Cantor: Obama administration’s actions say, “We want to make it harder to create jobs”

posted at 12:45 pm on August 22, 2011 by Tina Korbe

In a must-read Washington Post op-ed today, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor made the connection between the present jobs crisis and the nation’s ongoing debt crisis — and pinned blame for both on President Barack Obama:

[T]he Obama administration’s anti-business, hyper-regulatory, pro-tax agenda has fueled economic uncertainty and sent the message from the administration that “we want to make it harder to create jobs.” There is no other conclusion for policies such as the new Environmental Protection Agency regulations, including the “Transport Rule,” which could eliminate thousands of jobs, or the ozone regulation that would cost upward of $1 trillion and millions of jobs in the construction industry over the next decade. The administration’s new maximum achievable control technology standards for cement are expected to affect nearly 100 cement plants, setting over-the-top requirements resulting in increased costs and possibly thousands of jobs being offshored. There is the president’s silence as the National Labor Relations Board seeks to prevent Boeing from opening a plant in South Carolina that would create thousands of jobs. Such behavior, coupled with the president’s insistence on raising the top tax rate paid by individuals and small businesses, has resulted in a lag in growth that has added to the debt crisis, contributing to our nation’s credit downgrade. …

The debt crisis threatens our long-term future: the ability of our children and their children to have the same opportunities to succeed that this and previous generations enjoyed. Republicans passed a budget this spring, written by Rep. Paul Ryan, that would address our challenges head-on by putting in place common-sense reforms to manage our debt over the short and long term.

Unfortunately, we have found President Obama to be an unwilling partner when it comes to getting America’s fiscal house in order. Since taking office, he has added trillions to the debt, ignored the recommendations of his own fiscal commission and put forth a budget that failed to address the drivers of our debt. Then we had to drag him to the table to make even the modest spending cuts that Standard & Poor’s says don’t go far enough.

Cantor also took aim at the president’s reluctance to reform entitlements in the structural way necessary to ensure solvency and reiterated Republicans’ opposition to any new tax increases, writing that tax hikes would only “exacerbate the jobs crisis for the 14 million Americans out of work.”

As Cantor writes, the president’s class warfare rhetoric belies his purported concern for cooperation and action — and his willingness to raise taxes on even non-millionaire-and-billionaire households, like individuals reporting income of more than $200,000 and families and small businesses with incomes of more than $250,000, hints at the underlying agenda of his administration, which is, quite simply, to grow government.

Cantor does an admirable job of connecting the dots and drawing the distinction between the two ideologies in competition as the federal government attempts to solve the crises we face. In one corner, the president and his administration, out of a misguided paternalism, want the government to provide even what it cannot afford. In the other, Republicans in the House want to move government in the opposite direction — to reduce it so that American wage-earners may keep what they’ve worked for and invest it as they see fit (including in job creation!). Framed in such stark language, it’s difficult not to choose the latter.

For Republicans to enact their government-reducing agenda, though, the American people must deliver an electoral mandate in the Senate and the White House. Reminders, like this op-ed, of just what’s at stake in the next election — the heart of the American Dream, the idea of self-government over and against a secure-sounding (but ever-so-expensive!) wide social safety net — are needed now more than ever. Kudos to Cantor for laying out the Republican agenda early. Let’s hope he and the rest of House leadership repeat it often between now and November 2012.


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Tru dat. While many are on the bus, Obama is siphoning off the gas.
Randy

williars on August 22, 2011 at 12:54 PM

“…and pinned blame for both on President Barack Obama:”

Well…

… It’s about time.

Seven Percent Solution on August 22, 2011 at 12:56 PM

Yeah, no kidding.

Obama’s actions carry the Progressive/Socialist/Communist seal of approval.

darwin on August 22, 2011 at 12:57 PM

Good, now you have the drumbeat.

Keep hammering, GOP.

fossten on August 22, 2011 at 12:58 PM

[T]he Obama administration’s anti-business, hyper-regulatory, pro-tax agenda has fueled economic uncertainty and sent the message from the administration that “we want to make it harder to create jobs.” There is no other conclusion for policies such as the new Environmental Protection Agency regulations, including the “Transport Rule,” which could eliminate thousands of jobs, or the ozone regulation that would cost upward of $1 trillion and millions of jobs in the construction industry over the next decade…….

Is there anyone who can argue that his destruction of the economy is not intentional?

Cody1991 on August 22, 2011 at 1:01 PM

Even when he’s right, I can’t get too excited about Cantor. I can only wait for the establishment to betray us once again.

AH_C on August 22, 2011 at 1:01 PM

“In one corner, the president and his administration, out of a misguided paternalism, want the government to provide even what it cannot afford.”

