Obama: Republicans haven’t “lifted a finger” for job creation

posted at 12:31 pm on June 16, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

Some of our politicians have taken to providing us with “weekly addresses” to lock down their messaging on recent events. The number of views attached to these vids on YouTube doesn’t exactly suggest that most Americans are eagerly rushing to their computers on Saturday mornings to watch these things (er, it actually looks like pretty much nobody watches them), but I found President Obama’s weekly address just a little too aggravating to let slide completely.

“We have the answers to these problems. We have plenty of big ideas and technical solutions from both sides of the aisle. That’s not what’s holding us back. What’s holding us back is a stalemate in Washington,” Obama said in his weekly address.

Obama said that when it comes to most ideas that would boost hiring and the economy, Capitol Hill Republicans “haven’t lifted a finger.”

“They’d rather wait until after the election in November,” Obama said. …

“Every problem we face is within our power to solve. What’s lacking is our politics. Remind your Members of Congress why you sent them to Washington in the first place. Tell them to stop worrying about the next election and start worrying about the next generation,” Obama said.

The economy faces “serious headwinds” (no, guys — seriously), it’s not my policies that aren’t working but rather our darn Constitutional government that is failing us, we need to pad public payrolls to put people back to work, more green energy investments, blah blah blah.

Enough already with this blatant lie that Republicans haven’t been doing diddly-squat to try and get America moving again. The House GOP has put together and passed gobs of legislation that would spur our economy, and while Democrats accuse them of doing so for the sake of mere political stuntsmanship (yes, I just made that word up) that makes it look like they’re doing something, President It’s-Never-My-Fault Obama is doing the exact same thing.

He calls the Republicans uncompromising, but he keeps going back to his horrible jobs bill that won’t pass. That plan is dead, Mr. President — either let it go and move (ahem) forward, or stop calling everybody else except you an obstructionist. It takes two to tango. Republicans aren’t waiting until after Obama is out of office to bother fixing the economy — they’re preventing the economy from getting worse by blocking Obama’s big-government agenda.

And why does nobody like your jobs plan, Mr. President? Because it’s a terrible idea. The government can’t spend itself into prosperity, and increasing expenditures isn’t going to accomplish anything in paying down our monstrous debt. Ahh, but cops! firefighters! and teachers!, you say — how could anybody argue with providing more of those wholesome, all-American occupations? To that point, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker was the GOP’s pick for their weekly address, and he provides an excellent rebuttal:

“The president and many of his allies seem to measure success by how many people are dependent on government programs,” said Walker. “Those policies have failed. In contrast, I and many other Republicans define success just the opposite way, by how many people we can free from government dependency, by growing the private sector.”

“That doesn’t mean we want to throw folks off of unemployment, instead we want people no longer dependent on government, because they have a job,” he said. …

“More big government is not the answer as the president contends, instead we need to confront the powerful special interests in Washington and put the hard working taxpayers back in charge of our government,” he added. “We need to think more about the next generation than we do about the next election.”


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fifm.

The contrast between what Governor Walker accomplished in Wisconsin with his 3 years and the damage Obozo has wrought in his 3 years could not be any starker.

OneVision on June 16, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Tiny correction that will actually increase your point somewhat- Walker hasn’t even been in office as Governor for 2 years yet. He was elected in 2010 and has managed to turn the mess in Wisconsin in a better direction by quite a bit.

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…Seriously, “edit” and “ignore” options are pretty basic when it comes to web site design.

Betenoire on June 16, 2012 at 1:21 PM

feel free ;) I stole it from someone at IOwnTheWorld I think

Slade73 on June 16, 2012 at 1:21 PM

I smoked weed as a teen…I even did a little blow. If I’d only been half black I’d have the qualifications of our current president.

Slade73 on June 16, 2012 at 1:10 PM

You’d have to lower your IQ by 55 points, too. Then you’d be all set for the office.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 16, 2012 at 1:13 PM

You’d also have to forget everything you ever knew about basic math and economics.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on June 16, 2012 at 1:22 PM

Obama: Republicans haven’t “lifted a finger” …

He’s beginning to sound like a nagging ex-wife. Poor thing.

faraway on June 16, 2012 at 1:23 PM

Dead Dem talking.

minnesoter on June 16, 2012 at 1:24 PM

More high speed rail!!

vcferlita on June 16, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Betenoire on June 16, 2012 at 1:19 PM

Well done. I didn’t listen closely enough to note that Governor Walker’s reference to “3 years” in his rebuttal was referring to the 3 years prior to when he took office.

