Candidates' Plans for the Economy

Thursday, January 05, 2012

US President Barack Obama speaks about the economy at Shaker Heights High School in Shaker Heights, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland, on January 4, 2012. (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images/Getty)

On Wednesday, President Obama delivered his economic address for 2012 in Ohio. He spoke about the payroll tax cut, plans for dealing with predatory lending, and officially announcing his appointment of Richard Cordray to head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. But where do the current Republican candidates stand on personal income taxes, health care costs, Medicare, Social Security, and jobs?

Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich discusses listener's questions about the president and each of the five candidates' economic plans.

Guests:

Todd Zwillich

Comments [3]

anna from New York

I don't know where the discussion of Paul's voters is, so I'll post my comment here. Clearly we have now some Paul's Jugend, as we had five years ago Obama's Jugend. Ah, partly it's the same Jugend - illiterate, brainwashed, able to function on the level of slogans only ("Unity, change, etc" or Paul's slogans - whatever they), utterly deprived of knowledge of history and any ability to think. This idiotic girl from New Hampshire who kept repeating platitudes about alternative media is a perfect example. Not a single word she said isn't a platitude. Can someone explain to her (slowly) that there can be a problem with alternative media and listening to any media (or anything/anybody else) still requires knowledge, understanding and ability to analyze.
I have a friend who (shamefully much older than this Judend) is now packing for a neo-Nazi camp (Kampf?) somewhere in South California after a decade of listening to all media, particularly alternative, as a responsibilities free housewife.
Not so long ago, Europe lost dozens of millions of people ... just because some Jugend was shaped by alternative media.

Jan. 06 2012 08:00 AM
listener

Completely ignored is the President's possible unconstitutional attempt at bypassing Congress and his dictating of policy to Congress at a obvious campaign speech in Ohio which is paid for at tax payer expense and not his campaign.
Does he have the Constitutional authority to appoint people on his own to to lead the very powerful Consumer Financial Protection Bureau? When this bureau begins making regulations will it be doing so unlawfully since its powerful head was possibly appointed unlawfully?
Along with the usual obsession about gender and ethnicity can this serious issue be discussed?

Jan. 05 2012 08:59 AM
sbanicki from Michigan

What social programs, such as medicare, unemployment insurance and social security, and how .

Jan. 05 2012 07:50 AM

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