August 7th, 2009
09:56 AM ET
10 years ago

Republicans react to jobless report

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Just 20 minutes after the release of July's unemployment report, The Republican National Committe released a statement slamming President Obama for taking a "victory lap" over some better-than-expected economic indicators:

"While President Obama was taking a victory lap to celebrate the economy's performance, more Americans lost their jobs and the budget deficit soared to a record $1.3 trillion in July. In the month of July alone 247,000 Americans lost their jobs, which means more than 2.8 million Americans have lost their jobs since the president took office," said RNC Chairman Michael Steele in an e-mail. "The president said his stimulus bill would keep unemployment from rising higher than 8 percent. It hasn't. Now he expects Americans to believe his trillion-dollar health care experiment will improve their health care? It won't. America simply can't afford more of the president's costly experiments."

Twelve minutes later, House Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio, reacting to the jobless numbers, criticized Democrats for what he called their "job-killing agenda":

"Today's unemployment report is yet another reminder that more spending, taxing, and borrowing does not mean more jobs for the American people. Instead of rewriting history on their 'stimulus' promises, Washington Democrats should abandon their job-killing agenda," said Boehner in a release. "Rather than pushing an increasingly unpopular government takeover of health care that will increase costs, drive up the deficit, raise taxes, and destroy jobs, Democratic leaders would be well-served to work with Republicans on real reforms that expand Americans' access to affordable health care and help small businesses create more jobs."

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    Pluuuuuze dont make me laugh Boner when people with Intelligence and commonsense knows your PARTY And Bush killed the Jobs and wrecked havoc on the Economy, Just read his LIES Where are your ideas boner? aint heard nothing from the republicans only bashing the President and Democrats and lying making things up PATHETIC!!!!!!!!!!

    August 7, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  2. Jeffinfla

    Wow, I didn't think republicans could get any worse. They are blowing my mind with this one.

    August 7, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  3. Peoples Voice

    I can smell the fear from the GOP getting stronger and stronger.

    They know without doubt that President Obama's programs are going to get us out of the morass they put this country into.

    The louder they squeal like the pigs they are, the more successful the president's programs are working. Be afraid, GOP, be very afraid.

    August 7, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  4. Common Sense

    RNC – how did the economy get in this shape? On your party's watch is the correct answer. Constant criticism and propaganda, without any any attempt to ameliorate America's problem is putting the Republican Party on the endangered species list.

    August 7, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  5. SlowGun

    wow...From what I've seen the economy is slowly (very slowly) getting better. But according to Steele and Boehner...the sky is falling.

    They won't be trying to scare the public would they?

    August 7, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  6. geecee

    Delusional, desperate Rethuglicans grasp at anything – even postiive news, to spin it negative. Just this week alone, we have a new Supreme Court Justice confirmed, two American citizens were freed from North Korea, a senior Al Queda leader in Pakistan was killed, the Cash for Clunkers program has been extended another $2Billion dollars due its huge success, and now the jobless rate has started going down. But this isn't enough for the Rethuglicans and their hateful supporters who simply cannot and will not accept the fact that Barack Obama is our President. These haters won't give it a rest. Keep showing up at the Town Hall meetings and disrupting any civil discourse that might just educate you about the distorted garbage that Fox News has been feeding you. A lot of good it's gonna do you!

    August 7, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  7. Jay - MN

    Wah! Wah! Wah! the president's agenda is working Wah! Wah!

    August 7, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  8. T KS

    Their hypocrisy know no bounds. They put the first 1 Trillion on our deficit and lead us to the crisis we are now in but can only point fingers at others instead of helping find a way out. Politics is the only thing they seem to care for.

    August 7, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  9. Chris ~ Albany, NY

    Let me get this straight. Repubs criticise when this unemployment extravaganza began and are still criticising at the first sign in over a year that it's ebbing. Come on guys I know you love being "the party of NO" but come on, show that your adults!!!

    August 7, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  10. S Callahan

    When I think of a lost job....I try to make it inclusive to's not just that 'one' person that is affected, usually there are families involved dependent on that when i see the figures of 250,000 (or what ever) I times that by at least 3 or more....that is a substantial impact on the heart of America. Stop saving the corps..get back to saving the little buisnesses...go to your local stores and build them up with your support..that is where the real difference will be made in the long term.

