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. Lynn

    What exactly is the Republican plan?? The tax hikes will not happen until 2011. Perhaps Boehner should work first with his own Republicans who are responsible for almost half of the earmarks in the bil to even begin to have any incredibility!!.

    March 6, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  2. Paul

    So...after six weeks, everything was supposed to get better?

    March 6, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  3. please

    Boehner = blah blah blah. This guy loves to hear himself talk...

    March 6, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  4. Sandy

    Wake up Mr Boehner: The dems havent had enough time to be making matters have!

    March 6, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  5. Paul , St. Louis MO

    Oh please, its going to take a while to turn around this Bush/GOP economy. I know the GOP want to blame someone else but this all started on their Watch. We all know its going to get worst before it gets better. It simply can't be turned around immediately.

    March 6, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  6. Joshua, Baltimore

    Yeah it's been a whole month. Shame on Obama and the dems for not having this crisis averted already.

    March 6, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  7. Michael

    Boehner is providing the kind of fiscal leadership this country needs. Obama has not followed through on his promise to root out wastefull spending. And at a time when our government can least afford to waste money. Every wasted million is money that could have reduced the deficit or created more jobs. And Obama is supporting every wasted penney in the spending bills.

    March 6, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  8. Los

    You know how it takes a speeding train two miles to come to a complete stop after you hit the breaks?

    Well, we're only a few feet into the breaking maneuver, and this train has been building momentum for the past 8 years.

    March 6, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  9. Boner Head

    President Obama has been in office for what – six weeks?
    He is still trying to get our heads above water from the Bush/Repub horrible eight year nightmare of bleeding our country.
    I guess in a few weeks Boner will be crying about why the President hasn't fixed health care yet?

    I guess Boner and the other Repubs think he is the true Messiah!

    March 6, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  10. jacster

    This guy's truly amazing. He's an integral cog in the Party that got us into this mess in the first place. It’s sort of like they started a huge fire that is now engulfing the entire Nation and will continue to rage for sometime but in the interim he and his party want to obstruct, do nothing, and cast aspersions about those on the opposite side who are stuck trying to extinguish the flames and clean up their mess.

    March 6, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  11. Danny in Chicago

    He's such a Boner.....

    He makes his state look so bad....I mean – come on people, vote him out already!

    March 6, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  12. Anonymous

    What's going to help, John, cutting taxes and shrinking government? Yeh sure, been there done that with Bush for 8 years and look where it got the US? Get real and get with the game plan before you are voted out of your job.

    March 6, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  13. Bill

    What's going to help, John, cutting taxes and shrinking government? Yeh sure, been there done that with Bush for 8 years and look where it got the US? Get real and get with the game plan before you are voted out of your job.

    March 6, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  14. An Independent in Oregon

    Here's the pot calling the kettle black. This guy hasn't a clue what the American people want, and is in fact part of the problem that caused the dismal job situation he is speaking about. Give it up John and start planning on your next career. PS: Another article reports thanks to the President's stimulus package, Columbus Ohio is keeping their new police recruits. Sounds like creating jobs to me.

    March 6, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  15. Annie, Atlanta

    Where's the better solutions there Mr. Boehner? And why didn't you suggest same the last 8 years as you were blindly following Bush over the cliff? I'm sick of hearing from these people who have nothing but criticism and absolutely no solutions other than lower taxes for their wealthy contributors and friends. Don't they realize most of us are on to the scam. T. Boone Pickens talks about the largest shift of wealth going to oil producing middle eastern countries. Not so. The largest shift has been to the Wall Street guys and their Republican enablers, who have scammed us royally, right into a depression. Please, Mr. Boehner, shut up.