I stand corrected, and thank you.

OneVision on June 16, 2012 at 1:25 PM

And the lame stream media slobbers on as enablers, refusing to do their jobs and call this disgraceful liar out on his lies. Which is worse? The slobbering blow j@bs that the press serves up to preezy on a daily basis, or the brazen illegal acts of preezy himself?

karenhasfreedom on June 16, 2012 at 1:26 PM

…Seriously, “edit” and “ignore” options are pretty basic when it comes to web site design.

Betenoire on June 16, 2012 at 1:21 PM

We used to have them here back in the old days, but they really slowed down the site. (you have to keep in mind the volume of traffic here)

SWalker on June 16, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on June 16, 2012 at 1:22 PM

basic math…like raising the capital gains tax knowing revenue will decrease. The equation would be X [decreased revenue]+Y[fairness]=A [$$ hole invasion]

Slade73 on June 16, 2012 at 1:27 PM

Betenoire on June 16, 2012 at 1:04 PM

I’m wondering if, on a whole, public sector job losses have been more than private during this “recession”. The Won is always talking about teachers, police and firefighters but I don’t know of any mass layoffs of those in my area.

Cindy Munford on June 16, 2012 at 1:27 PM

Maybe Barry should as Harry about those 26 pieces of work legislation passed by the House, that have been sitting on his Senate desk.

Seriously, the guy is so damned desperate that he blatantly lies, hoping to gin up his base.

GarandFan on June 16, 2012 at 1:29 PM

…Seriously, “edit” and “ignore”

options are pretty basic when it comes to web site design.

Betenoire on June 16, 2012 at 1:21 PM

Trust me, I don’t need an icon option to ignore. What exactly would that do, hide the remarks of those commenters?

Cindy Munford on June 16, 2012 at 1:30 PM

I can think of finger I’d like to lift right now.

bgibbs1000 on June 16, 2012 at 12:36 PM

That goes double for me.

banzaibob on June 16, 2012 at 1:32 PM

Hey numb nuts. You count “saved” jobs as creating jobs, don’t you? Well the Pubs have “saved” countless jobs by blocking your agenda. Stupidity on display. Four and a half months and counting.

msupertas on June 16, 2012 at 1:33 PM

he’s saved like 4.5 million jobs and stuff. like who cares if no other president in history has enjoyed that designation but like whatever and stuff

Slade73 on June 16, 2012 at 1:35 PM

Round about this time in the election cycle, a presidential challenger finds himself on the stump and posing a simple test to voters: “Ask yourself – are you better off now than you were four years ago?”

But, in fact, you don’t need to ask yourself, because the Federal Reserve Board’s Survey of Consumer Finances has done it for you. Between 2007 and 2010, Americans’ median net worth fell 38.8 percent – or from $126,400 per family to $77,300 per family. Oh, dear. As I mentioned a few months ago, when readers asked me to recommend countries they could flee to, most of the countries worth fleeing to Americans can no longer afford to live in.

Which means we’ll just have to fix things here. How likely is Barack Obama to do this?

Schadenfreude on June 16, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Obama: Republicans haven’t “lifted a finger” for job creation

A GodKing like you shouldn’t need Republicans

faraway on June 16, 2012 at 1:38 PM

progniks can’t read

Slade73 on June 16, 2012 at 1:40 PM

We have the answers to these problems. We have plenty of big ideas and technical solutions from both sides of the aisle.

No, you don’t. Central-planning has never worked.

That’s not what’s holding us back. What’s holding us back is a stalemate in Washington

What’s holding the US back is your failure to get out of the way.

BTW: If your party, which controls the Senate, can’t even pass a budget in more than 3 years, why should we believe that anything that you claim?

Resist We Much on June 16, 2012 at 1:40 PM

YOU LIE!

jukin3 on June 16, 2012 at 1:41 PM

Anything GOP does to stunt growth of government is a finger lifted for job growth. And one finger in particular in Obama’s direction. Bonus territory.

curved space on June 16, 2012 at 1:41 PM

Unlike 0 who did the heavy lifting when it comes to job creation…and by that I mean lifting his middle finger..

jimver on June 16, 2012 at 1:42 PM

So, this is the same guy who has spent his entire Presidency blaming Republicans for all the problems that he is having to deal with…and now he’s complaining that Republicans aren’t helping solve the problems that (in his view) they created in the first place?

