Romney on jobs: This kick in the gut has to end; Update: Video, transcript added

posted at 10:46 am on July 6, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Mitt Romney addressed the press 90 minutes after the BLS released the June jobs report, and hammered Barack Obama for his economic policies and ObamaCare.  “This kick in the gut has to end,” Romney told the press, and during a question-and-answer period put a large amount of the blame on ObamaCare.  “When three-quarters of small businesses say that ObamaCare is keeping them from hiring,” Romney replied, “it shows that President Obama has put his liberal agenda ahead of job creation.”  We’ll add the transcript and the video as soon as they’re available, but the “kick in the gut” line is new, and the tone was somber while the content was aggressive.  Furthermore, the pressure will be on Obama to take some questions after his statement coming up shortly, as Romney did — and as Obama has been loathe to do.

The White House issued a response to the jobs report, which underscored the weakness of their economic argument.  Even Politico found it weak, headlining it as “WH: at least the economy is still growing”:

“The economy has now added private sector jobs for 28 straight months, for a total of 4.4 million payroll jobs during that period,” Alan Krueger, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, wrote in a statement. “Employment is growing but it is not growing fast enough given the jobs deficit caused by the deep recession.”

The jobs report showed the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 8.2 percent in June, while the economy added 80,000 jobs, roughly the same as in May.

The problem with this statement is that the recovery started 37 months ago, not 28.  The US lost about 2 million jobs between the start of the recovery and the arbitrary starting point the White House uses, February 2010.  Overall, the US economy has gained about 2.4 million in 37 months of recovery for a pathetic average of just under 65,000 jobs a month, about half of what is needed to keep up with population growth.

The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza isn’t buying the White House line, either:

The news from the Bureau of Labor Statistics this morning that the economy added just 80,000 jobs in June and the unemployment rate stayed stuck at 8.2 percent suggests that any hope that President Obama will be able to run for reelection bolstered by an improving financial picture is rapidly disappearing.

While the June report is bad news in and of itself for Obama’s political prospects, it’s the broader trend line that it reaffirms that should be of the most concern to the White House.

This is the third straight month in which the jobs report has underwhelmed. The 80,000 jobs added — well below expectations in the run-up to this morning’s report — comes after the economy added 68,000 and 77,0000 jobs in April and May, respectively. June’s 8.2 percent unemployment rate is the same as it was in May and a slight bump up from the 8.1 percent rate in April.

That three-month view suggests that June may be less an anomaly in a broader period of (slow)economic recovery than an indication of the new normal in a period of economic flatness.

The “summer swoon” is back, Cillizza writes — and with it any chance of competing on the biggest issues for voters in this election, jobs and the economy.

Update: CNN has a fresh report on Romney’s statement:

“The highest corporate tax rates in the world do not create jobs,” Romney said. “Highest regulatory burdens in our nation’s history – those do not create jobs. Trade policies that have not opened up new markets for American goods, particularly in Latin America, those don’t create new jobs. Failing to effectively crack down on China for cheating and stealing American jobs, that has not helped.”

“The president’s policies have not gotten America working again, and the president’s going to have to stand up and take responsibility for it,” Romney continued. …

“It doesn’t have to be this way,” Romney said. “The president doesn’t have a plan. He hasn’t proposed any new ideas to get the economy going. Just the same old ideas of the past that have failed. I have a plan. My plan calls for action that will get America working again and create good jobs, both near term and long term.”

Update II: The campaign has now posted the video and the transcript:

“American families are struggling. There is a lot of misery in America today, and these numbers understate what people are feeling and the amount of pain which is occurring in middle-class America. Not only is the 8.2 percent number unacceptably high and one that’s been in place now for over 41 months, but in addition, if you look at the broader analysis of people who are out of work or have dropped out of the workforce or that are underemployed in part-time jobs needing full-time work, it’s almost 15 percent of the American public. And then there are those that are working, but are working in jobs well beneath their skill level or working in multiple part-time jobs; kids that are coming out of college not being able to find work; veterans coming home not being able to do anything but stand in an unemployment line. These are very difficult times for the American people.

