Paltry jobs report has Republicans pointing fingers
April 5th, 2013
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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."

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  1. eviltaxpayer

    Too bad we dont have a legitamite media that points this out to obamas low information parasites.We have a DISASTER of an economy and heres our arrogant obama, campaigning in california with his 1%er friends.
    And to skeqw the numbers by not counting those who are off unemployment deflects the ACTUAL unemployment which is 11%.
    More lies from obama and the compliant communist media.

    April 6, 2013 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  2. No support

    What can Boehner and the rest of his republican crooks can do to help? The could stop being obstructionist and stop giving dems an excuse in a couple of years of saying that they were the problem and not the president. In this very instance, if we dems talk about the numbers still being much better than Bush administration, republicans will blame it on the democrat run house.. so guess what fools, we will be doing the same thing.

    April 6, 2013 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  3. Jon C

    Why be surprised? It is exactly what the President has said would happen if the "Sequester" went through.

    April 6, 2013 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  4. Catmandew

    You liberals really need to think what you are sayin. The increases in job numbers are not that good when you compare them to the amount of young people coming out of school even. More young people graduate school then are hired or find jobs! Even the amounts of job gains in the last 5 or 6 job reports added together are dismal for a country with millions of people! Many people have exhausted their benefits and they just fall of the numbers also so then it looks like progress is made in unemployment.

    April 6, 2013 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  5. lsterne

    Republican policies are the direct cause of the loss of millions of jobs: teachers, firemen, police and many other employees of governments, federal, state and local. And they have adamantly and stubbornly refused to fund much needed infrastructure projects: some new, much overdue maintenance. They fought (and, thankfully lost) in their efforts to prevent the rescue of GM and Chrysler, and of perhaps the entire American automobile industry.
    Our national economic recovery, as weak as it may be, would be much, much worse had the Republicans gotten their way and would be better: some, if not hugely: better had they not sabotaged and obstructed all the efforts of the President and the Democrats to fix it.
    But we should not overlook the fact that real wages for almost all Americans have been declining for 3 decades now, with the exception of the CEOs and ultra wealthy, who have taken all of the gains from increases in productivity for themselves.
    About 1/3 of our GDP is from Retail Sales and these are very much dependent on income, not of the wealthy, but of the many.
    But of course these Republicans know all of this.

    April 6, 2013 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  6. g

    americas biggest problem –made in china

    April 6, 2013 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  7. us_1776

    Just say Thank You GOP Sequester.


    April 6, 2013 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  8. Bill

    By reading the comments posted here, it's easy to see why the country is in so much trouble. The last four years, Obama and the democrats got almost everything they wanted: Obamacare, huge bailouts, money for green ventures and foreign dictators, etc. Unfortunately, the economy is struggling (at least if you look at it objectively, instead of listening to the spin doctors and their interpretation). As a rational human, I believe that if something isn't working, you need to change it. Clearly Obama's policies aren't working, yet there is still an amazing amount of support for him. It is incredible how many people still support these failed policies, but it is easy to understand why we are in trouble. As long as there is a majority of the population that continues to believe and regurgitate the fictitious narrative that Obama spews, our country will continue to self-destruct.

    April 6, 2013 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  9. zandhcats

    It's predicable jobs keep on losing, why blame the President on it? Besides sequester, the President wanted corps moved jobs overseas to pay more tax, again opposed by the Republicans. Still, corps shifts their jobs to lower labor countries but ship the goods here for profits. Have they ever thought we don't have money to buy their craps? Those unemployed now faces more hurdle: unemployment benefit cuts and same do the job training programs. There is nobody but the GOP/Tea Party take the blames, whoever support them is as heartless as the GOP/Tea Party. Recently they also wanted to increase more H1 to foreigner workers, worse is not yet to come.

    April 6, 2013 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  10. Ray

    IF the Republican Cardinal Virtues of Inertia, Stupidity,& Greed didn't OBSTRUCT in every turn the President's efforts to revive the economy, We might be on our way to a more solid recovery.

    April 6, 2013 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  11. David

    Well the alternative would be even a worse job report under a Romney administration. I think I will take what we have.

    April 6, 2013 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  12. Bingalinga

    Jobs are never coming back until the markets expand. Improved productivity continually puts pressure on existing jobs as less people are needed to perform the same amount of work. We need more people able to buy our products. Shipping jobs to China is killing the American economy. Dragging everyone's wages down will only mean more people will live in poverty while a handful at the top will gain even more wealth.

