What can May polls say about November?

What can May polls say about November?

There are 172 comments on the CBS News story from May 25, 2012, titled What can May polls say about November?. In it, CBS News reports that:

General election campaigning between Mitt Romney and President Obama is underway, and if history is a guide, polls conducted in the month of May aren't necessarily a predictor of where the race will be in late October.

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Eric Gustafson

Virginia Beach, VA

#162 May 29, 2012
Wait a second, Staples and Sports Authority pays Minimum Wage. Surely you aren't considering those as jobs, productive jobs for grown ups raising families, right?

Those are jobs best suited for entry level college students, or high school students. Finding copy paper at Staples, or Finding Jockey Straps at Sports Authority don't pay enough to feed a family.
Bluebonnets-Thistle wrote:
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Bain Capital and Romney delivered strong results for their customers, better than other private equity firms that on average outperformed the public markets. Today, those customers include the California State Teachers' Retirement System and the Teacher Retirement System of Texas.
Bain Capital also made venture capital investments from other funds in start-ups and other earlier stage companies that are not included in the performance measure mentioned above. Those venture capital investments included successful investments in Staples, Sports Authority, and Gartner Group.
Among Bain Capital’s investments under Romney, the large job creators are clearly Staples and Sports Authority. Both of these were small, young companies when Bain Capital invested in them. Bain invested in Staples when it had only one store, so there were likely fewer than 200 employees at the time. Bain appears to have invested in the Sports Authority when it had fewer than ten stores. Unfortunately, there are no public data to say how many people were employed at that time. At the end of 1998, Staples had more than 42,000 employees, Sports Authority had almost 14,000, Gartner Group had almost 3,000, and Steel Dynamics had over 500. So at the beginning of 1999, when Romney left Bain Capital, these four companies alone employed almost 60,000 total employees. While some of the job growth at Sports Authority came from acquisitions, there is no doubt that these four companies created tens of thousands of jobs over the period.
Fast forward to today. By the end of 2011, Staples had about 89,000 employees. Sports Authority is now a private company. The last time it reported employee numbers, in 2006, it had 14,300 employees. In addition, Gartner Group had over 4,400 and Steel Dynamics had over 6,000 employees. Using the most recently available data, these four companies alone employed almost 125,000 total employees.
You're wrong, toodles!
Eric Gustafson

Virginia Beach, VA

#163 May 29, 2012
Roger Edgar wrote:
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Did you hear that vile Obama apologist, MSNBCs Chris Hayes degrade and dishonor our fallen HEROS over the weekend. These far lefties are one sick bunch of ungrateful street trash.
Who the hell is Christ Hayes, and how is he relevant to Romney's lack of productivity on job creation as Governor? What's the correlation here Skippy?

I think you like the rest of the lemmons is bullchitting.... What's the connection with this Hayes person and Romney's Failure to produce a thriving economy and job growth as Governor?
Roger Edgar

AOL

#164 May 29, 2012
Eric Gustafson wrote:
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Who the hell is Christ Hayes, and how is he relevant to Romney's lack of productivity on job creation as Governor? What's the correlation here Skippy?
I think you like the rest of the lemmons is bullchitting.... What's the connection with this Hayes person and Romney's Failure to produce a thriving economy and job growth as Governor?
The more we get to know Mr. Romney the more we realize that America can be saved from the cold hearted, relentlessly ungrateful Leftwing Mob. Romney will renew our faith our own abilities and in opportunity to thrive and prosper free of Big Brother elitest domination. Our children deserve better than a lifetime as nothing more than pitiful Tax Slaves to the Bureaucrats.

“Hillary, thirty years of lying”

Since: Nov 08

Paris

#165 May 30, 2012
DangerousRiteWingCrusader wrote:
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Big Difference:
. Kerry screws a lover to earn his wealth (The Liberal way)
. Romney screws American workers out of their pension funds and jobs to EARN his wealth (GOP way)
. Then, to screw-up America, Romney would hide money abroad to avoid paying taxes
hmmmmmmmmmm how many lost their jobs at GM and Chrysler when Obama took over..........how many lost jobs at all the green companies that have gone under after sucking our tax dollars out the back windows.

