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Romney makes case for jobs, lots of jobs

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney acknowledges delegates before speaking at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012.  (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney acknowledges delegates before speaking at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

August 30, 2012, 8:37 p.m. Updated August 30, 2012, 10:29 p.m.


TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Mitt Romney launched his fall campaign for the White House Thursday night with a rousing, remarkably personal speech to the Republican National convention and a prime-time TV audience, proclaiming that America needs "jobs, lots of jobs" and promising to create 12 million of them in perilous economic times.

"Now is the time to restore the promise of America," Romney declared to a nation struggling with 8.3 percent unemployment and the slowest economic recovery in decades.

Often viewed as a distant politician, he made a press-the-flesh entrance into the hall, walking slowly down one of the convention aisles and shaking hands with dozens of delegates. The hall erupted in cheers when he reached the stage and waved to his shouting, chanting supporters before beginning to speak.

"I accept your nomination for president," he said, to a roar of approval. Then he pivoted into personal details of family life, recounting his youth as a Mormon, the son of parents devoted to one another, then a married man with five rambunctious sons.

He choked up at least twice, including when he recalled how he and wife Ann would awake to find "a pile of kids asleep in our room."

He was unstinting in his criticism of President Barack Obama, his Democratic quarry in a close and uncertain race for the White House, and drew cheers when he vowed to repeal Obama's signature health care law.

"This president can tell us it was someone else's fault. This president can tell us that the next four years he'll get it right. But this president cannot tell us that you are better off today than when he took office," Romney declared.

Clint Eastwood, legendary Hollywood tough guy, put the case for ousting Obama plainly moments before Romney made his entrance. "When somebody does not do the job, you've got to let 'em go," he said to the cheers of thousands in the packed convention hall.

The speech over, Romney was joined by running mate Paul Ryan, then their wives, and finally a stage full of their children and grandchildren. Confetti and thousands of red, white and blue balloons floated down from the rafters. They joined popular gospel singer BeBe Winans on "America the Beautiful."

Beyond the heartfelt personal testimonials and political hoopla, the evening marked one of a very few opportunities any presidential challenger is granted to appeal to millions of voters in a single night.

The two-month campaign to come includes other big moments — principally a series of one-on-one debates with Democrat Obama — in a race for the White House that has been close for months. In excess of $500 million has been spent on campaign television commercials so far, almost all of it in the battleground states of Florida, North Carolina, Virginia, New Hampshire, Ohio, Iowa, Colorado and Nevada.

Romney holds a fundraising advantage over Obama, and his high command hopes to expand the electoral map soon if post-convention polls in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin and perhaps elsewhere indicate it's worth the investment.

Romney was often almost gentle in his criticism of Obama.

"I wish President Obama had succeeded because I want America to succeed," he said. "But his promises gave way to disappointment and division."

"This isn't something we have to accept ," he said, appealing to millions of voters who say they are disappointed in the president yet haven't yet decided to cast their votes for his Republican challenger.

"Now is the moment when we can stand up and say, 'I'm an American. I make my destiny. And we deserve better! My children deserve better! My family deserves better! My country deserves better!"

Romney's remarks came on a night when other speakers filled out a week-long portrait of the GOP nominee as a man of family and faith, savior of the 2002 Winter Olympics, savvy and successful in business, yet careful with a buck. A portion of the convention stage was rebuilt overnight so he would appear surrounded by delegates rather than speaking from a distance, an attempt to soften his image as a sometimes-stiff and distant candidate.

"He shoveled snow and raked leaves for the elderly. He took down tables and swept floors at church dinners," said Grant Bennett, describing Romney's volunteer work as an unpaid lay clergy leader in the Mormon church.

Following him to the podium, Ted and Pat Oparowski tenderly recalled how Romney befriended their 14-year-old son David as he was dying of cancer. "We will be ever grateful to Mitt for his love and concern," she said simply.

Shouts of "USA, USA" echoed in the convention hall as several Olympic medal winners came on stage, a reminder of Romney stepping in to help rescue the faltering 2002 Olympic Games in Salt Lake City.

In an evening that blended the political and the personal, delegates saw a video in which his sons poked fun at him. "I can't explain love," Romney said.

As for Obama, Romney said, "Many Americans have given up on this president, but they haven't ever thought about giving up. Not on themselves, Not on each other. And not on America."

The economy is issue No. 1 in the race for the White House, and Romney presented his credentials as the man better equipped than the president to help create jobs. Speaker after speaker testified to the help their received from Bain Capital, the private equity firm that he created — and that Democrats argue often took over companies, loaded them down with debt and then walked away with huge fees as bankruptcy approached.

"When I told him about Staples, he really got excited at the idea of saving a few cents on paper clips," businessman Tom Stemberg said of the office supply store chain he founded with backing from Bain.

There was no shortage of Obama-bashing, though.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, sharing the stage with his wife, Callista, said Obama was a president in the Jimmy Carter mold. Both "took our nation down a path that in four years weakened America's confidence in itself and our hope for a better future," he said.

Romney' offered no new information on what has so far been a short-on-details pledge to reduce federal deficits and create 12 million jobs in a country where unemployment stands at 8.3 percent.

Romney would have to nearly double the current, anemic pace of job growth to achieve 12 million jobs over four years. That's conceivable in a healthy economy. Moody's Analytics, a financial research operation, expects nearly that many jobs to return in four years no matter who occupies the White House, absent further economic setbacks.

Romney's steps for achieving the employment growth include deficit cuts that he has not spelled out and a march toward energy independence that past presidents have promised but never delivered.

He has called for extension of tax cuts due to expire at all income levels at the end of the year, and an additional 20 percent across the board cut in rates. But he has yet to sketch which tax breaks he will eliminate or cut to prevent deficits from rising.

Nor has he been forthcoming about where to make the trillions in spending cuts needed to redeem his pledge of major deficit reduction, or about his promise to rein in Medicare or other government benefit programs before they go broke.

Ryan, the chairman of the House Budget Committee, has called for remaking Medicare into a program in which the government would send seniors checks to be used to purchase health care insurance.

