May 8th, 2009
09:01 AM ET
13 years ago

Boehner responds to Friday's unemployment numbers

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The quickest reaction to this morning's unemployment report apparently goes to House Minority Leader John Boehner.

His office sent out a statement of Boehner's reaction to the April jobs report just six minutes after the Labor Department announced the news, which shows that the nation's unemployment level jumped to 8.9 percent.
(Read Boehner's full statement after the jump)

"About two and a half million jobs have been lost since the beginning of the year, yet some here in Washington continue to believe that we can borrow and spend our way back to prosperity. Rather than working across the aisle on plans to create more jobs, rebuild Americans' savings, and reinvigorate the housing market, the spending, taxing, and borrowing binge that the Administration and Congress have set out on in the first four months of this year isn't helping our economy."

Washington's arrogance must be replaced by a new spirit of bipartisan cooperation to improve job prospects for millions of Americans. Republicans have taken every opportunity to reach out to the President and find areas of agreement. We offered a stimulus bill that created twice the jobs at half the price as the Democrats' bill. Our budget alternative curbed spending, created jobs by cutting taxes, and controlled the debt. And we've proposed legislation to help Americans' rebuild their nest eggs and college savings for their children. Unfortunately, the Democrats in control of Congress have chosen a go-it-alone approach. It's time for the President and the Democratic leadership in Congress to reverse course and embrace this opportunity for real bipartisan action to help put more Americans back to work."

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soundoff (233 Responses)
  1. Debi

    I think Boehner should be one of the unemployed.

    May 8, 2009 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  2. jennifer

    Mr. Boehner still doesn't get it...The more he criticizes and opposes this administration--the worse it is for his party...
    NO ONE believes anything he says anymore...
    He keeps at it and at it.....He doesn't realize that his strategy is just
    NOT working with the majority of the American people...
    Start supporting your President!!! ABSOLUTELY STOP all this
    "no more borrowing and spending our way back to prosperity" etc.etc...
    People are sick and tired of your LACK of bipartisanship...

    May 8, 2009 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  3. Steve in Denver

    This guy has fortitude, I'll give him that.

    He does realize that he is a member of the party, and was a leader in the congress that took us from a $245 billion surplus in 2000 to a 700 billion deficit in 2008, doesn't he? Curb spending? His party is going to curb spending? Bi-partisanship? He offered a budget with no numbers. His party and his president continually said your with us or against us. Disagree with the war, you're unpatriotic. It was the concerted efforts of right wing talk radio and the Newt Gingriches who tried to make it socially unacceptable to be a liberal.

    Then there's the old tax cuts. We had a tax cut in 1981, which, just like 2001, shot deficits through the roof. Does anybody remeber the 10% unemployment and 16% interest rates in the mid 1980's? Bush cut taxes, and ran up 3 trillion in new debt even before the bailouts that he started, and we had the worst job creation performance since Hover.

    Mr. Bohner, you do realize that your president, under your watch in congress, grew the government more than any administration since the great society? Republican = grow big (and incompetent) government. Democrats = responsible growth, and keep the incompetent cronies out.

    As opposed to the failed tax cuts and supply side myth, Clinton raised taxes and balanced the budget. The period that followed was the most prosperous time, the most building of wealth across the entire income spectrum in our lifetimes.

    So please, Mr Boehner, lets have more tax cuts, more Republican growth in government, spending, and borrowing. It worked so well in the 1980's and 2000's, and the 1990's were such hard times.

    May 8, 2009 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  4. Billy Ray Valentine

    21%. I see why, more of the same.

    May 8, 2009 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  5. Scott from St. Charles

    Boehner's a loon, never in the history of this country has a tax cut created cut's get added into the corporate profits and nothing gets passed down to the working people of this country...old message, old ideas...old party!!!!

    May 8, 2009 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  6. Brenda Craig

    For some reason Mr. Beohner does not understand or get the big picture.....the unemployment numbers out today show we are not out of the woods yet..but we are moving in the right direction...I would like to know what it is going to take for Mr. Beohner to express a little bit of a positive tone for the Citizens of the USA!

