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Will We Be Better Off Because of This Election?

Share your thoughts on the matter in our Question of the Week comment section below.

Months of campaigning, complaining and one-upping have lead us to this week during which we choose a President to carry us through the next four years.

But, some have questioned the ability of either side to clean up what's been deemed "a mess."

What do you think? Are the issues more likely to be resolved by one party or the other? Will the American people fair better over the next four years because of this election?

Neil Stapley November 05, 2012 at 08:57 PM
Seen as Romneys spending and tax plans all hedge on the growth improving considerably we are screwed, sometime within the next 4yrs the Euro will fail and when that happens due to the exposure our economy has to the Eurozone you think it's bad now just wait till then.
Sharpie November 05, 2012 at 09:25 PM
MUST read: "Support for Kill List and NDAA make Obama and Romney Unfit for Office" http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/reawakening-liberty/2012/nov/2/support-kill-list-and-ndaa-make-obama-and-romney-u/ Make a special note to watch the Free and Equal Election Debate between third party Presidential candidates, Gov. Gary Johnson (Libertarian) and Dr. Jill Stein (Green) to be aired tonight on Monday evening, Nov. 5th from 9:00 - 10:30 pm Eastern Time. Perform a worthwhile civic duty, and be certain to listen in on this historic debate so that you can make an informed decision on voting day. Third party candidates who will be on the ballot in most states deserve to be heard. It is a violation of the 1st Amendament rights of third party candidates, and a violation of the free speech rights of every American, for their voices to be silenced. http://freeandequal.org/?v=1
Mike Kennedy November 05, 2012 at 09:54 PM
@Neil: If the Euro fails -- and it very well might -- it will be solely because of reckless government spending and unsustainable debt levels in Europe. It's amazing to me that 50% of America doesn't see that we are absolutely on the same course here with this administration.
Frank Jones November 06, 2012 at 12:16 AM
Mike...we're not on the same course as Europe. Europe's problem has a debt component but is more about a lack of central control. The confederation of Euro states for a common currency with central planning was doomed to failure. The current administration hasn't dramatically increased spending and it hasn't changed or expanded entitlements with the exception of Obamacare which hasn't gone into effect. The deficits over the last 3 years are the result of lower tax revenues due to the recession. The economy is improving and tax revenues will soon be equal to historical levels...with or without Obama...with or without Romney. Recessions take time to recover. The deeper they are, the longer it takes.
Dean Sheridan November 06, 2012 at 12:29 AM
Other than a POTUS - if Obama had the same record where ever he worked or business he ran he would have been fired long ago. Say what you want about Romney - he does have skill sets in the areas we need the most, right now. As for those that say we cant fire the first Black Presedent; Obama - Oh yea, he did earn that!
Truthseeker November 06, 2012 at 01:16 AM
Frank, please crawl back into your Obama kool aid, zombie hole. The rest of us are praying the country chooses a proven successful businessman over the choom gang leader tomorrow.
Bill A November 06, 2012 at 02:39 AM
Say what you want, President Obama is more than able to lead this country. I sense there is more fear of him being successful. Mitt Romney may have certain business skills but they were not impressive enough for Mayor Michael Bloomberg to endorse him. And being a vet, I don't have much respect for his (lack of) military record as does Gen. Powell. And he is not a black president, he is THE president and he did earn that.
Neil Stapley November 06, 2012 at 02:44 AM
The spend was to prop up reckless immoral and go as far as saying illegal practices within the banking sector. Billions pumped into to bail banks who brought toxic packages from US banks. The spending this administration has had to pump into the economy is also to bailout risk taking, wars we couldnt afford and shouldnt have been involved with at the same time tax cuts thats should have never been made at the same time as the previous administration was asleep at the helm when the economy imploded. You people seem to have such a very very short term memory of how bad things were here and in Europe 2007 and 2008.
Chris Crawford November 06, 2012 at 02:50 AM
Stating your opinion is the right of all. Calling names and labeling others to fit with your character deficiency just makes you an instigator with a shallow constitution delivered by willful and hurtful words; weigh in as much as your subsequent intelligence.... very little. As the children who act out in such ways are told.... Play nice
Barbara November 06, 2012 at 02:25 PM
