July 2nd, 2009
09:44 AM ET
13 years ago

Republicans slam Dems over latest jobs report

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/04/02/art.boehner.gi.jpg caption="Boehner and other Republicans say the latest jobs report is an indication the stimulus plan has not worked."](CNN) - Republicans are taking aim at their Democratic colleagues over the latest jobs report indicating unemployment has risen to 9.5 percent, calling it evidence the massive economic stimulus bill pushed by President Obama earlier this year has not worked.

"Today's employment report reminds us that spending, taxing, and borrowing with reckless abandon is no way to create more jobs, yet that is exactly what Democrats in charge of Washington have done all year long," House Minority Leader John Boehner said in a statement.  "Middle-class families and small businesses are hurting, and they're looking to Washington for real solutions that won't raise their taxes and drive future generations into even deeper debt."

The National Republican Congressional Committee also released a statement noting Obama administration officials once claimed the stimulus bill would contain the unemployment rate under 8 percent.

"Where are the stimulus-created jobs?" the NRCC asks.

Filed under: John Boehner • President Obama
soundoff (220 Responses)
  1. Mike Ross

    "Middle-class families and small businesses are hurting, and they're looking to Washington for real solutions that won't raise their taxes and drive future generations into even deeper debt."

    After this statement is where they should've starting talking about their detailed plans.

    Simply ad hoc attacking the other side is politics, try actually doing your jobs and writing legislation.

    July 2, 2009 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  2. carlo

    ...and what would the GOP have done to fix it? Jobs started sliding over a year ago. Jobs get hit last in a recession. When economies improve, jobs are the last thing to pick up. I know that my statement will be ignored, since GOP'ers come here with there talking points and Rushquotes in hand.

    July 2, 2009 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  3. Robin

    Here comes the mantra....Blame Bush, the last 8 years, Bush lied, Praise Obama, the savior of mankind.

    July 2, 2009 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  4. Susan

    I am a Dem and I slam them too. Obama cannot ride on the Bush unpopularity vehicle for long and should work.

    July 2, 2009 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  5. Quick

    John Boehner must have a little program that randomly generates a statement using the same 3-4 keywords.

    It's so predictable.

    July 2, 2009 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  6. Mike

    Most thoughtful American citizens knew in advance that all obamas spending would not do anything but hurt our economy and yet obama still wants to do more tax and spending. How is the change working out for you so far. Still waiving your signs "change we can believe in" and we are who we have been waiting for. I think not except for those to lazy to work and live off the government.

    July 2, 2009 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  7. David

    I dont know how liberals will disagree with this. Even if I were a Democrat, I would be looking at my administration and my congress and saying, "ok guys, maybe ya'll aren't being as honest as we thought about the status of our progress"...

    July 2, 2009 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  8. Lois

    Are you so busy reporting on the Repubs that you cannot report the top headlines in this country. Like 4 missles being fired by North Korea. I have been monitoring your headlines and it seems you hide the most important news in fine print...

    July 2, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  9. Sha

    If republicans spent as much time working as they did pointing fingers we might have a chance. Shut up and get to work!

    July 2, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  10. Grog in Ohio

    It's going to be sweet watching Boehner and his pals eat their words if, given time, the president's strategy DOES work. Wait... I can already hear the spin... "This economic recovery has happened in spite of the president and Democrats spendthrift ways... which highly contrasts the Republican spendthrift ways of 2000 – 2008, which created the mess in the first place".

    July 2, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  11. Mike

    Boehner is a funny man. His party's leadership over the past 8 years lewd to this economic debacle. They had no soultion except to stay the course. Now all they want to do is put down the current administration. They lost the election becuase they offered now ideas. Now they want to give tax breaks to the wealthy. Isn't that what helped lead us down this path? Those who had the money abused their power and through greed we now have this depression. And still they want to put down this administration. Boehner should have his own show on the comey channel. Rush could co-host it.

    July 2, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  12. Jon

    Oh yeah, the problems this country faces must be all the Democrats' fault. Typical Republican strategy of blaming others for their problems while offering no alternate solution. I'm quite confident that John Boehner has no idea how to create jobs.

