Romney: ‘I’m from Wall Street, and I’m here to help’

Like Momma always warned you, you are judged by the company that you keep.

The thesis that Mitt Romney’s problem with voters can be explained by how much he exemplifies Wall Street and the financial industry in the public mind finds support in an odd source, a new study of corporate reputation released by Harris Interactive.

Each year, the company surveys 17,000 American consumers, asking them their opinions of corporate America in general and of the top 60 best-known companies. The two companies with the best reputations for 2012 are Apple and Google. Atlanta-based Coca-Cola is third.

Overall, however, the reputation of corporate America fell badly in the 2012 survey, after improving in 2011. Here are the five companies whose reputation suffered the most damage:
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Recognize a pattern? Four of the five companies whose reputation fell fastest are in the financial sector, and the fifth, Berkshire Hathaway, is closely identified with it.

Overall, Harris found that 70 percent of Americans believe that the financial industry is hurting the U.S. economy, and 75 percent believe the banking industry is hurting the economy. In that kind of environment, positioning yourself as the defender and personification of those industries seems foolish.

Only four companies saw significant improvement of their reputation, while 15 saw declines. The company with the largest improvement?

gm

Chrysler also saw improvement. It was ranked 57th of 60 corporations a year ago, and moved up to 50th in the new ranking. Finally, listed to the right are the Bottom 10 corporations as ranked by the Harris findings.

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You’ve got six financial service companies or banks, two oil companies, a cable TV company and News Corp., the parent corporation of Fox News and a company embroiled in a nasty scandal in Great Britain over alleged bribery, wiretapping and invasion of privacy.

– Jay Bookman

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Midori

February 16th, 2012
9:05 am

Normal

February 16th, 2012
9:05 am

It’s interesting to see the rise and fall of Mitt, but good grief, who’s left? Mitt, the shape changer, has evidently forgotten what he really looks like…

Midori

February 16th, 2012
9:08 am

That survey reaffirms my belief that Comcast is truly evil.

Joseph

February 16th, 2012
9:09 am

LOL…. jay still Romney bashing…. Why did you not mention the fact that Obama recieved record donations from Wall St during his 08′ run?????

Mick

February 16th, 2012
9:10 am

Just think, by this time next year this will all be settled business. Then, after about a six month grace period, we get to start all over again. After obama finishes out, hillary or Elizabeth in 2016!!!

philosopher

February 16th, 2012
9:10 am

I said this below, but I am going to repeat…this is the mindset of American corporations as a whole. This is their buisness model. It has worked very well for them and Mitt IS corporate America.
Having just joined the ranks of those who have been dehumanized and relegated to deleted text on a spreadsheet, I can now understand how it feels to have someone several layers above you come into a corporation and without knowing a damn thing about you- productivity, work ethic, personal situation-nothing at all- highlight and delete you just to make the bottom line look better to his boss. I will land on my feet, but it has been very enlightennig. The dehumanization of America, the complete and total lack of emotion, sense of loyalty, appreciation of each other as humans, is really what is killing our society…bottom line-GREED! I have been Romeyed. My new term…hope it catches on. This is how people like Romney have functioned and become disgustingly rich.. And be forewarned, this is how he would function as a president…we are not individuals…we are numbers on polls and spreadsheets. He’d run the country with the same tactics…because it makes people like him rich! Your statistics, Jay are heartening..perhaps this indicates that enough people have been impacted by this unethical use of humans to start the pendulum swinging back toward sanity.

Butch Cassidy

February 16th, 2012
9:14 am

Joseph – “Why did you not mention the fact that Obama recieved record donations from Wall St during his 08′ run?????”

He doesn’t need to. You guys remind us daily of that fact.

Keep Up the Good Fight!

February 16th, 2012
9:14 am

It will be interesting to see what turns up on News Corpse once the anticipated lawsuits are filed in the US and discovery begins……

AmVet - Like most decent Americans, I'm a Marxist.

February 16th, 2012
9:15 am

It is perplexing, isn’t it Joseph?

How an obviously American-hating, Kenyan, Marxist, Muslim raised gargantuan money for his campaign from the Titans of American Capitalism on Wall Street and from BIG business.

In fact, he did what NO Democratic candidate before him ever did – for the first time in history he raised more money from those interests than his GOP opponent.

So, is Wall Street solidly socialist or just clueless about these matters?