Yeah, this guy is the brilliant orator and thinker of our (or any other) age.

Left Coast Right Mind on June 16, 2012 at 1:45 PM

More high speed rail!!

vcferlita on June 16, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Don’t even joke about that, you know who will pick up the tab for Jerry Brown’s insanity, right, it’s called the generic US taxpayer….there’s not enough money in Cali to maintain the public toilets in the state parks (reason why they closed a lot of said state parks), let alone build a megalomaniac hgh speed rail that will be used by pretty much nobody..oh, well, correction, except for the moochers from LA who wil probaly go visit their moocher relatives in san fr…well, you know, they have to travel in style, in taxpayer subsidized speed trains…ah, the dementia….

jimver on June 16, 2012 at 1:51 PM

Whiny lil bastige.

Key West Reader on June 16, 2012 at 1:52 PM

I’m wondering if, on a whole, public sector job losses have been more than private during this “recession”.

Cindy Munford on June 16, 2012 at 1:27 PM

Here is the info you are looking for Ms.Munford. They were talking about this on Fox a few days ago.

. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate for government workers last month was just 4.2 percent (up slightly from 3.9 percent a year ago). Compare that to private-sector industries such as construction (14.2 percent unemployment), leisure and hospitality services (9.7 percent), agriculture (9.5 percent), professional and business services (8.5 percent) and wholesale and retail trade (8.1 percent). As Andrew Biggs of the American Enterprise Institute points out, the public-sector unemployment rate “is the lowest of any industry or class of worker, even including the growing energy industry.” If the rest of Americans enjoyed the same unemployment rate as government workers, Obama would be cruising to reelection.

Link.

JPeterman on June 16, 2012 at 1:53 PM

Maybe Barry should as Harry about those 26 pieces of work legislation passed by the House, that have been sitting on his Senate desk.

Seriously, the guy is so damned desperate that he blatantly lies, hoping to gin up his base.

GarandFan on June 16, 2012 at 1:29 PM

The GOP web site lists 27 bipartisan jobs bills. Obama and Reid are blocking them. The Emperor Zero is really getting desperate if all he has is this same old tired LIE he keeps trotting out.

Carville told him not to do this. The harder he presses on his lies the further he will sink. His ideas have FAILED and FAILED again.

dogsoldier on June 16, 2012 at 1:54 PM

…99% of the people need to give President Blame the middle finger in November!…not once percentage rate more!

KOOLAID2 on June 16, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Allow me to explain Urkel’s frustration in one short sentence.

/You have to do everything I say because affirmative action and such.

Key West Reader on June 16, 2012 at 1:55 PM

The repubs ‘fingers’ are ‘shovel-ready’, tho.

socalcon on June 16, 2012 at 1:55 PM

No, they haven’t. They’ve destroyed jobs as much as you have.

rickv404 on June 16, 2012 at 1:56 PM

Meet the Press advises the goons.

Schadenfreude on June 16, 2012 at 1:56 PM

I’m wondering if, on a whole, public sector job losses have been more than private during this “recession”.

Cindy Munford on June 16, 2012 at 1:27 PM

The public sector unions are doing more than fine. A 19 year old male who gets a job in any public sector can retire at age 32. Once retired (aka the Drop Program) they can re-apply, be reinstated and take another pension at age 48. Double pensions. Double plus good.

Key West Reader on June 16, 2012 at 1:58 PM

No, they No, they haven’t. They’ve destroyed jobs as much as you have.

rickv404 on June 16, 2012 at 1:56 PM

That explains Reagan and w. haven’t.

tom daschle concerned on June 16, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Meet the Press advises the goons.

Schadenfreude on June 16, 2012 at 1:56 PM

this moment brought to you by David Gregory’s hair…thanks! David Gregory’s hair

Slade73 on June 16, 2012 at 2:01 PM

Yeah, Obama has been all over job creation,,, right.. not..

RockyJ. on June 16, 2012 at 2:02 PM

I’ll gladly list a finger for Obama.

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rayra on June 16, 2012 at 2:05 PM

Every problem we face is within our power to solve.

What a delusional, self-aggrandizing, narcissistic socialist.

Or, as Halperin said, “I thought he was kind of a dangly part…”

Fallon on June 16, 2012 at 2:06 PM

I’ll gladly list a finger for Obama.