“There are other numbers that are troubling. The manufacturing reports of the last several weeks indicate that manufacturing is not growing either domestically or in our exports as we would have expected at this stage. And of course that’s a long-term trend that is very disturbing and troubling. The President’s policies have clearly not been successful in reigniting this economy, in putting people back to work, in opening up manufacturing plants across the country. The heartland industries where manufacturing occurs are struggling by virtue of policies on the part of the President that have not worked. The highest corporate tax rates in the world do not create jobs; highest regulatory burdens in our nation’s history—those do not create jobs; trade policies that have not opened up new markets for American goods, particularly in Latin America—those don’t create new jobs; failing to effectively crack down on China for cheating and stealing American jobs—that has not helped. The president’s policies have not gotten America working again. And the president is going to have to stand up and take responsibility for it. I know he’s been planning on going across the country and celebrating what he calls ‘forward.’ Well, forward doesn’t look a lot like forward to the millions and millions of families that are struggling today in this great country. It doesn’t have to be this way. The President doesn’t have a plan, hasn’t proposed any new ideas to get the economy going—just the same old ideas of the past that have failed.

“I have a plan. My plan calls for action that will get America working again and create good jobs, both near-term and long-term. It includes finally taking advantage of our energy resources, building the Keystone pipeline, making sure we create energy jobs, and we convince manufacturers that energy will be available and low cost in America. It means opening up new markets for American trade, particularly in Latin America where the opportunities are extraordinary. It means cracking down on China when they cheat and making sure they don’t steal our jobs unfairly. It means bringing our tax rates down—our marginal tax rates down—and cutting out the exemptions and deductions and loopholes that are unfair in many cases. In other cases, we’re going to limit those deductions and exemptions, so that we maintain our revenue through growth and through limiting of these special deals, but bring our tax rates down so they’re competitive and attractive for jobs to come back to America. It means having a government that sees its role as encouraging enterprise rather than crushing it with the burden of new and unnecessary regulation and with outmoded regulations that haven’t been cleaned up in years and years. And finally it means having a healthcare plan that focuses on bringing down the cost of healthcare for American families, not just adding new expenses and new taxes to the American people.

“This is a time for America to choose whether they want more of the same; whether unemployment above 8 percent month after month after month is satisfactory or not. It doesn’t have to be this way. America can do better and this kick in the gut has got to end.”

Obama, meanwhile, called today’s report “a step in the right direction.”  Er ….


Related Posts:

Breaking on Hot Air

Blowback

Note from Hot Air management: This section is for comments from Hot Air's community of registered readers. Please don't assume that Hot Air management agrees with or otherwise endorses any particular comment just because we let it stand. A reminder: Anyone who fails to comply with our terms of use may lose their posting privilege.

Trackbacks/Pings

Trackback URL

Comments

Comment pages: 1 2

Sure glad Barry has been ‘focusing laser-like on job creation’. Just think where we’d be if Barry wasn’t working so hard.

GarandFan on July 6, 2012 at 11:47 AM

Four Years of Hopey,

..Talk….talk….talk…talk..Love of Theory……talk…
……talk…..talk….FundRaiser(s)….Golf…..DeMonization
of the GOP…..more Speechy’s……more Golf…….more wars
on Women…..talk…talk…more Golf…..

”’kicking the can down the road……talk…talk……
ad nausem to infinity~!!

canopfor on July 6, 2012 at 11:47 AM

Listening to the tools on MSNBC you’d think that everything was just great. Apparently this is “moderate” job growth…

PetecminMd on July 6, 2012 at 11:45 AM

And the low information voters will buy the idea that Barry is doing great: he added jobs.

bayview on July 6, 2012 at 11:48 AM

the recovery started 37 months ago, not 28.

