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  • so you dont like my opinion ok Nov 5, 3:44 p.m.

    Well the gas and jobless figures will either go back up next week if Obama wins or stay the same...

  • WooHoo2You Nov 2, 7:43 p.m.

    "What was the last republican to "balance a budget"....do I hear crickets? And no, saying things like "end entitlements" don't get us into the positive."

    Then they'll get even more ridiculous by claiming if we just cut out the department of Education or Big Bird that somehow that will get us out of debt...reality be damned.-Plenty Coups

    You mean cutting .0001 percent of the budget (Big Bird) ain't gonna erase the debt?!?

  • Plenty Coups Nov 2, 7:16 p.m.

    "What was the last republican to "balance a budget"....do I hear crickets? And no, saying things like "end entitlements" don't get us into the positive."

    Then they'll get even more ridiculous by claiming if we just cut out the department of Education or Big Bird that somehow that will get us out of debt...reality be damned.

  • WooHoo2You Nov 2, 7:04 p.m.

    "I think it's time to restore our tax rates"

    I think you need to keep your hands off other people's wallets and tell your Democrat politicians to cut spending and learn how to balance a budget.-sillywabbitthepatriot

    What was the last republican to "balance a budget"....do I hear crickets? And no, saying things like "end entitlements" don't get us into the positive.

  • Crumps Br0ther Nov 2, 6:53 p.m.

    Global warming is a religion invented to keep the hippies in line. It has all the same tendencies as a religion. And when you deny it the faithful act as crazy as any religious zealot.

  • Crumps Br0ther Nov 2, 6:50 p.m.

    Maybe because he was unsure if it contributed to the attack at first? Hindsight is 20/20.
    Plenty Coups

    Indeed it is, and a lot of people are going to vote for Romney this time to try and correct their mistake. Barry has a lot of blood on his hands due to his lack of leadership. Libya is a huge cover up whether you want to believe it or not. Fast and Furious as well. How you can overlook that and still defend him is disturbing

  • WooHoo2You Nov 2, 6:42 p.m.

    bias much WRAL..how convientent you use the rate that has be seasonally adjusted 7.3, but when you compare to last year you use the unadjusted rate....Slick move only the sheep will believe you though-ugottabkiddinme

    Where did you see that...it was not in the article nor do I think you researched it. Link or it did not happen!

  • WooHoo2You Nov 2, 6:39 p.m.

    Largest middle class tax hike in decades disguised as "Health Care Reform"- affirmativediversity

    Its only a tax if you can afford to pay but rather freeload your healthcare. So much for your view of "personal responsibility!"

  • Plenty Coups Nov 2, 6:35 p.m.

    "There is no logical way anybody could deny evolution or global warming for example." Plenty Coups

    atozco-"Lol, I'm sorry but that is funny. One can scientifically blow holes into the evolution and global warming theories."

    LOL. But that would take actual scientists and peer reviewed studies. 99% of the scientists would disagree with you. Would love to see ANY of your "studies". LOL.

    "There is actually more scientific evidence to support the Intelligent Design theory."

    There is none. Zero. Zilch. A belief in the supernatural because we or you don't understand something is not evidence, scientific or otherwise.

  • WooHoo2You Nov 2, 6:33 p.m.

    "One can scientifically blow holes into the evolution and global warming theories.azotca"

    You can "blow holes" in the theory of gravity as well....bet you ain't worried about flying into space though ;)

  • Scubagirl Nov 2, 6:09 p.m.

    "One can scientifically blow holes into the evolution and global warming theories.azotca"

    REALLY??????????? It always amazes me that people STILL don't believe in evolution or global warming.

  • clickhere Nov 2, 5:47 p.m.

    godnessgracious2 -Great comments!

    Just a personal note to this whole thing, both my wife and I live in eastern NC, were unemployed (or underemployed) but finally found work in Minnesota. It's a very crowded plane heading out Sundays and returning Thursdays from RDU-MSP-RDU. But it sure does drop down the unemployment numbers in NC. I wonder how many other non-NC cities are supporting us? The true number should be a comparison by time of the number employed in the State, not a percentage of unemployment.

