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. Get Well Soon GOP

    If Boehner knew what he was talking about he would be at 1600 Penn ave. not Obama. When Reagen was in office he cut cut cut. People were living in the streets, communities were in ruin. But with Obama at least the little guy has a chance to recover from the Bush mess.

    March 6, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  2. Mark Ferbet

    Politics! The job losses are an accumulation of different events that led to the downfall in the economy, which has been sliding since 2006. Boehner is continuing to talk politics, instead of actually working with the President to get better legislation to help with the economy, and job losses in the United States.

    The Republican Policies of Cutting Taxes, and increasing spending during their time in power, is what has led this country to the place we are now. It will take time for President Obama to reverse this economic crisis.

    All I have heard from republicans during this crisis is finger pointing, political game playing, and the popular Deny, Demand, and DO Nothing.

    March 6, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  3. K

    "Ronald Reagan knew how to get us out of a recession. He cut taxes rather than raise them." - This is not accurate. Reagan did cut taxes, but he had to undo much of those cuts a year or two later.

    March 6, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  4. thefletch

    With thinking the way you demos do, all of us real folks out here in the good ol' USA have a real need to get "AMMOED UP"!

    March 6, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  5. Matt

    Huh? The same guys that were blaming Clinton 8 years into the Bush presidency "because it takes that long"?

    March 6, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  6. Donna Viles

    Is this man serious? The Repullicans have put us in this fix, and are now grandstanding to continue their failed paliouses. They need to start working to help fix this economy.

    March 6, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  7. obama-mama

    Okay what the heck is a spending freeze going to do at this time. McCain had the same sound byte during the campaign. Someone need to take a ride over to Crawford, wake Bush up and kick his tail. The only thing I hear from Republicans are tax cut and spending freeze; and then what? Everybody sit around and look at each other. I hope the whole lot is voted out in 2010. Pres. Obama has been working hard (maybe doing too much at once) but it seems there are so many fires for him to put out.

    March 6, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  8. Brian

    Bonehead ...your precious King George got us here ...took 8 years and you expect to have this fixed in 2 months? What kind of a dunce are you? Oh, I forgot...sorry...your a republican led by his majesty , the all Exalted Rush

    March 6, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  9. Kurt C.

    Finally someone with the courage to point out what is going on. I hope he keeps it up.

    March 6, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  10. Dominic

    Oy my God, Mr Boehner, when was this bill signed to law? Was is not a few days ago? And where were youas as majority leader for eight years while this mess was building up under Bush?. I thought congress people are supposed to showcase patrotism to the rest of us. What is going on here?.

    March 6, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  11. foxglove

    Boehner and the Republicans must take Americans as brainless. Anyone with an sense and judgement know they are responsible for the problems facing this country. How can Obama be blamed when he has only been in office less than two months.

    March 6, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  12. SEP in AZ


    Please tell us what the Republican leadership proposes as an alternative to Obama's plan. Honestly, I for one am open minded and willing to consider a reasonable solution from any party.

    What I've heard so far from the GOP leadership is "tax cuts." Is there more? Am I missing something?

    Please enlighten me.

    March 6, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  13. disgusted

    OMG. Is this guy a drama queen or what? Yep, 6 weeks in office Obama should have seen results from his programs. Did he throw some paperwork across the floor? How's his state doing?

    March 6, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  14. still hoping

    New democratic strategy. (really old but it just keeps staying around)

    1 Keep blaming GWB until next election.
    2 Never own up to the fact that things were not this bad until the democrats took control of congress.
    3 Never own up to the fact that things keep getting worse and worse every time obama opens his mouth, (which is terrible because if he isn't in the spotlight every day, I think he starts to melt or something)
    4 As things keep getting worse based on democrati decisions, remember rule 1.

    Forgot rule 5... when faced with no excuses, always say, "well they did it when GEB was president!!, which to most idiots is a valid reason to not accept blame.

    March 6, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  15. carlo

    Indiana Voter March 6th, 2009 11:58 am ET

    Obama and the Democrats, whether they like it or not, now own this recession. They have done nothing but spend and spend. People like to compare him to Ronald Reagan for his speaking skills, and his charisma, but there is one big difference. Ronald Reagan knew how to get us out of a recession. He cut taxes rather than raise them. He cut the capital gains tax. He cut the taxes for business and corporations. Will Obama learn from history, or will he repeat the mistakes that Jimmy Carter made. So far, he looks like another Jimmy Carter, as he is fast approaching those numbers.
    Carter lost because Reagan cut a deal with the terrorist who took hostages to hold them until he got into office. Ever heard of "Reaganomics?" That wasn't a compliment, you know. Reagan caused the worst of inflation crises. What kind of parallel universe do you Republicans live in?

    March 6, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  16. still hoping


    March 6, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  17. Jeff

    Boehner-Go Stick it!

    March 6, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  18. paul oregon

    sounds like some more of de man rush or was de man steele rhetoric. boehner the grand old party of NO. wouldnt surprise me is that the next thing out of boners mouth is WHY IS EVERYONE PICKING ON ME!

    March 6, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  19. gerry

    Obviously this man and the rest of repugs are desperately trying to blame Obama for their mistakes.

    March 6, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    My comment is the same as before but maybe this time you will post it. This guy is a joke.

    March 6, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  21. Josh Maloney

    Last time I checked, Boehner, tax hikes only affect those making over 250K. Stop misleading people. You fail to remember that it was your party's policies of the last 8 years that got us into this mess. Stop playing politics and get to work !!!

    March 6, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  22. ran

    My comment will be the same as before. Maybe this time you will post it. This guy is a joke.

    March 6, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  23. Charles Atlanta

    Ok. Tell me what is the plan offered by GOP. Remember Sr. Bush said? You are either lead or follow, otherwise get out of the way. If you don't have a plan for this Economy crisis, then shut up.

    March 6, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  24. TjayeInLA

    Do Republicans think everyone is stupid and will just take what they say without THINKING? When they were in office, they blamed the prior administration that we all recall working and prospering during. Now that they are out of office, they blame the new 44 day old administration. At what point do they take any responsibility for their actions and inactions that brought us to this point?

    Scapegoating, lying and denying....they are beyond ridiculous now.

    March 6, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  25. susie

    Wake up Democrats! It was the Community Reinvestment Act that the Democrats promoted that brought down the housing market. Take some blame instead of going after the Republicans all the time. I am getting sick of it. Please explain why the stock market has gone down 4,500 points since Obama got in office?

    March 6, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
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