MSN readers respond to Obama-Romney debate
And they are as divided as the rest of America.
President Barack Obama and GOP challenger Mitt Romney traded barbs at Tuesday night's debate as if they were heavyweight fighters vying for the championship belt.
Whether the candidates will change any minds of undecided voters is hard to say, judging from the comments submitted on MSN Money's Facebook page.
The election is shaping up as one of the closest in U.S. history, and the issue that is foremost on the minds of most Americans is the economy.
Obama rescued the auto industry from collapse, and in the view of many economists he prevented a second Great Depression. Though the economy is showing signs of improvement, growth has slowed to a crawl.
But the U.S. is growing. The economy in the Eurozone contracted by 0.2% between April and June. Telling Americans that things could be worse isn't much comfort to the millions struggling to pay their bills.
Many polls show the race is tightening as it heads to its final weeks, though Obama's performance last night was much better than in the first debate.
MSN Money readers seem to be as divided as most Americans. Below is a sample of the commentary submitted by readers supporting Obama and Romney, presented without comment by me. Some have been edited for space, clarity and style. They appear in no particular order.
Karen H: There is no doubt that Romney's budget doesn't add up. I hope the American people can figure it out. I doubt it because they have shown themselves to be idiots. Why do I say that? Eight years of George Bush.
Whittney A: The wealthy should pay the same percentage as the rest of taxpayers. That is only fair. They should do a bit more because they have been getting a break for a long time now. . . . It's not about doing more than anyone else. Its about doing the same as the rest of us.
Lauren T: When the election started I wanted anyone else besides Obama. However after looking at every piece of information I could find about the 2 candidates, I found myself horrified by what I was finding out about Romney's plan. Trickle-down economics isn't working. Time to try something, anything, else but that Regan-era system that is not working.
Elzabeth R: I have two kids, daycare, medical bills because my son is always sick, commuting bills of 100+ dollars a week, my mortgage, etc. I am not rich by any means, but you classify me as it and tax me higher. That is how the president has raised taxes.
Kellie J: Obama has yet to fix anything. We are going deeper in debt, and it needs to be stopped. This election is about picking the lesser of 2 evils. Will Romney get us out of debt? Maybe not, but Obama hasn't done anything to reverse the debt, so ask yourselves: Can we as a country really afford 4 more years of Obama, or should we give someone else a chance?
Bill L: Of the two of them, only Romney has run a business and created jobs. Government doesn't create jobs, but big government can hinder job growth. Romney is right: To grow here, we must make the US attractive to business.
Follow Jonathan Berr on Twitter@jdberr. And they are as divided as the rest of America.
OBAMA is, was and always has been a smooth talking Snake Oil Salesman. Now he's out of Oil amd excuses and has lost all credibility. That said, he might just get re-eleceted because a majority of the naition is apathetic, uninformed about politcs and politicians, and almost 50% are receiving some kind of benefit from him in exchange for their vote!
NO president with Obama's record has ever been reelected and I'm hoping that continues or it will be four more years of serious economic decline!
People hear what they want to hear. Obama said last night that he will attract manufacturing by providing tax incentives for big business. GE already pays no taxes! His jobs czar Jeffery Imelt already closed a jet engine manufacturing facility in North carolina and is sending 30,000 jobs to China with that one strategic move. Maybe Obama forgot to tell him which country he was suppossed to create jobs in! Who pays for those tax incentives? You and me!
His plan to raise taxes on the rich covers 4 days a year of deficit, just what do we do about the other 361 days of deficit a year. Every person i know with real money is getting ready to shut down and retire if Obama gets reelected. No one who doesn't have to wants to put up with 4 more years of this nonsense. Obama is lying to all of the middle class and the kool-aid they are drinking is going to go down like arsenic.
Government overspending must stop! How can our Government spend more than it takes in? America families have to cut back, spend less, and be more careful with money.
Why does the Gov. not do that? Because it's not their money, it's ours. It's easy to spend money recklessly when you take it away from people at gun point.
If any one of us tried that, we'd be in jail.
Obama is not the answer, 4 years has shown that. Romney may not be either, but I want to give him a shot. His business experience and ability to SEE what businesses need to expand, hire, and produce is monumental over Obama.
I imagine his Jobs Czar will be paramount in these next four years if he is elected (Donald Trump?)
There is no question that Romney is the better choice. He understands the economics of this country infinately better than the President. His history of bipartisan leadership sets him up perfectly to unite our country and move us forward together. Obama is the great divider by promoting class warfare. The top 10% income earners pay more than 50% of the taxes yet Obama depicts them as not paying their share. Romney is an expert at fixing broken companies and he will fix our economy. I also have no doubt that Romney will attend the security briefings and attend the job council meetings unlike our President. Need I say more?
People graduating these days would have to have masters degrees and agree to take < $20,000 a year to compete with overseas workers. Corporations want the best deal they can get, and they won't stop because it's all in the name of smart business. (or the almighty dollar. It's a no-brainer as far as corporations are concerned). What is either candidate willing or able to do about that? We're on a fiscal cliff for sure, but it has nothing to do with higher or lower taxes. It's called the global economy. Looks pretty grim to me.
Romney supports the constitution and free enterprise and O'bama is another socialist dictator. The choice
is freedom or captivity
halarious people can defend obama's left wing democrat socialist agenda
that is 4 years of failure and corruption! yet the keep saying like the bias left
wing liberal media and the lying president that Romney's plan doesn't do this
or that without any facts to prove it! Obama promised changed what we got
was high debt, energy food etc prices and he admitted he's not doing anything
about this so he can push his failed green and welfare agenda! i'd rather take
a chance on Romney who has a proven track record than a failed lying activist!
Wake up America!
Romney is specialist in dealings with China in outsourcing jobs. The whole deal is very secret. Romney has the greatest expectations to win the elections. After he is in power for a few months Congress will pass by the Republicans and the Senate a Bill to cut the minimum wage in the USA to $ 4.50 an hour! China will begin bringing back hundred of repetitive manufacturing assembly jobs from China. the whole idea is to slowly foment thousands of foreign of low paying jobs to USA reducing the uneployement numbers, the American wages will gradually decrease until the hour payment be kind of the same rate, of about $2.15/hour or lower as in China, then after hundred of factories are in secured position, all the assemblies put together in the USA, will be sent back to china on a monthly basis, China needs all our metals, and materials they can get from us to keep the feeding of the billions of hungry Chinese that need to be fed to control their masses of people needing work, later our own American cars will be assembled in special shops far away from our cars production centers, and sold directly to the Chinese at a very low price, this slowly will kills the competition in our USA, and our car makers, and workers will be laid-off because we cannot compete with the $2.25 hour pay. Wake up America. We are in this situation because 8.5 million jobs went outsourced to China since 2000-2008. But all you know well that Bush knows what was going on, but participated in the outsourcing. We all think now quick to make sure to vote full democratic ticket. Do you truly think Obama can recaptured, and create that many lost outsourced jobs in 4 years, you know well no one can do it! But Obama is not a liar. Vote for Obama, or we will be in the bread line soon if unfortunately the omney, Ryan, and The Rich get to the White House! It seems that the procurement of metals from us at a very low cost could solve one of the greatest metal deficit problems for China, that has the low key intentions to suck all they can from us as they have been doing since Bush neglection to stop or interfere with the horrible outsourcing of our jobs to enrich China, Romney, and large USA Corporations again are specialist in this doing! So sorry for all of us, it will take a long time for Obama to correct all these abuses!
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