GOP ties job numbers to anti-tax stance in debt talks
July 8th, 2011
11:57 AM ET
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GOP ties job numbers to anti-tax stance in debt talks

Washington (CNN) - Top congressional Republicans on Friday used the new dismal jobs report to blast Democrats' push for more tax revenue in the ongoing debt ceiling negotiations, arguing that such a move would derail an already shaky economic recovery.

Federal officials reported Friday that the economy added only 18,000 jobs in June - far below the number predicted by most economists. Unemployment inched up another tenth of a point to 9.2 percent.

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Filed under: Congress • Debt • Deficit • Jobs • Republicans • unemployment
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  1. Jobe

    Never ending proof on the dire consequences of Obama's horredous policies. Obama has been the Bermuda Triangle for the economy and jobs.

    July 8, 2011 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  2. a little sad

    @ I Can`t Stand The Lying and/or Stupidity Any Longer

    Thank you

    July 8, 2011 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  3. Peggy - TX

    RE: The Obama Recession Continues Unabated, Obama Depression on the way

    Reply:

    You are an example of the tried and true axiom – "can't fix stupid" – YOU are truly a good example of stupid.

    Your response and question as how that you are so far off from the realm of reality, where can one start. You are also the face of the idiots who continue believe the lies, fear and hate rhetoric feed to you by the republican scoundrels that now block every measure President Obama has attempted to get this economy going.

    Bottom line, Capitalism only works if we have a strong middle class. If the wealth of this great nation continues at the current rate it will all be tied up in the hands a very few individuals, then they will own the politicians, they will own the private school system, they will own everything. The result is the economy will fail and the reason is it faltering now. This is why we have anti-trust laws and why the Government has to intervene in certain areas to keep the economic system stable. Providing a safety net for workers, keeping health care cost down, providing for the retirement through social security all enable a health middle class.

    Personally, right now, I would be OK with the US just taking the back accounts of the top 25 wealthy people in America to pay the National debt, but that would then be socialistic … and probably the wrong thing to do. The fact is the issues being debated right now do not even come any where near being socialistic. The Republicans just like to toss labels around to obfuscate the issues to confuse stupid people … like you.

    July 8, 2011 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  4. Larry

    CNN-Do your Job- These are NOT JOBS being created. They are minimum wage, no benefits, retirement, health care part time summer jobs-Dairy Queen, lawn mowers, lifeguards....

    July 8, 2011 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  5. a little sad

    Ancient Texan

    True. If a tax increse is passed on the "rich" (snybody but the 48% that pay no taxes), watch unemployment jump much higher. Businesses barely hanging on can't hire and pay more taxes too.

    Businesses barely hanging on don't pay taxes. You only pay if you're making money. If your expenses meet or exceed your revenues, what's to tax?

    July 8, 2011 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  6. Lori in St Pete

    The unemployment numbers are getting higher because the teabag rethubliban wing of governors are laying off all the government employees. Here in Florida (P)rick scott continues to cut state workers, but at the same time has TRIPLED his own staff – although he hired a bunch of 22 year-old children of his wealthy supperters who have absolutely NO CLUE how to do the job they're been hired to do, and he pays them exponentially higher salaries (read taxpayer dollars) than the previous person who did the jobs of THREE CURRENT office of the gov. staff and actually KNEW how to do their jobs.

    July 8, 2011 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  7. Lori in St Pete

    And to add insult to injury when (P)rick scott shuts down entire departments, he goes to their offices and has his paid media shills video tape his signing of the documents that effectively kills their jobs – and he does it all with a smile, then robocalls every resident in the state and brags about it! Disgusting and quite facist IMO.

    July 8, 2011 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  8. once upon a horse

    when one just ONE Republican stands there and admits that tax breaks do NOT help create jobs, then perhaps I will listen to what they have to offer. The "job creators" as they love to call them have not had their taxes increased since before Bush took office, have the same loopholes and even more, so why aren't we asking them WHY they are not hiring? It would not really shock me that since the GOP is so closely tied with big business and big oil that they have told their CEO buddies to cut back or even not hire anyone until they can get control of the WH.

    July 8, 2011 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  9. gt

    american want to work...stop all of these companies from moving off shore...give them no or little tax...if they hire workers...

    July 8, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  10. Bill

    I thought in 2008, after eight years of GOP leadership, there were two things the GOP could not even speak of without sounding like major hypocrites; fiscal discipline and small gov't. I never dreamed I could be so wrong. Where is the outrage?

    July 8, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  11. Lori in St Pete

    Ancient Texan, do you really believe that everyone who DOES pay taxes makes more than $250k a year? BTW, it isn't a tax increase to end TEMPORARY tax breaks. I missed Macy's big 4th of July sale. Items that were discounted for a special sale are now back to their regular prices. Should I go whining to management that they "increased" prices after the sale was over?