Butch Cassidy

February 16th, 2012
9:17 am

AmVet – “So, is Wall Street solidly socialist or just clueless about these matters?”

Having worked there, I can assure you, they are not socialists.

Adam

February 16th, 2012
9:18 am

Where did that GM graphic come from? That’s kind of awesome.

Joseph

February 16th, 2012
9:18 am

Keep Up the Good Fight!:

I’m more interested in Fast & Furious and all the so called green energy companies who reaped the benefit of Obama giving them billions in tax money….. We’ll see where those investigations go that actually affect the American tax payer…..

Aquagirl

February 16th, 2012
9:20 am

LOL…. jay still Romney bashing…

If you’re LOL’ing now, if/when Romney gets the nomination you’re going to bust a gut. Democratic strategists are licking their chops, waiting for the raw meat nominee to be thrown to them. If it’s Mr. Severely Conservative who can’t even beatdown fellow Republican weak sisters with his huge…..tracts ‘o moneybags, the only difficulty will be where to start the whipping.

Stonethrower

February 16th, 2012
9:20 am

You really think these folks care about how you feel about them? As long as the share holders are happy and they are making money then who cares. The folks above will determine who the next leader will be with unlimited dollars. Suck it up and go back to watching Idol, Survivor or whatever passes off as entertainment theses days.

Butch Cassidy

February 16th, 2012
9:20 am

What I find amazing is that the general population ISN’T enamoured with someone who makes $11,057.00 an hour. If that guy doesn’t feel their pain, who does?

Paul

February 16th, 2012
9:21 am

Bad time to be associated in the wrong light with Wall St. That’s what happens when you pick a campaign theme and events change.

“‘I’m from Wall Street, and I’m here to help’”

Which is why the Obama Administration played this quietly, not as a slogan, for a significant chunk of the Administration’s staff after the meltdown came from Wall Street. Yes, jobs were eliminated on the Street and these guys were looking for work, but the essential point is, when the Obama Administration looked for ways to meet the economic crisis, they didn’t turn to career officials within government, they brought in people with business experience from the private sector.

In other words, the Obama Administration brought in guys like Romney.

They just didn’t publicize it a whole lot. So the average voter sees a distinction between Mitt’s claims of how to turn things around an Obama’s reality in how he tries to turn things around.

Adam

February 16th, 2012
9:21 am

BP deserves a low rating, not just for the oil rig blowing up either. They have a history of celebrating safety and things blowing up on the same day or shortly thereafter.

Adam

February 16th, 2012
9:22 am

Butch: Joseph – “Why did you not mention the fact that Obama recieved record donations from Wall St during his 08′ run?????”

He doesn’t need to. You guys remind us daily of that fact.

I personally think it’s great that conservatives make this argument, because it shows even they think poorly of Wall Street. It plays well. A nd “class warfare” doesn’t work as a counterpoint.

Jay

February 16th, 2012
9:22 am

Adam, it’s a screen grab from a Harris video.

ByteMe

February 16th, 2012
9:25 am

That survey reaffirms my belief that Comcast is truly evil

I thought that “50″ was the cut-off for “truly evil”.

jconservative

February 16th, 2012
9:26 am

AmVet at 9:15

Interesting question. I have seen no answers from the “Wall Street crowd”.

Did Wall Street fund Obama or did they simply fund McCain’s opponent? Indications are that they are not funding Obama this election. At least to date.

Joseph

February 16th, 2012
9:26 am

AmVet – Like most decent Americans, I’m a Marxist.:

Again try using logic… Logic would tell you that Obama and the dems promised them trillions in bailout and stimulus money if they would in turn support his candidacy. It seems you lefty’s somehow forget Obama and the dems had complete control the first two years of his reign. Wall Street big wheels realize the American electorate is no longer behind this enormous wasteful spending as evidence of the 2010 elections. Obama will still benefit from the far left fruits on Wall Street but not nearly as much as he did in 08’ when dems controlled everything. Trying to tie Romney to Wall Street is disingenuous at best. Good try Jaybird….

Paul

February 16th, 2012
9:27 am

Again, the real issue isn’t who got how much money. Donors hedge their bets in times of turmoil. They spread the risk.

The real issue is, Romney’s the kind of guy the Administration recruited to turn the crisis around.

