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. Mike in Texas

    Republicans, please list every failed economic policy of Obama's and state why it is a failure. Please provide specific facts.
    Republicans, please provide your specific policies that want to enact that will help create jobs. Please be specific on how your plan or plans will create jobs.

    August 27, 2011 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  2. NoTags

    If I recall correctly all the new tea party members of the House of representatives all promised jobs, but I guess that only meant jobs for themselves by being elected.

    August 27, 2011 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  3. thomas

    Please tell Nevada Sen. Dean Heller the only job available at the Circus Circus club is for a clown ,
    and he would be PERFECT !

    August 27, 2011 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  4. AW

    After President Obama presents his job plan to help create jobs, it is a sure bet that the republicans will vote against it in order to cause the demise of this president at the expense of the American people. This should be enough proof that the GOP doesn't care about the welfare of America.

    August 27, 2011 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  5. SecedingfromTexas

    @ Obama, Communist, Globalist:
    Are you too stupid to look up the facts? YES
    Are you to lazy to verify your idiotic claims? YES
    Libya war cost: Less than $1.5B and NO AMERICAN TROOPS LOST
    NAFTA: Look up Bush/US/Mexican trucks, then tell me who "allowed trucks over the border".
    Congress has to approve any agreement between US and Mexico.
    Has the Tea Party, aka, Republican Party wasted time spewing hate and screaming NO for three years? YES
    Job market improvement from Bush 700,000 loss/month.
    Facts are pesky little things, aren't they.

    August 27, 2011 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  6. Elaine

    We got into this mess by Wall st., and the business sector not being properly policed.Their lack of regulation( and lack of enforcement of existing regulation at the time by the Bush administration),brought our economy to a point of collapse.They've gotten bailed out and are doing well.They owe something back to the American people. Why should we relax regulations on them when they ,out of greed and irresponsibility for the consequences of their actions, wrecked our economy? I think that the Obama administration is right to demand some modest regulations on them.I'm tired of Republicans having compassion on corporate America, and none for Middle-Class America.They should be fighting for jobs by asking the business sector to hire peopleSome corporations are sitting on record profits.They should hire people , even if it means less profits for the shareholders; but, here again, greed wins out.Mr. Heller was also incorrect on his assertion that 's a favorite Republican talking point that a balanced budget amendment will create jobs.Busiiness economists overwhelmingly disagree with that nonsense; but Republicans continue to spout that line just out of ideology.I also take issue with Mr. Heller on the Republicans approach to dealing with Medicare.It isn't a figment of our imagination that all but 4 of House Republicans voted for the Ryan plan, which would turn Medicare into a voucher system That is not a minor adjustment.I think Democrats should sound an alarm about that. There'ss no doubt that real "minor adjustments " will have to be made to it to keep it solvent, but maybe the best solution would be to bring additional revenue in by asking top earners to give their fair share.It is insane for Republicans to think that they can ask grandma to find an extra 6,500 a year( and 13,000 if grandpa is still with us) to pay for their health care; and not ask upper income groups to give just a little more.

    August 27, 2011 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  7. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    since the GOP has become the Tea Party's "B-word" they have done nothing but go after social issues and hav avoided anything that could help improve the economy. Remember a bad economyhurts Obama, but at least complain about it so the average American thinks they care. And the Democrats seemed scared to death to call the Republicans out on their claim to create jobs in 2010. Why is it most of us that are not blinded by the right can see that the GOP ran a JOBS, JOBS, JOBS platform in 2010 and has done NOTHING since they won??

    August 27, 2011 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  8. xavier

    Does Nevada Senator Dean Heller by any chance recall where they mispalced all those job creating bills they promised to introduce? By the way, where is the replacement for Obamacare they kept going on about? All republicans have done is cost people their jobs. Seems republican promises are as empty as the suites that made them.

    August 27, 2011 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  9. Randell

    (Tea)publicans want smaller government, less interference in one's life by government and now here they are saying the President should create jobs. Duh... Haven't they taken Econ 100? Government is only one factor in employment. In a free-marker economy like the US, it and the President aren't the CEOs.

