March 6th, 2009
09:04 AM ET
14 years ago

Boehner hits Democrats after latest jobs report

WASHINGTON (CNN) - House Minority Leader John Boehner responded to the latest dismal jobs report Friday by accusing Democrats of pursuing policies “that are only proving to make matters worse.”

Boehner said in a statement that “Washington Democrats seem more determined than ever to continue pursuing tax hikes and pork-barrel spending increases” that won’t help middle-class families.

He called on the president to follow through on his campaign promise to fight wasteful spending by vetoing the omnibus spending bill and its thousands of earmarks. He also asked Obama to work with leaders the House and Senate to enact a spending freeze for the rest of the year.

“The American people want and deserve better solutions from both parties in Washington, and they expect us to work together to make the same tough budget choices they are being forced to make during this economic downturn,” Boehner said.

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  1. carlo

    I know Permatan would like us to forget the GOP's role in ruining this economy, and he wants us to throw out the concept of market cycles, but this time, that dog won't hunt. The market is reflecting its true state, especially since the overbloated banks are deflating.

    We all knew it would take at least 18 months for this economy to recover. The Republicans are so scared that this is going to work, which would, of cours, keep them out of tth majority for the next 40 years. It's not about them, though. People are really suffering out here.

    March 6, 2009 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  2. meh

    WHAT tax hikes??? You know, you can say it all you want...doesn't make it true.
    This guy's like a bad case of herpes.

    March 6, 2009 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  3. once upon a horse

    and the Republican solutions are.................??

    March 6, 2009 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  4. Chuck

    Just remember that it was under his watch and George Bush's watch that this whole matter developed!! As a citizen of the Great State Of Ohio, I am ashamed that this jerk comes from Ohio!!!!!!

    March 6, 2009 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  5. Big Ed

    Hey Boehner – If you not part of the solution, you are part of the problem and from where I am sitting you are a part of the PROBLEM!

    March 6, 2009 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  6. Marge

    Gee bush and the republican nuts in congress had eight years to ruin this country and the republicans are spinning and spewing that the Democrats could fix the republican mess in FOUR WEEKS. We know the Democrats are a lot better at running the country than the crooked, greedy bunch that were just thrown out, but we are not miracle workers.

    Republicans like BONER should just shut up and let the Democrats do their job....fade out republicans fade out.

    March 6, 2009 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  7. VernisRobertson

    Boehner needs to go some where and sit down . The New President has been in office for 5 weeks and already he is blamed for the economy . Let's try this for size 2 wars , tax breaks for company's who shift their jobs overseas , high oil prices , pading the stock market . This did not happen over night it took the Republicans 6 years to screw this country up , and know Boehner wants to point fingers. He have a lot of nerves. For so mant years the last administration was robbin Peter to pay Paul , now Peters out money . Boehner you make a comment like this 1 1/2 from now .

    March 6, 2009 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  8. Brad

    Partisan whining is fun, eh Boehner?

    March 6, 2009 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  9. Todd

    Hmm, I guess this is all Bush's fault....Here come's the Lib's hate-filled 3....2...1....

    March 6, 2009 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  10. I am Micheal Spineless Steele and I just kissed Rush Limbaugh behind

    When it came time to vote for the stimulus package to create or save jobs, Boehner and his gangs of sheeps who are kissing their messiah Rush fatty behind voted NO...What are the republiklans solutions other than to rant and rave like their leader Rush Limbaugh on drugs?!!!

    March 6, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  11. Gamble20

    I think Democratic policies are destructive as well and total job killers, but we won't know the full extent until a few months down the road. So while I'm sure most at CNN will say he's evil and destroying America by criticizing a Democrat, I agree its too early. But for God sakes he's a Republican, he's supposed to be doing this. Why even have a Republican Party if they aren't going to stand up against the majority party. Might as well have 1 party if we're going to hate Republicans every time they stand up for what they believe.

    March 6, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  12. Brian Crooks

    A spending freeze?! Didn't Boehner learn anything when Herbert Hoover attempted to balance the budget during the Depression? Yeah, a spending freeze is a great idea so that in 2010 they can talk about Obama being a "do-nothing" president. And to blame

    March 6, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  13. Reality Check Richmond Virginia

    what an idiot. the Obama administration has only been in less than 2 months, he inherited this enourmous mess and what policies he has been able to get through in this short time have not been inacted for the most part and are no where near taking hold yet. It would be impossible for that to happen. Boner....stop being such a joke.

