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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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RedShirt
USS Enterprise, UT

To "Furry1993" how are things better?

See "U.S. Income Gap Rose, Sign of Uneven Recovery" in the NY Times.

"Food Stamps Used By Record 42.2 Million Americans This Thanksgiving" Huffington Post

"Labor Force Participation Rate Lowest In Three Decades, Though Despair Doesn't Explain It All" Huffington Post.

According to the IRS document "RIN 1545-BL36 Shared Responsibility Payment for Not Maintaining Minimum Essential Coverage" the cheapest Obamacare plan will cost $20,000/yr. Making insurance even through the government unaffordable to most people.

Under Bush deficits averaged $400 Billion, under Obama the deficits have averaged $1.2 Trillion.

How can you say that things are getting better when we are earning LESS than before Obama, have more dependance on food stamps, fewer people working, insurance overpriced, and we are borrowing more?

JSB
Sugar City, ID

My memory goes back to Truman. Obama is by far the most divisive president in my memory. There are presidents I haven't agreed with; presidents I didn't like and presidents I didn't respect. But I have never witnessed a president who went out of his way to offend anyone that doesn't agree with him quite like Obama does. If you don't agree with him, he just rubs your face in the mud.

4601
Salt Lake City, UT

The imperial presidency of Mr. Obama continues on the model of Hugo Chavez. "Be reasonable, do it my way." So much for compromise. Maybe he thinks he received 100% of the popular vote.

patriot
Cedar Hills, UT

Interestingly enough I was listening yesterday to Democrat Congressman Dennis Kucinich ,who happens to be quite liberal on most things, respond to Obama's speech and Kuconish basically disagreed with ALL the main talking points. Kucinich said he is against raising taxes admitting that it will only HURT the already stagnant economy. Raising taxes is at the HEART of everything Obama is trying to do. I think what is happening now is many of these House members from the Democratic party are finally throwing in the towel on the predictable Obama agenda which has failed miserably and continues to fail. There comes a point where even a Democrat has to adjust to reality and Dennis Kucinich did just that yesterday. Bottom line - this speech yesterday was nothing more than a copy - paste of the past 4 state of union speeches. "I won't add one dime to the deficit"? HA!! Ya right - you have only added over a trillion and a half for each of the past 4 years and now suddenly you aren't anymore? So what changed? More taxes and spending. This is beyond laughable anymore ... it is insulting to have to listen to.

joseywales
Park City, UT

The president claimed that "both parties have worked together to reduce the deficit by more than $2.5 trillion." But that's only an estimate of deficit reduction through fiscal year 2022, and it would be lower if the White House used a different starting point.

Obama touted the growth of 500,000 manufacturing jobs over the past three years, but there has been a net loss of 600,000 manufacturing jobs since he took office. The recent growth also has stalled since July 2012.

He claimed that "we have doubled the distance our cars will go on a gallon of gas." Actual mileage is improving, but Obama's "doubled" claim refers to a desired miles-per-gallon average for model year 2025.

Obama said the Affordable Care Act "is helping to slow the growth of health care costs." It may be helping, but the slower growth for health care spending began in 2009, before the law was enacted, and is due at least partly to the down economy.

The Rock
Federal Way, WA

Jobs Destroyed by Obama:

880 Chrysler dealerships closed (all but one owned by Republican donors)
6 Coal fired electrical generating plants closed. (violated Obama's Global Warming religion).
Multiple Coal Mines closed as electrical plants close.
Multiple small banks closed by Fin Reg.
Obama Care forcing businesses to cut hours for employees and reduce head count.

And the beat goes on and on and on...

Principles of Economics:

1. You cannot create prosperity without creating wealth.
2. If you take away everything produced in Mining, Manufacturing and Agriculture, nothing would be left. It therefore follows that all wealth is created in these three industries.
3. Government consumes wealth, it does not create it. Government spending cannot stimulate the economy, rather it makes things worse.

No, the rubble has not been cleared away. Obama continues to manufacture it.

Go Big Blue!!!
Bountiful, UT

If unemployment is always high then it becomes normal, so it is no longer high. If the senate never sets a budget, then you can't be over budget. If you boldly say you want bypartisan solutions, the people will ignore the fact that you are the most divisive president of all time.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

@The Rock,

Hugs from me.

Kent C. DeForrest
Provo, UT

Both parties are really clueless about the economy. But the Republicans, in particular, keep coming up with the same stale melody: Give the job creators more money, increase income inequality, and somehow we'll all be better off. We've tried this. The "job creators" get more money, but where are the jobs? And why does everyone below the top 20 percent keep losing ground? Can't they figure out a way to share more of the wealth with those who actually create it (and I'm not talking about CEOs)? This isn't quantum physics. If some folks would take off their greed glasses, they'd see the answer staring them in the face.

J-TX
Allen, TX

Rock - You forgot the tens of thousands of jobs lost as a result of Obamacare.

The medical device excise tax has already cost over 20K jobs. Doctors continue to leave the profession in droves.

The thing that needs to be done, before any other "programs" is CUT SPENDING.

How does he not get it? If you cut spending, you can pass the savings onto the citizenry who will spend it, creating jobs. How can Government create jobs? CUT SPENDING.

worf
Mcallen, TX

@Clarissa-unfortunatly we won't pick the next president, and we only think our vote counts. It's all up to the press, and my guess would be either Hillary, or Biden. More of the same thing.

I wonder if Barack would send his wife, and daughters to the front lines of battle?

Fred44
Salt Lake City, Utah

Kent C. DeForrest,

The wealthy are still creating jobs. Look at China and other third world countries where American businessmen have moved to because they can pay people a few pennies and hour and work them 60 hours a week in unsafe working conditions with no benefits. If only the American workers would be reasonable and work under the same set of conditions, I am sure they would bring the jobs back here.

worf
Mcallen, TX

Speaking of rubble:

11,405 new Obama regulations, cost our economy 488 billion per week--10:03 AM, Sep 19, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER

VST
Bountiful, UT

I see that Obama is still in full campaign mode.

Here is his redefinition of two terms for his new plan for governance:

- You do not tax anymore. You create revenues.

- You never spend. You only invest.

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