Job creation is 'top priority' in presidential, GOP weekly addresses
March 5th, 2011
11:26 AM ET
12 years ago

Job creation is 'top priority' in presidential, GOP weekly addresses

(CNN)–President Obama called on America to “step up our game,” during the weekly radio address from Miami Central High School in Florida.

While remarking on the fall of the unemployment rate, he singled out “creating jobs and opportunities in a fiercely competitive world” as a top priority because “we have a lot more work to do…for the millions more who still don’t have the right job or all the work they need to live out the American Dream.”

The president attributes the gain of 222,000 private sector jobs to “tax cuts that Democrats and Republicans came together to pass” and urged the need for further collaboration between both parties to deliver a budget that “cuts spending without slowing our economic momentum.”

Working together was a major theme in the president’s address as he acknowledged the action of both parties to cut spending and keep government running for two weeks, but cautioned that "we can’t do business two weeks at a time. It’s not responsible and it threatens the progress our economy has been making.”

Obama emphasized the need for more bi-partisan cooperation to create a “long-term budget that sacrifices wasteful spending without sacrificing the job-creating investments ” and to “put America back on a fiscally sustainable course.” This can only be achieved, he said, by “sitting at the same table, working out our differences, and finding common ground.”

The president added that, “We need a government that lives within its means without sacrificing job-creating investments in education, innovation, and infrastructure” because the future of the country depends on making sure that “our children and our country are better prepared than anyone else in the world.”

Freshman Tennessee Rep. Diane Black echoed the need for job creation in the weekly Republican address, but urged the government to get out of the way so that small businesses can “create the jobs and grow on their own.”

Black stated that job creation must be a “number-one priority for both parties,” but “the policies of the past haven’t worked.” She took a different view of new jobs numbers saying, “Despite some signs of life in our economy, the unemployment rate is still far above the levels that the president’s advisors promised when the ‘stimulus’ spending bill was signed into law."

She prescribed a new approach to improve the economy that includes “cutting unnecessary spending and removing barriers to job growth.” She pledged that the new majority would take “a complete inventory of Washington’s rules and regulations” in order to “root out the ones that make it harder to create jobs. On the list for examination: “wasteful mandatory spending programs” including “Obamacare,” “the Dodd-Frank financial regulation bill that’s drying up credit for our small businesses” and “EPA rules that are hurting job creation and creating higher gas prices.”

“It’s not just the overreaching that has to stop,” she said, “It’s the overspending.”

Black criticized the president’s budget as “maintaining the status quo” and adding to the nation’s debt as well as “uncertainty that makes it harder to create jobs.” Instead, she said, “After two ears we know that government doesn’t create private-sector jobs,” and pledged that “our majority is focused on getting government out of the way and charting a new path to prosperity.”

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soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    What makes right wingnuts weird is their refusal to accept reality. Fox is not a credible place for news. You do not have palm trees in Madison in March, but Bill O'Reilly did not know it is chilly in Wisconsin. Right wingnuts now think that Boner's stance on DOMA, abortion and repealing health reform is the reason 1.5 million jobs were created last year.

    March 5, 2011 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    As long as right wingnuts play the role love slaves to the Koch brothers, the republican party will be nothing more than the party of billionaires and foreign corporations.

    March 5, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  3. Bessy

    Whew, " think again ". I'm glad that you corrected yourself.
    These people that are so critical of our president have no idea what they are even talking about or else they just like to keep trying to instigate problems with others like themselves. Our country is being destroyed by organized religion and the Republicans who are trying to destroy the middle and lower classes. They will eventually fail but it will take a lot of us to see that it does happen. First though, it would be nice if we could educate some of the idiots who blog on this forum. I guess in reality, they are not interested in learning the truth. They just want to continue to be " rabble rousers ".

    March 5, 2011 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  4. Sue

    Hmmmm........According to the article, Obama said that the fall of the unemployment rate is due to the reduced taxes for businesses. Yet, Obama and the Democrats had to be forced to pass those tax cuts. Interesting......So, the bottom line is that if it were not for the fact that the Democrats got clobbered in November--the tax cuts would not have passed. And, if the tax cuts did not pass--we would still be seeing the unemployment rate going UP, not down. Thank goodness the Democrats got their butts kicked in November.

    March 5, 2011 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  5. annie s

    I agree it's the President's priority – and his policies are working. But to say Republicans want to create jobs, when their first order of business (other than taking away women's rights) has been to offer a budget that cuts 700,000 jobs, as well as jobs and education programs is a joke.

    March 5, 2011 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  6. annie s

    P.S. to rep. Black, I'm a small business owner and the government has not gotten in my way – as a matter of fact, thanks to Obama, I was able to get a loan from a small local bank to increase my inventory and production, which has has in turn increased my output and sales. In addition, via the Recovery Act, I was given a 100% deduction for my capital investments. He also gave me a 35% tax break on the health insurance premiums I pay for my employees, so overall, my bottom line is up and I will be able to add two employees to my payroll this spring. Keep it up, Mr. President!

    March 5, 2011 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  7. valwayne

    Obama's massive corrupt spending and debt has damaged the nation terribly. The current recovery is the slowest and worst in the nations history because Obama did everything wrong. And just as we are barely edging into recovery Obama's foreign policy of bows, apology, and appeasement has the middle east in flames, and gasoline prices moving quickly to $5 a gallon or over. Had Obama not killed drilling in Alaska, exploration and drilling offshore, and blocked any new nuclear power plans we would be in much better shape, but now we are at the total mercy of chaos in the middle east. As these energy prices hit our economy the weak recovery will likely stall. Thanks Obama!

    March 5, 2011 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  8. Dean

    There are not many jobs left to create. We really have all the stuff we need, it is just being made out of this country. If some new jobs are created they will just be shipped overseas because of taxes and government regulations. We need regulation reform, tax reform and tariffs and taxes on imported good and outsourced service jobs to bring our jobs back home.

    March 5, 2011 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  9. majikbunny

    Look at all the jobs Republican Governor Walker of Wisconsin says he is about to create!! Turning down the construction of the high speed rail service in Florida will also create lots of construction jobs there!! Gotta admit...the Republicans have a plan!!

    March 5, 2011 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  10. Angry Voter

    Here is the real kicker. Obama is NOT meeting with people that create jobs. None of the large corporation CEO's have any experience STARTING a company from scratch, only the small company CEO's that are on their second or third successful company know how to create jobs. Even Apple's CEO is the wrong choice, because his start up days were 30 years ago. Irrelevant in today's business / tax / global environment.

    March 5, 2011 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  11. Colorodan

    Listening to the Republicans about job creation is like taking sailing lessons from the captain of the titanic. Last time they had control we were losing 700,000 jobs a month before we got them out of office. Now they have the nerve to whine about Obama's 100,000 to 200,000 jobs created a month. I am no mathematical genius but I know that plus 100,000 trumps negative 700,000 any day. Go Obama.

    March 5, 2011 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
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