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. Robert

    Clearly the 'stimulus' package pushed down the throats of all and putting this country into such huge debt has done nothing but line the pockets of the Obama chosen few. Looking forward to 2010 when we can get the House and Senate back into the hands of the Republicans and the Democrats will be haulted in their tracks. We need balance of power because this is the crap that happens if we don't have it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 2, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  2. j

    always blaming someone else. how about blaming former president george bush. Didn't he start all the problems we are having today. President Obama is trying to clean up bush's mess.

    July 2, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  3. Daniel Plainview

    Where was Rep. Boehner (R-Ohio) when we were getting ourselves into this mess? (hint: he's been a congressman since 1991 and was the House MAjority leader from January 2006 through January 2007)

    Oh, right. I guess we aren't so suppose to talk about that.

    July 2, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  4. jim in tx

    But, all the experts, and Obama himself, said things were gonig to get worse before they got better. The GOP needs to stop worrying about 2010, stop trying to scare Americans into even less spending, and help get our economy churning again. Whatever happened to Country First?

    July 2, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  5. lynn in NM

    There has to be a mistake somewhere. Obama says everything is hunky dory. He is in office now, so all of our problems are gone. Why is the media reporting these falsehoolds? Things were only bad under Bush.

    July 2, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  6. Lisa P

    And so the Republicans once again display the wise, thoughtful and measured perspective that kept them in power... not!

    July 2, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  7. Chuck Paisley

    Many Americans are hurting, but unfortunately because of the president's and democrats' current policies and actions, things will get much worse for all of us. Have those people gone nuts or what??? Need to get them outta there as soon as possible, even by impeachment wherever possible.

    July 2, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  8. JB

    I'll respond for Obama.

    We didn't promise job creation with all that money I spent of yours. I promised job creation OR jobs saved. By my calculations, during the month of June we would have lost 1.5 million jobs, so I just saved 1 million jobs. Aren't I amazing? Oh ya, and did I mention I inheritted this problem from Bush? Bush, Bush, Bush, Bush. Bush Bush Bush.

    July 2, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  9. Jesse

    Maybe Boehner should have went golfing with an economist instead of Tiger Woods. Then, he would have found out that the unemployment rate lags about 6 months behind the rest of the economy.

    Republicans, like Boehner, are the ones that caused this mess. Then they have the nerve to criticize the ones who are trying to clean it up.

    July 2, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  10. abcya

    you got a better idea, boehner...? seems like your bunch is the one that got us in this mess to start with....

    July 2, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  11. Tom from NY

    Bunch of hypocrites. This party has really no more crediability left. Hello!!Whos the ones who got into this really big mess? I think its still safe to say the GOP party is very much to blame for the mess were in. At least the Dems are trying to do something about fixing the economy. This party back in the 1980s, 1990s, and most of 2000s, were the same party who would say low taxes, less government, more consumer spending, when this is the same group also that pushed their moral values down our throats with their bs, when their no different than the dems. I think the party symbols should be switched and the GOP's symbol should the the symbol of the mule and the elephant should the symbol of the democrats for strength because as far as I can see, at least the DEMS have a far better grip on things than these clowns who all they can do is whine, whine, and whine some more. Thank goodness I left this party some years ago and do not intend to be coming back ever again.

    July 2, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  12. Mike

    Let's see, obama said if the congress passed the stimulus, un-employment would not go over 8 percent and if the congress did not pass the bill un-employment might hit 9.0 percent. So the stimulus was passed by the democrats with three turn coat republicans voting for it. Now obamas un-employment is at 9.5 percent and climbing and his economy is falling apart. Is this the change you can believe in? Was he really the one we have been waiting for? Not only no but heck no. Do not try to blame it on President Bush, this is all obamas mess.

    July 2, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  13. Marcus, Great Lakes IL

    It's easy to point fingers. The fact is, if no one is hiring, there are no jobs to be had. Until we all get over our paranoia regarding the financial situation of our Nation, justified or not, the lack of jobs to be had will remain as it is now.

