In One Tweet, John Boehner Proves Just How Ridiculous the Republican Party Has Become

boehner-dohDoing what I do for a living, it really takes a lot to “shock” me in the world of politics. But every once in a while I’ll come across something that literally leaves me momentarily speechless or dumbfounded.

And that’s exactly what happened when I was scrolling through John Boehner’s Twitter account and ran across a tweet he sent out responding to the newest jobs report.

As many of you might have heard, we created fewer jobs than had originally been forecasted. While we always want jobs numbers to meet or exceed estimates, I’m not exactly sure I’d call creating 142,000 jobs “bad news.” Maybe slightly disappointing, but in our current streak of 54 consecutive months of job growth, we’ve had a lower than expected month here and there.

Well, according to John Boehner, this is proof that the “Obama economy” is slowing down.

This was his tweet:

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Seriously? Where are the jobs? 

I guess he’s unaware that since January we’ve had the best year for job growth since 1999. He also seems unaware of the now over 10 million jobs we’ve created under President Obama. Jobs that have been created over the last 54 consecutive months of job growth

It’s absolutely ridiculous.

Just last December we had one of the worst months for job growth in years. What did that ultimately signal for the economy?


This year we’ve created 1.75 million jobs. In fact, this recent “bad” jobs report of 142k jobs just broke a streak where we had created over 200k jobs for six consecutive months

Yet Boehner has the nerve to sit there and tweet out, “Where are the jobs?”

It’s pure propaganda, plain and simple. He damn sure knows this year has been historic for job growth. He knows that our economy continues to show signs of fully recovering after the horrible crash of 2008. And he sure as heck knows that every once in a while a jobs report is going to fail to reach estimates.

But that didn’t stop him from trying to exploit this one lower than expected report to perpetuate that old, worn out piece of right-wing rhetoric asking “where are the jobs?”

Well, let me answer that for Mr. Boehner: The jobs are everywhere. We’ve had 54 consecutive months of job growth totaling over 10 million jobs. This year we’ve seen a record amount of job growth. In fact, I’m going to “go out on a limb here” and predict that by the end of 2014 I’ll be talking about 58 consecutive months of private sector job growth for around 11 million jobs.

The real question we should all be asking is: Mr. Boehner, when are you going to do your job? 

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • Mrs_oatmeal

    Maybe he just doesn’t know what a job is or he misremembered the GW years…

  • Bud

    God almighty I hate this low life scumbag.

    • Whit “Whitney” White

      0 bama?

      • giankeys loves shemale porn

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      • Whit “Whitney” White

        So, while 0 bama Shucks and Jives, you are strung out on Drugs?

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  • Jim Valley

    What is wrong with these people?

    • strayaway

      They’re liberals.

      • giankeys loves shemale porn

        correct! we liberals do such “wrongful” non patriotic acts as CHECK FACTS VIA CBO and us treasury; among others. regressives ( cons) recite FOX “news” and sarah palin/michelle talking points

  • lindylou

    Another example that people who tweet are generally twits!

  • Marilyn Olsen Scheffler

    I just read in the Houston Chronicle today that the Republicans, heading back to Washington after their break, are vowing to have no drama and do no harm in their meetings coming up. This is just a little obvious that they want to be seen as the peacemakers with the Nov. elections coming up!! What a bunch of hypocrites!!

    • Manny Schewitz

      The democrats are in real trouble this November. We can obviously blame that do nothing moron in the white house for destroying our chances. I wish him and his horse faced wife would take up paragliding.

      • Rick Flash

        Apparently you can’t read English. Very thoughtful argument you present. Dumbing down of America in full effect!

      • Bea

        You are entitled to. dislike the president and his wife BUT why make it so personal calling him a moron (he got elected twice therefore can not be a moron) and to call Mrs Obama a horse face. This is not helping the sad state our country is in.

      • skiweed

        I bet you are a charmer

      • Stephen Barlow

        Cool name. Ski Telluride much?

      • skiweed

        thanks…. eat me.

      • Stephen Barlow

        French My ass!

      • Stephen Barlow

        WOW A total Fraud, hiding behind a FRAUD about FRAUDULENTLY perpetrating a propaganda FRAUD.

        How REPUBLICAN of you.

    • Stephen Barlow

      As IF Issa is taking Xanax and Valium?
      As IF Cruz, Smith and King have the same sock in their mouth?
      As IF Boehner will actually step OUT of the tanning booth and pick up a bill to put on the floor for a vote?

