Job creation is 'top priority' in presidential, GOP weekly addresses
March 5th, 2011
11:26 AM ET
11 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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  1. andreNYC

    ok.. hate to admit it-since i've cooled my support for the president- but he must have done something right, for the past two years the American economy hasn't slumped terribly and Republicans haven't done anything to improve job growth either since they've been in office... me thinks the criticism should be leveled to reality now

    March 5, 2011 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  2. DENNA

    Too bad job creation isn't at the top the Republican agenda. Apparently their masters, the tea party, doesn't care about job creation, so they don't. Okay now people do you see why you should never let the rethugs run things? And you definitely don't give them two shots at you. Where are the jobs Boehner???? Cantor? Anybody who call themselves a republican? Where are the jobs?

    March 5, 2011 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  3. diridi

    way to go....I vote for not worry about Libya...Arabs take is a drama in middle east.....Tighten immigration, we need immigration inspectors to nab and bust who hire illegals, esply motels, and gas. stn. guys....wake up and bust and tighten...

    March 5, 2011 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  4. Gaylon Barrow

    WOW! How creative this numbskull is. He sure talks the talk but he can't walk the walk. Please leave as quickly as possible.

    March 5, 2011 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  5. ThinkAgain

    “the Dodd-Frank financial regulation bill that’s drying up credit for our small businesses”

    What a bunch of BS! The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act was signed into law on July 21, 2010.

    The bank bailout (Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008) was enacted October 3, 2008

    March 5, 2011 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  6. Weird Palladin in SF

    Gee, he should have thought of that 2 years ago, before he gave a trillion dollars of our hard earned tas money to his corrupt union boss supporters and another trillion to the lazy, dope addicts for their health care which allows them to buy more of their big screed tv's and sit around and watch Oprah. Perhaps someone can clean up the mess his corrupt union supporter left in the Wisconsin capital and its grounds. Wait, the TEA Party is doing that. Why is the liberally biased media not reporting the assaults on Fox New reporters and the obnoxious behavior of the thieving, corrupt unions in Wisconsin. CNN is sure to report even unsubstantiated rumors of TEA Party misbehavior?

    March 5, 2011 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  7. ThinkAgain

    Sorry, hit the Post button too soon ...

    “the Dodd-Frank financial regulation bill that’s drying up credit for our small businesses”

    What a bunch of BS! The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act was signed into law on July 21, 2010.

    The bank bailout of $700 billion (Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008) was enacted October 3, 2008. It was proposed by Bush's Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and was done to inject capital into banks so they would start lending again to small businesses.

    The credit hasn't been flowing because the BANKS AREN'T WILLING TO DO IT! They've got the capital; this has nothing to do with regulation. Besides, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act is designed to protect the consumers and our economy from the banks doing the very things that brought the world economy close to collapse. If a bank can't succeed within these reasonable bounds without having to lie and steal, well then, they deserve to go out of business!

    Once again, a Republican Congress member is lying to push the Republicans' agenda of deregulation – the very same deregulation that created the mess President Obama is trying to clean up.

    March 5, 2011 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  8. ThinkAgain

    Black stated that job creation must be a “number-one priority for both parties,”

    It is for the President; it is NOT for the Republicans.

    My proof? What legislation have the Republicans proposed that have to do with job creation? Their main idea – further tax cuts for the wealthy – is a PROVEN FAILURE.

    Republicans are doing their best to destroy the Middle Class and intrude in people's private lives. Their base is a bunch of numbskulls who think that if everyone would just submit to their warped view of Christianity, the world would be perfect.

    In the meantime, the Republicans jerk them around with these hot-button social issues, all the while taking them to the clearners adn robbing them blind.

    Like I say, a person voting for a Republican is like a chicken voting for Col. Sanders.

    March 5, 2011 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  9. GOP = Greed Over People

    Jobs may be the President's top priority but it certainly NOT the GOP's.

    No first, we have gut PBS and get rid of the gay purple puppet.

    Then, stop planned parenthood by "budget cutting".

    Save the fetus in the womb, but once born, call the mother a "welfare queen" with "piglets sucking on the public teat", so, cut the WIC and other programs that will help the "former fetus" after his/her birth.

    Do everything to deflect the fact that the GOP has no ideas about how to create jobs, by trotting out the Huckster to make inane statements about the President and Portman.

    Question 1: The Huckster was front and center when Bristol Palin strutted across the stage with her baby daddy and applauded her unwed status, was that because she was giving birth to another White Supremeist? Perhaps little Snowflake was another immaculate conception and is truly the "second coming of Christ"? Whatever the case, the Huckster was all for THAT unwed pregnancy.

