Republicans criticise Democrats after the better-than-expected report.Speaker of the House John Boehner:
“Today’s unemployment report is more proof that all of the Washington spending, taxing, and regulating is devastating our economy. While the American people are asking ‘where are the jobs?’ the Democrats running Washington are determined to punish small businesses with higher taxes and more red tape – including hundreds of new regulations last month alone – and to keep their spending binge going at all costs. Instead of more jobs, they’re creating more fear, more uncertainty, and more debt.
“To get our economy back to creating jobs, Republicans are working to expand American energy production to help lower gas prices, repeal the job-crushing health care law with all of its mandates and tax hikes, adopt a Balanced Budget Amendment to stop Washington from spending money it doesn’t have, and more. While the Senate and White House have resisted these efforts so far, I hope Democrats will take this opportunity to ‘pivot’ away from their failed ‘stimulus’ policies, and work with us to implement our Plan for America’s Job Creators and remove the government barriers that are hurting job growth.”
GOP Presidential Candidate Tim Pawlenty:
“Today’s dismal jobs report is a far cry from the hope and change that President Obama promised on the campaign trail. Since the President took office, unemployment has risen 17%, the federal debt has increased 37% and gas prices have doubled. In the last week, the stock market suffered its worst day in years, economic growth was revised down and consumer confidence dropped. Despite these clear and abundant signs that our economy is floundering, President Obama has still failed to deliver a concrete plan to create jobs and promote growth. This lack of leadership is inexcusable and driving our economy toward decline. It’s time for a new president to point us back in the right direction, and I am the only candidate who has proposed a specific economic plan that will create jobs and grow our economy.”
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor:
“Unemployment is far too high, manufacturers are struggling, and consumer spending is down. While a slight improvement from last month, today’s jobs report shows that our economy is ailing and we must push pro-growth polices to get back on track so that businesses can begin to hire and people can get back to work. The recent debt limit agreement was an important step forward for our country and accomplished needed reforms without raising taxes on working families and small businesses. However, upon signing this bipartisan package, President Obama renewed his call for tax increases – while at the same time saying he would focus on creating jobs. The President can’t have it both ways. Raising taxes on the very small businesses we are counting on to create jobs is exactly the wrong prescription for economic growth – and a call for tax hikes shows the President remains out of touch on these tough economic issues.
“In contrast, House Republicans have put forth a robust jobs plan that will spur economic growth and provide an environment where businesses have the confidence to grow and hire again. With millions of Americans out of work, I hope the President and his party will join us on real growth measures that will empower private sector job creators, instead of playing political games and leaving millions of America jobs hanging in the balance.”
GOP Presidential Candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann:
“Despite today’s jobs report showing a slight improvement, with 9.1 per cent unemployment, it is still evidence that the President’s failed economic policies are digging us deeper into a hole. The President created twice as many donors for his campaign as he created jobs in the second quarter. This week the President was handed a $2.4 trillion blank check and in return the American people got a mere $21 billion in promised spending cuts, the erosion of their personal savings in the worst stock market drop since 2008, and the promise of higher taxes before the ink had dried on the budget deal. It’s time for the President to admit what the markets, the world, and the American people already know – his trillion dollar stimulus was a failure, the government can’t create jobs, and massive spending kills them.
“This week the President announced that he would again pivot to focus his attention on jobs. We can only hope he will pivot away from his failed economic policies that have killed growth and put millions of Americans out of work. What the markets want and what the country needs is a fundamental restructuring in the way Washington spends taxpayers dollars that reins in unprecedented spending, gets our debt under control, and encourages pro-growth economic policies. The President can attempt to blame and spin away this week’s bad economic news, but you can’t fool the markets. Mr. President – the only way to dig us out of this hole your administration has gotten us into is to stop digging.”
GOP Presidential Candidate Jon Huntsman:
“The President has had 2.5 years to turn around the American economy and it is clear he has failed. In less than one day, Americans have witnessed a considerable drop in the stock market and yet another jobs report showing an unemployment rate above 9%. When President Obama should have been focused on creating jobs, he focused on a government-mandated health care system that the American people didn’t ask for and can’t afford. What we can’t afford now is to waste any more time. We need to implement the type of pro-growth policies and free-market reforms that made Utah the top state for job creation when I was Governor. America needs a President who knows how to create an economic environment that allows entrepreneurs to thrive and create jobs. This country will never realise its true economic potential until we enact tax cuts, implement regulatory reform and move toward energy independence.”
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