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. Kurt in PA

    Wow, Boehner, thanks for enlightening us that President Obama has caused all this economic damage since taking office in January! We all just must not see reality, right?

    March 6, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  2. Laverne

    John Boehner you are not going to be the leader of the republicans party. Please stop trying so hard!

    March 6, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  3. chuck


    March 6, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  4. Glenda

    Boehner needs to gather up with his cohorts and provide a solution to the crisis the GOP created. The government is implementing and addressing actions that protect the citizens’ wellbeing and out national interests.

    March 6, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  5. Justamick49

    So, after creating the worst economic downturn in a century the House Minority Whip and his minority, (that minority being mainly sore loser Republicans at this time) , is accusing an American president, (with an 45 days in office), and his administration of failing to resolve the budget problems created by eight years of Republican's simultaneous tax cuts and spending in Washington. It's time to break,, breathe and look at the reality of the times. And for God's sake shut the hell up and let the man work. Pitch in or get out of the way. Morons

    March 6, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  6. Proud American

    Someone should ask this Moron which policies did the pervious President pursue? Better question would be what plan does the Republican have? Idiot

    March 6, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  7. Terry, TX

    I say go back and take out all the Pork.... stick to the economy ...manufacturing and production.... no money for those who take loans they can't afford....that includes home mortgages.

    Now according the President's own words.... we now have a crisis in education and health.... did I miss the report on 100% unemployment in these areas....

    This is equivalent to the 800 billion Job Pork that they presented Thurs at midnight....crammed thru by a Fri WITHOUT A CHANCE TO READ 1200 Monday Pelosi went to Italy...Fri the President was on vacation .....until Tuesday where a grand orchestration of the signing in Colorado could be photo-oped. We have going down hill since.

    THIS IS GETTING CREEPY..think like taxpayers.....we have no heroes that are politicians....we are just being Blagoviched with an "F".

    March 6, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  8. karen-Phoenix

    He had better keep his mouth shut!! It was the Bush administration that destroyed this country economically and Booner talks like he has a mouth full of marbles. Just NOT very intelligent sounding!!

    March 6, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  9. cmc

    Let's see, the economy has been on the skids for more than a year, and now he gets concerned. Where were these conservatives when all the spending of the last 8 yrs was going on? Oh, that is right, standing with a rubber stamp in hand. He is saying "work together" since when? All they have done is say "no". Also this budget was done when Bush was in office, seems that this "pork" was put in then, where was he then, oh that is right, hoping McCain would win. THis world is going to hell in a hand basket, and they,republicans, have yet to come up with their plan. Put up or shut up.

    March 6, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  10. Obama Supporter

    Mr. Boehner...where were you when the economy started this steep slide down? Obama's been in office for less than two months and you and your tripe have the gall to blame him for this disaster?!! Please. He got voted in to try to fix this mess that you and your ilk helped get us into!!!!

    March 6, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  11. Terry from GA

    What is John Boehner doing to solve the ecomonic problems that we face besides going to the tanning salon once a week?

    March 6, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  12. Roger

    This man is a nit wit, anybody who had control of everything 6 of the last 8 years and supported a President (GW) who got us in this mess and blames the democrats is clueless. I hope the fine people of OH bring the ole boy home for good in the 2010 election. The sun or tanning booth has fried his brain...

    March 6, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  13. h

    Obama has only been in office a little more than a month. I wish Boehner would give ideas and try working with the administration.

    March 6, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  14. Interested in MO

    Anyone with a lick of sense knows that employment is a TRAILING indicator of the economy. That is, jobs will be lost after the economy starts going down, and will continue to go down after the economy stabilizes. Employment will recover after the economy starts to recover. The jobs numbers are indicative of policies in place about 3 to 6 months ago at least, not the policies in place today.

    March 6, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  15. chuck

    This guy might as well be talking to the wind. I am a little disenchanted by Obama already and I am a Democrat. I guess it was bound to happen that Democrats would push for every earmark they could get since they have been in the minority for 8 years, but this is not the time for earmarks especially since Obama told millions and millions of Americans that he would stop wasteful spending. Even Democrats know that most of these earmarks won't create the kind of jobs we need. How many Americans are qualified to study pig stench? Democrats know that Republicans don't have a leg to stand on. The American public is fickle. Democrats better start acting responsibly and watching their backs in two years. I suspect that they won't even try to help one of their greatest constituents – the gay community. Haven't heard much about Don't Ask, Don't Tell so far. I suspect the Dems will let that topic float another 4 years. If gays can't get that this time around the government could have a revolution on their hands.

    March 6, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  16. David in San Diego

    Boehner should join Gingrich of the Republican't "dream ticket" for 2012.

    March 6, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  17. Zion

    I am tired of party postering and ideological postering from both sides of the isle. Both parties are responsible for our current economic mess, but Republicans more so than Democrats because we are seeing the long term effects of their policies. I don't want to hear from either side of the isle until they are forced to work through lunch, and their precious weekeneds to find a solution for the American people. I don't want to hear tax cuts, we've tried that IT DOESN'T WORK. If these people Republican and Democrats alike can't work together for the sake of the Ameican people, we can find some folks that will in 2010.

    March 6, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  18. Larry from RI

    You guys had your chance for the past 8-years and screwed things uop royally! The American people have spoken and you have lost the last 2 elections BIG and now it is time to do things our way.

    Now sit down, have a cup of tea and shut up while the grownups get things done right!

    What a boner!

    March 6, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  19. Milligee

    Boehner is all smoke. The Republicans have no leg to stand on. President Obama took the helm on January 20, 2009. So, yeah, since then he's caused the failing banks.

    March 6, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  20. Old white lady in Birmingham, AL

    Are you kidding me!? GOP still without a clue. A spending freeze?? Good idea, lose more jobs. If the stimulus doesn't work it is because it was too little not because it was too big. GOP wants to do nothing while US goes down the crapper.

    March 6, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  21. Kitchen Police

    Bohner needs to stop pointing fingers and get to work with the President. The days of political tongue wagging are over. The American people want solutions. They also want a leader that inspires them rather than cutting down the other side. Shut up Mr. Bohner and get to work!!!

    March 6, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  22. JIM...TX

    Now that worthless Boehner wants a spending freeze because his party isn't doling out the spoils! To hell with him and the rest of the Repukes. One way or another Obama is going to get us out of THEIR mess without their help no doubt!

    March 6, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  23. Graham from SC you realize President Obama has been The President for 45 days. It took 8 years of your Republican "leadership" to screw this economy to the magnitude it has reached. We are going to cleanup your mess, but it takes more than 45 days to sweep up from an 8 year disaster.

    March 6, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  24. Roland

    I'll tell you the world is a small place now and I would hate to be a politician if this all falls apart I believe most Americans know where the crook politicians live in this country. If I were the politicians in this country I would be very worried about my safety @ this point because there are a lot of pissed off Americans right now. PS I don' believe that we have to worry about foreign terrorists in this country because soon there will be a home grown terrorism you can smell it in the air !

    March 6, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  25. jason moxter

    Republicans are wonderful, they cause this crisis and can do nothing but complain that Obama is trying to do something. At this point, I will never, ever vote for a Republican again.

    March 6, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
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