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. Nancy

    How long has Obama been on leadership, as president of the USA? How long again? Did i hear, a little over 6 months?

    I thot a presidential term lasts 4 years atleast, and why are these GOP nay sayers are saying, this early that the Dems hv 'broken' promises?? It takes a long time to fix the the huge mess that was left by the previous administration. so, GOP, chill!


    July 11, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  2. Linda Evers

    Yes, its true. Obama can't repair the economy as quickly as Bush could ruin it.

    July 11, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  3. "change has come to America."

    It is simple and clear:

    What did you expect from a community organizer with ZERO PRIOR EXECUTIVE EXPERIENCE both in the public and private sector?????

    No wonder why Obama's job approval polls are falling down.....In some states such as Ohio it is below the 50%......

    July 11, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  4. MEL

    Cantor & the rest of his miserable Republican ilk had eight good, long years to keep the Democratic prosperity going. They Inherited a several trillion dollar surplus and wasted it – leaving President Obama and his country a several trillion dollar deficit – an unprecedented 6 trillion dollar turn around. Job losses were well established before G.W. Moron left office with his tail between his legs. It does and will take considerable time and effort to turn this Republican-built and Republican-captained Titanic around. Now Cantor and the rest of his rats want to leave the ship – good riddance! No one really expects a single Republican to do the right thing and support the President, or at the very least quietly give him a chance to fix what they so deftly created. I hope each and every one of these loud mouth cretins leave and that they get what they justly deserve. I recall an esteemed Republican suggesting a Japanese remedy – something about falling on a sword.

    July 11, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  5. Neilz

    For every one job created by "stimulus," five workers are left unemployed. That's this week. Next week, hundreds of thousands will begin to fall out of benefits. No jobs. No income. Congress and Obama have done nothing to create jobs. All they have done is line the pockets of big business. They get trillions while workers get squat.
    Nobody misjudged anything, and Cantor knows it. This is all smoke and mirrors designed to draw attention away from the fact Congress and Obama are getting ready to hand over billions more to big business in the misguided hopes a few jobs may "trickle down" to workers.
    People like to compare the Obama administration to FDR. It's getting to look more like Hoover's last term than FDR.

    July 11, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  6. William Davis

    I am a moderate republican who is disappointed with the republican party. i dont care what political party you are with, There is no way McCain, Palin, Biden, Obama, or Joe America can turn the economy around in 5 months. NO ONE CAN!!!!

    It upsets me that Republican Party think that the Economy will turn around over night. There are already signs of improvements. Its slow..but it is moving in right way slowly. Its A Start!!!

    Even if McCain had won...there is no way he could turn the economy around of his promises of 'tax Cuts" in 5 months

    Eric Cantor, you are better than this. Stop criticizing Obama,Before I register myself as a democrat.

    Give it a Chance.!!!!

    Forget it..Count me as a DEMOCRAT!!!

    July 11, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  7. TrustNoneOfThem

    When will all the "conservatives" and "liberals" realize that ALL political parties lie and mislead everyone. All the democrats do is blame republicans and vice versa.
    There is no real concern for this country, just the lusting for power. Power rules all else with political parties.
    Read these rants: "stupid republicans" ; "liberal idiots"; it's all the same. Sometimes I think both party leaders get together and have brandy and cigars while laughing at the American publics gullibility.

    July 11, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  8. suzyku

    Eric Cantor is the one who is not only a liar but also not too bright! He's a loser plain and simple along with boehner and the rest of the wing nuts! They need to crawl back under their rocks and preferably stay their and be quiet!

    July 11, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  9. phoenix86


    "sick and tired of reading...." It is obvious that you DON"T read. The republicans have put out alternatives (that work) to each Tax, Borrow and Spend" democratic "idea".

    Either you purposely don't pay attention or you simply don't comprehend what you read..

    And to D. Tree who said "jobs were created immediately". Name ONE.

    July 11, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  10. valwayne

    A completely corrupt special interest payback stimulous bill that hasn't stimulated anything except greed among the Democrats for more stimulous and debt. Meanwhile 9.5% UNE:MPLOYMENT and still shooting up! And what is Obama doing? Whey of course he's on Safari in Africa. The Chicago Way, plunging the U.S. economy into more debt and printed money than in the history of the world, lecturing Africans on Corruption and Good Governance? While millions and millions of Americans continue to joing the UNEMPLOYMENT line? What incredible arrogance!!!

    July 11, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  11. Ann

    Who cares? Grandma Robinson and the girls are taking trips, Michelle keeps up with fashion, and Mr. Obama is grinning all over the world.