Sorry, I’m not buying that the recovery ever started. The idea that the “recession ended” in June 2009–yeah, yeah, I know, by some arcane metric, it’s supposedly true–has always felt like nothing more than rose-colored propaganda.

How many folks, still fortunate to actually be employed during the entire span, have received a pay increase in the last three years?

The Dow is up considerably since 2009. But everything else going on over the last 37 months suggests the whole idea of a “recovery” is a myth.

Right Mover on July 6, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Are you better off now than you were five and a half years ago?

Senator Obama and the rest of the Democrats inherited a good economy when the Democrats took majority control in January 2007.

Democrats have held majority control (2+ out of 3) of the House, Senate, and Presidency, for the last five and a half years.

Republicans last held majority control in December 2006, and let’s look at what the Democrats “inherited” from the Republicans…

1) A FY 2007 deficit of $501 Billion.

2) Total National Debt under $8.7 Trillion.

3) Unemployment 4.4%

4) “Discouraged Workers” (not counted in the unemployment number): 274,000.

5) Employment-population ratio (for those age 16 years and over): 63.4%

6) The Zillow U.S. Home Value Index was over $190,000.

What do we have now, after five and 1/2 years of majority Democrat control? (I have to break this up into two different comments due to the number of links)

1) An actual first-half FY 2012 deficit of $791.7 Billion, and a projected full-year FY 2012 deficit of $1,583 Billion ($1.583 Trillion).

2) Current Total National Debt almost $15.9 Trillion.

3) Unemployment 8.2%

ITguy on July 6, 2012 at 11:48 AM

SWalker on July 6, 2012 at 11:39 AM

I am thinking folks are not going to believe Obie’s lies about the economy..Romney needs to keep hammering Obie with this and healthcare early and often!..:)

Dire Straits on July 6, 2012 at 11:49 AM

What do we have now, after five and 1/2 years of majority Democrat control? (continued)

4) “Discouraged Workers” (not counted in the unemployment number): 821,000.

5) Employment-population ratio (for those age 16 years and over): 58.6%

6) The Zillow U.S. Home Value Index is under $150,000.

ITguy on July 6, 2012 at 11:49 AM

Be very wary of Obama’s labor department and their use of creative statistics over the next 4 months. This administration is ruthless . . . believe nothing and validate everything.

rplat on July 6, 2012 at 11:49 AM

Sure glad Barry has been ‘focusing laser-like on job creation’. Just think where we’d be if Barry wasn’t working so hard.

GarandFan on July 6, 2012 at 11:47 AM

rofl..Good one!..:)

Dire Straits on July 6, 2012 at 11:50 AM

I dont know what else Romney can say. The voters Have a stark choice in November. Yeah mitts a rino but obama makes him look like a radical conservative?

All he can dois present the facts. He did that well here.

rickyricardo on July 6, 2012 at 11:51 AM

@JimPethokoukis On Intrade, Obama down 2.5%

Flora Duh on July 6, 2012 at 11:51 AM

+1 Canopfor @11:47

cmsinaz on July 6, 2012 at 11:53 AM

And the low information voters will buy the idea that Barry is doing great: he added jobs.

bayview on July 6, 2012 at 11:48 AM

And therein lies the problem.

There’s a sh#tload of mushheads out there.

BallisticBob on July 6, 2012 at 11:53 AM

cmsinaz on July 6, 2012 at 11:53 AM

Flora Duh on July 6, 2012 at 11:51 AM

Happy TGIF!..:)

Dire Straits on July 6, 2012 at 11:55 AM

My only fear is that people have accepted the poor state of the economy as the new norm, and this is falling on deaf ears.

1984 in real life on July 6, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Dow @ -174 11am CT

pambi on July 6, 2012 at 11:56 AM

I recently saw a cartoon that showed two men sitting in a room discussing politics. The caption showed one man saying that those who don’t study history are doomed to repeat it. Those who do study history will have to sit helplessly by as this happens.

esr1951 on July 6, 2012 at 11:19 AM

So true. Do you have a link or by chance remember where you saw it?