    August 7, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  11. jackie of louisville

    you know what Michael Steele(token) and John Boehner(tan man), granted the job market is not the best, but there is hope on the horizen and you two can't believe that help is on the way. Now when GWB an his Republican groupies put the American people in this mess we did not know that all you all exist. Why don't you all come up with a plan like the President has asked of you, no you just want him to failed like the drug addict Rush said. But guess what its not going to happen

    August 7, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  12. Christian

    Ask yourself this seriously. Have you ever stopped for a second and thought hard about just how the stimulus (most of which has not actually hit the street) would have caused any kind of economic recovery? Furthermore, any kind of genuine, organic economic recovery vs. a perceived and fabricated economic recovery on a shaky foundation?
    There is a difference between propping people and industry up and having independently financially healthy industry and people. Can't we all agree on that?

    August 7, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  13. Eric

    Too bad more people didn't lose their jobs than last month, that's the only thing that would have made the Republicans happy here.

    August 7, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  14. Dennis from TX

    Ummm.... I think they missed the memo. Actual job loss rate (%) went DOWN! Wake up GOP and come back to this world.

    August 7, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  15. Gary

    I hear a lot of whining from both Steele and Boehner but no alternative suggestions. I'd like to hear about a viable idea or plan from the republicans, or else have them shut up and stop crying in their beer.

    August 7, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  16. Fair is Fair

    I suppose any trending towards the better is good news, and is always welcome. However...

    "If laid-off workers who have given up looking for new jobs or have settled for part-time work are included the unemployment rate would have been 16.3 percent in July. That's down from 16.5 percent in June, which was the the highest on records dating to 1994."

    A sobering thought to think 1 out of 6 people are unemployed.

    The question which remains is – when the recovery eventually takes place, will it be jobless?

    August 7, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  17. wal

    GOP created the mess in the past 10 years and now blames the solution.
    The Cash for Clunkers Program is needed to replace those unhelpful members of congress who want our economy to fail in order to fulfill their political agenda.

    They have government run insurance as members of congress but call Socialism when it come to provide the same advantage for American People.

    August 7, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  18. shucks

    What would you expect the republicans to do? Say that the Obama administration has made some tough but good decisions? That his actions are fixing what the republicans destroyed over 8 years? If these polls were used while they were in office, they would be swinging from the rafters telling everyone how great they are. But, because they are happening during the presidency of the first African American, (whom they would sell their own mothers to see him fail), they just can't stand it. They are seathing more and more with the economy turning around, housing starts up, the Sotomayor nomination, unemployment going down, and Americans ignoring them more and more. Too bad, So sad. It is not their time.

    August 7, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  19. David

    Dear GOP:

    The sky has been falling since 9/11/2001.

    We are not listening anymore.


    August 7, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  20. jeff

    Seems the republicans are just throwing up bricks and hoping a feather will come down.. They now see President obamas plan is working and they are scared, Now they have to resort to the same fear mongoring that they always do, dont be mislead by the republican GOP,

    August 7, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  21. Georgia Peach

    Even when there's good news, the Republicans will still look for ways to say the opposite. We could catch Osama Bin Laden tonight and unemployment rate could drop from 9% to 7% next month and they will say, "What took so long? It should have been fixed Jan 21st, 2009."

    Keep spinning House Republicans you will be part of the unemployed in 2010.

    August 7, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  22. GI Joe

    I hope the good people of Ohio have the sense to vote the Orange Man out of office. He is one of the biggest pessimists I've seen come out of the DC offices.

    Vote someone in who will offer solutions, not just NO NO NO NO NO

    August 7, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  23. Libertarian

    Sooooo a few days ago the Republicans were SCREAMING about the jobless numbers saying it points to this Administrations failures. No that number takes a turn for the better and they say this points to the Administrations failures.

    What???? Did I miss 1st grade logic class? Apparently a whole party did.

    I'm still waiting for just ONE Republican to tell me where the budget SURPLUS from the Clinton days went? and they still label Dems as "tax and spend" Remember..... "Read my lips...." LOL!!!

    August 7, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  24. Joe

    Get over it - join Obama in celebrating a jobless rate drop. No need to incite any more paranoia over job losses - otherwise Republicans politicians will continue to lose their jobs if they haven't changed their attitude of "losers."

    August 7, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
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