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.”

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soundoff (101 Responses)
  1. Michael

    Steele and his Tea bagging republicans are just what this country needs! This country needs them back in the majority again! So, we can pass much legislation without paying for the programs, Wars, Tax cuts, social programs (child medicare, disability) , and create more crisis or havoc on Wall Street, with the Banks, Mortgage industry, Auto industry, North Korea, Iraq, Afganistan, and Iran! President Obama "INHERITED" over 8 trillion debt,and a 1.2 trillion annual deficit, and a economy sliding into "DEPRESSION." I DO NOT TRUST THE RETHUGS WITH THIS COUNTRIES BUSINESS, AND ANYONE WHO DOES IS ON EITHER, ACID, COCAINE, HEROIN, CRACK OR LIVING ON FANTASY ISLAND!

    February 5, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  2. VernisRobertson

    I wish that this guy would shut his mouth . The Republican party is the cause of everything that is happening today .So he got his figures and his speak wrong . The only reason the Steele guy is the RNC , because of President Obama .

    February 5, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  3. Michael

    Everybody knows Republican wasteful spending got us here.
    And it's not enough to create jobs; those jobs have to provide a decent living for employees. As it is, most of us can barely afford basic housing and food for our families. Many can not even afford to see a doctor. Americans deserve a standard of living equal to Europeans, which we do not have.
    Republicans love to brag about how good life is for the wealthy in the USA; they care nothing for the fact that most of us live on the edge of ruin: one misfortune away from homelessness, while the fortunate few roll in more luxury than they can ever use.
    The only way life could be more unfair would be to bring back slavery; that might appeal to the extreme right-wing, who defended slavery only a century and a half ago using many of the same arguments coming from the radical GOP today.

    February 5, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  4. DSH

    How nice...coming from the party that put us all in this situation in the first place.

    February 5, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  5. Zac, ATL

    Steele seems to think deficits cause unemployment, as opposed to reality where its the other way around.

    February 5, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  6. linda

    Steele: you are a token who does not know your backside from page
    one!

    Keep flapping your irrelevent lips

    February 5, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  7. gary davis harbor oregon

    some one tell him he is just a pupert for the whities only club .. his education and back ground should make that clear but his power hungery ass . is doing the thinking for him .. dip stick :)

    February 5, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  8. America Shrugged

    Funny that Steele doesn't talk about how many americans lost their jobs in 2007 and 2008. The unemployment we see now is the spiraling effect of banks still not lending to smaller businesses, the housing market still not stablized, and consumers not spending. But whatever..Talk about being out of a job? Did anyone in the GOP complain when Bush's 8 yrs of deficit spending was going on? Dick Cheney said deficit spending was good..The GOP god, former President Reagan was a deficit spender and raised taxes twice during his tenure along with a stock market crash of 1987 and 2 recessions. Hmmm.. I think they are just PO'd that America put a Dem back in the WH after all the great BUSH years. HAHAHA

    February 5, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  9. Kate

    It is a start, Steele. Give it time...after all 8 years of destuction under Bush is going to take a while.

    February 5, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  10. found work without help of stimulus or obama

    more lies from the Obama Administration. Unemployment did not drop, it grew, look at the jobs market, look at the businesses that closed, look at the unemployment claims. If you believe the Obama government you are as gulible and slow as a snail. Obama and his group will lie to get their agenda passed. It is time for all Americans to revolt against Obama and his pack of Liers and take back our country. These idiots works for us and they need to be fired. All Lies from Obama, Pelosi and Reid. They must go. Impeach Obama and fire the rest.

    February 5, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  11. Ken, Arizona

    Who didn't expect this criticism from Dumb-Dumb? How long did it take the Bush administration to turn around the unemployment situation during the shallow recession of the early 2000's?

    February 5, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  12. Tom Sawyer

    Michelle Steele is a disgrace.

    The GOP don't even respect him – well, because he's Black.

    The GOP is using this dog to do all their dirty work so that it doesn't look like a bunch of old white guys blasting a young black man.

    Get the facts right. Unemployment rose to above 8% before any of Obama's policy took place.