Will someone please explain to me why Romney will be good at creating jobs? At Bain Capital he shipped many jobs overseas and said – We “Harvest” Companies. As governor of Massachusetts he was number 47 out of 50 in job creation. And as far as his running the Olympics - it was very helpful that the federal government, under W, poured many millions of dollars into the project.
Frank Jones November 06, 2012 at 11:48 PM
Truthseeker...Is that the best you've got? Step it up and present facts and logic. If you need some facts, you can do some research. It's simple and beneficial...Maybe you'll learn something in the process. What issues did you have with my comments? It takes time to recover from a recession? Yes, our recovery is the longest recovery since the Great Depression but this was also the deepest recession since the Great Depression. Deficit spending your disagreement? Facts are that for the last 40+ years we've had deficit spending with the exemption of a couple of Clinton years. Deficit spending isn't necessarily bad as long as it is balanced to the state of the economy OR is needed to keep the economy from plummeting into the abyss. Ask an economist. My argument that the US isn't like the European Union? The EU is based upon a common currency in independent states. Under the EU, each state was able to implement independent economic policies and as a result, the EU powerhouses (Germany, France) will have to support the others. An example you might understand is if you formed a business partnership with a friend. The friend then personally borrowed money against the partnership assets. You then have to repay that money but received no benefit. You'd be Germany and your friend would be Greece. But that's not what's happening in the US. Here, we all borrowed the money. Further, our economy is much larger, stronger and more unified.
Neil Stapley November 07, 2012 at 02:48 AM
Frank that's not entirely true. Prior to a EU state being permitted into the Euro Zone they were supposed to achieved some fiscal union with limits on budget deficites etc the issues with countries such as Greece and Portugal is that these rules were bent or the likes if Goldman Sachs lied about the countries economic health to push their admittance. These countries were allowed to borrow at crazy low interest rates. Now we have the financial crisis topped with the property crash Greek banks overly exposed started to tumble the Govermeny fearful of a total meltdown pumped money into the banks but because of the increasing interest rates we no longer able to borrow at the low interest rates and because Greece and like we're no longer able to print or devalue their own currency anymore were screwed. This is the very reason why Britian stated out of the Euro Zone because it was flawed from the very beginning. This recession has been caused by banks nationalising their risks and firmly keeping their profits in private hands.
Watts November 07, 2012 at 08:07 PM
It has been the Republican goal to objectify people as "others." You could see it with the handling of Romney. When did we most hear about Romney was a Mormon? It was during the Republican primaries. Even if it was the repeated "Oh, the fact that he is a MORMON doesn't bother me;" it meant constantly making sure that his religion was at the front of every discussion, almost like a backhanded compliment; keeping it out there as a dog whistle because they knew that it struck a chord in the base. Then when the national election was between Obama and Romney, the mention of his religion was rarely ever heard about again. What you mainly saw from Republicans were these same portrayals of Obama as some sort of "other." Actually, not even a singular "other," but objectifying him as some other religion, some other nationality, some other completely different political philosophy, etc. This is the strongest tool that the Republican party has to fight their political races and to divide the country by compartmentalizing people into these groups with varying and conflicting (and mostly fictitious) agendas. For anybody who was spewing such vile rhetoric on sites like Patch, at family picnics or at the local pub, no matter the greater good that you perceived and used to justify it in your head, I think that today is a day for looking in the mirror as the whole Republican party ought to be doing right now. Yesterday, this great nation overwhelmingly rejected that way of thinking.
David Joe Miller November 08, 2012 at 04:34 PM
It's going to be tough and would have been tougher under GOP rule. People need to realize that the economy was in the tank long before Obama took office. If McCain/Palin had won, they would have faced the very same issues that Obama faced in 2008. It's no longer a "them vs. us" situation. The blame doesn't matter, the solution does. Taxes are going to rise under GOP or Dem rule, that's a given. Our debt is too large to pay down without both raising taxes and cutting spending.
d1 November 08, 2012 at 05:44 PM
we are screwed

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