Gingrich derides Obama on jobs, new numbers aside
January 6th, 2012
10:41 AM ET
3 years ago

Gingrich derides Obama on jobs, new numbers aside

Lebanon, New Hampshire (CNN) – Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich derided the failed economic policies of President Barack Obama despite the latest jobs numbers that show the unemployment rate is now the lowest since the beginning of his administration.

"Three full years into the Obama presidency, and there are still 1.7 million fewer Americans going to work today than there were on Obama's Inauguration day," the former speaker said in a statement.

The economy added 200,000 jobs and the unemployment rate fell to 8.5 % in December, according to a Labor Department report.

"Today's new December unemployment figure doesn't capture the full scale of the tragedy: almost 24 million Americans still unemployed, working part-time for economic reasons, or discouraged from looking for work," Gingrich said.

For the past 6 months, at least 100,000 jobs have been added the economy each month.

The 8.5% unemployment rate is now the lowest it's been since February 2009.

The statement said, "The Obama experiment has failed, and it is time to look to proven solutions that have successfully empowered job-creators in the past."

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Filed under: 2012 • Jobs • Newt Gingrich • President Obama
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  1. Ah. I see...

    Yes...such amazing policies to empower "job creators" such as.....oh that's right...I forgot that 30 years of Trickle Down Economics DOESN'T work. I suppose he doesn't know, or conveniently avoids, as much about history as he thought he did. If you say Reagan is great enough times, anyone will believe it. Just ask Jimmy Carter...he's STILL getting a bad rap and I challenge any conservative to find sources as to why President Carter failed so monumentally as they'd like to believe. Truth be told, America was dismantled under Reagan, just as readily as he "dismantled Soviet Communism". You know what's really cool? Seems like Karl Marx was still right...just a matter of time before one of two things happen: 1. World Economy implodes, 2. We barely survive another few generations and as 90% of the population continue to get strangled for every dime they don't have, the world economy implodes.

    I mean let's face it. All the money and assets in the world CANNOT pay for 3/4 of the worldwide debt. And no, austerity measures won't help. More income might help...but...there STILL isn't enough money! So let's print enough to catch up? Oh noes! Holy Inflation! Capitalism is doomed from the start because humans can't check their greed at the door. Sharing/Communism...or even a much more intelligent form of government, a Democratic Socialism, are also doomed cuz guess what...humans cant check their greed at the door! Truly, we're all repeating the same cycle since the advent of currency and especially the industrial revolution. We can only hope to change government for the betterment of all peoples, but as we see from the Tea Party, it doesn't take much to throw a wrench in a machine.

    Just gotta keep Hope and keep trying to make America the awesome country it was when my grandparents were able to raise 7 kids, own a car or two, own a home, and have a stay-at-home wife with all bills paid on ONE paycheck. Sounds like they were great times, too bad many of those same children sound like a bunch of seagulls in Congress now "mine! mine! mine! mine!" I guess growing up with so many siblings helps folks forget the first lesson ever taught in school, and that's how to share. That's ok though, Generational Shifts dictate that the children of the Internet Age (like myself) will lead this country to a far more fair and balanced place. Of course, my dad thought things would be a lot different today than they were when he grew up. Funny how that works.....we hope for the future, but usually History just repeats itself cuz folks dont value history. The way it's looking now, we're going the way of Rome...only...without the barbarian raids. Our Republic is just as gridlocked though and there's little incentive for the WASPs of today to do anything about it. They've made their millions...they just have to...fiddle and wait! Although they don't seem to be musically talented...so it'll prolly be more like twiddle and wait.

    January 6, 2012 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  2. Newmoon2

    The so-called 'job-creators' are sitting on RECORD sums of money, enjoying 10 years of tax breaks. If the policies endorsed by Gingrich and his GOP buddies are so effective, how did we get here in the FIRST place?! Job-creators my @55. We've finally turned the corner and in spite of the GOP's efforts to the contrary, the economy is starting to mend. Back to the dust bin with you, Newt, and take your loony-tune fellow candidates with you!

    January 6, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  3. S.positive

    Even when the truth is staring them at the face...

    January 6, 2012 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  4. SMC

    "The Obama experiment has failed, and it is time to look to proven solutions that have successfully empowered job-creators in the past."... like all those Republican/Bush policies that got us into this mess in the first place....

    January 6, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  5. Doug

    Newt.. de-lusional!

    January 6, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  6. once upon a horse

    Always remember when job numbers are GOOD it has nothing to do with the efforts of the president but when they are BAD it is ALL HIS FAULT.

    January 6, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  7. Stephen in VA

    In order to win the Presidency, the (R)s have to realize that they need (I) votes. This (I) in particular would be a LOT more impressed if they'd lay off the lies and lambasting and just say, "hey, more jobs–isn't that great? Here's how I plan to continue the improvement."

    January 6, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  8. Wayne

    This country was losing 750,000 jobs per month when Obama was inaugurated (Thanks Bush for the hand off). Now, this country is net positive 200,000 jobs just last month. That is nearly a 1 million job swing. THANK YOU PRES. OBAMA. My vote is paying off.

