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. Yoli

    And Michael Steele has done what to help...... I think the American people can do without his comments because he is irrelevant if he can not contribute to what is facing our economy. His comments do not help advance any solutions and therefore should be ignored.

    February 5, 2010 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  2. andy

    In all honesty,I do not know how America can survive more non-sense from Obama and the Democrats.They seem to be determined to ruin us.Blame it on Bush is a sickening statement,why not just admit that you,Obama and Dems are failing .On the otherside,the Republicans fell asleep at the wheel and crashed to ship when they were in control.I am starting to think the American people have no representation in Washington that know what is happening or have a cure what to do!The Republicans are bad;but,the Dems are even worst.The American taxpayer at this point doomed.

    February 5, 2010 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  3. Angie in PA

    Oh Steele we wouldnt be in this mess if it was not for Bush and his Republican congress! It takes time to clean up THEIR MESS. I can say things are alot better then they were a year ago! SO Steele I suggest instead of you Republicans playing Politicts with the Economy,National security, WHY DONT YOU WORK WITH THE PRESIDENT! There there is an Idea!

    February 5, 2010 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  4. John B. From New Hampshire

    P.S. unemployment Rate FALLS from 10.2% to 9.7%... sorry elephants!!! :) :) :)

    February 5, 2010 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  5. coy4one

    Someone needs to remind the RNC Chair that it was a republican President and his followers that put this country into the condition. I would watch my words because the American people know who put us into this position in the first place. You might want to see what indendants and Tea Party supporters are saying. In case you are wondering, I always voted Republican until the last Presidential election, where I voted a straight Democrat ticket. Why? Because I was tired of Republican promises that never came true. You have not fooled me yet that just because we have a Democrat President, does not make Republicans saints.

    February 5, 2010 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  6. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    If the unemployment rate was at 10% and then drops to 9.7%, even a moron should be able to figure out that is an improvement.

    February 5, 2010 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  7. aaron

    There is another story lower that says the unemployement rate is down to 9.7 I think that is great. What does Steele have to say about that.

    February 5, 2010 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  8. demmie2

    Mr. Steele, you can say it all you want BUT NO ONE CARES that Obmam lied and continues to lie about the effect of his rediculous stimulus. 'Jobs Saved' is NOT a valid metric. Preach it all you want – the media wont care nor do a 'fact check' on obama silly claims

    February 5, 2010 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  9. down

    They are more worried about their stupid welfare healthcare bill than letting the economy comeback through private sector growth, every thing they do or say sets it back, and bs government created green jobs will do nothing to help it.The leadership in this congress does not have clue about how to run a country, maybe a lemonade stand, but I have my doubts about that.

    February 5, 2010 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  10. Lisa

    can you believe this guy, threating Democrats with harsh reality of being out of a job in November? He should tell his self that, what are they waiting for get rid of this guy! If it wasn't for the stimulus we would have worst unemployment numbers. This guy should realize they only put him in that position because the president is an African American, they position him to go against him use your head steele!

    February 5, 2010 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  11. jfs Memhis, Tn

    He should have blasted it in 2007........they ALL KNEW what the next administartion was in for. The Republicans may have won....regardless of how the media is trying to make the 2010 Elections appear....the Republicans are in a world of hurt. The Dem incumbents will have some tough fights also....look to 2010 as being the year of the Independent Candidates.

    February 5, 2010 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  12. An 8 year old ELEPHANT dung heap, does not transform into compost in just 1 year!

    "keep unemployment below 8 percent."

    Apparently President Obama's crystal ball was a not as clear as Steele's 20/20 hindsight!

    Whine, moan and complain.

    Not to mention that over 8.4 million have lost jobs in the last 2 years, so is 2.8 were lost in the last year, then guess what Reds close to 6 million were lost during the last year of the reign of error of King George II

    I noticed neither Steele OR CNN has pointed out that little factorium.

    February 5, 2010 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  13. Tyrone

    So let me get this straight, first time unemployment applications rose to 480,000 last month alone and the Obama administration is telling us that the unemployment rate fell to 9.7 percent? This math seems as fuzzy as their health care bill numbers. This is obviously a lie to take heat off the administration. I don't beleive anything this administration says anymore, and I voted for Obama.

    February 5, 2010 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  14. michael tampa

    And just what have republicans done to assist the country ????? Shut up you clown!

    February 5, 2010 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  15. CR

    So all Steele and his Party can do is throw rocks? This economic mess is the result of failed Republican leadership and policy.

    February 5, 2010 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  16. Ed

    The Republicans continue to attact this administration on job loss.
    During the last major recession in the Reagan administration (less severe than this one) we had unemployment over 10% for 10 monthsm, over 9.8% for 12 months and over 9% for 17 months

    Everyone knows that unemployment is the last thing to improve as we recover from a recession. We have three months of unemployment over 10% and one at 9.8%. That is 4 over 9.8% vs. 12 over 9.8%. under a Republican admistration. Your choice.

    February 5, 2010 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  17. Edna

    I thought Michael Steele had gone away. All I want to know is where are the Republican ideas?

    February 5, 2010 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  18. Liberalism is a Mental Disorder

    That is right, libs never learn from history (or they wouldn't try to be moving us to a more socialist country as socialist countries are moving away from it) so why learn from the last sitmulus that did little more than put us in significant debt so BHO could pay back those that got him elected. Clearly we exceded the 8% promise by over 25% but who cares? BHO can just print more money and dilute the dollar further – right?

    February 5, 2010 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  19. usualone

    So suggest what kind of jobs can be created.

    February 5, 2010 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  20. rs

    But the unemployment rates are falling (slowly)!. Meanwhile the Republicans recommend.....? As usual-nothing! They're great at making problems, not so good at fixing them.

    February 5, 2010 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  21. Joy

    What is wrong with this guy? Why doesn't he stick to his job of getting his party elected?

    When are he and his allies going to stop the bitter partisian rhetoric and work with the president and others who want to see the country turnaround to get something done?

    This comment to me is beyond stupid, unnecessary and dated.

    February 5, 2010 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  22. AEK

    This idiot should be unemployed!

    February 5, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  23. John Jacobson

    I had hoped that Tancredo was gone. Now he's back and off his medication

    February 5, 2010 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  24. Skeetz12324

    Steele should be congratulating Obama for continuing to be forced to carry out the no win for America position that the Bush Administration put into place. Interesting that Steele conveniently forgot to mention the $700B+ bailout package that his party passed while Bush was in office and his flunkies Paulson, Bernanke, and Geither were involved in. all they did was reward the banks at the expense of the US taxpayer dollars. Before opening his mouth and complaining, Steele out to be giving an accounting of exactly what affect the $700B+ bailolut passed under a Republican administration actually helped out any average American at all, did it help stem the flood of unemployement? Did it help to stem the tide of foreclosures? Did it do anything other than enriching the pockets of the banks that were so in bed with the Republican party? Steele must think average Americans must have forgotten about all the damage that was initiated during the Bush Administration during those 8 years, surely, Steele CANT be thinking that Obama can cleanup up the Bush Administration mess in 1 year, I mean, Steele cant be that stupid can he?

    February 5, 2010 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  25. Wilhemena March

    Don't you see, Chairman Steele, that it is Obama's intent to destroy everyone and everything that stands in the way of his control of the country as a democrat although he is just using the democrat party as a conduit while he is a marxist himself. People in the democrat party are swallowing his bilge but they will all suffer along with the rest of us when Obama's plans come to fruition. The republican party needs to prove to the US just what Obama's intentions are and stop all this groveling at every socialistic move he makes.

    February 5, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
1 2 3 4 5