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. Independent chicago man age 25

    Boehner all you do is complain....make yourself useful and throw out some ideas. Apparently you keep thinking that the president is the law maker, all his job is to do is execute the law and be a check and balance on congress not the other way around. You're a "law maker" thats why we hired you, now as your boss stop complainning it unprofessional, get to work and give us some ideas or you will be FIRED!!!!!!!!

    March 6, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  2. Open Your 3rd Eye





    March 6, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  3. Deborah

    This is the best news I've read in a long time!

    If enough of us stick to our Principles, we will get through this!

    I'm going to continue to put the pressure on in all the ways a Private Citizen can.

    March 6, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  4. markensky

    boehner, you are wrong. that was your party and bush who put our country into the big hole. boehner, you are playing politics. please , people, vote those people out in congress and senate. bring an other political party in congress.

    March 6, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  5. badger

    When is Boehner and the Repugs actually going to come up with some idea's that will help the American people? He's seems to forget that for eight years he helped push the GWB agenda that got us in this mess with tax cuts for the rich and out of control spending. Yet he claims he want's to work with the President, but only if we continue with the same agenda that didn't work. Mr. No needs to seek professional help for denial.

    March 6, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  6. dimes1

    Regardless whether you hate Boehner or hate all Republicans. I hope that Obama will stick to one of his major campaign promises to eliminate wasteful spending, earmarks and Pork.

    What worries me are the over 9,000 earmarks in the proposed budget and the statement that it is ok because it was last years request. That is like saying I wanted a Plasma TV last year so if I buy it this year it isn't like I am actually spending money I don't have when I buy it.

    March 6, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  7. T'SAH from Virginia

    WOW – Now Obama is being BLAMED for all of the jobs lost in America – AND the WORLD!!!!!!!!!!!! LOL JEEZ!!!! Give me a BREAK!!!!

    March 6, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  8. Joanna

    No, people like boehner are the cause of this.

    March 6, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  9. Sniffit

    American People: "So what's the solution GOP?"
    GOP: "Why must elect us and only us all the time of course. That way we can give tax cuts to the rich, who will then stop throwing a temper tantrum over being forced to stop consolidating all of the nation's wealth in their own pockets."

    Until the GOP has something constructive to say, the only people listening them are going to be those already wearing the GOP uniform and goose-stepping in time to Limbaugh's hateful grunting.

    March 6, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  10. Stacy from Leesburg, VA

    Mr. Boehner continues his political grandstanding. The President has been in power less than 100 days and Mr. Boehner offers sour grapes. Many of the President's plans have yet to get their footing and Mr. Boehner wants to broadly brushstroke them as failures before starting. Mr. Boehner, you are part of the problem in Washington–not part of the solution. Your way got us into this mess. Thanks but no thanks Mr. Boehner.

    March 6, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  11. school girl

    Glad to hear you are against all the pork in the omnibus spending bill.

    How will the voters of Ohio survive without a $15 million dollar shaving cream museum, and $800k gas station and pizza parlor or a $200k railroad museum?

    March 6, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  12. We really love Sarah

    Bonehead is still attacking while trying to get more money for his rich buddies. People of Ohio, why do you continue to put this ineffective idiot back in office?

    March 6, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  13. ule

    Where were you since the last eight years of Repubs crazy spending that drove the world economic into a complete mess

    March 6, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  14. John J.

    Yeah Boehner, a bill that was signed into law on Feb. 20, whose appropriations have only just started going out after Feb. 27, should have prevented 651,000 jobs from being lost between Feb. 1 and Feb. 28. In fact, if you look at the numbers, while unemployment has increased over last month, new jobless claims are DOWN (slightly). Already, in the past week and a half, thousands of jobs have been created directly because of the stimulus bill, with millions more to come.

    Statements like this show just how little you and your party pay attention to anything beyond (false) gotcha politics. This country is hurting and all you can do is claim that a month's worth of job losses show that a bill that had been in effect for less than a week of that month caused it.

    March 6, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  15. eric

    Repubs never will take responsibility for this mess, will they? I guess Boehner thinks that since Obama has been in office not even two months now, Repubs can start BSing the country into believing Dems have anything to do with the recession and job losses. I wonder what ridiculous nonsense they'll come up with for why the recovery isn't due to Obama, just like they like to believe FDR didn't pull us out of the Great Depression. They're lack of respect for reason, rationality and taking responsibility when you screw up makes Repubs sick and disgusting excuses for human beings.

