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Published: Monday, June 25 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Durham, NC

The problem is so big, so complex, I really have little hope that either candidate will come forward with anything more than a bunch of political rhetoric that amounts to nothing more than "my team is better than your team". And really who can blame them. Neither man if elected President will be able to impact much. Our unemployment problem really comes down to a Wall Street problem.

Banks are afraid to lend money. Why? Partially because of the 2008 banking collapse. Partially because of the uncertain Euro market. Partially because no one knows who long the booms in India and China will last. Partially because middle east uncertainty. And partially because like JP Morgan, Banks are trying to earn money without lending to consumers or businesses.

Most of these are factors neither man as President will be able to impact. We can't deregulate the banks back into bad behavior again. We don't control India nor China's economies. And we don't want a role in fixing Spain, Italy nor Greece's debt problems, because we have our own.

So I wouldn't loose too much sleep waiting for details that aren't coming from either man.

Burke, VA

So let’s see. The Deseret News and Bob Bennett print an op-ed piece titled "Which candidate best understands how governmental activity impacts the way jobs are created?" accompanied by a picture of smiling Mitt Romney glad handing some rabid supporters. So I’m wondering which candidate they want us to think will be the answer to the question?

In January of 2009 our economy lost 900,000 jobs, in one month. And while that trend immediately started to improve, it was several months later before we started a net gain of jobs. The stimulus plan propped up jobs for a while and the 2010 census employed more than 145,000 government workers that eventually joined the unemployment ranks when the census was complete. So after 2010 the numbers are interesting. From January 2011 until May 2012 the numbers look like these:

Total private sector jobs created/lost 2,952,000
Total government jobs created/ lost - 287,000
Net jobs created2,665,000

It’s not enough to meet the demands of those joining the workforce but it sure seems like things have turned around.

salt lake city, utah

The point that disturbs me when Republicans talk about job creation is the either or of " job vs. no job". Fact is there are jobs and then there are jobs (computer programer and lawn mower). Fact is certain industries and certain jobs have consequences to society far beyond the pay check but none of this ever enters their conversation. Democrats need to be more explicit about this conversation because this all matters greatly. It matters to the kind of society we have.

Durham, NC

I do want to give Mr. Bennett some kudos for calling out his own party for not putting forward a economic plan of their own. It is ever so easy to just shoot shots at the opposition rather than holding your own parties feet to the fire. So, well done Mr. Bennett.

And likewise, the Democrats should hold thier own to a high standard. One of the most encouraging headlines I read this weekend was that President Obama has disappointed some groups within his own party. That is as it should be. There should be dissent in both parties. There should be a vigerous and active debate of ideas within each. The parties should be able to equally recognized when the other party has a good idea or policy, and support it.

But what we have now is a complete and total lack of ideas, and just more blah-blah-blah "we're better than you" with no justifications for such enthusiasic chest pounding. Let's get both parties to put thier ideas forward, and then judge if they have the capability to actually move these ideas forward.

Right now, I don't see it from either side.

one old man
Ogden, UT

I get a kick out of the Republicans trying to blame Obama for not creating jobs and then turning around to claim that "government doesn't create jobs."

Which is it?

Roosevelt, UT

Amen to Bob Bennett.

Neither candidate has a clear plan.

Pres Obama was such a drastic contrast compared to a secretive George Bush who shunned the press.

This time I wish there was such an apparent contrast but that is not the case. This election will be won by super pac money funds and sound bites.

We are bound to get the sizzle not the steak.

Instead of saying my record of creating jobs as govenor was abysmal we have a candidate who says "trust me" I can create jobs.

Instead of saying the government does not have a lot of impact and the 1/4 million jobs are a rebound effect rather than government policies we have a president who says" it is working".

Where is the candidate the people can trust?

If the country gets caught up in putting one sound bite specialist in office to replace the other then as a country we are being snowed as the economy will continue to struggle.

No answers from either candidate means they have no plan and the weak attempts put forth by both men and their associated parties show the shallowness of their understanding and our pathetic outlook.

David King
Layton, UT

So, the proper question is not a statistical one — "Which candidate has the best record of job creation?" It's a conceptual one — "Which candidate best understands how governmental activity impacts the way jobs are created?"-Mr. Bennett

The correct answer to your second question is neither Mitt Romney nor Barack Obama. Which Republican candidate was talking about the collapse of the housing bubble years before it happened due to risky loaning practices mandated by the government? Ron Paul. I challenge anyone to research what Paul, Romney, and Obama were saying circa 2005 or so about the economy and then tell me who best understands the economy.