    • Necie4010

      What would you expect, that they would do this is not surprising, what will be more surprising is the fact that MOST Americans WILL fall for their stunt. We all pay for rampage stupidity of an American electorate that can only see the color of a man’s skin instead of the purpose within his heart. I feel sorry for this. Nation, because after November, when the Republicans take over the Senate, this Nation will be in a continuing free fall into hell.

  • almahix

    The republicans call themselves “The Job Creators”?

    • Bud

      Well lets be honest, the democrats only succeed in creating jobs paid for by tax dollars. To say otherwise would make you a crotch sniffing lap dog

      • almahix

        How do you think the USA got out of the great depression? (You obviously don’t think. You just call people names because they don’t repeat what fox tells you.)

      • asconn

        and we’re supposed to presume then that the tax breaks, loopholes, credits, waivers, abatements and other “deals” afforded corporations and wealthy Americans, some of which have the rather immediate impact of creating jobs (and simultaneously reducing tax generated revenue to the U.S. Treasury) are just a figment of our imagination? Whether you spend revenue (an expense in the Democratic job creation sense, per you) or prevent it (the Republican way, it’s just obvious, per me) neither is perfect. But with John “Boy” Boehner NOT doing his job and simply playing partisan politics to save his backside from a ritual sacrifice by Ted Cruz, we’ll never get off of this merry-go-round. It has to stop. Forget the politics for a minute and consider how far the country has sunk in world opinion because of the antics of Congress, not the actions of the President. It’s the Republican members of Congress (both houses) who should be impeached; not Mr. Obama. And I’ll be happy to meet you anywhere you like so you can call me a crotch-sniffing lap dog in person …

      • Stephen Barlow

        Very specifically, 70% of the GDP is CONSUMER SPENDING,,, otherwise known as CORPORATE PROFIT!!!! So WHY does the 30% pay 70% of the tax revenue in America?

      • asconn

        you’re welcome. Boehner isn’t the only one with an “R” next to his name so identified whom one might refer to as a ritual liar. And it appears that the name-calling antagonist Tea-Party dude withdrew his inexcusable attack on almahix (above) which underscores the issue: no original thoughts, attack person using talking points. Fail!

      • Adam Smith

        Well lets be honest, y’all didn’t have a problem with creating jobs with tax dollars back when Reagan was doing it and tripling the debt. The truly embarrassing thing is that Carter had a better average monthly job creation record than Reagan, and debt under Carter went down. Fact. Feel free to goggle it when you’re done sniffing crotches.

      • Stephen Barlow

        AND the Repub/ewwwwwwwwwwligans
        have ‘created’
        how many imaginary jobs?

    • Stephen Barlow

      WELL? Let’s LET then lay their plan out on the table for fiscal autopsy.

  • Eg Kbbs

    Alternate phrasing is that the Obama record for job creation (both total administration and this year) has been so good that one would expect that every quarter couldn’t possibly keep up the pace.

    Or, though I wouldn’t expect Boehner to understand any sort of chaos theory, the number fluctuates up and down each quarter and you have to look at the long term trends.

  • Rick Flash

    Anybody ever notice that all of the Presidents on Mt. Rushmore were VERY liberal for their time? Washington fought a war to free us from a monarchy and establish democracy. VERY Liberal. Jefferson? Wrote amazing Liberal documents, governed for the people, not the corporations. VERY Liberal. Lincoln? Abolition was a VERY Liberal undertaking at the time, dealing with the well-being of the most underpriveleged. Roosevelt? Came in and started busting up Standard Oil and other monopolies, was a crusader for workers’ rights against big corporations and so on and so on. Progressive Giant. Very Liberal. Dear conservatives, PLEASE read a history book, and start understanding progress.

    • Rick Dork

      Its funny to think of how disgusted these same men would be to see such an inept president and babbling vice president in office. Maybe you should open a book and get the real story behind what being a liberal meant then and what it now means to the uneducated masses like yourself.

      • Anthonij

        Surely you’re referring to the Bush-Cheney administration, Mr Dork.

      • Stephen Barlow

        AND Mr Dork? Lay forth YOUR better idea.
        Get Mr Suntan to help you make it LAW.

      • Rick Flash

        Notice he deleted his comment…

      • Stephen Barlow

        I take NO NOTICE of dorks.

      • Stephen Barlow


    • Stephen Barlow

      I DID!! TY!!

