Changing fortunes in 2012 race as May jobs report gives Romney the spotlight

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  • worf Mcallen, TX
    June 3, 2012 6:10 p.m.


    Are you voting for Romney?

  • NeilT Clearfield, UT
    June 3, 2012 5:16 a.m.

    Peter from Alpine I could not ignore your comments. Do you have any idea how many discouraged job seekers are out there. This idea that people would rather live off the government than work is just plain ridiculous. Come on. Do you have any idea how hard it is find a job today. 150 people applied for an opening at my place of employment. The successful applicant had an MBA. The position was for an office manager. Really, blame the problem on the unemployed. Wow.
    Interesting that despite high unemployment CEO,s continue to take in millions in wages and benefits. This recession is hurting the poor and middle class. The 1% at the top are laughing their heads off at the rest of us. I am not an Obama supporter or blamer. Wall street should share part of the blame. PBS did an excellent documentary called "Money, Power and Wall Street." Very informative.

  • COOL HAND LUKE Watching, UT
    June 2, 2012 9:45 a.m.

    @alt134, hutterite

    Lets blame Bush, again, and again and again, Really? What happened to taking responsibility for ones actions?
    Lets rather vet Obama, lets let him run on "His" record, which by the way is atrocious. Why all of the smoke and mirrors? Where was he born? Where did he go to school? With whom did he study? And why is it classified, sealed up from the American public. Why all of the secrecy? Is he not the Manchurian Candidate?

    Don't listen to what Obama says, watch what he does. He's trying like heck to make this proud country into a socialist european state. Why?

    Rather, I think it's time for Obama to start looking in the mirror. Your boy Obama is a paper suit who reads everything put in front of him on his little teleprompter. You don't think he pre-reads his speeches? It was no mistake and no gaffe.

    Do away with the EPA and the DOE and rid ourselves of regulation. Turn our hearts back to God and Patriotism. Let this country breath and we will once again prosper.

  • mark Salt Lake City, UT
    June 2, 2012 7:54 a.m.

    "Reagan CUT taxes and guess what - the engine of capitalism was turned back on!!"

    Patriot, you want to go back to the tax rates of President Reagan's administration? Let's do it. It would constitute a large tax increase, but I think we need it. I would be happy to go back to the rates before the disasterous Bush tax cuts. But if you want the even higher rates under Reagan, well, okay, let's do it. He did have the largest tax increase in modern history after all. And he raised taxes seven of the eight years he was in office. 

    President Reagan also tripled the national debt, increased government size by 60%, and added 230,000 people to the government, and did little about regulations. And he did these things, not congress. Look at the budgets Reagan presented to congress and what he got. 

    Your list about what Mitt Romney would do is a joke. For instance you say he has a plan to deal with China. Really? What is it? Start a trade war? Or as The Wall Street Journal called it in their editorial page "Romney's China Blunder". 

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    June 1, 2012 11:27 p.m.


    Jim - you ask what would Mitt do different? Have you been paying attention for the past year?

    1. Cut corporate and individual income taxes ... in a big way. Business's aren't hiring because they fear more Obama taxes and regulations.
    2. Remove regulations from business - small to large. Obamacare alone has put the hurt on business with soon to come regulations - job killing regulations.
    3. Drill for oil!! Drill for more oil!! From the Keystone pipeline to the Gulf of Mexico. Recall all the BIG oil rigs that left the Gulf after the spill? The recent oil shell discoveries in the Dakota's represent a huge oil reserve for the US as well as thousands of 'union' high paying jobs!
    4. Deal with China. Mitt has a plan - Obama offers nothing but an empty suit.
    5. Reduce the massive size of government and adopt the Ryan budget.
    6. Become a partner - instead of an enemy - to business small to large.

    sorry - only have 30 words remaining in this post...

  • A1994 Centerville, UT
    June 1, 2012 11:24 p.m.


