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. thanks, but no thanks

    You know what is ironic with Mr. Sunny statement? l will tell you. Bush resided over the worst attack in US history, but according to Republicans it was Clinton's administration doing. September 11, 2001. Bush was in office almost one year. Now do l have to spell the irony for you Mr. Sunny ? Get up your butts and help the new president to solve the problems inherited by your administration, or become a very very minority by 2010. Now. as an independent there is no place for me in the Republican Party, as long as you keep inviting Limbaugh and neo-nazis nuts in your house.


    CNN l am sick and tired of your moderation. We all are adults so please stop telling us what to say...

    May 8, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  2. SHIRLEY "60"

    Beohner is proving to be the least intelligent of the GOP group in Congress. No one believes that he especially or any of the others in his party want bipartisanship. We instead have seen the President over and over reach out to the GOP, and they just keep being the party of no and offer no solutions except more tax cuts which benefit the wealthy more than the average worker. That does not work out as evidenced by that the mess that we are now in. He (Beohner) needs to keep quite as much as possible because he doesn't know what he is trying to talk about. He is no leader, and is just sounding ridiculous most of the time .

    May 8, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  3. Andi

    I'm guessing he had prepared this statement as a 'generic' statement and with a little tweaking here and there could be used for anything the Obama Administration does. Saves him a lot of work each time and is a prosaic way of saying 'no', but I think people can see right through it.

    Nice try, tho...

    May 8, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  4. Hopeful Optimist

    Something tells me that this guy Boehner isn't gonna last too much longer in a position of influence. He's obviously plotted his strategy for success around the mantra 'attack everything Obama', much like his big brother Newt. It will backfire.

    May 8, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  5. Barbara Independent in NY

    Keep trying Boehner. These job losts are the result of 3 decades or Reaganomics. You guys had the White House for 8 years and Congress for 6 years. You DIDN't DO ONE THING to help prevent jobs from being sent overseas. Have the guts to stand up and admit even partial responsibility for the job loss situation in America. Republicans=Cowards.

    May 8, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  6. Cblue4ever

    John, you might as well be talking to the wind. The Democrats do not want to be Bipartisan. It is their way or the highway. Their version of bipartsanship is to tell you what they are going to do and then declare you the party of no if you dont go along with their plan. And for goodness sake, don't give up the Republican core values and principles to try to gain a few votes. You can't out Liberal a Liberal.

    May 8, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  7. Jim

    So here's my question to Boehner. How do massive tax cuts to the wealthy, which increases their already very high wealth, help the little guy when their spending of said wealth becomes a tiny trickle by the time it gets to the little guy?

    That's how trickle down economics works. The upper echelon of income earners get a big increase in wealth. They spend it and by the time it gets to the low income earners as income it is a much, much smaller increase in wealth percentage wise compared to what the wealthy received. Add the fact that this increase in wealth causes an increase in inflation and prices it is very likely that the increased wealth of the lower or even middle income earners will not be greater than the increased inflation.

    This explains the increase in the income gap between the super wealthy and the rest of us since the Reagan years. Trickle down economics works but it only benefits the wealthy.

    May 8, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  8. Richard L

    Bush gave big business everything they wanted for 8 years and look what a mess we are in. Even when it came to decisions about pollution, Bush chose big business profits over our health.

    Boehner is just another example of how fall the Republican Party has fallen and continues to fall.

    May 8, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  9. Lisa in FL

    Six minutes to respond? Wow. And they say Obama is a power-grabber! Ha!

    May 8, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  10. Julia

    Do all the republicans on here think that what Bush did just goes out the window when someone new enters the white house? Bush KILLED our surplus in ONE YEAR. We are in debt this bad because of BUSH wake up and smell the lies america. I know where we could get the money for our own people. Let's stay out of other countries.

    May 8, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  11. Vince, Jupiter, Florida

    John face it – – you're just a hung over fraternity boy. You and your republican rich club could care less about America.The republican party has spent the last 8 years vandalizing our country and everything it stands for. You will never be happy with the Democrats fixing the mess you bottom dwellers have forced on our country.

    May 8, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  12. George

    The hypocrisy of Democrats is unbelievable. "It was Bush's fault! It was Bush's fault!" Sure, Bush's liberal spending had a lot to do with the deficit that Obama tripled, but what Democrats in Congress (controlling both houses, incidentally) voted AGAINST the spending?

    Spending more than we make got us into this mess; it's NOT going to get us out of it.

    May 8, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  13. Imarriedmysister from new jersey

    Nice try johnny reb.You will never win anything.

    May 8, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  14. Brandon

    One of my kids was running a fever of 106. Concerned? you bet. the doctor had us alternate tylenol and motrin. After getting her going her fever went down to 102, which still had us very worried. The doctor was well pleased. He reminded us that the medice would not cure the fever, but would bring the fever to a reasonable level while she fought off the disease.

    So it is with the current economy. republicons literally ran the nation off the cliff. if they had not squandered so much on frivilous spending and unecessary debt incurred though handouts to the very very rich the national debt we are expericneing now would not be a problem at all. They were following their insane "starve the beast" theory and we will all pay the price. however, if President obama had not given the country a strong dose of medicine the situation would not only be extremely worse, but it would be continueing to rapidly deteriorate. We have seen the results of hoover economics that boner and the gop are espousing. President Obama actually has read some history and has people around him who have read history and know full well the price of inaction in the face of crisis.

