Poll: The economy and the election

Do current economic conditions help or hurt President Obama’s re-election chances?

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  • Lsismor

    It’s funny how republicans make a mess leaving all the dirty dishes in the sink and then complain when no one washes them. They made a mess of this country and now they’re blaming President Obama because it hasn’t been cleaned up.

  • guest

    No matter who wins the election, it is a mess and is going to be a mess only.
    There is no fun in pointing fingers at other people. Nothing moves faster in US right now. So also the election. They wait until November and then give more and more speeches by putting ads favoring their candidates. Most candidates do not know what they stand for. They are not only cofused but they also confuse the voters as much as they can to get all the possible votes. You must stand for something. Otherwise you will fall for anything. All the businessmen, candidates, and the entrepreneurs are still waiting without doing anything. And nobody knows what they are waiting for and why they are waiting.. In the end, one is going to win and one is going to lose.

  • Jp72779

    Considering PBS’s claim that they are reporting in depth coverage on the election this year I am disappointed that they are not telling their viewers all of the news from the Campaign. I have been watching PBS for almost an hour now and not a single mention about Ron Paul. I do know that the RNC has recently released a statement confirming that Dr. Ron Paul is most certainly still in the race. Which may come as a shock to most considering that all mainstream media has implied that he is not in the race any longer. I am upset that all of these so-called “trusted” new sources are only reporting on what they want the public to hear and not reporting all news as it happens. For all Americans who are not pleased with their choices this time around I would think that maybe this would fall under PBS’s “need to know” category. I would love a reply from one of the PBS staff on this matter.

  • Janegcox

    Obama has had almost four years to fix it up with his “hope and chage” bit. He has only shown the job is too big for him and he’s incompetent to run the Country. He had his chance and he blew it.

  • TAE456

    THE ECONOMY IS DOING GREAT, CONSIDERING THE CIRCUMSTANCES. THER ARE JOBS THAT ARE NOT COMING BACK, BECAUSE OF MODERN TECHNOLOGY AND THE SIMPLE FACT THAT EMPLOYERS HAVE LEARNED THAT THEY CAN GET 1  WORKER TO DO THE SAME AMOUNT OF WORK OF 3 EMPLOYEES, WHICH INCREASED THE BOTTOM LINE, (PROFITS). YOU DON’T HAVE TO BELIEVE ME, JUST TAKE A LOOK A THE STOCK MARKET. WHY IS IT SO HIGH, NUMBERS DON”T LIE. OUR ECONOMY IS IN TRANSITION, WE ARE MOVING FROM A COUNTRY THAT PRODUCES GOODS TO A COUNTRY THAT WILL BE PROVIDING SERVICES, BECAUSE ALL THE GOODS WILL BE MADE IN THIRD WORLD COUNTRIES (CHEAP LABOR) AGAIN PROFITS. THE MAIN THING TODAY WILL  BE TO MAKE SURE YOUR KIDS GET A GREAT EDUCATION. THEY WILL NEED IT.

  • Anonymous

    Yes, the stagnant economy will hurt the incumbent Obama, but if there were true justice, it would hurt the Republican candidate more, because Republicans were full steam for the deregulation that wrecked it (as, to be fair, were many Dems), and have stifled every attempt by Obama and the Democrats to do anything about it.

  • Mikey

    There is no question President Obama inherited a difficult situation. What is truly disappointing is that he has chosen to make it worse by elevating social & governmental reforms to a higher position than economic reforms that would truly stimulate the economy.

  • KKH

    I fear that current economic conditions can hurt the President’s re-election chances, even though I beiieve an obstructionist Congress is more responsible for those conditions.

  • Ann Harroun

    Current economic conditions, created on purpose by the Republicans in order to sink Obama’s chances for re-election, do hurt Obama.  Most voters today already have forgotten how we got into this mess.  Democrats’ hope is that voters recognize the obstructionism of the Republicans in Congress and realize that these people were willing to cause thousands of Americans to lose their jobs, homes and health care and live on the streets just so they could regain the Presidency.

  • Spruce

    With the obvious moves from the Republicans to block all of Obama’s efforts to deal with the economy..Citizens know Obama tried.  Obama needs a Democratic majority to move his ecomonic plan forward. 

  • Mikey

    Let’s see…during the first 2 years of the Obama Presidency, Democrats had control of both houses of the Congress. Obstructionism?

  • Mvdehn

    I agree with Ann Haroun below, but would like to add that the Democrat Party stabbed Obama in the back and did not help to get his programs through.
    Madeleine

  • Mvdehn

    I agree with Ann Haroun below, but would like to add that the Democrat Party stabbed Obama in the back and did not help to get his programs through.
    Madeleine

  • Amrk60610

     yours is one of the most off the wall, silly comments I’ve seen…..it’s still all bushes fault …right ???

