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. jim

    You don't get get jobs by just throwing money at corporations and asking then to do something useful with it. There must be conditions attached to the acceptance of the money, something the Obama administration seems to have forgotten !

    July 2, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  2. carlos

    this guy beener better keep his mouth shut just like in the picture......have any solutions????????......none whatsoever......bunch of evil sinners....hiss hiss hiss

    July 2, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  3. Ren from Baltimore

    Rep Boner,

    You need to get some more slack out of your gamesmanship, so please get back to your putting glory and long-drive practice. Tiger, do us a favor and take this guy along as often as you can-keep him out of our faces.

    July 2, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  4. Michael

    Oh, give me a break. These Republicans drove this Nation into the ditch. And now they have the gall to complain about job losses under Obama?? The carnage we are witnessing today is the legacy of their past failures. We all deserve their silence for a very, very long time. And six months does not constitute a long time!

    July 2, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  5. Mississippi Mike

    So what you are saying is that racking up massive national debt, strangling businesses with new regulations, raising taxes on the few profitable busineeses that still exist, the White House firing CEOs, trying to socialize medicine, furthering the unions' agenda, and confiscating private businesses isn't the solution to a recession? Clearly, the Democrats are not giving us the change we need.

    July 2, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  6. Dale Setzer

    GOP junk as always. GOP wanted Mexican trucks in US,Canadian trucks on our highways.And American Drivers layed off,or gone broke.STOP cross border trucking.when you do that,you increase security,get our people back to work.And America is the winner.GOP wanted all these bad Drivers from Canada and Mexico,Quote well yes US drivers will loose jobs by letting these people on our highways.GOP More CRAP

    July 2, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  7. DEM in HI

    Funny coming from the hypocrites that spent money for eight years like there was no end. Boehner is such a whiner. What plan does the Greedy Old Party have? He has no plan and that is why the GOP is fading. Just to attack the other party is not good enough. If they have a better plan, then present the data and stand behind it.

    July 2, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  8. changing my screen name to see if it helps getting my comments posted

    Sen. Boehner, have you ever had an economics course?

    That is a rhetorical question by the way. I know you haven't. The unemployment rate is what's called a lagging indicator. It typically doesn't improve until well after an economic recovery is underway. It has to do with the fact that businesses don't like to hire new staff until they absolutely have to. They will exhaust their surplus and have current staff work overtime before they sink money into new workers.

    Here's a question for you. What jobs would be created from massive tax cuts to wealthy individuals that do not own and opporate business? Specifically, what jobs would Rush Limbaugh be creating if he had, say, a 10% on his taxes. And how would his spending of said wealth be any different then pork-barrel spending of a Democrat representative?

    July 2, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  9. Bill

    Please give me a break it was a Republican President and six years of Republican control Congress who put this country in the second great Depression anyway.

    My question to Rep, Boehner when will the GOP quit trying to blame everybody else for the mess that President George W. Bush left for President Obam?

    July 2, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  10. Shari, NY

    Nobody should be happy with this report but from the outset we were all pubicly told that thing would get worse (until about the end of the the year) before they got better. This is not a surprise to those whose memories serve them well.

    July 2, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  11. Larry from RI

    "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.

    Wrong again Boner!
    Today's unemployment numbers remind every one of us in the middle class of how the GOP has squandered all our futures by being in bed with Wall St. and greedy CEO's that take obscene profits while the well being of the middle class spiraled down the toilet!

    And now these pigs at the trough are complaining that the current administration isn't sweeping up the mess after their 8-year elephant parade fast enough – what a crock of you know what!

    July 2, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  12. madmatt

    The obama administration said it would be several months to a couple years before any improvement was seen! Boehner is a lying gasbag.

    July 2, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  13. JOHN COMMON SENSE

    repubs shut up you guys are oppurtunists, remember it will get worse before it gets better. jobs loss are a lagging indication. come one people!

    July 2, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  14. John Black Hills/SD

    I can't believe republicans could be so obtuse....it was their lack of management skills that got us into this economic mess. They should be ashamed of themselves, 70% of the voting population understand this fact because we can download any vote, any legislation, any interview, and quote through the Internet. Wake up republicans, this mess is your fault, not President Obama. Bush/Cheney 8 years, President Obama 5 months in office.

    July 2, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  15. Andrew, Buffalo NY

    Before any of you lefties blame this on Bush, keep in mind who controlled at least 2/3rd's of govt the last 2.5 years....

    Alright now you can begin your ignorant comments...

    July 2, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  16. katiec

    It is so unusual for any republican to recognize that middle class America is hurting when we have been ignored for eight years.
    If the republicans do not stop all the obstruction, negativity, ranting anger, distortions and doom, it is going to take even longer to
    recover. They need to, for once in their political lives, represent
    us and our country and we need to continue to let them know
    we will no longer allow big business, lobbyists, special interests
    run our country.
    Their concern about us is way too little and way too late.

    July 2, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  17. Jeff Brown

    When is John Boner going to take of his Sam Donaldson pancake toupee?

    July 2, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  18. Mr. Magic

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

    Where is your plan? I ask.

    July 2, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  19. maf

    Republicans. . . Blah, blah, blah. . .spending. . .blah, blah, blan. . .future generations. . .blah, blah, blah. . . all year long ??? HUH???
    Obama took the oath in January. It is now just the 4th of July weekend. Yes, it's all year, but only 5 months realistically. What took eight years of careful planning by the party of NO is certainly going to take longer than 5 months to correct.

    Well done Republicans. You are stuck on BLAH!
    Go back to your summer hide-aways and let the Obama government do what he said they could do.

    July 2, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  20. Tom Kaye

    Under Bush 3.1 million jobs were lost . . .

    Under Obama 1.9 were lost . . .

    Republicans need to tell the facts (whoops, sorry, facts, what facts?)

    July 2, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  21. Rick CT

    Gee, Boehner doesn't get it. Without all this wonderfully effective stimulus spending, we'd have lost about 7 million jobs so far this year. That would have more than doubled the jobs lost in 2008 under Bush. Obama has managed through this truly effective program to limit his losses to a figure that just exceeds Bush's by 10% (and in only 6 months at that).

    Come on John, with this great success, let's create another $1 trillion in deficit spending so we can all pay the higher taxes required to repay the debt.

    July 2, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  22. Eric

    It was too small. It needed to be bigger and more comprehensive- most economist said that all along. The problem is that one party will oppose anything the other party does- meanwhile the other party has no guts to do what it takes.

    July 2, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  23. Carmen, Miami FL

    Republicans still haven't offered any alternative. Until they do they're just noise.

    July 2, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  24. Dennis

    How is it that they feel the can slam the Dems for a situation for which they are still responsible? And, oh by the way, the Dems have only been in charge for 6 and a half months. Oh, I forgot, math isn't their strong suite as evidenced by their proposed budget with no numbers.

    July 2, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  25. maf

    Mr. Boehner, must have been difficult to tear yourself away from the golf course and study up for this rebuttal on the unemployment rate.
    Oh, I forgot, all you needed to do was open the SINGLE file that has the GOP talking points, as they are simply regurgitated election points that got NOWHERE!

    Tell us about your day with TIGER!! Way more interesting than the same old boring rhetoric you keep spewing.

    July 2, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
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