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Obama to Rip Republicans in “Jobs” Speech

President Obama will directly slam House Republican Leader Eric Cantor during today’s “jobs’ speech in Mesquite Texas.

The White House just took the unusual step of releasing a portion of Obama’s prepared remarks, suggesting the attack on Cantor is the point of the speech.

The speech, which is sandwiched between fundraisers in Dallas and St. Louis, is supposedly “official business” that will help defray the costs to the Obama campaign of what is otherwise a campaign trip. With official business on the schedule, taxpayers are required to help out.

The remarks provide further confirmation that Obama’s jobs plan – with its calls for tax increases Republicans will never accept – is a creature of politics, not policy.

Here’s the excerpt released by the White House.

Yesterday, the Republican Majority Leader in Congress, Eric Cantor, said that right now, he won’t even let the jobs bill have a vote in the House of Representatives. He won’t even give it a vote.

Well I’d like Mr. Cantor to come down here to Dallas and explain what in this jobs bill he doesn’t believe in. Does he not believe in rebuilding America’s roads and bridges? Does he not believe in tax breaks for small businesses, or efforts to help veterans?

Mr. Cantor should come down to Dallas, look Kim Russell in the eye, and tell her why she doesn’t deserve to get a paycheck again. Come tell her students why they don’t deserve to have their teacher back.

Come tell Dallas construction workers why they should be sitting home instead of fixing our bridges and our schools.

Come tell the small business owners and workers in this community why you’d rather defend tax breaks for millionaires than tax cuts for the middle-class.

And if you won’t do that, at least put this jobs bill up for a vote so that the entire country knows exactly where every Member of Congress stands.

Cantor, in fact, has said he would run portions of Obama’s plan through the House. Rarely is a proposal by a president put on the floor in its entirety.

22 Responses to Obama to Rip Republicans in “Jobs” Speech

  1. May Mr Cantor would frame these differently…
    He does not believe in using federal money from all taxpayers for a road in one little county.
    Mr Cantor might want this Russell woman to have a permanent paycheck–and anyhow this bill would not get her any kind.
    Did anyone ask construction workers if they wanted make-work paid by taxpayers instead of a health econ?

    As for the cuts for mills and bills–pure claptrap and oft-repeated. Most business owners want to be mills and bills.

  2. Obama is nothing more than an adult bully, and I’m sick to death of it. Never have I seen a President divide the country like this, its very disturbing.

  3. *barfs

    This is why I try not to listen to him. It’s bad enough reading the text.

    I am so frakin sick of his partisan attacks. In his lies and obfuscation. He has NO CLUE how hard it is to be in business right now, and a he cares about is using this stupid “jobs bill’ in a desperate attempt to keep Air Force One and the key to the White House.

  4. He seems to forget the mid-term election of 2010. That was meant to put the brakes on his bullet train of spending. While the Republican leadership has not done a very good job of stopping him, they have at least been able to slow him down.

    For what it’s worth, most Dallas construction workers are not middle income Americans. More than 90% of them are illegal aliens.

  5. Funny, I thought Cantor’s district was in Virginia. Why would he owe any kind of explanation to people who don’t live in his district? It’s not like they can vote him out.

  6. Living just thirteen miles from where the Bully-in-Chief is now preparing to speak to a group of Eastfield impressionable students, I stepped outside and immediately felt a strong blast of hot air blowing from the northeast. This foul weather condition was not mentioned by our politically correct local weathermen.

  7. I think they need to call obama on this. Let’s get a vote on his “jobs” bill and see where they all stand. Then we can vote out those that vote for it. There’s no way, even if it passed the House, the Senate would vote on it.

  8. Please shut up Mr President. We are sick of your speeches and your divisiveness. I can’t stand listening to him anymore. When he comes on TV, I mute it.

  9. I guess we know what he will be saying at his many fundraisers today too. He’s got to get the angry wording juuuusssttt right before he repeats it at every fundraiser for the next week. Sick to death of him.

  10. I agree with every comment made above this one.

    I would add that I’ve been through Texas (and Missouri) many times and don’t recall any crumbling roadways or shaky bridges. In fact, Texas has the most incredibly smooth, straight and safest higways in the country. Their bridges seem to be well engineered and safe, too.

    Adding also, that teachers are hired in local tax-payer supported districts, not by the federal government. If a teacher was laid-off or fired, then there was a good reason for the action, usually declining enrollment.

    • I went to school in Texas. The teachers were on a one year contract. After the school year ended the school board met and decided who they wanted to invite back. they also hired new teachers as the case may be. There was no such thing as tenure. Our population always increased so I never saw lay offs as a result of a small enrollment. We did not have a teacher’s union. I had some excellent “tough love” teachers. They expected results but were fair about it. My first year algebra in college was a breeze because I had already had it when I was a senior.

  11. Congress really needs to enact legislation that restricts the Executive Branch abusing our tax dollars for these fundraising junkets. It’s a flagrant waste of our nation’s resources spent on these “official business” trips, which end up being nothing more then political fundraisers.

    If the POTUS or FLOTUS engage in any form of fundraising while on an “offcial business” trip, then the total cost of that trip should be billed to the respective political party.

    I’d be curious to know just what the ratio is for each dollar raised by the POTUS and the respective cost to the taxpayer. My guess is it has to be somewhere in the ballpark 20:1, that is to say for every dollar raised at these political events by Obama the taxpayer is stuck paying $20 for transportation, logistics, security, etc.

    Hope FOR Change 2012