August 7th, 2009
09:56 AM ET
5 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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soundoff (276 Responses)
  1. Rob

    The ONLY reason we're seeing this is Obama and his goons were able to put a creative spin on things. You know dang well if they weren't able to bend the numbers in their favor that we wouldn't be seeing this now. I mean why not, they're holding back other reports, wonder why?

    August 7, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  2. byron

    like the real reforms put in place by the republican party?? ARE YOU KIDDING ME? why weren't all of you dumb repubs in that Pitt gym a couple of days ago?

    August 7, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  3. Joe in CA

    Oh what a dumb lot they are. So quick to forget we are in this mess because of dumb ass Bush. And let's not forget McCain where "the economy is fundamental sound" during his campaign. If teh republicans had acted quicker when teh first signs of this US led worldwide recession was beginning under THEIR watch, how many MILLIONS of jobs could have been saved back then??? "W" was no brain when he owned the Texas Rangers either. Remember these jobs were lost over time and it'll take time to gget 'em back, not overnight.

    August 7, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  4. cfrench

    Job-killing agenda?! Just who does Boehner think is responsible for the job losses, Obama? It amazes me that after eight years of blaming the Clinton Adminsitration for everything that went wrong under the sun the republicans blame the economy on Obama after barely six months in office. Fortunately open minded, free thinking individuals see republicans for what they are and we will not forget come the next election.

    August 7, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  5. RobK

    The reason Obama is pushing to get things done so fast is that he knows that once people see the details of what he is doing they will reject his programs. He has to hide the details until they become law.

    August 7, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  6. MoShuns

    Michael Steele, WHO ARE YOU!!!! . Your party just can't accept the fact that they have ruined the economy the past 8 years. Stop passing blame on Obama. He inherited all this mess from Bush and many of the republicans so called ideas. Stand up accept responsibility. Instead of bashing our president, why don't you sit back for a moment and look at all the good Obama has done for our country so far. I didn't see any republicans saving those girls in Korea. Oh yeah; it was a democrat.

    August 7, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  7. jfs Memhis, Tn

    These NEGATIVE Reps are an embarrassment to the USA. HOW CAN YOU BE SO NEGATIVE WHEN "WE"THE AMERICAN PEOPLE NEED ALL THE ENGOURAGEMENT WE CAN GET. I cann only hope that this guy has the voters of Ohio give him what he mosts deserves.....HIS WALKING PAPERS.

    August 7, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  8. Marco Vivanti

    The fact the the economy is improving is a victory for all Americans.

    August 7, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  9. msdnl

    I don't recall the President saying the stimulus would keep unemplyment from rising higher than 8 percent. The stated goal I recall was to keep unemplyment from reaching into double digits and then work its way down over time.

    August 7, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  10. Richard

    It took george bush and the help of the republican party for 8 years to put us in this predicament. They are not concerned about unemployment, they are concerned that their rich cronies aren't making the money they need to get richer.

    August 7, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  11. Joe, Georgia

    Are both of these guys deaf or are they simply unable to communicate without lying? No one in a leadership position is talking about a government take over of health care. The entire debate, for those who listen, is about controlling rising costs and increasing access for those without coverage. I simply don't understand why we can't have an intelligent debate and discussion about how to address one of the most pressing problems facing this nation. We have the most expensive health care in the world with some of the poorest outcomes. Something needs to change in health care and it's time for an honest debate rather than spreading fear and lies.

    August 7, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  12. Wil

    Are these bone heads serious at some point you have to work with the rest of the country and stop the negativity. Republican tax cuts didnot work and will not work they have NO plan to fix anything, they complain about everything as my mom would say IF YOU DON'T HAVE ANYTHING NICE TO SAY THEN DON'T SAY ANYTHING AT ALL so please shut up. This negativity has grown just as old as most in your membership.

    August 7, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  13. Idiots

    Leave it to the republicans to put a negative spin AGAIN on everything the president accomplishes! I'M GETTING SICK AND TIRED of the right wing nut jobs and their childish behavior, their ranting & raving and threats to congressman in townhall meetings...and their scare tactics with the whole "just you wait til 2010" crap...give me a break! the way these racists ignorant idiots are acting, there's no way we're going to allow them to continue holding seats in office!!!

    August 7, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  14. frank

    Do these Republican moroon goofballs have anything good to say? What a bunch of Jerks? Every time they open their mouths, they upchuck political vomit.

    August 7, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  15. BFOXWELL

    Not one of you government officials should be praising your actions or pointing fingers as American jobs and home loses are a direct result of your mismanagement of this country for many years now. Republicans & Democrats are both to blame for letting Big business rip us off, you do nothing, but salivate like dogs when the lobbyists wave cash in your face. Your salaries keep going up, your "socialized" government healthcare coverage leaves you nothing to worry about while the rest of
    us are still losing jobs and homes. The stimulus has only helped those who do not need it get record profits and bonuses AGAIN! So pat yourselves on the back or point at each other with blame, it only shows that you don't stand for America. You stand on America.

    August 7, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  16. bill

    Are Republications NOT Americans?.....because they sure don't act like they are. the biggest problem we have right now is the division of the parties...the Republican candidate lost...the President is Democrat!...so what!...support your government people! It's for the good of the country! Not everyone is always going to agree on matters but it's a shame that the republicans would rather instigate trouble than unite for a better ecomony etc. Health reform it's a bad idea.

    August 7, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  17. vic nashville , Tn

    Republicans have very bad memory

    They forget everything from 2001 to 2008 but they don’t know that we won’t forget

    August 7, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  18. VAisforLovers

    Complain, complain, complain! Hush or come up with a suggestion. This constant bashing of everything Obama-related from the right is just annoying. When you complain without an answer, you are just complaining.

    August 7, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  19. Laverne

    Steele and Boehner sing the same old song, but never offer a tune that will work for the American people. Republicans are great problems finders, but pathethic problems solvers!

    August 7, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  20. m jeff

    Can someone tell the Republicans that without the stimulus unemployment will be 20%, Go to China mart (wal)and see where all the jobs are going.

    August 7, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  21. John jr

    Cant the (republican evangelicals) just shut up and get to business! What is wrong with this country!

    August 7, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  22. Obama 2.0

    Like they can say anything about "Victory Laps" "MISSION ACOMPLISHED." These guys are the Blockheads from Gumby.

    August 7, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  23. Carolyn Johansen

    Federal unemployment figures do not count people like me. I lost my job in October of 2008. My benefits are going to run out in October–then what will I do? Obama's aides need to check under the bridges of major US cities– there a lot of people under there who cannot find work and have lost everything. They are not counted in Federal statistics. Its a DEPRESSION and the sooner we call a spade a spade and start treating it like the Economic emergency it it is–the sooner we can get people working again.

    August 7, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  24. steve

    Republican party is a toxic poison .
    One of your own Sen martinez from Frorida just abandoned your party because of of your mob mentality and uncivility.
    Stop scaring and lying to old folk about health care reform.

    August 7, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  25. Fnord-a-saurus Rex

    give Obama a break.

    Do republicans even remember Bush's "Mission Accomplished" aircraft carrier fiasco?

    If these people spent half the time trying to undo the last 8 years, that they spend atatcking Obama, then maybe the country wouldnt be in such bad shape.

    August 7, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
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