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. Steph

    Jobs always lag in a recession. Don't they know this??? The recovery has started, but it isn't going to be a quick fix. Everyone economic expert has said this.

    If they spent even a little energy (OK – yes, they have put some energy into solutions, but we need a little more than putting out vague plans with nice clip art and no numbers) seriously working with the Democrats to solve our problems, the recovery might happen a bit faster.

    July 2, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  2. Common Sense 09

    First of all John Boehner, it has only been about 7 months since President Obama took office compared to 7 years of hell created by your party! Please be patient as we give the stimulus bill to work or fell...? Heck we waited as you and Bush & Cheney gang screwed us; now give the Democrats a chance to fix your mess!

    July 2, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  3. Jeff from Atlanta

    Republicans are exactly right on this one. Sooner or later you have to actually do something rather than just talk a good game.
    Too bad somehow the democrats will still try and blame this on Bush. I wonder how long obama has to be president before he actually accepts it? So far, 6 months and waiting.

    July 2, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  4. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Leave it up to Bonehead Boehner to make pre-emptive negative statements. The stimulus package is in the second phase. When the second phase is over with, then people will be able to speculate whether or not the Stimulus is working. From what we've witnessed so far, the stimulus is helping people refinace their homes and it has saved some jobs. The GOP is just jumping the gun because this jobs report came out today and they will try every chance they get to discredit the stimulus bill.

    July 2, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  5. Hank in Seattle

    Many of those piling on about the jobs report are the same ones that were loudly telling (correctly) the doubters to "give the surge time to work" in Iraq. The stimulus money has been flowing for not quite three months, if that, and not all of it is "on the ground", so I think it's a bit premature to be claiming the stimulus package isn't working. Let's remind ourselves that the free-fall has been largely halted (for now, anyway) and the patient has been stabilized. Demanding that the economy leap back to life and start growing again is simply foolish or pandering, take your pick. It's not a good thing for an economy the size of the United States' to change rapidly, up or down.

    July 2, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  6. Sniffit

    Wait wait wait...so the GOP, who failed to listen to economnic experts about how to fix the economic problems, is now criticizing the Dem administration and congress and proving that they also didn't hear the experts saying that no matter what we did the problems would deepen throughout 2009, hopefully stop getting worse by the end of 2009 and then start getting better in 2010? Who'd a thunk?

    Hear no see no speak no....they've got the deaf and blind part down...if only they'd practice the dumb part.

    July 2, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  7. Terry from GA

    John Boehner is a republican representing the state of Ohio. What plans does he have in place to restore jobs in the state of Ohio? He spends more time complaining than he does solving problems.

    July 2, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  8. Melissa

    More Republican whining. They have nothing to offer but criticism. Republicans go crawl back under your rocks.

    July 2, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  9. John in Binghamton

    Why don't the dems start blasting the GOP for slow rolling and watering everything down and not having any real solutions. The GOP is right where they want to be. Not in power with no responsibility. They think they can't be blamed this way.

    July 2, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  10. JHAT

    We will never know how it would have been without the stimulus though... Repubs will say it failed, Dems will say it would have been far worse, and Americans will never know for sure.

    July 2, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  11. Linda iowa

    As a democrat I am very disappointed in the continued effort to fix this economy from the top down. It is just not working. Stop pouring money into the bottomless money pit that is Wall Street. Give the money to the people. We will pay mortgages, credit cards, buy a new car, put money back into the economy which is the best stimulus of all. Back to the old idea (that is someone else's). Give 1 mil to the 40 mil that are in the workforce that are over 50(include the ones laid off in the last 12 months). 3 strings attached, retire (40 mil job openings); pay off mortagage or buy new home; buy new American made car. This is fixing the economy from the bottom up. Seems much simpler and more cost effective. Why over 50 they have lost the most with the least amount of time to recover before retirement. Come on people take charge! Tell your congressman no more money to the top. You hold their jobs in your hands. Let's start a grass roots movement of our own.

    July 2, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  12. TTBALA

    John Boehner,

    Why don't you go and take a nap in the tanning salon and keep your mouth shut, if you were such a smart person why did you help the past administration to bring distruction to this country, you did not utter one word in those days now you think people will listen to you, and we are not stupid it took you 8 years to distruct it will take longer than that to rebuild, GO AWAY.

