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TELL US: Will the Jobless Rate Influence Your Vote for President?

The unemployment rate has fallen to below 8 percent for the first time in four years.

With Republicans and Democrats largely agreeing that Republican candidate Mitt Romney won the first presidential debate this week, there is a new piece of news that could soften the perceived blow to President Barack Obama's campaign. 

The U.S. jobless rate fell to 7.8 percent last month, dropping below 8 percent for the first time since Obama moved in to the White House.

The Boston Globe reported that the news could give the Obama camp a boost; it's the same rate as January 2009, when the president took office. 

In the months after the inauguration, the rate increased and topped 8 percent for 43 straight months. In August, it was 8.1 percent.

The jobless rate is determined through a government survey of 60,000 households. The Globe reported that while many of the jobs added last month were part-time jobs, the country could be growing jobs at a faster pace.

What do you make of the news? Do you believe this is a positive for the sitting president or too little too late? How will it affect your vote? Tell us in the comments section, below.

trexdad October 15, 2012 at 06:27 PM
rvd - you have got to be kidding me by saying Obamacare is not enacted. Listed below for your convenience is a link showing what provisions have been enacted. Also businesses are preparing for the future provisions which are going to have a major impact on the costs to run a business. Obamacare is forcing healthcare to become a socialists system as it is in Canada. If healthcare does become that, people will find it extremely difficult to get appointments and treatment when needed. Just ask any Canadien what they think about their healthcare system. Obama wants this to become a socialist country. This country was built on capitalism. there are always ups and downs in a capitalist society but look at the United States compared to all other countries around the world. Compare this country to any socialist country. You will see we should keep this country as a capatalist country. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Obamacare
rvd October 15, 2012 at 06:30 PM
Michael Fleming Make your point. -- I believe that if you live in the society, profit from it, enjoy status, wealth, democracy, roads, education, protection etc you should contribute, not hide. "Perfectly legal" it is not. Tax evasion is a crime. If everyone follows Romney's example this country will cease to exist. And this guy runs for president?
trexdad October 15, 2012 at 06:48 PM
rvd - if you look at Obama's 2009 tax return you will see he also had money in offshore accounts. Romney has paid more in taxes than you will ever think about making in your lifetime. You say he can not lead the country? He rescued all those companies while at Bain, he rescued the Salt Lake City Olympics for this country, he brought businesses back to Massachusetts and he introduced a mandated healthcare system in Massachusetts which created jobs within healthcare. Obama has created Obamacare which has cost healthcare jobs and will continue to cost healthcare jobs. You should get your facts straight before making comments.
rvd October 15, 2012 at 06:53 PM
To Michael When THAT is reversed -- we go wild wild west again. Our country will degrade to the point when bigger gun is always right. If you will be able to hire big guns, you'll benefit. If not - then you'll loose.
Michael Fleming October 15, 2012 at 06:54 PM
RVD- You are sorely misinformed. Off shore tax shelters are perfectly legal. Google it. Do you think that if Romney was engaged in ANY illegal tax strategies, that he wouldn't be the subject of a dozen IRS investigations? He is not. Get your facts straight. the U.S. tax code is encouraging Americans to move money offshore, and has counted a dozen legal ways to minimize taxes by doing so. Off shore investments must be reported, and Romney has comported with all those laws. It is the SECRET accounts that are illegal, because they hide income. You think in your mind that you know something the IRS does not? Then sir, you should immediatly stop wasting your clearly prescient mind here on these humble pages, and should report your knowledge to the NYT, complete with the documentation to support this accusation. right away. Your objection is "how his money is made" am I correct in that assertion? Sorry, I am having a hard time pinning down your exact objection, except for a general and vague problem with him having money and you don't. Your comment cut and pasted: "We need LEADER for all people, not just strong, healthy and rich"...this seems to underline your objection to a Wealthy-American being president. If I am off base, please focus your attention on the exact issue you have. He made his money honorably, legally,and is paying all due taxes, and contributing to charities at an above normal levels. No wonder he offends you so much! An evil rich guy who pays his taxes!
