August 7th, 2009
09:56 AM ET
10 years ago

Republicans react to jobless report

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Just 20 minutes after the release of July's unemployment report, The Republican National Committe released a statement slamming President Obama for taking a "victory lap" over some better-than-expected economic indicators:

"While President Obama was taking a victory lap to celebrate the economy's performance, more Americans lost their jobs and the budget deficit soared to a record $1.3 trillion in July. In the month of July alone 247,000 Americans lost their jobs, which means more than 2.8 million Americans have lost their jobs since the president took office," said RNC Chairman Michael Steele in an e-mail. "The president said his stimulus bill would keep unemployment from rising higher than 8 percent. It hasn't. Now he expects Americans to believe his trillion-dollar health care experiment will improve their health care? It won't. America simply can't afford more of the president's costly experiments."

Twelve minutes later, House Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio, reacting to the jobless numbers, criticized Democrats for what he called their "job-killing agenda":

"Today's unemployment report is yet another reminder that more spending, taxing, and borrowing does not mean more jobs for the American people. Instead of rewriting history on their 'stimulus' promises, Washington Democrats should abandon their job-killing agenda," said Boehner in a release. "Rather than pushing an increasingly unpopular government takeover of health care that will increase costs, drive up the deficit, raise taxes, and destroy jobs, Democratic leaders would be well-served to work with Republicans on real reforms that expand Americans' access to affordable health care and help small businesses create more jobs."

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  1. PJ

    The Obama camp will spin this saying "If it wasn't for the stimulus, things would be a whole lot worse!." That's like me saying I kept Katrina from being worse by putting a fan on my roof to blow the hurricane away. By the way, my electricity went out and the fan did not work anyway....kind of like the stimulus package.

    August 7, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  2. Bill

    Make that former presidents...though its likely future presidents should they be Republicans would continue to allow our healthcare system to crumble.

    August 7, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  3. nasty disposition

    It doesn't matter what the GOP think in this stage of the game. They have no ideas, Rush is their leader who keeps ramming ideas in their head, they can't stand on their own two feet, and always have negative things to say about this country. They are the new Nazis in this country. If I were the Democrats, i would continue to let them talk, but continue my hardwork without them or their ideas. Right now America doesn't accept their ideas but they keep on drumming up we represent the American people. " How about the minorities in this country? You don't see them at your funky town meetings or halls. That is why I believe those meetings are stagged.

    August 7, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  4. David

    Ah, yes...

    According to republicans...

    Good News = Bad
    Bad News = Good
    Fear = Good
    Facts = Bad

    These guys are so ridiculous. No wonder they continue to drift further & further towards irrelevance.

    August 7, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  5. Jay T.

    Seriously. Boner and "I Don't Do Pollicy" need to learn to mix in a little positive with the negative every once in awhile. It helps credibility.

    August 7, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  6. Nick the Photographer

    Repugs just can't get over that WE won the election and are winning at turning around this mess THEY created!

    August 7, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  7. Edna

    I would like to hear a Republican suggestion that would actually help the American people out of the mess that we are in. The continuous bashing of the current administration is getting old now. President Obama is working hard to right the wrongs of the previous administration, and the Republicans can not stand it. He will not fail, because he has the American people behind him, no matter what the so-called polls say. No one has ever asked me what I think. I am a 63-year old retired/working woman who is doing just fine. I have health insurance, but I would surely like to see those millions of people who don't have health insurance, get theirs. And I am praying for those people who are out of work, to once again get back to work. It will take time, but time is all we have. I am confident that President Obama's agenda will get us back on the right track. I am sick and tired of the Republicans never giving any solid suggestions. They had eight years and tore our country apart. I can not wait for the 2010 elections.

    August 7, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  8. Adam

    Is the GOP serious? Slamming Obama because of 2.8 million jobs lost since he has been in office?? The standards they are holding President Obama to are not humanly achievable. They are failing to deal with the fact that Obama is cleaning up the mess of a GOP administration!

    If my house (aka our economy) became mostly destroyed by a bulldozer (aka W) and a government agency came in to help me rebuild it, and one month later I went on a public offensive against the agency that was helping me rebuild because I had been homeless for a month under their watch, I would be doing the same thing the GOP is doing; distorting the truth and distracting attention away from the fact that it is their mess that Obama is cleaning up.

    Shame on Boehner and the GOP for their counterproductive and immature attitude.

