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July 11, 2012 | By Maeve Reston and Christi Parsons, Los Angeles Times
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - One day after President Obama put forward a proposal to extend tax cuts for the middle class and Mitt Romney attacked the plan, the presidential rivals took to swing states to press their views. Romney, the unofficial Republican nominee, participated in a question-and-answer session with voters in a heavily Republican part of Colorado, as he sought to highlight the continuing struggle to bring back jobs to a particularly hard-hit region of the country.
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February 17, 2014 | By David Horsey
Especially when it comes to economic policy, too many politicians are motivated by myths more than by facts. A prime example: the myth of the job creators. Republicans, such as Speaker of the House John Boehner, talk of job creators in reverent, worshipful terms. In their vision of how the world works, it is these brave titans of capitalism who, with no help from anyone else, build the companies that create jobs for American workers. To Boehner and his party, anything that inhibits job creators in their endeavors - taxes, environmental laws, financial regulations - is a job killer.
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OPINION
December 5, 2012
Re "GOP proposal aims at safety net," Dec. 4 Is there a politician or journalist who has the moxie to ask Republicans why they consider tax cuts for the rich so sacred? Could it be because the wealthy have funded their campaigns and now the politicians owe them? If these people are really the job creators, how about a plan that offers a tax incentive for each new American job these people actually create instead of cuts in their tax rates? And how about cuts in military expenditures?
NEWS
April 11, 2013 | By Paul Whitefield
Who knew that being a smoggy place might be good for business? Gov. Jerry Brown is in China, and one of the things he's pitching is California's expertise in dealing with smog. Because if there's one thing we have in common with the Chinese, it's air pollution. Now, some of what Brown is doing is, well, kind of squishy. As my colleague Anthony York reported : On Wednesday, he held a private meeting with Environmental Protection Minister Zhou Shengxian. They signed a nonbinding agreement "to enhance cooperation on reducing air pollution," the first such accord between China's government and a U.S. state and one of several Brown is scheduled to secure while here.
BUSINESS
April 17, 2012 | By David Lazarus
Our Republican friends have once again made it clear: Rich people shouldn't pay more taxes. The so-called Buffett rule collapsed in the Senate as Democrats failed to convince enough of their GOP colleagues to cross the aisle and end a filibuster. Only one Republican, Susan Collins of Maine, voted in favor of bringing the legislation to a vote. It would have required people making more than $1 million a year to pay a tax rate of at least 30%.  The rule is named for billionaire Warren Buffett, who has repeatedly pointed out that his secretary pays a higher tax rate than he does.
NEWS
July 9, 2012 | By Maeve Reston
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. -- Previewing the message that he will bring Tuesday to the swing state of Colorado, Mitt Romney told a conservative talk-radio host that President Obama's tax cut extension proposal would “kill jobs” and harm the middle class. “What the president is proposing is therefore a massive tax increase on job creators and on small business,” the unofficial Republican presidential nominee told Virginia-based conservative radio host John Fredericks in a taped interview that will air Tuesday.
OPINION
July 29, 2012
Re "Olympic uproar baffles Chinese clothing maker," July 26 How ironic that our Olympic uniforms are made in a Chinese factory owned by a woman who says it makes sense to manufacture clothing in China because the products would be cheaper for consumers in the United States. What? Here's a radical idea: Create good-paying jobs in America by making the products here. We need to keep the prices dirt cheap only when we're jobless or not earning enough to have disposable income.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 17, 2011 | By Gary Goldstein
Although it contains its moments of doom and gloom about the potential effects of climate change, the excellent documentary "Carbon Nation" is an inspiring look at the many recent advances in clean energy and green technologies. Director Peter Byck covers an impressively wide range of ground within his film's compact running time as he introduces us to a stirring cross-section of pioneers, researchers and innovators committed to helping the world reduce its carbon footprint. Byck hopscotches across America and beyond interviewing such notables as Richard Branson, former CIA Director R. James Woolsey, Earth Day founder Denis Hayes and charismatic environmental advocate Van Jones, among many others, who weigh in on the issues, problems and solutions surrounding the climate change phenomenon.
NEWS
October 27, 2012 | By Christi Parsons
With just more than a week to go before the election, Republicans and Democrats sparred Saturday over how best to turn the economy around. The weekly Republican address comes from Ann Wagner, a GOP candidate for Congress in Missouri, who urged government regulators to get out of the way of job creators as a route to recovery. In his Saturday morning address, President Obama cites Wall Street as an example of when restriction of the free market is appropriate - and, he says, vital to ensure a level playing field.
