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

Contango

@ the office cat:

You are correct; all loyal comrades are beholding to the State.

FORWARD SOVIET!

anthras

office cat, I do think you are wrong. Hillsdale College in Michigan does not accept federal, state or local tax dollars. I would have to think also that of all the colleges in the country if Hillsdale operates in such a manner that there are other colleges that do also. They do not accept government aid as they do not wish to have someone dictate to them what and how to teach

mikel

anthras - you are right about that. just have to overlook the fiction that comes out of cats computer. she thinks she knows more than he does.

the office cat

Hillsdale College, which was a major player in the founding of the Republican Party, is located on property allocated to it by the State of Michigan.
While it's students are told not to bring state- or federally-subsidized loans to campus, Hillsdale encourages students for whom personal finances and Hillsdale scholarships are not sufficient to seek personal/private loans and lists a number of banks which are FEDERALLY-insured depositories and lenders.
Hillsdale DOES allow athletes to utilize NCAA scholarships - which are public non-profit organization funds derived from member (many public) colleges and universities.
While Hillsdale does not file the federal paperwork for students to obtain federally-insured grants, Hillsdale does offer students similar paperwork. Any student loan is federally insured - but what Hillsdale doesn't 'know' can't affect its refusal to answer to the federal government.
Hillsdale is accredited by the North Central Association which derives a portion of its grants and funds from member institutions - mostly public.
We also should note that prior to its 2001 and 2010 rulings by the USSC, several of Hillsdale's building were in part subsidized by state and federal dollars
If you want to call me names or insist I'm uninformed, you should research your information first.

Contango

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the office cat

Contango... I really need your definitionn on 'trolling'. Are we talking fishing or the monsters under the bridge or...?

Contango

@ toc:

Are you seeking to actually engage in dialog or are you merely seeking to be a provocateur?

The definition of an Internet troll is fairly clear.

the office cat

actually to engage in well-thought conversation and ideas backed by something other that myriad statistics.
The fact remains we are well-situated individuals with differing ideas of our rsponsibilities in utilizing our 'situations'. One likes to count 'my money' while the other looks for ways to utilize monetary blessings to be a blessing. I'm glad I'm the latter.

sanduskysteve

Moderators have removed this comment because it contained Personal attacks (including: name calling, presumption of guilt or guilt by association, insensitivity, or picking fights).

goofus

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the office cat

GOOFUS... what exactly is a troller? If you;re gonna name-call cuz you haven't got facts and logical opinions you should at least give your definitions.

the office cat

looked it up. "purposely antagonizing other people".
So... reminding many of you that you live extensively off the TAXPAYER DOLLAR is antagonizing to you? I understand.

But I also note that calling someone a 'troll' is the habit of "a pathetic and moronic person". Thus name-calling is against the rules and grounds for deletion.

Contango

@ the office cat:

50% of U.S. debt is held by foreigners; guess they're helping us to live beyond our means too huh?

It won't be long until the interest on the U.S. debt reaches $1 trillion annually.

In 2011 it was only $454 billion, but it's growing exponentially.

the office cat

And how much is held by US in the form of Tbills, bonds, commercial bonds, construction bonds....

The Big Dog's back

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Darwin's choice

"snip, snip" Big Dog.............

Darwin's choice

Obama supporters, how about this.....http://patdollard.com/2012/09/in...

the office cat

Really? Pat Dollard?

The Big Dog's back

So winnie (contango) calling people trolls, soviets, and assorted other names doesn't get his posts removed. Sounds FASCIST to me.

Swamp Fox

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mikel

swamp fox - good statement.

the office cat

I will keep it even simpler for you. I'm at a higher level too. I have two friends who graduated from Hillsdale - utilizing "our (parents') own dollars". Those "dollars" grew in insured annuities, in FDIC accounts, in FSLIC deposit accounts, in 401K accounts and in some wise property and stock investments - also insured and taking advantage of decisions by the Federal Reserve.
So unless you foolishly kept your cash in the mattress, your educations were subsidized... as were the literal roads to college.

Obamatron

Chancellor Obama is displeased.
Swamp Fox is trying to explain to you that he/she paid the taxes, so he/she funded those schools and roads.
The Chancellor feels that you are not making any form of counterpoint whatsoever, let alone an adequate one.
The Chancellor hopes that his blogger-in-chief (that would be me :) does not have to return to elaborate further.

the office cat

Swamp Fox is ignoring that many others of us also paid the taxes the paved his/her way to the 'independent' college. I do wish Swamp Fox would read the Supreme Court ruling about Hillsdale College....

Obamatron

Removed by Obamatron, reason: no longer relevant

Sarah Weber

@Obamatron

I reviewed and restored your comment. I think the moderator who took it down did so because of our policy against name calling and picking fights with other users. I do not think your comment crossed that line.

Obamatron

I try to make points but, moreso, to entertain. I will, however, try to be more careful.
P.S. Chancellor Obama will remember your grace : P

the office cat

SArah... you need to spend your time reporting - for which you are paid but of which you do so little. So YOU are the judge of what constitutes name-calling...

mikel

i keep my millions there so the feds can't tax it again!!! bahaha

anthras

office cat, I was just wondering where does the government get all the money to do all the things that you are telling us that they do????????????

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