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Republicans Crow Over Bad May Jobs Numbers

RNC Chair Reince Priebus

It’s the worst economic news of the year, and it conclusively proves that President Obama’s policies have failed. At least that’s what Republicans were saying Friday, when the government announced that 69,000 jobs, fewer than expected, were created in May. Unemployment ticked up, from 8.1 percent to 8.2.

The markets also suffered on Friday, with the the Dow Jones industrial average down 275 points (it’s worst day since November) and similar showings by other indices.

The press releases came flying in from Republicans.

“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,” said RNC Chairman Reince Preibus. “In early 2009, he promised to fix the economy in three years, and he promised the unemployment rate would be below six percent by now.”

Tom Smith echoed Preibus, and blamed his November opponent U.S. Senator Bob Casey.

“I am disappointed the Obama-Casey agenda has placed our economy on the back burner, after their so-called $1 trillion taxpayer-funded ‘stimulus’ failed to keep the unemployment rate below 8 percent as promised,” he said. “It is time Congress got serious about rolling back the job-killing regulations that have continued to stifle our recovery and stop their out-of-control spending habit.”

Other Republicans office-holders and candidates joined the pile on.

Democrats, meanwhile, spent the day pushing negatives about Mitt Romney’s record as Massachusetts Governor. Namely, that Massachusetts lagged in job creation, ranking 47th out of 50.

The Obama campaign unveiled this video:

6 Responses

  1. We were using this definition of crow: “Say something in a tone of gloating satisfaction.” In my opinion, that fairly characterizes the bevy of press releases received by PoliticsPA on the jobs numbers.

  2. The headline is not supported by text. Who thinks that fewer people working and more people on Food Stamps is a good thing? I do not know of any Republican or Tea Party Patriot who is happy about this. This is a phony headline. I wonder why Keegan Gibson posted a misleading and phony headline.

    Wasn’t it a Democrat who said a crisis is a terrible thing to waste.

    The impact of Obama’s policies were, and are, foreseeable. Why anyone who cares about people would want to continue them is beyond me.

  3. Unemployment figures are regularly manipulated. The real story was that the previously reported March jobs number was revised down by 11,000. And April ‘s was revised down by a whopping 38,000, yet in most news reports we never see those facts.

  4. this is disgusting…republicans so much want to win a political race that they are excited when the economy fails and people continue to struggle. This is all part of the mantra to do whatever is necessary to make President Obama a one term president. Rinse n Flush may be the worst political leader ever.

  5. Republicans are not crowing. They are rightly sounding the alarm against the gross mismanagement of the economic and fiscal policy by Obama.

    This headline could have been written by the Obama campaign. Nice try at spin, Daniel. Too bad for you and your ilk that everyone can now see that Obama has no clue about the complexities of the moving parts of the economy.

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