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. Burke

    It took George Bush's failed policies eight years to get us to the brink of collapse late last year. Now the GOP is crowing becaus Obama has not turned it in around in six months. What a joke. All they can do is complain, rather than offer any real solutions or ideas. Funny, Boehner did not complain about spending as almost a trillion dollars was frittered away in Iraq.

    July 2, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  2. Claudia in Houson

    Guess what Boehner, you won't find middle class Americans on the golf course either. Stop making a fool out of Americans because you really don't care.

    July 2, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  3. Jimbo

    Is it just me or does Boehner look like the son of barkeep who too early in life became too friendly with products sold by his dear old dad?

    July 2, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  4. gl, From Pittsburgh

    Where are the stimulus-created jobs? They have allready started hiring people,but it won't be reported until August becasue Construction jobs are just starting you bone head Republicans.
    Let be clear, The stimulus is not going to stop all unemployment and will only slow the rate down of unemployment being file.

    July 2, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  5. Michigan

    ...do the Republican every stop to ask what if the stimulus had not not been done ...the car companies, banks, etc.? What would the unemployment figures be then...even a regular citizen can make that calculation.... I'm not sure they have the intellect to calculate any REAL solutions! Sad....

    July 2, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  6. Big Ed

    Same old Boehner. All talk and no action. It's easy to help run the country into the ground (see 8 years of Republican rule), but when it comes to offering a solution instead of yappin', the man is silent. As usual.

    If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem, Boehner! Do your job, or GO HOME!!

    July 2, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  7. The Unshrub

    For eight years they had NO solutions, now all of a sudden they have all of the answers.

    July 2, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  8. James

    Unfortunately, "I told you so" doesn't make the situation any better. I don't know how the Dems convinced so many people that their socialist economic policies would pull us out of this recession.

    History proves that increased government involvement does not stimulate economic growth.....it stints economic growth.

    Give us a true Republican who actually understands the economy. That's when this recession will end!

    July 2, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  9. Uchman

    I am amazed at how the repubs are blaming the dems for the current job losses. This is a result of 8 yrs of no domestic re-investment by the repubs during the Bush era. If the Bush administration had focussed on developing domestic infrastructure and manufacturing, this economic melt down would not have occured. But instead, they focussed all financial resources on the other countries particularly Iraq.
    The repubs should be ashamed of themselves. The media should be the ones to set the record straight, but are busy dancing to the tune of the repubs and standing aloof. They (the media) are the passive contributors to this economic woes we are facing.

    July 2, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  10. ARW

    I own a small business and I am not looking to Washington for help. That is not the American way in my book. I thought that is what the RepubliSCAMS believed also. Well, they got us in this mess. They expect it to be fixed in 6 months? What a waste of breath. Shut up and be a part of the solution or get out of the way.

    July 2, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  11. dave

    And again they drove the bus in the ditch. Now all they can do is criticize. I wonder how bad we would be if we would had stay the course as they like to say.

    July 2, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  12. mkevinf

    Boehner and the RNC would do well to look back on the early Reagan years to see that the recovery with jobs took about 16 months to kick in. Even that vaunted tax cut couldn't prevent the recession from running its course, and in the end inflation was whipped by Paul Volcker at the Fed.

    But historical perspective is not the forte of Boehner and his ilk.

    July 2, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  13. Brian

    Tough to say if it has worked or not as we can't peer into the altenate dimension where the stimulus bill wasn't passed. Who knows, our situation could of been much worse.

    July 2, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  14. Dennis in Chicagoland

    ...if it takes a week to do it, it takes a week to un-do it. So we have some time left before all is well. I'd hate to think there was a moment when the jobs report came out that Sen Boehner said "woo-hoo...bad news!"

    July 2, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  15. DL

    A nation of 300 Million in a world of over 6 Billion who a large portion are at least somewhat connected economically and people expect this unfathomably large machine called our economy to just turn around at the flip of a switch?

    If a 747 jetliner stalls, ends up in a freefall, but regains control before plunging into the earth should we expect the plane to 'bounce' in mid-air? Absolutely not. It would be a very long and gradual curve upward. It's not just taking off from a runway anymore. It is first matching the velocity of it's freefall to just balance out before it can even start to recover it's previous altitude.

    Compare our massive economy to the 747. The weight and complexity is unimaginable. This age of short-sighted and instant judgement of any plan before it has time to barely get off the ground destroys empires due to zero planning on a long-term scale... and this plan doesn't only have to get off the ground, it has to navigate out of a freefall.

    July 2, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  16. Fair is Fair

    Enjoy your 2 years in power, Democrats.

    July 2, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  17. JOHN

    Are you kidding? This mess was created by the republicans 8 years of bad management. You should be trying to rectify this situation, not trying to deflect blame.

    July 2, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  18. Steve in Denver

    Mr. Boehner:

    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,"

    You didn't seem to have a problem when GWB and you were running up $5 trillion in new debt. You didn't have any problem with taking a $200 billion surplus and turning it into a $450 billion deficit in three years, and keeping it that way.

    I just don't know how somebody can make statements like this when they were doing the same thing just three short years ago, and the GWB economic policies that your congress rubber-stamped got us into this mess. Supply side economics and tax cuts for the wealthy didn't work in the 80's, it didn't work in 2001-2008, and it won't work again.

    Why don't you come back when you have an actual solution, rather than just blaming someone else?

    July 2, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  19. Jenny from Outside America

    The republicans are being unrealistic and again the are showing that they would take every opportunity to critize the administration. Critizing in itself is good but one need to to be objective with it. It also show that they do not want to help, for good anyway but rather for bad hoping that the admin. fail. But they better remember what you sow you reap. I dont recall the Dems being so vitrol but I guess all the zombies coming out of the clossets. God be with all they level headed, objective and smart, ambitous Americans

    July 2, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  20. Clint

    Mr. Boehner, anyone can criticize and there is certainly some criticism warranted. However, what is the GOP's plan to correct the problems in America, other than to stay on the sidelines and hope that the President fails so that your party can politically profit. You and your GOP colleagues were elected to lead, so participate in helping the country by doing your part in Congress or go home.

    July 2, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  21. IndyVoter

    Really? I mean really? Republicans take 8 years to put this economy in the toilet, the worst shape its been in since the GREAT DEPRESSION, and they want the President's remedy to fix it in less than 6 months. It is working and keeping many states from being in even WORSE shape than it would have been without the simulus. ASK THE GOVERNORS, who actually used the stimulus to help keep people on the employment rolls. They know the truth.

    July 2, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  22. coach

    Remember how we got here folks. The president is at least trying to improve the situation he inherited.

    July 2, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  23. Nelson Colorado Springs Co.

    I would like to know what Republican House Minority Leader John Boehner have been smoking or drinking to make a statement like this "Today's employment report reminds us that spending, taxing, and borrowing with reckless abandon is exactly what Democrats in charge of Washington have done all year long," For eight years the Republican spending, taxing, and borrowing with reckless abandon took a surplus into massive deficit themselfs. LIke President Obama the economic recovery will take time. Seem like everyone want it be fix right now, today or yesterday

    July 2, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |

    First you have to stop thhe job losses already set in motion over the past eight years, then you will start to recover..... slowly! Did they forget about the cause and effect of the past eight years?

    July 2, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  25. Scott, Tucson

    Just where did all the Billions of our tax doallrs that Obama and his fellow democrats spent went to? On the face of it, it certainly appears that it didn't do a thing to stem job loss or to create new jobs.

    I know! Obama's Health Care plan along with his Cap and Trade will save the day.

    July 2, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
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