Paltry jobs report has Republicans pointing fingers
April 5th, 2013
09:58 AM ET
2 years ago

Paltry jobs report has Republicans pointing fingers

(CNN) – A monthly jobs report showing sluggish hiring in March gave Republicans an opening Friday to chastise President Barack Obama's economic policies.

"The president's policies continue to make it harder for Americans to find work," House Speaker John Boehner wrote in a statement released a half hour after the Labor Department report was released. "Hundreds of thousands fled the workforce last month and unemployment remains far above what the Obama administration promised when it enacted its 'stimulus' spending plan."

Friday's report showed 88,000 jobs were added in March, far lower than the 190,000 jobs that economists expected. The unemployment rate fell to 7.6%, though the drop was pegged to 500,000 Americans leaving the workforce.

During last year's election, Obama's record on jobs creation formed the core of rival Mitt Romney's attacks, even as hiring began picking up and the unemployment rate dropped. Republicans have continued attacking Obama's jobs record after the election as the White House and Congressional Republicans grapple over a deficit reduction plan.

Next week Obama will unveil his annual budget, which is expected to make changes to Medicare and Social Security in an effort to reach a deficit deal with Republicans.

In his statement Friday, Boehner said that "one of the best things President Obama can do is follow the House and outline a balanced budget next week – one that includes entitlement reforms that are not conditional on enactment of more tax increases, which will suppress growth instead of encourage it."

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus cast the March jobs report as a consequence of Obama's focus on upcoming midterm elections.

"What exactly was the president doing in the last month to create jobs as the economy sputtered along?" Priebus asked. "Why did he flit off to San Francisco this week to fundraise on Billionaire's Row instead of sending a budget to Congress? Why is adding money to Nancy Pelosi's campaign coffers more important than adding jobs to the economy?"

Obama's fundraising swing through California began Wednesday evening and continued Thursday with events for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the Democratic National Committee.

Priebus also placed blame on Congressional Democrats, whose policies he said were hurting American hiring.

"Why don't liberals admit their big government programs are straining Americans' budgets? Why are they sticking young people with higher insurance costs through Obamacare? Why won't they work with Republicans to strengthen Medicare and Medicaid?" he said.

"Are the president and his fellow Democrats out-of-touch–or just not serious about doing their jobs?" he concluded.

Rep. Eric Cantor, the number two House Republican, wrote it was time for Obama and Democrats in Congress to "stop making excuses and start working together on common sense solutions to address our lingering unemployment problem, and the stagnant economy."

Public polling shows Americans split on who to trust with the economy, Obama or Congressional Republicans. An ABC News/Washington Post poll conducted March 7-10 showed 44% trusted Obama more on the economy and 40% trusted members of the GOP in Congress.

Alan Krueger, the chairman of Obama's Council of Economic Advisers, wrote in a statement that "more work remains to be done" to spur hiring.

Today’s employment report provides further evidence that the U.S. economy is continuing to recover from the worst downturn since the Great Depression," Krueger wrote. Similar statements are released after every monthly jobs report. "It is critical that we continue the policies that are helping to build an economy that creates jobs and works for the middle class as we dig our way out of the deep hole that was caused by the severe recession that began in December 2007."


Filed under: Jobs • John Boehner • Reince Priebus
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  1. GI Joe

    Funny – they all ran for congress in 2010 promising jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs. Remember? That's why baggers got in. Didn't work, did it?

    April 5, 2013 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  2. Sniffit

    And the GOPers/Teatrolls have just the thing to fix it all: more legislation trying to restrict access to contraception! Yaaaaaaaay!!!!

    April 5, 2013 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  3. enuff

    And what have THEY done to assist in the situation? They have sat on their hands and looked stupid. Where is their follow-through on THEIR promises of JOBs, JOBS, JOBS? We are still waiting...

    April 5, 2013 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  4. rs

    I hope they are pointing fingers at themselves!

    Geez, really, their Sequester Bill goes into effect, thoussands of federal emplyees are laid off or furloughed and the re-employment rate slows. Gosh, how'd that happen?

    You know I've had an epiphany about how Republicans think. My theory is that they believe all of the economic problems they created can be fixed by MAGIC! That's gotta be it, because they sure aren't doing one, single, solitary thing about their disaster, their overspending, their lack of jobs bills, their tax cuts for the rich, their giveaways to corporations, or pretty much anything except pass more radical, wingnut laws in the states they're managing to hang on to -until 2014.

    You want useless and silly? I present you the Republican Party!

    April 5, 2013 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  5. California Conservative

    Jobs Jobs Jobs was Obama's thing. Quit trying to change history yet again libs.

    April 5, 2013 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  6. enuff

    Does anyone ser that it says "jobs were added"? It may be a small amount, but it is still on the positive side unlike the massive loss each month during a previous administration

    April 5, 2013 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  7. Fair is Fair

    What we need is another tax increase. Yeah... that's what we need.

    April 5, 2013 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  8. Malory Archer

    California Conservative

    Jobs Jobs Jobs was Obama's thing. Quit trying to change history yet again libs.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Yeah, except a 10-second search of the internets proves once again that it's YOU trying to change history.

    April 5, 2013 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  9. Fair is Fair

    enuff

    Does anyone ser that it says "jobs were added"? It may be a small amount, but it is still on the positive side unlike the massive loss each month during a previous administration
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    500,000 stopped looking. Did YOU see THAT?

