Republicans slam president on jobs
August 27th, 2011
06:01 AM ET
11 years ago

Republicans slam president on jobs

(CNN) - In the GOP weekly address, Nevada Sen. Dean Heller blasted President Barack Obama for his economic policies and said the country is still waiting for an effective job-creation plan.

“It is clear that the approach of this administration and its supporters have taken for economic recovery has failed miserably,” Heller said Saturday.

Citing his home of Nevada as the worst-hit state in the recession, Heller blamed rampant spending in Washington, the new health care reform law, and a “seemingly endless stream” of regulations for crippling and killing jobs.

“The American public and businesses alike are waiting on a plan that can plant the seeds of economic growth and bolster job creation,” Heller said.

His remarks come more than a week after Obama announced he would propose a jobs plan soon after Labor Day.

Among suggested solutions for recovery, Heller advocated a balanced budget amendment, more open rules on energy exploration and a repeal of Obama’s sweeping health care reform.

The tax code also needs reform, Heller said, and made simpler for individuals and employers by cutting out “special interest loopholes.”

“The continual threat of tax increases feeds the uncertainty that serves as an impediment to economic growth,” he said.

Heller also called for an end to “scare tactics” employed by members of Congress regarding Medicare and Social Security.

No one wants to end the entitlement programs, he said, but they do need adjustments.

“They will not be around for our generation or the next unless Congress takes the necessary steps to strengthen these programs,” Heller said. “They can be fixed, but the lies have to stop.”

Filed under: Dean Heller • Economy • Jobs • President Obama • Republicans
soundoff (113 Responses)
  1. Asq

    Republicans slam Obama, offer no solutions of their own, business as usual.

    August 27, 2011 06:14 am at 6:14 am |
  2. johnson

    Really? and what might those bad policies be? I keep hearing repubs say his policies are killing us, please be more specific. I keep hearing that he is a big spender, on WHAT? spending to get the very people who hate him out of a mess? WOW, talk about an ungrateful, hateful and self centered nation. WE are IDIOTS, no wonder we are the laughing stock of the world and are driving ourselves to ruin over partisanship.

    August 27, 2011 06:58 am at 6:58 am |
  3. Marie MD

    Hey heller, as we wait to see what Irene does to MD today I want to reiterate that your rethugs were the ones who ran in 2010 on JOBS, JOBS, JOBS, JOBS!!
    All they have done since taking office in January has been to try to prevent the country from going forward, including job creation, but they are really standing by their rich friends and their friends the corporations.

    August 27, 2011 07:10 am at 7:10 am |
  4. Dan

    Considering that it is the republican party that promised jobs in the 2010 elections and have done nothing but promote their social agenda since, and then turn around with the ryan plan and a host of others trying to kill medicare and social security. It really shows how the republican party thinks that everyone in this country is stupid and will not remember. They think that they have the independent voters wrapped up in a nice election day package, think again!!!

    August 27, 2011 07:22 am at 7:22 am |
  5. Wisco

    yeah Blame the president
    He can force Businesses to hire

    wait a second
    wasnt it the Republicans who ran on job creation? Where is YOUR plan?

    August 27, 2011 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
  6. Let's get rational now

    Where are the republican job's programs? Have they enacted any of them? All they talk about is cutting taxes (been there, seen that, done that, DIDN'T WORK!) and cutting federal spending (can't figure out how that is going to stimulate the economy since the government is the only agency investing right now). So where are their plans?

    I agree that Obama hasn't exactly been successful at this but at least he has been trying. You cannot say that for the republicans.

    August 27, 2011 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  7. Martha in CF

    Well Mr Heller, where are the jobs that the Repubs promised the American people. You have nothing to say on what the President is doing. Go do your jobs and stop this nonsense.................

    August 27, 2011 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  8. diridi

    Obama, you know one thing, GOP does not care for any thing, it wants your failure. These GOP idiots do not care for the nation, it cares for "Corporate America, Oil Greed America. It does not care Middle Class, It cares for Rich and Super Rich dudes, o.k, These idiots do not understand, because they are "Uneducated in the nation". USA, it is your karma...that's it. All this educated tell to fellow Americans, is just vote direct Democratic Ticket. GOP is wiped out. Super Rich Warfare, and Greed Warfare, and wait, it is going to be Caste war fare,because we are having too many nasty greedy and corrupt India idiots....stop immigration for a while...please, GOP wants to use cheap labor....nation needs to put a stop on it......god bless, Obama2012....