    Secondly, TAX CUTS and gov't inaction are not the solution to everything. It is what got us into this mess in the first place.

    All GOP wannabe's need to take ECON 101.

    February 5, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  13. CHIPS

    Oh! The Jack in the Box have pop his head up again.

    February 5, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  14. Felly

    Steele is the one that will be out of job soon!

    February 5, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  15. DOG1

    Why blast the numbers ? You guys caused them, you should be proud of your valiant work to destroy this country for your own profit. Which offshore banks do you keep your money in Steele?

    February 5, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  16. Norman Cador

    This guy Steele is a joke where was this fool during BUSH/CHANEY 8 yrs which created the 10 precent unemployment.It is going to take Mr Obama more then 1 year to clean up this mess he was handed.Also Obama is 10 time smarter this fool will ever hope to be.

    February 5, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  17. Mike

    Steele, you have become a master of misdirection like the rest of the GOP leadership. That "binge spending" saved the US economy from collapsing last year. It included tax cuts that GOP had supported. It included badly needed infrastructure funding and saved hundreds of thousands of jobs, and will likely do much more in the next year.

    You spend time lobbing criticism rather than constructive support. Frankly, we don't need our representatives wasting time on the sidelines critisizing the quarterback. Get in the game and contribute some ideas!

    February 5, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  18. jen

    can this moron just shut up, who cares about you?

    February 5, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  19. Steve in Ct

    I don't often agree with Steele but this time he's right. Picture how little of America will be left when he's done if he wins and becomes a lame duck in 2012. Not worrying about re-election he'll push his own agenda even harder than he's doing now. Have you seen the movie "The Book Of Eli"? That's what post Obama America will be like.

    February 5, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  20. rdn

    Does anyone else find it ridiculous that anyone reasonably expects the economy to turn on a dime and be fixed in a matter of months or even a year? How long did it take for the great depression to end? Years!! WWII (massive spending) was a major contributor to ending the depression. We had a severe economic crisis, a severe recession and the president's critics argue that everyone should be fine now some months later. What would have the republicans done differently? If they cut taxes that would have added to the debt as well. It's pathetic to see our country being pulled down by the right wing in an attempt to scare people into voting for them. It's pathetic to see our counrty being pulled down by the left wing and their agenda. Those of us in the middle are getting squeezed while the others have their turf battles with the primary aim of being back in power.

    February 5, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  21. richp the poconos

    Really, so what has YOUR party done to encourage business to stay here, move here, grow here, NAFTA, CAFTA, ohh boy those were such good deals, how about the tax benefits of moving overseas ? All I hear is alot of carbon coming out of all three houses and both parties, all talk, no action. We are going to clean house in November, incumbents out and hopefully that will be for the next 3 or 4 elections.

    February 5, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  22. billy123

    Again this just proves a point even when there is good news all we here from the Republicans is gloom and doom. If John McCain won the election these same Republicans who now claim they have principles that this country is heading in the right direction.

    Please Republicans if you had any principles at least when some good news comes if you cannot say anything nice then shut up:

    February 5, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  23. Gary

    And just what have you done to help employment, or anything else ?
    Get over it Steele, things are getting better no matter how hard you try
    to discourage them. You are pathetic.

    February 5, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  24. Robert

    I'm tired of this nutjob, and others on the right decrying President Obama's much ballyhooed 8% figure. Give it a rest already. The man made a projection as a goal. He is not some sort of prophet who could see what the exact rate would be.

    The important thing is that almost all economists across the political spectrum have said that his stimulus plan prevented the unemployment rate from being much much higher – perhaps double what it has been.

    And the rate just dropped to the lowest rate since August.

    Let's give credit where credit is due. He inherited the worse financial situation since the Great Depression, and in less than a year everything is improving.

    Thanks Mr. President for a job well done..

    February 5, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  25. Kathy

    And just what does he think the GOP would have done better? All of the economists told us that job recovery would be slow, as it ALWAYS is during a recession. Had McCain won the presidency we would be in much worse shape. Keep in mind the GOP was in power when this whole mess started and now they act all innocent as the Dems try to clean up their mess.

    February 5, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
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