    August 27, 2011 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  10. DENNA

    Since you Rethugs ran on the platform of 'jobs, jobs, jobs' where are they? News Flash: You people have been pulling this crap since President Obama was elected, by the majority by the way. No more just blaming him. DO SOMETHING YOURSELVES. Your rhetoric is getting really, really old. Frankly, many of us voters are starting to blame YOU. If you had not stood in the way of EVERYTHING this man has tried to do, we might be further along in the economic recovery. Your party has even allowed our credit rating to be downgraded. So yeah, many of us think the GOP/TEA PARTY is now the problem.

    August 27, 2011 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  11. Joe Doyle

    R's ran in 2010 on Jobs. Since their main objective has been creating obstacles to vote, anti abortion and anti collective bargaining by public workers legislation. Hey R's we are on to you! What you are all about is NO tax increases for the top 1%, to hell with the middle class.

    August 27, 2011 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  12. TEA PARTY Mike

    Heller is dead on on what needs to be done to get the economy growing and create more jobs.
    The Obama/Pelosi/Reid massive stimulus has failed. That is not just the view of Republicans. Obama's approval rating on his handling of the economy is only 26%. That would be only the more progressive wing of the Democrat party that is in denial and still approve. The rest of America see the reality of Obama's failed policies.
    At the same time Obama and the Democrats went on a trillion dollar spending spree, they were implementing an overwhelming number of new regulations on business. Even if the stimulus had actually worked to stimulate as promised, which is did not, all the new regulations have just the opposite effect. The two policy measures work against each other.
    Many regulations are good and we need them. But at the same time many are not. And even too much of a good thing can be bad. Obama and the Democrats may have had the best of intentions, but the results have been just the opposite.
    Small and large businesses and the US Chamber of Commerce are all calling for the government to back off on many of the new job killing regulations. This is no secret. Yet Obama continues to not listen and is in denial. He apparently thinks the private sector is not telling the truth, he appears to think business men would rather not expand their business and instead lie about the negative impact of government regulations. Yet anyone who knows anything about business is if there is a chance for a business to expand and make a profit they will jump at it.
    It is far past time to implement Republican pro business polices Heller talks about and back off on the Obama anti business polices and get the government out of the way of the private sector so the real jobs creators can get back to growing the economy and creating jobs.

    August 27, 2011 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  13. maine liberal

    first boehner says : Government can't create jobs only business can do this.
    now Boehner ,after the taxcuts failed to generate revenue, stimulate the GDP, create jobs etc now blames the president.

    John Boehner where in your pocket constitution that you are so ready to wave around the cameras does it state that the president has this authority. JB when are you going to start blaming the "job creators" who took welfare payments in the biilions and create no jobs, but used the money to increase corporate profits, executive pay, wallstreet dividends and outsource american jobs.

    John Boehner you promised 9 months ago that jobs would be priority one. where are the jobs. We need consumers with paychecks not more corporate taxcuts. It is better to give thousands to millions than millions to thousands.

    August 27, 2011 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  14. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    It's astonishing and dismaying, the number of whiners on this forum who seem to think it's the responsibility of government to create jobs. What next? You want someone from government to hold the tissue while you blow your respective noses?

    They're your lives, people. Grow up and take some responsibility for them. Nanny won't be around forever–we're going broke and can't afford to pay her any more.

    August 27, 2011 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  15. BobInIrvine

    Hilarious. Nevada one of the hardest hit states. Yet they crow their no tax and business friendly climate is stealing business from that "business unfriendly" California. Yeah, right.

    Tax reductions don't create jobs. Duh.

    August 27, 2011 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  16. ObamaCareS

    It's sad and sickening how the t-tard, governed by the k-Kay-k and the wealthy can tell so many lies and have no shame in doing so. Everytime they roll out someone to criticize the President's speech, they stumble and fall, ala Bobby Jindal. They are the ones who continue to lie to Americans and they are straight faced about it. We are tired of their lies.