Kataklysmic on July 6, 2012 at 11:57 AM

Listening to the tools on MSNBC you’d think that everything was just great. Apparently this is “moderate” job growth…

PetecminMd on July 6, 2012 at 11:45 AM
And the low information voters will buy the idea that Barry is doing great: he added jobs.

bayview on July 6, 2012 at 11:48 AM

I hear this quite a bit, but if you’re that unaware and not paying attention…would you even take the time to go vote? I’m skeptical.

jaygatz33 on July 6, 2012 at 11:57 AM

Right back at ya DS :)

cmsinaz on July 6, 2012 at 11:58 AM

Sure glad Barry has been ‘focusing laser-like on job creation’. Just think where we’d be if Barry wasn’t working so hard.

GarandFan on July 6, 2012 at 11:47 AM

Unfortunately he emulated one of those cheap Chinese-made lasers that kids attach to their airsoft guns, the lasers that burn out within a day or two and literally fall to pieces.

Bishop on July 6, 2012 at 11:59 AM

+1 Canopfor @11:47

cmsinaz on July 6, 2012 at 11:53 AM

cmsinaz:—)

canopfor on July 6, 2012 at 12:00 PM

cmsinaz on July 6, 2012 at 11:53 AM

Flora Duh on July 6, 2012 at 11:51 AM

Happy TGIF!..:)

Dire Straits on July 6, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Dire Straits:

And,TGIF,to all of ye!:)

canopfor on July 6, 2012 at 12:01 PM

I hear this quite a bit, but if you’re that unaware and not paying attention…would you even take the time to go vote? I’m skeptical.

jaygatz33 on July 6, 2012 at 11:57 AM

They do have to go to the poll to vote for their welfare checks. It is a job that they to do once every 4 years.

bayview on July 6, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Lib talking head… this report doesn’t mean much

Hello, mcfly?

cmsinaz on July 6, 2012 at 12:05 PM

And,TGIF,to all of ye!:)

canopfor on July 6, 2012 at 12:01 PM

TGIF to you!..:)

Dire Straits on July 6, 2012 at 12:06 PM

BallisticBob on July 6, 2012 at 11:05 AM

That was pretty good, but your Sean Connery accent needs some work! :)

Night Owl on July 6, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Lib talking head… this report doesn’t mean much

Hello, mcfly?

cmsinaz on July 6, 2012 at 12:05 PM

lolz..You can tell the MSM is struggling when they all don’t have their “talking points” in lock step..:)

Dire Straits on July 6, 2012 at 12:09 PM

FB comments from libs: *crickets*.
Darn, they must know I’m fired up enough to challenge them with those pesky FACTS, or sumpin.

pambi on July 6, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Flora Duh on July 6, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Dearest Duh,

I saw the date before I commented . . . but ccr6′s post is still too dumb to leave unwhacked.

The woods are full of these folks, and they should be held in contempt and guffawed at, whenever and wherever they surface. There IS no expiration date on stupid.

Cheers

TheClearRiver on July 6, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Obama, meanwhile, called today’s report “a step in the right direction.” Er ….

If you accept that his leading a march over a cliff to kill capitalism is purposeful, then yes, in his own mind he’s right.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on July 6, 2012 at 12:14 PM

Indeed Dire

You should hear them now….. president cant really fix the economy….
Come jan20 when mitt takes office… why hasn’t he fixed the economy yet

cmsinaz on July 6, 2012 at 12:14 PM

GOP now pushing alternative to commie care per FOX news. Two months from now the Rombots will be on here talking about how repeal of commie isn’t really necessary, all that’s needed is to tweak it. That koolaid is getting more stale by the day.

bgibbs1000 on July 6, 2012 at 12:14 PM

Obama, meanwhile, called today’s report “a step in the right direction.”

While also saying, “it’s important not to read too much into any one monthly report”

Amazing.