    July 2, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  13. RB in FL

    What have you and your party done to offer a solution?? Don't forget that this downward spiral began on your watch (does GWB mean anything to you). You complain, strike fear, roll your eyes, but offer no solutions. I'm tired of both sides of the isle doing nothing. The only reason this nation is where it is today is because of the ineptness of Congress. The President can ONLY OFFER solutions. It takes an act of congress (comparable to the parting of the Red Sea , and that only took one man to do it) to get any action.

    July 2, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  14. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    That good old stimulus bill is sure working. Maybe if dear leader hadn't let Pelosi and and the lying democrats write it and the lying democrats had actually read the bill and realized that the only ones who the bill would benefit were George Soros, ACORN and the unions, they could have come up with something that worked. In the meantime the libs have solved the social security crisis, all non-Obama supporters can't retire and will have to work unitl they die. Liberals are amazingly stupid or diabolically clever (Insanity often is the same as genius). Unfortunately, the working people of this country are victims of the cabal.

    July 2, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  15. BJNJ

    How dare you Republican take what our rock star says as serious. We should judge our celebrity by what and how he says things, NOT BY REALITY. Like his phony bill, he's the clunker that needs to be traded in for a real commander in chief. Obama and Conan share the same property, they are well liked and their presentations are jokes and not to be taken seriuos. WAKE UP AMERICA. Whose keeping track of:

    What Obama says v What Obama does


    July 2, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  16. G SMITH PA

    The stimulus package is working well. Today 9.50% unemployed tomorrow maybe 10% going to 15%. President Obama only three and half years left until you are finished. What a waste of good money.

    July 2, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  17. Dave

    John, today's employment report reminds us of the last 8 years. Did you check the job creation rate of Bush? He's the 2nd worst since the depression. Guess who was third worst: GHW Bush. The worst? Another Republican who lead us to the depression.

    July 2, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  18. Chris ~ Albany, NY

    Shut up bonner! This current disaster happened over many many years and it's gonna take more than 4 months to get us outa it! Use some common sense man, at least some of try to!

    July 2, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  19. Fla.

    Gee, these Republicans are being negative (again)...shocking. The GOP fails to recognize unemployment SLOWED again in June.

    At least our country is headed in the right direction, but I would not expect Boehner to acknowledge it or accept responsibility for his party's inept nonsense these past several years.

    July 2, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  20. Anonymous

    Whats new with this? Same old RUN DOWN the President and RUN DOWN the Democrats, RUN DOWN the Country, that's all the Republicans know how to do.......Hey GOP instead of putting the democrats down so much why don't you clean out your closets of all the adulterous scum you have in your party.......

    July 2, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  21. nick

    Yes, I'm sure Boehner is truly interested in the welfare of the unemployed, the day after he played a nice round of golf with Tiger Woods. You don't get to be a 7 handicap by dedicating yourself to fixing the nation's financial crisis. It's much easier just to whine about it on the fairway.

    July 2, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  22. David

    "Committee also released a statement noting Obama administration officials once claimed the stimulus bill would contain the unemployment rate under 8 percent"

    The Obama administration lied to us to pass legislation and the American people are suffering for it.

    I'm sure there are still enough "blame it on Bush" cards to be played, isn't there?

    July 2, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  23. Jim in Indinana

    We were told things would get worse before they got better. For a party with no solutions they expect immediate results. No one is going to forget whose incompetence created this mess. If the g.o.p. cared about this country they would look for ways to contribute instead just constant whining.

    July 2, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  24. skyhawkdriver

    Stimulus bill equals jobs??..I don't see it..after spending billions already I don't see an increase in jobs..I do see taxes going up..I do see the federal payroll going up..I do see wasteful spending going up..the latest is the so called emissions bill..millions of wasted dollars..what exactly is wrong with nuclear power??..the navy has used it safely for fifty years..the french generate a large percentage of their power with nuclear power..if the current administration feels it is ok for iran to have nuclear power than why isn't it for us??..cap and trade is just another tax and will be just another government run program..does everyone really want to drive a yugo??..thank you but I will stick with my ford f-250..the fractured fairytale of the obumbler administration continues to stumble along

    July 2, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  25. Right Leaning Independent

    Come on, did you really believe that the stimulus was going to create jobs?? It was typical politics. Government does not know how to spend our money better than we do! Give Americans their money back and let them spend it thus creating jobs. Where are all the Libs screaming about the wasted stimulus money. Are your voices still too hoarse from screaming for 8 years about Bush's wasteful spending? Bunch of HYPOCRITES!!!!!!

    July 2, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
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