President Barack Obama seeks to undercut Mitt Romney's record on jobs

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  • m.g. scott LAYTON, UT
    May 15, 2012 11:24 a.m.

    Why didn't Michelle Obama go to some place in the U.S. when she took her daughters and some others on a vacation to Spain. It cost millions, and it would have been money better spent in American communities first. That is the out of touch insensitivity of the real Obamas. They're the ones living large on the tax payer dollar. At least Mitt is living large on money he earned.

  • metamoracoug metamora, IL
    May 15, 2012 10:16 a.m.

    The following is taken from the Hawaii Reporter and can be found simply by googling cost of obama vacations. It was the the first hit:

    "The total cost (based on what is known) for a 17-day round trip vacation to Hawaii for the President and his family and staff and security is an estimated $4,113,038."

    The article provides detail on specific expenses. Just seems like a lot of money when government is already way overspending its non-budget.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    May 15, 2012 9:36 a.m.

    I bet President Obama thinks money grows on trees and not produced by work, thought and sacrificing. He has never had to do that in his life and he is not a team player with the real citizens of the United States of America. I think of the picture of him in his power room with all the others of his staff and administration while the Bin Laden ending was happening. He didn't look like he was in charge. He had a befuddled look as he was thinking, "you got to be kidding, this is happening on my watch?" Even Joe Biden may have had a more in charge look, which is scarey. We should be grateful that the Seals and others have complained how this President uses the "I", "I", "I", did this and "I" did that. The President thinks that everything in the Government happens just because he is there or around the world on trips. He needs a reality check and hopefully he will get that in or prior to November 2012. We live in a time of instant communication potential and not everything we see or hear is the truth or happening. Mitt is Real.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    May 15, 2012 9:27 a.m.

    Mcallen, TX
    Mark B,

    Specifics are easy to find. Find a search engine and look up "Obama India Vacation". That one by itself was two billion dollars. That trip occurred October of 2010. Then there was Spain, Hawaii, Martha's Vineyard, Vail Colorado, amongst several others.

    I spewed lower numbers.

    6:24 p.m. May 14, 2012


    False internet rumor --


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  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    May 15, 2012 9:17 a.m.

    The President will use words and thoughts like this to take the heat off of him and put it on someone else. The proof is in the pudding. He will blame the Republicans that they gave him a bad hand when he became President and that President Bush set him up for job failure. President Obama ran on hope and change. He had advisers and campaign people that knew everything about campaigning but not about being a President. You are to be a diplomat as the President. You don't go around the world apologizing for everything since George Washington was President and even General of the U.S. Army and Navy. We have done somethings incorrectly over the years but compared to the billions of events and courses of action, it is such a small number of things of error. We are a great nation because of our God and the Founding Fathers. We needed to be a light to the world. We are not the best we have been since President Obama has become the President. We are the United States. He wants us to be the Divided States. Presidents are to bring unity as after 9/11.

  • raybies Layton, UT
    May 15, 2012 5:46 a.m.

    What will he think of next?

    No. Seriously. What will he think of next? Obama needs help and he's desperate enough to try anything at this point.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    May 14, 2012 6:24 p.m.

    Mark B,

    Specifics are easy to find. Find a search engine and look up "Obama India Vacation". That one by itself was two billion dollars. That trip occurred October of 2010. Then there was Spain, Hawaii, Martha's Vineyard, Vail Colorado, amongst several others.

    I spewed lower numbers.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    May 14, 2012 4:12 p.m.

    Being the employer of government, here are some better methods then undercutting and promoting rhetoric:

    * let's compare school transcripts
    * have a police background check for both candidates
    * have birth certificates, and other important documents for public view.
    * allow each candidate up to a half hour answering carefully put together questions as a form of debate. Have each candidate submit at least three of the questions.
    * give each an identical IQ and high school standardized tests for the people to compare.

    This would be much more effective than hearing constant gossip.

  • 4601 Salt Lake City, UT
    May 14, 2012 4:08 p.m.

    The mendacity of Romney's critics and the loss facts regarding Bain Capital is staggering. The president can only use untruths as a campaign base rather the failed policies of this admin. To think that Obama's "business plan", typified by Solyndra, failed crony capitalism, borrowing $0.40+ of every dollar spent, etc., is any better than the worst of Bain Capital is laughable.

  • Mark B Eureka, CA
    May 14, 2012 3:30 p.m.

    I respectfully challenge worf's claim of a billion dollars spent on first family vacations. He will have to do a lot more than just spew out numbers. Let's see some specifics, please.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    May 14, 2012 2:50 p.m.

    Obama has spent over a billion dollars of our money for lavish vacations, and doesn't care who lost their job or got hurt.