Adam

February 16th, 2012
9:27 am

kayaker: Many of those “evil” corporations

Proof, once again, that only the cons like to use labels such as “evil” and “Messiah” to describe people and corporations.

I like how you call Obama a hypocrite for accepting the donations. Does that mean all donations come with strings attached?

Jay

February 16th, 2012
9:27 am

kayaker, if you care to repost that last item WITHOUT the F-word, feel free to do so.

Mr. Snarky

February 16th, 2012
9:27 am

Anybody else read “The Big Short”? Seems to me that Wall Street often doesn’t understand their own business, much less anyone else’s. They might as well be running a casino.

Butch Cassidy

February 16th, 2012
9:27 am

Adam – “I personally think it’s great that conservatives make this argument, because it shows even they think poorly of Wall Street.”

What I find Ironic, is that Obama surrounded himself with Wall Street guys who were advising him of which direction to take and people bitch. But apparently the Romney supporters feel that a Wall Street guy is exactly what we need in order to save the country.

So I guess that a Wall Street guy AS President is infinitely superior to Wall Street guys ADVISING the President.

ByteMe

February 16th, 2012
9:27 am

Logic would tell you that Obama and the dems promised them trillions in bailout and stimulus money if they would in turn support his candidacy

Logic… and maybe a vivid imagination bordering on paranoid.

Adam

February 16th, 2012
9:28 am

Joseph: Logic would tell you that Obama and the dems promised them trillions in bailout and stimulus money if they would in turn support his candidacy.

You’re confusing logic with cynicism.

ByteMe

February 16th, 2012
9:29 am

So I guess that a Wall Street guy AS President is infinitely superior to Wall Street guys ADVISING the President.

No, in their world, a street cleaner as president is better than Obama. After that, it’s all just splitting hairs.

Adam

February 16th, 2012
9:29 am

Butch: So I guess that a Wall Street guy AS President is infinitely superior to Wall Street guys ADVISING the President.

Eliminating the middle man certainly IS a common business strategy….

resno2

February 16th, 2012
9:30 am

interesting… all companies at the bottom are ones vilified by obama and the msm…

Joseph

February 16th, 2012
9:30 am

Stonethrower:

I agree. The average voter could care less about giant corporations. The left is sure fixated on them though……

ByteMe

February 16th, 2012
9:30 am

Eliminating the middle man certainly IS a common business strategy….

Vote Romney: Let’s put more White House advisors out of work!

AmVet - Like most decent Americans, I'm a Marxist.

February 16th, 2012
9:31 am

Butch, but apparently according to Joseph, American corporations are all socialists.

And why they funded one of their own…

Midori

February 16th, 2012
9:31 am

Logic… and maybe a vivid imagination bordering on paranoid.

and here I thought it was just me :lol:

ByteMe

February 16th, 2012
9:31 am

all companies at the bottom are ones vilified by obama and the msm…

and the same ones that took billions in bailout money only to turn around and give themselves huge raises and bonuses.

Correlation or causation?

Keep Up the Good Fight!

February 16th, 2012
9:32 am

Joseph, you really should learn to use your google: Report by House Democrats Absolves Administration in Gun Trafficking Case Oh and before you whine about it being partisan, perhaps you need to look at the investigation “conducted” by Issa and his refusal to hear testimony about what changes in laws are needed to that agents in the field have the actual tools needed to stop gun traffic. But then that would be foolish for me to believe you actually cared to fix the real problem rather than just trying to satisfy your “fix” to your ODS.

Butch Cassidy

February 16th, 2012
9:32 am

Adam -”Eliminating the middle man certainly IS a common business strategy….”

LOL. Yes, it’s a shame that Obama wasn’t able to follow the example of presidents past who made all the decisions independantly without the need of an advisory staff. Apparently Romney will be the guy to re-establish the time honored tradation of doing all the problem solving on his own. :)

Adam

February 16th, 2012
9:32 am

Vote Romney: Let’s put more White House advisors out of work!

Czars! Don’t forget your talking points or I’m sending you back to the Murdoch Re-Education Camp!

Joe Hussein Mama

February 16th, 2012
9:32 am

Philosopher — “Having just joined the ranks of those who have been dehumanized and relegated to deleted text on a spreadsheet, I can now understand how it feels to have someone several layers above you come into a corporation and without knowing a damn thing about you- productivity, work ethic, personal situation-nothing at all- highlight and delete you just to make the bottom line look better to his boss.”