rvd October 15, 2012 at 07:08 PM
trexdad Romney ... introduced a mandated healthcare system in Massachusetts which created jobs within healthcare. Obama has created Obamacare which has cost healthcare jobs and will continue to cost healthcare jobs. -- I hope this is not a joke. Obamacare is inspired, copied over, advised from what Romney signed in MA. Same advisers, same approach. Main mechanism also mandate, paid via tax. Even Romney does not object it.
Poppaone October 15, 2012 at 07:23 PM
Michael, You are wasting your time arguing with some of these drones. Some of them have the intellect of a bag of nails and they prove it answers. They are poorly informed, and truly believe the propaganda spewing forth from the Democrats, MSNBC and the rest of MSM. Save your breath.
Poppaone October 15, 2012 at 07:45 PM
rvd - it is not the same. Massachusetts healthcare is a statewide solution for a statewide problem. It was set up because of the hugh number of uninsured who kept showing up at the emergency ward when they were hung over, or had a cold or a hang nail. Hospitals were being overwhelmed and those that could afford health insurance but chose not to buy it. Those costs were passed onto the hospitals or the taxpayers. A state solution does not translate to a national solution. Alos, Romneys plan was not 2700 pages long filled with mandates, tax increases, death panels, and who knows what else. The state law just says that if you don't have health insurance, get it or be prepared to pay a penalty. The poor are already covered by medicaid.
Michael Fleming October 15, 2012 at 07:47 PM
Sigh...you are right of course, Poppa. Somehow, I am compelled to help the sick and infirm, even if that means intellectually. Hopefully, others who aren't so invested in their cocoon of mis information may read a sliver of truth in what I say, and a spark of curiosity will take hold, maybe inspire a reader to get their news from someone other than the immersed in Kool-aid Ed Schulz or Rachel Maddow. It is THEY that I speak to, not the paid echo chambers that frequently populate blog conversations. But I hear ya Poppaone, I hear ya...
Michael Fleming October 15, 2012 at 08:21 PM
In your case, it would be "ineffectually" thanks for clearing that up.
Poppaone October 15, 2012 at 08:31 PM
You are doing God's work. Good luck.
Divamarie October 15, 2012 at 08:42 PM
I am an independent voter and I will wait until the last minute to decide who will be my candidate. I will watch the debates. I will give both candidates a chance to impress me, admittedly, neither has done too much to impress thus far. Both sides kiss babies, talk, talk is not action. My gut is leaning towards OBAMA in a very lukewarm way, despite my long-term unemployment. Speaking of which, lots of anger here on this site, apparently, others lost their jobs too during this administration? In between looking for a medical job, a once-safe place to work, hospitals cutting and not hiring permanent people, patients are without insurance, or unemployed and do not have the funds for a co pays, so they do not seek care...I spend my time consoling a friends who lost her son in the war that Bush started... we all are suffering lots of losses with wars, bad economy, the overseas slaughter of our ambassador, vets, etc. We can all point to a particular party for our suffering. Lots of losses. How to heal? Will congress work with the next president. Will we funnel our anger at our congress and make both sides together? Will we put our words into actions? Is there any compassion here?
x October 15, 2012 at 08:56 PM
Divamarie, Waiting until now to decide...? Obama is your man: He said, "We are the ones we have been waiting for." There is probably little else we can do or say to help you. Try to stay away from sharp objects and hot stoves. You would probably not survive in many other states, but should be okay in Massachusetts. Reverend E. Raleigh Pimperton III
rvd October 15, 2012 at 09:26 PM
Poppaone rvd - it is not the same. Massachusetts healthcare is a statewide solution for a statewide problem. It was set up because of the hugh number of uninsured who kept showing up at the emergency ward when they were hung over, or had a cold or a hang nail. Hospitals were being overwhelmed and those that could afford health insurance but chose not to buy it. Those costs were passed onto the hospitals or the taxpayers. A state solution does not translate to a national solution. -- It does translate. The problem is exactly the same, and solution provided is similar. Again, Romney confirmed that. His only complain on last debate was "each state should be able to decide for itself".
trexdad October 15, 2012 at 09:46 PM