Flora Duh on July 6, 2012 at 12:17 PM

And,TGIF,to all of ye!:)

canopfor on July 6, 2012 at 12:01 PM

TGIF to you!..:)

Dire Straits on July 6, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Dire Straits:I’d be on more,buts,have both grandchildren…!:)

canopfor on July 6, 2012 at 12:18 PM

So true. Do you have a link or by chance remember where you saw it?

Kataklysmic on July 6, 2012 at 11:57 AM

Here it is. It is comment #70 at Limbaugh’s Free Republic thread on Tuesday. Hope I did this right.

esr1951 on July 6, 2012 at 12:20 PM

Dire Straits:I’d be on more,buts,have both grandchildren…!:)

canopfor on July 6, 2012 at 12:18 PM

I hear you!..You have definitely got your hands full!!..Hope the grandchildren as well as everyone in your family is doing well!..:)

Dire Straits on July 6, 2012 at 12:21 PM

Exactly, Conservative message, loud and proud.

Speakup on July 6, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Here it is. It is comment #70 at Limbaugh’s Free Republic thread on Tuesday. Hope I did this right.

esr1951 on July 6, 2012 at 12:20 PM

Thanks!

Kataklysmic on July 6, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Kataklysmic on July 6, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Welcs!

esr1951 on July 6, 2012 at 12:31 PM

And remember…Disability doesn’t run out in 99 weeks–it’s permanent! And it’s also a disgrace.

IrishEi on July 6, 2012 at 11:43 AM

I agree that the Marxist’s agenda is to increase those on government dependent rolls as you earlier stated.

Unfortunately I am now a statistic of the Socialists’ economy.

I was a small business owner until last year. The economy caused a severe reduction in my profits beginning in ’09. At the same time, my supplemental consulting work also dried up as the large corporation who paid me was equally suffering in this economy.

I am single and was struggling to pay the mortgage/survive. Financial stress caused my blood pressure to go through the roof (unbeknownst to me). Last summer I had a stroke and was paralyzed on half my body. One minute fine, the next minute paralyzed.

I paid high taxes for 43 years, and funded my own ‘entitlement’ to disability and payments – unlike most welfare recipients.

It took eight long months to receive disability. There was nothing available for responsible taxpayers in the interim. No mortgage assistance on an emergency basis – no loan possibilities without income, etc. But there are emergency relief programs for illegals in L.A. for rental subsidies.

I did not qualify for HAMP, etc., because I have too much equity in my home. Now trying for a refi in order to even survive on disability. Had my family not provided subsistence I would literally not have survived. Didn’t qualify for Medicaid; no in home assistance available, etc!!!

It has taken me a long time to type this. My doctor says people have no idea the effects this economy has had – he has seen an increase in heart attacks and strokes at an alarming degree.

How many others are now disabled as a direct result of O’s design to destroy our economy?

One more thing. Disability isn’t permanent unless you’re permanently disabled. There are three tiers of review, depending upon the nature of the infirmity, at which point medical records, etc. are reviewed again.

I’m sure some are scamming the system to get benefits, but the process to receive disability is rigorous and takes forever, particularly if you have no family support or ability to earn a living.

I hope to some day be back to health. Until then, I am receiving what I paid for in taxes over 43 years.

Please don’t knee jerk, broad brush the disabled as free loaders for the vast majority are not.

Opinionator on July 6, 2012 at 12:38 PM

“The Democratic Convention is $27 million in debt. They had to cancel the kick-off event at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. A speedway is the perfect place for the Democratic Convention. You go around in circles, turn left every few seconds, and you end up right where you started. ” — Jay Leno

Schadenfreude on July 6, 2012 at 12:43 PM

Mitt Romney is the next President of the US.

Bmore on July 6, 2012 at 12:43 PM

Kudos to onlineanalyst for pointing this out first at IBD:

The economy created just 80,000 jobs in June, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday. But that same month, 85,000 workers left the workforce entirely to enroll in the Social Security Disability Insurance program, according to the Social Security Administration.