    July 2, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  13. The Party of NO stood calmly by for 8 year while the shrub raped and pillaged America, so, why would we listen to you now?

    Part of the lag between stimulus and jobs, is due to grandstanding republiklan governors.

    Pompadour Perry, the President of the Lone Star State of Texas, left the states "rainy day" fund of 9 billion dollars left in tact, but took 4 billion from the "porkulus" package he earlier decried as being too much spending, and waited until the last day in which to request it, hoping of course, the media would not see this hypocrisy in motion.

    I am glad he finally took it and it will be used to save teachers jobs, the fact that he waited until the last minute, shows he his playing political games with peoples lives.

    How republican.

    July 2, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  14. Nate

    Could it be that a bulk of the job losses came from states that fought the stimulus funds? The Republican's are trying to get out of the shadow of their own mess but I don't think the American public is going to buy it.

    July 2, 2009 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  15. Renee

    Senator Boehner,

    What is your annual salary? And how many "business trips" have you charged to taxpayers? Also, would you care to tell us the salaries of your fellow Republican senators? How about the salaries of the corporate CEOs on Wall Street who have traditionally supported your party?

    I would also be interested to know how many middle-class employees those CEOs laid off while they were hoarding tens of millions of dollars to themselves. And what steps did you take to prevent this? For example, did you introduce any legislation similar to President Obama's new tax credit for businesses who create American jobs rather than outsourcing them overseas?

    How much in tax breaks have you proposed in the past for the wealthiest people among us, in comparison to the middle class, the working poor and those most in need?

    Just asking.

    July 2, 2009 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  16. America Shrugged

    Hey Republicans out there, what is the solution? More tax cuts that didn't work the last time? More deregulation on Wall Street that didn't work last time?

    July 2, 2009 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  17. Never Repub again

    Dont you just hate the whiners and complainers. They just showed up this year. What was Limpuke complaining about before Obama?
    Unemployment would be at 12% if McCain had won. So in conclusion I say to the ReTards..... SHUT UP AND WATCH THE MOVIE..... IT JUST STARTED.
    Is whining and complaining the only way you can get in the news? How about a new idea occasionally? How about contributing to society? I gonna be funny when things get better and Repubs have only complained and whined.

    July 2, 2009 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  18. Polar Bears Against Palin

    Obama is failing. Too wishy-washy like most Democrats. They won't even take a hard stand on healthcare although it should be in the bag. The stimulus package wasn't big enough! Too many Democrats like to blow opportunities given to them. This progressive won't be around in 2012 to support them again. Paul Krugm was rigtht.

    If it means right-wing loons take over the government again, so be it. The Democrats have no one to blame but themselves.

    July 2, 2009 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  19. RRR

    If only these plans DID work in four months.... We had 8 years of as President who told us that the economy and the new American century were long term plans...yet the GOP seems to think that the Dems have to solve all our economic woes in four months or they are failures!

    Perhaps the GOP should judge these stimulus plans with the same sympathetic, forgiving, and lax eye that they gave to Bush's war plans......

    July 2, 2009 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  20. What's Your Solution Driver?

    Hello driver Boehner and the rest of you GOP drivers (i.e. Kantor & the criers). What solutions are you offering to getting us out of the ditch that you drove us into? Is it just to whine and complain or to offer more tax cuts to the wealthy? No new ideas just mucho whining and CNN is sure to highlight each negative holler.

    July 2, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  21. john

    Shut up repugs remember last 8 years mess

    July 2, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  22. Chris

    boehner--i'm still waiting for all those profits the republicans hoarded to actually trickle down to the workers......

    July 2, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  23. Matt-Nebraska

    The economy will recover, and it will have nothing to do with what Obama does, or doesn't do.

    In fact, he is doing more harm than good at this point.

    We would have been well on our way to recovery if it hadn't been for this president.

    July 2, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  24. Pel

    What has Rep Boehner done over the past several years but support the Republican Party at every corner and look what it has gotten us, a depression, that is correct a depression. To the super rich it has been a mild discomfort, to the upper middle class it has been a recession, but to the people who are in the lower middle class and lower, it has been a depression.

    July 2, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
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