Under the current approach, beneficiaries pay premiums to the government, which then pays a part of all of their medical bills, and Democrats say the GOP alternative would expose seniors to ever-rising out-of-pocket costs.

Obama's surrogates missed no opportunity to criticize Romney, the convention proceedings or Ryan's own acceptance speech.

"He lied about Medicare. He lied about the Recovery Act," Obama's campaign manager, Jim Messina, emailed Democratic donors in a plea for cash.

"He lied about the deficit and debt. He even dishonestly attacked Barack Obama for the closing of a GM plant in his hometown of Janesville, Wisconsin — a plant that closed in December 2008 under George W. Bush."

The evening sealed a triumph more than five years in the making for Romney. He ran unsuccessfully for the nomination in 2008 after a single term as a moderate Republican governor of a liberal Democratic state.

This year, as then, he was assailed as a convert to conservatism, and a questionable one at that, as Gingrich, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and other rivals battled him for the nomination. With a superior organization and an outside group that spent millions criticizing his foes, Romney eventually emerged as the nominee in early spring.


Patricia Davis 5 years, 5 months ago

Romney's history of jobs is to eliminate them and increase profits for the shareholders. Anyone who believes differently does not believe in evolution.

chootspa 5 years, 5 months ago

Not entirely true. His history of jobs is to not consider them as anything more than numbers on the bottom line. If he could squeeze more profit out of a company by fixing it than he could by stripping all the assets and killing it, that's what he'd do. Layoffs, expansion, all the same to him... as long as Bain made lots of money.

Liberty275 5 years, 5 months ago

Then going by his record, he'll cut government jobs. I won't vote for him, but I hope he wins and starts firing people.

patkindle 5 years, 5 months ago

those pesky republicans are always wanting people to go to work and pay taxes.......... at least the democrats know it is more fun to get paid for not working and live on the dole

question4u 5 years, 5 months ago

It wasn't a Republican president who pushed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the first stated goal of which was "to create new jobs and save existing ones." It's certainly possible to debate the effectiveness of various methods of creating jobs, but it's nonsense to think that anyone of any political party in the country today doesn't see the creation of jobs as a priority.

But as long as you're having fun setting up your straw men and knocking them down...

Shelley Bock 5 years, 5 months ago

Better question is what have the obstructionist Republicans in Congress have really done for America?

salinalawrence 5 years, 5 months ago

exactly. The Executive Branch doesn't create Laws or pass Budgets, that's all Congress. SageonPage shouldn't have dropped out of 4th grade.

headdoctor 5 years, 5 months ago

You just asked sage a direst question which he probably wont answer and if he does it will just be with BS.

Getaroom 5 years, 5 months ago

No, the Republicans just want to make more money off of money, off-shore and hoard it, stall job creation and then ask others to do their dirty work for them. But you can repeat the same ol' misinformation stream over and over because you love the sound of your own voice.

Getaroom 5 years, 5 months ago

What's, I didn't quite hear that? Oh! I get it now you think that all by yourself "you did build that" and the "other" Republicans who are busy off-shoring and hoarding the money they made off of money, are actually working? You repeat recycled lies and misinformation again and again. At least find something new to lie about on Faux Nuz, they have loads of bull to share.

Matthew Herbert 5 years, 5 months ago

Marco Rubio showed the nation tonight exactly why a lot of people THOUGHT he would end up on the Romney ticket. If I'm Romney, I look at Rubio's speech tonight and I sigh knowing I picked wrong.

Richard Heckler 5 years, 5 months ago

Romney as we speak is outsourcing jobs to China as his American employees are called communists because they want their jobs to remain here for them. It's in the news for the past few days.

Meanwhile think about this.

A new article by reporter Matt Taibbi in Rolling Stone sheds new light on the origin of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s fortune, revealing how Romney’s former firm, Bain Capital, used private equity to raise money to conduct corporate raids. Taibbi writes: "What most voters don’t know is the way Mitt Romney actually made his fortune: by borrowing vast sums of money that other people were forced to pay back.

This is the plain, stark reality that has somehow eluded America’s top political journalists for two consecutive presidential campaigns: Mitt Romney is one of the greatest and most irresponsible debt creators of all time.

In the past few decades, in fact, Romney has piled more debt onto more unsuspecting companies, written more gigantic checks that other people have to cover, than perhaps all but a handful of people on planet Earth.

Bladerunner 5 years, 5 months ago

Because rolling stoned magazine is a top authority on American politics. Im sure the Mainstream media would pick it up if there were an actual story of interest there.

no_thanks 5 years, 5 months ago

Well known fact that the crisis began with Barney Frank, but those who blindly follow Merrill believe otherwise. However, simply google Barney Frank Fannie Mae housing crisis. But, the link to the best summary I have found is below.

jafs 5 years, 5 months ago

Thanks - I looked at the link.

It seems to be a number of unsupported claims and allegations.

For one thing, the CRA specifically says that loans made are to be "consistent with safe and sound operations" of banks.

For another, most of the sub-prime mess had nothing to do with Fannie and Freddie, or mortgage lenders who were subject to the CRA.

I'm sure there are and have been some problems with Fannie and Freddie, but they're hardly the cause of the recent meltdown.

I also googled the term you mentioned, and found a very informative article by the Washington Post, that shows the claim that Frank and Fannie/Freddie were responsible for the housing mess to be false - I highly recommend you read it.

no_thanks 5 years, 5 months ago

You missed the point. CRA requirements led to Fannie being the first to buy subprime loans. This opened up a whole new range of propective customers who otherwise old not qualify for a loan. This led mortgage brokers and banks to start qualifying people for loans they could not afford. Why? Because hey generated tremendous fee income with no recourse back to them as Fannie and Freddie bought all the loans. They didn't cause the unethical behavior or create the liar loans, etc..., but by being the outlet for these loans, it clearly is the moral hazard behind the unethical behavior.

Also, if Banks were able to apply the prudent and reasonable standard, why would they need the legislation? The fact is CRA forces Banks to take on greater risks by lending in undeserved areas.

jafs 5 years, 5 months ago

Simply untrue.

The CRA mandates loans be "consistent with safe and sound operations" of the banks.

And, the reason that the CRA came into being was that banks weren't lending, to qualified borrowers, in minority areas.

Also, Fannie and Freddie didn't "buy all the loans", in fact they were rather late entries into the game, when it came to bundled sub-prime mortgages and the derivatives of those.

Did you look at the article?

deec 5 years, 5 months ago

So, no source for the well-documented fact, then.

jafs 5 years, 5 months ago

Apparently not.

It should be easy if it's true, right?

progressive_thinker 5 years, 5 months ago

Actually, it is an oft told, but largely untrue story.

What they are talking about is the Community Reinvestment Act. The CRA did set up some unrealistic quotas for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to purchase mortgages and mortgage based securities based on mortgages sold to low income people. As well, it prohibited the practice of "redlining" a neighborhood. However, it never told any bank that they had to lend to an unqualified person, or to lower their lending standards.

The bulk of the financial crisis was not with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The bulk of the crisis was with the investment banks like Goldman Sachs and Lehman brothers, which are not Government Sponsored Enterprises [GSE] like Freddie and Fannie.

Actually, Freddie and Fannie lending standards were ultimately reduced in response to market pressures. The market pressures were caused by the lending practices of non GSE lenders like Country Wide.

Finally, Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae never entered into the really risky mortgages [nonconforming and alt a to mention a couple]. These were solely a creation of the private sector.

Please refer to the "Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission" report located at

The commission concluded:

"The Commission concludes the CRA was not a significant factor in subprime lending or the crisis"

jafs 5 years, 5 months ago

Yep, that's about what I thought.

I know the CRA, often demonized by the right, specifically directs lending institutions to make loans that are "consistent with the safe and sound operations" of the banks, thus it's not encouraging banks to make risky loans.

Liberty275 5 years, 5 months ago

"consistent with the safe and sound operations"

If the government is going to buy the loan, all of them are safe and sound operations for the bank. Not so much for the taxpayer, and really not so much to the dupes that bought more house than they could pay for and have a foreclosure on their credit report.

jafs 5 years, 5 months ago

I think that's not what they meant, of course.

It means that they're not supposed to make loans to unqualified buyers, but rather to qualified ones, in minority neighborhoods.

The reason the CRA came into being was that banks weren't making loans in minority neighborhoods to qualified buyers in those neighborhoods.

jayhawklawrence 5 years, 5 months ago

This is really stupid and tiresome.

Everything I have read clearly shows BOTH Republicans and Democrats share blame for what led to this crisis. Not to mention greedy banks and naivete buyers.

Allan Greenspan also should get some of the blame.

The biggest problem we have today is that nobody wants to take responsibility for creating this problem and nobody wants to implement real reforms to prevent it from happening again.

Next time let the buyer beware.

camper 5 years, 5 months ago

And the Securities and Exchange commision (SEC). Still can't believe they allowed these financial instruments, loan bundling, derivatives, credit default swaps. The SEC did nothing about it.

Duffman 5 years, 5 months ago

Please send money to the Obama campaign so we middle class folk can have a voice!

Liberty275 5 years, 5 months ago

A democrat reduced to begging. I like it.

Robert Schehrer 5 years, 5 months ago

Then who would provide the services that the Upper Class rely on to keep them in the Upper Class? Are do you propose to raise everyones wage so that everyone would be in the Upper Class?

no_thanks 5 years, 5 months ago

Obama doesn't care about the middle class, otherwise, he would have been looking out for us currently. He's only interested in the unemployed and disenfranchised who feel entitled to unemployment or other government assistance so that they don't have to work.

Liberty275 5 years, 5 months ago

He must have went to play golf while the gulf coast picks up after the storm.

sourpuss 5 years, 5 months ago

Can you pose an intelligent question without using a number of logical fallacies? No?

skull 5 years, 5 months ago

Two months till the election and still no definitive plans, just a bunch of rhetoric and empty promises. Pretty sad the GOP is willing to spend millions of others money and lie to gain complete control, but hasn't offered any plans other than the same ones that caused the great recession.

Defund regulation and tax cuts for the rich for a better tomorrow!

skull 5 years, 5 months ago

It got shut down by a concerted republican effort to oppose everything Obama propose or supported in any way... Do you really think the majority of Americans won't remember that fact come election time?

Brian Conrad 5 years, 5 months ago

Obama had the house and senate first 2 years ... how can he blame Republicans??? he had first 2 years to get anything he wanted and did nothing.

Liberty275 5 years, 5 months ago

Heres a funny joke.

A guy walks into a bar and asks the guy next to him why it's taking so long to get a beer. The other guy replies "the bartender doesn't know how to use the tap". The first guy then asks why they don't get a new bartender. The second guy replies "because this guy promised everyone a free beer".

Brian Conrad 5 years, 5 months ago

How can Obama with net loss of jobs in last 4 years say he will create jobs with straight face. love the fact you have so many stocks... stock market is evil , or so says the left. translate the stock market intojob numbers for the lower middle class for us all... you will pwy for any jobs created by the government.. Romney hit it right on the head. "the government works for us" if an employee took from his boss and gave it away ... well that would be fraud .. Obama does it and you love him.

camper 5 years, 5 months ago

Coonrod, did you make it past kindergarten? I can't figure out what you are trying to say.

Flap Doodle 5 years, 5 months ago

Since the current regime's plan is "prop up unions and screw everybody else", Romney's plan looks pretty good.

beatrice 5 years, 5 months ago

So snap, how many times have you made comments about Obama using a teleprompter? 500? 1000? More?

Did you see that Romney used a teleprompter? Gosh, that must make you so upset since it is so very important to you.

Liberty275 5 years, 5 months ago

If he had not spent our money on GM, the carmaker would have gone bankrupt and reorganized in right-to-work states and cut 1/3rd of the unions membership. Chrysler should have done the same thing.

jafs 5 years, 5 months ago

Are you aware that the government takes over pensions in those cases? So, if GM had gone bankrupt, and reneged on their pension obligations, the federal government would then be on the hook for those.

Also, you seem to prefer a "race to the bottom", which I find hard to understand.

camper 5 years, 5 months ago

Can you show us this plan Snap? I want to see it.

Richard Heckler 5 years, 5 months ago

MY GOODMAN: Lay it out for us. Excellent piece, investigative piece, on Mitt Romney’s wealth. Where did it start?

MATT TAIBBI: Well, you know, for me, it started when I had to cover this campaign earlier this year, and I was listening to Romney’s stump speech about debt. You know, he came up with this whole image of a prairie fire of debt raging across America that was literally going to burn children alive in the future. And I kept thinking to myself, does nobody know what this guy did for a living and how he made his money? You know, Mitt Romney is unabashedly a leverage buyout artist. And a leverage buyout artist is a guy who borrows lots of money that other companies have to pay back. And that’s the simple formula.

He started out—his most famous deals, of course, are essentially venture capital deals like the Staples situation, where he built a company from the ground up. But after Staples, he switched to a different model, that he preferred for the rest of his professional career, in which he took over existing companies by putting down small amounts of his own cash, borrowing the rest from—typically from a giant investment bank, taking over controlling stakes in companies, and then forcing those companies to pay him either through management fees or through dividends. And that’s his business formula.

AMY GOODMAN: Explain what private equity is.

MATT TAIBBI: Well, that is what a private equity fund does. They’re essentially—it’s a synonym for what in the '80s we called the leverage buyout business. It's a small group that raises capital and then goes and leverages takeovers of companies using borrowed money. In the '80s, these—this sort of business was glamorized through a couple of things, in particular, in pop culture.

One was the movie Wall Street, where Gordon Gekko, the famous Michael Douglas character from the Oliver Stone movie, was essentially a private equity guy. He was a leverage buyout takeover artist.

And the other one was a book called Barbarians at the Gate, which was a true story of the takeover of RJR Nabisco by a company called KKR, which was another Bain Capital-like takeover company. And that's what they are. They’re essentially guys who borrow money to take over companies and extract wealth from those companies to pay off their investors.

Richard Heckler 5 years, 5 months ago

Con't from Democracy NOW

AMY GOODMAN: You say that Mitt Romney has a vision, that he’s trying for something big. Lay out what that vision is.

MATT TAIBBI: Well, Mitt Romney is really the representative of an entire movement that’s taken over the American business world in the last couple of decades. You know, America used to be where we had factories, we built stuff, and we sold it here in America, and we exported it all over the world. That manufacturing economy was the foundation for our wealth and power for a couple of centuries.

In the '80s, we started to transform ourselves from a manufacturing economy to a financial economy. And that process, which, you know, on Wall Street we call financialization, where instead of making products, we made transactions, we made financial products, like credit default swaps and collateralized debt obligations.

We created money through financial transactions rather than building products and selling them around the world. And that revolution was really led by people like Mitt Romney.

And the advantage of financialization, from the point of view of the very rich and the people who run the American economy, is that it was extremely efficient at extracting wealth and kicking it upward, whereas the old manufacturing economy had the sort of negative effect of spreading around to the entire population.

In the financialization revolution, you can take all of the money, and you don't have to spread it around with anybody. And Mitt Romney was kind of a symbol of that fundamental shift in our economy.

AMY GOODMAN: Yesterday, Democracy Now!'s Mike Burke caught up with the Texas governor, Rick Perry, and asked him about his comment about Mitt Romney, calling him a vulture capitalist. Let's take a listen.

MIKE BURKE: You described Mitt Romney, compared him to a vulture. What did you mean by that? And you said his work with Bain Capital was indefensible.

Brian Conrad 5 years, 5 months ago

not in this state :) your vote will mean nothing Kansas goes for Romney !

Armstrong 5 years, 5 months ago

Can't wait for Barry to respond at the DNC. Hey Barry why don't you run on you're record of accomplishments.... Lets see, job creation - no, reducing unemployment -no, foreign policy - no. Hmmm, shaping up to be a pretty quiet DNC

sourpuss 5 years, 5 months ago

Ah, if only the Republican-controlled House hadn't blocked every serious attempt to legislate job creation. No foreign policy? Are you serious? At least Obama actually went after Bin Laden instead of using him as a political tool for domestic policy like Bush did. Strange bizarro world you live in.

Robert Schehrer 5 years, 5 months ago

Do you call jobs that companies create to build roads, military equipment, libraries, police stations, recreation centers, etc. , private sector jobs or government jobs?

Greg Cooper 5 years, 5 months ago

You mean, like the Affordable Health Care Act? You mean, like providing dollars to keep two of the Big Three automakers from going belly up and bankrupting countless other supply and logistical firms? You mean that? And to what extent did the Republican Party attempt to block the very issues they raised prior to Obama's election?

The fact of the matter is that the Rs have no intention of making the country better except under their faux-Christian, big business, intrude-on-the-individual's body kind of government. Smaller government? BS. Make it easier for the ever-disappearing middle class? Baloney. There has been no--absolutely NO--plan of action proposed by the Party that obviates the dumping of the president, but there has been a God's plenty of lying, misquoting and averting the truth.

I don't think the Democrats have all the right answers, but I do think that they have the country's citizens in general in mind, unlike the Republicans, who are concerned only with the profits of the moneyed and protecting them at the expense of the middle class.

rtwngr 5 years, 5 months ago

Every single proposal involved more spending and more deficits. There were no cost cutting measures at all. The majority of Americans spoke in the 2010 midterm elections. "If you vote for more spending, you do so at your own political peril!" The electorate put it clearly to the politicians. Mitt Romney will win a majority and sweep the election in November. You all and go ........ what was it that Clint Eastwood was referring to?

Richard Heckler 5 years, 5 months ago

If Romney is going to create 12 million jobs then THE GOVERNMENT will need to step in with tons of tax dollars to make it happen. Those 11 million jobs lost during the Bush/Cheney financial rip off of the USA went abroad with no intention of coming back.

Romney is lying. This leveraged buyout king cost America millions of jobs throughout his career.

The upper middle class,middle class and lower income republicans have been screwed bad like all other upper middle class,middle class and lower income people.

Vulture capitalistism is Reaganomics through and through and impacts all upper middle class,middle class and lower income people regardless of party affiliation.

rtwngr 5 years, 5 months ago

Merrill, you are so far in the tank for liberals, most of us wish you would just go away. You are the liar. All of the "facts" you present are from left wing liberal rags. You wouldn't know truth if it came up and bit your tush.

drake 5 years, 5 months ago

I just want a president that does not bow to leaders of other countries...

asixbury 5 years, 5 months ago

Any actual evidence to support this wild claim against Hilary? And her supporting the UN arms treaty does not count, since it has good intentions behind it, albeit too broad of terms. It is better than the status quo of doing nothing.

Cait McKnelly 5 years, 5 months ago

Let's hope that if he does win the election the Dems work better with him on jobs than the GOP worked with the O man. Let's see...over THIRTY filibusters on jobs bills in Congress? (And that estimate may be conservative. Wait. I made a pun.)
Here's an interesting factoid. The GOP has filibustered more bills since Obama took office than under all other presidents COMBINED. That's a heckuva statistic.

Cait McKnelly 5 years, 5 months ago

Meh. Rmoney rattling on about "jobs" is like Bushco saying the words "weapons of mass destruction" 400+ times at the 2004 convention. They already knew by then that Saddam didn't (and never did have) WMDs.

joshua1532 5 years, 5 months ago

You don't have to vote for either of these guys. Here's a "Reality Check" on the power that these centralized parties have created:

Liberty275 5 years, 5 months ago

Sure, he's capable enough, but he's a mormon. Philosophically, he is a prohibitionist, and this country should not be handed over to a prohibitionist. I'd no sooner vote for Romney than Obama, and he leans way too far towards Marx for my liking.

There is no lesser of two evils. Write in "L275" for president.

Trumbull 5 years, 5 months ago

I would like to take Romney at his word about jobs, but he did not really say how he will accomplish this. Extending the Bush tax cuts and an across the board tax cut will benefit business and stimulate some growth, but I do not see it stimulating demand.

For instance, President Obama extended the Bush tax cuts and also gave a payroll tax cut to employer in 2010. It is not clear how/if these measures created jobs or prevented further job losses.

And these tax cuts will also require spending cuts to avoid enormous future defecits. One thing is for sure, spending cuts result in job losses from the government sector. So in addition to the budget risk, he will need to make up for those jobs lost.

It is sad that considering the terrible economic times, the only ideas generated from Washington is tweaking the tax rate. That, I'm afraid is like offering a baby aspirin to a patient who is in intensive care. Until we can figure out how to keep jobs in America and get our factories running again, we ain't goin nowhere.

Alexander Smith 5 years, 5 months ago

12 milion jobs my butt, Were is all the production jobs? What, is Romney going to magically waive his corporate raider wand and POOF jobs appear. It takes time to create jobs if done by the private sector. If you want LOTS-O-Jobs NOW.. the Government has to get involved because there is plenty of things that need to get done.

But, truth is, we want the economy to boom.. we need those jobs back in the USA.. THATS IT!

YES we need to raise taxes because while the feds would, the state will. States are barely making it and Romney and crew are going to put so much pressure on the states that taxes at the local level are going to go through the roof.

Wake up GOP supporters. Romney is bad, he can't deliver a margine of what he promises at the cost of losing more jobs to the world.

Trumbull 5 years, 5 months ago

ummmm......IT jobs, engineering, and many other non-union jobs being outsourced overseas. Where you been?

skull 5 years, 5 months ago

Yes, how dare a group of unified workers demand that they receive all the same things from their employer that are provided in the rest of the first world by government social programs... They brought this on themselves by reducing inflated corporate profit a few percentage points for indecent things such as living wages and affordable healthcare. How dare they try to actualize the "American" dream.

Paul R Getto 5 years, 5 months ago

"Nor has he been forthcoming about where to make the trillions in spending cuts needed to redeem his pledge of major deficit reduction, or about his promise to rein in Medicare or other government benefit programs before they go broke.===

This is the biggest problem for both sides. Their numbers do not add up.

BigDog 5 years, 5 months ago

For those who are questioning Romney on the job creation .... tell me what President Obama has done in his 4 years to create jobs - outside government. The only plan I have seen was to "rebuild infrastructure" of course it was funded by government ... with money we don't have.

Trumbull 5 years, 5 months ago

He gave employers a payroll tax cut and extended the Bush tax cuts in 2010. The same thing the R's are proposing now.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 5 months ago

Not all jobs are the same, but if it's producing some tangible good, it really doesn't matter whether a job is in the government or in the private sector. The money employees receive spends exactly the same, and circulates in the economy exactly the same.

And guess where all the dollars that private interests have comes from in the first place-- the US Govt.

Certainly, printing and spending money willy-nilly would not be without negative consequences, but the fact is that when the economy is in the doldrums, that's the perfect time for government to do what private interests (and states) can't do-- print money to get things rolling again. And with interest rates paid on treasury bonds at record lows, borrowing money doesn't even cost all that much.

BigDog 5 years, 5 months ago

The difference in where jobs are ... is significant. Public sector jobs require tax dollars up front. A prvate sector job doesn't in most cases.

Greg Cooper 5 years, 5 months ago

Ask local contractor magnates if government doesn't provide tax dollars to them.

Trumbull 5 years, 5 months ago

President Obama did the Auto bailout which was successful. And the bailout was a loan. The big three have either paid back directly or by stock. It basically broke even and potentially saved 2 million jobs. Though funded by the government. Just how can President Obama do anything "outside" the government. He is the chief executive.

BigDog 5 years, 5 months ago

You have to be kidding me ... the stock that the government has received in the GM bailout is worth about half of its value .... recent report shows we have LOST $3.3 BILLION MORE ... so paying back the government for this bailout is highly unlikely. The stock would have to more than double for us to get the remaining $27 BILLION back

camper 5 years, 5 months ago

Big Dog, the auto bailout is expected to cost taxpayers $25 billion. The loan total was about $80 billion. These are the spin. This makes a payback of almost 70%.

Now we can ask, was this worth it. Considering the auto industry is one of the few remaining mfg industries we have, I say yes. Lets not also forget the subsidiary industries (ie parts, supplies etc) I say yes with additional emphasis.

Afghanistan and Iraq cost about $12 Billion per month. None of which will ever be recouped, just to put things in perspective.

no_thanks 5 years, 5 months ago

The payback was To the UAW who helped elect Obama, not for his love of the auto industry.

MyName 5 years, 5 months ago

Actually, nearly all of the job gains under Obama, such as they are, have been in private sector jobs while the jobs that have been cut and never came back were all of the state and local jobs. Pretty much the exact opposite of Bush:

geekin_topekan 5 years, 5 months ago

Shame on Obama for envisioning a healthy, educated population. The Repubs fought tooth and nail against healthy educated Americans.

Brian Conrad 5 years, 5 months ago

Kansas 100% chance to vote Romney ... to top it off even if the left pulls out this national election . Rubio will slaughter the next Dem. Fact = Obama high paying jobs lost... low paying jobs created.. future very bright for Repubs. Marco Rubio ,Condoleezza Rice , Susana Martinez . these are real stories of the American dream. Not Biden , Jerry Brown , Harry Reid or Nancy Pelosi

yourworstnightmare 5 years, 5 months ago

Why won't mitt Romney release his tax returns? We already know he is a rich guy who has payed a lower tax rate than most Americans.

What else is he hiding? What else in in those tax returns that Romney wants to keep secret from the American people?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 5 months ago

The speculation of why he won't release older returns is that it would show that he has a whole lot of money in offshore tax havens, and that it would shed some light on many of the Bain deals that were basically chop-shop operations that left thousands of Americans out of work.

skull 5 years, 5 months ago

Everybody with any sense already knows it, and everybody who doesn't is voting for him anyways.

pizzapete 5 years, 5 months ago

It was great to finally learn more about Mitt Romney. I didn't know his father was born in Mexico or that his family came to America to escape the Mexican Revolution. I can overlook the fact that he belongs to the Mormon faith because he really is a man of the people. He's the kind of guy you'd want as a neighbor and not just because he lives in a really nice area that less than1% of Americans can afford. Romney is the embodiment of the American dream, where anyone with enough money can be president. America needs a businessman and corporate insider who will look out for big business interests. After all, corporations are people, too.

Carol Bowen 5 years, 5 months ago

I don't have a problem with Romney's background, but you are romanticizing. He grew up in a wealthy suburb outside of Detroit.

jafs 5 years, 5 months ago

It's either the President's job to create jobs, or it isn't.

Apparently, for many on the right, if it's a D president, it's part of the job description, and if he doesn't create them, he's roundly criticized, but if it's a R one, it's not part of the job.

Can't really have it both ways, I'd say.

verity 5 years, 5 months ago

"Can't really have it both ways, I'd say."

Really? There you go expecting people to be rational again. We've had this conversation before---

jafs 5 years, 5 months ago

Not "expecting", perhaps "hoping" a little bit :-)

And, failing that, at least I can point out the absurdity.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 5 years, 5 months ago

Blah, blah, blah "Dump Obama, I can do better!!"..............How??

Blah, blah, blah "Dump "Obamacare" (racistspeak for the Affordable care Act) And replace it with what?/ We have not heard this yet from the candidate. You folks who are already benefiting from the Affordable care Act are going to be screwed, but what else to do you expect from the Republicans??

Blah, Blah, Blah, "I am a "conservative!!!!!!!!!!" So damn what??????? I am a citiaen and am tired of your "Blah, blah, blah". Some substance please? Check with Rush Limbaugh, he has some suggestions as to what you ought to be to get the votes of his crowd of morons.l

Ban abortion! Save your coathangers!!


Trumbull 5 years, 5 months ago

Blah Blah blah, Foodstamps, blah blah blah, Obamacare, blah blah blah, Liberals, Blah blah blah

beatrice 5 years, 5 months ago

He spoke from a teleprompter. Did everyone see that? He used a teleprompter. Republicans clearly hate teleprompters, yet there was Romney, reading off of teleprompters. Did you notice? Does that upset Republicans to see their chosen one reading from a teleprompter.

Also, Republicans suck up to the Hollywood elite and allow them major speaking spots at their convention. They didn't invite Palin, who is now apparently unequipped to speak on Replicans' behalf with Clint Eastwood, who is apparently very equipped to speak for people not actually there. They replaced one form of incompetance for another.

Teleprompters and the Hollywood elite. Oh, how the Republicans must spin in order to justify their party.

Palin / Eastwood 2016!

Trumbull 5 years, 5 months ago

No way. Republicans don't speak from a tele prompter. Do they?

beatrice 5 years, 5 months ago

An empty chair followed by an empty suit. Fitting symbolism for the Republican party.

BigDog 5 years, 5 months ago

So what is President Obama going to do the next 4 years to improve the economy, reduce deficit etc? How is he going to get things done instead of just talking about it?

Don't tell me to wait for his speech next week .. he is President now, he doesn't have to wait to get into office.

Trumbull 5 years, 5 months ago

The economy and defecit are not necessarily related BigDog. For instance, you can really pump up the economy via stimulus or war time spending.....neither of which is good for the economy.

In fact, defecit reduction will be at the sacrifice of a slower economic recovery. I'm not sayin that is bad, but austerity does not create jobs.

jafs 5 years, 5 months ago

As soon as you can guarantee a Congress that works with him to implement a variety of plans, I will hold him and them accountable for whether or not they work.

Why do you think the President has some sort of unlimited personal power?

BigDog 5 years, 5 months ago

President Obama and Democrats controlled both House and Senate for 2 years ... had plenty of time to focus on his job plan. He even had the 60 votes in the Senate to push things through without much debate ... he chose instead to focus on health care.

jafs 5 years, 5 months ago

They had a filibuster proof majority for a couple of months here and a couple of months there during the first 2 years.

You asked "How is he going to get things done?" - I answered that he doesn't have unlimited power, and that if Congress is opposing him, he can't get much done, since that's how our system is designed. Oh, of course, when he does exercise his power outside of Congress, he gets roundly criticized from those on the right for doing that as well.

Kind of "heads I win, tails you lose" proposition for him.

camper 5 years, 5 months ago

The Republicans had filibuster power. And they used it or threatened to use it. Do you remeber the obstructionism?

BigDog 5 years, 5 months ago

He had enough votes to push health care changes through without Republican votes ... Why would he not have it for jobs plan?

Could it be because he wasn't focused on jobs and the economy?

camper 5 years, 5 months ago

No, during that time, his administration was administering the TARP and the stimulus pckg from President Bush. He also presented the auto bailout during that time. This was related to jobs and the economy. Do you remember that?

beatrice 5 years, 5 months ago

Sad for the Republicans to realize that they really can do worse than Palin.

beatrice 5 years, 5 months ago

I prefer the ticket of Chair /Ottoman.

notaubermime 5 years, 5 months ago

That would never work. The Chair's speeches are too wooden and the Ottoman is frequently criticized for being soft on crime.

ferrislives 5 years, 5 months ago

SageonPage asks "Why don't you look in the mirror and ask yourself what has Obumble really done for America?"

Since you've already told everyone what you think Obama has done for America, how about "what has Mitt Romney done for America"?

-Mitt Romney signed an assault weapons ban into law "I believe the people should have the right to bear arms, but I don’t believe that we have to have assault weapons as part of our personal arsenal,” he said on Fox News in 2004."

-Mitt Romney declared himself pro-choice, and signed laws supporting that position "One of the great things about our nation ... is that we're each entitled to have strong personal beliefs, and we encourage other people to do the same. But as a nation, we recognize the right of all people to believe as they want and not to impose our beliefs on other people. I believe that abortion should be safe and legal in this country. I have since the time that my mom took that position when she ran in 1970 as a U.S. Senate candidate. I believe that since Roe v. Wade has been the law for 20 years, that we should sustain and support it, and I sustain and support that law, and the right of a woman to make that choice, and my personal beliefs, like the personal beliefs of other people, should not be brought into a political campaign."

-Mitt Romney supported civil unions, domestic partner benefits, and non-discrimination laws "We must make equality for gays and lesbians a mainstream concern." "All citizens deserve equal rights, regardless of their sexual orientation."

-Mitt Romney supported the economic stimulus package "I think there is need for economic stimulus. Americans have lost about $11 trillion in net worth. That translates into about $400 billion a year less spending that they'll be doing, and that's net of additional government programs like Medicaid and unemployment insurance. And government can help make that up in a very difficult time. And that's one of the reasons why I think a stimulus program is needed."

-Mitt Romney signed RomneyCare into law

-Mitt Romney.........I think you get the point. Here is a nice video to end this on: Mitt Romney Flip Flops -

I have more respect for the President being pretty clear on his views on all of these different subjects over the years, while Romney flip-flops on his views depending on who he's trying to get on his side.

In his own words, and actions my friend. You (and he) cannot hide from the truth!

yourworstnightmare 5 years, 5 months ago

What we need from Romney are tax returns, lots of tax returns.

What is he hiding from the American people?

beatrice 5 years, 5 months ago

Please name a single president prior to Obama who you asked to see their college transcripts. Go ahead.

I can name several who showed their tax returns.

Reason Romney doesn't want to show his tax returns is because, like most very wealthy individuals, Romney is almost certainly doing much, much better now than he was before Obama took office.

pizzapete 5 years, 5 months ago

That's something I hadn't considered, that Romney probably has done better since Obama took office. The stock market has mostly rebounded and there has been a job recovery too, albeit a slow one. I can respect Romney's business expertise, but I think he's focusing too much on the economy. When he asks me to consider if I think I'm better off now than when Obama took office I have to think of the world wide economic meltdown and financial abyss we narrowly escaped descending into back in 2008. The financial crisis we find ourselves in is bad, but it very well could have been worse. For me personally there have been some occasional setbacks, but my dream of a bigger house, buying a new car, sending the kids off to college, etc. is still very much on track. I hope Romney's "I'll get you a job" appeal draws in more voters than just the recently unemployed.

Brian Conrad 5 years, 5 months ago

Obama's ads even say Romney paid almost 4 million in taxes last year.. not enough for you liberals though. to bad we live in a country where people advance and the left hates that. Obama and Biden together have not come close to paying as much tax in their lives as Romney paid in a year. Biden gave less than 2% national average to charities , while Romney gave millions and millions. left loves those like Bill Gates , Steve and Buffett , but if they came out and favored the right you would hate them .. hate hate hate left can not stand they may loose , so sling mud and hate.

jayhawklawrence 5 years, 5 months ago

Unfortunately, I think we need a change in attitude and that may require a change in leadership for better or worse because the business owners seem to want Romney.

They are afraid of Obama.

If Obama and the Democrats cannot create some renewed momentum in the coming few weeks, I think we are going to have to get used to a Romney administration and hope he can match with deeds what he says with words.

The business community has to have a leader they believe in to get anything moving in this country.

It is what it is.

jafs 5 years, 5 months ago

That amounts to blackmail/extortion by the business community and shouldn't be pandered to, or tolerated.

Unless/until we get a president we like in office, we'll stall the economy?

jafs 5 years, 5 months ago

If business leaders are deliberately stalling the economy in order to get a president they like in office, I call that blackmail/extortion.

If/when they vote for whomever they like in elections, I call that democracy.

And, spare me the sarcastic jabs, please - I'm American, born and bred here, never lived in any other country.

Steve Jacob 5 years, 5 months ago

I call the Dow Jones going up 10 out of 11 months as "renewed momentum".

verity 5 years, 5 months ago

Unfortunately, the stock market seems to no longer be closely tied to the economy. People who study these things for a living expect another bust because because what we're got now is another bubble.

camper 5 years, 5 months ago

Sounds more like collusion to me. Also does not say much for US business leaders. Being afraid and all. Taking action based on fear is usually bad.

Steve Jacob 5 years, 5 months ago

From the KC Star..."Federal revenues are roughly 16 percent of GDP, the lowest level in decades. High unemployment, lower tax rates and payroll tax reductions have contributed to the problems with revenue collection"

We just are not collecting enough money. If that means raising taxes on the top, or closing loopholes or deductions, I don't know. Cutting spending would help, but not the whole solution.

jafs 5 years, 5 months ago

Yes, it's a 3 part problem and solution.

Tax revenue, spending, and GDP are all parts of it.

We need more tax revenue, lower spending and a healthy GDP to get out of our current mess.

beatrice 5 years, 5 months ago

We also need honesty from our politicians and a desire to work to the betterment of the nation, not just the betterment of a party.

jafs 5 years, 5 months ago


But I won't hold my breath waiting for that :-)

headdoctor 5 years, 5 months ago

Yup and without a drastic change of mind by the politicians neither of the 3 will get fixed. Even if they stop eroding the tax base and rules they are not going to stop over spending and our GDP is always going to lag behind since we have shifted from an industrial country to a service based one.

camper 5 years, 5 months ago

The Headline: "Romney makes case for jobs, lots of jobs"

The plan: Extend the bush tax cuts. Across the board tax cuts.

Hmmmm. President Obama extended the Bush tax cuts in 2010 and gave payroll tax cuts to employers in 2010 as well. I don't see much difference here folks. They call the President a failure, then turn around and offer the same thing.

Brian Conrad 5 years, 5 months ago

worst economy since Carter .. nuff said Kansas goes for Romney 2012 100% chance ! bet the house you owned before Obama

camper 5 years, 5 months ago

Take a look at this wristtwister. Here's your man. This is a best of flip flop journey that Romney has taken on almost every major issue.

camper 5 years, 5 months ago

Well evolving is possible. I believe ones views can change, as information changes and time passes. This does not seem like much time though for ones opinions to change so quickly.

Carol Bowen 5 years, 5 months ago

Last election, I Compared the conventions - policies, candidates, and impressions. My impression of the GOP was a homoginized and pasteurized group. The Dems were a motley bunch.

So far, the GOP is still homoginized and pasteurized with a few representatives of other groups. Let's see what the DEMS look like next week.

Brian Conrad 5 years, 5 months ago

our economy can not survive 4 more years of this... time for a change ... funny all you Obama lovers.. you live in a state that will vote Romney.... does it bother you?? he he .. you could use all your frustration donating to help the 15% plus living in extreme poverty here in Lawrence.. face it "the government can not spend its way to recovery"

Brian Conrad 5 years, 5 months ago

are you better off than you were 4 years ago??? how about your parents , since most live in their basements.

progressive_thinker 5 years, 5 months ago

Am I better off than I was 4 years ago?

My 401k is up 50% since Bush left office.

My nephew is back from Iraq. He is not being deployed to Afghanistan because the war is winding down.

My mom's prescriptions went down over $150 per month because of the affordable care act.

My sister in law will be able to get insurance for the first time in her life. [She has been living with juvenile onset diabetes for 50 years and could previously not get insurance due to the preexisting condition.]

Yes, I am better off.

Brian Conrad 5 years, 5 months ago

90% people in this country did not get a 13k raise .. happy for you. you are the 1% that the left hates. 13k minus 35 to 50 % that Obama will take from you ... net gain 7 to 8 thousand ... still way better than most . hope you put it in savings.. you will need it to pay for all the national debt you will have to pay in the future.

jonas_opines 5 years, 5 months ago

You're mixing up your multi-banned, multi-usernames, right-wing posters. FHNC aint' the one you think he is.

camper 5 years, 5 months ago

False, since i don't read your posts I can't say I quite follow what you are saying here. Any chance you might translate just this once? I really am curious.

camper 5 years, 5 months ago

Thanks for trying False. I think I understand it a little bit better now. What is Ramo, flex, and choom gang? Once I get these terms down, I think i can translate the entire thing. Thanks!

camper 5 years, 5 months ago

This is my take from the event, 99% sloganeering and exaggerating if not outright lying.....and oh, the other 1% "say, lets extend the Bush tax cuts again. This is what the Repubs bring to the table.

Richard Heckler 5 years, 5 months ago

Romney/Ryan say they will bring on 12 million jobs = no clue as to how many jobs are not there!

Can we say ignorance is bliss....

Richard Heckler 5 years, 5 months ago

Republican administrations have an established pattern of killing millions of jobs, make owning a home risky business,destroying retirement plans and medical insurance coverage.

Why would any republican or democrat or green party thinker want to risk that for the third time in a 33 year period? Republicans are the only ones who do this successfully.

ENTITLEMENT - Bailing out The Reagan/Bush Savings and Loan Heist aka home loan scandal sent the economy out the window costing taxpayers many many $$ trillions (Cost taxpayers $1.4 trillion), Plus millions of jobs, loss of retirement plans and loss of medical insurance.

ENTITLEMENT - Bailing out the Bush/Cheney Home Loan Wall Street Bank Fraud cost consumers $ trillions, millions of jobs, loss of retirement plans and loss of medical insurance. Exactly like the Reagan/Bush home loan scam. Déjà vu can we say. Yep seems to be a pattern.

meggers 5 years, 5 months ago

Ha! Romney will create the same number of jobs we will see if the economy continues on the current trajectory. Way to aim high, Mitt!

Carol Bowen 5 years, 5 months ago

Bobby Jindal invited the president to visit on Monday. He invited Romney to visit before then. Stragic, but tacky. Best to focus on the disaster relief. That will take an act of congress. They have not set a budget for disaster relief, yet.

Armstrong 5 years, 5 months ago

Einstein, the president can go wherever he wants whenever - he's the presiden, no invitation required. Hell he even has his own plane paid for by the taxpayers it does'nt cost him a dime.

Carol Bowen 5 years, 5 months ago

So, you don't think Jindal engineered this?

In_God_we_trust 5 years, 5 months ago

Perhaps since none of the Presidential candidates can provide what we all need, we should turn to God, who provides for us by faith in Him, and His Word, of great and precious promises, according to his riches in glory, by Christ Jesus. Then government can go back to it's original purpose of government.

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