The disability ranks have outpaced job growth throughout President Obama’s economic recovery. While the economy has created 2.6 million jobs since June 2009, fully 3.1 million workers signed up for disability benefits.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on July 6, 2012 at 12:46 PM

Didn’t look like he was using a teleprompter, which concerns me. If this guy is elected will TOTUS also be unemployed?

dirtseller on July 6, 2012 at 12:47 PM

Just imagine the Economic mess Obama will Inherit if
he is re-relected!!

ToddPA on July 6, 2012 at 12:49 PM

While also saying, “it’s important not to read too much into any one monthly report”

Amazing.

Flora Duh on July 6, 2012 at 12:17 PM

The charlatan knows well that this is a 3-months report.

The Liar needs to be sent packing and mocked out of town, so as to never repeat such a travesty upon the land.

Schadenfreude on July 6, 2012 at 12:59 PM

What he meant by “a step in the right direction” is that he is achieving his goal of subjugating more and more people into the modern day Obama slaves plantations.

Schadenfreude on July 6, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Just imagine the Economic mess Obama will Inherit if
he is re-relected!!

ToddPA on July 6, 2012 at 12:49 PM

It would have been many, many times worse if the auto industry had been allowed to collapse.

How many folks, still fortunate to actually be employed during the entire span, have received a pay increase in the last three years?

The Dow is up considerably since 2009. But everything else going on over the last 37 months suggests the whole idea of a “recovery” is a myth.

Right Mover on July 6, 2012 at 11:48 AM

If not for the stimulus, economic growth would have remained negative throughout early 2010 if not longer, according to both the CBO and Wall Street economists. So you’re right in that the recovery was largely superficial.

This is what a balance sheet recession looks like in the aftermath of a huge asset bubble collapse. The average middle class American family lost an unprecedented 40% of its net worth. Building an oil pipeline will undoubtedly add jobs to the workforce, but it pales in comparison to the economic hangover this nation is experiencing.
There’s no quick and easy way to strong growth, especially as export demand from Europe and China weigh on the economy.

As for the booming stock market, it presents another set of challenges as it represents a very exclusive return to prosperity.
http://www.businessinsider.com/dear-america-you-should-be-mad-as-hell-about-this-charts-2012-6

bayam on July 6, 2012 at 1:00 PM

“I have a plan. My plan calls for action that will get America working again and create good jobs, both near term and long term.”

And that is a terrible way to end a political speech. Just give an example or you else you look like a talking head.

michaelthomas on July 6, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Opinionator on July 6, 2012 at 12:38 PM

My prayer is with your recovery, both physically and economically. My dad had to go on disability in his early fifties, and he didn’t get it long before he died at a young 58. You and my dad have become the exception to the rule unfortunately. Too many scammers and Pelosi free riders nowadays.

jazzuscounty on July 6, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Just imagine the Economic mess Obama will Inherit if
he is re-relected!!

ToddPA on July 6, 2012 at 12:49 PM

2013 “Uh..ah…that’s not my fault…that’s my alter ego’s fault…those racist capitalists flying them fancy jets..”

Schadenfreude on July 6, 2012 at 1:03 PM

It took eight long months to receive disability. There was nothing available for responsible taxpayers in the interim. No mortgage assistance on an emergency basis – no loan possibilities without income, etc. But there are emergency relief programs for illegals in L.A. for rental subsidies.

Opinionator on July 6, 2012 at 12:38 PM

Let me guess… You’re caucasian, right? Too bad. Back of the line for you. If you’re middle-age and male too, well, then you’re really SOL. Welcome to the new Obamaville.