SLC gal
Salt Lake City, UT

Government throws down rules and regulations that discourage job growth. It is fact. I know business owners who have frozen their hiring practices in light of what effects "Obamacare", and other so called entitlement programs would have, if they had to let someone go.

What in Tucket?
Provo, UT

Mr.Obama was a community organizer, a senator who did not seem to do much of anything and has maintained an over $1 trillion deficit, had a 10%+ increase in Federal workers. His record is anything but good. I suggest given a chance Mr. Romney could turn things around. He has a record. In Massachusetts his goals were modified by an 8% Democratic legislature.

Eric Samuelsen
Provo, UT

I do agree with Senator Bennett--the real question isn't about the past, it's about the future, and it's about philosophy. Where I disagree is over the specifics of proposals. The Republicans have commmitted to a plan, and a philosophy. Paul Ryan authored it, and it's meretricious nonsense.


Which candidate? Ron Paul of course. He understands the need to radically cut corporate tax - to 15 %, making it us competitive with mainland China (25%) and our own current, highest on the planet, rate of about 30%.

He understands that the eventual elimination of income tax for all, paid for by radical reductions in the size of government and a peaceful foreign policy, will create vast private wealth, by allowing us ALL to keep more of our earnings, spending it on what we choose in a free economic system, not one controlled so much by typical successive republican and democrat administrations and congresses. He understands that we need sound money and not play tokens controlled by the leaders in private banking.

Sandy, UT

@ Eric Samuelsen: which definition of "meretricious" were you going for?

Definition of MERETRICIOUS
1: of or relating to a prostitute : having the nature of prostitution
2a : tawdrily and falsely attractive b : superficially significant : pretentious

Salt Lake City, UT

"Then — China first, India next — both nations abandoned central planning and adopted policies that encouraged private initiative and rewarded individual economic success."
I seriously doubt China would reward private initiative that created jobs in another country. Yet recently American companies have been rewarded for moving jobs off shore. That needs to stop.

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

What is Romney's record say?

Mass hardly grew while he was governor. Bain Capital didn't create jobs.

So what experience does Romney have in creating jobs?

Eric Samuelsen
Provo, UT

All of them.

There You Go Again
Saint George, UT

"...In 2008, the winning cry was "Change!" In 2010, it was "Throw them all out!" In 2012, it should be, "Stop the sound bites, and tell us in detail where you want to go and how you plan to get there."...".

Mitt has said he is afraid to offer specifics.

Offering specifics did not work well for him in his loss to Kennedy.

Offering specifics did not work well for him in his loss to McCain.

This time Mitt will not take any chances offering any specifics.

Fool Mitt once...you know the rest of the story...

So, voters are left to guess...

Therefore, based upon his soundbites, he has at various times, promised to reduce unemployment to 4.7%...say, within 90 days of his coronation.

Piece of cake for an expert job creator.


Voters are hiring an expert in job creation.

Romney will receive an economy that is not losing 900,000 jobs per month.

Republicans gave President Obama 90 days, at best, to fix everything.

Why should expectations be dumbed-down for Romney?


Salt Lake City, UT

Mr. Obama knows what doesn't work. Saying "shovel ready jobs" does not make it so. He has given lip service to creating jobs and his green jobs have cost us $2-5 million/job. That is not success by any measure. Obama has no experience except that learned by osmosis from Harvard economists (Larry Summers, et al) and crony capitalists. Let someone with a Harvard Business School education, not a community organizer, have a chance to stimulate the economy.

Burke, VA

"Let someone with a Harvard Business School education, not a community organizer, have a chance to stimulate the economy."

George Bush earned an MBA from the Harvard Business School. Just sayin'.

one vote
Salt Lake City, UT

Romney will not create jobs because that is against his policy. He will turn it over to the too big to fail people like Bush did recently.

red state pride
Cottonwood Heights, UT

I just wanted to weigh in and say that this was the best, most well written column that I've read from (I'm dropping "Senator" since we're all citizens) Bob Bennett since he began contributing to the DN (but I'm sure I haven't read all of his columns).
Not that I would ever even consider voting for the "amateur" that currently occupies the White House but if Romney is the big shot executive/ leader we are encouraged to believe then all I can say is "what's the plan man"? Lay it out for us in detail. How do we get to where we need to be? Like Mr Bennett said- we don't want sound bites anymore- we don't want "hope and change"- we want clear plans- we know there are simple if not easy solutions to our problems (hint: it ain't windmills, light rail or Snap cards)

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