Speaker of the House John poured cold water on the better than expected September jobs report, again repeat his charge that President Barack Obama is campaigning and not working with House Republicans to speed jobs growth.Here’s what he had to say:
“Today’s report underscores the urgency for both parties to find common ground on common-sense solutions to create a better environment for private-sector job creation. Republicans have outlined for President Obama possible areas of common ground, and just yesterday we passed a bipartisan measure to stop excessive regulations that threaten thousands of American jobs. Unfortunately, while the House has passed more than a dozen jobs bills this year, most have yet to receive a vote in the Democratic-led Senate.
“Our unemployment rate has been higher than eight per cent for more than two-and-a-half years, far above what the Obama Administration promised with the ‘stimulus.’ For many groups, including teenagers, Hispanics, and African Americans, the jobless rate is even higher. These sad numbers show that more Washington spending, threats of higher taxes on small businesses, and excessive government regulations don’t create a healthy environment for job growth.
“The American people are asking the question: ‘where are the jobs?’ The Democrats running Washington need to stop campaigning, start listening, and start working with Republicans to liberate our struggling economy and remove government barriers to private-sector job growth.”
Rep. Michele Bachmann:”The new unemployment report, showing unemployment at 9.1 per cent, is a reminder that President Obama was correct yesterday when he said the economy needed ‘a jolt,’ because, as he said, America is at risk of a ‘double-dip recession.’ That ‘jolt’ should be good economic medicine, unfortunately, the President is offering only bad medicine–higher taxes, more spending, more dubious ‘green jobs’ boondoggles, and more tactical blame-gaming.
“Today’s report, showing the creation of just 103,000 jobs, is a warning sign that we could be entering another recessionary period–although, for many Americans, the previous recession never ended. And this week we have been reminded yet again that the President is offering no good plan, and thus no real hope. As President Harry Truman said, ‘the buck stops here.’ Mr. President – you can’t hide from your responsibility and if you try, you won’t succeed; for that reason, you will be a one-term president.”
Rep. Kevin Brady, Vice Chairman of the Joint Economic Committee:
“Today’s report tells us that the economy is standing still. In testimony before the Joint Economic Committee, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke stated that overall,
the recent recession was ‘even deeper’ and the recovery even ‘weaker’ than many experts anticipated.”
“After you factor out the gains of 45,000 jobs, resulting from an end to the Verizon strike, job creation remains below the level needed to bring the unemployment rate down in a meaningful way.”
“The time is long past for the President and Congress to get the federal government out of the way. We need to recognise that this administration is holding the economy back. High taxes, excessive spending and regulations, and uncertainty about the increasingly intrusive federal government are killing any chance to get the economy moving.”
“The unemployment rate remains stubbornly high at 9.1%. When President Obama and Democrats rammed through their massive $1 trillion stimulus package, they told us that passage would bring the unemployment rate down to 6.7% by this point. How they can now ask Congress to throw more of the American peoples’ hard earned money down the drain is inexplicable.”
“What the economy most needs is for the federal government to get out of the way so that America can get moving again and more of its people working.”
“The current rate of job growth will still leave us above 9% unemployment for many months — an unacceptably high level. “
Mitt Romney (interview on Fox and Friends):
Mitt Romney: “Well, you can learn some lessons from Ronald Reagan and what he did after the recession when he came into office and he made sure that government was not burdening the enterprise system. He kept taxes low. Held down regulation. Expanded trade around the world. And in the month of September following the recession he inherited, we actually created over a million jobs. So what you’re seeing now is the result of a failed economic policy by a president who has been in office three years and is looking for someone to blame
Steve Doocy: “Well, yeah, and he’s going to blame Congress, obviously. Here’s a snippet of the President yesterday talking about how he’s gone out of his way to get the other side on board. Let’s listen.”
President Obama: “I have gone out of my way in every instance, sometimes at my own political peril and to the frustration of Democrats to work with Republicans to find common ground, to move this country forward.”
Doocy: “Mr. Romney, wouldn’t you say that the President knows his jobs bill and the way it is right now is not going to pass and all he’s doing is trying to portray the U.S. Congress as a bunch of do nothings like Harry Truman did to score political points for next year.”
Mitt Romney: “You know, I think he’s having a very hard time doing that because the American people remember that for the first two years of this president’s administration, after he inherited the recession, he had a Democrat House and a Democrat Senate. He had his way with legislation. He could do whatever he wanted. He passed a massive stimulus bill, said he’d hold unemployment below 8%. It hasn’t been below 8% since. So he’s had his way and trying to find someone new to blame is simply not going to work.”
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