Give it up son, you can't hid a failure like obama in a tea cup.

“Hillary, thirty years of lying”

Since: Nov 08

Paris

#166 May 30, 2012
Eric Gustafson wrote:
Wait a second, Staples and Sports Authority pays Minimum Wage. Surely you aren't considering those as jobs, productive jobs for grown ups raising families, right?
Those are jobs best suited for entry level college students, or high school students. Finding copy paper at Staples, or Finding Jockey Straps at Sports Authority don't pay enough to feed a family.
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Surly you don't consider paying women in the White House 18% less than the men real jobs either.

“Hillary, thirty years of lying”

Since: Nov 08

Paris

#167 May 30, 2012
Virtually all jobs created today are low paying jobs. Until the Obama Scare dies and goes away, good jobs with benefits are going to by hard to find. Call odoodle and he'll have the first dog Bo splain it to you.

Since: May 10

Location hidden

#168 May 30, 2012
If we really want to bring back high paying jobs, we need to get the government off the backs of industry, so industry does not continue to ship jobs overseas.

Rather than having to look for and celebrate those few occasions when high-paying domestic jobs DO find a way to negotiate the myriad government-placed roadblocks that kill profit, such things should be the norm.

Get rid of government over-regulation and high taxation, across the board, local, state, and federal, and jobs WILL come back to the United States.

Guaranteed.
Eric Gustafson

Virginia Beach, VA

#170 May 30, 2012
Le Jimbo wrote:
<quoted text>hmmmmmmmmmm how many lost their jobs at GM and Chrysler when Obama took over..........how many lost jobs at all the green companies that have gone under after sucking our tax dollars out the back windows.
Give it up son, you can't hid a failure like obama in a tea cup.
Every one of those conditions you attribute to President Obama were implemented by President Bush as a condition to receiving the initial Bridge Loan from TARP Funds......

you can take off that Tin Foil Hat now.....

TROUBLED ASSET RELIEF PROGRAM
REPORT TO CONGRESS
FOR THE PERIOD
DECEMBER 1, 2008 TO DECEMBER 31, 2008

In December, Treasury also moved swiftly and thoughtfully to support auto makers and auto financing companies through the newly established Automotive Industry Financing Program
(AIFP). On December 29, Treasury agreed to loan up to $1 billion to General Motors (GM) to assist the company in supporting the reorganization as a bank holding company of GMAC LLC
(GMAC), a financing company that supports GM. Treasury also invested $5 billion directly in GMAC pursuant to its reorganization as a bank holding company. On December 31, 2008, Treasury loaned an additional $4 billion to GM and committed to an additional loan of $5.4
billion in January 2009, with an additional loan of $4 billion possible in February. Under each of these arrangements, the company has agreed to rigorous restrictions on executive privileges and
compensation and other terms designed to protect the taxpayer. These steps will facilitate the,restructuring of the domestic auto industry and prevent disorderly bankruptcies during a time of
economic difficulty

http://history.gmheritagecenter.com/wiki/inde...

On December 19, 2008, President Bush approved the U.S. Big Three’s request for a bridge-loan to see them through one of the most challenging economic times in recent history. This followed weeks of grueling testimony on Capitol Hill, and the collapse of a compromise bill in the U.S. Senate.

GM, along with Chrysler and Ford, approached the U.S. Congress in October to request some form of assistance following the seizure of the financial markets which made available credit extremely scarce. All aspects of the auto business, from dealers, to suppliers, to car buyers, depend on fluid credit markets. The initial talks evolved into full blown, televised congressional hearings before House and Senate subcommittees on November 17-18 and December 4-5.

So the bridge-loans were granted …with strings attached. "This restructuring will require meaningful concessions from all involved in the auto industry -- management, labor unions, creditors, bondholders, dealers, and suppliers," Bush said. Some conditions, called "targets" in the loan agreements, would be subject to negotiation.