    May 8, 2009 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  7. Marv

    John you are irrevelent now its time for you guys to go back to school and learn some new tactics, new ideas, that crap you Reps does not work anymore, calling Obama a socialist and othe rbad names dont seem to work when you have joe the plumber ,rush and hannity all idiots by the way being spokesmen for your party you will never get anything right, Can you imagine Rush telling Powell to leave your party.Both hannity and rush have never been in the service and have the stature of this man. I think he should leave you idiots.

    May 8, 2009 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  8. Jerry in NH

    This is typical of Boehner. Republicans still believe that the fix for the shrinking economy is to shrink it further. They created this mess and now they only want to make it worse. Obama stretched forth an open hand to ask for bi-partisanship in solving the problem only to have it slapped by the Republicans. It would appear that tax cuts are their only strategy. If businesses are cutting jobs because they have no orders, how are tax cuts going to suddenly get them more orders? If they're not making any money, they're not paying any taxes. Cutting taxes only makes sense when the economy is being restrained by taxes which is not the case now. The economy will be further weakened if spending is cut. Corporations aren't spending and to think that they will start spending if they get tax cuts is foolish.

    If the Republicans don't change, they will be relegated to the history books like the Federalists. Maybe it's time for the Libertarians to be the second party and let the Republicans dissapear along with their outmoded ideas.

    May 8, 2009 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  9. zak

    It took 8 years to get us here, its not going to be fixed in a few months.

    Thanks for your opinion senator, but in my opinion, you're an idiot.

    May 8, 2009 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
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    May 8, 2009 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  11. Jamey

    It is interesting that Boehner only qoutes stastistics that go back to January 2009. What he leaves out, and only the most simpleminded of Americans don't know this, is that this recession is 8 years in the making. I wonder where Boehner was during the last 8 years>
    ? Oh, that's right- spending America into this hole while selling our jobs overseas.

    May 8, 2009 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  12. Ken in NC

    House Minority Leader John Boehner put this statement out in just 6 minutes. WOW. That tells me that this man already had a generic statement prepared. He has taken no time to digest the news. He only took the time to make a negative hit on it.

    It demonstrates to me that Republicans only agenda is to put forth an image of a failing President. Neither he not the Republican Party has any interest in seeing America recover as a nation. Their only agenda is to reclaim Republican power and begin to start lining the pockets of the rich again at the expense of the average American.

    I have no idea that the course we are on now will work but I am comfortable with the efforts being put forth. I have seen that the things done in the past failed to produce good measured results. In fact it appears to me to be much of the same thing that got us to were we are in this mess so I am prepared to go with something different that I have confidence in and making changes mid stream is never the smart thing to do when you put a plan in place and have not yet had time to see any results from it.

    May 8, 2009 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  13. Linda, NY

    They just don't get it. He is speaking about rebuilding nest eggs and college savings which is nice except for the fact that their policies will only help those who are in a position to have nest eggs and college funds. Too many Americans have been struggling for years to just survive an economy that only benefits a small number of people and going back to the policies of the southern Republicans will continue to favor a few while continuing to ignore the fundmental problems with our economy. The investment in America that the Obama team is focusing on must continue or our country will not even be relevant in the 21st century. Summer is coming I sugges Beohner go back home and sip on a Mint Julep Tea.

    May 8, 2009 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  14. rudyfromcanada

    Yes, let's do what didn't work for the past 8 years, what put us in this big mess! Repub should really take some time off to think about their terrible actions on US economy and standards...

    May 8, 2009 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  15. Dave

    Same old same old. No new ideas just cut taxes for rich and let economy go. Didn't work for past 8 years why can't he learn from past errors?

    May 8, 2009 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  16. Sorry Pilan was the Rebuplican leadership that go us here. Your ideas already resulted in failure! You have not once in your political career tried to be bi-partisan.