    July 8, 2011 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  12. ABM

    The person to blame is the "leader" of the house. He thinks that we did remember his promise – jobs. Another lie and another falsified promise. He and the GOP are a total failure to this country. Time to add tax increases to the ones rolling in cash b/c they think they can stiffle the economy while they reap profits.

    Where are the jobs!!!!!!!

    July 8, 2011 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  13. Lori in St Pete

    It's still better to "only add 18,000 jobs a month" than to lose 500,000 jobs a month as the nation was doing during the eight year reign of error and stupidity that ended January 20, 2009.

    July 8, 2011 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  14. fayse

    The GOP is pandering to the Tea Party, why? There aren't enough of them to elect any Republican Presidential candidate.
    America has seen what this radical, extremist bunch of idiots have done since the 2010 elections. Mid term elections historically have fewer people get out and vote. The Tea Party counted on that. Time to vote out ALL Republicans in 2012

    July 8, 2011 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  15. Rudy NYC

    In physics, the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics says that entropy always increases. That all matter seeks a lower state of energy. In other words, everything decays into chaos over time. The inevitable vacuum state cannot be prevented no matter what.
    The 2nd Law is the most proven theory in scientific history. The descent into chaos can only be slowed. It can even be seemingly long delayed by placing matter into higher complex structures, such as plants and planets.
    I bring this up because the same is true of human social systems. Without laws to instill some structure, the society descends into total chaos. The same is also true of economic systems. Without laws and regulation to provide some structure, the descent into chaos is unabated and accellerated.
    That is how eveything in the universe works, people. Everything eventually decays into chaos. Chaos can be suppressed only through structure. But, it takes energy to create that structure, which in itself creates chaos. In other words, you have to give something to get something. In most economies that giving is called taxes.

    July 8, 2011 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  16. John

    Were the JOBS you Republican Ran on In 2010 and got control of the House. You Republican are the one that Promise to get people back to work In 2010. But you haven't even try all you are doing Is Blaming President Obama and that not right. If you Republican would have put something on his desk about JOBS like you Promise the American People In 2010. It just another LIE you Republican all way tell people and hope they believe you at the time to get there vote , and than have no plan on doing It after you won. Giving the Rich that you Republican keep saying will bring jobs don't work ,haven't work In over Six years and they are never going to work. The only thing It don't Is make the RICH EVEN RICHER. What you Republican need to do Is QUIT saying NO all the Time And Start to Compromise, You know the people may get something done. You know for what you are getting pay for. And Quit acting like KIDS.

    July 8, 2011 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  17. Squigman

    It took a republican, to bring the country to it's knees. Why would any person believe that a republican, could get the country back on it's feet? The philosophy's that caused the problem, will not work when a fix is needed.

    July 8, 2011 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  18. bill

    And the obama nightmare continues.

    July 8, 2011 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  19. Randy

    Going back to the Obama playbook. I believe that the Bush tax cuts created or "saved" 2,000,000 jobs. Remember folks those tax cuts helped everybody. Not just the rich. The bigger child tax credit is just one example.

    July 8, 2011 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  20. Peggy - TX

    RE: The Obama Recession Continues Unabated, Obama Depression on the way
    Reply:
    You are an example of the tried and true axiom – "can't fix stupid" – YOU are truly a good example of stupid.
    Your response and question as how that you are so far off from the realm of reality, where can one start. You are also the face of the idiots who continue believe the lies, fear and hate rhetoric feed to you by the Republican scoundrels that now block every measure President Obama has attempted to get this economy going.
    Bottom line, Capitalism only works if we have a strong middle class. If the wealth of this great nation continues at the current rate it will all be tied up in the hands a very few individuals, then they will own the politicians, they will own the private school system, and they will own everything. The result is the economy will fail and the reason is it faltering now. This is why we have anti-trust laws and why the Government has to intervene in certain areas to keep the economic system stable. Providing a safety net for workers, keeping health care cost down, providing for the retirement through social security all enable a healthy middle class.
    Personally, right now, I would be OK with the US just taking the bank accounts of the top 25 wealthy people in America to pay the National debt, but that would then be socialistic … and probably the wrong thing to do. The fact is the issues being debated right now do not even come anywhere near being socialistic. The Republicans just like to toss labels around to obfuscate the issues to confuse stupid people … like you.

    July 8, 2011 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  21. Four and The Door

    The uncertainty in Washington does not give business owners confidence to hire. That is what hiring is all about, a vote of confidence in the company's situation going forward.

    The Democrats holding up raising the debt ceiling in an effort to squeeze a tax increase out of this process is deplorable and poorly timed.

    July 8, 2011 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  22. Oregon Calling

    Are you kidding me?!?!? Do they also tie in the recent cuts on the state level that brings up the unemplyment numbers? Please.............

    Peace :-)

    July 8, 2011 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
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