NEWS
July 10, 2012 | By Maeve Reston
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Mitt Romney brought his presidential campaign to the West Slope of Colorado on Tuesday, looking to energize his base here in a heavily Republican part of the state and highlight the continuing struggle to bring back jobs in a region where unemployment is higher than other parts of the nation. In a question-and-answer session with voters at Central High School, the unofficial Republican nominee took aim at President Obama's tax plans - stating that his rival's proposal to extend the George W. Bush-era tax cuts for those making up to $250,000 - but not upper-income Americans - would harm “job creators.” The tax cuts are due to expire at the end of the year.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 31, 2012 | By Hector Tobar
As the country stood perched on a “fiscal cliff,” legions of word lovers stood up and declaimed “Enough!” It's not their taxes they were angry about. No, they were angry with that odd, melodramatic metaphor itself, and how overused it is. “[We've] lost sight of the metaphor and started to think it's a real place, like with the headline, 'Obama, Boehner meeting on fiscal cliff,' " Barry Cochran of Portland, Ore., wrote to Michigan's Lake Superior State University, which each year compiles a list of overused words and expressions.
OPINION
December 5, 2012
Re "GOP proposal aims at safety net," Dec. 4 Is there a politician or journalist who has the moxie to ask Republicans why they consider tax cuts for the rich so sacred? Could it be because the wealthy have funded their campaigns and now the politicians owe them? If these people are really the job creators, how about a plan that offers a tax incentive for each new American job these people actually create instead of cuts in their tax rates? And how about cuts in military expenditures?
NEWS
October 27, 2012 | By Christi Parsons
With just more than a week to go before the election, Republicans and Democrats sparred Saturday over how best to turn the economy around. The weekly Republican address comes from Ann Wagner, a GOP candidate for Congress in Missouri, who urged government regulators to get out of the way of job creators as a route to recovery. In his Saturday morning address, President Obama cites Wall Street as an example of when restriction of the free market is appropriate - and, he says, vital to ensure a level playing field.
NEWS
October 4, 2012 | By Michael McGough
Anyone commenting on the Mitt Romney-President Obama debate is obliged to venture a comment on stylistics, so here's mine: I don't agree with some of the panicked pro-Obama tweeters who thought the Republican candidate “owned” Obama, but Romney was much more commanding and at ease than I would have expected. At times Obama rambled and missed some obvious opportunities (what happened to the 47%?). But he had his moments too: I thought he was effective in attacking Romney on block-granting Medicaid and the supposed superiority of private healthcare for the elderly.
BUSINESS
August 1, 2012 | By Don Lee
WASHINGTON -- Manufacturing, once the bright star in the economic recovery, has lost its luster. For the second straight month, U.S. factory activity shrank in July as new export orders fell further, the Institute for Supply Management reported Wednesday. The ISM index of 49.8 in July was similar to the 49.7 reading in June, just a notch below the threshold of 50 that divides expansion and contraction. It was the first time since the summer of 2009 that the index fell below 50 for two consecutive months, proving to be a big disappointment to analysts, many of whom were expecting a rebound in July.
OPINION
July 29, 2012
Re "Olympic uproar baffles Chinese clothing maker," July 26 How ironic that our Olympic uniforms are made in a Chinese factory owned by a woman who says it makes sense to manufacture clothing in China because the products would be cheaper for consumers in the United States. What? Here's a radical idea: Create good-paying jobs in America by making the products here. We need to keep the prices dirt cheap only when we're jobless or not earning enough to have disposable income.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 31, 2012 | By Hector Tobar
As the country stood perched on a “fiscal cliff,” legions of word lovers stood up and declaimed “Enough!” It's not their taxes they were angry about. No, they were angry with that odd, melodramatic metaphor itself, and how overused it is. “[We've] lost sight of the metaphor and started to think it's a real place, like with the headline, 'Obama, Boehner meeting on fiscal cliff,' " Barry Cochran of Portland, Ore., wrote to Michigan's Lake Superior State University, which each year compiles a list of overused words and expressions.
NATIONAL
July 9, 2012 | By Christi Parsons and Lisa Mascaro, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - By calling on Republicans to approve a one-year extension of tax cuts for families earning less than $250,000 a year, President Obama escalated the election-year focus on taxes, emphasizing a key distinction between the two parties and seeking to create a mandate for a tax plan after the election. Neither White House officials nor congressional leaders expect a tax bill to pass before November. Mitt Romney and fellow Republicans want to extend existing cuts for all taxpayers, regardless of income.
OPINION
July 14, 2012
John H. Bunzel's Op-Ed article Thursday challenging Americans' romanticization of small businesses prompted Todd Groves of Santa Monica to write: "John H. Bunzel attempts to perpetuate the twisted notion that 'big businesses' are the job creators of the world. But without consumers buying products and services, 'big business' wouldn't lift a pinkie to create jobs. Businesses, big or small, only create new jobs when the demand increases and they need to hire new employees.
NATIONAL
July 11, 2012 | By Maeve Reston and Christi Parsons, Los Angeles Times
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - One day after President Obama put forward a proposal to extend tax cuts for the middle class and Mitt Romney attacked the plan, the presidential rivals took to swing states to press their views. Romney, the unofficial Republican nominee, participated in a question-and-answer session with voters in a heavily Republican part of Colorado, as he sought to highlight the continuing struggle to bring back jobs to a particularly hard-hit region of the country.
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