    March 6, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  16. Ethan

    So disingenuous.

    March 6, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  17. Alan

    The jobs reports are still reporting the results of the LAST administration's lack of efforts, you idiot. President Obama's been on the job what? 40 days now? 45? He's trying to undo EIGHT ruinous years of YOUR PARTY'S RULE.

    Grab some bench and shut up or offer SOLUTIONS.

    March 6, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  18. Chipster

    Seriously, it has become comical that the Republican leadership suddenly discovered that deficits, job losses, foreclosures, and pork are maybe not a good thing. After 8 years of borrow and spend failed economic policies, after 8 years of no-bid contracts and shoveling the treasury to their corporate contributors, they suddenly require fiscal responsibility?! Are they kidding? Boehner, what did you do about this for 8 years? Now, in less than 2 months you expect the new President to clean up the mess that you rubber-stamped ! Fight wasteful spending? Like what, the $1 billion spent ever month on a war against the wrong enemy? What a ridiculous side show!

    March 6, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  19. Give it up

    I'm sure it has nothing to do with the fiscal irresponsibility of the last 8 years. Since you guys didn't learn anything from the disastrous McCain-Palin campaign, here's some tips for the Repubs.

    1. Start taking responsibility for your own mistakes. The American people are tired of the finger pointing.

    2. Come up with some actual solutions. Just being obstinate isn't one of them. The American people are tired of the finger pointing.

    3. Stop with the name calling and look up socialism in the dictionary. We have a President who won't nationalize floundering banks and wants to privatize public schools through charters. Sounds more like something you guys would do and proves he's not a socialist. The Red Scare was over a long time ago. The American people are tired of the finger pointing.

    4. Stop trying to be something you are not (i.e. cool). You will not appeal to the young voters by awkwardly misusing slang words and twittering during Presidential addresses. Is it just me or is Michael Steele the whitest guy in politics? Everyone knows you guys represent the wealthy. Stop trying to hide it.

    I hope this lesson in political science was helpful. I would like to see the Republican Party shed itself of the neo-con agenda and reach the level of integrity it had with Lincoln. Otherwise, you guys will become the next Whig Party.

    March 6, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  20. proudliberal-independent

    boehner's a blowhard ,and he is just as responsible as bush and the rest of that party for destroying this country's wealthy. boehner needs to be replaced with a progressive ,along with every other republican in our gubment. nope. you cant pin this one on President Barack or the democrats.

    March 6, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  21. J.P.

    Obama spent two years campaigning on the message of "Punishing the rich" and vowing to overturn every pro-growth policy, belief or initiative Reagan put in place or even stood for.

    Now, we see unemployement numbers that hit a 25 year high... which takes us back to the early days of the Reagan administration, almost exactly at the point when the earliest tax cuts were truly starting to have a strong positive economic effect.

    Coincidence? I think not.

    The New American Tea Party... brewing soon in a voting booth near you.

    March 6, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  22. Do The Limp Rushpublicans Have A Boehner Over Limbaugh Yet?

    Sorry, Mr Boehner, we're not that gullible. We don't buy that fake tan of yours either. Nice try though. Go check with Rush Limbaugh for your next talking point.

    March 6, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  23. Gerry

    It sure is a good thing that the Dems took over. It gives the Repubs someone other than themselves to blame for this mess. President Obama may be good, but even he can't correct 8 years of waste in 100 days. The good Lord took forty days and nights to correct a mess that took more than 8 years to create.

    March 6, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  24. cruiserGT

    Go Boehner! Our and world markets are NOT going to stabilize until the United States shows fiscal responsibility and an interest in letting our businesses flourish. Increasing taxes and huge omnibus bill spending is NOT sending the right message.

    March 6, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  25. Critical Thinker

    Boehner has been part of the problem for several years the Majority Leader in the House under Republican rule. Now, he has the audacity to criticize those who are trying to clean up the catastrophic mess that he helped created. His energy would be better suited towards helping the Dems rather than trying to tear them down. This is what's wrong with the Republican party. The GOP just doesn't get it that average Americans want both parties to work together – unproductive backbiting should be history, especially during this economic crisis.

    March 6, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
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