President Obama, Mitt Romney trying to refocus on economy Friday

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  • Fern RL LAYTON, UT
    May 12, 2012 7:37 a.m.

    "Earlier this year, Obama proposed lower lending rates.... Obama would pay for the estimated $5 to $10 billion cost with a fee on large banks. But that plan faces an uphill fight in Congress. The White House says it would not insist on the bank fees to finance the plan." If Romney had said anything like that, not to "insist on the bank fees to finance the plan," the country would be up in arms that he wants to favor big business (the banks.)

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    May 11, 2012 9:10 p.m.

    This President chose a Secretary of the Treasury that could pull his head out of the sand. The President has been doing everything in the world to spend, spend and spend without having any type of a real budget for his time in office. He even spends outside the budget process for TARP, Obamacare and everything a foreign country wants from us from the debtor's prison. John McCain chose not to focus on the budget and that gave Obama the free reigns he wanted during his campaign then, his term as President and now his campaign again. He has no idea of what it takes to deal with real business. He looks down on us as citizens and his wife definitely has and does. They act as if an average citizen has no brain, intellect or commonsense. They are the only ones that do. They can take vacations and trips ad infinitum at our expense. Their cabinet and campaign people think the same way. From their 4-year ago process for us is that we Hope it Changes with the duly elected office of President of the United States of America. He attacks anyone with moral values and Integrity.

  • A voice of Reason Salt Lake City, UT
    May 11, 2012 5:46 p.m.


    "No one who's posted here was going to vote for obama anyway, and miserable vitriol isn't making things better for anyone."

    I think I will forever remember this comment every time you criticize the LDS Church on here. Unless you feel that miserable and bitter comments that don't do any good are only justified for attacking the LDS Church as you frequently do. Bitter complaints about a religion somehow differ from bitter complaints about a politician. Cause that double-standard just makes a ton of sense.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    May 11, 2012 4:01 p.m.

    No one who's posted here was going to vote for obama anyway, and miserable vitriol isn't making things better for anyone. It's good that they are committing to focus on the economy instead of these idiot social agenda sideshows. Let's get on with it.

  • A1994 Centerville, UT
    May 11, 2012 3:25 p.m.

    This is like the start of the Rocky and Bullwinkle show.

    Obama: Hey America! Watch me pull a rabbit outta my hat!
    America: Again? But that trick NEVER works.
    Obama: This time for sure!

  • The Rock Federal Way, WA
    May 11, 2012 2:10 p.m.

    Romney might be able to refocus on the economy but Obama can't Obama has never focused on the economy. He can't refocus. He would be focusing on it for the first time.

    Up to this point he had been busy "Never wasting a crisis."

  • A voice of Reason Salt Lake City, UT
    May 11, 2012 1:57 p.m.

    Obama's trying to put aside heated issues like gay marriage.

    His plan: Tell the world he has changed his stance on gay marriage.

    Yeah, that's about as much of a refocus as Obama's plan to "change" our economy.

    I once heard someone say something along the lines of "Everything that happens in Washington, you can bet happens on purpose." There is a lot of truth to that. Obama saying "Hey everyone, I just changed positions on something heated" and all the sudden "Let's focus on the economy"...? Yeah, that isn't refocusing, it's a calculated election move. I wouldn't expect any less calculation from Romney or any other candidate as all modern politics is. I would just use a different word for it.

    We lost real debates, we're losing our right to vote, and now our campaign system is like a commercial advertisement that has nothing to do with the real product offered. Campaigns should include something like the pharmaceutical commercials- "may cause a stroke, death and other side effects, but it will make everything else better". That way with all the calculation fed to us we'd at least get a disclaimer.

  • JM Lehi, UT
    May 11, 2012 1:40 p.m.

    Interestingly the Post ran an article the other day saying that a large portion of Obama's $500,000 and up supporters were gay activists, and that they had threatened to pull their support if he didn't do what he did. He hasn't spoken out against the activist who have proclaimed war on religion (especially Mormons), and has seemed supportive, but he probably knew it wouldn't help to publicly announce his support for the activist agenda. On the other hand, they seem to have him in their pockets.....I'd try to change the subject to the economy also.

  • raybies Layton, UT
    May 11, 2012 1:34 p.m.

    Riiiiiight. Obama's about as focused on the economy about as much as my ADHD five year old is focused on the economy...

    ...and ironically, they're both about as effective at helping it.