Jobs report gives Obama boost

President Barack Obama celebrated much-needed good economic news Friday as the unemployment rate dropped to its lowest level since he took office. "We are moving forward again," he boasted. Republican rival Mitt Romney retorted that the president still hasn't done enough to help millions of people who are out of work.
Associated Press
Oct 5, 2012

The figures announced by the Labor Department — 114,000 new jobs last month to bring the unemployment rate to 7.8 percent — gave Obama fresh evidence on the heels of his disappointing debate performance to argue that his economic policies are working. Romney countered that the country can't afford four more years of the president's leadership and argued that the rate is low in part because some people have quit looking for work.

"These are tough times in this community," Romney told a rally outside a construction equipment store after meeting with coal miners who have been laid off. "We're going to bring back jobs and bring back America."

Obama responded that Romney wants to roll back policies that are repairing the economic damage.

"Today's news certainly is not an excuse to try to talk down the economy to score a few political points," Obama said. "It is a reminder that the country has come too far to turn back now."

The unemployment rate fell from 8.1 percent in August, matching its level in January 2009 when Obama became president. There is one more monthly unemployment report before Election Day, so Friday's numbers could leave a lasting impact on Americans who are already casting ballots in states that allow early voting.

The candidates campaigned Friday on opposite ends of one of those early voting states, Virginia. Romney, in the state's far western coal country, said he wants to develop coal and other domestic resources to make the United States energy independent in eight years. Obama focused on recruiting women at an appearance in the Washington suburbs, where he argued that his health care policy has improved their health care choices.

Obama, seeking to rebound after Romney dominated their first debate Wednesday night, is accusing his rival of being dishonest about how his policies would affect the tax bills of middle-class families and the Medicare benefits of retirees. He told an audience at George Mason University that his rival "got an extreme makeover" in their face-off.

He also argued Romney can't bring change to the country when he's "willing to write off half the nation before you take office," a reference to Romney's disparaging remarks about the 47 percent of Americans who don't pay federal income taxes. Romney made the comments at a fundraiser in May that was secretly recorded, but the videotape did not emerge until last month. Romney went as far as he's ever gone to try to take back his words in an interview Thursday night with Fox News.

"Well, clearly in a campaign, with hundreds if not thousands of speeches and question-and-answer sessions, now and then you're going to say something that doesn't come out right," Romney said Thursday. "In this case, I said something that's just completely wrong."

At the White House, senior adviser David Plouffe retorted: "I would take with a huge grain of salt trying to clean something up five months after you said it for the first time."

The next presidential debate is not until Oct. 16, a town hall-style meeting at Hofstra University in New York, giving both sides ample opportunities to blanket battleground states and raise money for the final weeks of television advertising.

Romney released three new ads on Friday, offering a window into his strategy for the coming week. One, called "Facts Are Clear," focuses on the national debt and accuses Obama of wasting trillions of dollars instead of creating jobs. A second spot features Greg Anthony, a former professional basketball player from Nevada, talking about his roots in the state and his switch from backing Obama in 2008 to Romney this year.

The third spot is titled, simply, "Ohio Jobs." It features Romney looking straight at the camera to talk to voters from the Midwestern battleground state seen as critical to his White House hopes. Obama also was campaigning in Ohio on Friday.

Obama's team countered with an ad targeting Romney's tax plan, accusing him of planning to raise taxes on the middle class. The ad was airing in seven battleground states.

Romney planned a rally later in the day in St. Petersburg, Fla., kicking off a weekend of campaigning in that state, the largest of the prized battlegrounds. Obama was holding a Friday rally in Cleveland before heading to California on Sunday for a fundraising spree that will include a concert in Los Angeles featuring Jon Bon Jovi, Katy Perry and Stevie Wonder.

Traveling aboard Air Force One, Plouffe foreshadowed an intense focus on Ohio in the coming weeks, where polls have shifted in Obama's favor. No Republican has won the presidency without winning Ohio, and Obama's campaign sees blocking Romney there as one of its best paths to victory.

Plouffe said the true measure of the first debate was whether it moved voters in the battleground states. Speaking of Romney, Plouffe said: "Is he going to take the lead in Ohio? If he doesn't, he's not going to be president," he said.

 

Comments

the office cat

Vietnam...the one started because they were hiding WMDs...OOOPS that was Bush's Iraq.