    It will take time to fix all of the amazing array of problems that conservative s managed to cause in a short period of time. Some of the probelms are the result of the reagan era, but most are recent and are the direct reult of conservatives applying the policies they love to campaign on but are actually nbased entirley on mythology. By 2010 elections, Democrats will be able to point to ample achievments to pick up a stronger majority. And by 2012...

    May 8, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  15. grizzly

    Washington's arrogance must be replaced by a new spirit of bipartisan cooperation"

    BTW Boehner, i agree with this statement. However, like a typical stupid politician, you fail to realize that YOU ARE A PART OF WASHINGTON. So i guess we can start the replacing with you.

    May 8, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  16. Kevin in Ohio

    Looking at all the hate-filled liberal posts here, is it any surprise whatsoever that there is no bi-partisanship? Time to start taking accountability, lefties....YOU are in charge now. Everything that happens is on your watch now.

    For those of you who are incensed by Republican criticism...look in the mirror.... its what Bush and every other Republican endured from your ilk the last eight years. Your turn now..................

    May 8, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  17. Jason, UT

    Nevermind bipartisanship. The dems Won. My advice to the republicans in the house and senate is to sit back relax and vote like Obama did during his short stint as an Illinois senator. Just vote present. That way the dems can no longer say you are the party of no. Then the dems will just go crazy passsing everything under the sun. Social engineer to thier hearts content. At some point the kool aid drinkers will start to sober up. Then that is when the republicans can present thier alternative plans against those of the the tax and spend party. That is if we still have a country.

    May 8, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  18. Sniffit

    This is a shining example of the GOP's playground politics. He basically just said "I know you are but what am I?" Every accusation he makes about Obama and the Dems is, in reality, precisely what the GOP has been and should be wearing like a scarlet letter.

    May 8, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  19. StuckinmoderationMari

    ***Perhaps one day my comments will be posted************************

    President Obama has been in office ....... a little over 100 days!

    Bush was in office........... EIGHT YEARS. Boehner & the rest of the GOPers refuse to realize that the failed policies of the Bush regime got us to where we are today!

    The housing market started tanking.......... THREE years ago! And its just now showing signs of a rebound.

    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernake, called "the CRASH OF 2008" one of the worst economic disasters!

    The GOP keeps harping about keeping the lower taxes for the wealthiest .....1%........ and they FORGET THAT THE BUSH TAX CUTS ARE STILL IN EFFECT UNTIL THE END OF NEXT YEAR!

    AND IF....... tax cuts for the wealthiest 1% helped the economy none of this would have happened!

    The GOP is either daft or total idiots!

    May 8, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  20. Independent mind

    The Republicans should go into the history books with the W.H.I.G. party.

    May 8, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  21. Charlie in Maine

    "Washington's arrogance must be replaced by a new spirit of bipartisan cooperation to improve job prospects for millions of Americans."

    To paraphrase my friend Forrest Gump "Arrogance is as arrogance does"

    After 8 years of GOP arrogance Obama & co are a breath of fresh air.

    May 8, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  22. AndrewCPA

    I think it is funny how people who are dems bash anyone who has something to say. They will go back and say Bush and the Repub Congress did this to us. People are saying Bush had a Congress that let him do anything... well people go back and look he did not.

    I do not agree with some things that Bush did, but this let us spend our way out of the mess is not the way to get the job done. Our elected officials spend and waste more money every year because they vote to increase the limits. When the packages were forced to fast a vote, the Republicans attempted to provided different ways to get results, but were tossed aside. For the budget, they gave a high level blue print... Gee so did Obama... and it was tossed aside (that is the Republican's blue print).

    I think it is a sad sad state when we have others tell people who have a different view point to shut up or follow the pack since a majority of americans voted for this. Well if this is the case then I guess we have just started to toss what our founding fathers started over 233 years ago.

    Well I am an independent thinker and think what is going on is not good for us now and it will be a big mess down the road.

    May 8, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  23. sophie

    I am willing to wait and give President Obama a chance.
    How sad, that instead of rolling their shirtsleeves up and really
    trying to help our President try to pull our country up, they choose
    to throw tea parties, get a group together to tour the country and
    speak against our President, and then try be the loudest critics.
    Boner had this little reply just waiting, instead of , like most americans, we are praying for good news in the economy.
    I think it's close to treason that they are preaching, almost wanting
    presidents plan to fail, almost wanting us to be attacked on our own
    soil so that their fearless leader could look a little more compitent.
    that is not putting country first, putting country first would be to
    work with the President, and even if it's not your plan, praying it will
    work for our great country. God Bless and guide President Obama,
    we are with you!

    May 8, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  24. Liberal Democrats are Pathetic

    Keep blaming Bush. Everytime something bad happens, blame Bush. Everytime something good happens, compliment Obama. You all are a bunch of children, who never take responsibility for anything. Obama has been in long enough now, that he OWNS this economy and the unemployment rates, and you know it. You are just too childish to admit it and would rather say "he started it" like you are on a playground. Obama WILL be the next Jimmy Carter. He is already heading in that direction in the few months that he has been in power. If you thought things were bad under Bush, you haven't seen anything yet.

    May 8, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  25. Dan, TX

    blah blah blah..... He wants to cut spending and have more unemployed? Crazy.

    May 8, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
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