  • zoar63 Mesa, AZ
    May 14, 2012 1:36 p.m.

    Obama who has never managed a business in his entire life criticizing Romney for his business decisions; now that is funny.

  • metamoracoug metamora, IL
    May 14, 2012 11:10 a.m.

    Baron: disenfanchized victims? Those folks who lost jobs also lost their right to vote? I think not.

    Travelrus asks: "Why would anyone want to elect a presedent that would take us back to the failed economic policies that got us into the recession in the first place?"

    This appears to me to be an assumption that is not entirely true. Every administration has had a mixture of success and failure when it comes to the economy. This is the one thing that has most impressed me about Mr. Romney is that he is flexible. In other words, if something is not working let's change the strategy. Mr. Obama's on-going mantra is "spend, spend, spend" whether it works or not.

    Jared said: "Companies cannot survive with more employees than they can support."

    An excellent point and one that the federal government needs to learn in regard to its employees, welfare recipients, and others.

  • m.g. scott LAYTON, UT
    May 14, 2012 10:52 a.m.

    Mohokat is right, the economic mess really began, not with the last two years of Bush, but with the first two years of Pelosi and Reid, in 2006. Obama came in, made it total Democrat control. When the Democrats run things, they run them into bankruptcy. After watching this Democratic display for the last 6 years, there is no doubt that the Democrat Party believes that the American people and American business are there to work for and serve the Government first. If a majority of the people begin to believe that, then welcome to European style socialism. If any of you think that is a good system, fine. Just don't get riled when we, who don't like it, call you socialists. Own it.

  • Riverton Cougar Riverton, UT
    May 14, 2012 10:42 a.m.

    "And if Mitt is being honest, he'd admit that hiring people is the LAST thing a business does if there is any other way to put out the product."

    Mark B,

    Are you a business owner, or are you just speculating what a businessman might or might not do? I don't think you realize that companies like to grow. Did Staples, after being rescued by Bain, just decide that whatever stores they had at the time was sufficient? Did they just say, "well, we have enough workers to put out our product, so let's not hire anymore"? I don't think so.

  • Brother Chuck Schroeder A Tropical Paradise USA, FL
    May 14, 2012 10:41 a.m.

    Where's those GOP Wall Street jobs?.

    Obama's criticism of Wall Street compared to his cozy relationship with Wall Street executives. He has been a vocal critic of Wall Street, claiming he wasn't elected to help fat cat bankers on Wall Street. But his past and present tell a different story. Obama voted for the Wall Street bailout. Then he accepted $42 million for his campaign from Wall Street bankers and financial insiders. More than any other candidate in history. Finally he filled his White House full of Wall Street Executives. His new Chief of Staff, Jack Lew, accepted a nearly $1 million bonus from Citigroup after taxpayers bailed them out. And in the ultimate act of irony, Obama appointed Jon Corzine who lost $1.2 billion in investor money on Wall Street to be his advisor on stimulus. It's easy to be a critic of convenience. Except when a mountain of evidence tells a different story. President Obama may be trying to deny his support of Wall Street but Wall Street sure supports Obama.Obama who doesn't get it and Americans need to tell Obama to come clean about his Wall Street ties also.

  • Jared Average, SE
    May 14, 2012 10:40 a.m.

    Bain invests in risky companies - ones that are just starting or that are in serious need of help. Of the 100 or so companies that Bain invested in when Mitt was with the company, 88 had positive outcomes with the other 12 eventually folding (these numbers actually extend out 7 years after Mitt left Bain, just to be as comprehensive as possible - a number of those with negative outcomes went bankrupt after Mitt left Bain). 88/100 with risky companies is a phenomenal success! There are many companies employing a lot of people because of Bain. Of course it wasn't all Mitt Romney but if Pres. Obama is going to criticize him for job losses and bankruptcies, we have to credit him with the successes too.

    But guess what? In order to save companies that are struggling (most of what Bain does), you have to restructure - that means people have to be fired. Companies cannot survive with more employees than they can support. Bain profited as people were fired - true - but without Bain, many of the companies would have gone bankrupt or never got off the ground and then where would the rest of the workers be? Not there.

  • Mark B Eureka, CA
    May 14, 2012 10:11 a.m.

    To call what Bain Capital does "building the economy" is like saying that George W. Bush was a "rancher". In the leveraged buy-out business, the word for someone whose goal is adding jobs is - "unemployed". At any rate, we haven't had a really successful businessman/president since Washington. And if Mitt is being honest, he'd admit that hiring people is the LAST thing a business does if there is any other way to put out the product.

  • mohokat Ogden, UT
    May 14, 2012 9:22 a.m.

