July 2nd, 2009
09:44 AM ET
5 years ago

Republicans slam Dems over latest jobs report

Boehner and other Republicans say the latest jobs report is an indication the stimulus plan has not worked.
Boehner and other Republicans say the latest jobs report is an indication the stimulus plan has not worked.

(CNN) – Republicans are taking aim at their Democratic colleagues over the latest jobs report indicating unemployment has risen to 9.5 percent, calling it evidence the massive economic stimulus bill pushed by President Obama earlier this year has not worked.

"Today's employment report reminds us that spending, taxing, and borrowing with reckless abandon is no way to create more jobs, yet that is exactly what Democrats in charge of Washington have done all year long," House Minority Leader John Boehner said in a statement.  "Middle-class families and small businesses are hurting, and they're looking to Washington for real solutions that won't raise their taxes and drive future generations into even deeper debt."

The National Republican Congressional Committee also released a statement noting Obama administration officials once claimed the stimulus bill would contain the unemployment rate under 8 percent.

"Where are the stimulus-created jobs?" the NRCC asks.


Filed under: John Boehner • President Obama
soundoff (220 Responses)
  1. Todd

    Hey Boner....weren't you part of the Bush 8yrs that caused almost all of this? You wreck the economy and then try to blame this on a guy who has been in office barely six months. GOP has NO answers only divisive tactics...same old boring drivel

    Do you think I am stupid...well sure you do....but I got news for you. YOU caused a lot of this you arrogant bag of wind!!!!!!

    NRCCC...endangered species

    July 2, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  2. Adam from Ohio

    Republicans are children and nothing more. We are experiencing a crash set in play by thirty YEARS of Republican economic philosophies in actual. And these over-fed, over-tanned fools are whining that five years of a Democratic president and only a few small reforms have not turned that ship around?

    July 2, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  3. Marc

    Before or after all the bashers and naysayers do their usual ranting, let's remember that the President already warned that the unemployment is likely to hit double-digit before the effects of the plans force it down.
    And let's not forget that they told us all (i.e. USA and the World) that things would get worst before they got better, and all the most respectable economists in the World (specially those who were warning us about the impending crisis that was getting near and nearer) agreed with the POTUS.
    So yeah, it's bad news, really bad news. But not unexpected.

    July 2, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  4. Kevin

    C'mon, did these idiots believe Obama could turn it around over night, or are they trying to play on the forgetful minds of the american people to try and put President Obama in a negative light for politics sake. I look at this way....almost 500k jobs lost.....previous months we saw as high as 700k that is a big difference.

    Rethugiclans need to cool out...We got this......

    July 2, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  5. Adam from Ohio

    Republicans are children and nothing more. We are experiencing a crash set in play by thirty YEARS of Republican economic philosophies in actual. And these over-fed, over-tanned fools are whining that five months of a Democratic president and only a few small reforms have not turned that ship around?

    July 2, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  6. Andy in Indianapolis

    The GOP has no credibility on this issue. If they're gonna take Obama to task for the jobs report numbers, they'd better take a long look back at the 8 years that got us to this point. The President and a large majority of the American public understand that it will take much, much longer to fix this mess.

    July 2, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  7. SRB

    How can Boehner and the Republicans bash the current White House without taking alot of the blame themselves. This " resession " we are in didn't start on January 20th. It started well over a year before the election. Remember the stimulas package Bush passed that the GOP said would stimulate growth. Remember the bail outs to the banks. That was all under the GOP watch. I think we have to stop pointing fingers and just get it resolved. And that includes Obama from always referencing Bush as well as the GOP tring to posture themselves for the 2010 elections. GET the JOB done. Then we'll see you all at the next elections.

    GOP don't stall, we do notice this when it hurts our bottom line

    A tired american

    July 2, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  8. Hill

    We are 7 months into Obama and it is only getting worse. I own a small business that sells to major corporations and most are laying people off and continuing spending cuts. I can understand the corporate leaders trying to ensure survival but our government continues to spend with reckless abandon and it is not stopping or abating in any way. We are in major trouble without a real leader....

