Obama complained about Republicans and specifically called out Rep Eric Cantor (R-VA) for some reason. Cantor is the House Majority Leader.
Kimberly Russell, a teacher who had recently been laid off, introduced the president, who strolled onto the stage wearing a white shirt with his sleeves rolled up. As expected, Obama called on the attendees to help convince Congress to pass the American Jobs Act, which proposes extending the payroll tax for employees and employers, closing corporate tax loopholes, and increasing taxes on the wealthy to create teaching and public safety jobs and pay for public improvement projects on bridges and schools.
He also unleashed his toughest words yet for Republicans in Congress, specifically House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, who declared on Monday that the American Jobs Act in its comprehensive form is “dead on arrival” in their chamber, though they would be willing to vote for parts of it they agree with.
“I’d like Mr. Cantor to come out here to Dallas and explain what exactly in this jobs bill does he not believe in,” Obama said, amid the sound of booing. “Mr. Cantor should come out to Dallas and look Kim Russell in the eye and tell her why she doesn’t deserve to be back in the classroom.”
So, to summarize, the President holds an event with specifically invited guests to prop up his "jobs" bill. He used a black, unemployed teacher as his example of someone he claims the bill will help. What he didn't say was that the federal money runs out after a certain amount of time and then the problem re-emerges. It's a vicious cycle, this taking stimulus money and hiring workers with it. Other peoples' money always runs out and there you are again.
U.S. Congressman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), Chairman of the House Republican Conference and co-chairman of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, issued the following statement today in response to President Obama’s speech at Eastfield College in Rep. Hensarling’s district.
“While I would have liked to have been at Eastfield College today to welcome the president personally, I would have offered less welcome to his latest economic plan.
“We’ve got to quit spending money we don’t have for jobs we never get. House Republicans have a different plan. Number one, we put forward a budget that leads us to fiscal sustainability and eventually a balanced budget.
“Second of all, we prevent all the president’s job killing tax increases and we make the tax code fairer, flatter, simpler and more competitive to create jobs.
“Next, we have jobs bills stacked up in the Democratic-controlled United States Senate like cordwood—a lot of them aimed at trying to reduce the regulatory burden on our job creators. But unfortunately, we can’t get any support from our president, and we can’t get any support from Harry Reid.
“We’re not suffering so much from a lack of capital in our economy, it’s a lack of confidence and that lack of confidence, frankly, is in a lot of the policies of the president.”