Republicans blame Obama for job numbers
June 1st, 2012
09:07 AM ET
10 years ago

Republicans blame Obama for job numbers

(CNN) - Top Republicans were quick to fault the Obama administration for Friday's job numbers, which showed a lower-than-expected addition of 69,000 jobs in May and a slight bump in the unemployment rate to 8.2% from 8.1% last month.

"It is now clear to everyone that President Obama's policies have failed to achieve their goals and that the Obama economy is crushing America's middle class," Mitt Romney said in a statement.

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The presumptive GOP presidential nominee went on to describe the new numbers as "devastating news for American workers" and evidence of the president's "handling of the economy."

"The President's re-election slogan may be 'forward,' but it seems like we've been moving backward. We can do so much better in America," he said.

House Speaker John Boehner also piled on, saying the numbers represent a new "normal" for the White House.

"President Obama's failed policies have made high unemployment and a weak economy the sad new normal for families and small businesses," Boehner said in a statement.

He argued that for the last three years, "the unemployment rate has remained far above what the administration predicted with the 'stimulus' spending binge."

Boehner also blamed Congressional Democrats for halting legislation that Republicans argue would improve the economy, such as the production of the Keystone pipeline.

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus also fired off a statement hitting the president over the numbers.

"Today's extremely troubling jobs report proves yet again that President Obama's policies simply are not working and that he has failed to live up to the promise of his presidency," Priebus said.

He added: "The American people are still asking, 'where are the jobs?' Republicans are listening. It's time for President Obama and Senate Democrats to stop playing games and start listening too."

Rep. Jeb Hensarling of Texas, chairman of the House Republican Conference, said while he doesn't blame the president for creating the problem, he holds Obama responsible for making it "worse."

"What we need is to promote economic growth, fundamental tax reform," he said on CNN's "Starting Point." "You won't get economic growth with this president's policies."

However, Alan Krueger, chairman of the president's Council of Economic Advisers, made the case that "problems in the job market were long in the making and will not be solved overnight."

Despite the sluggish job growth, Krueger said May marked the 27th month in a row with additional private sector jobs.

"The economy is growing but it is not growing fast enough," he said in a statement.

Krueger pointed to the president's "American Jobs Act" and his "To-Do List" for Congress, which includes proposals to cut tax incentives for moving jobs overseas, give a 10% tax credit to small businesses that add jobs or raise wage and help veterans find work.

"It is critical that we continue the President's economic policies that are helping us dig our way out of the deep hole that was caused by the severe recession," Krueger siad.

CNN's Ashley Killough contributed to this report.

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Filed under: 2012 • Jobs • John Boehner • Republicans • RNC
soundoff (62 Responses)
  1. BLKMANinAmerica

    Yes they do...................but CLEARLY this blame comes from LIERS and people that live in DENIAL soooooooooooooo why on earth would anyone with a pea-brain every believe known LIERS and people that live in DENIAL?

    June 1, 2012 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  2. BTLProd

    Let me get this straight, the President has been taking responsibility for the Unemployment numbers going down even though the number of people that have given up and left the workforce is at an all time high. Now when the numbers go back up to the same numbers they have been for over a year, it isn't his responsibility?

    How does that work?

    June 1, 2012 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  3. Ready

    Obama = Failure. Epic fail...

    June 1, 2012 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  4. Bill

    Of course they will, they have nothing else. Bottom line, growth continues, albeit at a slower than desired pace, this administration has added almoost 4 million jobs in 3 1/2 years, (compare that to Bush's 8 years) and we are headed in the right direction. If anyone thinks Romney and his policies (put together by the remnants of Bush's clan) will do any better, then please send me some of what you are somoking. And the ludicrous claim that Romeny can create 500,000 jobs a month is laughable on its face. That has happened twice in all of US history. A squeaker in November, but Obama will prevail.

    June 1, 2012 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  5. Mario

    Republicans in congress have not stepped up for the American people. Since they took over in 2010 they have not passed any new bills to put American to work. Romney and Republicans continue to say its Obamas failed polices that are not working. Can any republican tell us what policy(s) that Obama has put in place since 2010 that has not worked

    June 1, 2012 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  6. JAnGA

    For those that want a bit of truth between the political speak of unemployment, take a peak at the raw numbers at the labor department website. Its very illuminating.
    I took a look at the WH's website this morning and while downplaying the rise in unemployment rate they are trying to praise the increase in in labor force participation rate. But then they've been playing this card for a while praising drops in the unemployment rate and ignoring the truth behind the numbers.
    Here's the irony. From 1990 to 2008 the participation rate (meaining what percentage of the total US population is in the workforce) averages 66% (with a high of 67% in 1998-1999) Since 2008 the rate has steadily dropped from 66.2% in Jan 2008 (or for those that complain that that is a bad indicator since O's policies couldn't take effect in Jan- so lets go with Sept 08 at 65.9%) to 63.8% in May '12.
    While people come in and out of the labor market for various reasons the rate over the last 20 plus years averaged 66% – that is until 2009.
    Yes the WH is praising this 63.8% participation rate this morning because it rose from .2% since Apr '12. And they ignore that it dropped 2.3% (since Sep'08 to Apr '12). The highest point in this span briefly rose to 65.1% in Apr '10 but has declined ever since.
    The unemployment rate is another great irony is that the WH should be praising when it rises because more people shoved out of the labor market are entering it again hoping for a job. Over the course of his O's term the monthly unemployment rate has dropped each time people leave the labor force.
    So do you feel curious enough to go look at the numbers yourself and question what those politicians spout as great news.

    June 1, 2012 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  7. Independent Voters

    Republican is holding america hostage they would not pass the jobs bill..The republican will be voted out of the office 2012.

    June 1, 2012 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  8. No Obama Drama

    I beg to differ with a lot of you on the board today; but, the house has passed a lot of things. The hold up is Harry Reid and the Dem controlled Senate. He won't bring anything the house passes to a vote. Reid only wants his ear mark projects like the high speed rail though the desert in CA which only goes so far and then travelers will have to rent cars or take plane rest of expensive nonsencial stuff.

    Too bad the numbers didn't come out yesterday, Bush was at the White House and Obama could have saved time and blamed him then; instead of waiting for today, which I guarentee he will do!!

    June 1, 2012 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  9. Howwhy

    So sad that in 2012, 2012 people! Hatred and ignorance is still as contagious as it was from the 1800's- to well now!!!!!!!!!

    June 1, 2012 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  10. Laura, Paulden AZ

    Who should we blame? Obama said we wouldn't see unemployment up over 6% and now we would love it if it was 7%. He is toast in my book.

    June 1, 2012 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  11. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    What was the first thing that the House did under Boehner as speaker? It wasn't related to jobs as I recall. There seems to be an unwillingness from the House tea people to not spend money on anything. That is going to slow us down in the long run.

    June 1, 2012 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  12. Anonymous

    Obama has been a total failure....just face the facts.

    June 1, 2012 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
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