December 9th, 2009
11:40 AM ET
6 years ago

Borger: Don't forget deficit in rush to create jobs

(CNN) - If you're a Democratic political adviser right now, you've got one major question heading into the 2010 midterm elections: Do voters worry more about the skyrocketing deficit or high unemployment?

The answer: unemployment.

In fact, according to a recent survey done by Democracy Corps, a Democratic research firm, Americans worry twice as much about jobs as the deficit: "...When forced to choose, voters embrace a bold jobs initiative over a long-term deficit reduction program by two-to-one."

Ipso facto, a new jobs bill is born.

Never mind that the first stimulus package has yet to truly kick in. Or that, within the next month, the Senate has to hold its nose and vote to raise the federal debt limit above its current $13 trillion level. That's a tough vote, even for big spenders.

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  1. Dave of Oregon

    My guess is that Gloria Borger is working for the other ticket. My guess is that Gloria Borger is not reporting objectively about the shear mammoth deeds required to turn this country around. My guess is that Gloria Borger is representing the likes of the Dick Armey's and so forth, attempting to derail Obama's best efforts to turn around this deplorable economy. If Obama does this he will hurt us or if Obama does that he will hurt us! Right! Just try to reopen a store the very next day after a tornado has devastated it. This is truly a large feat! How does one try to start jobs if most jobs are off-shored? How does one get more money into the system without destroying that economy? The CBO has shown that the health care bill will not add to the deficit but Borger contends that it will, showing her ignorance or worse her lack of faith in this country! Gloria, you used to be a far better reporter until the Right-wing has muzzled your objectivity by cash or ideology!

    December 9, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  2. Jokes aside!

    Its funny the party of NO NO No grumpy bittter angry old men which drove this economy to its knees have the guts to critic everything the new WORLD LEADER OF THE FREE WORLD is trying to do. Republicans spent recklessly with un necessary wars! the tax cut for the rich only benefited the rich, the trickle down effect was a total failure. UNLESS THE AMERICANS HAVE A SHORTER MEMORY THAN THE WARTHOG, NO ONE SHOULD LISTEN TO THE NAYSAYERS FROM THE Republican party.

    December 9, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  3. bob in LA

    Employment = income
    Income = more tax revenue
    Unemployment = goverment spending
    Goverment spending = higher deficits
    Our country wil benefit from a job stimulaiton bill that will put people to work. The old addage- it takes money to make money works for business and goverment. History taught us this on the 30's and its ture today.
    On that same note- healthy workers increase productivity. Healthcare keeps people healthy = more revenue to tax.
    And the cycle continues.

    December 9, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    "What a sham. This adminisration is driving us further into mediocrity every day. The Republic is on it's way down."

    Let me help you, Fake Sniffit. I purposefully have been baiting you with things such as repeatedly placing the word "news" in quotes and reusing one-liners such as "pseudo-militia weekend daycamp" to see if you're smart enough to use the repeated tag lines.

    All your copycatting shows is that the facts and evidence I cite and my arguments debunking Republican ideology and "logic" scare the bejesus out of you GOPers, because you know I'm right and you want nothing more than to put silly nonsense in my mouth to discredit me.

    December 9, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  5. X

    Reasonable points. Perhaps spit the difference and put half toward direct job creation and half toward deficit reduction. There is a tragic human suffering dimension to high unemployment as well.

    December 9, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  6. tate

    Why would you think Obama would understand spending. He had a felon give him his own house in Chicago! So he thinks it is ok to steal and cheat other people out of there money. Usually those scared white folks like his grandma that raised him while his dad was in kenya getting married to goats.

    December 9, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  7. Bob in Pa

    Raising the debt limit is a bad bad idea. The Government should be forced to feel the economic pinch just like everyone else.

    Cut Congressional and Senatorial staffs by 25%.

    Cut all grants by 50%, let some of the arts and sciences put up some of their own cash for a change.

    Cut government travel by 40%, that includes the Obamas nights out.

    If we are going to fund a War, then decalre that the gloves are off, get in, finish the job, get out.

    December 9, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  8. Melissa

    The deficit is massively less important than job creation.

    December 9, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  9. Mark

    Telling Obama to quit spending is funny. That is all we need is more printed money going to already overloaded highway projects.

    Highways are not the answer to our problems!

    December 9, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  10. Bren

    First, the economy/unemployment rate is NOT going to get better with Obama and the Democrats in power/control.

    What business is going to hire new employees--when they do not know what their expenses will be if Obamacare passes-–they don't even know if they will be able to stay in business.

    What business is going to hire new employees-–when they do not know what their expenses will be if Cap and Tax passes-–they don't even know if they will be able to stay in business.

    What business is going to hire new employees-–when they are now being "punished" through increased taxes/penalties for making a profit.