Damn, man. I’m really sorry to hear that. :(

Granny Godzilla

February 16th, 2012
9:33 am

Couple of homework things…

Financial sector $$$ to President Obama in 2008.

….Did it come from the corporate entity or the employees?

Financial sector $$$ to Mitt Romney in 2011/2012

….Total dollars greater for Mitt already this year?
….From Corporate entity or from employees?

Oh and Joseph

Again with this goofy nonsense?

“you lefty’s somehow forget Obama and the dems had complete control the first two years of his reign.”

Talk about remedial.

Steve - USA (I support "None Of The Above")

February 16th, 2012
9:33 am

Joseph – “I agree. The average voter could care less about giant corporations. The left is sure fixated on them though……”

You constantly hear people hate Wal-Mart but their parking lot is always full.

AmVet - Like most decent Americans, I'm a Marxist.

February 16th, 2012
9:33 am

They might as well be running a casino.

They are.

It’s called casino capitalism.

And we the people lose so that the banksters and speculators can win.

Jay

February 16th, 2012
9:33 am

From AP:

The number of people seeking unemployment benefits fell to the lowest point in almost four years last week, the latest signal that the job market is steadily improving.

The Labor Department said that weekly applications for unemployment benefits dropped 13,000 to a seasonally adjusted 348,000. It was the fourth drop in five weeks and the fewest number of claims since March 2008.

Butch Cassidy

February 16th, 2012
9:35 am

Jay – “The number of people seeking unemployment benefits fell to the lowest point in almost four years last week, the latest signal that the job market is steadily improving.

The Labor Department said that weekly applications for unemployment benefits dropped 13,000 to a seasonally adjusted 348,000. It was the fourth drop in five weeks and the fewest number of claims since March 2008. ”

Apparently you didn’t watch Hannity last night. The only reason the numbers are trending in the positive is because “they” are cooking the books. Of course, Hannity failed to elaborate on exactly who “they” are.

Adam

February 16th, 2012
9:36 am

Jay: To follow up what you posted on AP, although you may have seen this when I posted it last week…

Just to dispel the idea that the unemployment numbers aren’t the “real” unemployment numbers.

Paul

February 16th, 2012
9:36 am

And the 348,000 was below estimates of 365,000. Think that’s not significant? Look what happens to a company when earnings don’t meet expectations, even by a fraction of a cent a share.

It may not be a trend, but it’s looking lots better.

So Pres Obama’s numbers are up and business confidence is up. Interesting.

Steve - USA (I support "None Of The Above")

February 16th, 2012
9:36 am

Jay@9:33

Great. Let’s hope every person looking for work can find it.

Adam

February 16th, 2012
9:37 am

Paul, Butch: There IS a trend. The unemployment percentage, on all metrics, is going down.

ty webb

February 16th, 2012
9:38 am

Berkshire Hathaway…who’s comapny is that again? And as for “wall st.”, anyone wanna check the revovlving door between “wall st” and the obama administartion… and lastly, Newscorp does own “Fox News”, but I was just wondering what cable “news” channels does Comcast own(and wonder why Jay left that out)? …”you are judged by the company that you keep”? Unless you’re not.

Brosephus™ - Browning America Since 1973

February 16th, 2012
9:39 am

philosopher

Sorry to hear about your situation. I’ll add you to my prayers.

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I see the conservative deflection machine has been gassed up and started already. It didn’t take but 4 posts before somebody brought out the b..b….b..but Obama card. Before too long, that card will replace “first” as the leadoff post on any given thread.

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Again, the real issue isn’t who got how much money. Donors hedge their bets in times of turmoil. They spread the risk.

True!!

Joseph

February 16th, 2012
9:39 am

ByteMe & Adam:

Facts getting in the way again??? Darn facts…. It is a fact that Obama hauled in millions in donations from big business compared to McCain. It is also a fact that they received trillions in tax money. Whether you beleive this or not really don’t concern me. It only shows your ignorance….

Wall Street does understands Obama has been a failure and will probably back the Republican this time around….

Libertarian

February 16th, 2012
9:39 am

I don’t get why people put Apple on such a pedestal. They outsource most of their jobs to China, pay factory workers about 50 cent per hour to assemble iPods, iPads, etc and make the workers work 60 hours a week. Steve Jobs was no saint…he was a businessman who wanted to make huge profits, just like the people on Wall Street that Obama and democrats like to demonize.

