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
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  1. The Elephant in The Room

    Isn`t it interesting hoe Republicans are trying to carefully pivot away from saying "tax cuts for job creators" or that politicians [governors includes] "create jobs" to "planting seeds for economic activity" or repealing "job killing regulations". Subtle but meaningful spin alteration on their part.

    It may not be desirable for a resturant to have to wait a month to it`s CLEANlINESS Certificate from the Department of Health but that does not "KILL a JOB" – – it Saves a Life. We need only look back a couple of months to Germany and bean sprouts to prove this.

    Maybe governments shouldn`t let companies that sell to their citizens dodge their regulations. How about we level the playing field that way?

    It`s a fundamental question: whose interests are we going to serve above all others; the individual`s or the CORPORATION`S?

    August 27, 2011 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  2. Larry L

    I continue to be astounded at the audacity of Republicans regarding progress with the economy. The GOP blocked every initiative in the Congress, especially in the Senate where they filibustered even their own initiatives. They trashed the nation's credit rating to preserve the income of the wealthy when revenue was sorely needed. They wouldn't eliminate corporate loopholes that any common sense person could see as ridiculous. Most importantly, they are the Party that got us in to this mess! I say again... they got us in to this mess! Duh!

    August 27, 2011 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  3. sick of republican phonies

    Nitwit. Your state is the worst-hit because of the housing bubble; your greedy developers and clueless "real estate investors" or house buyers made it the EPICENTER of the bubble. Nevada was crowing about its "growth"- up until the recession (a WORLD-WIDE recession, mind you) showed what a house of cards built on sand you Nevadans have constructed. You deserve those never- filled homes out in the god-forsaken desert. Let them be a reminder of your stupid ways.

    August 27, 2011 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Is this idiot complaining about not getting the nuclear waste dump site in Nevada? If Nevadans still have safe drinking water, and are breathing clear air, they should be grateful for the very regulations that republicans are trying to eliminate. Look at what Perry has done to make Texas a toxic dump.

    August 27, 2011 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  5. Obama/Communist/Globalist

    1. Is the job marked improving? Answer NO
    2. Is the economey improving? Answer NO
    3. Have Obama dumped NAFTA as Promised by Obama? Answer NO.
    4. Did Obama waste a year on a Health Care Package the public did not want? Answer YES
    5 Did Obama waste time on DADT when our country needs bigger issues tended to? Answer YES
    6. Did Obama open our highways to dangerous Mexican Trucks to take jobs from our own truckers? Answer YES
    7. Did Obama just grant , illegally, Amnesty to 300,000 Mexicans so they can dilute the jobs market more? Answer YES
    8 Did Obama spend billions on Libya when it was non or our business? Answer Yes
    9. Did Obama spend millions on all his Vacations? Answer YES.

    Now should Obama leave office now? ANSWER YES.

    August 27, 2011 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  6. L. R. Long

    This article should never have been posted. There's so many inaccurate statements by this senator, it's hard to know where to start. Let's start where he started – a jobs plan. He says the country is still waiting on a plan for jobs and that is quite funny because the Republicans have controlled conress for nearly a year and have not unveiled one plan. For a party that says the government needs to "get out of the way", they sure seem dependent on Obama, and Obama alone, for jobs. He says lies have to stop yet no Republican will admit that Obama doesn't wanna raise taxes on the majority, just the few rich people who can afford it. An increasing number of Americans are for tax increases, but the GOP can't admit that either. Question: If low taxes are the solution for job creation, why were the most jobs lost AFTER Bush's tax cuts were signed into law?

    August 27, 2011 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  7. Bart

    Republicans are in control of the house. Where is their plan? They cannot gut spending (which in turn kills millions of jobs) and then blame Obama for the lack of jobs.

    August 27, 2011 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  8. Marry

    GOP/TP = the party of no ideas but lots of criticism! What else is new???

    August 27, 2011 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  9. ardale

    I do not understand. The GOP criticizes the president for not having a plan, but their plan is to really eliminate the federal govt from any role in the economy.....There really cannot be a federal response under the "cut spending/no tax" approach. They would oppose any plan not based on dismantling President Obama and the democrats agenda. This is making constructive dialogue impossible.

    August 27, 2011 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  10. The Real Tom Paine

    I thought the government did not create jobs, so why is the GOP complaining?

    Make up your minds on what you believe in. Being against Obama does not consititute policy.

    August 27, 2011 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  11. Indy

    You do not have to be President to create jobs, in fact it helps quite a bit if you are NOT the President when it comes to creating employment.