  • timtooltime777 Nov 2, 5:46 p.m.

    The reason for the numbers drop is the people getting unemployment have exausted there benifits !

  • pm2 Nov 2, 5:42 p.m.

    I simply do NOT believe this is true!

  • ugottabkiddinme Nov 2, 5:39 p.m.

    bias much WRAL..how convientent you use the rate that has be seasonally adjusted 7.3, but when you compare to last year you use the unadjusted rate....Slick move only the sheep will believe you though

  • Plenty Coups Nov 2, 5:31 p.m.

    affirmative-"Giving billions to Brazil for their oil exploration industry (Brazil is now wondering what they're going to do with all their oil money now"

    Where do you get your nonsense? Strangely, you keep believing this garbage even though its been debunked.

    http://factcheck.org/2009/09/bogus-brazilian-oil-claims/

    "while cutting exploration on US government land"

    Oil production on federal lands has seen an overall increase under Obama.

    http://factcheck.org/2012/10/obamas-drilling-denials/

    "Largest middle class tax hike in decades disguised as "Health Care Reform""

    Only if you don't have health insurance and expect others to foot the bill when you get sick.

    "Seriously hurting several State and private retirement funds by diverting funds... "

    Prove it.

  • PanthersFan45 Nov 2, 5:30 p.m.

    "The number of people working in Raleigh-Cary in September actually declined by 1,100, to 522,300.
    An increase in government (2,500), education and health services (900) and mining, logging and construction (1,000) was offset by a drop of 3,200 in leisure and hospitality jobs.
    Financial activities firms shed 800 jobs, and the trade, transportation and utilities sector lost 700 jobs."

    They report the drop in the UE Rate for Raleigh and all these other metro areas and then procede to mention what I quoted above from the article. If the rates droped while they report fewer people working what gives ? ..... either everyone's retiring, going on welfare, going back to school ... or something else. Just a little puzzling to me, that's all.

  • atozca Nov 2, 5:30 p.m.

    There is no logical way anybody could deny evolution or global warming for example.
    Plenty Coups

    Lol, I'm sorry but that is funny. One can scientifically blow holes into the evolution and global warming theories. There is actually more scientific evidence to support the Intelligent Design theory. You must have been taught by someone who thought freedom of religion meant freedom from religion. Too bad.

  • aetius476 Nov 2, 5:27 p.m.

    "Some one else can pick it up from here..." - affirmativediversity

    Here is one more: destruction of savings income due to collaboration between US Treasurey Sec Tim Geithner and the Fed Reserve to drive and keep interst rates to near zero.

    The Fed Reserve chief stated that their policy was designed to "drive savers out of fixed interest paying instruments and into equities".

    They deliberately manipulated the interest rate environment to punish savers and force people into the roller coaster, risky stock market.

    A boon to the banks and the US treasury (to borrow cheaply), but a HUGE and devestating punishment for savers and those on fixed incomes.

    Shameful!!!!

  • Scubagirl Nov 2, 5:22 p.m.

    It will be interesting to me to see/read/hear what all the Obama haters have to say IF Romney gets elected and WHEN he FAILS to create the 12 million jobs he has promised. Will they be hating on him as well for lying?

    To me, although I don't think he'll win (yes I could be wrong), it will sure be funny to see how those who love him will react. Just remember-HE PROMISED! Like that will make it so.

  • Plenty Coups Nov 2, 5:14 p.m.

    jec114-"Why won't Obama show his college transcripts for 5M to go to Redcross?"

    No president or candidate (including Romney) has ever voluntarily released their college transcripts. He has released his birth certificate numerous times but the birthers still claim its a fake.

    "Did he really apply as a foreign student?"

    No. Debunked garbage.

    http://www.factcheck.org/2009/05/was-obama-born-in-the-usa/

    "Did Obama serve his country in Libya?"

    Depends. Are you going to hold every President responsible for terrorist attacks on their watch?

    " Did he really watch these people die on live video?"

    No

    "Did he really tell them to stand down?"

    No

    http://www.snopes.com/politics/military/benghazi.asp

    "Why did he lie to the families of the ones who did die?"

