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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soundoff (276 Responses)
  1. Chris

    Everyone retirement age that is against government run health care should put their money where their mouth is and give up their Medicare. That or shut up!

    August 7, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  2. BJ

    I read/watch the news carefully. From all I can see, the Republicans have nothing to offer this country but negativity, gloom and doom, no support whatsover for the American people – there is NOTHING they find right and they don't offer solutions. I will never ever vote for this party again and I will do my best to keep them out of power. They are destructive, they distort, and they use scare tactics. The typical UGLY American. And for those moderates – shame shame shame you don't speak out. And for those media that fan the flames, shame on you. I'm sick to death of "expert panelists" and daily polls of 1,000 people that are supposed to be representative of millions? Give me a break!

    August 7, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  3. Pat Mustard

    Seriously?! I actually WANT to vote republican, but they are making it impossible with all the childish behavior!

    Please, give us republicans we can vote for...

    August 7, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  4. carlos only smarter

    these repugnant imbeciles should be sent to Mars.......even if the economy would recover a significant percentage......the beener and the rnc and all CONServatives would still find sarcasm in their statements.....where was the victory lap taking place, anybody saw the President do it? of course not....they are getting more mentally incapacitated by the day.........

    August 7, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  5. Anonymous

    Republican leaders (not republicans) are so pathetic. Be happy that the economy and job lost rates are improving. All rhetoric and no ideas.

    August 7, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  6. ray

    hi wish i had the power to ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,all these republicans in congress

    August 7, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  7. Kris

    "2.8 million Americans have lost their jobs since the president took office"... so, the tanking economy that we had last year was supposed to rebound the instant Obama took office? He's been President for half a year??

    Unfortunately for Steele, the economy is showing signs of recovery, there's no denying it. The unemployment rate is being reduced for the first time since April 2008. Thanks for all of your hard work President Obama. The silent majority recognizes the administration's achievements, and see's thru Steeles comments.

    August 7, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  8. Colin

    I wonder how long the Republicans will stay on the sinking ship of an argument that the stimulus is not working. They could have chosen to be more cooperative on it and taken credit for the tax cut part of the stimulus which was about 40% of it. Instead they continue to ignore facts just as they have on Obama's birth place, climate change, etc. Facts just don't seem to even faze them.

    August 7, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  9. unshrub

    If I said what I really thought about those two CNN would not print it. They may not print this. republicans ARE the reason that we have high unemployment anyhow, but not they want to blame Obama because that is all they have to offer. No real ideas, it's just Obama's fault.

    August 7, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  10. SandyG

    Have the Republicans forgotten that it is their policies that got us into this mess in the first place?Obama is just trying to clean it up the best way his can.

    August 7, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  11. Wake Up

    Exactly. When is 247,000 less jobs and 9.4% unemployment a victory? Obama is a lying political beast, who is self-serving and trampling all over our future for his and his cronies game.
    Is anyone else disgusted by Obama having an "enemies list"? He's a typical fascist dictator.

    August 7, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  12. Will

    The unemployment rate fell for the first time in a year.

    That includes 5-6 months where Bush was in office, yet none of you Republicans complained about the state of the economy when Bush was in office.

    It takes time to stop a train wreck. Like Obama said from the very beginning the economy was never going to turn around overnight.

    August 7, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  13. David Newport, OR

    Why is it the ONLY thing Republicans can do is complain? Not once this year can I recall them EVER coming up with a solution. Well thank God we finally have someone in charge willing to take the heat to talk about the issues the GOP don't want to face.

    August 7, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  14. Jackie

    since the Repubs are largely responsible for letting their big-biz buddies send American jobs overseas with no corresponding tax penatlies for doing so, where do they get off criticizing now?? Anyway, the President could cure cancer tomorrow and they'd whine he a) had not done it soon enough, or b) it was a socialized cure or c) cancer really doesn't kill anyone, anyway so it would be a fake victory..... a pox on these old, old, old, annoying guys!

    August 7, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  15. vegage

    Republicans are just freaking out. These economic results are strong signs that the actions taken by Obama are working and are turning the economy back. I see this as a replication of the Roosevelt initiatives to quell on the great depression. With the Obama policies we will see another great term of economic expansion for all Americans, in the same way we saw it after the great depression. Republicans are not learning the lessons; they are just the party for the racist whites and unscrupulous conservatives.

    August 7, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  16. cramit

    What can you say . The repubs are right , the numbers show it even though the white house has tried to skew the numbers.

    August 7, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  17. Jack Fl

    The GOP again out of touch with reality.the fact of the unemploment rate seems to be slowing down seems to evade them.Would they be happier if more Americans were out of work?Why does the GOP dislike the working American so much?

    August 7, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  18. alvino

    I wish one of the morons on Boehner's staff would actually read the health reform to him. He is obviously incapable.

    It amazes me that wing nuts like Boehner do not any competition for the health industry. I am sure he will continue to get big contributions if reform fails.

    August 7, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  19. RBJ

    Republican leaders (not republicans) are so pathetic. They have NO ideas of their own but criticize the efforts and progress the democrats are making on the economy.

    August 7, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  20. Dave in Albuquerque

    When will the GOP remember that negativity is not leadership?

    August 7, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  21. Jim in San Jose 2

    Wow, they are suddenly in panic mode... Never mind that the overall unemployment number went DOWN, and that the number of jobs lost was far fewer than originally projected....

    But hey, let's call this what it is... These guys wouldn't have been happy if NO jobs were lost. They can't make up their minds. Either too many jobs were lost, or we are spending too much money to prevent that. Bone-Head and the RNC can't stand that they are being exposed as the enemies of the recovery. Good luck in 2010, guys! If this keeps up, everyone will remember what you did to support it. Oh, that's right! You didn't....

    August 7, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  22. calle

    Republicans really need to "Shut Their Traps" for a while. Every statement that they make is negative and they offer no ideas. There is something to be said for things we learned from our parents and grandparents. Does anyone remember the line, "If you can't say anything good about someone then don't say nothing at all." While the democratic process lends itself to back and forth debate, there are sometimes closing the mouth is necessary. You never want to give the impression that you disagree with everything just to disagree. That turns people off. So repubs put the lobbyist talking points in the trash bin once in a while and think with your hear and mind. In fact, you all owe the democrats because they voted with you when you were in power to engage in that unfounded IRAQ war. So shut up for a minute.

    August 7, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  23. Linda

    Reslugs just won't admit or just can't stand the fact that Prez. Obama is doing the best he can with the absolute horrendous mess the Reslugs handed him after eight years of total screw-up.

    August 7, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  24. brock g

    It's funny, I don't remember hearing the repubs criticizing the former president for his ridiculous spending...

    August 7, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  25. RAY IN NJ

    I seem to remember that Obama's statement more or less informed us that the unemployment figures would continue to decline and the stimulus would take a while to take root and reverse the trends started during the last administration. Yes, at some point the current administration will have to take responsibility of these figures, but no one really knows how long the effects from the past will continue to haunt our economy since it has no real precedent in current times. The man has been president for less than 8 months, but he's expected to solve all our problems already! The GOP is just spouting more political propaganda for their 2010 campaigns!

    August 7, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
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