    July 2, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  9. sean

    Boner's comments are funny. First, it was Bush and his party that created this little market free-fall. It was his party that only wanted to bail out the wealthy- shuttering car companies and factories- with thousands more laid off. It is his party that is functionally destroying the government in my state (Arizona), causing state worker lay-offs. Bottom line: the Republicans only care about the rich, anything displayed by them resembling concern for the common man is a lie. Without the jobs the Stim bill has already produced, things would be much, much worse. Republicans are economic nihilists!

    July 2, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  10. rob

    a bunch of crock this is. its going to get worse before it gets better and it will take time. the stimulus was passed this year and its not a over night fix. yes they may have said 8 percent, but that was before the collapse of the auto industry and other major companies downsizing.

    but this goes both ways. if it were a republican administration in charge and this was happening, the dems would be saying the something. take it with a grain of salt, its politics.

    July 2, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  11. Paula

    Why where 3.1 million jobs lost last year when the economy, according to then President Bush, was doing well. It took eight years to get in this mess...and you Repubs expect it to be fixed in 6 months. Get real. I imagine part of the increase in job loss can be as a result of the minimum wage going up to $7.25 on July 24, 2009. But I don't hear Repubs talking about that. Misleading once again. Pointing fingers is not fixing the problem.

    July 2, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  12. Obama 2.0

    The problem with the baseless slam is that it is the Fault of the GOP and their inability to govern/enforce when it comes to the financial matters of the economy that got us unemployed in the first place. This and them sellling out our jobs to China for higher profits at the top.

    July 2, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  13. Bob in Pa

    Amen Mr. Boehner!
    Kill that money sucking Cap & Trade Energy Bill while you are at it.

    July 2, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  14. Chuck

    As usual, Republicans in Congress are disingenuous. They have not taken responsibility for their policies under Bush that have wrecked the economy and lives of millions of Americans. Liars, crooks, thieves, hypocrits, and killers, all for the love of money - that's who run the GOP on behalf of the rich and for business profits.

    July 2, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  15. Diane

    Obama has been in office for 6 months. Bush and cronies were in for 8 years. You can't fix 8 years worth of destructiveness in 6 months. This bluster is not going to fool anyone...with any sense. Of course it will take time to fix the Republican-created mess.

    July 2, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  16. Ernie in LA

    Where are the jobs that you promised, Mr. Obama? America is waiting.

    July 2, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  17. Kevin in Ohio

    We aren't even close to reaching the Obama unemployment numbers that will ultimately occur thanks to the unchecked government spending and taxation.

    July 2, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  18. Broke in CA

    Another Obama lie. He is oblivious to the fact that Businesses both small and large need to be stimulated to grow, not have their pockets picked by the government so bad that they move out of the country! It's not rocket science.

    July 2, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  19. Jeff in Virginia

    And what has Boehner done to help this situation?

    All this man does it attack Obama for problems that went un-addressed by Bush. Where are Boehner's solutions?

    July 2, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  20. alvino

    Hey moron, it takes a while for the jobs to start to catch up. You can always tell a republican, but you can't tell them much. They just do not get it.

    July 2, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  21. scooter

    That is a good question where are the stimulas jobs. they asked for a trillons and not noticing it working.

    July 2, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  22. alvino

    On second thought, Boehner would not even make a good caddy when his political career goes sour.

    July 2, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  23. Think

    Which comes first, the jobs or the economic recovery? You really can't have one without the other. So although the stimulus is not achieving the goal of capping unemployment below 8%, the GOP is once again missing the bigger picture. The economy is slowly recovering and the job loss rate is decreasing. Eventually, we will be back on track, but even Obama has said that its not likely to happen in his first term. FDR had this same PR problem with the New Deal programs, but he prevailed and so did our economy and country.

    July 2, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  24. Dave

    Of course they're slamming the Democrats. That's what they do. They have no ideas, no brains, and no principles. There's nothing left for these idiots to do but to complain.

    Look, the GOP ran Congress from 1994 through 2006 and we had a GOP President who was dumber than a stump for the past eight years. Do you idiots really think that YOUR mess can be cleaned up in a matter of months when YOU spent years creating it? You people get dumber by the minute.

    July 2, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  25. Jake

    Another half million jobs lost and the press is still licking the feet of Obama and his Demwits. He has ALL the answers. Unfortunately, all his answers have been wrong from the start.

    July 2, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
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