    Question 2: Now that we have the Huckster's hypocrisy front and center, did you forget your Holy Book of Fables "teachings"? Seems to me, Mary was pregnant without the benefit of marriage and was a poor woman.

    So, did the Huckster just call Jesus a bastard and Mary a "welfare queen"? A bit judgmental of the Huckster

    Looks like this "christian con" is just that a con and the Huckster and Christian should never be mentioned in the same sentence.

    Although he is a SOUTHERN BAPTIST "man of the cloth".

    That "cloth" was obviously woven by hands that agree with hypocrisy and bigotry.

    March 5, 2011 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  10. vic nashville tn

    Tennessee Rep. Diane Black “EPA rules that are hurting job creation and creating higher gas prices.”

    Gas price going up due to Middle East crises

    “Government to get out of the way so that small businesses can “create the jobs and grow on their own.”

    Republicans budget cuts and state wide ridiculous legislative bills are hurting middle class pocket that mean no money flow small businesses will affect by republican’s agendas

    March 5, 2011 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  11. ThinkAgain

    Black call for the repeal of “EPA rules that are hurting job creation and creating higher gas prices.”

    Last time I checked, OPEC set gas prices and the current conflict in the Middle East are what is driving up gas prices.

    Boy, these freshman Congressional reps sure don't know diddly about anything ... Oh, wait I forgot: They don't actually think; they just parrot the GOP/Fox/Limbaugh talking points of the day ...

    March 5, 2011 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  12. ThinkAgain

    Black wants to repeal “wasteful mandatory spending programs” including “Obamacare,”

    Another Republican lie! The CBO has shown that health care reform will LOWER the deficit in the long run.

    It also introduces real competition in the health insurance marketplace, which is GOOD for consumers.

    Here's the dirty little secret the Republicans don't want you to know: Since 1998, over 400 mergers left two conglomerates (UnitedHealth Group and Wellpoint) in control of the huge health care insurance industry.

    Because of this lack of competition, insurance premiums increased an average of 87 percent between 2004 and 2010.

    For example: In New York, the cost of health insurance increased 93 percent, while wages increased 14 percent; in California, health insurance increased 109 percent, while wages increased 26 percent; and in Texas, health insurance rose 80 percent, while wages rose 11 percent.

    Ms. Black is a former nurse; you'd think she'd care more about people than about preserving the monopoly health insurance companies have and the control they have over our lives.

    March 5, 2011 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  13. ThinkAgain

    Weird Palladin in SF: You are a Fox and Koch Brothers tool! Gov. Walker of Wisconsin is all about union-busting, which will result in wages across the board being lowered. Walker created his state's deficit by cutting taxes on the Wisconsin corporations – 2/3 of which didn't pay any taxes last year!

    Walker won't accept the wage concessions from the unions; he wants to take away their right to collective bargaining. He wants to cut $800 million from his education budget over the next two years – and not allow localities to raise taxes to replace the lost revenue.

    The corrupt force in this scenario is Walker, who never mentioned any of this scheme when he was campaigning. Heck, the police and firefighters have publicly said that if they'd known Walker was going to do this, they never would have supported him!

    March 5, 2011 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  14. ThinkAgain

    Weird Palladin in SF: First of all, come up with an original screen name.

    Second, why do you refuse to understand that preventive care is much cheaper than treating people at the ER? Providing health care for the uninsured and underinsured will save our country BILLIONS in the long run; do a little research, including reading the CBO's findings.

    You're just another transcriber of the latest Fox/Limbaugh talking points. What a jerk!

    March 5, 2011 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  15. once upon a horse

    Jobs might be the priority for the POTUS but it obviously is NOT for the GOP. And you can bet in private they are not real happy with the current numbers not going in the direction that they are and Obama's approval rating going up.. If the GOP REALLY wanted to focus on jobs they would leave stuff like gay marriage and a woman's right to choose on the back burner. Besides they've shown how many jobs they plan to create when it's been shown their possible cuts will cost close to 700,000 jobs. And the upper 2% just keep getting richer and keeping the money in their pockets. I get the biggest laugh when some of these righties claim that it was because the Republicans "forced" Obama to keep the Bush tax cuts that the job market is now improving. POPPYCOCK! If that was the case we never would have had 9% unemployment anyway since those cuts were still in effect while the economy went bellyup. But facts to the far right and GOP is like garlic is to a vampire....they don't like them.

    March 5, 2011 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  16. American

    Rep. Black,
    What has your majority done so far on jobs? Nothing. The House politicians have wasted valuable time & our tax dollars on symbolic nonsense that has no chance of passing.

