any of you liberal sheep bring up any legislation that Obama and the Dems enacted that has not been full of errors, miscalculations or just plain stupidity?

    July 11, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  18. Ross

    Why does this new president enjoy such remarkable international prestige?

    "The victory of this talented newcomer President chimes with those aspects of American society that the world likes best: And the idea of an African-American president is attractive to anybody moved by the injustice of slavery,. it's not just Obama"s Americanness that appeals: it"s also his multinational makeup. All quarters of the world claim kinship with Obama: Europeans discern a similar mindset; Muslims look to his middle name; Africans recall his lineage; Asians think of his upbringing. Every foreign trip, therefore, has the feeling of a homecoming."
    His eloquence, mannerisms, humiliy, civility, sense of confidence, sharp edged tongue for critics, his smart apperance, his devotion for his family , well thought out and mesured approaches to domestic and foreign policies distinquish him as the most beloved world leader
    Most importantly the honor goes to America for electing him as its president.

    July 11, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  19. Democrat in MD (CNN please post. Thank you!)

    Just rein those horses in, GOP!!! This recession was not started by Obama, has been MONTHS (perhaps YEARS) in the making, & won't be turned around in 6 months. LEAVE OBAMA ALONE & try to work with him in a non-partisan way to help all of us get through this mess!
    Thank you & have a good day!

    July 11, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  20. tedious898

    If we had a dollar for everyone saying "the economy is screwed up because of Obama"...the problem would be solved. We would have a surplus; like under Clinton.

    It never ceases to amaze me how there are people that actually believe the Obama is a complete failure after only a short 6 months in office. Obama is apparently our biggest problem. We should have let Bush serve another 4 years ....because.....after all.....Obama is not nearly as smart or the quality of leader as W.

    I can't stand any more redumblican leadership

    July 11, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  21. E.C.Coleman

    Eric Cantor is one thousand per cent correct.

    There is nothing that has 'worked for the economy under the obama administration............'

    At this point, the economy and jobless are more Visible and Affect Daily Lives MORE than ever before.

    The Economic Situation is Getting Worse by the day.


    July 11, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  22. Hugo Castrobama

    Typical state-controlled media drivel. Bush was universally recognized as doing more to help Africa than all previous presidents combined – but got ZERO credit.

    Obama gives a single speech while flying past Africa, and he is hailed as the best thing to ever happen to Africa just because he is half-black and was born there.

    July 11, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  23. Burton W.

    Republican criticism of the Admininistration's financial policies and commitments brings this parallel to mind:

    My son dropped one of his electronic toys out of our 2nd story window to see what would happen. And his toy was broken. He was in tears and I promised him I would do everything in my power to fix his toy or get another one just as good.

    The original was beyond repair and I have not been successful in locating another one to buy. I search nationwide everyday. But my son is inconsolable. "Why don't you fix it? You promised you would. You don't love me. You said! You said! You said!

    So I did. I love him and that's what I said. I'll keep looking.

    July 11, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  24. AlwaysThinking

    Jobs are being created – Obama never promised full employment overnight.

    In fact, one of the things I've always liked about our president is his willingness to treat us like adults and tell us the hard truth, instead of lying to us ("WMD's, we'll be greeted like liberators, the Iraqi oil will pay for the war, massive tax cuts for the wealthy will result in jobs, privatizing Social Security is the way to go")

    President Obama has always been clear that in order to get out of the messes created by the previous Administration, it's going to take time, money, work and sacrifice.

    The GOP is full of whiny, impatient, greedy, "me-first" children. Until they can offer something other than a re-run of their tried-and-proven failed economic, social and military policies, I think they should zip it!

    July 11, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  25. John

    I want to ask this Idiot:

    What did your Republican Party and Bush do in 8 Years?

    How do you think any Magician on Earth can Fix the Mess you Fools have created?

    You Guys need to Stop talking, because You Guys don't know what you are Talking, and you Guys are Talking Garbage.....

    July 11, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
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