  • Amrk60610

     yours is one of the most off the wall, silly comments I’ve seen…..it’s still all bushes fault …right ???

  • Jedennis

    In reply to Janegcox – it certainly hasn’t helped that the Republicans have block every effort President Obama  put forth to try to improve the economy.  A little compromise would have gone a long way – but the GOP leaders stated from the beginning – “Our number one goal is to make Mr. Obama a one term president”.  They didn’t care one bit about what it has heaped on the average American!

  • Jedennis

    In reply to Janegcox – it certainly hasn’t helped that the Republicans have block every effort President Obama  put forth to try to improve the economy.  A little compromise would have gone a long way – but the GOP leaders stated from the beginning – “Our number one goal is to make Mr. Obama a one term president”.  They didn’t care one bit about what it has heaped on the average American!

  • Jedennis

    In reply to Janegcox – it certainly hasn’t helped that the Republicans have block every effort President Obama  put forth to try to improve the economy.  A little compromise would have gone a long way – but the GOP leaders stated from the beginning – “Our number one goal is to make Mr. Obama a one term president”.  They didn’t care one bit about what it has heaped on the average American!

  • Jedennis

    In reply to Janegcox – it certainly hasn’t helped that the Republicans have block every effort President Obama  put forth to try to improve the economy.  A little compromise would have gone a long way – but the GOP leaders stated from the beginning – “Our number one goal is to make Mr. Obama a one term president”.  They didn’t care one bit about what it has heaped on the average American!

  • E Racer

    The Republicans buried us in two wars, Medicade part D, and tax breaks for the top 1%, plus removing banking regulations and causing the housing crisis. Why would anyone vote Republican?
    No one can be that stupid ! Do we never learn from our past mistakes in this country? 

  • E Racer

    The Republicans buried us in two wars, Medicade part D, and tax breaks for the top 1%, plus removing banking regulations and causing the housing crisis. Why would anyone vote Republican?
    No one can be that stupid ! Do we never learn from our past mistakes in this country? 

  • Gregbgh

    As unemployed I have sent out many an application and resume. Often or not I wouldn’t really have a clue what the employer wants and it is a gambling proposition, often because they give the job searcher a brief description of what they want. So Many employers do this and I have to guess if my resume meets their need. Neither party addresses that just maybe the employer doesn’t really know what they want under the economic stress, so they don’t spell out what they want from an employee. Obama has so far set a path of giving the employer tools to strengthen their confidence to hire the job searcher. Ramsey hasn’t said much, or I don’t hear it from him, that the employer needs to be confident with politics in Washington. They want employees that are smart and can resolve micro-business economic problems for them and that is often not what the job entitles. So the employer hires the closest match to a problem solver that their experience allows to there knowledge to notice one. We need problem solving government to lead the nation and both the people and the president need to spell out what they want in direction for this country to go. Enough of the guessing and gambling that is going on with the current politic race. I don’t want gambler’s for presidents. Obama was doing well with me untill he offered gambling to raise money for the presidential race and Ramsey just had to make a $10,000 dollar bet on stage. Life has enough risk taking with out gambling on our economics.

  • Booker2886

    Sadly the majority of American voters are rather ignorant, with short-term memory loss. Neither side of the aisle will be willing to do anything other than put bandaids on gangrene. There is a reason one party caters to the rich, and the other to the poor, they are collectively decimating the middle class, and will continue to do so. Reagan opened a window, but Clinton opened the door (Glass-Steagall, NAFTA). Bush and Obama walked through the door, and Romney would run as fast as possible through it.

    I find it extremely frustrating that the media spends little to no time discussing how free trade has crippled America. Between NAFTA’s inception and 2010, 29 million jobs left the U.S. We now face a $50 billion trade deficit every quarter that is sure to rise. Thank the wonderful lobbyists and corrupt politicians that, themselves, need reform.
    http://articles.businessinsider.com/2011-02-11/markets/30028586_1_nafta-goods-trade-cumulative-job-loss
    41% of our national debt is money owed to social programs like Social Security, Medicare, and the Federal Reserve. The government passed legislation now allowing them to borrow from Federal pensons (which, when combined with poor investing in derivatives markets, led to the bankruptcy of local and state pensions). The Federal government will find ways to deflect the blame for these failing programs so they don’t have to pay back the money owed, just like the states. 
    Now, the Federal Reserve is suggesting more failing stimulus proposals for business with taxpayer money, which will increase our debt. The economy could benefit, by way of spending power, if student debt and medical bills could be dismissed in bankruptcy court, if the Federal government bailed out the pension system, or by small business assistance,

    No matter which party has power, they will not be able to stop the trainwreck that is the faltering American economy without addressing these issues. The only way they will even discuss them is if mainstream media begins to inform the sheep that look to their television for their opinions. Unfortunately, it does not appear that it will happen any time soon.