    April 6, 2013 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  13. DZ

    Watch the frontline documentary on this mess. In house exchanges with Republicans, even if they got 100% of what they wanted were still to refuse because only way to hurt Obama is a depression. They actually sent this message back and forth to themselves. And they feel a depression is needed to tarnish this administration. Think about that folks, they are willing to make everybody suffer, even their own voters. About as Un American as you can get.

    April 6, 2013 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  14. harry101

    Funny the left is still using the thinking that if only there was one party and one voice then well everything would be just great. What they fail to realize is then what group would they blame for all that goes wrong. Not Obama or any democratic that agreed to evey policy out of washington. It is still bush's fault after all he was in charge. How ever now Obama is never a fault so does that mean he's not really in charge?

    April 6, 2013 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  15. Mike Buck

    Tomorrow the headlines will read "Republicans Support Another Jobs Bill" NOT!!!

    April 6, 2013 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  16. LTROD

    I believe conservative leader's relentless attacks on BO is organized, though not organized against BO. It smacks of one massive distraction. Think about this:

    They say they want jobs, but block jobs bills.
    Let GM and the million plus jobs go under.
    Actively campaign to cut the jobs of government workers.

    Yet their rhetoric blaming OB is a constant, even when things are going great.

    They are either insane or dense.

    April 6, 2013 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  17. Paul

    The Republicans pointing fingers after obstructing for over 4 years is no surprise....

    They celebrate the problems of the middle class and dance for joy when the numbers are bad. But, did they give the Obama administration any kudos when 236,000 jobs were created in February?

    April 6, 2013 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  18. Ancient Texan

    Jon C.- Think about the tax increases that went into effect on everybody that pays taxes. When the boss takes a hit, the employee will take a hit. And the Social Security tax holiday ending left the poor and middleclass worker taking home less money to spend. Sequester isn't causing layoffs, or failure to hire, this pitiful economy is.

    April 6, 2013 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  19. jdun

    More BS from the republicans. For 3 years they have thwarted Obama's efforts to fund infrastructure projects all around the US. These projects would have created over 3 million construction jobs here at home as well as fixing our broken down roads and bridges. No, they would rather use austerity to solve our problems and still refuse to stop rewarding the outsourcing of jobs. When will the public wake up and see that the republicans have no plans for workers, only the CEO's and multinational corporations.

    April 6, 2013 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  20. Diane

    Thank you GOP sequester.

    April 6, 2013 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  21. Loki

    got one finger pointing at all of them

    April 6, 2013 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  22. dasefx

    Republicans have nothing to show. How is the tea party working eh?

    April 6, 2013 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  23. JAM

    Here's a crazy idea: How about instead of pointing fingers, politicians all just suck it up, act like grown ups, take some responsibility, do there job and work together find a solution to get us out of the mess they ALL got us into?
    Pointing fingers, throwing blame around, and refusing to come to any compromise is what children do, these people are supposed to be in charge of our country. Can't we demand a little maturity? There is enough blame to go around for ALL of them.

    April 6, 2013 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  24. Larry

    While the jobs numbers are pretty dismal, take a look at why they are so poor. What has congress done to promote jobs? Nothing. They stood in the way thanks to the GOP. If the GOP way of promoting jobs really worked then since we have given them the store already where are all the jobs they are claiming would come from giving the store away to the rich? If the GOP had passed any bills to actually promote jobs and then it did not work then they could have blamed the dems. But not the GOP will be remember for blocking all jobs bills and the cause of the poor economy. 2014 should be a different story. We know for a fact that the GOP lies about how to spur the economy is a complete failure. If you vote them back in then you deserve what you will get from the GOP. Which is nothing unless you are the 1%.

    April 6, 2013 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  25. Preston Henderson

    I would like to find out what GOPers feel can be done to spur job growth. Sure, you can lower business and corporate taxes, and yeah, it may create new jobs; jobs most Americans have no interest in doing. These jobs would be minimum wage jobs that wouldn't be enough to live on. Corporate America is basically trying to turn the public into slave labour, thats why they ship jobs overseas, they can get away with it. GOP supporters bitch and moan about Obama more than they sit down and try to come up with solutions. For any country, the importance of its government to invest in new technology and innovation is central to any future success in its economy. Too many of you do nothing but point fingers and assess blame instead of doing proper research into what caused this recent economic disaster and what really can be done to fix it. Turn off the TV, forget all the relentless partisan talking points, and actually educate yourself with real facts, which are quite easy to find. Learn to form your own opinions and ideas based on what you find. Lastly, stop with the conspiracy theory crap how Obama is out to destroy America; this is the real world, not a movie. Not to be insulting but, stop being so gullable.

    April 6, 2013 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
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