    ????

    "Why did he tell the UN And the family of the American People who died about a video?"

    Maybe because he was unsure if it contributed to the attack at first? Hindsight is 20/20.

  • Plenty Coups Nov 2, 5:04 p.m.

    "Sure, democrats irritate me as well sometimes as I don't agree with all their stances but I don't dismiss reality."

    per Plenty Coups

    affirmative-"And what reality are you living in?"

    Any time we argue that you actually can show legitimate sources, I'd admit I was wrong or mistaken but you tend not to. There is no logical way anybody could deny evolution or global warming for example.

  • godnessgracious2 Nov 2, 4:57 p.m.

    No thanks, where is the 5% after 4 years ue rate he promised?

    It was blocked by the GOP obstructionists in the Congress. If you had been paying the slightest amount of attention you would have known that.

  • affirmativediversity Nov 2, 4:47 p.m.

    Would you like more METRICS of failure?... per aetius476

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    You forgot:

    Largest middle class tax hike in decades disguised as "Health Care Reform"

    Seriously hurting several State and private retirement funds by diverting funds legally obligated to auto industry bond holders to his UAW buddies.

    With a bit of help from Frank and Dodd almost destroying the "small or local" banking industry.

    Printing so much money and amassing so much debt that our US dollar is now worth less than the Canadian dollar.

    Giving billions to Brazil for their oil exploration industry (Brazil is now wondering what they're going to do with all their oil money now) while cutting exploration on US government land and turning down the Keystone Pipeline

    Some one else can pick it up from here...

  • godnessgracious2 Nov 2, 4:44 p.m.

    National debt up and at record levels

    You could say the same about any previous president at any point in our history.

    Record of consecutive deficits over $1T (4 years in a row, no end in sight)

    Because taxes are too low, also you should compare to GDP for accurate comparisons.

    Record number dependent on food stamps (38% increase)

    Thanks to the financial collapse of 2008 more people need food stamps.

    First US federal debt credit downgrade in history

    Thank your obstructionist Congress. After raising it dozens of times for Bush and his wars, now if we want to solve Bushes financial collapse we cannot borrow any more?

    Ambassador to Libya and his staff killed by terrorists while admin watched

    CIA was dispatched less than 25 minutes after recieving the call for help.

    Lowest participation in labor force in modern history

    this is not even true.

    Would you like more METRICS of failure?...

    Yes I would like to see one.

  • godnessgracious2 Nov 2, 4:38 p.m.

    These numbers don't mean things are getting better. With the gas prices still about $3 we have not yet begun to recover from the recession. The plan is not working so we need a new plan. Vote Romney!

    This is a little silly don't you think? The price of gas goes up with demand and demand goes up when recession subsides. Therefore high gas prices are a sign that the recession has in fact subsided.

  • affirmativediversity Nov 2, 4:36 p.m.

    There are many, many sites that do show the North Carolina unemployment rate at 9.7% in January, 2009. Since 7.3% is obviously less than 9.7% I don't know how you can make a sane and defensible argument against the President's performance. per royalnc

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    You appear to be confusing the "Triangle" rate of unemployment with the "State" rate...I realize that's probably easy to do since WRAL insists on highlighting the "Triangle" rate and not mentioning the "State" rate until paragraph 4 and then not clearly identify it as such...

    Or maybe you believe the "Triangle" is North Carolina?

  • FairPlay Nov 2, 4:31 p.m.

    Obama has broken promises, not been transparent on many things, and has increased the debt to a record level. Stimulus did not work and by the way Bush, not Obama started the auto industry bailouts. No thanks, where is the 5% after 4 years ue rate he promised?

  • aetius476 Nov 2, 4:29 p.m.

    "We were talking about a 3% millionaires surtax but even this was a much too heavy burden for your precious millionaires." - godnessgracious2

    No! We are talking about a 33% increase in investment income, 30% increase in Medicare payroll tax, a 28% increase in income tax, for individuals making over $200K per year.

    Hardly a measly 3% millionaire tax!

