In weekly addresses, Obama and GOP speak to job creation
January 7th, 2012
06:00 AM ET
11 years ago

In weekly addresses, Obama and GOP speak to job creation

(CNN) - The new year means new jobs, Democrats and Republicans say.

In their first weekly addresses of 2012, Republicans argued that Senate Democrats are holding up their job growth efforts, and President Barack Obama said progress is being made.

"We've got to keep creating jobs," Obama said. "And we've got to keep rebuilding our economy so that everyone gets a fair shot, everyone does their fair share – and everyone plays by the same rules."

He touted his recess appointment of a Consumer Financial Protection Board director on Wednesday – an appointment Republicans decried, arguing that Congress is in session because it holds "pro forma" meetings every three days.

The President also pointed to "Insourcing American Jobs," an upcoming White House forum focused on "bringing jobs back home."

In their address, Republicans said Senate Democrats were holding up jobs progress.

"Right now, there are nearly 30 jobs bills passed by the House with support from both Republicans and Democrats that are awaiting action in the Democratic-run Senate," New York Rep. Nan Hayworth said.

"In the coming weeks, the House will consider job-creating proposals to reduce unnecessary and burdensome regulations, and repair and improve America's roads and bridges," she said. "Instead of just spending more on short-term fixes, we'd be permanently removing government barriers to job creation."

Numbers released by the government on Friday showed 200,000 new jobs created in December and 1.6 million added on the year, an increase over the 940,000 created in 2010.

The President called that "steady progress," and said the economy is "heading in the right direction."

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soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    How does reaffirming "In God We Trust" and attacks on women's rights create jobs. Every bill that the congressional baggers have passed involves hurting workers, seniors, veterans, poor people, minorities, and public employees. To say that is job creation is republican garbage.

    January 7, 2012 06:13 am at 6:13 am |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Speaking of jobs, Mittens has been saying, as governor, he created 100,000 jobs during the biggest growth expansion in modern times. While that number may be an exaggeration, he ranked 47th out of states during that time period. Obama has created 3 million jobs since the end of the Bush/republican debacle, saved the auto industry, presided over 22 straight months of private sector job growth, shrank government by 260,000, and scored over a dozen foreign policy victories.

    January 7, 2012 06:17 am at 6:17 am |
  3. kathleendelgado

    Sometimes life is unfair and so too goes the labor market for those with out any degree get a degree from High Speed Universities love it

    January 7, 2012 06:31 am at 6:31 am |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Republicans have shown that they do not care about working Americans,(seniors, veterans, police, firemen, teachers, middle class, poor, minorities, women, and the uninsured) they have only passed legislation that will help the wealthy and eliminate our safety regulations. What is sad is that there is a loyal republican base ( the uninformed viewers of foreign owned media, Fox ) who actually believes them, and will vote for baggers against their own best interests.

    January 7, 2012 06:35 am at 6:35 am |
  5. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    One sure way to end welfare abuse, is to vote out congressional republicans.

    January 7, 2012 07:15 am at 7:15 am |
  6. Charlie in Maine

    The math is simple and undeniable When Obama took office the economy was losing 700,000 jobs a month. This last month the economy added 200,000 jobs. There is one word for that, improvement. Now if only the Tea-Party had not taken over the GOP maybe they would be willing to admit that this is good news. But alas, the party of Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Eisenhower and Reagan( I just threw Reagan in for comparison on honesty, not on policy) is now the party of the Koch brothers, Rush Linbaugh and the dirty rotten super-pacs tha would rather see the President fail than the country succeed.

    January 7, 2012 07:22 am at 7:22 am |
  7. diridi

    Greed is hunting the nation. Taco Bell burrito costs more than it used to be. This is one example. Milk is way up. Nation needs to focus on "Agriculture and Manufacturing" apart from "Made In USA. Inflation is raising for GREED. Watch out. Nation needs Stricter Immigration policies and their implementations. GOP is for Greed, Rich, Corporate, and Oil.

    January 7, 2012 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  8. dreucalypt

    The Republicans must be terrified. The upturn that they have done their damnedest to prevent is beginning.

    January 7, 2012 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  9. Ed 1

    If you are not going to enforce our laws then why keep them on the books.

    I thought Carter was bad but you beat him hands down as the worst President I have ever seen.

    I hope the people wake up and see you don't belong in office and vote you out in 2012.

    January 7, 2012 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  10. Tony

    Can Republicans point out a jobs bill stalled in the Senate that is not a bill to cut corporate taxes or slashed unnamed, probably unknown regulations?