    August 7, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  9. Russell

    This is the typical reublican climate , so what if the economy has started to shift towards the positive , are republicans still say that nothings's working , if they haven't been paying attention lately but their are good indicator's that the stimulus is starting to take hold , but if they continue with the angry politics and the word ' NO ' to everything that is trying to be accomplished then we have to say that they are actually obstructing progress for all Americans , Yet even with the healthcare bill , why would we not want to fix our healthcare system , but yet republicans are constantly spewing out disimformation , why would we not want insurance companies to become more honest and settle for less profit , it's seems they make a lot of money but offer little in return , what's wrong with competition for the insurance companies that is the question most of you that have been disallusioned to ask your selves

    August 7, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  10. Rob from Texas

    Just like the repubs we hear something good and they are so quick to try and make it something bad. Can't they at least let America have a feel good moment before trashing the Pres.

    August 7, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  11. LN

    I just completed a week long vacation where i drove 2225 miles up the coast of California, Oregon and Washington State. On that trip i saw first hand 1. the horrible state of our infrastructure - roads/bridges and 2. Happy men and women WORKING hard to repave and rebuild that infrastructure. we have a huge amount of work to do and more stimulus money? I'm all for it. When i would hit those sections that had been completed i realized that the third world highways we have come to expect as the norm take a terrible toll on our cars and are basically pretty dangerous to drive.

    August 7, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  12. r4444b

    I want to ask all the politicians if THEY will be covered under the same health plan they are shoving down our throat????
    If not, WHY? Why do they think they are better than the AMERICANS that pay their salaries?

    August 7, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  13. Bruce

    Come about time that the repubs realize that mess is from Bush, and take the responsibiltiy for it.
    All I hear from them is slamming Obama and the Dems..put up some programs that make sense and expalin why they are different and why they would work.
    It is time that all the polictal BS stop...this country needs everyone to work together..the partisan politics has got to stop or we will all go down the drain.

    August 7, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  14. Russell

    if these fixes fail , then America fails not Obama , not Congress , not the republicans either , but the average citizen is the one who will be burden ...................

    August 7, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  15. TMC

    So if it's killing jobs,then why the heck is there lower unemployment?
    The sun never shines during a Democratic administration does it

    August 7, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  16. sportsfan

    The party of "NO" is still at it. Despite their best efforts to prevent it, the economy is starting to turn around. The loss of jobs started on their watch more than a year ago and has finally showed some improvement. Now they start on health care and the deficit. The deficit started rising 8 years ago ON THEIR WATCH. Health care cost rose tremendously in those 8 years and nothing was done about it. How can they even pretend to defend their policy on these issues?

    August 7, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  17. Yougottaloveit

    These remarks by Republicans make me wonder what they would have said if the jobless rate had gone up ...just goes to show, they are only interested in making the United States fail..

    August 7, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  18. Brandon

    Wow, the first really good news on the economy in over a year and this is how the republicans react. What are they going to say when the economy finally starts adding jobs again?

    August 7, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  19. ChicagoJim

    WOW! I'm impressed. Republican are sooo concerned about joblessness.

    August 7, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  20. Gator

    These Republicans are so predictably negative. Shocking.

    There was nearly a 50% drop in unemployment numbers last month, but the RNC would rather remain critical and offer the Party of NO solutions, NO cooperation and NO direction. Could you imagine the bigger mess if these shortsighted Republicans were still allowed to wreak their havoc?

    At least President Obama is working diligently for us to turn our economy in a positive direction.

    August 7, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  21. D. Tree

    And what have the Republicans done for us lately, besides hurl accusations and insults?

    Meanwhile, the President is continuing to do exactly what the majority of Americans elected him to do: save our failing economy, reform health care, and create a new green-jobs economy.

    August 7, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  22. Alan

    Yup. As the economy begins turning around you can expect the Republicans to get louder and louder.

    Funny, isn't it? Had the jobless rate gone UP, they would have slammed his policies as being somehow responsible. They surprise everyone and go DOWN and they point fingers at Obama's "failed policies" and "experiments?"

    Got any PLAN, Republicans? Or just more whining and moaning as the "experiment" you hate begins working?

    August 7, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  23. niyi

    Republicans are a joke. When the un-employment rose, they critized Obama, even though Georgey boy got us into this mess and now that it is slowly declining, they are coming out again. Since Obama took office, what have the rebulicans done to help this economy. The answer is simply, "Nothing". Even though you are black micheal, you are a white mans pawn. The party that hates everything thats not white, are at it again. It is a shame another party is not created to take its place. this people are a complete joke.

    August 7, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
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