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

    And what are the Republicans doing to create American jobs with livable wages and benefits?

    April 5, 2013 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  2. Peter

    You could replace the Republican leadership with an auto-attendant that bleated "failed leadership" any time the jobs report came in below estimates.

    The other robotic response, dutifully repeated by Malory Archer, is that the sequester was "Obama's idea". You're not fooling anyone. Are we to believe that the president woke up one morning and said, "hey, I think I'll apply arbitrary cuts across the board next spring"? You remember as well as I that the sequester was the only proposal Republicans would agree to that would prevent them from forcing the country to default on it's obligations.

    April 5, 2013 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  3. Mack30

    The republicans just don't seem to get it; nobody believes them anymore. It's easy to see why – they have blocked every last democrat jobs bill (at least 8 so far) that has been presented to them, while offering nothing in return other than the same old tax cuts for the ultra-rich (who are paying near record-lows already).

    April 5, 2013 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  4. Helpthenation

    I am not a supporter of Republicans, but I am amazed that after four+ years of President Obama as our Commander in Chief there are people who still blame Republicans for the dismal economy and every other ill our country experiences. I truly wish his policies were working, but they are not. They are doing more harm than healing. Until everyone realizes that the problem will not be fixed.

    April 5, 2013 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  5. PaulCat

    Isn't this exactly what Boehner & the tea party like to see?

    Forget about the fact that they campaign on jobs, jobs, jobs, but once they got elected, its all about the woman's bedroom.

    April 5, 2013 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  6. California Conservative


    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!
    You're still smart free.

    April 5, 2013 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  7. California Conservative

    BinFL – You libs keep changing history. Not that you're good at it or anything.

    April 5, 2013 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  8. California Conservative

    Shovel ready jobs.

    YEAH that worked out great also didn't it dems?

    April 5, 2013 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |

    The econmy will not move along, while republicans control the house.....When was the last time anything pertaining to jobs, not budgets, passed the house?

    April 5, 2013 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  10. Entropy

    The Republicans are supposed to be the job creators. They don't want tax increases because then the "job creators" won't be able to create jobs. So what's up with that? Pointing fingers at the President is nothing but smoke and mirrors, masking their true agenda, which is protecting the rich at all costs.

    April 5, 2013 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  11. Jeb

    Republicans then: "I got 98% of what I wanted." John Boehner on the sequester deal

    Republicans now: "The sequester cuts were Obama's idea!" "We haven't been screaming for massive spending cuts for 4 straight years, that was Obama!"

    April 5, 2013 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  12. BinFL

    @Hepthenation who says the President's policies aren't working – can you please specify which policies you are referring to as most of his policies haven't ever passed the House to come to fruition. Also, the economy has been creating jobs every month for over 2 years, as opposed to losing 750,000/month at the end of Bush's term, so that would lead me to believe that this President has done something right. The jobs numbers would be much better if there was cooperation by the Repubs but that isn't going to happen unfortunately.

    April 5, 2013 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  13. Florida guy

    So when things wok then Obama is doing a great job but when things do not then it’s the Republicans fault for not letting Obama spend his way deeper into a hole. So which is it Dems???? Make up your mind and stick to it…..

    So why did the POTUS go to Cali for political campaigning and not:

    1) Hold a town hall meeting and let people know what he is doing to get the economy on track
    2) What his plans are to get people back to work and off of the government’s payroll
    3) Maybe do a sneak preview of his budget and not make general comments like “It will reduce the deficit by 1.3 Trillion in the next 10 years” All sounds good…but what is his execution plan
    4) Maybe the trip he took to CA and Denver could have saves some money and allowed students to tour the WH.

    The list goes on and on…but all I see is all talk no action and blame Bush…and now that’s getting old he will blame those nasty republicans for being in the way of his grand plan.

    If he actually did the above and made some real promises that he could actually back up I would vote for him….I want a solid country for my kids…just saying and praying for all of us (ok jump on me for praying…but you do not know what God I am praying to so be careful)

    April 5, 2013 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  14. betterdays

    I've heard there are plenty of jobs posting anti-Republican comments all over the internet for about ten bucks an hour.

    April 5, 2013 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  15. Loathstheright

    Easy for Republicans to point their dirty fingers at the jobs report.....they caused it.

    April 5, 2013 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  16. ted

    I am amazed that banks are still letting people borrow against there home to consolidate unsecured credit cards. This is what got us into this mess . I blame the banks for all of this not the president or the republicans.The Banks will always have more power then the commander and chief.

    April 5, 2013 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  17. JC

    "What exactly was the president doing in the last month to create jobs as the economy sputtered along?"

    Well Republicans, what have YOU been doing to create jobs? You control the House, and yet nothing is ever your fault or your problem to fix. You want to put every bad thing that happens on the president's shoulders, when it is YOU who are sitting on your asses doing nothing but pointing fingers.

    Here's a tip–your stay in Washington is not a paid vacation–do some freaking work for a change and do something to make things better instead of whining and complaining.

    April 5, 2013 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  18. Ferret out the BS

    The president, at the beginning, said it was going to be a long slow recovery because of the damage done. The impatience of many has now coalesced to, more than likely, throw us back into recession. We are not on a commodity based monetary standard, there is no inflation, and the gobal investors still see the greenback as stable and safe. The damage will be from the conservatives within that believe we must enact the same policies that were enacted in the twenties that drove us into the Great Depression.

    April 5, 2013 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  19. rs

    The GOP has pinally, and without question established itself as the useless party. Really- what have they done? Nothing but obstruction, filibuster, lies, distortions, hyperbolic language (like the idiot Priebus yesterday, or Boehner today).

    The GOP somehow thinks if it just gums up the workes well enough, we'll somehow love them again.

    What they fail to see is that each of their assaults on reason and governing make us dispise them all the more. As a party they're done

    April 5, 2013 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  20. Gabbo

    Obama – worst President ever – even worse than Carter.

    April 5, 2013 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  21. Kimosabe

    "there are people who still blame Republicans for the dismal economy"
    Yes, we still blame them because they have watered down, blocked, and obstructed every attempt to fix the problem unless that attempt involves massive tax cuts.

    April 5, 2013 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  22. Floyd from Illinois

    Republicans were warned that the sequester they wanted so much would slow the economy, retard job growth, and maybe shove us into another recesssion.

    They pressed for it anyway, and the exact results predicted are happening. Their response? – blame Obama for the results of Republican bad public policy. From the Party, self-described, of 'personal responsibility'.

    April 5, 2013 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  23. Doug Oz

    They sound angry. This might even force Republicans to produce some legislation.

    Nah, maybe just a symbolic vote of displeasure.

    Perhaps they could try holding their breath until the economy got better.

    April 5, 2013 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  24. California Conservative

    Hey Obama, When do you raise my middle class taxes AGAIN?

    April 5, 2013 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  25. redonis53

    Collectively, the red states are the poorest in the union. Hard to see how the republicans can make a claim that they could do better on economic issues!!!

    April 5, 2013 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
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