Harbingeing on July 6, 2012 at 1:04 PM

“The Democratic Convention is $27 million in debt. They had to cancel the kick-off event at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. A speedway is the perfect place for the Democratic Convention. You go around in circles, turn left every few seconds, and you end up right where you started. ” — Jay Leno

Schadenfreude on July 6, 2012 at 12:43 PM

Very Leno-esque :)…The other day when we were strolling in the Burbank mall my wife and I were asked by some self-important PR lady if we were interested in ‘auditioning’ to to be in the audience for the Tonight Show :).. I was whaaaat the heck, I thought they were begging and paying people to go to these shows, but make them audition for sitting there, cheering and clapping :) …I mean how much talent one must possess for that???? :)…

jimver on July 6, 2012 at 1:05 PM

Thanks to the failed policies and anti-business actions of OBOZO and his dictatorial regime, the American economy is no longer on life support – it is stone cold dead. Rigor mortis has passed and the economy has now become just a decaying, stinking corpse. In spite of this, bailout bernanke, to justify his massive salary and humongous benefits, continues to provide mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to this corpse. All that is doing is creating asset and bond bubbles which help his Wall Street masters reap massive profits, but which also will inevitably collapse causing equally massive harm to the poor and middle class. Even with bailout bernanke’s desperate and potentially harmful actions, the labor force participation rate – the most significant measure of US employment – continues to decline and is now at more than a 30 YEAR LOW.

OBOZO / bailout bernanke insanity = repeating the same failed policies over and over again but expecting a different result.

TeaPartyNation on July 6, 2012 at 1:17 PM

jazzuscounty on July 6, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Thank you, and so sorry to hear about your dad. I am now 58. . .

Again, I’m sure there are many scammers, but the levels of review are rigorous. Those with mental issues have more difficulty getting through. Back in the day, I attempted to help personal injury clients receive disability – some with severe conditions caused by; e.g., motorcycle accidents – and it sometimes took three tries before they were approved.

My point is that many have in fact become disabled due to the economy – strokes, heart attacks, etc. I’d love to see the categories of those who have actually joined the rolls in the last few years. Why are they now disabled?

And Harbingeing: yep, I’m white, no kids, responsible, tax paying small business owner (hope to be again!)

Many of us have received real kicks in the gut in Obamaville.

Opinionator on July 6, 2012 at 1:22 PM

Just imagine the Economic mess Obama will Inherit if
he is re-relected!!

ToddPA on July 6, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Unfortunately we don’t have to imagine the mess Romney will be inheriting when he is sworn in as President.

Bmore on July 6, 2012 at 1:23 PM

Mitt Romney is the next President of the US.

Bmore on July 6, 2012 at 12:43 PM

Non-sense. Quinnipiac, PPP, etc.., in their Democrat over-sampled polls that focus on registered voters, say Romney is toast.

milcus on July 6, 2012 at 1:30 PM

Please don’t knee jerk, broad brush the disabled as free loaders for the vast majority are not.

Opinionator on July 6, 2012 at 12:38 PM

I am sorry to hear your story. I hope you can regain your health. People who are healthy have no idea what that’s worth.

Night Owl on July 6, 2012 at 1:34 PM

According to the Wall Street Journal, Rupert Murdoch, and Bill Kristol, Romney needs to get off this economy thing and start getting tough.

I guess that means calling Obama the Kenyan, bringing up the birth certificate, describing Obama as the Marxist-in-Chief, and excoriating Moochelle for her excessive vacationing.

I guess Romney should have spent his time at the press conference insisting that the mandate in Obamacare is a tax.

Who agrees?

Mr. Arkadin on July 6, 2012 at 1:41 PM

People who are healthy have no idea what that’s worth.

Night Owl on July 6, 2012 at 1:34 PM

Thank you so much. And Amen to that! Please, please, if you are feeling stressed for whatever reason, get your blood pressure checked. It’s free at the grocery store. Had I only known I had an issue, this paralysis might have been avoided. . . When I am able to type more quickly, I plan to start a survivor support web site/foundation.

Be grateful for every pen you can pick up and every step you take. Life can change in a moment. I look at the difficulties toddlers experience in learning to walk. The beauty of that is that we all forget how very hard it was :). I am mighty grateful for the progress I’ve been able to achieve – through very hard work.

Being a fighter doesn’t hurt, either. I will not give up until I can run, play ping pong, and pay taxes again ;).