AmVet - Like most decent Americans, I'm a Marxist.

February 16th, 2012
9:39 am

The average voter could care less about giant corporations.

Patently fallacious.

As early as 2000, over 75% of Americans said that corporations have too much control over their lives and our government.

Now, 87% agree with OWS that there is way too much corporate welfare and that they are too willing to abandon America and take its jobs and industries overseas. .

That the fringe lives in denial and concocts falsehoods is not the issue

Talking Head

February 16th, 2012
9:40 am

“The number of people seeking unemployment benefits fell to the lowest point in almost four years last week, the latest signal that the job market is steadily improving.

The Labor Department said that weekly applications for unemployment benefits dropped 13,000 to a seasonally adjusted 348,000. It was the fourth drop in five weeks and the fewest number of claims since March 2008.”

Does the AP also state that approximately 1.2 million people left the workforce in January alone?

(ir)Rational

February 16th, 2012
9:40 am

Can’t say I’m surprised by the list, a lot of those companies have something in common that seems to have been overlooked by Jay. Really, really bad customer service. Comcast is the embodiment of pure evil in this country, and Bank of America is right there with them. Sure, a lot of the companies are financial based, but I’m not sure that is the common thread. Not directly anyway. Comcast is definitely there because of customer service, or lack there of. Many of the rest are possibly there because of foreclosures and things of that nature. While having something to do with finances, it isn’t because people hate Wall Street. I realize it is a big theme in politics, and here everyday, but I don’t think the average person is as interested in it, or feels as strongly about it as those of us that are here everyday do. Also, if you hadn’t of told me, I wouldn’t have known who News Corp was, but with the crap they pulled in the UK, I’m fairly sure they earned their ratings. Just one other thought, wonder if Berkshire Hathaway’s drop in the ratings had anything to do with Warren Buffett being a huge gas bag?

Butch Cassidy

February 16th, 2012
9:41 am

ty webb – “Berkshire Hathaway…who’s comapny is that again? And as for “wall st.”, anyone wanna check the revovlving door between “wall st” and the obama administartion…”

Berkshire Hathaway is owned by Buffett and most of the financial advisors are ex Goldman Sachs guys. But thank you for trying to make a point using the redundancy model.

Adam

February 16th, 2012
9:41 am

Libertarian: I don’t understand it either.

Joseph

February 16th, 2012
9:42 am

Keep Up the Good Fight!:

Just the headline “report from house demoncrats” really puts legs behind this… LOL….

(ir)Rational

February 16th, 2012
9:42 am

AmVet – You’re going to have to source those statistics before anyone is going to believe them. And it is going to have to be a pretty big poll that says that 87% of Americans agree with OWS before most will believe it, cause I haven’t met anyone outside this blog that does.

Joseph

February 16th, 2012
9:42 am

Still not a word from you libs about the debt continuing to pile up!!!!

Adam

February 16th, 2012
9:42 am

Does the AP also state that approximately 1.2 million people left the workforce in January alone?

Asked and answered. Read the charts and weep.

Adam

February 16th, 2012
9:43 am

Joseph: The debt is continuing to pile up. Thanks, Tax Cuts!

Joe Hussein Mama

February 16th, 2012
9:43 am

Joseph — “Wall Street does understands Obama has been a failure”

You must not ever read the business news, Champ. :D

John

February 16th, 2012
9:44 am

Good ol’ Jay. Spreading more hate…

(ir)Rational

February 16th, 2012
9:45 am

Libertarian and Adam – I’m not sure I agree with Apple being up on such a pedestal, but I do understand it. The average person buying an iPhone or iPad or Macbook doesn’t care about where it was made, or how much the person putting it together got paid to do it. They just want the Apple device and are willing to pay extra amounts to get it.

Joseph

February 16th, 2012
9:45 am

3.9 billion flowed to so called green energy firms with ties to Obama….. But that ok. he’s a demoncrat…

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/venture-capitalists-play-key-role-in-obamas-energy-department/2011/12/30/gIQA05raER_story.html

Keep Up the Good Fight!

February 16th, 2012
9:45 am

Joseph, just as I predicted. A weak lame response without fact or substance. Apparently like Issa, the only report that will satisfy you is one that reaches a conclusion you reached without fact and with all partisanship before any investigation started. Whine away. It’s all you have is Whine and Pout.

