ABC News' Sunlen Miller reports:
Calling House Minority Leader John Boehner’s job creation plans “surprisingly short and sadly familiar,” President Obama blasted Republicans for economic plans that he said will kill jobs rather than create them.
“These are not new ideas,” Obama said in his weekly address, “They are the same policies that led us into this recession. They will not create jobs, they will kill them. They will not reduce our deficit, they will add $1 trillion to our deficit. They will take us backward at a time when we need to keep America moving forward.”
On Wednesday, Boehner, R-Ohio, gave a speech to reporters at the St. Regis Hotel in Washington. President Obama cited Boehner's comments to target his job creation policies.
“First, he would repeal health insurance reform which would take away tax credits from millions of small business owners and take us back to the days when insurance companies had free rein to drop coverage and jack up premiums,” Obama said, “Second, he would say no to new investments in clean energy after his party already voted against the clean energy tax credits and loans that are creating thousands of new jobs and hundreds of new businesses. And third, even though his party voted against tax cuts for middle-class families, he would permanently keep in place the tax cuts for the very wealthiest Americans – the same tax cuts that have added hundreds of billions to our debt.”
Boehner quickly responded, saying the president is out of touch and unable to sell his agenda.
“President Obama is resorting to partisan attacks, rather than working with Republicans to help the American people, who are asking, ‘Where are the jobs?'” Boehner said in a paper statement. “The fact is that Washington Democrats’ policies have created uncertainty that has undermined our economy, shaken the confidence of the nation and cost millions of American jobs. Our nation needs leadership – not excuses.”
In his address, the president hailed the Wall Street reform bill he signed into law on Wednesday, the passage of the health care law, tax breaks for small businesses and working families, and his administration’s investment in clean energy.
“I can’t tell you that this plan will bring back all the jobs we lost and restore our economy to full strength overnight,” Obama said. “But I am confident that we are finally headed in the right direction. We are moving forward. And what we can’t afford right now is to go back to the same ideas that created this mess in the first place.”