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Romney vows to lower jobless rate in first term to 6 percent
The Hill ^ | 5/23/12 | Jonathan Easley

Posted on 05/23/2012 4:11:33 PM PDT by Libloather

Romney vows to lower jobless rate in first term to 6 percent
By Jonathan Easley - 05/23/12 02:01 PM ET

Mitt Romney says his administration would lower the unemployment rate to 6 percent by the end of his first term.

“I can tell you that over a period of four years, by virtue of the policies that we’d put in place, we’d get the unemployment rate down to 6 percent, and perhaps a little lower,” Romney says in a Time magazine interview.

The 6 percent prediction is a bold claim that Romney will surely be held to by Democrats if he’s elected.

When Obama took office in January 2009, unemployment stood at 7.8 percent and rose throughout the year, peaking at 10 percent in October. It’s been slowly declining since, hitting 8.1 percent in April, although job growth has slowed in recent months.

“This is a President who spends his time blaming other people for the fact that he has been unsuccessful in turning around this economy,” Romney says in the Time interview. “And I think the reason you’re seeing across the country, people saying they’d like to try someone new, is because they believe this President, while he may be a nice guy, is simply not up to the task of helping guide an economy.”

Obama campaign press secretary Ben LaBolt pushed back immediately.

"Romney moved the goalposts in just a matter of weeks,” LaBolt said in a conference call with reporters. “He said 4 percent a couple weeks ago."

In May, Romney said “anything under 4 percent [unemployment] is nothing to celebrate.”

LaBolt questioned how Romney intended to “get to 6 percent without supporting some of the president’s programs” and said "government economists have been clear” that under their projections the jobless rate was already expected to fall below that figure.

The Congressional Budget Office projects that the unemployment rate will drop to 5.3 percent by the end of 2016.

In his Time interview, Romney also said that if elected, he hopes lawmakers won’t enact major fiscal reforms during the lame-duck session, despite what many believe to be a looming crisis in 2013 if Congress fails to enact budget and tax reform.

“My preference would be to have the opportunity to do that after the election as opposed to have the President in a lame-duck session try and create a solution that may not be in keeping with the new administration,” Romney says.

Speaking before The Latino Coalition in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, Romney continued to hammer the president over what he says are policies that are unfriendly to business.

“Sadly, President Obama has decided to attack success,” Romney said. “It’s no wonder so many of his own supporters are calling on him to stop this war on job creators. Make no mistake, when I am president, you won’t wake up every day and wonder if the president is on your side. In recent days we’ve heard a lot about business from the president, and if you’re feeling like you deserve protection under the Endangered Species Act, I can’t blame you.”

Polls show voters rank the economy as the most important issue in the upcoming elections.

Some Republicans allege current unemployment figures break a prediction by the White House that the jobless rate wouldn’t top 8 percent after the passage of stimulus measures early in his administration. Fact-checking group Politifact, however, says that claim is mostly false, and stems from a report by two economic advisers that was couched in uncertainty, and not from Obama.

In recent days, the Obama campaign has hit back at Romney's claims that he can turn around the economy by focusing on his career at Bain Capital, saying that a career spent maximizing profits for a private-equity firm doesn’t give him the experience he needs to create jobs to boost the nation's economy.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: jobless; romney; term; unemployment
Wow. More folks who give up looking for jobs?
1 posted on 05/23/2012 4:11:44 PM PDT by Libloather
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To: Libloather

A very difficult promise to keep since as soon as the economy improves, everyone who’s given up looking for work would start looking again, and then raise the rate to 10%.

Lowering it the Obama way is much easier.


2 posted on 05/23/2012 4:16:36 PM PDT by MNDude
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To: Libloather

Shut down or even gut control/regulation by the EPA/Interior/Energy Depts and unemployment all but evaporates. Reel in OSHA and the Dept of labor and it will evaporate, but for those unwilling to work.

The added side effect of an exploding (in a good way) economy will guarantee no Dems in power until Americans get fat and lazy again...then the process will repeat.


3 posted on 05/23/2012 4:17:08 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: Libloather
The Congressional Budget Office projects that the unemployment rate will drop to 5.3 percent by the end of 2016.

