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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?

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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