    We know you hate wealth (other peoples'), and support forced government income redistribution, but at least be honest in your statments!...

  • affirmativediversity Nov 2, 4:28 p.m.

    ...How is that going to help me or anybody else except Paris Hilton? per godnessgracious2

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    Here's the hard fact...its not all about you.

    So maybe you should stop worrying so much about what others have that you feel they should fork over to you AND worry a little more about what you can and should be doing to better your own situation.

  • discowhale Nov 2, 4:27 p.m.

    But what's the UNDER-EMPLOYMENT rate?

  • aetius476 Nov 2, 4:24 p.m.

    "You have the choice of voting like YOU want. That is your choice and it is really fine by me. I hope it will not hurt you in the long run if your man Mr. Romney do get in. Will not hurt you if President Obama does win." - charmcclainlovesdogs2

    Char, I already voted thank you. I also took several folks with me to the polls.

    I am doing EVERYTHING I can to stand up to the leftist dicator O'bama. If he retains his choke hold on America, it will not be because of me not doing what I could to take our country back!

    I invite you to wake up and support change. Help us free America from the dreadful cycle of debt, fraud, and shameful non-leadership we are suffering under.

    Vote for Mitt Romney. Thanks!

  • affirmativediversity Nov 2, 4:24 p.m.

    Sure, democrats irritate me as well sometimes as I don't agree with all their stances but I don't dismiss reality. per Plenty Coups

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    And what reality are you living in?

  • affirmativediversity Nov 2, 4:22 p.m.

    "In Rocky Mount, the rate also fell, down to 8.5 percent from 9.2 percent in August. In Fayetteville, unemployment dropped to 9.6 percent from 11.2 percent."

    "unemployment fell"...hmmm, not sure its not more like a stumble!

    But woohooo...down to well over 8% in come places and closer to 10% in others...hope and change here we come!

  • so you dont like my opinion ok Nov 2, 4:21 p.m.

    @ Crumps Br0ther... I dont see you libs telling people how to spend their welfare checks

    They know how to spend their welfare checks and ebt card money... $30 worth of candy on the day before halloween, rib eye steaks and the best frozen dinners available. Oh and lets not forget, they will come up to you and ask you to give them money for groceries. Actually had this happen to me three of four times. Someone said if I buy $100 worth of grocercies, you will you give me $50...

  • WakeUpAmerica Nov 2, 4:21 p.m.

    This is a program that Bush signed into law and it doesn't cost taxpayers anything. It is paid for by fees that cell phone customers pay. Don't want to pay a couple dollars to provide cell phones to people that cannot otherwise answer prospective employers calls? Don't buy phone service! You have the choice.

    I don't mind helping the ones who need it. People that get 30 them is what I have problem with.

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=GVl1gg7Ldd8

  • aetius476 Nov 2, 4:15 p.m.

    "How has he made anything worse? Use any metric you like, but once Obama's policies took effect things got better." - godness gracious2

    National debt up and at record levels

    Record of consecutive deficits over $1T (4 years in a row, no end in sight)

    Record number dependent on food stamps (38% increase)

    First US federal debt credit downgrade in history

    Ambassador to Libya and his staff killed by terrorists while administration watched impotently

    Lowest participation in labor force in modern history

    Would you like more METRICS of failure?...

  • iron fist Nov 2, 4:13 p.m.

    Does anyone really beleive the numbers?

  • godnessgracious2 Nov 2, 4:12 p.m.

    Paul Ryan's Tax Plan Endangers Capitalism

    Most Americans would agree that imposing a 100% tax rate on our richest citizens is a radical idea that would threaten the very viability of our market economy. Don't be fooled into thinking a 0% tax rate is any less dangerous.

    http://www.thestreet.com/story/11662976/1/paul-ryans-tax-plan-endangers-capitalism.html?cm_ven=outbrain

  • orangemoonlite Nov 2, 4:07 p.m.

    Unemployment down again? Lie.