    August 27, 2011 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  9. T'sah from Virginia

    [In the Republican weekly address, Nevada Sen. Dean Heller blasted President Barack Obama for his economic policies and said the country is still waiting for an effective job-creation plan]

    Did this MORON get the email?????? Doesn’t he know that President Obama will announce a JOBS PLAN after Labor Day????? You see, this is why the REPUBS FAIL!!! They have NO MIND of their own and the stick to the same talking points that’s MAPPED OUT for them and cannot even recognize that what they are talking about has already been addressed!!!!

    GOP = Got Opinion on Past

    [No one wants to end the entitlement programs, he said, but they do need adjustments.]

    This is another statement that I have noticed the REPUBS are picking up – All of a sudden NOW, they don’t want to “CUT” entitlements but “ADJUST” them – or “FIX” them. [“They can be fixed, but the lies have to stop.”] This is something the LEFT was willing to do all along – this is NOTHING new to the LEFT. And if the Repubs think the LEFT was “lying” about what the REPUBS wanted to do with Medicare/Medicaid/SS – then why do you have to FIX IT????? Maybe the REPUBS got an earful while they were on vacation!!!

    The problem with the RIGHT is the far-RIGHT – therefore, the “not so far-RIGHT” must break away and hope they survive!!!

    August 27, 2011 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  10. bb

    The Republicans clearly can do all the 'slamming' they want to do – but they sure do refuse to do anything about jobs when it comes down to it. They are all talk. They have absolutely no intention of doing anything about jobs. Examine their track records – facts don't lie.

    Romney – He made is fortune by buying corporations, dissecting them- selling off the assets and firing the workers. During his only term as governor of Massachusetts – he was ranked at the bottom of the nation in jobs creation by the US Dept. of Labor. Bachmann – if she wanted to do something about jobs, she already has had the opportunity. The Republicans gained the house back in 2010 after running on the sole platform of jobs creation, yet have not even discussed it since then – and before then as well. Perry – Some jobs have been created in TX, but not what he'd have people outside of TX believe. Because of the massive influx of immigrants, the sheer #s alone have created more GOVERNMENT jobs and more minimum wage jobs (fast food restaurants,etc.) to handle the inflow of more lower class immigrants. Ask any Texan – regardless of party, they HATE Perry and will rant on the mess he's created there. No wonder he could not announce his candidacy in his own state.

    August 27, 2011 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  11. LegendRx

    Congress, yeah congress is responsible for job creation not the president, Obama has put things on the table only to be crushed by the party of no. They undermine his initial health care package that included some of their ideas. His policies never had a chance to be effective with the republicans blocking at every turn. 2010 they were elected to the house on "JOBS" Now the same question but to the republicans, "Where Are The Jobs"? Period. P.S. If something is lacking, add to it to make it better. Don't repeal the healthcare bill improve it. Republicans are a bunch of losers. Next?

    August 27, 2011 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  12. Namryan NC

    To think that Republicans have maintained all their promises about job creation... So many job-related bills... Oh wait, what? This is not 2010? Republicans haven't created a single job and tried to collapse the US economy for political gain?
    They are trying to kill the middle class that they claimed to protect?
    This must be a rude awakening for the people that voted for them... Right? They still blame the president? Well then the US really deserve Mrs Bachman and Mr. Perry as POTUS!

    August 27, 2011 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  13. fmac

    were is the republicans jobs bill ? i guess its more important to make sure the rich an corporations don,t pay any taxes.

    August 27, 2011 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  14. wgf

    Hey Republicans - you ran for election in 2010 on a platform that said you would create more jobs, so it's time for you to put up or shut up.

    As for this "seemingly endless stream of regulations" - what exactly are they ? Is that code for Health Care ? Because I haven't heard of one specific regulation, let alone what's in the endless stream. I run a small business, and we have no more reporting restrictions on us now than when we started business 25 years ago.

