Was today's jobs announcement good news or bad news? Boehner and Cantor differ
In case you missed it, the Labor Department announced today that while unemployment had gone up to 9.9 percent, employers had added 290,000 jobs in April, far more than expected.
In response, Boehner's office released a one-sentence statement:
"Where are the jobs?"
Cantor, by contrast, said this:
"An employment report that shows job growth is always a good thing, period. What concerns me, however, is whether we are creating long-term, sustainable jobs that will help America reclaim its place as the world's sole economic superpower. The agenda being pursued by Democrats in Washington -- fueled by a spend-now, pay-later governing philosophy -- is a barrier to the kind of job growth that America so desperately needs."
Faced with the problem of how to respond to the good economic news, each man took a very different approach. Cantor saw fit to acknowledge the job growth, and described this as a "good thing" before detailing his other objections to Obama's approach. Boehner, by contrast, didn't acknowledge the additional jobs at all.
Now, in fairness to Boehner, he didn't say employers hadn't added any jobs. He just solved the problem by not taking note of the job numbers in any way.
UPDATE, 2:15 p.m.: Turns out Boehner put out an earlier statement that said this: "Positive job growth is always welcome news." So he's more on the same page with Cantor than I thought.
That said, after Obama spoke about the news, Boehner followed up with a statement saying: "Where are the jobs?" Boehner was apparently referring only to Obama's remarks about the stimulus, but Obama did also talk about the jobs numbers, which Boehner sidestepped in his second statement.
May 7, 2010; 1:30 PM ET
Categories: House GOPers
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