  • Rick

    I voted yes (the economy is not helping), but I am still voting for him.

  • Al Zamora

    If he truly uses the economy as a tool it will help him: Why..because, the economy was in dismal shape when he got in office.

    One small government is what got us in the mess we are in, Bush open the flood gates, make deregulation king and now, we the american poeple are paying the price. The housing market collasped taking the economy with it. Housing the major supplier of job, not only construction, but manfacturing, suppliers, retailer, and not to mention the auto industry, and yet the financial, and banking industries are raking bullions, no one has been prosecuted for the obvious corruption.

    Smaller government is not the answer, responsible government should be the norm, our economy will not come back in 2 1/2 years, the first the sex months in office, the president is still looking for the bathroom. Obama was duped into bailing out the financial markets, when he should have been breaking the up, it was done to ATT in the 70s and communications industry has actually grown beyond expectations, and ATT is still on top, the cream will always rise.

    If he really attacks Romney on what his vision for the future is, the american will see, that deregulation will resurface worse then it was before, and will really become a second rate country a lot quicker, and the middle class will be stuck with a bigger bill.

    If focuses on the fact the Stimulus should have been bigger than it was, but the republican party forced him to compomise at a time when he should stood his ground, a mistake maybe, it now being used against, he should wake up and emphasize who realy deralled the stimulus package.

    Romney will hurt the economy more, why, he has no direction, no plan, and thinks lets just bad mouth the the guy in office…if he wins on that ticket..I am afraid we dumber than politicians think we are, and deserve the worst times in the history of Country that will befall us if Romney and his idiot friend win.
    AND I AM A REPUBLICAN AND SMALL BUSINESS OWNER…accountant by trade.

  • Gerald W Bradshaw

    My own
    personal experience balancing income with needs and wants taught me the
    importance of having a plan that was based on fundamental principles. My wife
    and I raised eleven children on my income so we became experts on the practical
    realities where we jointly determined the essentials and learned how to
    discipline ourselves to meet our family’s needs and assist our children to
    develop their character, learn to work and to further their education to meet
    the changing conditions of our society. We learned how to establish needs as a
    priority over wants and in the process found that you do not have to go very
    far from needs to be happy. All of our children are now successfully married
    and ten of our eleven children have college degrees and four have advanced
    degrees. They did this with the values we taught, a work ethic, sacrifice and
    hard work. We found that competence, character and caring worked for our family
    as we believe that those three C’s will work for the person we choose as our
    next president to lead us collective so that as a nation we will do the same things
    that each of as individuals and families have to do to be successful. We believe
    that Mitt Romney has those leadership attributes in spite of the opposition who
    have tried to define him differently. It is our hope that during the two up coming
    conventions that we as the people of this nation will be able to discern which
    of the two candidate’s best represents those attributes so that hope will be
    rekindled in our country.

  • Prospector

    The question is incorrectly posed, as if the current economic conditions are independent of the current administration. The question should be: Does President Obama hurt or help the economy?

  • Prospector

    The question is incorrectly posed, as if the current economic conditions are independent of the current administration. The question should be: Does President Obama hurt or help the economy?

  • Prospector

    Both wars in the Afghanistan and Iraq were bipartisan efforts; every taxpayer got a tax break; Glass-Steagall was under Clinton (not Bush); one would need to know recent history to know how to learn from past mistakes.

  • Prospector

    Truly Jedennis — isn’t the number one goal of every democrat, to make the next republican president a one-termer? Did you feel the way that you do about Bush 1 or 2 or Reagan?

  • Prospector

    Truly Jedennis — isn’t the number one goal of every democrat, to make the next republican president a one-termer? Did you feel the way that you do about Bush 1 or 2 or Reagan?

  • Prospector

    He had a Democratic majority when he ascended the White House and kept it for two years. You make it sound like Obama was helpless.

  • Prospector

    Isn’t it obvious that Obama is not up to the task?

  • Nunur

    I was raised among Southern Democrats. During the 80′s I spent time behind the Iron Curtain. The dangers of Socialism were driven home as I stood in bread lines. Having witnessed Obama’s true Socialist leanings, I simply can no longer support him. He is a real danger to democracy. The nation cannot take four more years of rule by executive order and out of control spending.

  • Nunur

     It’s not enough to provide services. We must also manufacture and export goods. I live in the Socialist Republic of California, the land of a million regulations and Democratic politicians that pander to State Public Employee Unions. The Democrats have done everything in their power to increase energy costs and drive business from California.

