February 5th, 2010
09:06 AM ET
5 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. Noocrat

    Close to one year ago, Barack Obama told the entire world that fixing the economy would take 12 months, and that jobs would start following 6 months after that.

    I'm glad to see Steele was paying attention.

    You can't criticize a plan for not working half way through. Look at things this summer and then make yourself heard.

    February 5, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  2. rta

    steele shut up , you are such a buffoon. you and your republican party can only criticize but put forth nothing to help the main street American people. Your party wants the power but offer nothing to replace your negative rhetoric, no solutions , more of the same.Your minority leader boehner is courting the banks to stop regulation or anything to help main street america after main street america bailed the banks out. none of your cowardly congressional or senate friends did anything, sat on the side lines , complained and whined. well, you are still doing it and the american people are tired of it. you keep talking about the wins in virginia, maryland and now massachusetts, well, continue to be the party of no and see where your friends end up.
    We are watching boehner, mcconnell, pence, chambliss, cantor,mccain, and all the others with your sleazy ,negative rhetoric.

    February 5, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  3. J Farrow

    Steele is as full of BS as a Christmas turkey.

    February 5, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  4. RTB

    Steele- Why don't you go hide your sorry, jive talking, misguided, hypocritical, lying, pathetic, repulsive self and let the more adept folks speak for the Republican Party.

    February 5, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  5. deb (long island)

    We should listen to the RNC chair because???? Is he our new Bernanke??? Please Mr. Steele is it too difficult for you to keep out of the limelight for a few weeks.

    February 5, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  6. Cameron

    Who is Michael Steele anyway? He drove the state of Maryland into the ground and left it with a huge deficit. When he ran for governor, he lost! Now the RNC selected him as a chair to make the party more diverse. I guess that means getting more african americans and hispanics to come to the party. I don't think he has been successful. So while he is spending all his time criticizing our president (who has plenty of faults), maybe he should focus on HIS OWN job a little more and stop being so negative and critical of others. It doesn't seem like he has a plan other than running his mouth! And if that is all the republican party is made of (mouth) then they truly are a dying party, and personally I'm ready for the the eulogy!

    February 5, 2010 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  7. MichiganBill

    And the economy almost collapsed under the Republicrat attempt to turn this country into a dictatorship. At least Obama has stemmed the economic tsunami. If McCain/Palin would have won (shudder) it would have been worse.

    February 5, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  8. Tram

    And where was Steele when Bush and Cheney helped create the economic mess we're in now? Why wasn't he blasting their irresponsible fiscal "ideas?" You can't rebuild in months what someone like Bush who was bent on destruction can do in years, especially with a Congress who gave him carte blanche to do anything he wanted.

    February 5, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  9. Anthony In Miami

    Did I miss something? The unemployment numbers got better right?

    February 5, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  10. JLM

    Steele must think that under Republican leadership it would be 28 percent.

    February 5, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  11. The lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    How can you say skewed metrics? How in the world did the unemployment number go down after 800,000 jobs were lost last month? Could it be that many of the unemployed are no longer counted? Out here in the real world we know the number is above 20 % and rising fast.

    February 5, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  12. Ruggybee

    Steele is trhe biggest hipocrite in American polics.. He too will be soon out of a job.

    February 5, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  13. tina

    When I read or hear about Steele, it reminds me how black people are being manipulated. This man is a coward with shallow brain who has necer learned from his mother suffering. He thinks that he is serving GOP for it is an inclusive party. But he should know this time that they are using him to oppose Obama in kind. Look his face and background. He is a product of slave trade brought to shine the shooes and do the dirty job. Now he thinks he is running from that but in a reality he is in draging his feet in that soaked earth of blood. God may tell him only when he understand what he can not understand at this moment

    February 5, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  14. Mamanomia

    This guy is our biggest fan...people...he's going to dig himself into being out of the chair job..just when the repubs need a strong leader...so much fun to watch...but please...could we give him some milk of mag...he looks so uncomfortable.

    February 5, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  15. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Steele's comments are not worthwhile since I haven't seen any Republican comments or proposals that plan on putting people back to work that haven't backfired from previous years.

    As for the percentage, Obama and his team most likely didn't know the full extent of what was going with the economy. From a quick glance, it seemed like it would only go up to 8%. Things were worse that initially thought it appears.

    February 5, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  16. ATL Guy

    Oh get over it. It's the Republican's Partys fault for taking the country over the cliff. And now you guys want to be outraged. Give me a break you smelly hypocrites.

    February 5, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  17. gl, From Pittsburgh

    Republicans are still hoping the economy never recover for their on gain. What a bunch of hatefull people the GOP have become. Any news of recover is good news Steele.

    February 5, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  18. gl, From Pittsburgh

    Hey, Steele it was your old boss Bush that caused the job losses so stop blaming President Obama for your boss failed policies.

    February 5, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  19. John, Brooklyn, NY

    Yes...only the king of the Party of No could find doomsday spelled out in the latest fantastic news regarding unemployment.

    Politics as usual coming form the man who represents paralyzed government.

    February 5, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  20. Slider

    It is laughable that Obama would tout anything relating to a surge in private sector jobs when the man's own team is comprised of roughly 8% of folks who ever worked or hired in that sector.

    February 5, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  21. Four and The Door

    In spite of his timely speeches and rhetoric about how important jobs are to this administration, Obama has yet to make serious moves to fix the broken Federal Government response to the economic issues. The new proposed budget is the greatest example of this. He knows only big spending. He doesn't know how to govern any other way. Fiscal responsibility is not part of his experience. It is not in his DNA.

    February 5, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  22. evman

    Another loser, no ideas for making things better, just rhetoric that lends itself to narrow mindedness and stupidity.

    February 5, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  23. a health economist

    Take an introductory economics class Mr. Steele. The unemployment rate is the last thing to move in a positive direction after a recession. Granted, the unemployement rate is over the 8% the administration said their efforts would keep things at. Personally, I knew that figure was best case scenario when I saw it. There is absolutley no doubt in my mind that had we done the tried and true Republican answer to every problem, cut taxes, we'd see unemployment at about 12-14%.

    Unemployed people don't benefit from tax cuts. Rich people and investors don't spend money during a recession. You can't even be certain that any money they would spend would be spent in the country. If I made $500K and got an extra 25K back (equivalent to the tax break from the Bush cuts) I would have gone on a really nice trip oversees.

    February 5, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  24. Danny

    What has this world come to!? We get its not at 8%, but why not go in line with everyone else and stay positive? The unemployment number went DOWN. If anything, at least some people got temporary relief last month. Obstruction, fear, and hate – the good ole Republicans of today.

    February 5, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  25. Lesley S

    Did you pick up a paper today Mr. Steele? You are another hysterical nut cake. Give our President some time to work on the issues instead of creating the hysterics; you're part of the problem not the solution.

    Thanks President Obama for addressing these nuts and demanding that their requests be matched with a way to PAY for them! Get tougher on them! And, Dems, wake the heck up and align or give up your seats to someone who will do what this country voted for in '08!

    February 5, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
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