Georgia Republicans Respond To President Obama’s Job Speech

Here’s the reactions President Obama’s speech this evening from a few members of the Georgia delegation:

Senator Saxby Chambliss:

“I’m pleased the president is finally turning his attention to the issue that matters most to Americans: jobs. But, the only way to truly jump-start the economy is by giving American businesses a chance to be competitive. In order to create jobs, we need to reduce corporate taxes by reforming the tax code; move to a territorial tax system; eliminate burdensome and costly regulations; put a two-year moratorium on additional regulations coming from Washington; repeal Obamacare; and send to Congress the three outstanding free trade agreements.”

Congressman Lynn Westmoreland:

Tonight, President Barack Obama addressed a joint session of Congress to unveil his initiative to create jobs.  During the speech, he introduced his plan to extend the payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits, and spend more than $200 billion on new infrastructure and in grants to state and local governments.  In total, the president’s plan is expected to cost approximately $450 billion.  The president promised that offsets of these costs would be a part of his plan, but didn’t mention any specifics during the actual speech.  Below is Congressman Westmoreland’s reaction to the speech.

“Tonight, President Obama introduced his latest ‘jobs’ plan, the American Jobs Act.  It’s a catchy name, sure, but I’m certain the people of Georgia’s Third Congressional District aren’t fooled by this catchy name.  Like me, they look at this ‘jobs’ plan and see what it really is: more of the same old, same old.

“I mean, haven’t we already been down this road?  Hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars thrown down the drain, chasing the belief that government is the only answer; that government must step in to save our economy.  Isn’t this exactly what we saw a little more than two years ago when the president promised us that if we passed his $800 billion stimulus plan, unemployment wouldn’t rise above eight percent?   Instead, as we all remember, all we saw was unemployment reach an unimaginable 10 percent and our national debt reach an astounding $14 trillion.  And all the while, the president promised over and over that his new $450 billion so-called jobs bill would be paid for.  I guess he’s right.  It will be paid for by our children and grandchildren for generations – just like his last stimulus.

“The president’s speech tonight shows the stark difference between his beliefs and mine.  He believes that government creates jobs.  He believes that overregulation is necessary because small businesses don’t have enough to worry about.  I just don’t agree.  I believe that it is American ingenuity and the hard work of the American worker that drives this economy.  I believe that private industry creates jobs and that through them we can revive our economy and return this country to the greatness we know it can be.  And I believe that overly burdensome regulations put a strangle-hold on our small businesses and discourage them from expanding and hiring new people.

“Our economy is in a tough spot and we need serious reforms to our system to get us back on track.  Unfortunately, it seems President Obama just wants to keep plugging away at his failed policies.  We were told tonight’s speech would be a grand agenda; a new idea to get Americans back to work.   And instead, I feel like it’s 2009 all over again.  It reminds me of that old saying, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.  While I would never call the President of the United States insane, it does make you think. 

“Since gaveling the 112th Congress into session this January, House Republicans have spent this year working on legislation to encourage private companies to expand and grow, to alleviate the onerous regulations that strangle job creation, and to scale back federal spending.  Unfortunately, Congressional Democrats and President Obama have done everything in their power to stop this – continuing their plan to spend us out of this recession.  Now is the time for real action, not more speeches.  The president needs to abandon his failed policies and work with House Republicans to enact legislation that will actually get Americans back to work and get our economy back on track,” stated Westmoreland.

Congressman Tom Graves:

U.S. Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-09) issued the following response to President Barack Obama’s speech to a joint session of Congress about the unemployment crisis in America:

“Tonight, President Obama made it clear that he plans to call the same big government plays that have already failed America. His call for higher taxes will further unsettle our small business owners, and his commitment to more stimulus spending lends a deaf ear to our national debt crisis.

“While I welcome the president to the national conversation about our unemployment crisis, his veiled threats and tough talk to Congress was political stagecraft, not a credible plan for jobs.  Recall the last stimulus package, which promised to keep the unemployment rate from going above 8 percent.  Thirty-one months later, with 14 million Americans looking for work, our unemployment rate is at 9.1 percent.

“The experiment of big government belongs in the history books. Now it’s time to focus on private sector job creation by cutting taxes, cutting spending, and removing costly regulations.  House Republicans have had a jobs plan on the table for months, and we’ve passed over a dozen bills to boost private sector job creation.  I believe the president missed an opportunity tonight to join our effort to get Americans back to work.”


Congressman Paul Broun:

U.S. Congressman Paul Broun, M.D. (GA-10) released the following statement in response to the so-called jobs speech that the President delivered during a joint session of Congress Thursday evening:

“I am deeply disappointed that the President took to the podium to deliver yet another campaign speech. It just goes to show that he is not focused on creating permanent jobs for Americans- he’s focused on Election Day 2012.

“Instead of proposing nearly a half of a trillion dollars in new stimulus spending, the President should have offered real solutions that don’t cost taxpayers more money, but rather allow them to keep more of their hard earned tax dollars.

“I urge President Obama to take a look at my JOBS Act, H.R. 660, which would provide immediate relief to small businesses in Georgia and nationwide by permanently eliminating the capital gains tax and by setting the corporate tax rate at 0%. My bill is a real proposal that you can hang your hat on – unlike the one that President Obama offered Thursday night.”

Discuss amongst yourselves about job creation.