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rayra on June 16, 2012 at 2:05 PM

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Up Twinkles!!!

Fallon on June 16, 2012 at 2:07 PM

Obama: Republicans haven’t “lifted a finger” for job creation

If Mr. Obama would lift his own fingers from around the private sector’s neck we wouldn’t have a jobs problem.

As a side note, it seems to me that a lot of our problems stem from President Obama lifting his middle finger to small business, the chamber of commerce, Great Britain, the rule of law, and many other allies and institutions both foreign and domestic that are essential to the continued security and prosperity of the USA.

MessesWithTexas on June 16, 2012 at 2:11 PM

Looks like Barry “The Destroyer” Obama is not the right guy to make communism work either.

jukin3 on June 16, 2012 at 2:17 PM

rayra on June 16, 2012 at 2:05 PM

(((((((((((Rayra!))))))))))))

How are you?

Key West Reader on June 16, 2012 at 2:19 PM

Does Obama realize that he had a majority in the House and 60 seats in the Senate to start his presidency? He could have implemented his socialist ideas then.

Except for amnesty for illegals he has no ideas aside for taxing the “rich” (which is not even an idea).

milcus on June 16, 2012 at 2:20 PM

Check out the states where there is a Republican governor and legislature. The record is very clear that those states have improved the jobs picture while the federal government and Democrat states have gone down. So POTUS can say what he pleases (he always does say a lot) but his actions speak louder that loud.

Pardonme on June 16, 2012 at 2:21 PM

Walker is a hero. Hope he runs for POTUS one day…

southernms on June 16, 2012 at 2:23 PM

Mr. I won

cmsinaz on June 16, 2012 at 2:30 PM

“We have the answers to these problems. We have plenty of big ideas and technical solutions from both sides of the aisle. That’s not what’s holding us back. What’s holding us back is a stalemate in Washington,” Obama said in his weekly address.

Unemployment is lower now than when he had Democrats controlling both Houses of Congress though.

Wagthatdog on June 16, 2012 at 2:38 PM

I had a convo over the counter this week with a union worker at a federal gov’t institution here in my liberal state (not IN, where I used to live). We got onto politics ever so slightly, and he came right out and told me how “deeply offended” he is by the current admin. I was shocked. I don’t think we realize the depth and strength of the undercurrent. I don’t think it’s simply wishing, when I say that we are all going to be shocked by November.

hoosiermama on June 16, 2012 at 2:54 PM

You’d think that if he’s so concerned about jobs and the economy, he would approve Keystone. Yeah he’d have to lift 4 fingers and a thumb to hold a pen to sign his approval and it might take time away from his busy golfing/fundraising schedule but approving it would actually help Americans out.

Hmm, maybe jobs and the economy aren’t real high on his agenda no matter what he says.

Robin Banks on June 16, 2012 at 3:30 PM

Um, dude:

http://kelly.house.gov/sites/kelly.house.gov/files/documents/jobs1.jpg

TheLastBrainLeft on June 16, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Dude! is right.

davidk on June 16, 2012 at 3:36 PM

I thought the private sector was doing fine?

The Count on June 16, 2012 at 3:36 PM

Alternative headline: GOVT. DOESN’T CREATE JOBS. IT ONLY SPENDS TAX DOLLARS TAKEN OUT OF THE PRIVATE SECTOR.

Whatever meager growth this strangled economy has produced only goes to prove how difficult it is for Obama to kill the private sector.

locomotivebreath1901 on June 16, 2012 at 3:50 PM

I smoked weed as a teen…I even did a little blow. If I’d only been half black I’d have the qualifications of our current president.

Slade73 on June 16, 2012 at 1:10 PM

You’d have to lower your IQ by 55 points, too. Then you’d be all set for the office.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 16, 2012 at 1:13 PM

You’d also have to forget everything you ever knew about basic math and economics.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on June 16, 2012 at 1:22 PM

To complete your vetting, we’d have to carefully review your resume to ensure that you haven’t actually accomplished anything in your life.

slickwillie2001 on June 16, 2012 at 4:03 PM

The House GOP has put together and passed gobs of legislation that would spur our economy, and while Democrats accuse them of doing so for the sake of mere political stuntsmanship (yes, I just made that word up)

That is a very good neologism. We should embraciate this phrase.

de rigueur on June 16, 2012 at 4:31 PM

Dear Prince, did not the Dems vote down your majesty’s budget as well?

