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. VEM

    It is the Clearwater 12s fault. These 12 jurors freed a criminal and now they are trying to profit off the death of a 2 year old. Clearwater Florida must be the armpit of the world.

    July 8, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Esmé

    I find it funny that once again the Republicans are griping about a situation that they themselves brought about.
    Hypocrisy at it's best.

    July 8, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Some Dude

      "And if you don't do exactly what we want we will drive the bus with the US economy on board right off a cliff and it will be your fault." –The Republican Party

      July 8, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Nini

    Give me examples of when and how Tax increase created jobs.

    You only increase revenue short term and kill jobs long term, never a tax increase has created JOBS.
    We need more taxpayers not more taxes and you only do that with creating jobs. And how do you create jobs? Stability and allowing the free market do what it does best; innovate. Government jobs are not the solution.

    July 8, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Some Dude

      Under Clinton we had higher taxes, low unemployment and budget surpluses.

      Bush slashed taxes, especially for the rich, now we have high unemployment and record deficit.

      Lowering taxes helps when taxes are too high, and hurts when taxes are too low. The current recovery has only helped Wall Street and the wealthy. Time for the wealthy to pay more in taxes and the working people to pay less.

      July 8, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Triton

    Funny that corporate profits are up, corporate cash reserves are up, productivity up, pay for CEO's and upper management up, BUT pay for workers is down and no jobs. Now the Teapublicans want to default on America's war debt because the Bush Regime started wars on credit.

    July 8, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  5. pmk1953

    Big business is sitting on extremely large amounts of cash. This is their fall nack money for when they and the repubs trash the economy again, blaming it on Obama. Then when the sheep elect a republican controlled gov't, they'll finally start to hire at reduced wages. The BIS won't be satisfied until the US is making chinese wages.

    July 8, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  6. invisiblepinkunicorn

    tax decreases have never spurred the economy. reagan raised taxes seven of his eight years and the economy boomed (he also gave amnesty to mexicans, haha). clinton raised taxes and the economy boomed. why do republicans keep repeating lies? if republicans want to start expensive wars, then someone has to pay for them. republican administrations are responsible for 83% of our debt. the debt ceiling was raised for bushy-boy many times. where was the outrage? this seems to be a political ploy designed to make our "elected" president fail.

    July 8, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • hahahahahahahahahahahahaha

      dont worry.....he is failing on his own without any help from the republicans. when the "leader" of our country leads with intelectual honesty....we will have a starting point ot get better......until then, expect the same lie versus lie with the truth somewhere in the middle.......

      July 8, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • invisiblepinkunicorn

      intellectual honesty was the bush forte. hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

      July 8, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Some Dude

      Under Bush we had the first recovery with negative wage growth. Yes, more than 100% of growth was in profits.

      In the current recovery, wage growth is minimal and job growth is a virtual stand still. But, the numbers are not lying, This is a recovery. It's just that the wealthy are getting it all and we are getting nothing.

      The solution is to take away funding for Medicare, Social Security, education etc and continue to spend wildly on tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans.

      When the working people say "We would like to share in this recovery" it is called communism and class warfare.

      July 8, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Esmé

    @hahahahaha:
    Intellectual honesty?
    Are you kidding me?
    Bush had 'intellectual honesty?"
    The Republicans swore from the day he was elected that Obama would be a one-term president, and they're actions ever since has attested to that. Our President is being set up to fail by the very people who caused this bloody mess in the first place. If you want intellectual honesty, try LISTENING instead of parroting what the GOP wants you to believe. All isn't even remotely honest in GOPland.

    July 8, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  8. sluggo

    Im not a Rep or Dem fan but I've been following politics for decades and what I've noticed is that Reps play games with middle-class and poor ppls lives while the rich and corporations can do no wrong in their eyes. Dems care about the middle class and poor but always let the mind playing Reps get the best of them by trying to play the good guys, meanwhile WE as ppl (all classes) suffer. Its a power struggle between those two in which "We the people" have no say in this illusion they call America.

    July 8, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Some Dude

      I disagree with you on one just one point. "We the people" do have a voice. But, we use it against our own interests, or not at all.

      Every time you make a purchase you use that voice. You can go to a local store owned and run by your neighbors or to Walmart where they lower prices by lowering pay and all the profits go to one of the wealthiest families on earth.

      You can buy food from the most local sources available. You can buy a lot of things made in America.

      But, "We the people" have run in massive herds to Walmart to have our money sent to China as fast as we can print it.

      And if you don't think there are still goods made in America, please Google the phrase "Made in America" and shop around. Remember a $2.00 tee shirt that lasts a year is a better deal than a $1.00 that last two months. Sometimes paying a little more gets you a better deal. If we moved just 10% of our imports to domestically made goods, the impact would be huge.

      July 8, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  9. HRH banasy

    Intellectual honesty is something that I didn't see in Bush.
    Perhaps it was there; I don't know.
    I didn't see it.

    July 8, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  10. RUFFNUTT #82

    when the zombies take over, jobs wont matter..all that will matter is shotgun shells,water,gas and food...