    It is a trickle up effect.

    I won't spend my money on "stuff" therefore, you won't be hired to sell me "stuff" and the factories producing the "stuff" won't hire more people because no one is ordering their "stuff."

    July 2, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  14. Gary SC

    Shame on you Mr President for not solving the nations problems in 5 months.
    Maybe Bohener can come with another 15 page pamphlet on solving this one. Perhaps invading another country will get us all back to work again. You're looking dumber every day John.

    July 2, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  15. IAB

    This is what they do constantly, criticize, find fault, undermine, spread fear, hate, and division.

    It is ok to critique, criticize but offer solutions in order to solve the many, many problems this administration inherited from the Bush GOP Administration.

    I believe Boehner and most of his group are SATAN driven. They are not interested in moving this country forward, solving problems, doing what is BEST for the majority of AMERICANS. What ever they propose it is only to make themselves and their friends RICHER at the expense of the middle class. They could care less about their fellow AMERICANS. Their behavior, statements are an embarrassment to this country. The GOP makes our country the laughing stock of the world.

    Remember God is always in the Plan.
    Just watch. He can see into the hearts of man. Boehner had better watch out.

    July 2, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  16. here we go

    Now the republicans care about the middle class. Seems to me that the economy started going in the tank in Dec 2007, where was their concern then???? I guess they thought everything was fine then, so they sat on their hands, now they complain. It is a known fact the employment is the last thing to start rebounding after a downturn in the economy...Why do they always complain? they only have something to say when "bad" news comes out.... I guess they look thru rose colored glasses when it suits them.

    July 2, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  17. chris (hartford, ct)

    So the GOP plan is to sit back, kick up their heels, and cheer as things get worse? How does no one mention who the president was 26 years ago when employment was similarly bad? Is it because they don't want to besmirch the legacy of Reagan, the Republican Moses? What short memories we have in this country.

    July 2, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  18. jm

    Try to spin this one Obama.

    July 2, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  19. Aspen Professor

    Hey Mr. Boehner, ya ever see a snowball rolling down a steep slope, gathering speed? The Repubs built that snowball under Georgy and Dicky and your buddies in Congress gave it a mighty shove. Your hypocrisy has become tedious and boring Boehner.

    July 2, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  20. Just My Opinion in Texas

    I thought the whole purpose of the Porkulus Stimulus Package was to ensure that unemployment didn't rise over 8% and it's NOW at 9.5% ??

    I wonder who'll get the blame for this??

    Oh .. that's right ... BUSH did it.

    Shakespeare was right ... "'Tis the time's plague when madmen lead the blind!"

    July 2, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  21. Sniffit

    YAWN

    And if I could put that in 96 point font, I would.

    July 2, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  22. James M. Holmes

    ...and the solutions that the GOP offered up were what again? Oh that's right... nothing but more of the same that got us in this mess in the first place!

    It's been what, 2 months since the stimulus package was passed? It has stopped the bleeding, but a full recovery wont happen over night!

    Is it just me or does the GOP sound like someone who burned down their own house and then complained that the firefighters used too much water and now are mad it is taking too long building them a new house?

    CNN... Stop being a mouthpiece for the crybabies!

    July 2, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  23. Bombs Away

    Obama on the "stimulus": "The jobs we create will be in businesses large and small across a wide range of industries," Obama said on his weekly radio and Internet address.

    We're waiting.

    July 2, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  24. Don

    Where is the stimulus now? Wake up America before it is too late. Our President is going to bankrupt our country.

    July 2, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  25. Steph

    Jobs always lag in a recession. Don't they know this??? The recovery has started, but it isn't going to be a quick fix. Everyone economic expert has said this.

    If they spent even a little energy (OK – yes, they have put some energy into solutions, but we need a little more than putting out vague plans with nice clip art and no numbers) seriously working with the Democrats to solve our problems, the recovery might happen a bit faster.

    July 2, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
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