impose new trade tariffs on China, (hello, tariffs are taxes, Mitt will be taxing the American people) Still, the Standard & Poors 100 Index of the biggest U.S. companies rose 5.5 percent in 2012 through yesterday, beating a version of the S&P 500 that strips out weightings for market value by the most since 1999. Earnings for the 100-company measure are projected to reach a record high this year, according to analyst estimates compiled by Bloomberg. The S&P 500 Index (SPX) has risen 4.6 percent so far this year. Obama Duels With Romney Over Economic Ideology in Ohio - Bloomberg Look at that. Corporations are doing fantastic. Mitt thinks we need more help for corporations and less police, firefighters and teachers. Duh! What does that tell you?