1. When has any CBO projection ever been close to correct
2. Obama's Labor Department figuring will have it down to that level by October 2012.

4 posted on 05/23/2012 4:18:42 PM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: Libloather
What a mealy-double-dealer this Romney creep is turning out to be.

No, we don't want a statistically determined UNEMPLOYMENT RATE that looks just 25% better. We want a dramatically improved employment rate where 47% of our recent college graduates are NOT working in part time work ~ and the other 53% with no job at all also have jobs.

I've been telling you, Romney has NOTHING to offer anyone ~ just ME~TO~ISM to the OBAMA disaster.

It's a shame that the GOP-e thinks this sort of nonsense will attract the 75% of the party that's Social Conservative, Fiscal Conservative, Libertarian or TEA Party to vote for their candidate.

5 posted on 05/23/2012 4:21:02 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: MNDude

4.2% where I live in 2009..


6 posted on 05/23/2012 4:21:13 PM PDT by goseminoles
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To: MNDude
Can't do that without immediate, non-tiered, across-the-board tax decreases.

With that, might happen.

7 posted on 05/23/2012 4:23:17 PM PDT by elkfersupper ( Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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To: Libloather

as opposed to renouncing Soviet style central economic planning in favor of policies that are morally and economically the best without predicting what free people and free markets will do in response - other than ‘surely perform better’

so like Obama - and his predecessors since FDR - a U.S. president is responsible for being the nation’s economic savior

how about a simple Reaganesque promise to “get the Federal government off of the back of the private economy, so that it can perform better on its own” - and time will tell us the stats of doing that; we don’t need a President who thinks he can predict them.


8 posted on 05/23/2012 4:25:57 PM PDT by Wuli
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To: muawiyah

It sounds like Romney could get a budget through where Obama could not. I don’t see any particular voodoo economic aspect to his proposals — you’re more welcome to point out how they are indistinguishable from Obama’s if they are. He’s been a businessman and investor. He ought to know what generates jobs if anybody does.

Even if Rombama were the same — why allow any one more than four years in which to dig in?


9 posted on 05/23/2012 4:27:59 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Let me ABOs run loose Lou, let me ABOs run loose! They are of much use Lou, so let me ABOs run loose)
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To: Libloather

Six months? Maybe.

If Romney and congress:

1) Flat tax or Fair Tax
2) cut 33% spending ASAP
3) deregulate the energy

...our economy will BOOM.

But I don’t expect the above 3 to happen.


10 posted on 05/23/2012 4:28:13 PM PDT by Le Chien Rouge
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To: Wuli

Some better explanations of why he believes these figures might be in order — it is a fair question. But even on its face it is not utterly incredible. I take it as looking back to the best of GWB’s days, by taking away the Obamaesque burdens and threats which make business shy to hire.


11 posted on 05/23/2012 4:31:14 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Let me ABOs run loose Lou, let me ABOs run loose! They are of much use Lou, so let me ABOs run loose)
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To: Le Chien Rouge

Even simply refraining from monkeying with Bush-era revisions to the tax code, would be of some help. Any transition to flat or “fair” tax would need several years to avoid throwing those who depended on the old code’s loopholes utterly into the lurch. It couldn’t happen that quick.


12 posted on 05/23/2012 4:34:35 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Let me ABOs run loose Lou, let me ABOs run loose! They are of much use Lou, so let me ABOs run loose)
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To: Libloather
If the proper steps were chosen, ie cutting Gov't jobs, cutting Gov't spending. The immediate results would be high unemployment numbers and a reduction in wages.

I don't know if 6% would be reachable in the first term. The past few decades we have used bubbles to hide the flaws in the economy. It will take a generation to have a healthy economy again.

13 posted on 05/23/2012 4:35:04 PM PDT by Theoria (Rush Limbaugh: Ron Paul sounds like an Islamic terrorist)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Let’s get a REAL candidate out there. This guy isn’t even a decent bean counter.


14 posted on 05/23/2012 4:35:36 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah

I want to hear specifics about how he’ll crank up manufacturing in the USA. I want to hear how he’s going to spur small business and self employment. I want to know how he’s going to free up jobs held by those who aren’t even legal to work in this country.

