Overheard on CNN.com: More of the ‘no jobs’ blame game
A jobs bill Obama has touted in a series of campaign-style speeches across the country is likely facing defeat in the Senate.
October 11th, 2011
04:44 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: More of the ‘no jobs’ blame game

Comments of the day:

"’Senate likely to be defeated in next election.’ Story at 6 o'clock. Want change? Vote out the scumbags and vote in people that will represent YOUR interests.” - IdahoJ

“And liberal morons everywhere will still blame the GOP for this.” - CitizenXXX

Defeat on the horizon for Obama’s Job’s bill?

The Senate will likely reject President Obama's $447 billion jobs bill Tuesday — legislation that includes a $265 billion extension of the payroll tax cut and a 5.6 percent surtax on people earning more than $1 million.

About the failure to pass the bill, CNN.com readers posted comments largely pointing fingers at a number of sources: Congress, the Republicans and Democrats and the President.

Coloradan said, “The GOP will keep trying to run out the clock and do nothing until the next election. That's a long time for the American people to wait for help. Too bad the money isn't going to Halliburton for phony construction that never gets completed in Iraq. Then it would be fast tracked by our Republican congressmen and women. Rebuild our own country though? Naaah. That might help Obama.”

sunsudo said, “Yes, yes. Blame the GOP even though Odummer and the Democrats had a supermajority for his first two years and NEVER had a passed budget. But please blame the GOP. I need a good laugh this a.m.

USATheFree responded, “sunsudo: I keep hearing people use that excuse ‘the Democrats had supermajority, why didn't they pass this and why didn't they pass that then.’ Two things: First, Republicans broke the filibuster record right out of the park during that time so it was amazing that anything got done at all. Second, why should it take one party's supermajority to do anything in this country? Shouldn't doing the right thing be the only thing that matters?”

EastCoastCat said, “There is no 'divide over economic growth.’ The Democrats really want to get the economy moving and people back to work (because it looks good to voters), and the Republicans really want to keep the economy down and people out of work (it makes Dems look bad to voters). And the Republicans are willing to burn America to the ground in an attempt to make Obama a one term President. They even stated that as their number one goal.”

starsrainlov said, “This is why there are people taking to the streets. They can't get a job out of school, they lose the job they've had for years, they don't get raises for years on end and your Republican reps. are completely out of touch. If it doesn't get fixed, those people in the streets are going to stop cleaning up after themselves and chanting peaceful protests. If it doesn't get fixed, this is going to turn ugly. People are fed up and WANT TO GO BACK TO WORK.”

manderson111 responded, “We extended the unemployment benefits and we passed the first stimulus...Where are the jobs Dems?”

noladude said, “As soon as Obama supports something, the Republicans immediately start to reconsider their support for it. Seriously, it's like a really bad joke.”

Miisa said, “Obama complains that the GOP won't let him do what he wants to do. But remember, if he hadn't rammed the healthcare bill down our throats, then we wouldn't have voted the Dems out of the house and he wouldn't be having this problem. So instead of asking: ‘Why are the Republicans blocking me?’ He SHOULD be asking things like: ‘Would things be easier if I still had a super majority? And ‘was it such a good idea to upset America by being shady about the health care bill?’"

InvsblHnd said, “Obama can't even get his own party to support his ‘jobs’ bill. Talk about failed leadership!”

JackChat responded, “There aren't 60 Democratic senators. Because the Republicans filibuster EVERYTHING, they need 60 votes for the bill.”

Mitt gets Christie’s endorsement

Having decided not to run for President, new Jersey Republican Governor Chris Christie endorsed Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Tuesday.

Some CNN.com readers cheered the backing, but others said it either didn’t matter or that Romney isn’t the right man for the job.

Wire Palladin, S. F. said, “That should pretty much wrap up the Republican primary. I wonder if Mittens told Christie he would be number two?”

Mike said, “Darn...I was hoping he'd support Cain...for some reason I like Cain more than Romney.”

The Real Tom Paine said, “Maybe someone wants to be AG?”

Cyrus said, “Who cares! The GOP platform is obsolete and obstructionist. Not going to vote for GOP even if Jesus was on that ticket.”

Billy said, “That should do it; a real game changer. Go Mitt!”

Dave from GA said, “A good choice. Don't like the rest of other candidates except Huntsman.”

Dinak said, “Now I am glad he's [Christie] not running, because I realize what an idiot he is if can choose Romney over Cain. Romney is a flip-flopping hypocrite and a liar. Cain at least is honest.”

al in calif said, “Romney is going to win hands down in '12 .... it's the lefty policies of Barney Frank and liberals who wanted to give everyone a mortgage that has us in this mess, despite the nonsense of trying to blame GWB. Oh, well. I guess you guys have to wait till '16.”

Dave said, “Everything Mitt has worked with was successful. I see no reason why it couldn't happen with the country, which is desperate for some good change by the way.”

Do you feel your views align with these commenters' thoughts? Post a comment below or sound off on video

Compiled by the CNN.com moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity.

soundoff (70 Responses)
  1. Mitt Successful?

