Obama rips GOP opposition to jobs bill
October 17th, 2011
02:25 PM ET
10 years ago

Obama rips GOP opposition to jobs bill

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama took the push for his stalled $447 billion jobs plan on the road Monday, telling a North Carolina audience that alternative proposals put forward by his Republican critics amount to little more than sops to the rich that will gut critical regulations and fail to restore economic growth.

My "bill will help put people back to work and give our economy a boost right away," Obama told the crowd at Asheville Regional Airport. "But apparently none of this matters" to GOP leaders.


Filed under: David Axelrod • Eric Cantor • Jobs
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  1. Lee

    Thankfully there is no hope this bill gets passed!

    October 16, 2011 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  2. maf

    Keep pushing President Obama! The divide between the GOP and Dem's will be so clear for 2012, there will be a definite mandate one way or the other. The Democrat way will be for people to work, for continued growth, for continued respect for the people of the United States. The Republican way will be for the divide between rich and poor to get further apart, for the economy to implode, to go back in time to a less progressive, less tolerant society. It will definitely be time for the silent majority and those who claim they are independent to get involved and to make their voices heard!

    October 16, 2011 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  3. 1crusader

    I think that it's a good plan.B.Hopefully, if each part of the bill is negotiated , separately, they can reach an agreement on something; but what I don't think that most of America is going to want to see is Republicans choosing the tax cut portions alone;and not the ones that actually create jobs; or save them. I actually also think that the president should raise the amount spent on job creation in the current bill to something more substantial to make more of an impact.

    October 16, 2011 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  4. Ben

    Perhaps Obama should return to Washington and work with the republicans rather than campaign while nothing gets done. Does Obama want americans to have jobs or does he just want to get relected?

    October 16, 2011 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  5. Annie, Atlanta

    Good luck Mr. President. They stated flat out, their #1 goal was not to put us back to work or move this country forward. It was to make sure you served only one term. And by God they'll take the rest of us out to make sure they achieve that goal, as has become increasingly obvious.

    Ben – that's a joke, right? Work with Republicans? Have you been paying the least little bit of attention to what's been going on for nearly 3 years now? This is just pathetic how misinformed we've become. It's destroying us. Who would have thought corporate owned media would be the one to do us in?

    October 16, 2011 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  6. BasedBot

    I find it funny that repubs just repeat everything fox news, cantor, mcconnell, ryan, or boehner say. Hey ben I'm pretty sure the president is trying to work with congress, why do you think hes spilt the bill in parts? To get things that will pass to pass. And I especially find it ironic that the repubs complain about him not working with them when during the debate over the debt ceiling they didn't give an inch of ground on anything, or how they complained about a jobs bill, he have them one and they complained it wasn't a jobs bill. The jobs bill repubs brought up has ben reviewed by economists that have said there is no evidence the gop jobs plan will create any jobs in the near future. Obamas would create up to 1.2 million jobs. Where is common sense. 1.2
    Million jobs vs no jobs??? It just angers me that people can outright deny facts. Obama admin lowered the unemployment rate about 1.4 points, created about 2 million jobs and people still try and say he did nothing??? Get real people

    October 16, 2011 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  7. Four and The Door

    ...The divide between the GOP and Dem's will be so clear for 2012, there will be a definite mandate one way or the other. The Democrat way will be for people to work, for continued growth, for continued respect for the people of the United States. The Republican way will be for the divide between rich and poor to get further apart, for the economy to implode, to go back in time to a less progressive, less tolerant society...
    The Democratic way has had it's run and people aren't working, growth aint happening and people have less respect for Washington than probably ever before. Obama's policies have made Wall Street banks and large companies wealthier while the middle class and poor are struggling to get by. We can do better and we will. With a Republican Administration.

    October 16, 2011 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  8. Rick McDaniel

    No way. NOT going to happen.

    October 16, 2011 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  9. diridi

    This bill needs to be passed. But to everyone's surprise, GOP idiots will obstruct....that's it. If passed, it creates some jobs, for GOP job creation is loss to them....wake up...America, grasp the truth, digest it...vote for Direct Dem.

    October 16, 2011 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  10. MTATL67

    Sen. McCain confirmed that the Republicans have not been working on the job situation by saying their proposal was a "direct response to President Obama". The GOP should have had several versions of a jobs bill ready almost a year ago. As I & many others have been asking. What has the GOP been doing? The Republicans have not proven they deserve my support or vote but have confirmed the are the party of NO plans, NO ideas.

    October 16, 2011 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  11. portland tony

    I'm sure parts of the jobs bill should and will be agreed to. Problem is no one is gonna see any jobs at the "street " level for at least 12 to 18 months. Some such as teachers, police, and firefighters who may have been endangered because of funding shortfalls will be saved. But new hiring takes time and planning. Infrastructure rebuilding is going to get the most bang for the Buck since our highways and bridges are falling apart and are needed for business and trade. Problem is while this activity ramps up..other sections of the economy will peter out when the civilian defense/aerospace workers and military personnel are surplused because of the cutbacks in government spending . When Johnny comes marching home ......he will need a job! No joy on the job market for awhile. One thing that could brighten up the economy is for our representatives in. Washington to begin to govern this nation again setting short and longer term priorities so the trillion dollars now being held as cash by corporate America could safety be invested back into American growth again.

    October 16, 2011 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  12. Larry L

    Conservatives say they want jobs but are unwilling to make any sacrifice to pay the bills. Any jobs bill will fail if Republicans are asked to make their rich sugar daddies pay a more reasonable level of taxes. For them to whine about "class warfare" is laughable – of course it's class warfare and Republicans are soldiers for the rich only. Now is the time for the other 99% to wake up and throw the obstructionists out of public office. You should never work in an organization if failure is your goal!

    October 16, 2011 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  13. Tired of the nonsense

    Keep pushing, please! We need jobs. Obama is the ONLY one who is trying to help Americans. The GOP are only out for power. They want to keep us poor and unemployed and eventually homeless so they can stay in power since only anyone with money will be "allowed" to vote.

    Forget the GOP. They're against America and Americans. Keep pushing the jobs bill and get us jobs.

    October 16, 2011 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  14. vc

    President Obama has bent over backwards trying to work with those republicans. They are only interested in making him a one term president. They don't care whether people have jobs, food, money, etc. Those proposal are not bad. We have had President Bush in for 8 years and his agenda with tax cuts did not help create jobs so why do republicans want to keep this same mess that don't work? Is it because it benefits the rich? People need to get real about life and what's happening!!

    October 16, 2011 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |