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Wrong on jobs

May 8, 2012

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To the editor:

Last Friday’s mediocre jobs report was greeted with barely concealed glee by presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

Romney opined that any unemployment rate above 4 percent is “not cause for celebration” and that the economy should be adding 500,000 new jobs per month.

I presume that Mr. Romney was not celebrating at any time during the Reagan, Bush the Elder, or Bush the Younger administrations, since there was not a single year on the watch of those Republican presidents when the annual rate of unemployment averaged 4 percent or below. Further, the “job creation” record during the most recent Republican administration (George W. Bush) averaged essentially ZERO new jobs per month.

So, why exactly should these Republican stumblebums be entrusted again with the nation’s economic well-being? Their discredited policies seem more likely to lead us into still another recession than to an accelerated recovery. And, by the way, the last president to preside over a 4 percent unemployment economy was Bill Clinton!

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tbaker 1 year, 11 months ago

Scaramouch - jobs go overseas becuase of profit, not greed. This is what drives the free enterprise system. The ONLY cases in recorded history in which human beings have escaped the horrors of grinding, generational poverty and hopelessness have come from where they had capitalism and largely free markets. History is crystal clear on this point: there is no recorded way to improve the lot of ordinary people that can hold a candle to the productive activates that are unleashed by a free enterprise system. Publically owned companies have a duty to their shareholders to operate in the most profitable way they can. Shareholders like retired people with pension funds that hold these companies depend on them to make smart decisions, like reducing labor costs.

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scaramouchepart2 1 year, 11 months ago

Rock chalk Jobs have gone overseas because of greed not government. Job loss is directly associated with outsourcing. One other issue is again greed in that more and more people have been let go because the tanked economy gave the corporations the idea to make fewer employees do more with less benefits and longer hours. This cannot possibly be done by one person in a job where he gets the blame for a congress that won't allow true changes. And it will take more than one person to clean up. Good news - the latest economic business indicators are jobs are coming back because foreign labor costs are rising and jobs are starting to come back. More foreign companies are building plants in the US and hiring US people to work in those plants. SOX is working, mostly (the Sarbanes-Oxley Act) American companies are realizing that human error is less detrimental than robotics and humans still have an important reasoning skill that robotics don't, which has helped save billions of dollars in the long run.

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scaramouchepart2 1 year, 11 months ago

The sins of the last president are always blamed on the present. Economics is not a now factor. We are in this recession because of years of republican mismanagement and cronyism. Economics is not a leaf in a wind storm and easily blown around. Economics is a Mac truck chained to a building. It takes time to grow into a monster and even longer to correct. Obama's crime is he was foolish enough to win the election after his naysayers ruined the economy.

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rockchalk1977 1 year, 11 months ago

Since the start of the recession, the US has encountered the largest disengagement from the labor force in more than 60 years. This decline in labor force participation represents about 3.7 million jobless that are no longer counted in the unemployment rate. Labor force disengagement is entirely responsible for the nearly 2 percentage points decline in the unemployment rate from 10 percent to 8.1 percent.

http://www.usnews.com/opinion/blogs/economic-intelligence/2012/05/07/latest-jobs-reports-shows-us-economy-is-barely-treading-water

Based on this stat alone, the Chicago union thug Obama should not be re-elected because 4 years of hopeless change has failed. But what do you expect for a man with only "community organizer" experience. End the madness in November!

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its_just_math 1 year, 11 months ago

Two words:

Cloward-Piven

Eerily theorized decades ago; happening now. The plan almost assures Democratic monopoly on government in it's full implementation.

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rockchalk1977 1 year, 11 months ago

How many jobs have been lost since Obama was inaugurated? 4,317,000 jobs were LOST from the time Obama took office and 3,745,000 (mostly government) jobs were CREATED. In total, 572,000 jobs were LOST from the time Obama took office until March, 2012. That's a decrease of 0.43%. No other President can say that! Let's end America's downward spiral in November by voting Republican.

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weiser 1 year, 11 months ago

The Republicans are just out of touch. That is why Fox news is the number one cable news network, and growing by the day!

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its_just_math 1 year, 11 months ago

There are reasons the committed Obama idolizers are nervous, angry, intolerant, unhinged and combative and reasons why Obama's campaign effort will go to the lowest level.

