Obama calls on Congress to act on jobs bill

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  • Northern Logan, UT
    Sept. 16, 2011 8:28 a.m.

    Let's look at a real solutions.

    Cut, the TSA, homeland sec, eliminate the IRS, have a sweeping 10% tax on earned income.
    Elminate welfare and put those types of cases in the hands of local and private entities. Elminate school grants, phase out social security and medicare.
    Get rid of the department of education and the department of energy. The department of energy was created in the 60's to Elminate our dependence on foreign fuels. "epic facepalm fail".

    Do it gradually, or all at once. The USA can't keep creating redundant useless wasteful programs.

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    Sept. 13, 2011 8:16 p.m.

    BO's plan guts the funding for social security - and the demogagues have the audacity to say it the repubs who want to push granny over the cliff.

  • Utah Girl Vernal, UT
    Sept. 13, 2011 12:30 p.m.

    @AmPatriot, if $100,000 is the "middle class" then I guess we are in poverty. It takes both of us working to earn about $70,000. That sounds like an awful lot to me, although after taxes, insurance, 401k, etc. the take-home pay is about $40,000. I can't even imagine having $100,000 a year to work with. That would be wonderful!! Maybe we could actually get out of debt and be able to retire before age 80! Seriously! I will be 91 when our mortgage is paid off, so I doubt it ever will get paid, at least not by us. I truly worry about how we will meet our obligations when we have to retire. I'm 64, my husband is 58, and we essentially have almost no retirement savings. A 7-month period of unemployment 4 years ago took all we had in savings to live on, and it has only been in recent years that he has worked in jobs that had any kind of retirement plan. I never have, other than SS. I was mostly home raising our children for many years. We are very unprepared for retirement.

  • AmPatriot Taylorsville, UT
    Sept. 13, 2011 6:30 a.m.

    This jobs bill is nothing more than a plan to put more people on welfare or retirement to take them off of the unemployment rolls. Since we don't have enough workers to pay for government he has to raise the taxes on the remaining workers to pay for the new government employees, and it wouldn't be those in the higher tax brackets.

    The workers making $100,000 a year are the middle class, everyone else earning less are in poverty and the majority so they will be the tax payers. This middle class is what everyone's income should be based on.

    Corporations and business don't need money or stimulus, they are already fat with money. They just don't need workers anymore, not in america anyway. Our exported technology has robbed us of our jobs.

    BOA (bank of america) announced today the loss of 30,000 more jobs, a $4.2 billion dollar economic loss. For every job paying $20K/yr we lose $140k/yr to the economy. And $20k is a poverty job. It's about what every fugitive illegal alien (50 million of them) keeping an american out of a job cost this country on a daily basis.

  • Utah Girl Vernal, UT
    Sept. 12, 2011 2:13 p.m.

    Oops...didn't proofread (which is funny, since that has been my primary function for many years) my previous post. I meant to say I listened to Obama's SPEECH...not speach. I'm currently getting $138 a week unemployment. Not much, but it helps. I have to apply for 4 jobs per week, or have some kind of contact, such as an interview. I have applied for at least 30 jobs and had 3 interviews, with one more scheduled for tomorrow. Quite frankly, I'm running out of jobs to apply for. Due to arthritis and related problems, I cannot work at a job where I have to stand or lift. I am a great receptionist, and I relate well with the public. I am also 64, and although age should not matter when applying for a job a person is otherwise well-qualified for, in truth it does. If 50 people apply for the same job, which has been happening here, I can't fault the employer for hiring the younger person. But that doesn't help me find a job. I've also been a teacher's aide, and have applied for all of those advertised. Something HAS to turn up soon!

  • Utah Girl Vernal, UT
    Sept. 12, 2011 2:06 p.m.

    I listened to Obama's speach a few days ago, about this Jobs bill. The majority of the jobs he named would be considered projects, not long-term jobs. Granted, perhaps the increased purchasing power of the newly employed people would "stimulate" other companies that are currently struggling, but I did not hear any kind of long-term solutions in his presentation. He always has a catch phrase in these kinds of speeches, telling the congress to pass the job bill and pass it now. I just hope we can hang on by our fingernails until a more competent president can be elected. I personally have been out of work since getting laid off my job in July due to a reduction in force caused by the lagging economy, and I have not yet been able to find a new one. Too many people chasing too few jobs.

  • libertarian Cedar City, UT
    Sept. 12, 2011 1:51 p.m.

    "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result." __ A. Einstein

    The last "spendulus" failed, what makes anyone think it will work this time?

    The banks pull the strings and the puppet obeys. More borrowing, more debt, no results.

  • Igualmente Mesa, AZ
    Sept. 12, 2011 1:45 p.m.

    BHO: "Pass this bill now, no excuses, no politics, no delays...."
    Congress: "No way, no how, not another dime!"

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    Sept. 12, 2011 1:11 p.m.

    Re: one vote | 12:02 p.m. Sept. 12, 2011
    "The Tea party will object to every line and stall for default"

    The Tea Party sees what is happening in Greece and doesn't want the same fate to befall us. Since Obama obviously can't balance a check book the Tea Party was forced to step to the front of the bus and give him directions. It's not their fault they can lead him around like a lamb.