  • Nunur

     Would that plan include four more years of trillion dollar deficits and billions of dollars in unproductive bailouts…

  • lgfromillinois

    I’ll still vote for Obama.  His policies are not the cause of the economic difficulties.  Political obstructionism has prevented some ideas from being adopted.  Mr Obama has lacked skill in advancing his program.  Mr Romney’s policies will hasten a decline in American wellbeing.  Whatever benefits appear from those policies will be temporary and illusionary.  There are no easy answers to revive the economy.  Whichever party wins this election will be the loser in the next two cycles.  We are seeking to bail out of our mess by looking for a bucket with the fewest holes. 

  • lgfromillinois

    I’ll still vote for Obama.  His policies are not the cause of the economic difficulties.  Political obstructionism has prevented some ideas from being adopted.  Mr Obama has lacked skill in advancing his program.  Mr Romney’s policies will hasten a decline in American wellbeing.  Whatever benefits appear from those policies will be temporary and illusionary.  There are no easy answers to revive the economy.  Whichever party wins this election will be the loser in the next two cycles.  We are seeking to bail out of our mess by looking for a bucket with the fewest holes. 

  • Kj4lifesourceh2o

    The issues that surround the country are not  fully controlled by the President. The 554 law makers in Congress & the House are the people creating the grid lock, by attempting to blemish the Presidency of the First Afro American to be elected. The tenor of the country has not changed when it comes to race, and although most in the media will not publically speak or write about the concept,it is the standard by which many white and non-white americans base their decisions.. Its a sad day when you here comments in response to questions to Rommeny~~~ Can you beat Obama?~~~sure I can, I am the” White Guy”, which leads to all the disfunction and back stabing, policital rangleing that keeps career politicians in office for long periods of time, with no accountability or justification for what they do,, which in this Policial season they do “nothing”. They simply set back asnd point their greeded fingures at the other guy or the other side of the isle and continue to fatten their bank accounts, health insurance and gauranteed pensions while the rest of the country suffers.

  • Kmike_60

    President Obama has my vote..

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_22RSYAQ4HCUNNYT6Q4ARI47TBQ Daniel

    Why would anyone vote for Obama? He has never done anything in his life other than community service. I know teenagers with more business experience than him…and yes, I’m including his time as the President. He’s corrupted and split our country. Look at how angry people are at everyone else. The president wants us to blame the rich, meanwhile he’s begging the rich to fund his campaign (Clooney for example). He’s not a leader, he’s a divider and all he cares about is getting re-elected so he can continue to play golf and go on vacation. If Obama was a CEO he would have been fired after his second month on the job. Is Romney perfect? No, but at least he doesn’t want to destroy our country and turn it into Europe. 

    Romney will get my vote. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_22RSYAQ4HCUNNYT6Q4ARI47TBQ Daniel

    Why? What has he done that makes you want 4 more years of his leadership (or lack of leadership)?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_22RSYAQ4HCUNNYT6Q4ARI47TBQ Daniel

    I agree and if that was the survey question I would vote that he hurts the economy.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_22RSYAQ4HCUNNYT6Q4ARI47TBQ Daniel

    What about Obama makes you want more? What has he done that impressed you enough to make you vote for him?

  • Tinkymoto

    You are wrong.  Under Obama, federal spending is at its lowest since the 1950′s.  The current rate is just 0.4%.  If you are referring to increasing deficits,  those have increased since 2000 due to 2 wars, the Medicare prescription drug plan and the Bush tax cuts. Current increasing deficits are due to lack of tax revenues and expenditures for safety nets due to the Great Recession.  The Great Recession is due fundamentally to deregulation of the financial markets which led to the housing bubble.

  • Jain D’Vine

    I’m a moderate…or in today’s Spin, a CENTRIST…Obama drove the Bus much further to the LEFT than I thought or WOULD ever have supported, had I known.   NOW, my vote is Not in “support” of a candidacy as much as trying to Curtail the negatives…I’ll be voting for the LESSER of TWO ‘evils’.   A rich, elite, “silent” supporter of historic racism in the MORMON “church” vs a Self-professed “Christian” who doesn’t support any traditional Christian Values in his “policies”…It’s hard to comprehend “LEADERSHIP” that compartmentalizes a BELIEF SYSTEM to accommodate Political Pandering…the stench of hypocrisy in Politics almost necessitates taking a roll of toilet paper and disinfectant wipes into the Voting Booth along with the Ballot.  The basic tenent to Know the Truth and the Truth will set you Free is evidently the First Christian value to be discarded on the Road to (Nowhere) The White House.  The Silent Majority of yore, may actually be the Dearly Departed.    Good Luck, to those who retain faith in the politicians, their rhetoric and calculated “promises”…I will cast a Vote as a matter of conscientiousness, but my FAITH for all things Good, Better and BEST will remain in the Grace, Mercy and Provision of a Loving Covenant-Keeping God.
    Redundant:  God Bless America (Land that I Love)

  • Barbeszoo

    Doesn’t matter who is on top of the dung heap, it is still a dung heap.  Get rid of lobbiest, replace congress with people who have to live in Washington and actually talk to each other on a daily basis (no cowardly votes by computer or cell phone, actual face to face prescence mandatory) Campaign finance reform is an absolute must, or it will always be the Romneys of the world who run.  Some one asked where Ron Paul is? Probably out of money.  Corporations are running this country, not citizen Joe, plumber or otherwise.  Finger pointing and nasty rhetoric just blows smoke and confuse the issues.  And if you are basing your vote on attack ads and the last four years then you have no right to complain. The last four years of our woes is a culmanation of many years  of error in judgement.    No one man leads or makes this country as no one citizen or party. 