Rvd - Obamacare is not even close to the Massachusetts mandated plan. You really need to start reading about these things and looking at the details. Obamacare is strictly funded by taxes and by lower reimbusements to healthcare providers. It is driving healthcare providers into forming these big healthcare systems and driving providers out of healthcare. This drives these providers to eliminate jovs which is cuttibg into the ability for healthcare to provide timely services.
rvd October 15, 2012 at 10:00 PM
trexdad Obamacare is not even close to the Massachusetts mandated plan --- Why don't you google it? "Obamacare vs. Romneycare: Is there a difference?"
rvd October 15, 2012 at 10:06 PM
I suggest Romney supporters learn from Mr. Carnegie: “even after I pass away the [wealth] that came to me to administer as a sacred trust for the good of my fellow men is to continue to benefit humanity for generations untold…” But hey, all is not lost. Romney can still turn philanthropist after he loses this election.
rvd October 15, 2012 at 10:16 PM
Is intolerance and arrogance a new direction in Theology?
Poppaone October 15, 2012 at 11:31 PM
Divamarie: who are you kidding? You are an independent like my dog is a cat. Instead of asking if Congress will work with the next President, why not ask if the next one will work with Congress, unlike the current one. BTW, Bush did not start the war. Let me remind you, it was started on the bright and sunny morning of September 11, 2001 when our country was attacked and 3,000 people were murdered. How soon we forget. If your guy wins, you need not worry because you will gladly become one the millions newly dependendent on the government for your very existence. You have already sacrificed your personal liberties, and now you will allow then to tell you how to think. Welcome to the brave new world of hope and change. Enjoy!
Walt Cassell October 16, 2012 at 01:38 AM
Thanks Michael. I actually put in for the opening up here and got it. It was a big jump in all aspects, so I had to do it. I am aware of a lot of the history in this area and I agree with you on everything you have said. There is a strong sense of entilement that does seem to take hold of certain people. I witnessed it back in Alabama also. Some people in my neighborhood all worked at the same place, when they got laid off some (not all) adopted that attitude of "what the heck, I worked hard all these years, I'm going to kick back and collect" granted there wasnt much out there, And there still isn't, but that attitude gets to be a way of life very quickly. People become content with collecting whatever they can, I don't understand it. Especially when collecting means there will never be anything else in life for you, No vacations, No cars, no satisfaction of doing a job and doing it well, Unfortunatly this country is becoming a country of "gimmees" and complacency. So when I had the oppurtunity to advance, even if I had to move, I did. My family will be joining me soon, All the education and training is advancing me, And i did it all without Uncle Sam handing me anything. As I stated early today, do we not owe it to ourselves to switch this up? Obama had good intentions no doubt, but he was in over his head, and his borrowing into the trillions and no hard stands on anything, coupled with the embassy fiasco has set this country on the road to ruin.
Michael Fleming October 16, 2012 at 03:49 AM
They are better received by them because of a longer attention span...
Michael Fleming October 16, 2012 at 03:54 AM
Diva- If you still plan to vote for Obama after all the truth that is coming out about how Obama/Biden is throwing the State Department and intelligence under the bus, and how he failed to provide the security for our embassy in Libya, getting 4 innocent Americans killed, then you may take yourself out of the independent category.
Chris Schaffner October 16, 2012 at 01:35 PM
"conservatives think" - except when they are denying science. Evolution anyone?
Divamarie October 16, 2012 at 01:38 PM
Rev. E: It is OK to have a different political opinion then me, it is keeping with the freedom of speech of this country, and I applaud it. Your comments regarding my mental state in my view, were condescending and sexist. Clearly, not in keeping with what your job is supposed to be, open-minded and non-judgemental.
Divamarie October 16, 2012 at 01:45 PM
I am the 47%.
x October 16, 2012 at 01:54 PM
Divamarie, Obama is definitely your candidate. He committed to slow the rise of the oceans and begin to heal the planet. Sorting out any of the issues you have raised should not be a problem. Reverend E. Raleigh Pimperton III
Poppaone October 16, 2012 at 02:11 PM
You certainly are.
Divamarie October 17, 2012 at 02:39 AM
Thank GOD I do not attend your church.
Divamarie October 17, 2012 at 02:45 AM
Again, you are sexist and condescending.
TheHam November 14, 2012 at 05:42 PM
ANOTHER great screenshot to send off showing Karla Vallance has disapproved of a comment that follows terms of use simply because it is against her personal opinions. Borderline Harassment, how professional!

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