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Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) - Mark Berry works for the New Hampshire state unemployment office so he knows all about the economy's affect on real people.
At his office, that can mean bad news. The unemployment office itself laid off 70 workers at the end of the year.
"If they're laying us off then that means they need fewer people processing forms and all that," he said. "It could also be a reflection of the state's budget but you can tell that some people are getting hired, though it's hired in part time jobs."
When he went out to vote in the primary in Nashua, New Hampshire he was undecided about the candidates. He figured Romney was going to win, but he said he feels like he is too much of insider and thought voting for Paul was a great way to make his dissatisfaction with partisan politics known. He wants change, he said, but not the kind of change Obama ended up pursuing. He ended up voting for Ron Paul.
"My vote was sort of a protest vote," he said. "It was a comment. I don't like a lot of his military position of bringing all the troops home. But I like that he is not partisan."
Oh God, not another Soledad story! Let me go put my boots on... no wait the hip waders might be better.
What a horrible waste of network bandwidth....
thats a a easy job 4.5 % he is lucky
Mark could not vote for Obama's change. He appears to be against Obama's creation of 2.6 million jobs, after Bush's 8 million job loss, the saving of the auto industry and almost 2 million jobs, hope for 50 million uninsured, tax rates the lowest in 50 years, an end to the Bush doctrine, our troops home from Iraq, the stock market up to 12,400 from Bush's 7000, 22 months of private sector job growth, and a host of foreign policy victories. Seems like Mark is tuned into that foreign owned media.
By foreign owned media, I mean Fox. Hope I did not confuse the right wingnuts.
@ Wire Really 2.5 million jobs created? What kind of kool aid you drinking?
Still . . . -I just report the facts and nothing but the facts. You do not get truth on foreign owned media, Fox. I presume you acknowledge the rest of my post as true.
> Wire Palladin, S. F. - Mark could not vote for Obama's change.
Of course, he's no sucker!
>He appears to be against Obama's creation of 2.6 million jobs,
Problem being you need about 2.4 million a YEAR to account for increase in the workforce just to maintain the unemployment level. So in 3 years Obama needed to create 7.2 million, just to tread water and more to lower the unemployment rate. The rate has declined ONLY because people have been frustrated for so long and stopped looking for work.
>the saving of the auto industry and almost 2 million jobs,
Bankruptcy court would have TRULY saved GM and Chrysler. Obama screwed over the bond holders big time and stole the companies to give them to the unions. GM will fail again because it still has its union anchor dragging it to the bottom.
>hope for 50 million uninsured,
That Mark will have to pay for.
>tax rates the lowest in 50 years,
Not mine. Then again I'm not one of the lucky 47% that get a free ride.
>our troops home from Iraq
THANK YOU GEORGE BUSH!!!
>the stock market up to 12,400 from Bush's 7000
Wow, no other presidents ever claimed they controlled the stock market. Obama must truly be the messiah!
>22 months of private sector job growth,
See truth above. One job created in each of 22 months is hardly worth crowing about!
>Seems like Mark is tuned into that foreign owned media.
No, he has ears, ears and a functioning brain like most non-liberals.
Voters need to understand that Ron Paul's views are a package plan. Soldiers will not be coming home to be poor.
Okay I'll lay it out.
Under Ron Paul:
1. Many bases to be closed, soldiers come home = no spending overseas
2. Foreign Aid cut = no spending overseas
3. Eliminate unnecessary Federal departments = smaller government to support with tax payer money
4. Audit and eliminate the FED, return to Gold standard = dollar no longer manipulated and no more bailouts.
5. Elimination of federal tax, IRS = more money for US citizens to save/spend (increase economy/more jobs)
(note: The government has all kinds of way to make money – Sales tax, Tariffs, Excise taxes – it won't go broke)
6. People can choose to be on social security or maintain their own health account.
7. Keep our military, defend our borders, defend the seas for US shipping and no longer die for other nations.
This is FREEDOM!
Truth, you have to have a job to be the recipient of the lowest tax rates in 50 years. Minimum wage posting for foreign owned media would make your savings unnoticeable. Also, thanks for reaffirming that the foreign owned media, Fox, viewers, like you, are the most uninformed.
Voting for Ron Paul is fine, but I don't think he is really a good man to be president. He doesn't understand what foreign aid really does; projects our values and influence while we show who looking to help. There are also other assumptions that he makes that I disagee with because they aren't based in fact.