I think Obowma’s ideology goes deeper than that…

… America in ashes comes to mind.

Seven Percent Solution on August 22, 2011 at 1:03 PM

Partisan rhetoric. And, if I listen carefully, I can hear a boy, there at the end.

a capella on August 22, 2011 at 1:05 PM

Let’s hope he and the rest of House leadership repeat it often between now and November 2012.

amen sister

cmsinaz on August 22, 2011 at 1:06 PM

I think Obowma’s ideology goes deeper than that…

… America in ashes comes to mind.

Seven Percent Solution on August 22, 2011 at 1:03 PM

Like this?:

http://lh6.ggpht.com/-FvStYbHTpUI/TkPpMkVQL_I/AAAAAAAAPs4/I7ViniOMFLw/Obama-work-here-finished_thumb%25255B7%25255D.gif?imgmax=800

Cody1991 on August 22, 2011 at 1:07 PM

A moratorium on enforcing any of the new regulations created by the Employment Prevention Agency since the start of the recession until after the unemployment drops below 6% could help.

agmartin on August 22, 2011 at 1:08 PM

Perhaps business owners are taking little Bammie’s advice when he said “at some point you’ve made enough money”, and have decided to take life a little slower. Spend more time with the family, put off that factory expansion, or that new product introduction.

slickwillie2001 on August 22, 2011 at 1:12 PM

too funny for words

cmsinaz on August 22, 2011 at 1:17 PM

And I will pose the question here: has ANYONE heard of HR 4646? While it’s dead – for now – please don’t forget it is the way President DownGrade and his party wish to continue the rape of American citizens.

oldleprechaun on August 22, 2011 at 1:24 PM

OT: dear leader will speak at 2pm est on libya…

yea
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cmsinaz on August 22, 2011 at 1:26 PM

A moratorium on enforcing any of the new regulations created by the Employment Prevention Agency since the start of the recession until after the unemployment drops below 6% could help.

[agmartin on August 22, 2011 at 1:08 PM]

We’d need more than that. Obama would just switch to the Commerce Dept or something and much as I lean towards moratorium on pretty much everything, Obama and the Dems would just switch to demagoguing any and all possible regulations which couldn’t go through that do resonate with the public.

I’d prefer that R’s push for a law where no bureaucratically proposed regulation of any significant consequence (iwo, have some low bar triggers) can be implemented without being approved by a vote of Congress. That’s the way it should be anyway, rather than letting Congress off the hook by delegating it to unelected bureaucracies based on the whims of a President.

Dusty on August 22, 2011 at 1:34 PM

For Republicans to enact their government-reducing agenda, though, the American people must deliver an electoral mandate in the Senate and the White House.

And the House.

forest on August 22, 2011 at 1:37 PM

They’d better keep repeating that mantra. Maybe with constant repetition that 52% of the electorate with short attention spans might wise up.

But I’ll settle for just 22%. You’ll never sway the True Believers in the Obamassiah.

GarandFan on August 22, 2011 at 1:37 PM

Cantor and Ryan – our only friends in Congress.

(There are a few others.)

Pablo Snooze on August 22, 2011 at 2:08 PM

Is there anyone who can argue that his destruction of the economy is not intentional?

Cody1991 on August 22, 2011 at 1:01 PM

Are you better off now than you were two years ago?

Absolutely.

crr6 on May 30, 2011 at 5:35 PM

Del Dolemonte on August 22, 2011 at 4:11 PM

REading the comments under teh article at the WP site, I have little confidence that the American people will believe any of this. it is very discouraging.

bopbottle on August 22, 2011 at 4:17 PM

Cantor missed the mark. He’s got the effect. But The One’s administration is not as much anti job as it is anti rich, as they define rich. Of course, their anti rich measures have the effect of killing jobs that the rich would create. They don’t value those jobs.

That’s because part 2 of The One’s game plan is that government should create the jobs, not businesses. So if rich people’s businesses bit the dust, no big deal. Their employees get 96 months of unemployment and by then stimulus x will come along.

EconomicNeocon on August 22, 2011 at 5:45 PM

The economy is so bad that I got a pre-declined credit card in the mail.
CEOs are now playing miniature golf.
Goldman-Sachs laid off 25 Congressmen.
Angelina Jolie adopted a child from America.
Motel 6 won’t leave the light on anymore.
A picture is now only worth 200 words.
They renamed Wall Street “Wal-Mart Street”.
…Finally, I called the Suicide Hotline & got a call center in Pakistan. When I told them I was suicidal, they got all excited & asked if I could do them a favor.

itsnotaboutme on August 22, 2011 at 8:10 PM