Talk about lowering taxes on the rich is nice and they deserve it but they just invest it overseas and will continue to do so as long as its so expensive to manufacture here. I want to know what he’s going to do that will ease life for those who are just scraping by.

I want to know what he will do about the marxist indoctrination centers known as public schools. I want to know what he’ll do about the EPA, I want to know what he will do about OSHA, I want to know what he’ll do about the department of education and department of energy.


15 posted on 05/23/2012 4:37:38 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: muawiyah

Counted them well enough to take a quarter of a billion worth of beans home. That has to mean something vis a vis Obama’s utter resume blank (even now, all Obama can brag of is sending the larger economy reeling).


16 posted on 05/23/2012 4:38:13 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Let me ABOs run loose Lou, let me ABOs run loose! They are of much use Lou, so let me ABOs run loose)
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To: Libloather

I would make a terrible president. But, give me a relatively conservative (or compliant) congress and I could do it.

Most Freepers could. It just takes common sense.


17 posted on 05/23/2012 4:40:02 PM PDT by Skooz (Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us)
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To: muawiyah

So primaries don’t count anymore?


18 posted on 05/23/2012 4:43:06 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: HiTech RedNeck
There is an element of total emotional vacuity in his approach to the unemployment rate ~ as if something good is otherwise happening to the unemployed!

Gotta' be more here, and he hasn't got the ability to connect to ordinary human beings.

We need a real candidate. Even the GOP-e crowd have to feel this.

19 posted on 05/23/2012 4:43:59 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: EEGator
How many primaries do we allow a candidate to cheat in? 2, 3 ~ some upper limit?

How about just 1.

There, I've said it. You cheat in just 1 primary YOU ARE OUTTA THERE, or should be.

I have little tolerance for vote fraud and election rigging. You may be different of course.

20 posted on 05/23/2012 4:46:06 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Libloather

Milt won’t have to do a thing. Once the voters throw the Marxist Kenyan’s ass out of the Oval Orifice and SCOTUS deems Barry’s CommieCare as being unconstitutional, the economy will takeoff on its own.


21 posted on 05/23/2012 4:46:59 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Dumb, dependent and Democrat is no way to go through life. - Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
You might as well vote for George Soros on that basis.

Lift your eyes above the wallet.

22 posted on 05/23/2012 4:47:32 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Libloather
Mitt Romney says his administration would lower the unemployment rate to 6 percent by the end of his first term.

It can be done, there is no need to ask how.

Any grumblings of "if not, I won't seek reelection"?

I don't if it is Romney who is like 0bama or if it is 0bama who is like Romney.

23 posted on 05/23/2012 4:48:18 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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I don't (know) if it is Romney who is like 0bama or if it is 0bama who is like Romney.
24 posted on 05/23/2012 4:50:19 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: muawiyah

What did he do illegally? (vote fraud or rigging)


25 posted on 05/23/2012 4:59:28 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: cripplecreek
Dat information vil be released on a `Need to Know' basis, mein herr. Chust vote like a gut Party man und mebbe ve vill be getting back to you .....
26 posted on 05/23/2012 5:29:26 PM PDT by tumblindice (Our new, happy lives.)
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To: Libloather
And I think the reason you’re seeing across the country, people saying they’d like to try someone new, is because they believe this President, while he may be a nice guy"

There he goes again! The idiot doesn't get it and never will.

27 posted on 05/23/2012 5:44:44 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Time for a write-in campaign...Darryl Dixon for President)
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To: Libloather

Oh yeah???? Well Obama will see your 6 and RAISE you....umm......never mind.


28 posted on 05/23/2012 6:13:30 PM PDT by Mygirlsmom (Julia!!!!!! Don't Let Him Fool 'ya!!!!)
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To: Libloather

One thing is for sure...if Romney is elected, and even if it starts looking like a sure thing, unemployment will start to drop. A large percentage of American businesses aren’t hiring now out of fear of a second Obozo term.


29 posted on 05/23/2012 6:23:06 PM PDT by rottndog (Be Prepared for what's coming AFTER America....)
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To: muawiyah

I don’t know what economic plans George Soros has proposed for his candidacy (he did run for president didn’t he? for one weekend?)