    July 11, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  12. I Am The Great And Powerful Rush Of Oz

    The party of No expects instant results, yet their only "plan" is to cut taxes for the wealthy, while promoting the continuation of previously failed policies, consisting of little or no regulation of big oil, big pharma, big coal and big insurance. The 25 year policy of rolling back government oversight and regulation pushed us to the brink of depression, while creating corporate socialism. Obama is trying to bail us out of the mess Cantor and his minions created.

    July 11, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  13. Kenyan Wonder Kid

    Okay, Mr Genius D.Tree! Just where are these jobs? Even his own administration cannot show them (they only waves their hands and talk about jobs "saved" – whatever that is), and so your statement is totally baseless.

    No jobs, but treeeliions of our own money wasted to his political cronies. Oh, and we have lost ALL respect from our enemies, and are thus at much greater risk than at any time since WW2 – or more.

    July 11, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  14. Michael, AL

    Mr. Cantor, you might have not been paying enough attention when he said that the unemployment will continue to be a lagging indicator for a while. So you might want to sit down and do your job. Every time you get up and fuss about the president and present no alternative, you prove why your party is being depicted as the party of No!. P.S. the president did not say in any fashion that in 6 or 7 months that the economy would fully recover. So if you thought that, you were misled.

    July 11, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  15. whaley41

    You democrats and liberals need to SHUT UP and give some honest answers where the stimulus money are providing massive numbers of jobs that were promised. I see NONE in my area. All the stimulus money is going to medicaid and the money that is going to schools to save jobs will have to be paid back in two years thru more taxes on the people. The jobs I see created in my area has nothing to do with stimulus money and the web site the WH promised to show how the money is spent is a joke and a waste of taxpayer money. Small business is not helped at all. All I want is for the WH house to show where the millions of jobs that were promised by the stimulus are showing up. Seems they don't know themselves! Don't make promises if you can't keep them..either party!!

    July 11, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  16. catmom

    Are Republicans serious? Did they really expect the economy to come around and be perfect in six months? I sure would like to know what their ideas are and what their time line is. I mean after all, if they only want to give President Obama six months to clean up the economy their plan should work immediately. Where is their plan ?

    July 11, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  17. peter

    Republican do you have any idea how do go out of recession which had brought by you for the US and the world at large instead of open your big mouth?

    July 11, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  18. Steve in Kentucky

    Here we go with "slams" again in a Ticker headline. I'll bet this word gets used on CNN's political ticker 20 or 30 times a week.

    Here are some other words for those who don't have enough imagination to come up with them on their own:

    Scoffs at
    Takes On

    The list goes on and on. But in the case of Eric Cantor, "Spews" seems to fit best, such as "Top House Republican Spews Alternate Reality"

    July 11, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  19. John

    Oh no, another Republican creatin spewing nonsense. Where was Cantor and the rest of his nutsacks at when Bush was getting us into 2 wars and destroying the Country? Not a peep then so maybe Cantor and the rest of them should STFU now and let the grown-ups fix this problem.

    All you Repubs out there should keep doing exactly what you have been doing for most of this decade, since it seems to be working so well.

    July 11, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  20. Len Smith

    Eric is new to the world and would not remember what the Reagan and Bushies administration did to this country and now we are paying for it big time. Clinton left office with a very large surplus and where did it go??? Tax cuts for the wealthy, I love 15% capital gains tax, which only effects the very wealthy. Give it time child, times will get better when republicans stop being greedy and join in to build this country back.

    July 11, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  21. nb

    I worked in a factory that produces rubber parts for the automobile industry from 1999-2004. When I first started business was good. As early as 2002, there were signs of the auto industry hurting. They had their first layoffs in over two decades. By my math, Bush and the Republicans had six years to do something and did not! Now they want to criticize Obama for not fixing their mess in 7 months! Deep down they know they had more than their chance to do something productive and all they did was stir up trouble and take our money by raising gas prices! Wow people accusing Obama of lies...I think Psychologists have a term for it when you transfer guilt of your own to others. Bush and Cheney are still lying to Americans, and Republicans are still eating it up!

    July 11, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  22. manny

    is he saying we will be better if repubs are in charge?
    though i know in America we still have people who are proud of leaders that deceived them for 8yrs. can you imagine some people believe bush and cheney were born again Christians,
    family values,
    fiscal conservatives,

    hahahahahhahahah,,,,,,,,,, i am still laughing

    July 11, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  23. floydfix69

    well we're all waiting for the gop's plan, oh theydon't have one

    July 11, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  24. VGal

    I would love to hear a new idea out of this guy. I don't disagree with what he's saying, but he's said it at least 1000 times over the past 6 months. Can he be little more original? Can he come up with some constructive ideas?

    July 11, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  25. Dave R

    And....which party got us in this mess to begin with?? Jesus Christ could have created the stimulus package and the Republicans would still be whining. They want their plan but they have no plan.

    July 11, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
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