Binding Terms and Conditions:
Firms must provide warrants for non-voting stock (so taxpayers can benefit from any recovery).
Firms must accept limits on executive compensation and eliminate perks such as corporate jets.
Debt owed to the government would be senior to other debts, to the extent permitted by law.
Firms must allow the government to examine their books and records.
Firms must report and the government has the power to block any large transactions greater than $100 million.
Firms must comply with applicable Federal fuel efficiency and emissions requirements.
Firms must not issue new dividends while they owe government debt.

Targets:
Company debt must be reduced by 2/3 via a debt for equity exchange.
Make one-half of VEBA Trust payments in the form of stock (retiree health care trust).
Eliminate the jobs bank.
Implement work rules that are competitive with transplant auto manufacturers by December 31, 2009.
Adjust wages to be competitive with those of transplant auto manufacturers by December 31, 2009.

Following the approval of the bridge-loan, Rick Wagoner sent the following letter to employees
Eric Gustafson

Virginia Beach, VA

#172 May 30, 2012
Every one of those conditions you attribute to President Obama were implemented by President Bush as a condition to receiving the initial Bridge Loan from TARP Funds......

you can take off that Tin Foil Hat now.....

TROUBLED ASSET RELIEF PROGRAM
REPORT TO CONGRESS
FOR THE PERIOD
DECEMBER 1, 2008 TO DECEMBER 31, 2008

In December, Treasury also moved swiftly and thoughtfully to support auto makers and auto financing companies through the newly established Automotive Industry Financing Program
(AIFP). On December 29, Treasury agreed to loan up to $1 billion to General Motors (GM) to assist the company in supporting the reorganization as a bank holding company of GMAC LLC
(GMAC), a financing company that supports GM. Treasury also invested $5 billion directly in GMAC pursuant to its reorganization as a bank holding company. On December 31, 2008, Treasury loaned an additional $4 billion to GM and committed to an additional loan of $5.4
billion in January 2009, with an additional loan of $4 billion possible in February. Under each of these arrangements, the company has agreed to rigorous restrictions on executive privileges and
compensation and other terms designed to protect the taxpayer. These steps will facilitate the,restructuring of the domestic auto industry and prevent disorderly bankruptcies during a time of
economic difficulty

http://history.gmheritagecenter.com/wiki/inde...

On December 19, 2008, President Bush approved the U.S. Big Three’s request for a bridge-loan to see them through one of the most challenging economic times in recent history. This followed weeks of grueling testimony on Capitol Hill, and the collapse of a compromise bill in the U.S. Senate.

GM, along with Chrysler and Ford, approached the U.S. Congress in October to request some form of assistance following the seizure of the financial markets which made available credit extremely scarce. All aspects of the auto business, from dealers, to suppliers, to car buyers, depend on fluid credit markets. The initial talks evolved into full blown, televised congressional hearings before House and Senate subcommittees on November 17-18 and December 4-5.

So the bridge-loans were granted …with strings attached. "This restructuring will require meaningful concessions from all involved in the auto industry -- management, labor unions, creditors, bondholders, dealers, and suppliers," Bush said. Some conditions, called "targets" in the loan agreements, would be subject to negotiation.

Binding Terms and Conditions:
Firms must provide warrants for non-voting stock (so taxpayers can benefit from any recovery).
Firms must accept limits on executive compensation and eliminate perks such as corporate jets.
Debt owed to the government would be senior to other debts, to the extent permitted by law.
Firms must allow the government to examine their books and records.
Firms must report and the government has the power to block any large transactions greater than $100 million.
Firms must comply with applicable Federal fuel efficiency and emissions requirements.
Firms must not issue new dividends while they owe government debt.

