Paltry jobs report has Republicans pointing fingers
April 5th, 2013
09:58 AM ET
10 years ago

Paltry jobs report has Republicans pointing fingers

(CNN) – A monthly jobs report showing sluggish hiring in March gave Republicans an opening Friday to chastise President Barack Obama's economic policies.

"The president's policies continue to make it harder for Americans to find work," House Speaker John Boehner wrote in a statement released a half hour after the Labor Department report was released. "Hundreds of thousands fled the workforce last month and unemployment remains far above what the Obama administration promised when it enacted its 'stimulus' spending plan."

Friday's report showed 88,000 jobs were added in March, far lower than the 190,000 jobs that economists expected. The unemployment rate fell to 7.6%, though the drop was pegged to 500,000 Americans leaving the workforce.

During last year's election, Obama's record on jobs creation formed the core of rival Mitt Romney's attacks, even as hiring began picking up and the unemployment rate dropped. Republicans have continued attacking Obama's jobs record after the election as the White House and Congressional Republicans grapple over a deficit reduction plan.

Next week Obama will unveil his annual budget, which is expected to make changes to Medicare and Social Security in an effort to reach a deficit deal with Republicans.

In his statement Friday, Boehner said that "one of the best things President Obama can do is follow the House and outline a balanced budget next week – one that includes entitlement reforms that are not conditional on enactment of more tax increases, which will suppress growth instead of encourage it."

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus cast the March jobs report as a consequence of Obama's focus on upcoming midterm elections.

"What exactly was the president doing in the last month to create jobs as the economy sputtered along?" Priebus asked. "Why did he flit off to San Francisco this week to fundraise on Billionaire's Row instead of sending a budget to Congress? Why is adding money to Nancy Pelosi's campaign coffers more important than adding jobs to the economy?"

Obama's fundraising swing through California began Wednesday evening and continued Thursday with events for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the Democratic National Committee.

Priebus also placed blame on Congressional Democrats, whose policies he said were hurting American hiring.

"Why don't liberals admit their big government programs are straining Americans' budgets? Why are they sticking young people with higher insurance costs through Obamacare? Why won't they work with Republicans to strengthen Medicare and Medicaid?" he said.

"Are the president and his fellow Democrats out-of-touch–or just not serious about doing their jobs?" he concluded.

Rep. Eric Cantor, the number two House Republican, wrote it was time for Obama and Democrats in Congress to "stop making excuses and start working together on common sense solutions to address our lingering unemployment problem, and the stagnant economy."

Public polling shows Americans split on who to trust with the economy, Obama or Congressional Republicans. An ABC News/Washington Post poll conducted March 7-10 showed 44% trusted Obama more on the economy and 40% trusted members of the GOP in Congress.

Alan Krueger, the chairman of Obama's Council of Economic Advisers, wrote in a statement that "more work remains to be done" to spur hiring.

Today’s employment report provides further evidence that the U.S. economy is continuing to recover from the worst downturn since the Great Depression," Krueger wrote. Similar statements are released after every monthly jobs report. "It is critical that we continue the policies that are helping to build an economy that creates jobs and works for the middle class as we dig our way out of the deep hole that was caused by the severe recession that began in December 2007."

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soundoff (264 Responses)
  1. sally-ann

    They can blame who they want. Just vote them out. Recovering from Bush's great recession republicans not only obstruct job growth, they force wage and job loss. Republicans are sick. Vote them out.

    April 7, 2013 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  2. iceload09

    It's just bad kabuki theater its all so predictable

    April 7, 2013 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  3. Vicki

    Republicans have not created one single job since their election of jobs, jobs, jobs. It was just a gimmick for them to win that election. Everything they have done since has been to make sure no jobs are created. Now their schedule is to be seldom at work and never working for the good of the American people. Republicans are the problem. They wanted the sequester and they want to cut, cut and cut everything that helps the poor, the sick, the elderly like Meals on Wheels, our veterans and children for Head Start. No rich will be hurt like the people who need the help of our government.

    April 7, 2013 01:37 am at 1:37 am |
  4. JASON

    Just one more reason not to vote for any Repubs in 2014

    April 7, 2013 02:11 am at 2:11 am |
  5. Manuel J.

    Come on Lib's. It's been over 5 years and you are still blaming others!!! If you can't do the job, quit running for office AND quit your whining!

    April 7, 2013 02:42 am at 2:42 am |
  6. Asta Dog

    Pres. Obama should be ashamed for allowing the stock market to reach new record highs. The GOP wants to go back to 2008. Haven't had a decent bail out since then.

    April 7, 2013 03:09 am at 3:09 am |
  7. Maimonida

    GOP should point fingers at their inappropriate for this moment economic policy. The sequester. Cutting deficit this way is mad. Cutting deficit in a moment of deep economic recession is wrong. President warned them about it. As well as other Democratic leaders and economists.
    They care more about their pointless dogmas than about well being of US.

    April 7, 2013 06:25 am at 6:25 am |
  8. JustSaying2u

    Seems all this harping by the GOP is just hypocrisy as usual. The President has had an infrastructure jobs bill sitting dormant in Congress, for nearly 3 years and the Republicans wouldn't even take up debate, much less vote on the bill.

    April 7, 2013 06:42 am at 6:42 am |
  9. Vic

    5 years of Obamanomics and unemployment is the same as it was when he took office. Thanks democrats.

    April 7, 2013 07:04 am at 7:04 am |
  10. Alex

    Two parties pointing fingers like its one parties fault and the other is innocent. We so much need a third and moderate party. Regardless the Government can only do so much in job creation but they can get out of the way so business can grow and in return hire. While Wall Street shows great growth that does not reflect small business which is not doing so well right now. Throw in the partisan and broken HC Bill and all the new regulations since Obama took office and the economy will not take off. So you Republicans and Democrats keep blaming eachother because that is exactly what DC and the biased media outlets want you to do. There is no innocent or fix all political party.

    April 7, 2013 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  11. pubesrtoast

    This economy is the fault of:
    a) The worst president in history (Bush).
    b) The Grand Obstructionist Party.
    c) The people (racists, homophobes, anti-women, anti-science, ignorant) who keep voting them in.

    Thank goodness real Americans no longer buy their BS.

    April 7, 2013 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  12. Runymede

    I have always thought that Eric Cantor was a roadblock in efforts to get both parties to compromise but lately he has shown more leadership than the others.

    April 7, 2013 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  13. Anonymous

    It's shocking to read that people thing Republicans trying to balance the budget cost jobs. The federal budget deficit is $1.2 TRILLION annually. Every man, woman and child owes the Federal Government about $40,000. Do you think it's Monopoly money? Is it the Republican's job to borrow and spend more so people can have a job? Shouldn't Obama have a plan to grow the economy, increase employment and income? He's had 5 years to do it. Spending cuts are fiscally responsible. The President promised to grow the economy and he needs a better plan than Tax, Borrow and Spend. Of course, he doesn't care about the economy or jobs or wages. His actions clearly show that he wants to grow the size of Government through Taxing, Borrowing and Spending. Guess what? It doesn't work.

    April 7, 2013 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  14. Ron in SC

    My my, the fingers could certainly be pointed at the GOP/Tea Party and at a much greater proportion if they want to play that game. How about all the problems, jobs lost etc caused by GOP obstructionism? How about your hateful racist ideology? How about your non stop support of the wealthy and corporations tax breaks etc. while millions suffer because of that support? Yes, you have no room to point fingers!

    April 7, 2013 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
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