Paltry jobs report has Republicans pointing fingers
April 5th, 2013
09:58 AM ET
1 year 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
soundoff (264 Responses)
  1. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Um, Sorry,
    What you are seeing is the results of Liberal Big Government Programs that are glaring failures. But many of you voted for it. Now you will have to live with the consequenses.

    April 5, 2013 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  2. Carol

    All lthe GOP has done for the last 5 years is point fingers. Too bad they can't seem to find something more constructive to do.

    April 5, 2013 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  3. Fair is Fair

    April 5, 2013 11:29 am at 11:29 am |

    Sniffit

    "Wow... sounds like they're going to have to do something to rein in Medicare and Social Security pronto..."

    The ACA is a great start.
    ---------
    The ACA is the final nail in the coffin.

    April 5, 2013 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  4. Jack 2

    OopS, there goes that stock market the democrats were bragging about! We told them Jobs are the number one priority in any economy and they ignored it. We told them re-electing a proven loser isn't good. Liberlas think for the day and not the future as demonstrated with these facts on the economy. Obama is the worst thing to happen to this country since WW2

    April 5, 2013 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  5. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Wow... sounds like they're going to have to do something to rein in Medicare and Social Security pronto..."

    Oh, darn. Just when I finally got out from under my bed worrying about all those things you folks spent years trying to frighten me over, here you come trying to shove me back under it. One and a half years shy of finally being able to become a true "taker" and I'm going to have to worry that I won't get my "take" after all?

    Darn, darn, darn.

    April 5, 2013 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  6. Mark in San Diego

    I've lost three jobs in four years – I'm an Engineer with good skills and always manage to find a job, however as the newst employe I'm the first out the door. Obama bad mouthed the Corporate Jet Industry almost into ruin and now defense is being cut. I was doing good as a middle-class taxpayer under Bush, but under Obama – I'm unemployed 50% of the time. No HOPE, but lots of CHANGE for the worse. Latino middle aged man can't get a break under Obama.

    April 5, 2013 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  7. Donna

    One word.... OBAMACARE!!!!

    And all the new Obamacare taxes and Obama wanting to raise taxes endlessly to pay for an endlessly growing government beast.

    April 5, 2013 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  8. Bob

    The GOP has doen NOTHING but obstruct every attempt at repairing the damage THEY did to the economy.

    They will happily destroy the middle class in order to make President Obama look bad.

    April 5, 2013 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  9. rs

    Jake in Montana

    The Republicans can't get anything done for the average American.
    ___________________________________
    The problem actually is they WON'T do anything for the average American.

    April 5, 2013 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  10. vincent

    I guess Jobs were better when Bush was in Office. Thats a laugh. Revisionist.

    April 5, 2013 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  11. rs

    California Conservative

    Well that explains why the nearly super majority demcorats for two years did nothing about jobs.
    -------------
    Actually, CC at least one vote shy of the super-majority, which is why the Senate GOP has set a record of more than 400 filibusters in 5 years- that's inaction you can take to the bank!

    Hey, you realize you're 100% fact-free today!

    April 5, 2013 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  12. vincent

    The Party of NO! Is pointing fingers.

    April 5, 2013 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  13. rs

    Ray- you've become a sad apologist for predatory (anti-American) capitalism. Give it up, FDR DID NOT cause the Bush Crash of '08.

    April 5, 2013 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  14. Donna

    And even WORSE, Obama is coming down on banks to get them to make bad loans again! Obama wants them to do the very same thing that tanked the economy in 2008, give large mortgage loans to people that have bad credit. Obama is the biggest danger this country has ever faced. Huge power combined with economic cluelessness and a far left political agenda.

    April 5, 2013 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  15. Sniffit

    "Even with Sniffit's make-it-look-good math, the numbers are frightful."

    Nobody's trying to make it look peachy. I was providing information for the purpose of correcting misinformation and providing a correct understanding of the issue, not to "make it look good." The numbers are what they are, and I added zero value judgment of whether it was good or bad in that post. YOU read that into it.

    April 5, 2013 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  16. eholl2

    Time to stop the fighting. Enough already!! A balanced approach means both revenue increases and changes to sacred cow programs that both parties support. The entire world economy is limping along. Nobody is to blame for this. It is part of the economic cycle made worse by our inability to engage in anything other than partisan bickering. We need a third party that will look out for the center and be rational (not the tea party).

    April 5, 2013 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  17. Sniffit

    "All lthe GOP has done for the last 5 years is point fingers."

    Well, that and pull them, which generally results in the soapbox mouthfarting like Boehner is quoted as doing in this article.

    April 5, 2013 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  18. retief1954

    "GOP points fingers..." This is news? Hell, it's all they EVER do!

    April 5, 2013 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  19. Sniffit

    "Funny watching all the liberals try to blame the GOP. EARTH TO LIBERALS – the affects of sequestration HAVENT BEEN FELT YET!! "

    1. You just made an implied admission that the GOP is at fault for the sequester.

    2. You don't get to claim the sequester hasn't been felt yet when you claim out of the other side of your mouth that just the mere whisper of a suggestion of tax increases gives the confidence fairies a big sad that ruins the economy.

    April 5, 2013 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  20. Rod

    Ha! This after Republicans failed to pass the jobs bill still sitting on Boehner's desk after two years, and this after failing to avoid sequestered cuts.

    April 5, 2013 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  21. Scott

    Carol

    All lthe GOP has done for the last 5 years is point fingers. Too bad they can't seem to find something more constructive to do.

    April 5, 2013 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
    ____________________________________________
    They have found something constructive to do, pass common sense budgets that decrease goverment spending while increasing Revenue. However the Liberal Democrats keep blocking their budgets. All democrats want to do is grow Goverment with big ticket programs. Never mind they have no way to pay for them outside of rasing taxes on EVERYONE not just the rich. So as you can see the Democrats are the cause of this.

    April 5, 2013 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  22. Larry (PA)

    No what you are seeing is the result of GOP obstructionism.

    April 5, 2013 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  23. Brian from CO

    This was the first full employment reading after the government cuts known as sequester. Before the cuts we were adding jobs by an average of 200k/month, and after the cuts we added 80k. If the extreme left had there way we would spend to much, and if the tea party had there way we would cut to much. It's sad they are both ruining our contry by not compromising for the good of the country.

    April 5, 2013 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  24. Say What?

    The problem I have with all of them is social security/medicare are NOT entitlements, the people pay directly into them. I'm not entitled to them, I demand it since I'm paying into it.

    Now, entitlements like food stamps, education,grants, supporting other countries, they SHOULD be CUT

    April 5, 2013 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  25. California Conservative

    rs

    California Conservative

    Well that explains why the nearly super majority demcorats for two years did nothing about jobs.
    -----
    Actually, CC at least one vote shy of the super-majority, which is why the Senate GOP has set a record of more than 400 filibusters in 5 years- that's inaction you can take to the bank!

    Hey, you realize you're 100% fact-free today!
    ----–
    Your reality is anything but.

    "I'd feel sorry for you if you weren't so stupid" ~JG

    April 5, 2013 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
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