  • Gregbgh

    Let’s volunteer. The republicans need recruits to further there cause and the only subject that Obama hasn’t covered that every president has supported is volunteering. It’s nice to have an opinion, but untill we do more than the 9 to 5 job do we really know and every little bit counts. Go for it because I think the republicans are really lacking in promotion and volunteering opens eyes. If you have volunteered, then was it just a lot of fun, or was it hard work for free?

  • Gregbgh

    One thing I think your missing is the customer service that every CEO has to do to keep the door open for the company. 20% of the real new direction for the company is the CEO’s  real work in progressing the company, 80% of  the rest is pandering to the customer service required to keep the customers, politics and employees happy. A family the parents word is the last word and they believe in you values why they have grown successful. Who is president is not a parent and must carry on a lot of customer service for the country just to keep the doors open with the U.S. but also the rest of the world too. This is why I choose Obama. He has good verbal stance and public demeanor that is usually graceful to the majority of the nation. Mitt Romney in his rich world has forgotten this and will steer the country to a lot of anger with the world.

  • Gregbgh

    I frankly apologize for not getting Mitt Romney’s name right. I’m poor with names, and one thing I value in leaders who do make it to the top is they know everyone’s name and they have the spelling right. Goes to show why I never made it anywhere even with peers as poor as I, they remember my name well. Somehow I think it is a disability with me, but I do know that real leaders don’t go very far if they don’t get your name right. So I apologize and you may disregard my statement if you feel that is the ultimate mistake and should be disregarded. Thank you.

  • Joaniekempt

    Obama needs to go because he can’t handle the job.  Everyone thinks that he is so brilliant but how can one know when no one has seen his college records; Let someone with credentials try to fix the economy – ANYONE

  • Leoniejush

     You Dems are so out of touch, or maybe you love to have the rich pay for your meals – food stamps; I am black and can see Obama for what he is – a con artist – and he knows how to work like the Africans who are excellent at this job

  • Joaniekempt

     He had two years to do whatever he wanted with the Senate, House and the White House; don’t make excuses for him.  He was so wrapped up in his obamacare he never thought of anything else.  Stop drinking the Koolaid, you’re drunk of this stuff

  • Lavanda

    In Spanish there is a phrase “Entre Guatemala y Guatepeor”, meaning between bad and worse”. I keep thking this about Obama vs Romney.  I dont like oir trust either one !

    I dont want to vote for either but dont want to NOT vote, nor throw away my vote on someone else who has no chance to win. I get nauseous at the thought of either VP candidatte becoming president.  What a quandary !

    I say, lets throw this whole election in the trash ^ start all over.

    I believe mebbe Hilary’s time has come.

    I am a staunch independent and dont kowtow to either or any party.  Just want the best for our country.

  • Leonierush

     He had one for the first 2 years; he was too busy with obamacare.  Were you out of this country at the beginning of his reign?  Can imagine if the media was not in the tank for him; he’d be in the dumps by now; imagine if the media was fair

  • Leonierush

     Are you serious or have you had too much koolaid; stop drinking and you’ll think better, trust me

  • Leoniejush

     Cut down on the koolaid; it’s bad for your health. It can also paralyze your thinking

  • 2nd Lady

    I guess we’ve forgotten the whole point of elections. When have we had a president that’s done everything they said they would? They only have 4 years folks. Problems need solution, period. I don’t think Obama, or Romney can help this situation. Especially since they never reveal their master plan until they are in office. None of them are fixing anything in 4 years. Lets not forget that Obama didn’t come into office behind perfect conditions.

  • Vance Pace

    President Obama is not at fault for current economic conditions, but voters are naive about that.  I’m as pessimistic about the future of the country as anybody, but I blame the intransigence of teh Republicans for that, not President Obama.

  • Cdluria

    Americans used to rise to a challenge; today too many of them prefer to wallow in defeat and blame others – like Big Guvmint – for their own shortcomings.”It’s all a big dungheap” one writer remarked, blowing the problem away as he turned to the latest sports scores.

