Paltry jobs report has Republicans pointing fingers
April 5th, 2013
09:58 AM ET
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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."


Filed under: Jobs • John Boehner • Reince Priebus
soundoff (264 Responses)
  1. Skyler

    Bad news is good news for the GOP.

    April 5, 2013 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  2. Just because

    don't get get too close to them fingers.
    they just pulled them out of their,
    but they are united.

    April 5, 2013 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  3. Jim Hahn

    The sequestor has taken effect and this is one of the results. The Republicans made their bed, they'd better learn to lie in it.

    The more uncertainty introduced into the economic system, the more companies don't hire. Certainty brings jobs, uncertainty brings recession. It's not economic rocket science.

    April 5, 2013 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  4. smitvict

    After 5 years of Obamanomics, the unemployment rate is the same as when Obama took office. And the liberals are still blaming Republicans for Obama's policies.

    April 5, 2013 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  5. DJ Reality

    Of course republicans are pointing fingers. That's all they can do. All they have ever done. What ever happened to Bohner's laser focus on job creation. We all remember that longer then John Bohner did. Democrats can't come up with a budget and the republicans can't come up with a job's bill. They just can't. Republicans in congress just don't care period!

    April 5, 2013 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  6. Michael

    The GOP points fingers and is the party of NO on everything except banks and corporations. How can the middle class be so easily fooled by their antics. They cater to the rich and want to cut programs we pay into every week. Ayn Rand is alive and well in the GOP.

    April 5, 2013 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  7. Chuck

    The GOP has been sitting on their hands for the last 5 years. Doing nothing but pointing fingers and trying to make President Obama a one term President. Where are those jobs that the GOP promised when they won control of the house in 2010. Empty promises and nothing else. I cannot wait for 2014 to get here, it is time for some members of Congress to go home. Hoe do you like that Scott.

    April 5, 2013 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  8. Roger

    These "economists" that cnn surveys have never gotten it even close to right. Seriously, I have never seen a month where they accurately predicted the number.

    April 5, 2013 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  9. paul reynolds

    The Title made sense – until it became clear that Republicons were NOT pointing the Fingers at THEMSELVES!?

    This is Exactly what Our President said would happen, slowing the 42 straight months of expanding Job Growth, because Republicons forced their Sequester Cuts in the House!

    Facts are that Republicons want to Shut down the U.S. Government as ratified in their "Platform" and welcome another Republicon Recession because it forces your Desperation Higher, Wages and Benefits much Lower – all Great for continuing Record Profits and Wealth only at the Top!

    April 5, 2013 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  10. paul reynolds

    The Title made sense – until it became clear that Republicans were Not pointing the Fingers at Themselves!?

    This is Exactly what Our President said would happen, slowing the 42 straight months of expanding Job Growth, because Republicans forced their Sequester Cuts in the House!

    Facts are that Republicans want to Shut down the U.S. Government, as ratified in their "Platform", and strongly desire another Republican Recession because it forces your Desperation Higher, Wages and Benefits much Lower
    - all Great for continuing Record Profits and Wealth only at the Top!

    April 5, 2013 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  11. California Conservative

    This sequester was in fact Obama's idea. He just never though it would come to fuition. No surprise he's wrong again.

    April 5, 2013 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  12. paul reynolds

    Yes, the Sequester was supposed to be a deterrent to be avoided and induce Cooperation, as designed by the Constitution

    - But it instead became a Strategy, Rally Cry and Charge backwards for the Republicons!

    April 5, 2013 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  13. barbara

    The Republican should be working their tails off to start finding a truly viable candidate for 2016...a candidate that all people will be able to identify with. (And I don't mean Chris Christie whose done NOTHING for NJ). The last election should have put forth a candidate that was a shoe in.... it didn't. Notice how the Democrats are already ramming Hilary down our throats? Come on guys, get with it.

    April 5, 2013 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  14. NY Repub

    Corporate profits are at an all time high while taxes are at lower levels than the 80's and 90' and until this year record low levels. Corporations are stockpiling money at record levels. I'm assuming the Republican trickle down economics hasn't made it rain for the rest of us. Cutting taxes to the riches individuals and companies does not create jobs, it just takes more money out of the economy. Higher taxes and less tax breaks makes companies re-invest to lower gross profits and provides tax dollars to reduce the debt and spend on inrastructure which creates jobs.

    April 5, 2013 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  15. Jerry

    Economic policies?! Obama has NO economic policies to speak of!!! That is the main reason why HE is ALWAYS trying to deviate (lie HIS way?) from economic, housing and other pressing issues important to Américans. If HE could contain HIMSELF from always attacking Republicans unnecessarily and campaigning almost full time (on the taxpayer's dime); there might be some progress.

    However, we should not hold our collective breath! We would all pass out. Smooching with the moronic Hollywood crowd and spending taxpayer funds unnecessarily traveling all over the country and the world, we can't expect him to have time for such mundane issues of concern to most Américans.

    Oh well... América, stay tuned!

    April 5, 2013 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  16. Joemoma

    Bla, bla, bla, who needs numbers. The job market is horrible, and whatever new jobs are created are lower paying than the lost jobs. There needs to be abetter way to measure jobs rather than course numbers of employed verses those "looking".

    April 5, 2013 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  17. Malory Archer

    California Conservative

    This sequester was in fact Obama's idea.

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

    And the one and only time in his entire 5 years in office that the rethugs agreed with him on ANYTHING. They just never though it would come to fuition because they believed the lies that the also-ran was going to win. No surprise they were wrong again.

    April 5, 2013 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  18. manhandler1

    And I suppose they want us to believe that they have nothing to do with it. Wasn't it in 2010 when they won control of the House that they said their focus was jobs, jobs, jobs? Turned out their real focus was on obstruction, obstruction. obstruction.

    April 5, 2013 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  19. Martha in CF

    Where are the jobs that the redumblicans said they would create? Haven't heard where these jobs would be created since 2010 when that was their promise. They are a no nothing party and hopefully the American people are seeing this come the next elections. They are hopeless!!!!!!!!!

    April 5, 2013 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  20. DE

    Repugs sure were quiet whe the economy was hemorrhaging jobs during Bush's inept administration. Repugs are the essence of hypocrisy.

    April 5, 2013 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  21. jkane sfl the gop national disgrace party will be swept out like the trash they are in2014 ?

    The gop has done nothing to help the economic for the last five years in any way to create jobs . Let's kick them out of their jobs in 2014 mid terms and take back the house and make them unemployed !!!

    April 5, 2013 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  22. iceload9

    Congress is just sad predictable Kabuki theater. The names and faces don't even matter, they get their marching orders from the PAC's and the curtain rises for todays press release.

    April 5, 2013 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  23. CaliforniaAC

    The Republicans are the epitomy of HIPOCRACY – they block all job creation then blame the president.

    April 5, 2013 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  24. rs

    California Conservative

    This sequester was in fact Obama's idea. He just never though it would come to fuition. No surprise he's wrong again.
    _________________
    Still fact free!

    April 5, 2013 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  25. DumbasRocks [R]s

    NY Repub,

    Wow. I am surprised to find that there is even one of you with a functioning brain left in the party. Your leaders provide absolutely no hint that there is any intellectual capacity at all left in the [R] party.

    April 5, 2013 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
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