Jobs, energy dominate weekly addresses
March 10th, 2012
06:00 AM ET
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Jobs, energy dominate weekly addresses

(CNN) – Jobs and energy prices dominated weekly addresses by Democrats and Republicans on Saturday, a day after government numbers showed the creation of 227,000 new jobs last month.

Despite the jobs, the unemployment rate remained unchanged, according to the numbers.

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With unemployment hovering at 8.3%, Republicans put forth Gov. Jack Dalrymple of North Dakota, whose state boasts the lowest unemployment rate, according to the most recent state level data, from December.

"These are big reasons why North Dakota is doing so well compared to the rest of the nation," he said. "We have created a friendly business climate in North Dakota, where taxes and insurance rates are low, the regulatory environment is very reasonable, and we have the most responsive state government anywhere."

He said his state offers major incentives.

"Companies want to expand in North Dakota because of the ease of doing business and because of our well educated, well trained work force," Dalrymple said.

His state's economy, he said, is thriving because of both high-tech manufacturing near the state's capital and oil drilling in the northwestern region.

The U.S. could learn from North Dakota’s model and expand domestic oil production, he said, criticizing President Barack Obama for blocking the Keystone oil pipeline, which would run through his state.

"It is now within our reach to become energy independent in North America if we simply develop the resources we already have available in places like the Gulf of Mexico, nonsensitive public lands across America, and in our friendly bordering countries," he said.

The president also spoke on energy, making his case that the U.S. "can't just drill our way to lower gas prices - not when we consume 20% of the world's oil."

"The recent spike in gas prices has been another painful reminder of why we have to invest in this technology. As usual, politicians have been rolling out their three-point plans for $2 gas: drill, drill and drill some more,” he said. "Under my Administration, oil production in America is at an eight-year high. We've quadrupled the number of operating oil rigs, and opened up millions of acres for drilling."

Speaking at a Virginia factory he visited on Friday, Obama said it has a big role to play in aviation.

"The engine parts manufactured here will go into next-generation planes that are lighter, faster, and more fuel-efficient," he said.

Obama called on legislative leaders to end federal subsidies to oil producers, calling them "taxpayer giveaways" totaling $4 billion.

But any such action is unlikely in the coming week, with the House in recess and both Obama and Vice President Joe Biden turning some of their attention to campaign events.

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soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. DixonIV

    The Keystone pipeline will not make us energy independent no matter how many times the Republicans say it. Canada is not willing to pump that oil through their land to the cost, so why not send it south to be shipped. The number of jobs will not make it worth it. If this is all they have to use against the President, then they will have a tough day next election. Unfortunately, the republicans have a base that will believe anything they say no matter the facts.

    March 10, 2012 06:13 am at 6:13 am |
  2. diridi

    Manufacturing, and strength of Dollar, and Agriculture...bring them back. Produce more Fuel-Efficient cars, Electric ones..

    March 10, 2012 07:17 am at 7:17 am |
  3. diridi

    stop Oil Subsidies from Tax payer, and nationalize Oil companies...

    March 10, 2012 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  4. WiredweirdinSF

    I had to go through the pain at the pump this morning and experience the latest Obama tax increase. A real blow to the hard working taxpayer. I saved for retirement, and find my savings are diminished because of his inept, incompetent handling of the economy and now he is going to raise my capital gains rate, so he can give more money to the dope addicts, welfare frauds and corrupt unon bosses that stole the 2008 election for him. Why doesn't the liberal media report about all of the big tax increases that are scheduled to go in to effect on 1/1.2013? I know it woud sink the Obama reelection campaignm, but there is going to be chaos in the streets when America finds out what the corrupt Kenyan village idiot has done to them.

    March 10, 2012 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  5. Anonymous

    More subjects the GOBP likes to lie about. A lot.

    March 10, 2012 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  6. carrotroot

    The Tea Party Republicans need to go. They have spent their entire 2 years absolutely fixated on birth control and keeping keeping taxes low for the wealthy and almost nothing else. They have not put forward a single meaningful jobs bill that would benefit more than a handful of people. Now that we've posted another month of progressively good jobs numbers they scoff at the President for not doing better? Where they themselves have clearly done absolutely nothing.

    March 10, 2012 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  7. springthecat

    I love the picture...I think with a little more effort we can create such idyllic beauty throughout the land

    March 10, 2012 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  8. T'sah From Virginia

    ►With unemployment hovering at 8.3%, Republicans put forth Gov. Jack Dalrymple of North Dakota, whose state boasts the lowest unemployment rate,◄

    Okay – just like VA, our unemployment rate is not that high but it's not ONLY from McDonnell – The overall unemployment rate is going down which contributes – Just the the unemployment rate for Blacks went down, a full point – Do you really believe companies are hiring more Black people??? Pah-Leeezzzzzeeee!!!

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!!

    March 10, 2012 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  9. GonzoinHouston

    This is a perfect example of the alternate realities of the parties. All agree that the economy is improving, but not fast enough. The republicans say it is improving despite Obama's mismanagement, and the democrats say it is improving despite the republicans' obstruction. Both sides present carefully selected facts. I have my own theories about what would help the economy the most, and so far this administration is doing more of what I think will work than the republicans are promising.

    March 10, 2012 10:23 am at 10:23 am |