    They like to think of themselves as rugged individualists, these people, as self-made men that did it all on their own. “No one ever helped me,” they crow, proudly. Well, maybe the military and the intelligence community kept terrorists from blowing them away. Maybe the Interstate system let them get their goods to market. Maybe the FDA kept their food safe and the FAA kept their flight from crashing, and Medicare helped their parents to live better lives, “but Hell – thems are Entitlements and we shouldn’t have to PAY for them.”. So they look for candidates that deal in fairy dust, and that promise to increase defense expenditures and Big Oil subsidies while lowering taxes. And how we are going to pay for all this without increasing the deficit…. well, plenty of time to think about that after the elections.

  • Kurt

    While the economy hurts the President’s chances at a second term, I firmly believe that a Romney win is the death knell for the middle class, we have been heading to third world status for 40 years and there is nothing in the Romney Ryan plans for htis country to slow that down.

  • Kurt

    While the economy hurts the President’s chances at a second term, I firmly believe that a Romney win is the death knell for the middle class, we have been heading to third world status for 40 years and there is nothing in the Romney Ryan plans for htis country to slow that down.

  • Kurt

    back in the 70s I was a far right republican but I have watched my position with regards to the country slide to the left as I stood still.  I don’t Think Obama is any further to the left than say Rockefeller was and he was Republican.  I have watched the Republican party pare off any conflicting views for over 40 years as they continue to favor those who fund their re-election over their obligations to serve the public.  the attitudes you say Obama has are more a factor of FOX-Murdoc propaganda than fact.

  • kurt

    at least the President has a sense of community, the only attitude I have seen from Romney is that of someone who knows nothing outside his very narrow world.  What we have seen of Romney is someone who has no clue as to what it takes to survive being out of work, worried that his kids might get shot coming home from school, wondering why his job went to China, worried that Paul Ryan might get his voucher medicaide system through as his perscription price goes through the roof. 

  • kurt

    Leonierush, the majority the Dems  had could not get past a senate filibuster so they had to craft every bit of legislation to pander to enough republicans so they would not do the filibuster.  even at that it was not always possible to get things done.  Obamacare as an example would have had a public option which would have gotten rid of the mandate, which is the only thing most folks object to.  but the insurance lobbyists objected and the republicans bent us over and gave us the mandate.  they didn’t vote for it but they didn’t object until after it was law.  if you don’t think it was that way try to think back more than a couple of weeks to when it was all going on…

  • Nborengasser

    It seems the economic memory many don’t go back far enough.  I still cringe to think the budget had a surplus not all that long ago and it went away in record time under a Republican administration.  Our congress deserves a failing grade on both sides of the isle.  President Obama may not have the answers to our problems in his pocket, but I believe he is a man who believes in cooporation and compromise if given the chance.  Shame on those who put pride ahead of the wellfare of our nation.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_K6VLYTX6EYLUZ3NAMPVUWT7RRY Jason

    The head of the opposition party said their number one goal was to make Obama a one term president.  

    Not to work to improve the economy.  Not to ease unemployment.  Not to work with the president to make the nation better.  How can Obama improve the economy if the opposition is blocking all of his suggestions? 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_R5I2ZHUZHFIWRJ4ZGG2CO5O7MM Darden313

    Considering the circumstances and how the Bush Administration left no money and a bad economy, borderline for a depression which thank God was avoided, we were loosing jobs everyday when he took office, the economy had tanked. The deregulations of banks and the gambling that occured was not healthy for the banking industry. The American Automobile industry was failing and no one wanted to bail them out with the authority to help, at great political capital and risk the new President save the industry which ties 1 in 1 jobs to our economy. Michigan faced many problems, lost of population and industry. The Democratic Governor leaving manage to leave a surplus of funds for the new Republican Governor. He increased taxes on pensioners 2.5% and reduce and eliminated the busniess tax at retirees expense.

     The President faced his own battles in Washington, DC with Repubicans gaining control of the House of Representative in 2010, with Tea Party influence and the fight had started three weeks after his elect to fight the new President on all fronts and publicly announce by Republican Party leaders, they want this President of the United States of America to fail, I had never had such talk publicly or seen so much incivility between the parties due to Republicans saying “NO” to everything and being very disagreeable. The book” New New Deal” backs up my claims and the falsehoods being allowed to float around that are known untruths, the establishment of the “Fact Check.org website ” who’s telling the truth or pants are on fire. 

    The Republican had become the party of “No” over the  few years,  two creditable female Republican Senators Olympia Snowe and Kate Hutchinson will not be running for re-election because of the no compromise position of their party since the Rightwinger took control of the GOP with Carl Rove and Koch brothers wealthy men, able to large amounts of money, and the decision by the Surpreme Courts with Citizens United and Pac money.

    The Jobs Bill which the President tried to get the House Republicans to move on is still in committee on hold, and they think if they deny him anything they can claim he has failed when Congress is only at 10% approval. Romney asked Paul Ryan to be his running mate, he is a far rightwinger and no serious budget balancer. He was in Congress during the Bush Administration during the spending of money on two wars that were not paid for, approval of part D to medicare which was not paid for, and cutting taxes for the wealthy top 10% while we were at war.