    July 8, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jay Horn

    Why would a business want to expand here in the U.S. when the corporate tax rates are lower in China, Brazil, India, and others. The left wing idiots want to raise taxes even more which will cause more businesses to leave ,fold , or never get off the ground.

    July 8, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Ellis in Florida

    @Jay Horn y. They are leaving anyway.

    July 8, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jonathan Witerski

    Come on GOP! As an Independent conservative, even I am appalled at holding the middle and lower class interests of the American people hostage in order to protect the interests of the upper class. Enough is enough. Here's the bottom line: if companies create jobs in the US, give them tax breaks. If they don't, raise their taxes. Think of it kind of like a protective tariff 'multinational' companies, aka exploiters of cheap foreign labor, might take note of and decide maybe it's cheaper after all to be loyal to the United States and the economy of it by bringing production back to the US, keeping the price of goods down even with the move, the tax break compensating for the cheaper foreign labor, instead of the exploitation of others at the expense of the United States. – Jonathan Witerski

    July 9, 2011 at 5:01 am | Report abuse |
  14. Avser Bastian

    DICTATOR OBAMA = STALIN = BUSH or USA = SOVIET UNION....LEARN WHO, HOW, AND WHY RUINED YOU…FROM 911 TO WHITE AMERICAN REFUGEES IN EXILE SEEKING ASYLUM RIGHT NOW http://avsecbostjan.wordpress.com/ or http://avsecbostjan.blogspot.com WHO/WHY//HOW CREATED SCHOOL SHOOTINGS(Arizona incl.) – HAARP AUSTRALIAN FLOODS(Incl. deliberately busted oil pipe in gulf of Mexico) – LEARN ABOUT REAL HUMAN FLASH EATING MACHINE – WIKILEAKS is CIA – BREAST FEEDING INSANITY PROTESTS – FACEBOOK or CIABOOTH !!? - ESKIMO SARAH PALIN'S "BRIDGE TO NOWHERE" – NWO MULTICULTURALISM SWINE/PIG FLUE SYNDROME – NEWS/MEDIA OR SIMPLY BIG FAT VACUUM WORLD OF LIES !!?? – THE REAL DON'T ASK DON'T TELL, BUT DIE !!! – OBAMINATOR'S FREE HEALTH CARE PLANE or GENOCIDE BASED ON FORGIVE AND FORGET – UN-chef Ban Ki-moon or CHINESE BAN KEY MONKEY(who is he in reality) !!? – NEW WORLD ORDER POLITICAL PARTIES(not there for you, but instead to seal your faith for their own parliament pay$$ scale !!!) EURO DIC TRAITORS vs DICTATORS or what is worse !!? LEARN WHAT DO LIBYA AND EUROPE OR USA HAVE IN-COMMON !! AND FINALLY.....COMMUNISM IN EASTERN EUROPE TODAY IN 2011 !!! "SLOVENIA" TODAY, WHERE COMMUNIST GENOCIDE GOES ON 24/7 FOR CREATION OF GREATER BYZANTINE SERBIA UNDER RUSSIAN FLAG http://sloveniatoday.blogspot.com "SLOVENIA" WHERE GERMANS(also Croatians in Croatia) ARE GETTING WIPED OUT 66 YEARS AFTER WWII OR 20 YEARS SINCE THEIR "INDEPENDENCE"(independence on paper only). Is Merkel truly great diplomat or is simply trading our lives behind our backs with worst enemies(LIBERALISM = RETARDISM = COMMUNISM = IDIOTISM = CRIME = ZIONISM) !!?

    July 9, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Avser Bastian

    COMMUNISM IN EASTERN EUROPE TODAY(2011) !!! http://sloveniatoday.blogspot.com or http://easterneuropetoday.wordpress.com/ OR COMMUNIST GENOCIDE IN "SLOVENIA" WHERE GERMANS(also Croatians in Croatia) ARE GETTING WIPED OUT TODAY IN 2011 UNDER RUSSIAN FLAG AND GREATER BYZANTINE SERBIAN(new Yugoslavia) AGENDA 66 YEARS AFTER WWII OR 20 YEARS SINCE THEIR "INDEPENDENCE"(independence on paper only) JUST AS PREVIOUSLY IN VOJVODINA. Is Merkel truly great diplomat or is simply trading our lives behind our backs with worst enemies(LIBERALISM = RETARDISM = COMMUNISM = IDIOTISM = ZIONISM = CRIME) !!? Visit also DICTATOR OBAMA = STALIN = BUSH or USA = SOVIET UNION http://avsecbostjan.blogspot.com/ or http://avsecbostjan.wordpress.com/ ...TO LEARN WHO, HOW, AND WHY RUINED YOU…FROM 911 TO WHITE AMERICAN REFUGEES IN EXILE SEEKING ASYLUM RIGHT NOW !!! TIME TO DETERMINE WHOSE INDEPENDENCE/AMERICA, WE CELEBRATE TODAY(who want to erase us and denies us the right to exist) !!!

    July 9, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
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