      George was THE poster child for all the guys who “if we don’t hang together, we shall surely hang separately.” Right out front. in Cornwallis’ face @ Yorktown. (Ever get a chance to visit, spend the WHOLE day and teach you children what standing UP for yourself really FEELS like.)

      Jefferson was infuriated by the “3/5ths of a person” being infused into the Constitution. The old slave banger was HONEST when he wrote, “All men are CREATED equal”…

      Lincoln :

      “Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

      Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

      But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate — we can not consecrate — we can not hallow — this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

      Written on a train ride
      to consecrate FIFTY THOUSAND DEAD.

      3 days, World Trade Center X13…

      If you EVER get a chance to BE in the Lincoln end of the reflecting pool on the mall in Washington, DC… stand at the base of his chair and READ OUT LOUD what is etched in the marble…

      Next time you are in your little town square park with the WAR statue… READ the names out loud. LOUD ENOUGH for someone to call the cops.

      I live in a one stoplight, 5 stop sign, single gas station desert town. With 112 names on the WAR Memorial. 1700 voters, many 4th and 5th generation descendants of the FIRST brave souls who stood up for what they believed in!

      I spent 328 minutes of My life watching a man carve letters into granitized marble. What REALLY scared Me was that only HALF the face of the monument had names nicked in it.

    • strayaway

      I would replace Lincoln and Roosevelt with Harding and Coolidge. “Peace and prosperity” has sort of a nice ring. Keep Washington and Jefferson though for making a republic possible. Washington refused to be king. I wonder what they would have thought about ridding the Country of Royal Orders only to have it be ruled by Executive Orders.

      “experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms, those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.” -Thomas Jefferson

      • Stephen Barlow



        Boog mentality

        homer smacker
        can’t make it 2 FB.

      • Rick Flash

        Obama’s on pace to make the fewest executive orders since Jimmy Carter or earlier. HUNDREDS less than Reagan and the Bushes and Clinton. So your point is? PLEASE do your research before regurgitating fox news lies. Why let indisputable facts get in the way of propagandist rants, right?

        ps the extravagance and corruption of the roaring 20’s helped build the Great Depression, I don’t think Coolidge or Harding should come close to that mountain….

      • strayaway

        You somehow miss the larger point that Obama’s executive orders are qualitatively more substantive. Executive orders for hiring or procurements are one thing. Overriding existing laws and legislating as President is another matter. The bombing of Libya or the promised changes to immigration law that Obama promised Benedict Arnold Gutierrez are another.

        ps. The peace and prosperity successes of Harding and Coolidge are real. Hoover and FDR destroyed the economy just like Bush and Obama. Harding entered office with a collapsing economy and over 11% unemployment facing a bigger problem than Obama. He set about reducing taxes and government spending to set things right. After two years, Unemployment was at 3.6%. Keynesians would say that Harding would have collapsed the economy with his moves. Coolidge/FDR and Bush/Obama did the opposite and “stimulated” the economy by creating $12T (under Bush and Obama) of debt and stretching out their recessions. Coolidge did better and without even the scandals that dogged Harding. Harding/Coolidge also did a much better job of keeping us out of pointless wars.

        I can understand why modern progressives like Teddy as he promoted larger and more centralized government and dissed the Constitution but I am puzzled by progressive support for a such an interventionist warmonger. Is that part of progressivism too?

      • Rick Flash

        Bush did not stimulate the economy. He bailed out the banks. Obama tried to stimulate the economy. Just that you would lump those two into the same economic philosophy makes me think you are a puppet of the corporate brainwashing. If this was a tyranny, you would not be allowed to post what you say now. Good day, sir.

      • strayaway

        Senator Obama voted to in support of Bush bailing out Wall Street, In fact, Obama left the campaign trail to lobby the black caucus to do the same. A third of Obama’s “stimulus”, as I recall was tax breaks mostly going mostly to above average income households. Much of the rest was distributed to government union workers so they could keep their jobs. Very little went for infrastructure projects. Republicans would have voted for highway spending all on their own. Senator Obama also always voted to keep funding Bush’s Iraq War. Although candidate Obama promised that ending that war was the first thing he would do, he kept it going until one month before the Iraqi parliament’s deadline for us to leave. We might be returning to Iraq soon to help suppress the IS Obama inadvertently supplied with US weapons.To not be able to see the overlap between these two makes me think you are a puppet of the corporate brainwashing.