    Instead of working together on promised jobs, Black's majority has pandered to social ideologies that intrude on state's rights of marriage and putting their Big government into women's private lives. That's not governing, nor 'conservative' for that matter.

    March 5, 2011 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  17. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Boehner and the Republicans are fighting the defense for marriage act, what's that got to do with jobs or the economy. Republicans do nothing but complain, campaign and repeal because they have absolutely nothing to offer, they do no more than "make busy work" which amounts to nothing.

    March 5, 2011 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    Instead of promoting himself for the hard work Nancy and majority leader Arid did with the recovery act, Obama went to praise Republicans for the tax cut! Obama you made a fool of yourself. How will you argue again that tax cuts for the rich didn't create jobs? I'm not sure of your mind state righ now. Do you really believe that tax cuts that were passed last your is the reason why we had those jobs?

    March 5, 2011 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  19. Indy

    “EPA rules that are hurting job creation and creating higher gas prices.”

    Republicans continue to lie about the reasons for the price of fuel and it has NOTHING to do with the administration. If you are going to be a politician the least you can do is take the time to learn how the worldwide fuel prices are determined. Fuel prices are determined by supply,demand and futures and OPEC.
    the unemployment rate is still far above the levels that the president’s advisors promised when the ‘stimulus’ spending bill was signed into law."
    No one in the world can PROMISE what an unemployment rate will be and Obamas advisors did not PROMISE an actual unemployment rate. Once again job creation comes from supply,demand and innovation and no administration has a crystal ball that will tell the future of what the unemployment rate will be and Republicans should get over the fact that when the stimulis was passed it was to prevent what could have been a disaster in unemployment and there was no promise that unemployment would be a certain by a certain date. We could say however that Republicand did PROMISE jobs, and got back into the house based on tht promise but have yet to create one job yet.

    March 5, 2011 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  20. fayse

    Very well said thinkagain. We have not heard one peep out of the Republicans concerning job creation. They have been too busy trying to score points by attacking the President. They have even stated that their top priority is taking back the White House. If Jesus Christ himself was President, they would be saying and doing exactly the same as they are now. The GOP/TP are a bunch of obstructionist and they could care less about the American Middle class. As Boehner said if they lose jobs "so be it" after he misleadingly announced that 200,000 federal jobs had been added. And as it turned out there were about 46,000 in reality, due to the temp jobs added for the census. Every time one of these windbags open their mouths with a blatant lie, someone comes out with the facts to disprove them. Face it America, we are David and the GOP/tea Party ( which is owned by the Kock brothers) is our Goliath. It will take a lot of work for the little guy to defeat Goliath but, we will prevail.

    March 5, 2011 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  21. willie floyd

    The president has been criticized numerous times for not "keeping a promise". Has it occurred to the people saying this the multitude of things that have faced him of which he had no control? IMHO I rate him 110% considering the pile of garbage he stepped into, courtesy of GWB. Anyone who seriously looks at the progress, however slow, realizes he has accomplished much. I can believe he is working on jobs-the Reps. have shown me no sign they have the same intentions. Planned Parenthood, several things pertaining to abortion, then DOMA-what a joke they are.

    March 5, 2011 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  22. Name Larry

    I glad at least the president feels that way, because the republicans seem to have forgotten about that once in office

    March 5, 2011 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  23. anthony

    Obama has been the ONLY adult in the room. Republicans have got their priorities assbackwards. Theyre concerned with Gay Marriage rights, sending troops to Libya, fighting Unions and Education, repealing health care, saying NO to anything constructive, lying about the Prez, attacking his wife...

    the list goes on and on and none of it seems to ever be about jobs until the unemployment numbers come out, and if theyre good, they take credit, if theyre bad they blame Obama.

    And i cant believe there are people on this board actually buy into the Republican-smoke-up-your-ass routine and somehow think Obama is doing a bad job. After 2 years of getting NO-NO-NO from the right, the President has slowly (and subtly) steered this country back on the right course, pretty much insuring another 4 more years.

    March 5, 2011 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  24. Gaylon Barrow

    I thought setting the budget was the uppermost priority. He's been talking jobs for over 2 and a half years now. Nothing accomplished there just as the budget. When Obama, are you going to get involved in lowering the budget? You can't just keep spending, spending, spendig. I realize this is your goal to bankrupt America, but I have hopes there are enough people in Congress with some patriotic values left that will override you. PLEASE QUIT.

    March 5, 2011 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  25. Liberal4Obama

    I'm getting the sense republicans are almost sad that the economy is getting stronger and job numbers are stronger than at any time in the past two years.

    Good news for America, bad news for the GOP... I guess

    March 5, 2011 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
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