    Bush did it. Is Obama posting here under a new name. Carter started this with government overriding capitalism. Remember everyone gets a house no matter how you can pay for it. The problem was expanded with Clinton/Reno. The unraveling started when the Dems took Congress in 2006. Barney Frank/Chris Dodd. Bush did it what tired old mantra. Now as the old Platter song The Great Pretender Obama sinks the ship.

  • Andrew J. Marksen Deseret, UT
    May 14, 2012 9:17 a.m.

    There is a fundamental lack of understanding that many in this country have about how the economy works, and how jobs are created. The reality is that in 2012 there is no longer a freedom to fail. Romney followed the capitalist model when he worked at Bain. Businesses were streamlined and others were trimmed. There is no guarantee to a job, or even a high paying job. The purpose of any business should be to make a profit. Those profits expand wealth for the investors to invest in other businesses. When the pie grows, everyone does better. Today 47% of this U.S. citizens pay zero federal income taxes. President Obama is a product of his education, grounded in theory and progressive ideology. He has no idea on a practical level how the nation’s economy actually works. He has decided that only government picks the winners and that does not work. I have been laid off, RIF’d, downsized, and even terminated, that is life in a capitalist society. Yes, it hurts. What is the alternative? I would rather trust a man that has actually built something than a President that never has.

  • Brother Chuck Schroeder A Tropical Paradise USA, FL
    May 14, 2012 9:16 a.m.

    Where's those Koch Brother's and GOP jobs created in the past 12 years?. Oh, I forgot, Beck and Limbaugh all want Obama to fail.

    It's all still about our economy.

    The Obama campaign apparently didn't look backwards into history when selecting its new campaign slogan, "Forward" a word with a long and rich association with European Marxism. Many Communist and radical publications and entities throughout the 19th and 20th centuries had the name "Forward!" or its foreign cognates. Wikipedia has an entire section called "Forward (generic name of socialist publications)." The name Forward carries a special meaning in socialist political terminology. It has been frequently used as a name for socialist, communist and other left-wing newspapers and publications, the online encyclopedia explains. The slogan "Forward!" reflected the conviction of European Marxists and radicals that their movements reflected the march of history, which would move forward past capitalism and into socialism and communism. The Obama campaign released its new campaign slogan in a 7-minute video. The title card has simply the word "Forward" with the "O" having the familiar Obama logo from 2008.

  • Brother Chuck Schroeder A Tropical Paradise USA, FL
    May 14, 2012 9:10 a.m.

    We know the GOP won't answer that question about their jbs created, because all they care about is MORE guns for the hunters, (remember the NRA says that "Guns are inanimate objects" and don't kill people hogwash), and subsidies for the Koch Brother's that killed jobs in their war against Obama and their "Rich and Famous" and more tax breaks for them alone. Yes it's their "welfare for the rich" government subsidies to big business that don't create jobs, just send them overseas, pork-barrel Pentagon contracts to weapons makers, huge tax breaks for wealthy individuals, and most recently, colossal contracts for post-Katrina reconstruction to politically connected companies like Halliburton. Blame the GOP and their deregulated commodities modernization act. We can't afford a situation where some speculators can reap millions, while millions of American families get the short end of the stick at the pumps, can we now?. Let's address the "drive-by-giant-talking-head" news media and their search for "Obama AND Larry Sinclair." We can't TRUST no-one in Washington DC anymore, even when Obama voices his support for gay marriage.

    They all lie.

    My honest views.

  • Bored to the point of THIS! Ogden, UT
    May 14, 2012 9:06 a.m.

    I'm curious how many of these advocates of Romney will still be happy when they are the ones who loose their jobs?

    When people speak of government jobs verses private sector... they don't realize that both are linked into one. You can't have one without the other. I'm also amazed by the number of people who have so called 'government jobs' yet complain about it. Really... you owe the gov't your livelyhood!

    Advances in technology have had the biggest impact on our economy. Some advances, while they appear good, are actually a negative. Technology has replaced many of the past services people provided. Those people are now looking for work!

  • travelrus murray, UT
    May 14, 2012 8:55 a.m.

    Why would anyone want to elect a presedent that would take us back to the failed economic policies that got us into the recession in the first place? That has been under Republican presidents. The job of government is to protect all of the citizens of the United States. It is not hey your on your own and good luck. I don't want a presedent with a big bussiness corporate mentality. I don't want someone who is only out for a profit at the expense of the rest of us. Many of the workers who lost their jobs because of how Bain Capital works know it was not looking our for their interests.

  • deep in thought Salt Lake, UT
    May 14, 2012 8:38 a.m.

    Personally I would love to stick a vampire on the current government dole. Either we suck the blood out of them or they suck the life out of us.

    Just look at the current state of California if you don't believe me...BILLIONS in the hole and now looking to cut thousands of education jobs.