    April 5, 2013 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  10. rs

    California Conservative

    Jobs Jobs Jobs was Obama's thing. Quit trying to change history yet again libs.
    ____________________________
    Ummmm, actually, I think you'll find that was Mr. Boehners tune in 2010. Surprise! We're still waiting while the radical right further dilutes women's rights with stupid reproductive laws.

    April 5, 2013 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  11. rs

    Fair is Fair

    What we need is another tax increase. Yeah... that's what we need.
    _____________________
    Pretty funny from someone whose party wants to gibe the top 1% ANOTHER $400,000 tax cut- because, I guess, the last half dozen worked so well, right? Please, no more "dribble down" economic theory.

    April 5, 2013 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  12. EDDIE

    Maybe exxon can use some of the $4 billion in tax breaks to do some hiring instead of giving out multi-million dollar bonus's with it.

    April 5, 2013 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  13. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Boehner, you are really bad at your job. Why hasn't Congress passed an infrastructure bill as proposed in the President's Jobs Act? I know solely where to place blame at and it's not at 1600 Penn. Lord I can't wait until Nancy Pelosi is Speaker again.

    April 5, 2013 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  14. rs

    500,000 stopped looking. Did YOU see THAT?

    Yeah funny about that, The austerity thing failed badly in Europe, so naturally the GOP wanted to do that here- remember their Sequester? Or are you trying to promote that wasn't a GOP bill anymore?

    April 5, 2013 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  15. Sniffit

    "Paltry jobs report has Republicans pointing fingers"

    The GOP/Teatrolls haven't stopped pointing fingers since most people blamed them and Bush for the recession starting in the first place and then elected a black man POTUS. It's all they freekin do....and then they manufacture more disasters and crises in hopes they can point fingers and shift blame for those as well. "Gov't is broken...see we broket it!"

    There is but one thing that will fix this problem at this point and, unfortunately, it's still going to take a little while: the GOP/Teatrolls' demographic armageddon. It's coming...wish it would just get here sooner....but it's coming.

    April 5, 2013 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  16. maf

    Say what you want about the job numbers, they are still getting better, against all the GOP can throw at them!! Boehner, Cantor, Priebus etal still don't seem to get the message that was sent their way this past November!!!!
    Get to work and make a grand compromise!!! This house will go down in history as the WORST ever.

    April 5, 2013 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  17. Thomas

    The GOP only cares about jobs that will come by building the Keystone pipeline . They also wasted the last four years being obstructionists , in the hope of making Obama a one term president .

    They failed !

    April 5, 2013 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  18. jboh

    The TEA/GOP are cheering this news. They need to quit playing politics w/everything and work w/Pres. Obama instead of always trying to sabotage any effort to make jobs. 30 yrs of Reagan tax cuts/deregulation, coupled w/Bush tax cuts/deregulation has proven a failure, but these TEA clowns keep pushing the same crap. SHAME ON THEM!

    April 5, 2013 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  19. Wake up People!

    @enuff.

    I couldn't agree more. That's exactly what I've been saying for months. Even if there were only 5 jobs added, at least they were added and it's not like 08 when we were losing what 750,000 per month.

    But that's all they can do is point fingers and try to figure a way to control a womans uterus.

    Many economists have said, it will take years to get us back on track after the recession, no one has a magic fix, but when the the sore loser party refuses to help, that hinders us even more.

    They ought to be called the GOPP. Greedy old pathetic pigs.

    April 5, 2013 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  20. California Conservative

    rs

    California Conservative

    Jobs Jobs Jobs was Obama's thing. Quit trying to change history yet again libs.
    ____________________________
    Ummmm, actually, I think you'll find that was Mr. Boehners tune in 2010. Surprise! We're still waiting while the radical right further dilutes women's rights with stupid reproductive laws.
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    Maybe The White House can start paying women the same pay as their male counterparts. Just an idea.

    April 5, 2013 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  21. California Conservative

    Harry Reid is the biggest obstructionist in congress.

    April 5, 2013 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  22. Unlabeled

    One thing I'll give republicans, they're persistent. The republican party has been determined to gut all of the programs set up by F.D.R, since they were implemented in the mid 1930's. Now they are going to get the job done through the help of the people that subscribe to the politics of envy. They're idea is if I don't have it, you don't deserve it either. They live in tin cans, listen to Lumprump, Hammity, Clotter, and vote republican because it's their way of getting back at a world that passed them by. They are the living embodiment of the socialist movement, but refuse to look at themselves other than hero's of liberty. Republicans suck.

    April 5, 2013 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  23. Dan5404

    The lies of the GOP/Tea Party extremists (whose popularity is drastically down from 2010) are being exposed. Instead of getting on board with compromise to create jobs through infrastructure investment, and improvements to education for future workers,they doubled down on the old "trickle down" failed economic theory that they continue to try to sell unsuccessfully. They sat on their hands for two years, only passing their own partisan right-wing bills in the House, knowing they are not wanted by the American voters. They have also produced some of the most bizarre and extreme right wingers to ever hold office. until these minority extremists are removed, this country will not see significant progress.

    April 5, 2013 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  24. Really

    Mission accomplished, right Boehner?

    April 5, 2013 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  25. California Conservative

    Obama's agenda coming to fruition.

    April 5, 2013 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
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