    The Obama Stimulus was not big enough, but that was all he could get, and the extension of the Bush tax cuts adding to the deficit. As Busniess does find, mainstreet suffers, my sisters lost their jobs and might have to move in with me, my niece is out of work, I have two degrees and student loans and no job. Real people living in Detroit and bad situations, and Ryan wants to and Romney repeal the Affordable Health Care Act as my family face many issues and the Republican war against women and Congressman Akin position about rape? Strange and very rightwing. The Republican Party platform is unwelcoming to African-Americans, Women, and Immigrants. I am a Black male during the1980′s I was a Republican, now I am a hardcore Democrat. Due to my situation and interest and how I am directly effected by extreme policies of the rightwingers in the GOP, they will not support education and eliminate Head Start and a new Austerity Program for the nation, out of touch, during what Europe is doing, how is that working for them?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_R5I2ZHUZHFIWRJ4ZGG2CO5O7MM Darden313

    The auto industry, one in ten jobs are related to this business in the USA. President Obama saved the auto industry. The Congress has not passed the Jobs Bill the President requested. The Republicans have refused to compromise with Democrats in the House on anything since they took control.

  • kurby

    The president did not save the auto industry – he saved some auto companies that were badly managed.  There are many companies that did not take bailout money, so your assumption that one in ten jobs was saved is misguided. The Democrats controlled the Senate and House for two years before Republicans took control of the house, so blaming Republicans is also wrong.  Democrates had two years to get something done.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_R5I2ZHUZHFIWRJ4ZGG2CO5O7MM Darden313

    Well, if you had the forces working against you this President faced and you understood all the background deals of no compromising with him and it was this nation we are concerned about and they purposely tried to ruin his Presidency and stated it publicly, I had never heard a Senator make such remarks as Senator Mitch McConnell, the 300 filibusters in the senate and the house of Representative not able to function due to party politics of the rightwingers non-cooperation agreements and purest of the Tea Party. They will destroy this nation with lies and half truths..

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_R5I2ZHUZHFIWRJ4ZGG2CO5O7MM Darden313

    Highly recommend you read the new book out by Joan Walsh, “What’s the Matter with White People”. and the New New Deal and you will better understand the problems and if you have the time checkout, D.L> Hughly, “I Want you to Shut the F$%#$k up” in bookstores, about the political mess we are in and how disrespectful Republicans have been toward this President.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_R5I2ZHUZHFIWRJ4ZGG2CO5O7MM Darden313

    I will be volunteering and canvassing for the Democrats and displaying signs on my vehicle and doing everything I can to promote the Democratic Ticket and Party……

  • http://twitter.com/NewsCritter Spot News

    That’s a poorly worded question. Let’s just say the economy isn’t helping Romney’s chances at all.

  • guest

    No woman has become President or a Vice President in this country. Earlier Elizabeth Dole also ran for Office as Vice Presidential candidate and lost. Someone who is really good with Foreign policy and who can make decisions independently and collectlively as far as the American economy is concerned. None of the former presidents did except FDR.  It is timely to remember the astroaut Neil Armstrong and his accomplishments. Yes, there was a cold war between the US and Russia but there was no actural war.  The war was on the space research and we were able to send the Man on the Moon and bring him back to Earth safely. Today all those intelligence have gone. Politicians and the Media are busy talking about matters/ things which do not contribute to the economy or the society as a whole. Other European countries such as Gernany and France work together on how to improve the current situation and stabilize the economy. That is exactly what we need today rather than wasting enormous amounts of money on the election campaign which, in reality, is a waste of resources.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bbbrandt Barbara Brandt

    The “hurt” is Obama’s because he is the President.  The facts of the economy are not his to shoulder alone.  He has had little help and absolutely no cooperation from Republicans who appear to show up in Congress with the expectation of pay, benefits including health insurance, and whistle their way home stating that their primary goal is to make sure Obama will not be elected again.  And then they punctuate their lack of dedication to this country and loyalty to powerful money interests that brought this country to his heels by tossing out Repubicans that are serious leaders, promote their dislike of the President which is so irrational (because he supports their own proposals, asks for their cooperation, compromises) that it is dominated by concerns over where he is born, undermining his integrity as an American and underneath it all — his race!!!  Yah! I think it is his race that colors their inability to do anything to help Americans.  No jobs program.  No infrastructure.  No credit for stimulus which they all supported under Bush. Destruction of Medicare that has been proven to be less costly then private insurance.  Ending Iraq = no credit.  Assisting in the war in Lybia with partners -= no credit.  Mistakes made under a huge threat of economic disaster but no credit for the good stuff and no help to get this under control. 

