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  •  Ummm.. the current economy? (0+ / 0-)

    Obama's record?

    Romney is going to do exactly what the president is trying to do.. deflect, deflect, deflect.  

    It is apparent from the President's remarks yesterday that Bain is going to be his campaign.. it's all he's got.  But we still have 6 months to go.. 6 months of Bain bashing?  How many voters will be feeling exactly like Booker after 6 months of that?

    •  That isn't what he said (7+ / 0-)

      He was talking about the campaign being about a contrast in the way he sees the economy and the way his opponent sees it. Plus he already ran ads on his own record.

      "There are a lot of reasons not to elect me." Mitt Romney (R-All Over The Map)

      by conspiracy on Tue May 22, 2012 at 07:53:46 AM PDT

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    •  Exactly who is "we" (6+ / 0-)

      for you?  Just curious.

      Vi er alle norske " My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total." Barbara Jordan, 1974

      by gchaucer2 on Tue May 22, 2012 at 07:56:55 AM PDT

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      •  We? All of us. (0+ / 0-)
        But we still have 6 months to go.
        You have less than 6 months?  More?

        The point is, without independents, we will lose the White House.  With a demoralized base, we will lose the White House.

        Bain 24/7 ain't gonna cut it.

        The President needs to get off his duff and lead.  If he has given up on governing for the next 6 months, he will lose.

        To me, he needs to show some resolve regarding the economy.  He has the perfect opportunity right now to call the GOP's bluff on the Bush tax cuts.  If they want to have that discussion now, let's have it!  The President should call a tax reform summit.  He should show leadership on the budget , deficits and taxes.  If, in the end, the Repubs likely reject any compromise, he will come out looking much stronger.

        But if he has given up and all he's got is Bain, Bain, Bain.. he's toast - especially if the employment numbers remain crappy and/or if there are any blips in Europe.

    •  No. The Obama Campaign Can & Will Run Against The (2+ / 0-)
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      "Do Nothing" GOP Congress, especially if Boehner brings back the default stand-off.  

      They can and will highlight his foreign affairs successes (now including an agreement to get troops out of Af-Pak and a new nuclear deal with Iran).  

      Ditto for the economic improvements the Stimulus, the Auto Bailout, the Student Loan reforms, the ACA (ObamaCares) and his energy policies brought to key states and constituencies.

      Forty-eight states have seen a drop in unemployment rates over the past 12 months – New York's rate increased from 8.0 percent to 8.5 percent, and Rhode Island's remains unchanged at 11.2 percent. Democratic governors, however, are quick to credit Obama with helping their states rebound.

      "Our country has now seen 26 straight months of private-sector job growth under President Obama's leadership," said Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, chairman of the Democratic Governors Association. "We are moving in the right direction toward full recovery."

      Just because the TeaOP says the President doesn't have a record to run on doesn't make it so.

      Just the other day, U.S. manufacturers got another big boost.

      “Commerce’s ruling in the SolarWorld case is a bellwether decision,” said Steve Ostrenga, chief executive officer of Helios Solar Works, a CASM member company. “It underscores the importance of domestic manufacturing to the US economy and will help determine whether the country will be a global competitor in clean technologies or outsource them China. It is also critically important for thousands of US workers.”
      •  Nice headlines.. (0+ / 0-)

        But most Americans know the unemployment numbers are going down because so many have dropped out of the workforce.  That is why I intentionally said "employment" numbers rather than un-employment.

        Americans are not going back to work.  The economy is stalled.

        Protectionist tariff policies on Chinese solar panels is, perhaps, just.  But how does that help our economy if consumers are now forced to buy the higher priced panels?  Is there demand for panels that cost 31% more?

        Sorry.. those are indeed nice talking points, but I will say it again.  The President has to do something to start boosting employment.

        •  Yet (1+ / 0-)
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          Polling indicates people are feeling more optimistic. The ABC poll finds 36% saying the economy is poor. That is actually the lowest number of his presidency in this poll on that measure.

          "There are a lot of reasons not to elect me." Mitt Romney (R-All Over The Map)

          by conspiracy on Tue May 22, 2012 at 08:55:50 AM PDT

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          •  you left out the part.. (0+ / 0-)

            where in the same poll another 47% rated the economy "not so good".  Combined with 36% rating it poor, I would say the president has a challenge on his hands.

            Hey.. I'm not saying Romney is saying anything to sway voters.  He seems to be stuck.  what I'm saying is Obama is going to lose by default if he doesn't do anything positive.  That's my 2 cents at least.

        •  Workers Are Not Dropped Just Because They Gave Up. (1+ / 0-)
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          Lots of Baby-Boomers are retiring now. The labor force participation rate (LFPR) is dramatically affected by that as well as the weak economy.

          Both research reports come to the same conclusion that about half of the decline in the LFPR in recent years is due to long-term demographic trends and the other half of the decline is from the cyclical factors relating to the 2007-2009 recession.
          More info here.

          And real jobs are being added for real people in multiple sectors despite the doom and gloom from conservative talkers - who tried to undermine the Chevy Volt and the workers who build it.

          The solar power industry doubled the number of people that worked in the industry from 2009 to 2010, from approximately 50,000 in 2009 to 100,000 in 2010, according to the latest reports.   In 2011, it is expected to grow the number of jobs in the industry by 26%.  “You’d be hard pressed to find another industry with a 26 percent job growth rate for 2011,” said Rhone Resch, president of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).

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