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. Marsha

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    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 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  2. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I guess he hasn't heard of patients. Or in the words of Ed Gruberman from one of the Dr. Demento CDs I have, "Patients, yeah, yeah. How long will that take?" It took a while for the country to get into the messs now. It will take longer to get out.

    March 6, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  3. greg in jax

    i thought it was common republican school of thought, that there is a policy time lapse, isnt that how they claimed to take credit for the surplus in the late 90s...

    March 6, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  4. Cleaning up after W

    Obama's been in office less than 2 months and the jobs report is his fault??? What about the past 8 years under King George? I could literally see the republicans on Jan. 20 gazing at their Rolexes as noon came, and saying "Yes! This economy isn't our fault anymore!" It took them 8 years to tear our economy apart. It's going to take more than 2 months to put it back together.

    March 6, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  5. Pa Santigie

    Kurt C, must be one of those simpletons....where is the courage, where is the rational in cutting taxes to solve a financial crisis? Are related to Boehner, because what he has said makes no sense at all.
    The bill was signed some two weeks and he is blaming that bill for the job loss totals for get your head out of the sand so you can see where the Republicans have brought the country.....

    March 6, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  6. Karl Rove

    Boner would love Obama to freeze spending, knowing that WOULD spell disaster for our economy. The only chance the Repubs have of regaining power is for America's econmoy to get even worse.

    Shameful – the Repubs put their own quest for power over the good of the Nation!

    March 6, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  7. Shawn

    Republicans truly live in a fantasy world in which Obama didn't inherit this crisis from their epic FAIL period of "leadership." Thankfully, 84% of Americans know Boehner is full of it and that Obama inherited this crisis. The do-nothing party of NO has become a cheerleader AGAINST America's recovery. Obama has been president for a month and a half, and he's supposed to magically turn the deepest recession since the Great Depression around in a few weeks? I know Republicans are desperate, but this is ridiculous.

    March 6, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  8. Rich

    The mistakes of the last years were real and significant, there is plenty of blame to go around, including republicans, democrats and the greed of a large cross section of our population. We need to put more effort into solving our problems rather then winning the next election.

    We have no good choices to get out of this mess, we can now only choose between a punch in the face or a punch in the stomach.

    The Country in the last elections have been fairly evenly split between both parties this should tell us that the answers may be in the middle. Private industry is needed and government is needed, it is insanity to think that only one or the other is the answer.

    The republican party needs to accept responsibility and identify what they right and what they did wrong and adjust these positions and stop asking us to continue with failed policies. instead they are just pointing finger and can't wait until 2012.

    The democrats need to understand there is no more of a mandate to the extreme left as there is to the extreme right. The average person lives their life working hard and living within their means and providing for their family. This is what they expect of their government.

    The economic situation we are in is extreme and there is no magic bullet. Does anyone expect it to be fixed overnight?

    If we do not take steps to capitalize our financial system, provide stimulus, including tax cuts, to create jobs and stabilize the housing market it will only get worse. Tax cuts alone would also take time and the deficit would also increase as a result of less revenue not only caused by the reduction of tax revenue but also if we allow for the collapse of the financial system, worsening of the housing market the resulting short term explosion in unemployment would lead to greater pain and even a larger deficit then is projected.

    March 6, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  9. lakeside176

    I would like to know how many pork projects were put in by Republicans, and even before Obama became president. I know some of them were left over from the Bush years.

    March 6, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    Obama's stimulus packet is not fully implemented these job report is still left over from bush administration.

    March 6, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  11. hadelaide

    His alternate plan is "spending freeze", when we need gov't to be the spender of last resort. Where are all his "CAPITALIST" friends who do not want to spend right now? How will the economy be stimulated if no one spends? These people really need to lay off these recycled words that are counter productive.

    March 6, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  12. Chuck Tulsa

    I HATE REPUBLICANS. Where have they been the past 8 years.

    Shut up, you are the very morons that got us into this mess in the first place.

    You know how you can tell when a Repbulican is spewing useless crap? You watch for the movement of thier lips.

