MSN Money's Charley Blaine answers Facebook users' questions about the presidential race.
Why? Two reasons: The president's blanket opposition to fossil fuels, and the coal and chemical money lobbying Congress.
With the White House unwilling to back oil or natural gas and a new strain of Republicans opposed to any kind of government involvement in industry, as many as 300,000 energy jobs go begging.
Industrial executives crave certainty from Washington and, cynical as it sounds, view the election as a distraction that could prevent the president from interfering with business.
The automaker likes to remind us that it didn't take a government bailout like its Detroit rivals, but does the story resonate with car buyers?
Passing the president's jobs plan would be worse than doing nothing at all.
Even if a deal comes through before Tuesday, it's unlikely that the government can cooperate well enough to prevent a downgrade.
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