Kline attacks Democrats’ economic policies

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Minnesota Rep. John Kline, who is the top Republican on the House Education and Labor Committee, scolded the Democrats today for their economic policies.

His comments followed the release of September’s unemployment figures, which show that the U.S. economy has lost 263,000 jobs this month — far more than expected.

“Today’s jobs report prompts a very important question: Where are the jobs?” Kline said in a statement. “Nearly seven months ago, the American people were asked to spend nearly a trillion dollars to finance Democrats’ risky scheme to expand the size of government in the hopes that it would spur economic recovery. Since then, approximately three million more Americans have lost their jobs, and millions more spend each day worrying about the next round of pink slips. To say the stimulus has not worked is an understatement.”

But Democrats have repeatedly said that the continued job losses would have been even worse without the stimulus.

The New York Times gives a more thorough analysis here.

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Comments (7)

  1. Submitted by dan buechler on 10/02/2009 - 11:19 am.

    I doubt that Kline has the answers either but is playing the political game. Unfortunately the unemployment problem will be around a long time.

  2. Submitted by Bernice Vetsch on 10/02/2009 - 04:17 pm.

    During the later Bush years (possibly the early ones too; I don’t know), new applications for unemployment insurance ran at about 335,000 per month. Many applicants were no doubt victims of the corporate transfer of manufacturing jobs to developing countries like China.

  3. Submitted by Paul Brandon on 10/02/2009 - 05:44 pm.

    “Nattering nabobs of negativism”

    in memory — William Safire

  4. Submitted by dan buechler on 10/03/2009 - 01:17 pm.

    I know what NNoN means a person from the East. But what does it mean to you (especially in light of the NYT link)?

  5. Submitted by Richard Schulze on 10/03/2009 - 08:18 pm.

    Socialism for the rich is traditional,when applied to the middle class it is treasonous.

  6. Submitted by Brad Robinson on 10/05/2009 - 10:41 am.

    Conventional wisdom has it that employment recovery lags behind business recovery. Give it a bit longer. This looks like political rhetoric to me.

  7. Submitted by Paul Brandon on 10/05/2009 - 02:59 pm.

    “Nattering nabobs of negativism” was a line William Safire wrote for Spiro Agnew when the latter was Nixon’s VP.
    Not quite sure what Dan was asking; I AM from the east (of here — NYC) but I thought the meaning was pretty self evident, even if I was co-opting a phrase spoken by a Republican to his Democratic critics.
    Right now, it’s the Repubs who are nattering negatively about concrete Demo proposals.

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