July 8th, 2011
12:10 PM ET

GOP ties job numbers to anti-tax stance in debt talks

Top congressional Republicans on Friday used the new dismal jobs report to blast Democrats' push for more tax revenue in the ongoing debt ceiling negotiations, arguing that such a move would derail an already shaky economic recovery.

Federal officials reported Friday that the economy added only 18,000 jobs in June - far below the number predicted by most economists. Unemployment inched up another tenth of a point to 9.2%.

"Today's report is more evidence that the misguided 'stimulus' spending binge, excessive regulations, and an overwhelming national debt continue to hold back private-sector job creation in our country," said House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio. "A debt limit increase that raises taxes or fails to make serious spending cuts won't pass the House."

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  1. IKE

    Cutting the debt won't create jobs. Jobs should be the priority. The government does create jobs, check your history. In the depression it was the WPA and the CCC. They had programs in the 1960's. The DOD is the largest employer in the world, through employment and contractors it pacifiys the worlds populations with economic means, people with decent jobs don't think about armed up risings, because their bellies are full and they have a roof over their head.

    July 9, 2011 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. ben

    @Nini: I'm neither a dem or a repub, but I will add that Ike is correct in stating the government does create jobs, NASA(a branch of the US military) is directly responsible for thousands upon thousands of non government jobs being created. Ever heard of computers or cable tv, how about cd's and dvd's all of these jobs were created from the space program by private companies exploiting government technology. Quit listening to so much Rush and get a clue how the real world works.

    July 9, 2011 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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