In jobs speech, Obama has sharp criticism for GOP

AP News
Posted: Dec 08, 2009 11:38 AM

President Barack Obama has sharp criticism for Republicans, taking them to task for opposing economic stimulus efforts and health care reform while supporting tax cuts and spending that have ballooned the deficit.

Obama said Tuesday in a Washington speech proposing new job-creation measures: "It's a sight to see."

He said Republicans are "waxing political about fiscal responsibility while opposing our efforts to reduce deficits by getting health care costs under control." And he said that the stimulus package earlier this year was passed "largely without the help of an opposition party which, unfortunately, after having presided over the decision-making that led to the crisis, decided to hand it over to others to solve."