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Ellmers debates Obama on job creation

Posted June 25, 2011

— North Carolina Congresswoman Renee Ellmers and President Barack Obama debated the best way to create new jobs in dueling addresses released Saturday.

Ellmers, who owns a small medical practice in Dunn with her husband, said that reducing government regulations is key to jump-starting job growth.

"The job creators we hear from, they don't have their hand out," she said in the weekly Republican address. "They don't want a bailout. All they ask us to do is get government out of the way." 

Obama, in the weekly Democratic address, touted an initiative by the federal government, universities and corporations to explore new research and technology with the goal of strengthening American manufacturing.

"Their mission is to come up with a way to get ideas from the drawing board to the manufacturing floor to the marketplace as swiftly as possible, which will help create quality jobs, and make our businesses more competitive," Obama said.

The $500 million initiative is the latest effort by Obama to promote job creation in the midst of an economic slowdown that has reduced hiring and weakened his job approval standing with the public.

The plan includes $70 million for robotics, $300 million for national security industries and $100 million for research to more quickly develop advanced materials at lower costs. Some of the money would come from government agencies' existing budgets, but other funds are only included in Obama's 2012 budget request and must be approved by Congress.

Ellmers said that pumping more government money into the economy doesn't answer the concerns she hears from entrepreneurs who speak to the House Small Business Committee, where she heads a subcommittee.

"Their stories are different, but their message is the same: Uncertainty, burdensome regulations and the fear of higher taxes are making it harder to create jobs and stay afloat," she said.

Ellmers touted a Republican job plan to reduce regulations, expand domestic energy production, require the government to consider the effect of federal rules on jobs, open new markets to American-made goods and cut the deficit and balance the federal budget.

While Obama said he is "committed" to bipartisan efforts to cut the deficit, he said won't cut spending on education, infrastructure or researching new technology. That spending is necessary, he said, "to help make sure America remains in this century what we were in the last – a country that makes things."

Ellmers said that she's seen firsthand the negative effects "government overreach" can have on small businesses.

"We've worked to overcome it by relying on the same values that helped get our practice off the ground: freedom, opportunity and responsibility," she said.

"Washington is at its best when it’s listening to the American people. And our people are at its best when they’re working, prospering and laying the foundation for those greatest days that still lie ahead."


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  • Karmageddon Jun 28, 2011

    First year in politics and she's gone toe to toe with Obama.....and won....she makes Bob "whatshisname" look like a rookie

  • destewart2 Jun 27, 2011

    plenty coups and the other liberals/progressives out there read my words- "You are NOT ENTITLED to what I EARN or anyone else(the rich)"


  • Obama 2012 Jun 27, 2011

    She is an embarrassment to North Carolina

  • Follow_The_Money27617 Jun 27, 2011

    Obamacare:** Page 425, line 4-12: The government mandates advance-care planning consultations.

    This is from HR3200 not the FINAL bill passed. Stop spewing your chain emails on us. Did you see the enterview with the judge who wrote the email? Good lord the gullible sheep.

  • Rebelyell55 Jun 27, 2011

    The lie of given tax breaks to corp. or wealthy is just that. There has not been any job created or money put back into the economy. Now the corp. are saying "you know we've made a lot money overseas, and we would like to invest it back into the US, but we need ya to give us a tax break on the money we bring back in." Yet they made the money at the expense of the american people and now want to continue to rob them by not paying tax on the money they got a tax break on sent overseas. This greed is what causing the end of America that I and older have enjoyed. It just sad that my kid and grandkids will never know a better future. So long as our elected leader are being directed by corp. america we'll never be free again.

  • Plenty Coups Jun 27, 2011

    "have the astonishing audacity to even MENTION that extension of tax breaks for the rich..."

    Exactly. Because Obama shows a willingness to continue the tax cuts in the face of uniform pressure of the Republicans whose cooperation he would need to end some of them, its all his fault? He made it very clear he wants to end tax cuts for the very wealthy. You would rather him force a shutdown of government and a default on our debt by sticking to rigid anti-tax ideology with no room for compromise?

  • SARCASTICLES Jun 27, 2011

    Snappy comeback, as usual. You answered the question by NOT answering the question, and have the astonishing audacity to even MENTION that extension of tax breaks for the rich...which was the centerpiece tantrum the GOP threw to keep 'em in place. Ann Coulter is a dude, too. ;)

  • UNC006 Jun 27, 2011

    "Yeah, you're right....less regulation and lower taxes on those corporate "people" will create JOBS JOBS JOBS. Still waiting for an answer on who bought Renee Ellmers, too. ;)"

    Fact check:
    -Bo extended the "bad" Bush tax rates-Bo started another war in Libya a cost of 1$ billion so far- Bo said no death panels with Obamacare:** Page 425, line 4-12: The government mandates advance-care planning consultations. Those on Social Security will be required to attend an "end-of-life planning" seminar every five years. (Death counseling..)Over 1500 exemptions to date; companies costs are higher- No budget in two years while in control of all 3 branches- Economy started down when the Dems took over the house in early 2007 (where were you)?- Mortgage bubble was building for many years.

    Don't let the facts get in the way; you're shepherd has made things worse... Travel beyond your rock and talk to a few people...

  • SARCASTICLES Jun 27, 2011

    Liked that, huh? Don't shoot me, I'm only the piano player. How ironical that you ask me for an "intelligent answer" while you defend the proven failed "stratgery" that GOT us into this disaster. Those SOMETHINGS cut taxes for the rich, ruled from the Supreme Court that corporations are people too, and moved their manufacturing base to cheaper pastures. They seem to be hooked on the idea of privatized profit, and socialized debt. The real accomplishment in all this is that some "American People" fall for this "intelligent answer". It's been TEN YEARS of "JOB CREATIN'"(tm) tax cuts for the rich, but we have the worst economy and the highest unemployment since THE Great Depression. Yeah, you're right....less regulation and lower taxes on those corporate "people" will create JOBS JOBS JOBS. Still waiting for an answer on who bought Renee Ellmers, too. ;)

  • gallbury Jun 27, 2011

    I wish, just once, that people in office could acquire good sense, or that people with good sense could acquire office. Renee Elmers is neither one. She "is" a very bad joke sent to solve a "very real" problem.