FOX NEWS — House Speaker John Boehner today reiterated his criticism of Barack Obama’s economic policies and credited former president Ronald Reagan with creating over a quarter million new private sector jobs.
“Even six feet under and smelly, Ronald Reagan can out-job-create a Democrat president any day of the week and twice on Sundays,” said Boehner in an exclusive interview with Fox’s Stuart Varney. “Today’s numbers prove it.”
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the private economy added 257,000 jobs in January, while the unemployment rate dropped from 8.5% to 8.3%. Boehner argued that the numbers would have been even better if not for President Obama’s policies.
“The president’s wasteful, job-killing spending and his job-killing, wasteful regulations kill jobs and waste spending,” said Boehner. “Thankfully, Ronald Reagan’s pro-growth, pro-family tax cuts continue to incentivize job creators to create jobs and put people back to work by creating jobs to provide jobs for hard-working, jobless Americans and their growing jobless families. And you can quote me on that.”
Asked if the tax cuts passed under President George W. Bush contributed to the new hiring, Boehner was noncommittal.
“I’m not here to talk about the past,” he said. “I want to work with President Obama, on a bipartisan basis, to move to country forward and create jobs.”
White House spokesman Jay Carney dismissed Boehner’s criticism.
“It sounds like the usual Republican gibberish,” said Carney. “Maybe it will make more sense when I read the transcript.”