Opinionator on July 6, 2012 at 1:48 PM

Romney is once again showing these Republican “experts” who keep losing elections and policy battles how to get things done.

The entire “mandate is a massive tax increase on the middle class” argument is beyong stupid.

85% of the population has insurance either through their employer, through the government, or through the private market. They are not affected by the mandate, or the penalty/tax.

If anything, the public will support the mandate as a means to keep the free riders from forcing up their health care costs.

In order to get a majority of the electorate to understand why the mandate is bad one has to talk too much.

Talking too much is not a winning strategy in politics.

By tying the entirety of Obamacare to the dismal job situation, Romney hangs Obama’s “signature” legislation like an albatross around the President’s neck.

You don’t have a job because Obamacare makes employers afraid to hire is a short, concise, highly effective message.

Obama has to be put on the defensive for Obamacare, and this is the way to do it.

Remember, Romney was against an employer mandate in MA; it was put into place in spite of his veto by a Democrat legislature.

Romney doesn’t need to apologize.

He just needs to keep doing what he is doing, and refuse to listen to the likes of Bill Kristol

Mr. Arkadin on July 6, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Obama, meanwhile, called today’s report “a step in the right direction.”

He’s right. It’s a step in the direction of getting him fired, which is definitely the right direction.

Greg Q on July 6, 2012 at 2:07 PM

bayam on July 6, 2012 at 1:00 PM

You aren’t convincing anyone with your lies you reprobate Stalinist.

Go practice falling down.

tom daschle concerned on July 6, 2012 at 2:09 PM

Yes Obama, you feckless incompetent, let’s not read too much into 1 unemployment report. We have 41 consecutive absolutely horrible unemployment reports that we can read into instead.

eyedoc on July 6, 2012 at 2:09 PM

Romney on jobs: This kick in the gut has to end;

….ahhhh Mitt!…it’s not in the gut!…it’s a little lower!…and they are something that you will have to start having and using pretty soon!

KOOLAID2 on July 6, 2012 at 2:11 PM

“This kick in the gut has to end”

The Pugilist-in-Chief may take this as a compliment. He’s big on telling our allies they’re “punching above their weight”.

Buy Danish on July 6, 2012 at 2:18 PM

I am mighty grateful for the progress I’ve been able to achieve – through very hard work.

Being a fighter doesn’t hurt, either. I will not give up until I can run, play ping pong, and pay taxes again ;).

Opinionator on July 6, 2012 at 1:48 PM

That’s great. I wish you much success!

Night Owl on July 6, 2012 at 2:43 PM

Last week when the Obama.Health.Tax was upheld by SCROTUS, My wife and I pledged monthly donations to Romney and the NRSC. Other than that, we will not spend one discretionary dime until after Barky has been shown to the on November 6th.

I can’t wait to see the smug look slapped off of his face by the voters. This pResident is a disaster.

jrgdds on July 6, 2012 at 2:51 PM

“I have a plan. My plan calls for action that will get America working again and create good jobs, both near term and long term.”

And that is a terrible way to end a political speech. Just give an example or you else you look like a talking head.

michaelthomas on July 6, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Michael…I am not sure what part you did not understand? He mentioned Keystone pipeline, trade with Latin America, reducing corporate taxes, etc…

It seems when Romney goes into details ala 59 point plan on jobs people mock that and then when he skims over what he would do others say he is not being detailed enough?! Sheesh!

The onus is on Obama who has not told us ANYTHING but to ride this out and we are “moving in the right direction” Really? Even when HIS OWN Task Force recommended a jobs plan he rejected it. The guy could not meet his (Obama’s) own ice cream payroll he once worked at as a teenager. He does not know how to create jobs nor does he care.

g2825m on July 6, 2012 at 4:30 PM

The ‘Gut’ line stuck pretty good

Not bad for a heat wave

entagor on July 7, 2012 at 12:51 AM

Comment pages: 1 2