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President urges congress to act on jobs program

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 12 2013 10:55 p.m. MST

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Salt Lake City, UT

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salt lake city, UT

Cleared away the rubble? From an outsider's view our nation's capitol looks like Beck Street on Steroids.

Tooele, UT

I heard it all before..Obama blames the Republicans, Republicans blame Obama. But in my opinion there is no such thing as middle class anymore..you're either rich or you're living paycheck to paycheck just hoping to keep food on your table, and if that's government's idea of middle class the definition has changed in the last few years.

Ogden, UT

To FT 11:48 p.m. Feb. 12, 2013

Cleared away the rubble? From an outsider's view our nation's capitol looks like Beck Street on Steroids.


There is still some cleaning up to do BUT things are a lot better than when President Obama took over from President Cheney and his puppet.

Hayden, ID

If the great Obama tells us HE has cleared away the rubble, who are we to say rubble still abounds? Close your eyes so you just can't see it, including the exploding national debt. Obama and the Democrats can't see it, so it must not exist! "We don't have a spending problem, we have a revenue problem".

george of the jungle
goshen, UT

10,000,000 jobs lost from the day Obama started, Every thing has been traumatic and a lot of drama, I guess clearing the way means no one cares what he has to say, he done his job.

Albert Maslar CPA (Retired)
Absecon, NJ

Unfortunately President Obama has repeatedly killed the Keystone XL Pipeline that when combined with other American oil exploration and safe drilling would have created a top-down two million good paying tax-paying jobs, that in turn would have created other support jobs, increased consumer spending money while taking unemployed workers off the unemployment and welfare benefit rolls, saving government expenditures. Sometimes the answers are simple and right under our nose.

Alpine, UT

Apparently, obama's speech writer doesn't understand the term "rubble." Has he never been to Washington D.C.?

Sandy, UT

@ Pagan

Those are nice tag lines, but you forgot the ones about the 18 jobs bills the house republicans passed that the Senate will not even allow to come to a vote. Moreover, simply giving away money that the government does not have is not a jobs bill, it is simply living on credit and expecting our children and grandchildren to pay for insane amounts of spending. (Obama has been spending 50% more than Bill Clinton did after adjusting for inflation). The federal government has already been growing at 1000 employees per day. Helping state governments to grow their payrolls will further help the economy. Apparently Democrats think that we should all work for the government. Never mind who will pay for it - we can always dump our bankrupt country on the next generation.

Dixie Dan
Saint George, UT

The President's suggestion that the minimum wage be increased to $9 p/hour must have sent shock waves through Utah. When was the last time our legislature increased the minimum wage without Federal guidelines?

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

4 years ago barack said

"I will cut the deficit in half during my first term"

It wasn't cut in half

It wasn't cut by 25%

It wasn't cut by 1%

It increased

Barack also said if allowed his


of many spendathons of 787 billion that unemployment wouldnt reach 8%

It reached 8%

It reached 9%

It reached 10%

It reached 11%

Several trillion dollars later, barack still couldnt do as he promised

You will have to forgive me for using this guys actual history as indication of how the next 4 years will be.

As opposed to his nonsense talk that 50% of the country buys into.

I look at results.

And barack,

You failed.

Invisible Hand
Provo, UT

The president wants to help poor people get job training and lower unemployment, and at the same time raise minimum wage? The man has no understanding of economics. The old trope about not being able to raise a family of four on minimum wage is totally misleading and false. Minimum wage jobs are typically for people just starting out in the work force and once they get training and experience their wages will rise. By mandating high wages you might as well mandate high unemployment.

Fitness Freak
Salt Lake City, UT

I don't understand Mr. Obama very well.

Should we hire the illegal immigrants first (there's about 20 million of them)or do the 20 million unemployed Americans go to the front of the line?

Who should we buy health insurance for, the existing 30 hr.per week workers, or should we just hire illegal immigrants at lower wages and buy insurance for them first?

No problem though, after we get through paying our increased taxes, we probably won't be able to hire ANY new employees!

All the rest of you can just buy the insurance for the illegal immmigrants. Business can't afford it.

I'll await further instruction from Mr. Obama before I act.

Mcallen, TX

Amazing how some people keep falling for the same con artist rhetoric: Hmm:

* the debt won't go up a dime with his plan?
* minimum, nine dollars an hour for full time employees?
* four year old's to government schools
* sisters, and moms on the combat field?
* climate change?
* gun control?
* we still need to fix bridges, environment, and invest in education?

Somethings to consider:

* we won Wars with guns, and wouldn't be here today without them.
* more lay-offs, and part timers with the nine dollar wage.
* families are the foundation of societies. Four years in government schools while moms, and sisters on the battle field, isn't very bright.
* fixing bridges, the environment, and education has been the best excuse to increased funding, spending, and control.

The worse evils which mankind has ever had to endure were inflicted by bad governments.

Everything suggested by our commander were government solutions. Aren't they the ones who brought the rubble?

Farr West, Utah

More government spending for roads, bridges, and headstart, without adding a dime to the deficit? Besides being practiaccly impossible, that also shows that Obama wants to raise taxes - which is just what the economy does NOT need. More big government - the wrong approach.

Frisco, TX

Obama's simplified tax plan he talked about really is simple. It's only two lines.

1. How much did you make last year? ________________

2. Please mail it to Washington, DC

Burke, VA

George of the jungle - "10,000,000 jobs lost from the day Obama started..."

I know the DN monitor is concerned about using too many captial letters but apparently not concerned with allowing fabricated information to be published.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) "If not for deep cuts in government jobs, net job growth in Obama's first term probably would have turned positive long ago. The BLS revision raised private payrolls by 453,000 jobs, but lowered government payrolls by 67,000. That means, in total, federal, state and local government payrolls are 743,000 jobs lower than they were when Obama took office. Private payrolls, in contrast, are 868,000 jobs higher than when Obama took office, including the benchmark revision."

It seems to me that is what everyone, especially conservatives, have said they want - fewer government workers and more private sector jobs. And that's what we got.

Farr West, Utah

I have to admit Obama got one thing right, the issue that Republicans keep messing up, immigration reform. Republicans have got to stop acting like our Hispanic neighbors are our enemies. Remember our heritage ... "give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free...
(But "illegal is illegal" you say? Most of us are willing to break the law if needed for the sake of our loved ones, such as speeding to take an expectant mother or a seriously ill child to the hospital. Desperate parents would not be crossing the border illegally to support their families if we didn't make it nearly impossible to come here legally.)
Unfortunately, this issue will become largely irrelevant if the liberals continue to tax and spend our economy into ruin.
Incidentally, by alienating Hispanics the Republicans have added to the Democrats' political base. Take away his overwhelming margin of support from Hispanic voters and Obama would now be unemployed.

Layton, UT

I try and look at this speech with a different point of view. I just ignore it. There will be only three more, and than, hopefully, then I'll get someone to listen to who makes sense and will actually help our country.

Salt Lake City, UT

ECR, thanks for offering a dose of reality re job numbers.

It appears to be falling of deaf ears. Par for around here.

Look, if we can cut taxes _and_ start two unfunded foreign wars, we can jolly-well rebuild our crumbling bridges and roads, and invest in early childhood education.

The way to pay for these investments is to stop forcing the DoD to spend billions on weapons systems (e.g. the F-35 fighter and M-1 tank) that even they say they don't want.

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