  • wakemom Nov 2, 4:04 p.m.

    did go to the drudgereport and I couldn't find any information on NC unemployment rates versus January 2009 when the President took office. Again, I would ask that you please cite your sources. There are many, many sites that do show the North Carolina unemployment rate at 9.7% in January, 2009. Since 7.3% is obviously less than 9.7% I don't know how you can make a sane and defensible argument against the President's performance.
    royalnc

    Not only that, but the President wasnt even inaugurated in january 20th!

  • Minarchist Nov 2, 4:01 p.m.

    Without the Government hiring [election workers?], the numbers would have been quite disastrous. I guess when you run the government you can hire at will to make the numbers more in your favor. Sounds like cheating though.
    TV_D_Seat
    November 2, 2012 3:20 p.m.
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    Or change the entire formula that calculates the UE rate. Who did that? Reagan..... LOL

  • JohnnyRaleigh Nov 2, 4:01 p.m.

    These numbers don't mean things are getting better. With the gas prices still about $3 we have not yet begun to recover from the recession. The plan is not working so we need a new plan. Vote Romney!

  • WakeUpAmerica Nov 2, 3:57 p.m.

    Dear Republicans,

    Why doesn't Mr. Mitt Romney want to share his tax returns from previous years and show how well he served his country?
    scg

    Why won't Obama show his college transcripts for 5M to go to Redcross? Did he really apply as a foreign student? Isn't that cheating?

    Did Obama serve his country in Libya? Did he really watch these people die on live video? Did he really tell them to stand down? Why did he lie to the families of the ones who did die? Why did he tell the UN And the family of the American People who died about a video?

    These are all questions nobody knows the answers to. Rep and dems. So I'm sure you won't get your question answered until they can all be answered. I look at it like It's his money, Obama is messing with mine and yours.

  • Dukefan1 Nov 2, 3:57 p.m.

    "Look at your retirement account see whats that worth ,"

    Huh? Stock market has had a good run under Obama.

  • Gunny the Racist Nov 2, 3:50 p.m.

    Next week after Romney is elected our ext president, you'll see the real numbers!

  • godnessgracious2 Nov 2, 3:50 p.m.

    France is doing this and ya knwo what? All their rich people are leaving to go somewhere else.

    France is raising the top rate to 70%! We were talking about a 3% millionaires surtax but even this was a much too heavy burden for your precious millionaires. I suppose you would rather our roads and bridges crumble and collapse, you would rather our debt continue to pile up. For what? So Paris Hilton doesn't have to pay an estate tax? How is that going to help me or anybody else except Paris Hilton?

  • kgbeme Nov 2, 3:45 p.m.

    "Dear Republicans,

    Why doesn't Mr. Mitt Romney want to share his tax returns from previous years and show how well he served his country?"

    Dear Sir/Ms.

    Since when did how much you pay in taxes on money that you have already paid taxes on matter as a qualification for being President. If I personally paid 14% on 2 million ($280,000) and donated another $200k to charity, I would feel like $480,00 was a good contribution to society for the year. These aren't the numbers but just an example. The problem is that most people that lean far left in politics can't find something morally wrong or otherwise with Romney. So, they have to manufacture the class warfare thing. He's wealthy, smart, a devoted mormon, and has a good accountant. What a bad guy.

  • Plenty Coups Nov 2, 3:43 p.m.

    "Please, for the sake of our country, go look up some graphs and charts and step outside of the right wing echo chamber and do some actual research."

    It's a contest between sides. Like a sports match. It's more important that they win than to be right. I can understand debating general philosophical differences but to insist facts aren't true, science is wrong, and any news contray to what we want to be true is liberal media bias, is dangerous and counter productive to our country. Sean Hannity is a perfect example of someone who would rather see the country go down in flames than to lose an election. I remember (among many lies he tells)that it was only a month or two before Iraq starts launching nuclear weapons at their enemies. To this day, he never admits it. Sure, democrats irritate me as well sometimes as I don't agree with all their stances but I don't dismiss reality.

  • sunshine1040 Nov 2, 3:43 p.m.

    All of you that want to see Mitts tax records post yours and lets see if you paid any federal income tax or if your credits exceeded your taxes. As governor Mitt did not draw a salary and as a business owner he put his money where he could get more. This means he made better choices then the current president did

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