    What business is going to hire new employees-–when they do not know what their taxes are going to be-–being that the Bush tax cuts expire this year.

    December 9, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  11. Debbie

    If there are no jobs then there is no one to pay back the deficit!

    If we only have business/corporate wealth there is no middle class.

    If there is no middle class then America as we have known it will cease to exist.

    We will be back to the French Revolution and the 3 estates.

    December 9, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  12. Molly Weasley

    Hey Gloria! I don't you remember EVER SAYING ONE THING about the deficit the entire time George Bush was president.

    President Clinton: U.S. had a surplus
    President Bush: Deficit grew to $1.2 trillion
    President Obama: Saves economy from another Great Depression, and CNN pundits can't stop parroting GOP talking points.

    December 9, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  13. sammieb51

    Funny no one worried about hte deficit or the debt to China or how much the war cost or how much money is being wasted on TSA programs .... not when George was president and now it is paramount we solve the problem, that ironically, Obama created? Really.

    December 9, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  14. Robin in Tampa, FL

    Do you think people are going to be concerned about the deficit if they don't have a job? Reducing the deficit is important however getting our citizens back to work is far more important.

    December 9, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  15. Hugo

    Washington is so far removed from having ANY business sense with regard to creating jobs it is sickening. Spend and tax, that is it, spend to create jobs, then tax the same poor bastards to death to pay for the insurmountable deficit that Government has created. If they really wanted to create jobs, they would relax permitting and environmental standards for manufacturing, development and industry to create some incentive for business to invest, doesn't have to be forever, it can have some common sense approaches like using the most modernized technologies, all we need is a kick start. Instead they have choked our economy to death and continue to do so pointing fingers across the aisle at each other while both are equally to blame!

    REVOLUTION 2010,2012!

    December 9, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  16. Second Week of Advent- symbolic of Peace...Blessed be the peacemakers for their's is the Kingdom of Heaven

    I would say jobs. My sister's mate has never made use of the 'helping system' in America..and still works...though it's a few days on , a week off...just so the company can stay alive. No one can sustain this way. Where does a over 55 year old go for a stable job in times like these?
    It's shameful and it's just beginning.....I don't blame our President for this...this has been in the making on at least the last four Presdients...all parties share a hand in the state of our country...which means all hands on deck for all citizens now.

    December 9, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  17. Nea

    So What we as Americans suppose to do sit and worry about the deficit while people cant pay their mortage and are struggling. Dont get me wrong the deficit is a important issue but it will always be there to some degree, I say get the country moving again by putting people back to work and then worry about the deficit.

    December 9, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  18. Political scientist for AGW

    Expectv every bill from now on to be called a 'Jobs' bill.

    December 9, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  19. Jane/Seattle

    Don't FORGET 8 long years of DEFICIT WAR SPENDING BY THE BUSH REGIME AND COMPLICIT Legislators FROM mostly the GOP! The fake drummed up FEAR of Terrorists worked very well we see! Don't forget Republicans Like to accuse Democrats of being Big Spenders when actually, in this case, The Reverse IS TRUE! This author just made the same claim and I am challenging her. Maybe if Government wages, government carreer folks, and other "public servants" (what a laugh!) would take a hit on wages and join those who are paid slave wages into poverty by the ruling Corporatocracy, we'd actually be able to bring down this deficit?! But oh NO, we gotta get ours and screw the rest of you! Even screwing the Kids is a way of life these days and for some time now! The American Village Sucks and we know it! Talk is Cheap! So who is responsible now for this budget nightmare? Overpaid Contractors might be part of this issue, ya think? Peace

    Hey, Peoples, don't let these folks continue to further Obfuscate, Obscure, Shift the Subject, and Keep cCaiming that it IS Democrats who put us here!

    December 9, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  20. oldtimer

    /let them have their fun, for November is coming and they will all be looking from the outside in and wonder what happened. The unemployement line will certainly get bigger with all those politicians out of work.

    December 9, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  21. Simpliticus

    "Never mind that the first stimulus package has yet to truly kick in. Or that, within the next month, the Senate has to hold its nose and vote to raise the federal debt limit above its current $13 trillion level. That's a tough vote, even for big spenders." Gloria, are you advocating for "Never mind" because if you are you go down with the rest of us. Never let it be said that George W. Bush didn't know how to use a charge card or that he takes these to their limits. Also, let it be known that it was Bush, in the Hall, with the charge card, that caused all this damage you are speaking about. Yes, debt limits are the charge of the Senate and yes, the Senate has again and again voted to raise that limit again and again. What else is new? Let us all thank George W. Bush who got is all into this mess which President Obama has to extricate us all there from! Thank goodness, Gloria, you have a job to be able to tell us all of this debacle! Thank George W. Bush for your good fortune!

    December 9, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
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