Adam

February 16th, 2012
9:45 am

(ir)Rational: The poll probably didn’t ask “Do you agree with OWS” but asked “Do you think corporate tax loopholes should be closed” or something, which most Americans do agree with, and so does OWS. It’s kind of like how most people want “ObamaCare” to be repealed, but don’t want any of its provisions repealed except the individual mandate.

Brosephus™ - Browning America Since 1973

February 16th, 2012
9:45 am

Libertarian

That’s why there are no apple products in my home. I’m slowly transforming my home to a “Made in the USA” home.

ByteMe

February 16th, 2012
9:45 am

Good ol’ Jay. Spreading more hate…

You confuse hate with pity. Or too easily build up a good hate. One of those.

Butch Cassidy

February 16th, 2012
9:46 am

Joseph – “Still not a word from you libs about the debt continuing to pile up!!!!”

I can’t speak for the “libs” but yes, I am well aware of the debt. I’m also well aware of the fact that it will continue to grow regardless of who is sitting in the Whitehouse. Now, on to your next trivial point.

TaxPayer

February 16th, 2012
9:47 am

Romney would be a much more effective president if he ran on DuraCells.

Jay

February 16th, 2012
9:47 am

Ty, to my knowledge Comcast doesn’t own a cable news network. If you have information otherwise, please correct me.

I also find these charges of “Obama has ties to Wall Street too!!!” rather amusing.

Obama is not campaigning on trying to gut the Dodd-Frank reforms at Wall Street’s behest. He is not attempting to overturn the “Volcker Rule” and thus let the Street go back to its pre-crash irresponsibility.

Obama is not trying to kill the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau, created to give “the little people” some protection against Big Finance.

Obama is not proposing “tax reforms” that will lower tax rates for the rich even further. In fact, he proposes the opposite.

So go ahead — try to convince the American people that Obama is a capitalism-hating socialist in the pockets of Wall Street financiers. Make that argument to voters and see if you get any buyers.

Mick

February 16th, 2012
9:48 am

The debt will be addressed next year when the bush tax cuts are allowed to expire next year, no one should be exempted. Then, when more people are working we can focus on spending cuts and strengthening social security, plus NO MORE WARS!!!

Adam

February 16th, 2012
9:48 am

(ir)Rational: The average person buying an iPhone or iPad or Macbook doesn’t care about where it was made

That is changing. It’s not that people don’t care, btw, it’s that they didn’t know.

AmVet - Like most decent Americans, I'm a Marxist.

February 16th, 2012
9:48 am

Hang tough, philosopher. And best wishes to you.

Before I die, I would absolutely love to go to 10 Wall Street and take down that giant American flag that those cowards hide behind. As you noted their allegiance is not to the United States of America but to their P&L statements.

MANY of them should be in prison, right now.

Libertarian, agreed. Notwithstanding the good done, those products are by and large, vastly overpriced toys (think iPad) slickly marketed by Madison Avenue and Hollywood to the gullible and uninformed.

getalife

February 16th, 2012
9:48 am

Mow the cons are reduced to one issue.

The debt.

We had a surplus before with President Clinton and we will do it again.

So, you got nothing.

Jaybird

February 16th, 2012
9:48 am

Adam:

You mean Obama’s tax cut extension last year followed by more tax cuts on SS withholdings???

getalife

February 16th, 2012
9:48 am

Talking Head

February 16th, 2012
9:48 am

Adam,

Leftrazoredge? Really? Also, no where in the incoherent rambling on that link says anything about 1.2 million leaving the workforce in January 2012.

http://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LNS11300000

Mick

February 16th, 2012
9:49 am

Jay – do you still have sirius/xm? I refused to pay howard sterns salary…

ByteMe

February 16th, 2012
9:49 am

Ty, to my knowledge Comcast doesn’t own a cable news network

They owns 51% of NBC/Universal (MSNBC).

Adam

February 16th, 2012
9:49 am

Brosephus, Libertarian: FoxConn makes the majority of main circuit boards for EVERYTHING. Apple is not alone in exploiting this.

Brosephus™ - Browning America Since 1973

February 16th, 2012
9:49 am

Joseph – “Still not a word from you libs about the debt continuing to pile up!!!!”