Vietnam was the 'domino theory' that countries would fall like dominoes and the Commies would get us - even though Cuba already was 90 miles away.

My KIA brother thanks you for explaining that the war that took his life is still not paid. We kinda thought he 'paid' our fair share.

CAST THE FIRST STONE

liars figure and figures lie

coasterfan

Love the latest lying Republican TV ad which supposedly cites an "independent" study which shows that Obama's tax plan would raise taxes on the middle class. This same study had already been panned because the 3 people behind it are big name Republicans, so it's anything BUT independent. Besides, we've already had Obama for four years, and we quite obviously know that he has not and will not raise taxes on the middle class. Like Mitt, the Republican party is counting on you to NOT do any research of your own, to believe their TV ads, and to believe that he is the champion for the middle class. They are counting on you to forget that Mitt has campaigned for a full year on policies that are anti-middle class and pro-millionaire. They are counting on you to forget that, at the debate, he did yet another 180 on what he actually stands for. Mitt the mystery. Mitt the governor, under whom Massachusetts fell to 47th in job creation (there's that number again...) They are STILL playing the TV ad which says that the unemployment rate is 8.1, when we all know that the national rate is now 7.8%. In Ohio, the unemployment rate is even LOWER. Funny how their ads, aimed at Ohioans, don't mention that....

4shizzle

Good observation, coasterfan.

mikel

coaster says- "Besides, we've already had Obama for four years, and we quite obviously know that he has not and will not raise taxes on the middle class."

i know you wrote this but please tell me that you don't really think this is a true statement!

Contango

coasterfan writes:

"...will not raise taxes on the middle class."

The payroll tax cut will 'not' be extended in '13. So YES he "will."

The 'true' U.S. projected unfunded liablity (debt) has been calculated at $211 T.

We would need to raise taxes 35% on EVERYONE and cut spending by 35% just to begin to break even.

It's NPR so it's safe for liberals to read:

http://www.npr.org/2011/08/06/13...

FORWARD SOVIET!

Randy_Marsh

"By a continuing process of inflation, governments can confiscate, secretly and unobserved, an important part of the wealth of their citizens. There is no subtler, no surer means of overturning the existing basis of society than to debauch the currency. The process engages all the hidden forces of economic law on the side of destruction, and does it in a manner which not one man in a million is able to diagnose."

— John Maynard Keynes (Keynesian Economics)
The Economic Consequences Of The Peace
Obama is a Keynesian when it comes to economics, In effect by using the inflation tax he HAS raised the bar for middle america and will leave us completly broke.

the office cat

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the office cat

But MODERATORS will allow others on here to continue to call the President a Nazi and other even worse names AND insist he should have been aborted...

The Big Dog's back

With mitt firng all these people, including Big Bird, if he wins, how is he going to add jobs? Repub math, a comedy.

Contango

A great analysis of the unemployment report -

"If it's too good to be true, then it probably is."

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/20...

FORWARD SOVIET!

the office cat

Which is why we ignore such elitist bilge.

We live in Reality and know first-hand that things are improving.

Contango

@ the office cat:

"Ignore" or ignorance?

the office cat

"ignore" by choice. We look at it, read it, digest it, and decide to move on to more important arguments presented with factual background. Not everything must be incorporated.

The New World Czar

The Department of Labor is headed by...Hilda Solis...who was appointed by...well, you know the rest of the story.

The majority of the "increase" were in seasonal part-time agricultural workers. The number will stay steady through the holidays as merchants hire temporary seasonal help and then drop off by mid-January.

the office cat

So 'employment' is NOT 'employoment' unless it's full-time in a location YOU consider 'appropriate' for including in the numbers? Work - ANY honorable work - is 'employment'. Respect the worker and the work.

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swiss cheese kat

The Obama Kool-aid drinkers are out in full force. Meanwhile, Obama keeps blaming the economy on George W. Bush. FOOLS.

Lamestream Media gives Obama a free pass on the economy and you fools keep drinking the Kool-aid.

the office cat

Just because we cured the Black Plague doesn't change the history of how it spread.

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swiss cheese kat

Here is one for the Kool-aid drinkers.