        Tyranny is achieved in progressive steps.

      • suburbancuurmudgeon

        No tyranny is achieved in conservative steps. I’m not sure how you define “tyranny.”

        Everyone got a tax break as part of the stimulus. Every reputable economist said the stimulus should have been twice as big, but that it did work. And I’m not sure where you get ” the rest was distributed to government union workers so they could keep their jobs.” How about some references, eh?

      • strayaway

        I didn’t define tyranny. Rick Flash brought that up. I agree with him that we are not a tyranny. However steps moving us in that direction include the 1% benefitting most from any signs of recovery, government spying on Americans, government officials lying to Congress with no repercussions, executive ordered wars and legislation, getting molested at the airport, militarized police…things like that.

        Not everyone gets an even tax break because of the stimulus. Half of Americans don’t pay taxes to begin with. Working people paying a thousand dollars a year didn’t get as much of a break as professional couples.

        “Reputable economist” = corporatist propagandists like Paul Krugman. I could look more prosperous too if I borrowed $38,095 (the amount of debt, per American, Bush and Obama accumulated) and spent it.The problem is when the bill comes do, I can’t pass my debt on to my kids like Bush and Obama did. The original proposal for a stimulus bill included a lot of spending for infrastructure projects. That proposal came under attacks though because concrete work was basically male work. Handing out money to police departments, schools, and other government entities to keep people on their payrolls was the eventual compromise. Infrastructure received much less then originally proposed.

        I should mention that one thing that FDR did right was building all those small and large hydro-electic projects. They have paid for themselves a number of times over. Too bad that contemporary Democrats are tearing some down for rich fly fishermen requiring more fracking and pipelines to replace cleaner hydro-electric power.

    • Stephen Barlow

      Orwell! In a time of universal deceit………..
      Being HONEST is a
      Revolutionary act!”

    • John Doeman

      Washington fought a war to free us from a monarchy and establish democracy.

      a federal republic.
      “Well, Doctor, what have we got—a Republic or a Monarchy?”
      “A Republic, if you can keep it.” – Ben Franklin
      The response is attributed to BENJAMIN FRANKLIN—at
      the close of the Constitutional Convention of 1787, when queried as he
      left Independence Hall on the final day of deliberation—in the notes of
      Dr. James McHenry, one of Maryland’s delegates to the Convention.

      A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the majority discovers it can vote itself largess out of the
      public treasury. After that, the majority always votes for the
      candidate promising the most benefits.

  • Ram Garcia

    Breaking news!!! Republicans(conservatives) are going to build their own monument….. In Death Valley!!!

    • giankeys loves shemale porn

      on usa taxpayer expense

  • Grand1

    4% growth in the second quarter is hardly what I would describe as bad news, tan man.

    • Stephen Barlow

      The hollow reverberations of a hardening Boehner echoes deeply within the empty skull of … ‘the Tan Man’.

    • njguy54

      When “where are the jobs?” is the only line you have, you just run with it.

    • strayaway

      It was actually a respectable 4.2% growth for the second quarter. -2.1% growth in the first quarter wasn’t so hot though. That averages out 1.05% growth for the first six months. The US population grew .71% last year though. (1.05%- (71%/2)) = .695% So for the first half of the year the GNP grew at a rate of .695% almost .7% faster than population growth! That’s something worth celebrating I guess. Happy days are here again!

      • giankeys loves shemale porn

        shall we compare the numbers of this administration to the numbers of PRIOR administration? and,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, we will leave out all the thousands of dead/maimed 4 life American soldiers

      • strayaway

        Are you referring to the war that Senators Clinton and Kerry voted to give Bush the power to declare? That was a joint effort. It was more Bush’s idea but Hillary bought into it. I could dig up her enthusiastic quote if you wish. More than twice as many American troops died in Afghanistan under Obama, by the way, than under Bush. I don’t know why they even there after one year. The Taliban had been driven away and Bin Laden was long gone.

      • giankeys loves shemale porn

        u kneeeee-glected to mention it is 1.05% PER MONTH which is acceptable considering the trend is upwards. ALSO- obamas unemployment drop to 6.088% is better than Reagans given the time frame of months in white house. Took Ronnie longer to get back to that number

    • FD Brian

      I think you mean “orange” man

  • Hey! John! Kids are going back to school.

  • Adam Smith

    I keep waiting for so called journalists to ask a Republican “Do you feel even the slightest embarrassment for the stupid things you say?” Seriously, when does the media plan to start calling them on their bullshit?

