February 5th, 2010
09:06 AM ET
4 years ago

Steele blasts unemployment figures

Michael Steele criticized unemployment figures released Friday.
Michael Steele criticized unemployment figures released Friday.

Washington (CNN) - Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele is criticizing the latest government unemployment figures out Friday:

“Close to one year ago, President Obama and Congressional Democrats passed their $862 billion stimulus package promising it would ‘fix the economy’ and keep unemployment below 8 percent. Unfortunately, these have proven to be empty promises. More than 20,000 Americans lost their jobs in the month of January, meaning more than 2.8 million Americans have lost their jobs since the stimulus passed, and 171,000 workers became discouraged last month from seeking work. The resiliency of the American economy given its current challenges is incredible but later today President Obama plans to travel to Maryland to tout his binge spending agenda that will kill, not create, jobs. Congressional Democrats that choose to join President Obama in doubling down on his costly plans will face the harsh reality of being out of a job in November.”

Filed under: Census • Economy • RNC
soundoff (101 Responses)
  1. Laverne

    Blah, Blah , Blah. This idiot says the say thing everytime this report comes out. It has fallen some and he is still saying the same thing. I can't stand Michael Steele, he is such a joke and so predictable!

    February 5, 2010 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  2. Fed up with Republicans in Wisconsin

    Maybe Steele's comments would have more impact had he and the rest of the Republicans weren't so busy vacationing in Hawaii. I just don't think the Reublians have any clue.

    February 5, 2010 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  3. scott from MICH

    I'm some ways I wish a GOP won president. So we could see the Nightmare they created get wORSE. We'd have total economic collapse!! Obama has stopped the bleeding. IF the GOP doesn't block every single idea we'll see great progress. Unfortunately the platform the govern from is a self serving stance of NO

    February 5, 2010 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  4. Marlee Stone

    Chairman Steele, we've just gotta put more republicans into office this year to stop the Obama train wreck.

    February 5, 2010 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  5. Matthew K

    So a drop in unemployment is a bad thing and a sign the stimulus didn't work? Good luck running on that.

    February 5, 2010 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  6. Laurie

    Never, ever look for the positive you creep

    February 5, 2010 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  7. Shawn Johnson

    As far as many Americans are concerned, EVERY incumbant no matter what party affiliation, should be out of a job in November. The taxpayers of this country have had enough of business as usual in Washington, enough of being taxed to death so the rich can get richer or the poor can stay home and breed, and enough of paying foreing countries who despise us to be our friends. The politicians seem to think they represent thier party when they are not looking out for thier own interests and have forgotten about the average American. Time to wake up and vote them all out America!

    February 5, 2010 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  8. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    Of course we remember Reagan's unemployment numbers in 1983 were over 13%, but Steele could not remember what he had for breakfast. What a moron.

    February 5, 2010 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  9. Linda

    When are Steele, Rush, McConnell, Boehner going to get it? We do not need politicians worrying about their jobs we need them to be fixing Washington so the people of this country can get jobs. It appears as if it is the GOP who misread the MA election. Steele if you have nothing to offer in terms of solutions than just stfu.

    February 5, 2010 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  10. Right Leaning Independent

    Here is what another liberal website reports that CNN omits:
    " A sharp increase in the number of people giving up looking for work helped to depress the jobless rate. The number of 'discouraged job seekers' rose to 1.1 million in January from 734,000 a year ago." Why hide the truth CNN?

    February 5, 2010 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  11. Ben in Texas

    Steele: "Close to one year ago, President Obama and Congressional Democrats passed their $862 billion stimulus package..."

    Me: Over 9 years ago, George Bush, with the aid of Antonin Scalia, stole the 2000 election and put this country on the path to ruin. Eight years of elephant poo cannot be composted in 1 year.

    I'm issuing a standing invitation for former Bush supporters to come forward, admit their errors, apologize, and return to the human race. We progressives will be far more willing to listen to your "conservative" opinions after we've heard you man-up and denounce the Bush regime. Otherwise, you will never outgrow the wingnut label.

    February 5, 2010 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  12. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    The republicans also wanted the American auto industry to fail, and that would have cost us over 2 million auto related jobs. Now they do not want the banking industry and wall street to pay back the taxpayers. Wake up sheeple, the republicans are not your friends.

    February 5, 2010 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  13. Irma in North Carolina

    Can not any of you say anything positive about the president. Why arent you at the Tea Party convention, that is where you belong with the bunch of racits they are, they are party of your party.

    February 5, 2010 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  14. Sgt. USMC

    I know a lot of people will trash talk steele on this blog so I will hold off on going off on him and just say this... whatever negative things people say about steele, I say only ten times worst. Thanks.

    February 5, 2010 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  15. RR

    Michael Steele is retarded. Yes I said the R word, so Sarah Palin, feel free to come after me too.

    He makes no mention of the fact that the unemployment rate fell to 9.7%. Yes, 20,000 jobs were lost in Jan, but when you consider that we were losing 700,000 jobs a month before the stimulus, I would say things are looking in an upwards direction.

    February 5, 2010 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  16. Luke Brown

    Unemployment drops ... and Republicans say it's a bad thing. Pathetic.

    February 5, 2010 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  17. A. Goodwin

    Its truly amazing to me that the Republican party even cares about jobs here in the US. They've done nothing for years to pave the way for US coporations to do business elsewhere. When people here in the US where having their homes forclosed on...when so many people were struggling and falling to into major debot...where were the Republican's? Oh yeah, jamming a war down our throats...spending BILLIONS...without any help for our schools, our healthcare, our people in general.

    Repulbican's are FAKES, FRAUDS, and LIARS!! If you honestly believe Steele, than you are a moron.

    February 5, 2010 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  18. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    We were losing 750,000 jobs a month month when Bush left office, so even a republican has to realize we are moving in the right direction. The stimulus is working.

    February 5, 2010 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  19. D.U.T.C.H.

    Blah Blah Blah. You'll be out of a job in November when all your congressional republicans are voted out of office.

    February 5, 2010 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  20. Jeff in Virginia

    let's just ignore the fact that the official jobless rate fell from 10.0% down to 9.7%..

    February 5, 2010 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  21. jeremy.....Dallas...Texas

    This man needs thorough mental check up. 8yrs of gross mismanagement and neglect can not be fixed within a yr. Actually this president is done excellent considering unanimous obstruction from republican party. Its shame to them.

    February 5, 2010 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  22. Seth in Jacksonville, FL

    Unemployment is a LAGGING indicator. He knows this. He also knows he needs to somehow taint the good news – that unemployment numbers are decreasing.

    February 5, 2010 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  23. Chris

    Steele is an idiot!!! I swear why do anyone think companies will start hiring folks any time soon. It is not like geting into this mess was an over night process, so why would anyone think that is how it will be fixed. Instead of Steele, the GOP, and all these other nit wits crying to high hogs about the President, why don't you shut up and get on board on to solve the problem.
    Time to stop whining and start helping to solve the problem. STEELE!!

    February 5, 2010 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  24. patNY

    Steel is a joke! Actually criticizing unemployment going below 10%! What a bafoon! Wouldn't be surprised if Obama found the cure for all cancers, Steel would criticize him for putting all those good oncologists and chemotherapy makers out of business.

    February 5, 2010 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  25. c spurgeon

    Steele is an absolute pig and needs to go back to his radio job or maybe leader of the wackos and let decent republicans rebuild their party.

    February 5, 2010 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
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