    May 8, 2009 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  17. gpb

    I wonder how many posts it will take for some liberal to blame the current state of play on the previous administration so they may skate responsibility for plunging our country into debt.

    In February, the economic stimulus package was passed, saying it will save or create 3.5-million jobs. Must be doing lots of saving of jobs because 681,000 lost in February, 669,000 in march, and 585,000 in April, for a total of 1.935-million jobs lost that the economic stimulus package was suppsoed to create or save.

    OH, I get it, you just have to create jobs to say the package worked, not actually have a net increase in jobs...

    May 8, 2009 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  18. just six minutes after

    which points to the GOP looking to score points off of the public's misery

    sad, GOP, very sad

    as the GOP goes down in flames they yell "my way or the highway, you will all burn in hell"

    enough GOP

    May 8, 2009 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  19. George

    Boehner has done zero to help work out our problems. He has offered no solutions, but just negative responses. Seriously Mr. Boehner why don't you go homs since you will not help in Washington. Save the tax payers money instead of drawing a legislative welfare check. With people like Boehner no wonder the republicans have electile dysfunction.

    May 8, 2009 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  20. Steve

    I'm wondering if Republican arrogance and self-righteousness
    isn't the real problem when it comes to bipartisan conversation and solutions.

    It's hard to miss the fact that the Repubs. disagree with the current administration, President, policies, and just about everything else.

    It's also hard to miss the fact that the Repubs. are banging on the same tired drum of tax cuts and reduced government spending as the ONLY SOLUTION and the ANSWER to all our current problems.

    It's mainly mystifying to watch the Repubs. trying to turn the clock back to a time when the world was so different. Time marched on, change happened, the world has grown into a new place that requires new thinking. John Boehner and his ilk can't seem to get that. Nor the fact that their solutions don't work for the majority of Americans, never have and never will, although the rich will get richer with the Repub strategy.

    Plus, not all of us are right-wing fanatics, whose only idea is that we all fall lock step into their notions of religion, politics, sexual preference, you name it. They can't seem to break out of the narrow and dangerous place they would all like us to go. No thanks Mr. Boehner. No thanks Repubs. No thanks to anger, fear, lack of direction, or serious debate.

    It's a new day, not a perfect one. It's time to enter into dialogue and serious conversation about moving forward...not about narrow self-interest.

    May 8, 2009 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  21. Jean

    But all is not lost, Obama created over 50,000 government jobs.

    Obama should just give everybody a government job. The only problem is our tax dollars pay for government.

    What happens when government jobs way out number private sector jobs?

    Do we just turn our pay check over to the government to pay for all the new government jobs.

    We are so screwed.

    May 8, 2009 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  22. P Alfonso

    Boehner is correct but he is also missing the reality. To stimulate the private sector is the proper solution to bring us back to prosperity but we have ruined the economy by turning it into a welfare and corrupt nation.
    There will be no recovery until we hit bottom and we are not there yet. Most have no clue of how bad it will be and how it will change our government. The real change is coming out of the anger of the people for abusive use of power against the people's will.

    May 8, 2009 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  23. Rick

    no one cares about the opinion of an international criminal.
    Why is this man NOT in jail?????

    May 8, 2009 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  24. dan

    The problem (with both parties, but the Republicans seem more guilty of this) is that they don't see anything but full support of their ideas as bipartisanship. There's no middle ground; Washington is still clinging to that "either you're with us or you're against us" mentality.

    Work together, is my advice. People are going to notice when you're just spending all your time complaining about the other side. That's not what we elected you for.

    May 8, 2009 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  25. Todd M

    Riiiiight! (sarcastically). Obama gets in office on Jan 20. The stimulus bill gets passed Feb 13th. So now we're only 2 months removed from the bill and Boehner wanyts to say that it failed becasue the money didn't start going out until last month and he hasn't seen any changes?
    Then again he might have a point because the Republicans borrowed and spent their way to false properity and it collapsed.

    May 8, 2009 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
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