    • Stephen Barlow

      NEVER when there is ADcash to be had.

    • njguy54

      Don’t hold your breath, considering the “liberal” media are key components of the RW bullshit factory.

    • Necie4010

      Thought you knew. They will do that only when the Black guy leaves office. Let us NOT forget that the media is now controlled by right wing hellions who want the Rethugs to control all segments of government. The Black guy has two more years so don’t hold your breath on that one.

  • Anthonij

    Republicans fall into two categories: sociopaths and morons.

    • giankeys loves shemale porn

      marinating in religious ( see: VOODOO) fervor

  • Shannon Thompson

    I am so glad he finds the time to use twitter, what a waste.

  • Stephen Barlow

    11 Million JOBS!!! Almost as many JOBS created by Obama (without a single Red Menace YES vote) as all the Bush created foreclosures that left 11 MILLION displaced families HOMELESS.

    WOW, them RED Army Sovietization guys must sure be mad that a NONWHITE achieved So much with So little for SO many…

  • barkway

    If memory serves, it was Boehner who campaigned on being the party to create jobs. So Mr Speaker, we ask YOU, where are the jobs?

    • strayaway

      Boehner has done nothing to encourage the President to throttle NAFTA and other trade programs that shift jobs abroad. Boehner has not discouraged the president from making things worse by creating the TPP. 9 million US jobs are occupied by illegal aliens. Boehner is completely in support of the US Chamber of Commerce advocacy of passing Obama’s amnesty and cheap foreign labor bill. In Obama’s first administration, two-thirds of new jobs went to “immigrants” and only one third of those jobs to native born Americans. By my calculations, 51% of all government money spent on Cash for Clunkers was for foreign content. That created jobs in South Korea. Microsoft and Cisco are spending millions of dollars lobbying to bring in more foreign IT workers while simultaneously laying off thens of thousands of Americans from those same jobs. I can only assume that Boehner will support that part of the amnesty bill too.

  • pooka47401

    I am so tired of every politician saying the Boehner is “really a nice guy” but has to do and say what he does to placate the Tea types. Actions speak louder than words. Obama has to wake up!

  • Avatar

    *shake my head* Boehner need to get his own head up his own arse.

  • Valeria T

    Clearly, Boehner though he had hidden the jobs better than that.

  • AgainstMurder

    The pattern are the bogus numbers that come out time after time to then be overcorrected so that the next jobs report can have a small semblance of reality . Overall employment has and GDP have been on a steady decline throughout and bogus reports followed by bogus corrections are only meant for the stupid . Freeing us from monarchy is the opposite of liberalism . The only thing liberal about it is how much government is appropriate . A stupid word game . Jefferson wasn’t talking about corporations , he was talking about government , another stupid word game . Democrats opposed Lincoln , he had to form the Republican party to get past ” liberal ” thinking , a word you seem to love to turn around , and Roosevelt should be removed from Mt . Rushmore , the only real liberal ( big government ) . We are paying the price for Wilson , Roosevelt , Johnson and Obama and the disease will fester until we eliminate their “progress” . It is funny how you need to obfuscate the term liberal with liberty while obviously knowing what you are doing Rick . It only leaves a reader wondering why tout for something you know requires deceit to sell ? Your idea of progress was epitomized in history perfectly by the golden calf . Washington said ” government is force “. Real progress is eliminating the need for force . Not more powerful more complete government . How perverse is it that the word “liberal” is used to tout for the latter ?

  • Jaina

    He can only tweet or post that which advances the GOP agenda of destroying Obama. No real suprise here

  • giankeys loves shemale porn

    PERHAPS mr Boehner IS miffed by the investigation(s) which has him scurrying for his political life as he accepted MUCH MUCH more $$$$ –illegal– to his campaign from big money donors? Imagine that!!!

  • bluelion

    Jobs Jobs Jobs; wasn’t that the motto of John Boehner when he became speaker..I’m still waiting for the first job bill from the House, tic, tic, tic….

  • Thaddeus Kozubal

    I read through all the comments, and I am duly impressed. I only fell asleep three times. When are the republicans putting Yellowstone up for sale?

  • woodguy11

    there is too many people in washington, too many do nothings in washington and too many days off in washington,too many people that do not vote,and too many people wanting I Pads.If the IPad people would pay attention to what in the hell is going on in this country it might just be a better place to live