  1. saltycracker says:

    Make the first order of business to take him up on his offer to completely overhaul the tax system, eliminate loopholes, handouts, subsidies & cut tax rates……lay out Cain’s 9-9-9 or something – jump on it….nah…..then we can’t manage the winners/loosers…..

  2. Calypso says:

    From Sen. Chambliss’ excerpt: “move to a territorial tax system”.

    I am unfamiliar with this term. Is it a political euphemism for tariffs or duties? Can someone help me know what he’s referring to, please?

  3. John Konop says:

    This is actually a good idea that I have posted this idea in the past. We need the infrastructure investment and this does it in a controlled manner. Yet at the same time it will be a big shot in the arm of our economy.


    Dan Freed with The Street reports, “One solution is taking hold with policymakers on all sides of the political spectrum: Sen. John Kerry (D., Mass) has teamed up with Kay Bailey Hutchison (R., Texas) to come up with a national infrastructure bank” [Infrastructure ‘Bank’ Catches Washington’s Imagination]. This common-sense proposal will help close America’s widening infrastructure funding gap, create millions of American jobs in the next decade, and make the United States more competitive in the 21st century.
    It’s also a sensible and business-like approach, as opposed to the free-for-all spending that took place under the widely criticized Stimulus bill, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The Kerry-Hutchison bill is fiscally responsible, relying on a one time, $10 billion revolving loan fund. And the Senators are working to find offsets for the legislation’s cost.
    The idea of a national infrastructure bank is an innovative way to leverage private-public partnerships and maximize private funding to address our water, transportation, and energy infrastructure needs. In our current fiscal situation, we must be creative in meeting the needs of our country and spurring economic development and job growth, while protecting taxpayers from new federal spending as much as possible.

  4. Jeff Yoder says:

    Having left the 3rd world state of Georgia a year ago due to dismal Job prospects. It amazes me how the GOP and most bloggers and GA politicains rant and rave about Big Govt. and fiscal conservation and then I read where Nathan Deal has declared several GA counties Disaster areas in search for a Federal handout. This is the same mantra Guboner’ Perry is doing in Texas regarding the massive fires. Saxby Chambliss is the biggest supporter of Farm subsidies, yet rants how the Govt spends beyond it’s needs. I could go on forever but since leaving the Red-neck state of GA along with it’s blatant hypocrisy, I have never been happier. How is that 2nd highest unemployement rate along with other GOP policies doing down there?..LMAO Most southern states are the poorest, have the highest teen drop out rate, lowest SAT and just palin dumb! yet have a church on every block with a bar in between? God sure has blessed the South Huh?

    • Doug Grammer says:

      Jeff Yoder,

      Unless you have something against the former Governor of Alaska, I’d say that Georgia’s average IQ went up on the day you left.

    • seekingtounderstand says:

      Jeff you left out good ol boys in office spend most of their time enchancing their own wealth and forgot to at least appear to be looking after the folks. When you have a one party state with lock insider control at the republican party offices, who needs to worry about appearances right?

  5. Matt Stout says:

    davidinflowerybranch — just a side note and threadjack,

    During the upcoming GOP Primary in your new 9th,

    Who do you think will have 4×4 signs smothering Friendship Rd, Spout Springs Rd, McEver Rd, Browns Bridge Rd, Atlanta Hwy, Athens Hwy and Old Winder Hwy?

  6. Finance_Guy says:

    Let’s face it, this is the best we are going to get with this guy until we get someone like Huntsman in there.

  7. Three Jack says:

    nice pop quiz provided by the liberal washington post in response to obama’s deja vu speech yesterday —

    so again he comes forth with rhetoric but no actual plan (some very naive folks fall for this time after time and you know who you are). and it is the same rhetoric that he uses speech after speech yet has failed to put a proposal in legislative form. what in the hell has this administration been doing this year that prevented them from simply putting the president’s words into an actual ‘plan’?

    the gop should come forward with individual bills that call for an overhaul of the tax system, reform of ss / medicare and a gradual end to all the rest of roosevelt and johnson’s great society programs. addtionally the gop should call obama’s bluff on the trade deals (sitting on his desk for 3 years) and force him to lift restrictions on energy exploration/drilling. if as obama showed last night we are in full campaign mode, then gopers better be ready to get in the mud with dems and fight for conservative ideals.

    • CobbGOPer says:

      The House GOP has passed over 20 pro-job bills this term, with no movement by the Democrat Senate (which still hasn’t passed a budget, btw). We’re not the ones being obstinate, Mr. President.

  8. Max Power says:

    Here’s the thing does the GOP really believe that the problem is regulation and taxes when it’s clear the problem is there’s no freakin’ demand. And what demand there is, is for cheap foreign imports. Americans need to start buying American and demand more for American corporations.

    • seenbetrdayz says:

      Well, when the folks in Washington keep printing the dollar into oblivion, there’s going to be pressure to find cheaper and cheaper foreign goods to make those weakening dollars stretch farther. If we want to see any real recovery, we’d better find a way to strengthen the dollar and advertise to companies around the world that if they want to earn a buck and keep a buck (instead of having it inflated out from underneath them), America is ‘open for business.’

      The easiest way to strengthen the dollar is to shut down the printing presses and announce to the world that “these are all the dollars we’re going to make, ‘get’em while they’re hot!'”. Of course, the odds of the Federal Reserve making such a decision are about as good as the Savannah port being dredged in our lifetime.

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