I can’t speak for the “libs” but yes, I am well aware of the debt. I’m also well aware of the fact that it will continue to grow regardless of who is sitting in the Whitehouse. Now, on to your next trivial point.

To piggyback a bit further on that one. Until we get more people back to working, nothing serious can be done about the debt. Would you rather us go all austerity and screw up what fledgling recovery we currently have or would you rather get people back to work first and then deal with the debt?

Joseph

February 16th, 2012
9:50 am

Jay:

Is it not a fact he received a record amount of donations from Wall Street????

Adam

February 16th, 2012
9:50 am

Joseph: You mean Obama’s tax cut extension last year followed by more tax cuts on SS withholdings???

No, but you ARE welcome to guess again!

TaxPayer

February 16th, 2012
9:50 am

Meanwhile Georgia seems unable to break out and advance from fourth to third in foreclosures but they’re still trying. But Georgia still maintains a comfortable lead in the number of failed banks. I wonder if it has anything to do with that “simple math” taught in Georgia’s schools.

Paul

February 16th, 2012
9:51 am

Libertarian

“I don’t get why people put Apple on such a pedestal.”

Apple began with a theme of ‘we’re for the average household, those IBM machines are for business (Microsoft was not yet a household word identified with home computers.” The had educational programs for the kids, games for kids and dads. The competition didn’t. But Apple pioneered user-friendly interfaces (Jobs pushed it, Apple bureaucrats hated it) and people felt like ‘this company’s thinking about what I want.”

Once the competition moved into education and game, the marketing changed and Apple’s results show why good marketing firms are worth a bundle.

(ir)Rational

February 16th, 2012
9:51 am

Adam – Still a strong leap to say that 87% agree with OWS. And I would still want to see polling data, and the questions asked so they could draw those conclusions. As has been said here before, and I’m sure will be said here again – ‘There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.’ (Attributed to Mark Twain typically, but he attributed it to Benjamin Disraeli)

Joe Hussein Mama

February 16th, 2012
9:51 am

Jay — “I also find these charges of “Obama has ties to Wall Street too!!!” rather amusing.”

I find them almost — but not quite — as funny as the bleating about illicit affairs of Democratic luminaries whenever a Republican “family values” lawmaker gets caught with his pants down and a goat in the room.

Adam

February 16th, 2012
9:51 am

Talking Head: Also, no where in the incoherent rambling on that link says anything about 1.2 million leaving the workforce in January 2012.

It doesn’t mention it anywhere just like “separation of church and state” is not in the Constitution.

The metrics have numbers with people who “left the work force” included.

Jay

February 16th, 2012
9:51 am

Talking Head, that “1.2 million” claim is an absolute lie fed to you by those who want to keep your “reality deflection shield” up and operating.

Seems to be working.

Joseph

February 16th, 2012
9:52 am

Brosephus™ – Browning America Since 1973:

Has creating 5 trillion more dollars in debt helped? The BLS stats are cooked. How is the work force less now than it was 10 years ago even though the population increased 10-15 million???

Brosephus™ - Browning America Since 1973

February 16th, 2012
9:52 am

Adam

I know, that’s why I’ve been consciously seeking “Made in America” products for a while now. It’s hard to figure when only the final assembly is done here, but I’d say about 90% of all circuit boards come out of China (at least from my observations).

Adam

February 16th, 2012
9:52 am

Joseph: Is it not a fact he received a record amount of donations from Wall Street????

Is this like your gas prices are more than EVAR “fact”?

getalife

February 16th, 2012
9:52 am

GM reports record profits.

willard stabbed Detroit in the back and wanted them to fail.

JohnnyReb

February 16th, 2012
9:53 am

I did not read the link, but a few points -

This shows Obama’s and the Left’s campaign, with the great help of legacy media, to vilify Wall Street and large financial institutions is working. The real problem is the Federal Government. Conservatives know that, the Left does not agree.

As to Romeny, there are two topics: poll numbers can include other than Republican/Conservative voters, while the primary results will mostly include only Republican/Conservatives.

Conservatives don’t hate Wall Street as does some on the Left and the Occupy crowd. So Mitt’s Wall Street ties are not dragging him down with Conservatives as it does in the polls. Instead, Mitt is going down the tubes with Conservatives because he is not one, pure and simple.

ty webb

February 16th, 2012
9:53 am

Butch Cassidy,
not being redundant…not being redundant.