    August 27, 2011 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  17. MikeH

    First of all, the President doesn't create jobs, Congress does. Second, there is no instance, none, where giving massive tax breaks to millionairs and billionairs creates jobs. Giving tax incentives to companies to hire Americans creates some jobs, but investing in frastructure creates multiple waves of jobs. Taxing companies that send jobs overseas will also create Ameriucan jobs.

    The Religious Suicide Cult that is the current Republican party is doing everything it can to shut down the economy if not American Democracy, for political gain. Obama can propose the best job-creating package of ideas and the Republicans WILL NOT let any of it happen. End of story.

    The posters here like "Obama communist globalist" are paid boot-licking toadies, paid by the treasonous Republican Central Committee to post Republican lies. The only Republican who seems to be behaving as an adult is John Huntsman, and he won't last long.

    August 27, 2011 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  18. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    or as Sarah Palin might say "How is that do not raise taxes on the job creators thingy" working for ya?

    August 27, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  19. LegendRx

    And another thing . . . . . . . . . .. . . . Period!

    August 27, 2011 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  20. AZ DEM

    Yeah this guy really shouldn't have even given an address he could have just ran the same tape that they made last week for all that his talking points are worth. The majority of the American people aren't THAT dumb we see right through the GOP and all of its contradictions, hypocrisy, and out right lies. They are going to find themeselves on the losing side of the election in 2012 if they arent careful..

    August 27, 2011 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  21. dennis freeman

    Who the heck is this guy? What jobs has he created? What's he done at all?

    August 27, 2011 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  22. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Heads up everybody, remember the Tbaggers and Repugs ran and won on the issue they were the only ones to create jobs and they only job they created was a "SNOW JOB".

    August 27, 2011 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  23. TEA PARTY Mike

    @Mike in Texas

    The stimulus has failed to keep unemployment under 8% as promised or failed to create the jobs promised. Obama and the left argue that the stimulus did what it was supposed to and at the same time say if failed to deliver as promised because it was not big enough. We now are told by the CBO that unemployment probably will not go below 8% for several more years and the current growth in jobs does not even keep up with population growth, let alone start to recover the jobs lost since the stimulus was passed.
    Pelosi said if Obamacare was passed it would create 400,000 jobs right away. Never happened. If you think it did please identify those 400,000 new jobs.
    Obama claims unemployment checks stimulate the economy and will create a million jobs. This is a fantasy. When someone loses their job they go on unemployment and get a check smaller than what they were getting when the had a job. It is true they will spend their unemployment check on things they do not need, but they will be spending less over all then when they had a job. They never go from having zero income to collecting unemployment. People going from a job to unemployment shrinks the amount of money in the economy not grows it and extending unemployment maintains the status quo, it does not infuse additional money. I support unemployment and I support extending it for a modest period of time because people flat out need it. But it severs as damage control, not stimulus and will not create a million jobs.
    In part because of the amount of money spent on the first stimulus, we can not afford to borrow hundreds of billions more for a second stimulus that tax payers will have to pay back with interest. Besides we know the first did not work anyway, been there done that.
    What we do know is that those who actually grow the economy and create jobs are telling us they need the government to back of on regulations and want the government to get out of the way so they can do what they do. Our debt and deficits are now so massive that even a large tax cut to stimulate the economy would not be advisable at this time. But backing off on government regulations as will not require hundreds of billions of new spending, it will not cost anything. Many of the new government regulations discourage business expansion and make it more costly, the threat of new regulations and the difficulty of decoding Obamacare and Financial reform makes it impossible for business to measure risk and causes uncertainty that is holding business back. Time for the government to back off.
    Obama and the left had their shot and failed. Time to try another approach.

    August 27, 2011 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  24. Indy

    Come Heller Highwater Republicans would rather destroy Obama and the entire country before they would ever consider telling the truth or taking some responsibility for the economy.

    August 27, 2011 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  25. Atlanta Independent

    Let vote all the teabaggars out the office and vote the real american in office.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    August 27, 2011 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
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