    March 6, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  14. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Bonehead Boehner needs to come up with solutions and stop criticizing. All I hear from Bonehead is that Democrats shoud do this, Democrats should do that. Well where are the Republican ideas. The democrats are the ones bringing forth solutions. Bonehead and his GOP colleagues want to play drag azz.

    March 6, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  15. Brian Crooks

    Sorry. To blame Democrats because the stimulus hasn't fixed the economy in TWO WEEKS is a bit unbelievable. It's just like blaming the President for the Dow Jones, even though there are dozens of other inputs that effect the market. I don't know who he thinks is buying this garbage.

    March 6, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  16. Diane Panama City Fl

    Typical Gutless Obstructionist Pig that wants to live in a perpetual state of denial about the fact it was THEIR economic gluttony and free-to-screw-you market ideology that put us where we are today. Please keep ranting so we can see how much your Grand Dragon RUSHBO influences you, and what a buch of ignorant morons you creeps really are.

    March 6, 2009 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  17. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    I was waiting for Rep. Bonehead Boehner to say something stupid today, and right on cue he does.

    March 6, 2009 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  18. WI Cheesehead

    This is the same old speechifying the GOP is carrying on with instead of looking for solutions. The GOP had their heads in the sand since December 2007 until the economic shoestring levees broke in Fall of 2008 while some still thought the fundamentals of our economy was strong and now the GOP is still engaging in “delay and do nothing” tactics of old. America needs actions not rhetoric. Elections are coming at you in 2010 faster than you think Boehner.

    March 6, 2009 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  19. Bill Peterson

    House Minority Leader John Boehner want to accuse an administration of bad fiscal policy when everyone knows that the Republicans along with Bush have created the worst financial crisis in our lifetime. What's so sad about his statements is that he offers no solutions beyond the tired and wornout policies that got us into this mess. I find Boehner behavior to be childish and unproductive at a time when the country need leaders who are putting themselves last and providing out-of-the-box solutions for our country's woes.

    March 6, 2009 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  20. John doe

    John Boehner is so dumb my dog I.Q is 80% higher than his.
    Blaming democrats for the unemployment. The world is up side down for the GOP.
    You can tell your followers the earth is flat they will believe you. Bnch of dumb idiots.

    March 6, 2009 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  21. Jon

    John Boehner has no idea what the people want and deserve.

    March 6, 2009 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  22. tim

    Are you kidding me! Its been like 45 days... give the man a break.

    Its because of "yo boy's" mismanagement the past 8 years... thats why we are in the mess we are in now. The past 2 years when the Demos were in control got us nowhere because we had a lame duck president and the Repubs were blocking everything coming their way.

    March 6, 2009 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  23. jsm63

    Representative Boehner has absolutely zero credibility on this issue. As the public has rightly observed, within the House, it was under his corrupt, weak and incompetent leadership that this economic crisis started. Boehner has no new ideas beyond tax cuts to grease his high-dollar contribution friends, then just hoping everything else works out.

    If Republicans want "work together" with Democrats, a good start would be to follow their own "personal responsibility" mantra & fire all those leaders in the House and Senate that were integral in creating this mess. Some new faces, with new ideas, would be refreshing. In the meantime, we are are stuck with the old and obsolete idea from the failed Congressional leaders of the Bush era that are desparately clinging to power.

    March 6, 2009 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  24. Marsha

    Why are there voices so darn annoying? Are they all from the Country? Hopefully there will be less of them with the continued Urbanization of red neck country.

    March 6, 2009 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  25. Paul

    I am a lifelong Democrat but I agree with House Minority Leader John Boehner. I, like many leading economists ariund the world, do not believe that more government spending is a way to improve economic performance. More government spending by Hoover and Roosevelt did not pull the United States economy out of the Great Depression in the 1990's. More government spending did not solve Japan's "lost decade" in the 1990's. As such, it is a triumph of hope over experience to believe that more government spending will help the US today. To improve the economy, policymakers should focus on reforms that remove impediments to work, saving, investment, and production. Lower tax rates and a reduction in the burden of government are the best ways of using fiscal policy to boost growth

    March 6, 2009 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
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