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  • Status Quo?
    Rob
    After a few billion dollars spent on campaign ads, rallies, etc it's possible when all the votes are tallied there won't be any changes in DC. If the polls are correct Obama will stay in the WH, the GOP will control the House, and Dems the Senate. Geez, I thought the last four years were just a nightmare.
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  • "I thought the last four years were just a nightmare"?
    FERS Fed
    Out of curiosity, what did you think of the four years before that?
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  • funny you should ask
    Rob
    2005 and 2006 were fine, then Nancy Pelosi took over the House in 2007 and 2008 and the bottom fell out. Any more questions?
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  • You are blind
    Moderate
    So now you blame the Bush and the Republicans Depression on Nancy Pelosi, who was Speaker for about 6 months? Boy, you are blinded by the radical right propaganda.
    worker
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  • Nice try, but...
    FERS Fed
    ...weren't the Bush tax cuts (aka ECONOMIC GROWTH and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001, and JOBS AND GROWTH Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003) for 'job creators' supposed to create jobs? Other than voting against them like almost every other Democrat, what did Nancy Pelosi have to do with it?
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  • Results, Please!
    ben
    The tax cuts resulted in unemployment rates of 2001-4.7, 2002-5.8, 2003-6.0, 2004-5.5, 2005-5.1, 2006-4.6, and 2007-4.6, which Obama would lust over. And, the $4.8 trillion increase in tax revenue ove the past 8 years.
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  • Results
    Moderate
    And whaty did Bush and the Republicans bring us in 2007-2009? It is taking a long time to dig out of their mess.
    worker
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  • More Downturn
    ben
    The economic downturn was caused by improvident government policies started under Clinton, private business reacting to those policies, and fueled by $1 trillion injected into the housing market (causing the rise in home costs, which historically were depreciating assets) by Fannie/Freddie. Between Obamacare and increased costs of federal regulations, to survive, private business will offshore production, and, if relatively small, convert workers to part time and spin off marketing, accounting and personnel services. Since my retirement, I've identified three prospective small business opportunities, which I decided not to pursue because of regulation costs.
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  • Actually
    Linbob
    The economic downturn began under Reagan. Supply side is a dismal failure. The last four years were largely still Bush policies beause the GOP wouldn't meet the Dems half way. I am optimistic that the next four years will be better. The people have spoken - Congress needs work together and the GOP needs to leave the 1950's behind.
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  • "Results, Please!"? Well, okay
    FERS Fed
    Cherry-picking the data, you conveniently leave off 2008, which as Rob points out is when 'the bottom fell out'. In 2008, the unemployment rate rose to 7.3%. ..... But since the legislation noted was about cutting taxes to CREATE jobs, let's look at how many jobs were created. Well, looky there! The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that 2.6 million jobs were LOST in 2008. And despite the lower tax rates on 'job creators', the job losses continued with another 4.9 million jobs LOST in 2009. 'Results, please,' indeed! ..... Let's put to rest the myth that lower tax rates create jobs.
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  • Probably right
    Linda
    Rob is mostly right, not much change will occur in Washington. But, I will be so glad the political commercial are off the air, it may take a month or two to care!
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  • I'm Hatched!
    Lifer
    I've always agreed that the workplace is not the spot for political activities. No matter who wins, they will be your commander in chief and the position at least should be respected. I have never heard anyone talking about politics that have used the slightest hint of respect or even common manners. If I had to listen to that stuff at work as well as on the TV, radio, and everywhere else I've been for the last 6 months, I would stab myself with a pencil. Due to no supply budget, it would be a short, stubby pencil and would only wound me which would just add insult to injury.
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  • Election
    Bud
    I hope it's a decisive win today.Don't want the lawyers/fed judges involved in deciding the outcome.Let just voters decide.Personally I hope Romney wins.If Obama does,then it's time for Repubs to stop the stonewalling and start true compromise.The same goes foe the Dems with a Romney victory.I'm just tired of the clown show on Capitol Hill regardless of party.
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  • the POTUS must lead
    Rob
    The only way congress will work in a bi-partisan fashion is if the POTUS (Obama or Romney) instructs their party leadership to do so. I don't have any confidence that will happen, although I do believe Romney is more likely to work with the other party. Just the other day Harry Reid said the thought of working with Romney is laughable.
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  • Yawning gap
    Moderate
    I think that Romney has as much chance of working with the Democrats as Obama has working with the Republicans. Romney is a rigid rightist not near the center. There is too much of a yawning gap between the Republicans and the Democrats. Both sides will need to give up a lot.
    worker
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  • Really?
    FERS Fed
    Even when Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said that the single most important thing Republicans want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president? Kinda surprised you missed that, it was in all the media, even Faux News. ..... In a time of economic crisis, what kind of political party defines success as defeat of the duly elected President? ..... Republicans bi-partisan? Now THAT'S laughable.
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  • No fun
    Moderate
    The stats point to a non decisive win. Sorry, but that is pretty clear. I hate to say this, but whoever wins will have the same problems governing now. The Republicans were obstructionists with Obama. I do not think the losing party will back down because each side will have over 40 senators. That means filibuster. If the Republicans win, they will try to repeal Obamacare. The Democrats will not happen. If the Democrats win, they will not do a balanced budget until the economy gets better. The Republicans will fight that. These are examples. Sequestration is an added feature that will be "fun". After next year, I will be done. Federal workers will be in pain for a long time.
    worker
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  • Second Term
    O2B XFed
    I'm always for a second term regardless which party is in office. Day 1 of the 2nd term the President is a "lame duck." The Other party no longer has to worry about the political impact of every vote on the ability to beat the sitting President in the next election. Congress can actually try to do something good for the country for a change.
    Finally ExFed
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