By Julian Pecquet - 06/12/10 10:00 AM EDT
This week's Republican address was all about jobs, jobs, jobs - and how Democrats aren't creating any.
House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) focused on the largely jobless recovery and the rising deficit, which he said are linked. The economy added 431,000 jobs in May, according to the latest Labor Department figures, but almost all of that growth was due to 411,000 government hires for the 2010 Census, most of which are temporary.
Boehner this week sent President Barack Obama a letter signed by more than 100 economists urging both parties to take immediate, decisive action to cut federal spending - advice he said Democrats ignored.
"Unfortunately," he said, "Democrats in Congress are busy making backroom deals so that they don't have to pass a budget this year. They'd rather keep on spending than seize this critical opportunity to create jobs and boost our economy. But every family knows that in tough times, passing a budget is more important - not less important."
The Republican leader also called out the president for failing to press congressional Democrats into passing a budget resolution, calling it "a stunning failure of leadership - the kind of leadership President Obama promised to provide."
Left unmentioned was the fact that Republicans failed to pass a budget when they controlled Congress in 2006.
Boehner also took a dig at the new healthcare reform law, whose "burdensome mandates and tax increases" on small businesses are "already stalling these engines of our economy."
Republicans are banking that voter outrage over the deficit and the economy will carry them to victory in the November midterms, and they're trying to keep constituents engaged. Boehner drew attention to interactive tools such as America Speaks Out and YouCut, where people can offer their suggestions and "help build a better, more responsive government."