    August 27, 2011 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  15. John

    It wasn't the President that ran In 2010 on JOBS, It was you Republican and the Tea Party that Promise to get JOBS. And You haven't even try to put a bill on President Obama deck. So It you Republican and the Tea Party that was LIES about about JOBS. You Republican and tea Party need to start doing your Job and Quit trying to blame everything on President Obama, I'm sure If there was a Bill on his deck about Finding Jobs he would sign It. And everything the President come up with you Republican and tea party don't like It, But I haven't even heard anything from you Republican and Tea Party ,and you are the one who Promise In 2010 elections. Why don't you people Quit Complaining and do your JOB.

    August 27, 2011 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  16. minnie

    GOPers say everything the President does kills jobs but of course, that isn't true. Health insurance reform is killings jobs? The majority of it hasn't even taken effect yet. President Obama wants to let the Bush tax cuts expire and that would help create jobs but again, won't happen because it's coming from Obama. And what have the Republicans done to create jobs? I hear even they have six of their own vying for one job on Pennsylvania avenue.

    August 27, 2011 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  17. BeanTown Bully

    I find it amazing that these Republicans can say Obama has failed, for when he took office we were losing almost 100,000 jobs a month. We are now adding jobs, due to HIS fiscal policy. The Republicans continuously negate the fact that their policies of deregulation, conservatism, and greed are the catalyst that caused this current situation. The economy picks up when people buy things, not when business feels they pay a fair amount in taxes.
    Taxes merely help our country function, and provide monetary solvency to the endeavors of balancing our societal scale of inequity. This is why they want to de-fund the government. With less money, the government can do less, hence placing more power to corporations who will exploit the needy every chance they get.
    Republicans are either evil, or stupid.
    Either way, it’s not good for our country

    August 27, 2011 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  18. Redleg

    Why do Republicans think that something you already paid for, like Medicare and Social Security, is an "entitlement"?.

    August 27, 2011 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  19. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Wow... I thought the government couldn't create jobs... Which is it (this week...)? Oh. I'm pretty sure it starts with "job killing..." according to the disingenuous Repub party of NO... Obama is responsible for the "job killing hurricane", the "job killing earthquake" the "job killing sun"... Just what proposals have the "jobs, jobs, jobs.." Repubs made? ***crickets...

    August 27, 2011 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  20. Chris

    Wasn't it the Republicans who ran their 2010 campaign on the slogan of "Jobs, jobs, jobs!"? Didn't the GOP promised if they gained the majority in Congress they would focus like a laser on nothing but jobs and the economy? And they have not submitted a single bill to do anything about jobs.

    August 27, 2011 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  21. GI Joe

    I think any failure is due to the Obstructionists in the HELL NO CAUCUS fillibustering and blocking any and all ideas to move our country ahead.

    Vote the teahadists out of congress, or our country is GONE.

    August 27, 2011 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  22. Henry Miller

    It's not Obama's job to create jobs, it's his job to keep government out of the way so the private sector can create jobs. But, being a closet socialist, he won't do that. He's going to go on over-regulating and threatening to over-tax businesses, thereby continuing to make it impossible for them to grow and hire people.

    Obama and the far-Left are killing the American economy, something I guess we could call econicide.

    August 27, 2011 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  23. once upon a horse

    Let me see if I remember correctly some party ran on a platform in Novemember 2010 on JOBS, JOBS, JOBS. So far that particular party has YET to pass a jobs bill less known introduce one. And since that election that particular party has helped sink Congress approval rating to a dismal 13% along with a mid 20's approval rating for that particular party itself. But they have little to no problem throwing stones. I wonder party that could be.

    August 27, 2011 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  24. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Republicans and Tea Baggers ran on creating jobs in 2010. It is clear they have no plan other than eliminate all taxes on the wealthy and have the middle class, the poor, the teachers, the police, the firemen, veterans, and seniors pay for it. Fire Boner in 2012. By the way, have we heard anything about Eric Cantor's wife misdirecting people's pension funds to Eric's campaign.

    August 27, 2011 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  25. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Since January, the house, under the leadership of the orange man, has passed only social conservative bills. While it may be important for republicans to put a government agent in every bedroom, that does not help our country move forward. Republicans have been wrong on every important issue facing Americans for 30 years.

    August 27, 2011 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
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