    You're joking, right? Obama and the democrats have been blaming Bush for 3 and half years. The fact is that things were better when Bush was president. Unemployment averaged 5.5%. Do you really think, given another 4 years, Obama's policies will ever get the unemployment rate back to that level?

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    June 1, 2012 11:12 p.m.


    forgive me for the sarcasm but your 'logic" is pretty ill-logical but very predictable for a liberal after all liberals aren't blessed with logic... just raw emotion.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    June 1, 2012 11:07 p.m.


    Do you know what the average unemployment numbers were under George Bush for 7 of his 8 years in office? I'll give you a hint - it was UNDER 6%. Do you know who oversaw the Banking Committee during 06-08? Frank and Dodd. Yes both Democrat's who by the way gave rosy projections of Fanny and Fredie all the way up to the crash... and by the way it was Frank and Dodd who strong armed Fanny and Fredie into these trashy loans so that 'everyone could own a home'. Remember it's all about fairness!! Finally take the time to track the unemployment rate from 2009 when Barack took over to the present. Numbers don't lie. Ronald Reagan took over a dead economy from Jimmy Carter - interest rates at 22%. Reagan CUT taxes and guess what - the engine of capitalism was turned back on!! Wow - who would have thought if you release the 'strangle hold' on business with taxes and regulations capitalism actually works!! Business's start hiring and expanding again because they CAN!! We have a president who is at WAR with banks, business, and capitalism. So much for the socialism experiment!!

  • Blue Bolshevik Salt Lake City, UT
    June 1, 2012 10:38 p.m.

    Sweet! Here comes another tax cut! I'll have so much extra cash laying around I'll need a bank account in the Caymans and a beach house in Aruba. Ain't America grand?

  • Bebyebe UUU, UT
    June 1, 2012 10:34 p.m.

    The last republican sent the economy off a cliff and started wars that can't be won. Why would I want to vote for another one. Is Obama perfect? No. But Mitt is just another republican.

  • pragmatistferlife salt lake city, utah
    June 1, 2012 9:28 p.m.

    And European countries did just exactly what you Republicans want and they did go back into a recession..double dipped..and we're still in the positive numbers..who's brain dead?

    A1994..Democrats have never blamed Bush..they simply say the economy fell off a cliff under Bush's cuts..didn't prevent it or create massive job growth. Get your story straight.

  • David Centerville, UT
    June 1, 2012 8:15 p.m.

    Romney's career has been dealing with turning things around: businesses that are failing and the Olympics. Though officially the US recession ended 2 years ago, it never has felt like we left the recession.

    Obama does not inspire and invoke leadership. He doesn't leave a lasting hope that the economy will improve and that he can lead. The impression is that Obama is lost, clueless. His advisors are taking us down the wrong path for economic strength.

    These jobs numbers are not good, and they don't tell the whole picture. There are millions of Americans who are under employed or have "stopped" looking for work (leaving the job market), which also means their unemployment benefits ran out.

    The 8.2% unemployment rate is actually much higher. Our economy is not strong, which is why economists are worrying about another recession. As I said before, many Americans feel like we never really climbed out of the last one.

    Americans shouldn't allow Obama to keep blaming things on Bush, or Republicans, or anybody but him. He shoulders much of the blame here because his policies, regulations, and czars are hurting America.

  • xscribe Colorado Springs, CO
    June 1, 2012 7:39 p.m.

    @Patriot: Please tell this brain-dead Obama supporter what drives the economy. Because nothing, zero, notta, has changed from Bush to Obama. Bush's tax breaks are still in place. However, Europe (Greece) just might be playing a major role in our own economy. Romney, if he wins, will find this out. Quite frankly, I would welcome the change if all under Romney prosper, and not just the well-to-do. But then again, what do I know? I'm brain dead.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    June 1, 2012 6:20 p.m.

    "Back into recession???"

    No, or at least not now.
    A: we still gained jobs, albeit at a slow rate.
    B: to be in a recession you need two consecutive quarters of negative GDP growth and so far we have zero and I don't believe AMJ 2012 is expected to be one.