    March 6, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  13. Chris

    OMG he said this “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.

    How you going to tell folks you want to work with them but in the backrooms you are telling your Republican buddies not to do it.

    March 6, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  14. John

    Boners an idiot leading idots they are the ones who made this mess it is going to take us a while to clean up after them. We will not forget who did this GOPers you did. we will not forget ever.

    March 6, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  15. sick n tired of CNN moderators

    Wow Boehner just won't quit whining will he! Everyday this moron finds something new to cry about! But when Bush was in office you hardly heard a peep out of him! What a little immature, crybaby, sore loser he is! Someone get this guy a tissue and a binky so he'll shut up!!!!!!

    March 6, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  16. ChrisP

    "Boehner hits Democrats after latest jobs report"
    Read it aloud. I think it's hilarious!!

    March 6, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  17. HelpMeUnderstand

    Stop this now! Stop talking about tax increases for the wealthy. No matter what anyone says the wealthy are still wealthy maybe their bank accounts are down to 5 million from 10 million.

    I worked for one of the largest publishing companies in the world, which happens to be headquartered in New York City, and this company laid off more than 200 people in the last 10 months because our jobs were being outsourced to India.

    The reason behind that move was due to falling profits. Profits are the funds left over after all the bills are paid correct? So the stockholders were not getting as much profit, they outsourced our jobs to increase profits at the expense of 200 plus American employees.

    Please do not talk to me about increased taxes for the wealthy. As far as I am concerned these people have made capitalism a four letter word. Capitalism = _ _ _ k the other person for profit.

    March 6, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  18. Dawn

    I am watching Eric Cantor on Andrea Mitchell and continues to claim that Obama is going to tax small businesses, he had never said that, on the opposite he is going to give them tax breaks? I guess he is drinking Rush's oxylaced kool-aid. Dana from New York, you are correct, the stimulas is a few weeks old, Obama is doing more in two months than Bush done for us in 8 except the threat that Homeland Security will send someone to your home and hold you indefinatly.

    March 6, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  19. once upon a horse

    other than trying to make people believe this is socialism, and they can't even define what THAT is, I have yet to see the GOP come up with any answers to the mess we're in. They are very good at finger pointing and laying blame though. I fully recall the president saying before and right after he took office that.......

    The stimulus plan was not perfect
    This will probably get WORSE before it gets better
    I will make some mistakes
    Please have patience among other things he said which so far have been true.

    I find it ironic how some on the right come up wit names for Obama like "Messiah" and the "Savior" trying to be sacrastic, yet when thigs don't go well in a hurry proving his is human then they want to bash him on that.

    Show me a plan GOP and you'll get my interest, until then SHUT UP!

    March 6, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  20. Keith B

    Boehner, you hypocrit! Why don't you look back at the Republican package ($700 billion) of which $18 of the first $350 billion went for bonuses? Why aren't you lambasting George Bush AND Sec of Trea Paulson for letting this happen?

    Check your own party first.

    March 6, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  21. Had It

    If this recession started late 2007, how can so many people blame it on President Obama? Would someone please enlighten me?

    March 6, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  22. prairieguy

    It took Bush 8 years to create the mess we are in and this Bonehead expects Obama to clean up the ness in 45 days....go take another trip under the sunlamps so they can fry your brain more...GOP is a bunch of idiots....haven't seen any GOP sponsor of the 40% earmarks in the plan ask their earmark be eliminated....such a joke as their leader Limbaugh!!!

    March 6, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  23. Sniffit

    "Boner" hehe...well, I suppose it's are what you eat.

    March 6, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  24. Republicans Suck

    Another typical trash talking Republican. Boner, where was your leadership during the Iraq war PORK???

    March 6, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  25. John

    Mr. Boehner, how long has this President been in office?

    And how long has this crisis been in the making?

    How long has this unregulated market been in place?

    And were instant and dramatic results anticipated for the stimulus package?

    Some of us are not so easily fooled.

    March 6, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
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