    August 27, 2011 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  12. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Republicans have no credibility on tax issues. The Bush tax cuts, republican continued support for incentives for big oil, GOP allowing corporations like GE making $6 billion in the United States and paying nothing in taxes, and the republican tax plan that people in poverty are not paying enough in taxes, gives us a clear idea that republicans care only about the wealthiest 2%.

    August 27, 2011 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  13. Kevin

    This guy and the entire GOP are a joke. The GOP blame the president for everything when it was their party that blocked every jobs proposal the President and the last democratic congress put forward. It is crystal clear the GOP believe that destroying the economy is their ticket to the White House, but the above congressman is so very wrong. The People see through all the lies the GOP has told in order to get elceted, now they are finding out the hard way that in order to govern you have to compromise, that's what a "democracy" is all about. The GOP/Tea party mentality is my way or the highway, that is no democracy but a "dictatorship". If our country adopt the GOP/Tea party way of thinking we would be no different than the countries in the middle east strouggling for freedom.

    August 27, 2011 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  14. The Greedy Old Pigs have lost their minds!

    What "endless stream of regulations" is this lunatic talking about. President Obama just announced a bunch of regs that were rescinded or not enforced. It's almost as if the entire GOBP platform and message is based on (a) lies they know to be lies or (b) an incredible ability to not perceive the truth. Every day the GOBP becomes more and more like a cult. Don't let your friends, family, neighbors or coworkers turn into crazy cult members. There's too much deprogramming needed already,

    August 27, 2011 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  15. GI Joe

    Too funny – the teabaggers and republicans ran on, and promised, jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs in 2010 IF we elected them.


    August 27, 2011 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  16. peace

    that name hellar gives me goose bumps. President Obama 2012

    August 27, 2011 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  17. yuhmad

    Republicans slams the President job creation and they have no plan to offer of their own. How ridiculuous to see the Republicans criticizing and critiquing the President and they need to admit that they themselves do not know how to solve the problem. Tax cuts are not cutting the deal, Republicans, come out and let the American people know that you all have no solutions except for you all favorite words," tax cuts will provide job growth".

    August 27, 2011 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  18. dnick47

    Adjusted so that the greedy beady=eyed Republicans cause misery and hardship upon the needy while enriching the rich. You got it right GOP'er adjust them so grandma's co-pay at the doctors is $100.00 a shot. GWB destroyed this economy with help from his Republican Congress. The jobs a gone thanks to you repubi-idots.

    August 27, 2011 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  19. Mollybee

    Three points need to be made: 1) The GOPTP should not be criticizing ANYONE after they have spent three + years obstructing every single recovery move the President made in order to make good their promise to make him a 'one-term President'; 2) "No one wants to end the entitlement programs, he said, but they do need adjustments" is a blatant bold-faced lie. The Ryan budget proposal would have ended SS and replaced it with block grants/vouchers which could easily be defunded; and, 3) The GOPTP has joined forces with the private health care corporations against the people....this will come back to haunt them.

    August 27, 2011 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  20. cindy

    They have slammed President Obama from the start. The fact is THEY(the rethuglican teaparty of no) haven't even kept up with their promises of jobs. Their other tactics with their PERSONAL agenda of making President Obama a 1 term president pushes me to vote all DEMOCRATIC. OBAMA-BIDEN 2012

    August 27, 2011 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  21. Ricardo

    Here we go again! When Obama puts out this plan you and I know the GOP are going to trash it –even ideas they came up with. The solution to this problem: When one of the republicans win the election then and only then will companies begin to hire and banks begin to loan!

    August 27, 2011 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  22. Rick in AZ

    John Boehner promised a "laser like focus" on jobs in the current Legislative session. I'm sure when that Republican sponsored comprehensive jobs bill reaches his desk, President Obama will sign it.

    August 27, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  23. Limbaugh is a liberal

    Let's see, republicans have been in charge of the House since January and since then they introduced exactly... ZERO job bills. Meanwhile their state government buddies, as well as their taxpayer-subsidized corporate buddies have been the ones actually slashing those jobs they like to blame on others.
    Yes, I am sure we can trust republicans with job creation...

    August 27, 2011 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  24. Leroy

    Where in the U.S. constitution does it state that it is the responsibility of the President to create jobs? According to the GOPee'rs, the high-income folks who enjoy the low tax rates are the "job creators", right?

    August 27, 2011 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  25. dd

    Mr heller was it not the republicans that ran on jobs jobs ? where is ur plan? why dont u let the current plans in cong come to the floor? we the people know who is stopping jobs bills! it is not the president!!!!

    August 27, 2011 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
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