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/elections/election_2012/election_2012_presidential_election/may_2012/three_way_race_romney_44_obama_39_ron_paul_13

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its_just_math 1 year, 11 months ago

As hard as it is to believe, many, like above on this very forum for sure, and those like Mr. Skridikulis are going to spitefully cast a vote for Obama----some again---some for the first time, just to make sure we have a two-term black president and NOT a Republican president...... failure in the economic arena or not.

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tbaker 1 year, 11 months ago

How pathetic it must be to base one's support for the re-election of a sitting President on what the previous President supposedly did. How can you honestly believe this is a winning strategy Mr. Skridulis? How can you expect hundreds of millions of people to simply ignore Mr. Obama's hideous record of failure? Go ahead and run with this idea for the next 185 days and see what happens.

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usnsnp 1 year, 11 months ago

Talking about jobs, what has the Kansas legislature done about jobs, nothing.All they are worried about is drawing lines so they can stay on the government gravy train.

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Armstrong 1 year, 11 months ago

So, why exactly should these Republican stumblebums be entrusted again with the nation’s economic well-being?

Obama has proven over the last 3 years he lacks the ability to get the job done even with a majorithy in the house and senate

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its_just_math 1 year, 11 months ago

Obama is a woman's best friend....that is if you're a "composite" woman. Joke of the century.

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weiser 1 year, 11 months ago

I just hope everybody else works, so I can get my stuff for free. Team Obama! ....FOUR MORE YEARS!

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geekin_topekan 1 year, 11 months ago

Could the poverty jump be attributed to a population jump? I read that the countries with the highest poverty rates also have the highest birth rates. Maybe we are headed in that direction.

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Lateralis 1 year, 11 months ago

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCN5-o... "I will be held accountable" - Obama

The debt http://www.usdebtclock.org/

If it doesn't get delt with, we're all in trouble. Another 4 years and we'll become the United States of Austerity.

RP 2012

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its_just_math 1 year, 11 months ago

"And, by the way, the last president to preside over a 4 percent unemployment economy was Bill Clinton!"

Well, the dot.com bubble bursted a long time ago. I was recruiting IT people right when the bubble burst, and believe me, I know. It was right after W took office.

And as far as who's saying what, Obama is the president---not Romney----Obama has been for almost 3 1/2 years now and made many promises that he has not in any way kept, not to mention tacking on another almost $6 trillion in debt. Three years ago, The Anointed One said if he can't fix things up, he does not deserve a second term, and now is claiming he HAS fixed things up and does deserve a second term. lol!

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Flap Doodle 1 year, 11 months ago

Gram, is the war on female persons still at the top of the Mope's talking points list? I thought his announcement of the end of the war on terror was number 1.

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grammaddy 1 year, 11 months ago

The GOP ran on jobs,jobs,jobs in 2010 but all they seem to concern themselves with is a war on women's health. Spin it any way you want to. Women vote and we will remember in November. Don't let the two posters above fool you. Just somemore GOP monkey-business.

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Flap Doodle 1 year, 11 months ago

The Current Regime can throw out all the distractions it wants. It can't hide from its own record.

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cato_the_elder 1 year, 11 months ago

To the letter writer: Are you not aware that the poverty rate increased to an all-time high under Obama? Are you not aware that the poverty rate in most states has soared under Obama? Are you not aware that under Obama one in six Americans lives in poverty? Do you not recall how Obama and his handlers promised that if his Porkulus spending debacle were passed, the unemployment rate would be at 6% by now? Do you not recall Obama saying that if he couldn't get the unemployment rate under 8% by now he didn't deserve re-election? Do you not know that Obama's economy created only 120,000 jobs in March and 115,000 jobs in April, not enough even to keep up with population growth? Do you not know that government-supplied jobs numbers disregard long-unemployed adults who are so discouraged that they stop looking for work and thus are not counted in the labor force? Are you not aware that labor market participation is now at its lowest level in more than thirty years, with only 63.6% of American adults in the workforce? Are you not aware of the profoundly chilling effect that the prospect of Obamacare has had on American employers' willingness to hire new employees? Are you not aware of the profoundly chilling effect that Obama's constant threats to raise taxes on business has had on American employers' willingness to hire new employees? Are you not aware of how much the economy might have recovered by now if Obama's job-killing policies, killing the Keystone Pipeline being just one example, had not been inflicted on America?

Obama now says that we need to look to the future. That's all he can say, since looking at his own abysmal record on job creation in over 3 1/2 years is not an option.

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