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Published: Saturday, May 19 2012 8:05 a.m. MDT

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Social Mod Fiscal Con
West Jordan, UT

"Since February 2010, when the economy began consistently adding jobs, the private sector has gained 4.2 million positions. But federal, state and local governments during that time have cut more than 500,000 jobs."

So, we traded 500,00 government jobs for 4.2 million private sector jobs. Dang that sounds pretty good. Keep it up! In fact, I wonder what would happen if we laid off a million additional government jobs. Create 8.4 million private sector jobs?

Mark B
Eureka, CA

It sounds terrific unless it's your kid who all of a sudden goes to a school short of teachers. Or it's your house on fire, or You waiting for the police to arrive.

williary
Kearns, UT

"My biggest goal is to make Obama a one-time President"

That comment from the top Republican in the Senate pretty much sums up the effort the Republican party has put forward since the day Barrack Obama won the 2008 Presidential Election.

These "bills" that Boehner talks about are nothing more than political stunts. Bills loaded with all sorts of catches. We'll give you this, if you tear apart "Obamacare." Bills that were created to fail.

If the Republicans had any intent to work, they'd have signed off on the unprecidented debt-ceiling argeement they had put together with President Obama, then backed off, so the Tea Party could look good. Unheard of cuts to Democratic strongholds like Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Cuts a Democrat offered up. And all at the expense of closing tax loopholes for the super-wealthy. Some of which Romney is now in favor of!

Republicans gave up their responsibility to govern the day John McCain lost. Those words straight from the mouth of Mitch McConnell.

Riverton Cougar
Riverton, UT

Is the GOP sabotaging the economy? Of course, Democrats say yes, because the alternative is that they really, really messed us up. They are the party of blame.

Besides, the Democrats had a majority in Congress AND the Senate, as well as a Democrat president! How could it be the GOP's fault? They will say it is because of the Republicans who took control of Congress in 2011 (remember, they would have us believe that Republicans taking control again in 2010 is what caused Obama to fail in 2009-2010, not the other way around).

However, if that were the case, then the GOP can say the same thing about the recession in 2008 being the Democratic controlled Congress since 2006. The Democrats play a double standard here.

So, bottom line: if the GOP is sabotaging the economy now to make Obama look bad (as if he needs any help), then Democrats sabotaged the economy in 2008 to make Bush look bad. Either way, there is no way to blame the GOP for Obama's 2009-2010 failure (so the answer is no, but that won't stop Democrats from pointing fingers).

Howard Beal
Provo, UT

I suppose as well that you could produce a private sector job that is minimum wage and lose a government job that maybe pays 60K and could support a family. I think that's what happened and guess what, the economy seems sluggish. Austerity cuts seem popular but they might not produce the results conservatives think they will.

Tom in CA
Vallejo, CA

Well - when all else fails, then blame someone else. That is the Obama way. God forbid we endure 4 more years of this regime. November 6 can't some soon enough -

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

Government jobs are paid for from our taxes or by adding to the deficit.

How can any thinking person promote government job growth when Mr. Obama has increased the deficit by $5 TRILLION!

Spending must be cut. Right now. Today. Any politician who thinks that he can spend my grandchildrens' money so that he can keep his seat in Congress has got his priorities reversed. He was elected to protect us from people.

Until both parties reduce spending and CUT taxes so that private industry can provide tax paying jobs, nothing constructive will ever happen.

patriot
Cedar Hills, UT

Paul Ryan has produced several budgets and every one has been rejected by the Senate and Harry Reid. Harry Reid has produced ZERO budgets from the Senate. So - it is pretty clear who is actually doing work and who is doing nothing. All Obama produces is the same ole tax hike garbage that not even a majority of democrat's can or will vote for because they know they can't face the voters in the fall having voted for Obama's tax hikes. It isn't the GOP that is holding the economy down - it is Barack Obama who has his foot on the neck of this entire nation. Obama hasn't produced ONE practical bill that will address joblessness in this nation simply because the man is an armature with economics and has zero experience.

K
Mchenry, IL

Last election cycle they were crying we were in a recession before we actually were according to definition. All over the media how bad the economy was with unemployment at 6%. Self fulfilling prophesy.

Linus
Bountiful, UT

Why wasn't the DesNews headline for this story: "Are Dems trying to blame their failures on the GOP?" It is obvious from the story content that they are. The power of a headline can overpower the content of the article. Where are you headed, DesNews? Left? or Right?

mohokat
Ogden, UT

Typical of the phonies. The Senate has had no budget in over three years. Do they really think we want to authorize more debt when they can't tell us where and how they plan on spending it. Like a train ride from Victorville to Las Vegas.

Furry1993
Clearfield, UT

I'll say this -- I haven't seen the Republicans do anything to HELP the economy.

Linus
Bountiful, UT

Mr Furry
You won't see the Republicans do anything to HELP the economy as long as the Dems have a majority in the Senate and veto power in the people's (white) house. But they keep trying. The Dems refuse to pass a budget sponsored by Dems and they have voted down every one of the (numerous) budgets offered by Republicans.

Rifleman
Salt Lake City, Utah

Re: Mark B Eureka, CA

When Obama told the GOP “they can come for the ride, but they have to sit in back” he shouldn't act surprised when they don't rush to help him pull the bus out of the ditch.

California is a shining example of liberals at work. In Jan. Gov. Jerry Brown announced that they were facing a $9.2 billion budget deficit for the year. Four months later he says the budget deficit has swelled to $16 billion. Somebody needs to explain to Brown and Obama that you are supposed to balance your checkbook because if you don't sooner or later you will go bankrupt.

ute alumni
Tengoku, UT

willary:
at least the gop has a goal. libs and especially this president (the one that almost forgot about the economic collapse) have no goals or clues as to what needs to be done to turn the economy around. But then, what would you expect from a community organizer?

sid 6.7
Holladay, UT

Ahh correct me if I am wrong Mr. Rifleman but was it not a Republican conservetive Governer that got California in the mess they are in?

Just curious?

Furry1993
Clearfield, UT

The answer to this question is simple -- yes it is.

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