    "for the brain dead Obama zombies who will vote for him even if the unemployment rate was 20% this ugly jobs number means nothing."

    What I see right now in the actual situation we face is poor jobs numbers (though still the 27th straight month of positive job gains in the private sector) that are largely a function of gov't job cuts (over a million under Obama) and Republican obstruction to stimulative measures.

    Romney has no viable plan for economic growth. He wants more tax cuts (whole lotta nothing the bush tax cuts did to stop the recession), more gov't job cuts (which already has slowed the recovery, studies suggest we'd be at 7.2% unemployment if we kept the million gov't jobs), and more deregulation (letting banks mess around in derivatives markets caused the last recession, why continue that?)

  • peter Alpine, UT
    June 1, 2012 6:08 p.m.

    Lemmings following their leader don't even think about what's ahead of them. It takes as much effort to run off a cliff as it does to work for your own support. The unemployed who refuse to get off of government dole deserve what's coming.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    June 1, 2012 6:04 p.m.

    Reversing the logic here, I'm not voting for obama. I'm voting against Romney.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    June 1, 2012 5:27 p.m.

    for the brain dead Obama zombies who will vote for him even if the unemployment rate was 20% this ugly jobs number means nothing. These people are completely ignorant of what drives the economy and only care about radical change. For the rest of the country - the working class and those that pay taxes - this ugly jobs report is further confirmation that a change in the White House is a must - simply unthinkable to continue another 4 years with no viable plan for economic growth. Team Obama and his media will attempt to create alot of spin and distraction but working folks (or those that wish they were) aren't going to buy this nonsense any more. When your job - your house - your future are at stake all the political spin in the world isn't worth spit in the wind.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    June 1, 2012 5:15 p.m.

    The free trade agreements have really hurt. Wasn't that from the Clinton years, and now much of the businesses in our nation are foreign own?

  • Collin Card Provo, Utah
    June 1, 2012 5:13 p.m.

    Lots of Americans are out of work and are losing, or have lost, their homes as a result. Add to that the ever increasing gas rates (which Obama's Secretary of Energy has been quoted as saying is a good thing) and folks can now not afford gas and all of the goods that increase in price with the gas (such as food). This man is incompetent as a President and needs to go back to his teaching gig.

  • JimInSLC Salt Lake City, UT
    June 1, 2012 5:04 p.m.

    I would give more credit to the policy changes under Clinton for the economic mess that the country is in now. Bush's contribution to the mess is not seeing and correcting it and adding to the problem with unpaid wars and tax cuts.

    The poor jobs report gives much fodder for Romney to point out how Obama has failed with regards to the economy. The implication is that he would be able to do a better job if in the position. However, Romney's record while Governor of Mass. does not support that?

    I would like Romney to stop ragging on Obama and share with the public the direction he would lead the country if elected and how he would achieve that objective. Americans still want the hope and change that obama promised but failed to deliver.

    Personally I get nauseous when I see/hear obama speaking. I don't feel much better about Romney.

    Romney has lots of money and has done well for himself, but I'm not impressed that he has what is needed to turn the country around. Especially with him courting the likes of Trump and Cheney.

  • JoeCapitalist2 Orem, UT
    June 1, 2012 4:45 p.m.

    Back into recession??? It never really felt like we came out of the last one. Most recessions end with an explosion in growth. This one barely came out of the red enough to meet the definition of "No Recession".

  • A1994 Centerville, UT
    June 1, 2012 4:27 p.m.

    June 1, 2012...and it's still Bush's fault? Seriously?

  • Hemlock Salt Lake City, UT
    June 1, 2012 4:10 p.m.

    Obama has focused on everything except his own record. Expect something new to be pulled out of the hat by his soldiers. I hope they all get the same playbook. They've been very confused lately as their big campaign issues have all backfired or been conflicted. I used to think the Keystone Cops were the apex of confusion, but Mr. Obama's campaign has given new meaning to clueless (Websters - without direction, unable to function in the world).