Targets:
Company debt must be reduced by 2/3 via a debt for equity exchange.
Make one-half of VEBA Trust payments in the form of stock (retiree health care trust).
Eliminate the jobs bank.
Implement work rules that are competitive with transplant auto manufacturers by December 31, 2009.
Adjust wages to be competitive with those of transplant auto manufacturers by December 31, 2009.

Following the approval of the bridge-loan, Rick Wagoner sent the following letter to employees
Eric Gustafson

Virginia Beach, VA

#173 May 30, 2012
Le Jimbo wrote:
Virtually all jobs created today are low paying jobs. Until the Obama Scare dies and goes away, good jobs with benefits are going to by hard to find. Call odoodle and he'll have the first dog Bo splain it to you.
Another fallacy of the Right..... ROFLMAO

Even as millions of Americans hunt for jobs, nearly half of U.S. employers say they’re having trouble finding the right people to hire for open positions.

Demand for skilled trades workers and engineers makes those jobs particularly difficult to fill, according to a report from staffing agency ManpowerGroup.

The study found that 49% of American bosses complain about lack of available talent -- the highest proportion since the start of the recession.

Internationally, 34% of the 40,000 employers surveyed have similar difficulties. That’s 81% of Japanese firms, 71% of Brazilian bosses, 51% of Bulgarian businesses and half of Australian ones suffering from what Manpower calls “an ongoing talent shortage crisis.”

Part of the problem is that there’s a dearth of applicants, according to many respondents. Others say jobseekers don’t have the technical know-how and skills the positions require.

Many companies are now investing in so-called upskilling, offering training programs to give current employees new abilities. But more than half -- 56%-- no longer believe gaps in their workforce will have an affect on investors and consumers, a sign they have accepted “the new normal,” said Manpower Chief Executive Jeffrey A. Joerres in a statement.

But leaving positions unfilled is "a short-term fix," a "short-sighted and unsustainable approach," he said.

"Talent shortages are endemic but employers have gotten used to doing more with less and hesitate to hire until they see demand and can find talent with the specific skills they need," Joerres said.

You're just to EASY

“Hillary, thirty years of lying”

Since: Nov 08

Paris

#174 May 30, 2012
Eric Gustafson wrote:
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Another fallacy of the Right..... ROFLMAO
Even as millions of Americans hunt for jobs, nearly half of U.S. employers say they’re having trouble finding the right people to hire for open positions.
Demand for skilled trades workers and engineers makes those jobs particularly difficult to fill, according to a report from staffing agency ManpowerGroup.
The study found that 49% of American bosses complain about lack of available talent -- the highest proportion since the start of the recession.
Internationally, 34% of the 40,000 employers surveyed have similar difficulties. That’s 81% of Japanese firms, 71% of Brazilian bosses, 51% of Bulgarian businesses and half of Australian ones suffering from what Manpower calls “an ongoing talent shortage crisis.”
Part of the problem is that there’s a dearth of applicants, according to many respondents. Others say jobseekers don’t have the technical know-how and skills the positions require.
Many companies are now investing in so-called upskilling, offering training programs to give current employees new abilities. But more than half -- 56%-- no longer believe gaps in their workforce will have an affect on investors and consumers, a sign they have accepted “the new normal,” said Manpower Chief Executive Jeffrey A. Joerres in a statement.
But leaving positions unfilled is "a short-term fix," a "short-sighted and unsustainable approach," he said.
"Talent shortages are endemic but employers have gotten used to doing more with less and hesitate to hire until they see demand and can find talent with the specific skills they need," Joerres said.
You're just to EASY
The only thing easy for you is a gerbi covered in Olive Oil.

“Beware; Profit Motivates”

Since: Mar 12

Jamestown, KY

#176 May 30, 2012
So many can't see the forest for the trees.

Corporate as well as the legal industries are not in the business of creating jobs. They are in the profit business.

End Litigation and Legislation for profit and you be attacking the root of the problem.

Our Countries problems can not be solved from within the domains of Corporate America or the Legal industry. They will not do the right thing because we ask nicely. Especially when it's so much more profitable to maintain the status quo.

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