30 posted on 05/23/2012 8:02:16 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Let me ABOs run loose Lou, let me ABOs run loose! They are of much use Lou, so let me ABOs run loose)
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If he pulls it off, the media will say all drops in unemployment are “unexpected”, it will be a jobless recovery (or if forced to acknowledge unemployment going down will say, “yeah, but they are McJobs”, and will be touted the biggest financial crisis since the great depression.


31 posted on 05/23/2012 9:02:49 PM PDT by dsrtsage (One half of all people have below average IQ. In the US the number is 54%)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

We don’t need any more President’s acting as if Federal economic central planning should be deciding the fate of the economy.

For every economist that agrees with Romney, there are just as many who might disagree, and all the things in and out of government that have not yet happened and/or not yet decided, in and out of the United States can potentially be as big a factor as any mere tax policy decisions a President seeks for Congress to approve.

Centralized government forecasting precise economic outcomes down the road represent a mythological potential of a Presidents actions and a political minefield as well. The actual number of variables that will decide the fate of the economy over time far exceed any President’s grasp.

When we put such notions behind us and instead simply promote and expect the morally and economically best policies, because they are the best policies, morally and economically, the Liberty of the people and their markets will take care of the results.

If government has any pro-active roll it should NOT be in trying to shape the economy, but merely trying to provide the best legal and tax framework for a free market economy to flourish - which does not expect a Utopian result - and very short term, very temporary, very limited safety nets for those who will fall too far economically during any “down” cycles that will inevitably develop.

Government attempts to directly manipulate the economy by government policy and taxing interventions, to avoid or get out of “down cycles” has only made them worse, longer and more systemic.

Romney is showing he will not be a transformational President, loosening the economy from Federal strangulation. He wants that control as badly as Obama, he just thinks, in error, his “doing better” at Federal manipulation will work. It won’t. The economy desperately needs a revolution in what the government is and is not expected to do.


32 posted on 05/24/2012 12:42:25 PM PDT by Wuli
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To: Wuli

If there are frankly statist economic policies that Mitt is proposing today thinking that it would be better than a lot of laissez-faire, then by all means shout the specifics of that to the rooftops — but even then, keep a sense of proportion. What’s worse, one skunk or an acre of open air sewage plant?

Mitt’s at least in a position to appreciate what the golden rule would mean towards business and can’t want too badly to risk strangling that part of America’s economic engine. Obama never was.


33 posted on 05/24/2012 12:56:02 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Let me ABOs run loose Lou, let me ABOs run loose! They are of much use Lou, so let me ABOs run loose)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

The long term problem for the future of our Republic is to get the Federal government out of the position whereby it thinks it can micro-manage the economy to health by special laws and/or tax policies in the first place.

Instead of proposing to “change” certain special tax rates (like corporate dividends), a transformational President would be proposing universal flat tax rates, corporate and personal, no exceptions, exemptions or deductions so that all corporate and personal economic decisions could be based on the most economically efficient choices without being bent by any tax considerations.

Everyone would pay something and at the same rate, without excuses - and without accountants, without tax lawyers, without lobbyists, without politicians attempting to game the system in a hunt for next seasons campaign contributions - except for a floor above the very most needy.

Then the economy can and will perform without new and special rules every season from Presidents and Congress.

Mitt is not that President. He will continue holding and executing the Federal beast created by FDR (and he will enjoy doing so) and he will leave it intact when he leaves. He will do no more than make adjustments at the edges, not at the core.

I am not saying that on the Margin he won’t be better than Obama - a feat a frog could do - he will, but only at the edges. Better made be good enough to chose him over Obama. That does not change the fact that it won’t be enough better in the long run and that does not alter the need to kill the concept that the Federal government can and should make long-term economic predictions - implying it can make them come true, nor is it enough better for us to hope for once we’d get a true Conservative candidate that would quit making them, and quit wanting and expecting to be the nation’s economic savior.

What is the worst economic fact about Obama? His economic predictions and how wrong he was? No. His intellectual arrogance that the President is (and ought to be) the economic manager of the nation.


34 posted on 05/24/2012 1:46:12 PM PDT by Wuli
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To: Wuli

Best case scenario is for Romney to keep the seat warm for Scott Walker in 2016.


35 posted on 05/24/2012 1:50:13 PM PDT by dfwgator
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