  • jojomom

    Things are better than 4 years ago. We were losing jobs at 600,000 per month. I think things are improving just not as quickly as we would like. Of course with the republicans lying all over the place about medicare, healthcare, energy they want us to believe things are worse.

  • krypton

    Romney and Annie Dressage and their new son Macbeth Ryan are still painting one picture while the rest of us see an entirely different one (“You people really know how to party!”).  I don’t think any of them can keep their fans happy for long, and I doubt Mitty and Andy will continue playing nice with each other once the campaign is actually joined (sounds like McCain again, bless his hero’s heart). Just because the right continues to blame Obama for all of this, it doesn’t mean it is: a large part of the problem is the garbage Cheney, Rummy, and Rove inserted into the government before they moved to Wyoming. But for now, the blame should sit on OB only if it’s actually his fault. And the failure of megacorporations to hire new US workers because they want to build nests on their cash in the Caimans sounds more like a Romneyism than an Obamism.  

  • http://www.facebook.com/decolehall Donald Earl Cole

    As an American, understanding of our Constitution and Bill of Rights, we do not start all over, we have a right to dissent, or disagree but; usually the parties compromise, there has been no compromise. The whole point is the government is frozen due to the inability of the GOP to work sincerely with the other political party in good faith and reach some kind of agreement acceptable to all sides. Their attitude is chidish and unprofessional, “wanting to take their marbles and go home” if they do not get their way completely.

  • http://www.facebook.com/decolehall Donald Earl Cole

    If you are so studpid as to buy into the rhetoric of the rightwingers in Washington, DC and Donald Trump, without using and thinking for yourself you are just as low information as the media thinks we all are and deserve what you get, but the right to dissent is as American as the right of me to inform you of information, he is an attorney, served in the state legislature of Illinois and  the Senate so why should you believe the people feeding you all this half truth data and lies? Or ou just cannot handle the idea of someone of Color being in a position of power, like the books out by Joan Walsh, ” What’s the Matter With White People” you need to investigate the credentials of those making the false accusations. What are their motivations or hidden agendas?

  • http://www.facebook.com/decolehall Donald Earl Cole

    I work in community service, how dare you discount the hard work of those making contributions to improve our society and help at different levels, he served in the state legislature also, he is an Attorney, you must also be a low information voter, get informed know your opposition before making statements out truth or facts to back up your claims. How many books have you written, what colleges or universities have you taught Constitutional Law at?

  • http://www.facebook.com/decolehall Donald Earl Cole

    If you had Senators filibustering everything and House of Representatives controlled by Republicans that refused to cooperate on the smallest of issues and were disagreeable just to be disagreeable what would you do?  Use the power and authority you had to push or move what was available to you in understanding power and the rightwingers of the GOP to block your total agenda or stop everything from day one with waste of time not legislating which is their job with Congress only have a ten percent approval rating by the American People as a whole…..

  • Suevhudson

    It does hurt President Obama but the shame lies with the congress! As an independent, it appears to me many of our congress persons were more concerned with defeating our President than doing what was best for our country. Shame, shame!

  • http://www.facebook.com/decolehall Donald Earl Cole

    Maybe the parties should both run women in 2016 and that way we will know nothing can be done to stop the breaking of the glass ceiling in American politics of the Presidency being occupied by the Idea of a female Commander and Chief, as President.  No choice to the public but make sure a women by both parties in number on both political party tickets.

  • http://www.facebook.com/decolehall Donald Earl Cole

    Genetle Reader, we in the United States of America have separation of church and state, President Obama has made serious effort to inform and allow others to know his position on matter of religion, to me my religious beliefs are personal. However, I do share the mission of purpose of Jesus Christ when I can and live the life best I can but not trying to influence other my way is right. It is not my place to judge other human being for beliefs, religion, or politics, as long as I am making ethical decisions based on my knowledge, and investigative facts without biased opinions but facts. Many of those claiming to be Christian I question because they are not true to cause of purpose in beliefs. So we all fall short of our understanding of religion, which in my opinion will not get you into heaven.

    Our faith and commitment matters, how we treat other human beings and the collective as a whole matters as Americans based on our traditions and Constitutional guidelines, freedom is not free unless we fight to keep it, nor the wealth of a nation.  Constantly giving welfare to the rich or wealthy and corporations and yet ignoring education and the future of the next generation of Americans will lead us down a path of elites of haves and have nots. To say the least, I would much rather see an President Obama than a Romney/Ryan ticket any day based on the platform of the GOP. Their are fraction within the Democratic Party that would like to remove all mention of God from the Party Platform but those are not the position of the Democratic Party Leader.

  • Hwc

    We are not where we should be but going back to old ideas is a no win position.

    Republicans just don’t get it…..it’s the people first, company second. You don’t have to want a 99% return when less will still keep you in the country club.