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Published: Thursday, July 5 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

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wrz
Salt Lake City, UT

@one old man:

"little two-letter word: NO! There's the explanation. Right there."

No, Obamacare is a good thing.

@Eric Samuelsen:

"That plan calls for massive cuts in government spending, which means, in practical terms, laying off hundreds of thousands of government workers."

Wrong! Romney's plan is to reduce government employment through attrition. Not layoffs.

"So the idea is that, in order to increase employment, you first decrease employment."

Wrong again. You have to clear out dead wood. Romney created a net 100,000 jobs for Americans. How many net jobs over his 3 1/2 years did Obama create? None.

"We can't really let our country fail."

And it will, with four more Obama years.

"Saving the auto industry..."

He turned most of the ownership over to his friends, the auto workers' unions. Stockholders and creditors got virtually nothing.

"...reforming health care..."

Heavens to Murgatroyd!

"...reducing nuclear weapons..."

Where did you hear that? Never happened.

"Private sector job growth suggests a successful presidency."

Of which he has achieved a net of zero, nada.

"Public sector layoffs have sabotaged him."

Public sector jobs have bloated state and federal budgets with wages double private sector levels.

JoeBlow
Far East USA, SC

Business experience is certainly a good quality in a president.
Although it did not seem important for Reagan. Or when the party nominated McCain.

However, the GOP has dictated what can and cannot be done.

Romneys experience will only be valued when it is lock step in line with what the GOP already believes. Any deviation, whether based on prior experience or not, is NOT tolerated.

Not that it will be a problem as he has shown that his opinion is too easily molded to fit anything and everything the GOP demands.

So, what good is his experience?

Eric Samuelsen
Provo, UT

wrz
Read the Paul Ryan plan. It calls for immediate, massive cuts in spending. No way attrition accomplishes anywhere close to the reductions the plan calls for. Romney's just saying 'attrition' for political purposes--in fact, his plans will immediately increase unemployment by a minimum of 3 percent.
Net job creation under Obama? Not great, but positive, around 240,000 new private sector jobs created per month. Considering that we're in a recession, that's pretty good. Why is the unemployment rate so high? Public sector job losses. Teachers and cops and firefighters laid off. State and local governments have been subjected to austerity plus. Which, obviously, isn't the fault of the federal government. You say public sector jobs pay twice that of private sector jobs? Sorry, not true. You can cherrypick a few instances of overpaid public employees (California prison guards), but do you personally know any cops? Or teachers? Or EMTs? Rolling in the dough, are they?
Auto industry. He saved millions of jobs. You say creditors and shareholders got next to nothing. Nothing is exactly what they would have gotten without federal intervention.
Reduce nuclear stockpiles? Uh, remember the START treaty?

George
Bronx, NY

@patriot
no experience? who was our president for the past four years? I think I will take one term presidential experience over one term experience as a governor, thanks.

atl134
Salt Lake City, UT

A businessman works to get profits for his shareholder. He doesn't care about creating jobs in his company. He doesn't care about what what his business means for all the other businesses. We've had only a few businessmen in the White House but they include the Bushes and Hoover. A President has to look out for ALL Americans. Romney has not given any real examples as to how his private sector experience is a benefit. He's been vague on policy (if not outright flipping around positions like how suddenly he's stopped talking about self-deportation) and any Republican can say they want tax cuts and deregulation. So what makes Romney so special?

atl134
Salt Lake City, UT

@patriot
"Business experience + Governor Experience VS NO experience."

Um... Obama has the most valuable experience there is, he IS the president and has 3.5 years and counting of experience there.

atl134
Salt Lake City, UT

@VST
I think when he said 80 years he meant roughly 80 years and was suggesting that Obama inherited the worst situation since FDR.

Mister J
SLC, UT

So Mike (8:30 p.m. July 5, 2012)... I am anxious to get your 2 cents on GOP obstructionism?

GK Willington
SLC, UT

per patriot (8:57 a.m. July 5)... Curious? So you long for more casino capitalism from another POTUS w/ an IVY League MBA?

Don't know about the rest of you but I'll pass on another term brought to us by the letter W.

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