    January 6, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  9. KatR

    Is the glass half full or half empty? Gingrich thinks it's half empty. The GOP thinks it's half empty. If the glass is half full then Gingrich and the rest of the Republicans have proved they are the party of pessismists.

    January 6, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  10. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE

    Three full years into the Obama presidency, and there are still 1.7 million fewer Americans going to work today than there were on Obama's Inauguration day,"
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    That being said, Newton Leroy should account for the fact that when the President was inaugurated, we were losing 800k jobs a month. The bleeding didn't stop until the stimulus was passed. I will admit the President did stumble when fighting for the stimulus bill because it clearly wasn't big enough. He should have demanded exactly what he wanted.

    January 6, 2012 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  11. Robert J

    Come on Newt! A moron knows that Bush was responsible for the jobs lost prior to and when the President was elected.All this praise you get for being an intelectual and you come up with statements like this. No wonder this country is in trouble – I guess it's not the partisan politics after all – it's just the plain stupidity of carreer politicians-

    January 6, 2012 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  12. Tony

    Unemployment numbers high: "Look at these numbers, they're terrible, it's Obama's fault!"

    Unemployment numbers get better: "Don't pay attention to the numbers, it's still Obama's fault!"

    Ugh.

    January 6, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  13. Larry L

    Gringrich's said "Three full years into the Obama presidency, and there are still 1.7 million fewer Americans going to work today than there were on Obama's Inauguration day,"

    As usual Newt is being a political weasel. Over eight million jobs were lost BEFORE President Obama took office! Even with the Republicans fighting every effort to improve our economy the President turned things around.

    January 6, 2012 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  14. MJ

    In a couple months the GOP will try to claim responsibility for all the jobs created.

    January 6, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  15. Georgia Joe

    The Republicans created this mess and don't have a clue to get us out of it. I am a job creator and would love to hire more people. Today, however, I have enough staff to meet the demand of my customers. I will hire more poeple when demand increases. Cutting income taxes has nothing to do with my decision to hire or fire.

    January 6, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  16. HomeSweetHome

    Gingrich the objective is to create JOBs HERE in the US not off shore. The GOP has proven it has no clue how to create JOBs in the US, nor does it want to. The GOP only want more tax cuts for the rich. Sorry that dog will not hunt any more. No more Government handouts for the rich, the "Middle Class" is tired of carrying the rich. Thank you President Obama for sticking up for the "Middle Class". Good Bye GOP, take your old ways and hate with you.

    January 6, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  17. PA_outofwork

    So soon to be 16 Trillion dollars in debt / that’s wasted tax payer dollars and the Labor Department reports 8.5 % unemployment like it’s a good thing. How about the Labor Department report on how many American they dropped, stopped counting to produce an 8.5% number. Too bad for the Obama and the Obama administration, we the voting public that will show up in November 2012 know the unemployment number is over 16%.

    January 6, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  18. four99percent

    I'm with you Wayne, I hope Newt will not try to pin something on President Obama like he tried with President Clinton while he was having an extra marital affair.

    January 6, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  19. PA_outofwork

    Why is it so many commenting on this page forget the last 2 years of the Bush administration, Congress was run by Democrats, Democrats were making law, Democrates run this country into the ground and ran up the debt.

    January 6, 2012 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  20. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The problem is that the job losses didn't really start from the Bush recession until Obama took office. Now there has been some growth in terms of private sector job growth. I wonder what the rate would be if all those that had government jobs did lose them; possible 8%? All I can say is that Obama seems to be trying to do something where he can despite the Congress.

    January 6, 2012 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  21. Jamie from Riverside

    Oh dear, poor fatso is lying (gasp! is that possible?) or hasn't gotten the news: jobs are being created for several solid months now.

    January 6, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  22. stranger in an increasingly strange land

    The job loss and the banking crisis and the foreclosure frenzy all started during George the Seconds administration. Then spiraled down until the United States are in danger of becomng a globl punch line. Now that housing is on the upswing, jobs are improving and banks are being held somewhat accountable, The Newt thinks it means nothing.

    Maybe not if you are trolling for your next mistress among the rich and Republican. But if you work for a living and have got a new job and a possibility of getting a home, the President's policies might just seem to be a bit more significant.

    January 6, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  23. ART

    Wow did someone just fart oh no its just Gingrinch talking again

    January 6, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  24. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Stephen in VA

    In order to win the Presidency, the (R)s have to realize that they need (I) votes. This (I) in particular would be a LOT more impressed if they'd lay off the lies and lambasting and just say, "hey, more jobs–isn't that great? Here's how I plan to continue the improvement."
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    Hear, hear!! I am in full agreement, but alas,it appears that hell will freeeze over before they give THIS President any credit, or regain their sanity and moral ground.

    January 6, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  25. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Why do right wingnuts refuse to accept the fact that "W" was the worst president in history? He drove the stock market from over 14,000 to under 8000, lost 8 million jobs in his last three years, created a near republican depression, unfunded wars, unnecessary wars, unpaid for tax cuts. Yet, according to the right wingnuts, its all Obama's fault.

    January 6, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
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