  • Furry1993 Clearfield, UT
    Sept. 12, 2011 1:10 p.m.

    One of two things will now happen. The far right wingers of the Republican Party will decide to work for the good of the country and its people, in which case the jobs bill will pass and the people of the country will benefit, OR the far right wingers of the Republican Party will follow their current tack and work to water down or defeat the bill -- heaven forbid that President Obama accomplishes anything -- in which case the people of the country will suffer even more. I know what I hope happens; I also know what will probably happen. Business as usual for the far right wingers . . .

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 12, 2011 12:46 p.m.

    Remember when bo told us if we spent 787 billion that unemployment wouldn't reach 8%?


    Whoever believes him this time around is a fool.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Sept. 12, 2011 12:46 p.m.

    this is sort of funny. PASS MY BILL!! PASS MY BILL!!! Never mind that the bill isn't even written down yet - never mind that no one has read the thing - never mind that funding the bill is ... well it's NOT funded. Just blindly pass my bill otherwise you are not patriotic. Obama seems to think he is still on 2009 when he controlled both housed of congress and every bill he put forward passed without even being read - like Obamacare. The man has NO IDEA how to work with a system of checks and balances - a republic or democracy. A message to Obama - people have tuned you out Barack - best to just concentrate on your blame game re-election campaign because that is about all you have left.

  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    Sept. 12, 2011 12:18 p.m.

    To "one vote | 12:02 p.m." have you listened to what Obama wants to do?

    He wants to take money away from the SS and Medicare. SS is already paying out more than it brings in, and Medicare isn't that far behind. What sense does that make?

    Second, if you listen to the CEOs, it isn't taxes that has them so afraid of hiring and expanding. It is the Obama Administration's thirst for control through regulations that has them scared. The don't have any confidence that Obama will let them do business as they see fit.

    I think that if Obama's job bill consisted of a moratorium for 5 years on new regulations, and possibly retracting some of his newest regulations, that you would see companies hiring.

    Also, FYI, it was the Democrats that objected and stalled and nearly had the US default, not the Tea Party.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 12, 2011 12:02 p.m.

    The Tea party will object to every line and stall for default.

  • Brother Chuck Schroeder A Tropical Paradise USA, FL
    Sept. 12, 2011 11:42 a.m.

    Sorry I am not a Union card carrier now believe in them. I love "right to work" State's. What's in it for me?. Economist and former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich says that unless the government takes swift and intelligent action, the number of unemployed could soar from 25 million to 35 million, and President Barack Obama's jobs plan doesn't cut it. From 1948 until 2010 the United States' Unemployment Rate averaged 5.70 percent reaching an historical high of 10.80 percent in November 1982 and a record low of 2.50 percent in May 1953. President Barack Obama's recently unveiled $447 billion job-creating bill is "a complete joke" and won't work. The package is another complete Union failure of Keynesian economics and corrupt interventions by the Union's, and, the GOP or Tea Party plan is no better. Their package, a mix of tax cuts and other measures designed to spur infrastructure and other investments, aims to boost employment and ultimately, demand, a key ingredient missing for more sustained recovery. Boehner says his party is willing to discuss the plan with the president. I'll tell Boehner this, "crime pays," if caught, 3 squares and a flop, ok?.

  • IDC Boise, ID
    Sept. 12, 2011 11:40 a.m.

    P.S. He is asking everyone else not to play politics while he is playing politics. What is the definition of a hypocrit?

  • IDC Boise, ID
    Sept. 12, 2011 11:39 a.m.

    "We can't afford political games right now"? HUH? I think he meant to say, we can't afford to pay for this bill. Or, this bill is going to be a waste of money, just like the last time we did this.

  • CougarKeith Roy, UT
    Sept. 12, 2011 11:34 a.m.

    "Surrounded by teachers, firemen..." If they were real teachers, why were they not at school doing their jobs? I think they were FAKE teachers myself, think about what this guy is doing, he is pulling the wool over the eyes of the American people! His jobs bill is nothing more than another Stimulus Bill!!! Doesn't anyone see the plan is the same but the language is different! Stimulus became a "Bad Word" so the Liberals won't use it anymore, instead they changed the wordage to say "Jobs Bill", who can argue with that! Yet his first "Jobs Bill", i.e. "The Stimulus Package" didn't give anyone jobs, the unemployment rate WENT UP!!! It passed his promised, "Won't go past 8.5% if we pass it now!" It's time to get rid of this guy and ignore his whining and crying about kiosks and Bush's fault, and it's those pesky republicans and Tea Party people who are domestic terrorists!!! Wake up, this guy has done more to raise the debt, and destroy our economy than anyone of the last Presidents could have dreamed of doing deliberately! Cut Taxes, Red Tape, and Let Americans get us out of this mess, not Government!

  • KM Cedar Hills, UT
    Sept. 12, 2011 11:34 a.m.

    Under my plan government will expand exponencially and spending, of course, must increase. Ha ha....
    ps. like all of my great ideas this deal won't last and we must act immediately! Hurry hurry....