    I think MA wouldn't agree.

    October 11, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  2. andyw

    wow. Not only is the country going downhill, but they find OTHERS to blame it on! I can just see it: "Obama does nothing to help the economy!" HowEVER, he and the other democrats just offered a suggestion that could HELP the economy!

    October 11, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr. President

      That is not true Andy. I have done a lot to help my fellow Democrats. I've increased the welfare payments, extended unemployment checks. I've sent the union thugs to Wall Street and all through the contry to spread fear & chaos. America is on course to a higher socialist way of big government, like Greece.

      Remember, vote for me. Don't be racist. Anyone seen my crackpipe?

      October 11, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • andyw


      October 11, 2011 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Rachel Corrie (rip)

    How is it that the gov. can uncover international terror plots abroad, but couldn't uncover ENRON before Americans were bilked out of hundreds of billions of dollars? Like Watergate...it took newspaper boys to uncover Nixon. Why does so much damamge have to be done by domestic crooks before they are finally found out by the gov.?

    October 11, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jj

    good lord i sure hope the senate turns this bill down. seems to me that Obomba is his own nemesis with all this money he wants to throw around. ima sit back and enjoy his demise

    October 11, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wu-Tang

      I'm sorry, but are you usually this stupid or is it just today?

      October 11, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jeff Farnk (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    $447 billion. Where is the money comming from? No no no. I don't want hear NO rhetoric. I'll ask one more time. Where's the money comming from? You don't know..do you? What is the rate of return on $447 billion? Here again, you dont know. Is the unemployment rate going to fall well below 9.5% after spending $447 billion....no it won't..will it? Why don't you surtax all levels between $200,000 and $1 million. Oh, now you think of it as a personal vendetta...don't tyou? There aren't enough millionaires in this country where 5.6 % will make substantial change. You ought to get out of bed...take your slippers off..and put your marching boots on. Then join the ranks of Occupy Space or whatever they now call themselves. 😡

    October 11, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr. President

      Jeff. I will just print more money or let your kids pay for it. Get with the program son. I'm sending my union friends to visit you Jeff.

      October 11, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Rachel Corrie (rip)

    Ya really gotta be ignorant to think a President of the USa controls the economy. He can't even boss the federal reserve around. Presidents are puppets now.

    October 11, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wu-Tang

      ummm what ever happened to proper grammar lol

      October 11, 2011 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • ZZzzz

      Im sorry but I gotta reply, that is the funniest thing I've seen all day! Someone with the name Wu-Tang trying to bust someone on grammar.

      October 11, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jeff Farnk (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    @Mr. President – The unions, know I got cold Miller Draft waiting for them, despite my not fully accepting what they do. And quite frankly (pardon the pun sir), but thier losing respect for you. And you kickbacks for your campaign fund, aren't going to be that good.

    October 11, 2011 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Well, if the President is not in charge of the economy, then who is?
    Surely we are not! You cannot have meant to imply that.
    I don't care if Obama has to call every single small-town bank and tell them to give each and every one of us a nice loan, he should pick up the phone and do it. What else has he got to do?
    Obviously, Jeff Frank just doesn't realize than if we tax every millionaire a little bit more every year, there'll be enough to go around for everybody.
    It's out of my hands. I have a bad back.

    October 11, 2011 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ Wu-Tang:
    Che hai?
    The grammar was fine.

    October 11, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  10. banasy©

    Rhetorical question time, *but*:
    What's the solution? Hmm? Anyone?
    I am not even going to pretend *I* have an answer...
    I just know p!ssing and moaning isn't going to cut it.

    October 11, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Hi, banasy.
    I wasn't pretending to have the answer to this complex problem.
    I don't think that there is a single answer, although too many citizens think that they have the cure in a bottle, ready to sell.
    I said last night that we all need to listen to each other.
    I think that it took us many decades to fall into this mess.

    October 11, 2011 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Is your first name "Ja?"

    October 11, 2011 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  13. ZZzzz

    Since it is ultimately OUR MONEY, and this is a DEMOCRACY, lets have a vote on where it should go. You want it to go to clean energy? You want it to go to fracking? We the people should decide how to spend it! At least after its all gone we will have nobody to blame but ourselves. Maybe spend it on something that is actually TANGIBLE.

    You want jobs? Privatize our nations security. Thats right. You can start with sub-contracting the construction of a border fence/wall. How many jobs would that create? Just don't let the president launder the money by awarding it out to rotten companies.

    October 11, 2011 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    I hear you.
    It's supposed to work that way, indirectly, by our being able to vote to fire anybody in the government.
    Still, voters have to resist being conned by flags, snake-oil, wine, circuses, and free checks. Then they have to THINK and vote.
    Don't forget that many people don't want a job. They like the status quo, and they will vote to keep it.

    October 11, 2011 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    What I just said is not an answer to this complex mess. It's one little candle burning.

    October 11, 2011 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
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