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. Bob Ramos

    Republican Congressionals = liars, hypocrites

    April 5, 2013 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  2. KrjMc

    Hey Boehner TRICKLE DOWN ECONOMICS DOES NOT WORK – how many times do we have to repeat it for the GOP to get it. We need to balance it with tax increases and cuts. Working and being on welfare is not the answer. Most jobs added have been low paying jobs and who is benefiting from that – the business of course as they are making a killing and getting it for nothing. And I would not trust any GOP member to attempt to fix SS/Med. Right now they want to privatize or use vouchers – no. Then they want it to go into effect for anyone over 55 years of age now – that is not enough time for those just below that to recover – not at the rate in which business are discriminating against anyone over the age of 45 and laying them off and hiring younger workers.

    April 5, 2013 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  3. Alan

    Sad Sad Man (pictured) – isn't it about time Mr. and Mrs. Ohioan to let this man go back home and rest? – PLEASE!. I still call myself a Regan Democrat and would gladly vote for a decent, knowledgeable and EXPERIENCED candidate, except for anyone identifying themselves with the Tea Baggers...but this man either cries, doesn't lead, or criticises the other party like the second hand on a clock ticks!..consistently!!!!. It's TIME for anyone please who isn't an born again obstructionist (democrat or republican) to step up and Lead this country...PLEASE!

    April 5, 2013 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  4. calamity jane

    While all you Republicans are on here wailing about how much you detest Obama, why don't you also add how much you love Hispanics, you know, you even pay some of them 4 bucks an hour to do your landscaping, oh yeah, and how your son is gay so now you are whistling a different tune about gay rights. Block everything unless it immediately affects your own family. Tell everyone who voted against you how much you love, love, love them now. After all, isn't winning an election more important than the people you serve? I think winning an election is number 1 now that your previous number 1 (making Obama a one-term president) is a fail.

    April 5, 2013 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  5. liberal disease

    we are living in a dying country and the media protects this punk

    April 5, 2013 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  6. gypsyalso

    it is just fine and dandy for boehner to critize the president – but what were he and his party doing to help the jobs numbers? nada – zilch.

    April 5, 2013 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  7. Diane

    Alan may be you need a rest, we voted in Nov by more than 5 million for the person we want to lead. If the Repubs would get out of the way maybe something could get done like Pres Obama's jobs bill the Repubs very happily said NO to!!!!!! The bill would have employed 1 million people, but god forbid the president might look good.

    April 5, 2013 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  8. mark foster

    the republicans are at their happiest when they think that this president has been hampered by their negative actions, they dont act as if they are loyal americans. they wave their flags and bibles ,then lie and cheat ,to make working people pay more than their rich family and friends in taxes.

    April 5, 2013 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  9. kathy/Minnesota

    I point fingers at John Boehner's "BLOOD SHOT EYES!"

    April 5, 2013 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  10. IndMind

    Dear GOP, it is not that the American people are satisfied with the result of the last four years. It is that we are disgusted every time you dance a jig because you think the news will be unfavorable to those who disagree with you. Your giddiness over bad news shows that you would rather cut off the nose to spite the face. Take your non-leadership and go home. I have faith there are still moderate Republicans who can evaluate an issue on its merits. Quit pushing the best of your part out the door. That is why your party has become the 47% that wants something.

    April 5, 2013 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  11. Dr Matrix

    They want liberals to admit that they are straining American's budgets. Try and find a liberal in a position to cause it. The bar has been moved so close to facism by the right tha even centrist conservative are too liberal in their eyes. Like Clinton, Obama is more middle of the road than the right would have you believe. They need to convince people he is a socialist to had that they are facist.

    April 5, 2013 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  12. Bill

    Interesting that the GOP is complaining about the jobs problem. Didn't they run in 2010 saying that jobs and the economy were their top priority? I guess they haven't been very good at fixing the problems.

    April 5, 2013 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  13. Some Random Poster

    Is anybody really shocked? We have a president that has actively worked against American businesses and economic growth. Low job creation numbers are the norm for him.

    April 5, 2013 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  14. Jack29

    The unemployment numbers have been headed generally down ever since Obama got in, even if there have been a few blips along the way.
    Meanwhile, republicans continue to offer no solutions other than saying "no" to everything.

    April 5, 2013 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  15. jimmorrisonmania

    Let’s face it, Obama and the Democrats do need to be doing more to create jobs. Instead they are trying hand amnesty out to a bunch of illegal aliens so we can add another 12 million more people to 20 million unemployed or underemployed who are desperately trying to find work and are competing for jobs.. On the other hand, the Republicans make me laugh when they bad mouth 88,000 jobs created. When those jokers were controlling everything they signed a bunch of free trade deals that have ruined the US. When they were in control we were losing up to 500,000 jobs a month (at the time Bush left office). I have just about had it with both parties. These idiot’s need to be voted out..All of them!!

    April 5, 2013 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  16. paofpa

    “Pretty”, “Pretty” everything is “Pretty? Just say ”Pretty” and John Boehner will not get the entire scope of Reality. Just his Pretty version. Sorry, John, these fingers are actually pointing at you but they are being hidden by Pretty.

    April 5, 2013 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  17. happyfrenchman

    Republicans are crazy. They forced this sequester on everyone... the President was against it, the Dems were against it... and now they are gonna blame Obama.... Well, there are some who are crazier than Boehner... those who keep reelecting him.

    April 5, 2013 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  18. happyfrenchman

    Republicans are breathlessly hypocritical. They are doing everything they can to slow down and stall the economy and then pointing the finger.....

    April 5, 2013 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  19. fred

    Tons of new regulations, a still developing 20,000 page + healthcare act and a payroll tax back to the original amount adds up to stinko on hiring, period.
    Job creators, employers do not trust Obama nor should they.
    We are Greece in 4 to 6 years.

    April 5, 2013 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  20. Larry in Houston

    WoW !! what a sorry face – looks like he's getting ready to cry – well, to be perfectly honest, he doesn't have much longer to go, 2014 isn't all that far off. Then he can go to work in Cincinnati -in the family's business – hopefully they will give him the "head cook's" job, or be the bartender, for the rest of his life. After Obama sees when the 2014 elections gets close – he will do what the bonehead is predicting – Obama will end up on the bully pulpit in practically every state, or some major big city, and they will be "annihilated" ( can't wait )

    April 5, 2013 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  21. rs

    Republicans can't even run their party, it is simply a mistake to think they could run a nation.

    April 5, 2013 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  22. jkane sfl the gop national disgrace party will be swept out like the trash they are in2014 ?

    Better then going in the opposition derection with the gop stupid party in charge ,the gop slobs will be gone after the 2014 midterms . I'm already in line down here in Florida ,the whole gop will be out down here and the ones left won't matter . Scott ,Rubio trey radel ,all garbage.

    April 5, 2013 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  23. mike

    Both parties of our Fascist government need to be voted out. Please vote Green next election people! It needs to be about the people, not the corporations. Corporations are NOT people. Tired of it!!!!

    April 5, 2013 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  24. El Flaco

    It's the sequester, stupid.

    April 5, 2013 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  25. Leftcoastrocky

    "Job creation slowed in the same month federal policymakers pursued significant budget cuts known as sequestration, the latest and greatest in a series of reductions to government spending. The cuts have already resulted in layoffs and furlough notices for some federal workers. New unemployment claims rose sharply last week."

    Dems and repubs need to work together and get rid of sequestration and other austerity programs before it drives the fragile economic recovery into a Second Great Recession.

    April 5, 2013 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
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