    January 7, 2012 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  11. Joseph

    The premise that is the government proper role or function to create jobs for its citizens baffles me. Tocqueville was right. We seem to gladly welcome Big Brother and cannot or will not provide for ourselves.

    January 7, 2012 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  12. Scot

    The best thing OUR preident has finally done is to say enough of the Republican Filibustering and congress's B.S. and do what it takes to get things rolling ! Just looks like political pandering though and should have been done two years ago !

    January 7, 2012 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  13. Debra From Georgia

    They want to move regulations like they did with oil drilling, BP, LOST JOBS
    They want to move regulations like they did with housing , LOST JOBS
    They want to move regulations like they did with Financial Industry, LOST JOBS

    They so called jobs bills, should label "KILL THE MIDDLE CLASS",

    The President been going alone for the last three years without that do nothing congress. I think he can handled it. moving forward.

    January 7, 2012 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  14. KatR

    Questions for Republicans: If federal government regulations are getting in the way of creating jobs, then why are jobs numbers rising? Could it be that there are businesses in our great country who hire people because of consumer demand instead of whining that the big, bad government is in the way?

    January 7, 2012 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  15. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    So what will the Repos do next to try to hamstring the economy?

    January 7, 2012 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  16. fred ca

    He speaks. And speaks. And speaks. No proposals other than mindless slogans. No pushing reid to allow the Senate to debate or act on the 25+ bills that passed the House with bi-partisan support. No budget proposed. As long as he speaks his delusional support claps and gazes in wonderment. America was an awesome concept. Our forefathers can only look down and shake their heads at the end of the dream. And listen to obama speak.

    January 7, 2012 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  17. John

    If the President wants it... the GOP hates it... and fights it. And the American people suffer. And so it goes.

    January 7, 2012 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  18. olepi

    The GOP "jobs bill" are just designed to give corporations more profit. No GOP jobs bill is addressed primarily to the middle class. Instead, they are all about "reduce[ing] unnecessary and burdensome regulations".

    There is no evidence that regulations are impacting job growth, so this is just another naked ploy to give more profits to large corporations, and reduce the power of the federal government,

    January 7, 2012 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  19. Donkey Party

    FACT –

    Deregulation destroys jobs, the environment, and maintains or increases the disparity of income between the wealthy and the middle class.

    January 7, 2012 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  20. T'sah From Virginia

    Mitt Romney is a LIAR. I heard him on CNN this morning at one of his rallies LYING about the President of the United States as far as "job creation." He states that the President should not get credit for the 200,000 jobs added in December??? Yet, ROMNEY is a "job creator". LQQK at the Bureau of Statistic chart that shows the JOB GROWTH since President Obama took office!!!! If President Obama was a Republicans – MITTens will not be running against him and will be PRAISING him. God does NOT like UGLY!!!

    Obama 2012!!

    January 7, 2012 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  21. Annie, Atlanta

    The GOP talking about job creation? Seriously? Isn't that why a majority of us put them in charge of the House last November, to create jobs? And where are they? What exactly have they done to attempt to create jobs? Block the President's jobs bill and attempt to overlegislate women's bodies? What a bunch of nonsense, the GOP talking about jobs. Oh wait, that's right, tax breaks for the rich. That's what they think will create jobs. That worked so well since the 2 Bush tax breaks, right? What was that number, the amount of jobs created while Bush was President, 2 Million. Yeah, that's some job creation, in 8 years. And how many jobs were lost when the economy started falling off the cliff. I know we were losing them at a rate of 700,000 to 800,000 per month through February of 2009. You do the math.

    January 7, 2012 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  22. diridi

    Please send all GOP idiots to Welfare and collect food coupons. This is the solution in America. God bless.
    PS: They do not want to pay taxes, they need loopholes. I pity these Idiots of American GOP.

    January 7, 2012 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  23. Ray E. (Georgia)

    The Government cannot create jobs. When Government screws big business, big business screws little business. Guess who little business screws? Out of a job? Maybe you just voted wrong last election. Business can't hire you if Big Government Regulations are strangling you. Figured it out yet???

    January 7, 2012 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  24. vic , nashville ,tn

    Obama’s job bill is good bill congress must pass

    January 7, 2012 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  25. george of the jungle

    Repos don't know what to say about the job numbers so they just make up crap same a usual. The only jobs being held up are ones that also screw up the enviorment or cost the middle class. Get real. Ol mitt lies through his teeth about the presidents job s performance. And old cogbers like mccain support the mith. Have you seen the Santorum web site?? what a laugh. Once he runs out of gay bashing there is nothing left of him and ol poppin fresh dough boy is just selling books. Not a one has said Good job lets add more jobs next month or given any ideas on how to accomplish this.

    January 7, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
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