    No one ever accused Dems of being a vampire for cutting thousands of education jobs because they can't balance their budget!

    Let's get some ex-teachers or Solyandra employees to do the same commercial in reverse.

  • Baron Scarpia Logan, UT
    May 14, 2012 8:37 a.m.

    Why we need a safety net.

    That will be the outcome of discussions about Romney's business experience at Bain Capital. It will educates the public about how capitalism works, how it results in winners (Romney and Bain's investors) and losers (those layed off), and the need for government safety nets for victims.

    The GOP loves to poke fun at Obama in how he took his fancy Harvard education (in Constitution law) to work in the Chicago projects as a low-paid "community organizer." However, I think people may think twice about how Romney took his same fancy Harvard degrees (in law and business) to make his fortune in leveraged buy-outs and "fixing" companies, usually at the expense of middle-class workers -- most of whom had to resort to government programs to keep food on the table and a roof over their heads.

    Don't get me wrong -- it is totally legal and necessary what Romney did for the good of capitalism and money making. But we do need people like community organizers to work with the disenfanchized victims of the capitalistic system.

    Capitalism needs the government safety net. Let's hope the GOP recognizes that!

  • mohokat Ogden, UT
    May 14, 2012 8:27 a.m.

    Slash and burn, smoke and mirrors,divide the Country is all Obama has. He certainly has no record to run on. So whats left try and bring the other guy down. What the Government needsw is someone like Romney to cut the fat out of a bloated government.

  • travelrus murray, UT
    May 14, 2012 8:26 a.m.

    Fitness Freak; the fact is since the recession government jobs are at an all time low. The job recovery has been mostly in the private sector. We all would like to see job growth and the economy move at a faster pace but it is moving in the right direction. I have to wonder if Mitt were president would we have a auto industry here in the United States? And don't forget it was under the Bush administration that got us into this economic mess in the first place. The all time highest cut in taxes for the wealthy at the expense of the workers. We need a balanced budget but not at the expense of education, infrastructure, the environment, and the safety net programs our society relies on. Mitt Romney wants to take us back to the same failed policies that got us into the economic mess in the first place.

  • Brother Chuck Schroeder A Tropical Paradise USA, FL
    May 14, 2012 8:10 a.m.

    Now for some REAL Journalism in the Public Interest. The U.S. economy has been staggering for months and is still millions of jobs away from recovering from the nearly 9 million jobs lost since the start of the recession. Indeed, the official unemployment rate has hovered around 9 percent or 10 percent for more than two years. Overall, job creation has been relatively meager during the Obama administration, particularly compared to the massive job losses brought on by the recession. According to the St. Louis Federal Reserve, even if job creation were happening at pre-recession levels, it would take us 11 years to get back to an unemployment rate of 5 percent. Romney says Obama's jobs record a failure. When President Obama took office, the economy was losing more than 700,000 jobs per month. As CEO of Bain Capital, Romney profited as five of the companies under his firm's direction went bankrupt, and thousands of workers lost their jobs. One particularly brutal round of firings came back to haunt Romney during his failed 1994 Senate campaign, when laid-off workers protested his candidacy.

    That's all the RNC gives us to vote for.

  • Fitness Freak Salt Lake City, UT
    May 14, 2012 7:55 a.m.

    Its quite simple really - vote for Obama if you want more government jobs. Vote for Romney if you want private sector jobs.

    Obama has added over 150,000 government jobs since he took office. Eventually there will be so few private sectors jobs left to PAY for the government employees that the system will collapse on itself.

  • RanchHand Huntsville, UT
    May 14, 2012 7:52 a.m.

    Romney's Bain Capital WAS/IS a vampire sucking the lifeblood out of America, and Romney just loves to fire people.

    @Deseret News; Couldn't you find a better picture of Romney to accompany the article? The one you used shows him looking like a deer in the headlights.

  • 3grandslams Iowa City, IA
    May 14, 2012 7:49 a.m.

    This is definitely an area Obama will lose and has no credibility in. When your the president and congress gives you 5 trillion in play money and the economy is still lose. I don't even think Obama knows what a trillion is, much like he doesn't know their are only 50 states in the union.

    Obama the job killing, corporate bailout, fast a furious president.

  • peter Alpine, UT
    May 14, 2012 7:01 a.m.

    This is the one time I'd like to hear more self aggrandizement from the President on what he's done to create anything but more dependence on the Feds for our temporal existence. I think this would be the only time we'd find the President speechless.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    May 14, 2012 6:56 a.m.

    Last week’s Rasmussen poll among likely voters showed Obama 7 points behind Romney! Panic time for Obama! Rather than campaign on his accomplishments, Obama seeks to discredit what other people have accomplished: the strategy of a loser!