Many of you have seen the 2007 speech in which then-Senator Obama suggested that because of racism the federal government didn’t waive the Stafford Act to assist New Orleans after Katrina. What you may not know is that 10 days before Senator Obama gave this speech, the federal government did in fact waive the Stafford Act for New Orleans. And to add insult to injury, Barack Obama was one of 14 senators who actually voted against the bill that included the provision to give supplemental emergency assistance to New Orleans. In other words, he was being dishonest and divisive, which is behavior we’ve sadly seen far too often from him in the last four years.

the office cat

Source?

sanduskysteve

So, even if this is true - what you are saying is that you will support a dishonest and divisive person in the body of Romney, but Obama should be eliminated??? I'm confused about this double-standard here.

Swamp Fox

@eriemom

Answers to your questions.
1. What in your liberal thought process are you talking about court
dockets? Answer you lack facts to refute the totality of my comment.
2. Sorry about confusing you with another far left dempcrapper, after awhile your talking points are read alike.
3. My wife and I along with my children paid for their college. We all work. I paid for my own retraining. Work at any job you can get, don't depend or wait on "free" goverment aide or the prefect job.

Government doesn't solve problems, they subsidize them.

the office cat

...but... 'any job' may not meet your U6 requirement as 'full employment'.

What PRIVATE SCHOOLSA did all of you attend... and where did you go for your 'retraining'? I ask because there are NO public or private schools not in-part funded by PUBLIC TAXPAYER DOLLARS. Even parochial schools utilize taxpayer funds. Put up or shut up.

the office cat

"Government doesn't solve problems, they subsidize them" - sez just one more heavily0-subsidized American who enjoys all the benefits we pay for but doesn't believe others deserve the same benefits.

the office cat

again, Swamp. What were those schools/retraining you paid for entirely that were not in some fashion subsized by local, state or federal tax dollars?

gilamonster

Eriemom writes-' I don't know if Boeing builds aircraft for the military. If they are then I would expect that with ending Bush's two wars we would need fewer military aircraft." and Well if we needed aircraft for the military Obama would just pass over American companies and award someone like Brazilian Embraer the contract; even the airforce had a laugh at that one. I wouldn’t expect less, after all Embraer builds T-27’s for the Islamic Revolutionary Guard. Obama the same man that criticized Bush and pushed for fair bidding on contracts over $25k; say it isn’t so. You know like that whole experimental small pox vaccine contract going to his buddies at Siga Tech; a company that’s backed by Ron Perelman (billionaire and one of the largest Obama and Democrat party donors) the other poster was correct; both parties are the same, backed by rich and powerful. Ohh but Obama cares for me he’s got that there “D” next to his name…derrrr. The job rate is much better, passed the temp service on way to work Friday; people lined up outside the building for day-labor jobs.Before long there will be a Volt in every driveway and mandatory six weeks vacations.............

Darwin's choice
goofus

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sanduskysteve

Unbelievable that after this past year we are still going to refute climate change as real. You have got to be kidding me. There is nothing in history that suggests that the weather of the past couple of years is not changing - and it is not cyclic either. The excuse of more snow in certain areas is not proof of anything except warmer weather generating the snow. If you are, and you should be, familiar with lake effect snow - you would understand it happens more when it is warmer than colder. If you wish I'll explain why that is.

the office cat

LAWDY lawdy yall still are spouting, getting meaner and calling more names, just because you can't argue logically or honestly.

You can't even tell yourselves the truth!

1. ALL SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES receive direct or indirect taxpayer (public) support.
2. You drive on PUBLIC-PAID roads, walk on PUBLIC-PAID sidewalks (your assessment only paid a portion of the cost), rely on PUBLIC-PAID law enforcement and fire protection, drink PUBLIC-PAID clean water, even have your excrement cleansed in PUBLIC-PAID wastewater treatment plants, have received PUBLIC-SUBSIDIZED health care (even though you don't realize it), have all your wealth PUBLICLY-INSURED wherever it's deposited, AND (this is a big one) you anticipate and defend a fully PUBLICALLY-FINANCED military.
And most likely, when your sorry bones are laid to rest, it will be by a PUBLICLY-REGULATED mortician who will put you in a box and vault that are controlled by PUBLIC RULES and transport you on PUBLIC HIGHWAYS to a final hole in the ground dug and filled to PUBLIC REGULATIONS - many of you in a PUBLIC CEMETERY where the cost for that plot of ground will be less.

Even Paul Ryan's 'moral compass' Ayn Rand applied for and received Social Security.

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