    March 6, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  16. RN in Ann Arbor

    Where was this guy for the past 8 years? That's when we needed a spending freeze.
    But, wait, I have a lot of money from illegal stock market manipulation because there were no regulators to stop me. I haven't seen any need to pay taxes for the past 8 years for myself or my very large company. I give my workers low wages, no health care and dangerous working conditions. I pollute the air and water we use for my company and I don't see anything wrong with that.
    I send my kids to private schools so they do not need to mix with common people or do anything for themselves. I oppose estate taxes because I don't want them to have to work for a living. I oppose income tax because I am so rich i don't need any of the services that the taxes pay for. Well, my employees may need those services – but if we give them roads and schools and hospitals then (1) they will become soft and lazy (2) it will be the further march toward socialism (3) it will block my view from my estate. (4) someone might expect me to actually pay some of the tax the government is rude to tell me I owe!
    The nerve of those #@&*% socialists!

    March 6, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  17. Greg Pottstown, Pa.

    This is the partisanship I hate. If he told the hole truth he would have hit his own party with the fact that 40% of those earmarks were added in by republicans. I don't pretend that one party is at fault when clearly one party is as corrupt as the other. I am a republican and I am disgusted that the representatives in my party accounted for 40% of this and I will blame them just as I will blame Obama If he does not veto this bill. I am interested to see what democrats have to say about this bill. Will they stand by Obama if he dose not veto this bill? Will you feel betrayed if Obama brakes his promise to you? I sure know what it feels like when a president you voted for betrays the values you elected him for. IE: the bush bailouts. One thing I think gets lost in translation is that signing this bill doesn't make Obama a bad president. It just makes him like all the rest.

    March 6, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  18. MICK in MESA

    Like all of the plantation repugs Bonher's comments are an attempt to divert the blame for a tanked economy away from the last 8 years of failed GOP economic "idiot-ology" to the newly elected administration.

    We ain't buyin' it Boneher – It's your party's fault. Man up and admit the failure so maybe we can get on with fixing this Bush/GOP era mess...

    March 6, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  19. Debra Austin, Texas

    This guy is just playing politics with the economic crisis. Anyone who believes this fool is a fool him or herself. Where are your great ideas, Senator Wizzard? A spending freeze when money is already frozen is the stupidest idea put forth yet. If Republicans don't have any ideas and they just want to criticize others, then just go home and let the voters who elected you have to put up with your BS.

    March 6, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  20. Lisa B

    Really Boner. A spending freeze? I think members of the obstructionist party need to go back to school and take Economy 101. What an idiot!

    March 6, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  21. Freddy

    As opposed to Democrats getting hit by a "boner", eh?

    HA HA!

    March 6, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  22. Ray Fisher

    Attacks without counter ideas are useless politcal drivel. So how would the Republican tax cuts solve our economic challenges???

    March 6, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  23. Shucks

    Boner has one of the worst records ever in producing anything viable for his state. Two of his major cities in his state have come to financial collapse during his tenure. He should be ashamed to blame Democrats for anything when the Republicans in his state have done nothing for the worker, and watched as their schools, health care, and jobs market collapse. This was even prior to 2008.
    Great Job!

    March 6, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  24. Dana from NY

    Oh yea because the stimulus bill is going to work in a few weeks... these arrogant GOP'ers just can't learn when to shut their mouths! Obama made it very clear that these stimulus packages and spending bills were going to take months to years to show effects- a BIG mess has been created and its not going to come to a screeching halt overnight (thanks again for all this GWB and our fellow Republicans)...who had NO PROBLEM wasting billions near trillions on a war and no bid contracts for their buddies- but NOW want to nickle and dime what is reinvested into America and the American people... how typical- and blatently UNPATRIOTIC!

    March 6, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  25. Dorian in NC

    Wow...I thought this was all due to the unnecessary spending by a predominately Republican Congress and Republican Administration over the past 4 years, not to mention the increased deregulation of our financial markets...

    The Republicans should take their own advice for GM....File for bankruptcy and restructure because you all sound COMPLETELY MISGUIDED and LOST!! Come up with a plan or SHUT UP!!

    March 6, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
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