AshleyTKing on June 16, 2012 at 4:37 PM

You’d have to lower your IQ by 55 points, too. Then you’d be all set for the office.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 16, 2012 at 1:13 PM

Only by 55? My, you are in a generous mood today towards our babbling Divider-in-Chief, aren’t you! :)

Bizarro No. 1 on June 16, 2012 at 4:43 PM

Obama: “I reject objective reality and substitute a version that justifies my continued employment as President.”

Count to 10 on June 16, 2012 at 4:50 PM

BO knows he can tell whatever lie he wants and the MSM will never let anyone know. Only us wingnuts will find out on websites like this. He’s known this for a long time.

Transpo on June 16, 2012 at 12:45 PM

It’s getting better and will continue to do so. We have to remember the hacks in the LSM that got us here and never forget or forgive, including the hacks that commit random acts of journalism/finds the odd nut like Tapper/Candy Crowley. They are in some ways worse because they *know* better yet continue to carry water. Some are irredeemable like the idiots on MSDNC.

They went all in and foisted this moron on us and we cannot let that pass for all the people who have been damaged and/or murdered (Brian Terry) by their corruption.

kim roy on June 16, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Republicans lost the ability to talk about “constitutionalism” right around the time they filibustered more than any congress in history. The constitution says 51 votes. Legislation has 51 votes. GOP doesn’t like it, so they unconstitutionally change the rules. They should all be impeached.

Rainsford on June 16, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Dear Jesus, forgive me for my utter hatred of one of your creations. Amen.

leftnomore on June 16, 2012 at 5:55 PM

Dope of the day, obummer. The party of nope.

jake49 on June 16, 2012 at 6:29 PM

A big shame is that Obama uses the official presidential weekly address as a campaign tool and as leader of the Democrat party and for attacks instead of using it as a responsible POTUS.

William Teach on June 16, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Just got here, so I’m sure it’s been said, but too bad: I’m lifting a certain finger in 0bama’s direction right now…

affenhauer on June 16, 2012 at 8:02 PM

Betenoire on June 16, 2012 at 12:40 PM

Bet you can guess what kind of job he can give me…

affenhauer on June 16, 2012 at 8:07 PM

Very Presidential…

… the standard has been set anew.

/

(vomit)

Seven Percent Solution on June 16, 2012 at 8:21 PM

“That doesn’t mean we want to throw folks off of unemployment, instead we want people no longer dependent on government, because they have a job,” he said. …

This basic correction of perspective should be repeated by every single fiscal conservative from coast to coast until these guys finally get it in their thick skulls that the country is NOT comprised 50% of grandma-off-a-cliff douchebags. I’m so sick of the “throw people out into the cold to die” meme.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate for government workers last month was just 4.2 percent (up slightly from 3.9 percent a year ago).

I don’t even know how they calculate this. What the heck is a public sector unemployment rate? I can understand dividing public and private sector employment, because there is a job to use as a distinguishing characteristic. But if I am unemployed, the only metric of any value is the absence of a job. I could go out tomorrow and get a job in any sector, not only in the government.

If I am laid off a web design firm, and then secure a position maintaining ATAAAAACK WAAAAATCH, did I decrease the public or private sector unemployment rate by coming out of a private job and moving into a public one? What if I am laid off by a local PD and get a job torturing brown people for a “private security firm”? Basically the same question in reverse. Or what if I’m a college graduate who can’t get placement? Which rate do I effect then? What if I was a poli-sci major?

The whole thing just seems weird to me.

Republicans lost the ability to talk about “constitutionalism” right around the time they filibustered more than any congress in history.

Rainsford on June 16, 2012 at 5:27 PM

More of this nonsense again. It was the Democrats that changed the utility and gamesmanship of the cloture vote, and now they just don’t like that it’s also sauce for the gander. Additionally, Sen. Reid has a tendency to call cloture votes for purposes of getting a whip count. So not every cloture vote is equivalent to a “Republican filibuster”.

The Schaef on June 16, 2012 at 9:43 PM

Republicans haven’t “lifted a finger” for job creation

No fingers left after being cut-off by your administration.

Democrats had two years of one party rule. I don’t recall them accomplishing much other than the crap sandwich known as health care reform and shoveling money to failed/failing “green” companies.

Gyro on June 16, 2012 at 10:46 PM

affenhauer on June 16, 2012 at 8:02 PM

Salute!

BigAlSouth on June 17, 2012 at 8:38 AM

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