Weekly addresses focus on deficit, jobs
January 8th, 2011
11:02 AM ET
12 years ago

Weekly addresses focus on deficit, jobs

(CNN) - Democrats and Republicans often spout plans to address the budget and long-term deficit, but in their weekly web and radio speeches charted different courses to achieve the goals.

New House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor targeted health care as the first order of business for the new Congress, saying in Saturday's address that repealing the legislation would not only tackle care, but also decrease government spending and help businesses.

"At a time when we need to do everything in our power to encourage job creation, the health care law hangs around the necks of businesses small and large, causing them to not hire new workers - or worse, be forced to let current employees go," Cantor said. "The law is fundamentally flawed because it enables federal bureaucrats to come between patients and their doctors, limiting choices."

The House is scheduled to vote on repeal in the coming week, but a similar bill is likely to fail in the Democrat-controlled Senate and therefore not make it to the president's desk. Yet the Virginia Republican said repealing the bill and replacing it with job-creating provisions follows the three-part rule of the new GOP, which includes asking, "Are our actions focused on job creation and the economy? Are our actions focused on cutting spending? Are our actions focused on shrinking government while protecting and expanding liberty?"

President Obama, meanwhile, highlighted in his Saturday address the recent drop in the unemployment figures and an economy that added more than 100,000 jobs in the last month as a sign the economy continues to rebound.

He urged small businesses to take advantage of tax incentives that were part of the economic package signed into law last month. While encouraged by the new figures, he also said "we plainly still have a lot of work to do."

"Our fundamental mission must be to accelerate hiring and growth," Obama said. "That should be the focus, day in and day out, of our work in Washington in the coming months, as we wrestle with a challenging budget and long-term deficits."

While Congress braces for a fight over an increase to the debt ceiling and the rising national deficit, Obama also asked that Washington refrain from the symbolic battles that often consume politics.

"The tax cuts and other progress we made in December were a much-needed departure from that pattern. Let's build on that admirable example and do our part, here in Washington, so the doers, builders and innovators in America can do their best in 2011 and beyond," Obama said.

soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. annette

    i thought "JOBS" was supposed to be your first order of business. so i see, it was a lie. healthcare for no one seems to be your goal. can't wait for 2012.

    January 8, 2011 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  2. Sean

    Man, Republican talking points are so shallow, if you try to dive into them you just end up smacking your head in futility.

    January 8, 2011 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  3. Boo Rippublicans

    The greastest give anyone could have is good health-you could have all the money in the world,but is sick you don't really have anything.Thanks for nothing as always party of no.

    January 8, 2011 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  4. Indy

    Cantor spews the typical Republican lies, he asks if Republicans are shrinking government,cutting spending and expanding liberty. The answer is NO, just like their favorite word for the past two years. What an idiot he must be to think because he says they are shrinking goverment, cutting spending, and expanding liberty there is any truth to it. They are doing 100% opposite of what he says they are doing. They will add to the deficit with thier lame attempt to repeal healthcare reform. They are decreasing liberty by taking away abortion rights, and add spending by working on everything but job creation and waste an incredible amount of money with their "Party First, Country Last" mentallity. They read the constitution and the very next day ignore it completely. They are the worst of the worst and only Hitler and Satan would be proud of them.

    January 8, 2011 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  5. Tinah

    Where are the jobs? I thought that was the #1 priority. How about "we the people" repeal your healthcare.

    January 8, 2011 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  6. max

    As a student in DC, I find few things as depressing as reading and hearing of the new republican house majority fiending to repeal health care reform while my local pharmacy says that my insurance is refusing to help pay for my medication that allows me to get out of bed on my own in the morning because I "don't need it". Thanks, Boehner et. al. I know who will be getting my vote in 2012.

    January 8, 2011 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  7. Dale

    True story: My mom worked as a nurse, caring for patients and paying into her own health insurance for 20 years. Then she got breast cancer and was immediately dropped by her insurance company. The insurance company basically told her go home and die. Their strategy was to delay the legal fight until she died. Fortunately, generous friends and family paid her bills while she fought her cancer and fought the insurance company in court. And thankfully, she won both battles. She told me the battle with the insurance company caused her more stress than the prospect of dying. Sentencing people to death for insurance company profits happened all the time under the old system, but is now illegal under the new system. It happened to my Mom, but now it can't happen to me or my children. For that, I sincerely thank Mr. Obama and the Dems that supported him.

    January 8, 2011 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  8. kyle

    It's too bad that the GOP wants to focus on healthcare repeal and not on jobs, I wonder how long they will aviod this issue.

    January 8, 2011 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  9. once upon a horse

    Republicans keep dancing around what they plan to replace Healthcare with after they repeal it. Why not just tell the seniors that they'll have to give back the $200 check they got.....insurance companies can boot you off if you get too sick and if you're already sick they can refuse you insurance. It won't get repealed anyway, but it's just the thought that the GOP claimed they want to focus on jobs and really all they want to focus on is 2012 and getting total power.

    January 8, 2011 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  10. Monster Zero

    Here is a fact: Should you become seriously ill without healthcare you go to a hospital. They are required by law to admit you and treat you, yes you will be billed. As long as you pay $10.00 a month toward their bill they cannot harass you, that sure is cheaper than a monthly healthcare premium now isn't it? What do you think that does to a fair and level playing field for people that pay for their care? REPEAL AND REPLACE!

    January 8, 2011 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  11. diridi

    we also need strict immigration....health care for all....do not ever think of repeal of health care...this nation needs direly...

    January 8, 2011 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  12. realstory

    Republicans want to shrink government when a Democrat is in the White House
    and grow government when a Republican is in the White House – hilarious

    January 8, 2011 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  13. johnkc

    What were the republicans blaming for the loss of 750,000 jobs a month when Obama took office. This was before health care legislation, so I just wonder what was on their scope for the cause of the job losses? Evidently Bush policies had caused a hardship for business or the job losses would not have occurred. You never hear the republicans addressing the job loss causes that Bush caused!

    January 8, 2011 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  14. Chris

    The entire Republcian plan seems to be to roll all policies back to the way the were before Obama took office – you know the way they were when we had the worst financial catostrophe since the Great Depression – and yet somehow, this time, everything will work out completely different.

    January 8, 2011 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  15. Earl

    First, the housing market was to blame to the failing economy and small business layoff's not it health care. The republican blame everyone but themselves. They controled the house 6 of the 8 years bush was in office and did nothing about healthcare, they spent money we didn't have where was the tea party then?

    January 8, 2011 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |