Obama comes out swinging in final debate
Comments submitted to MSN Money's Facebook page during the debate highlight sharp disagreements among Americans on key policy issues.
President Barack Obama won the rhetorical contest Monday night against Republican challenger Mitt Romney. Whether he will win a second term remains to be seen.
Several polls have shown the presidential election to be a statistical tie, which means that the winner may capture the most electoral votes and not the popular vote. The Democrats may retain control over the U.S. Senate. The U.S. House of Representatives probably will stay in the hands of Republicans.
Divided government leads to gridlock, which is the last thing that the U.S. needs as tries to claw its way out of the worst economic slowdown since the Great Depression. But if comments submitted to MSN Money's Facebook page during the debate are any indication, Americans are just as divided on issues as the candidates. Whoever wins the election will face a huge challenge bringing the nation together. Below is a sample of our readers' opposing views, with some light edits for clarity:
Cathy B: Yes we are free. Free to get our salaries cut. Free to get laid off. Free to get unemployment checks. Free to get welfare. Free to lose our homes. Free to vote. Yes, America is prosperous through a rich man's eyes.
Harriette M: You are free to pull yourself up by the boot straps like my daughter did this past year and my husband did 10 years ago... I am not rich but I did save. I, too, was laid off in 2007 but was never bitter.
Matt B: Under Obama, we have higher unemployment than we have had under most presidents. Why is that good? You people are idiots. All Obama has done is hand our money to the laziest people this country has.
Marilyn S: China holds the keys to our treasury. We have to play by their rules! Thanks to uncontrolled spending on the part of the current administration.
Christopher K: Obama can talk all he wants, but ACTIONS speak louder than words, and he has not done ANYTHING about China in over three years!
The worst thing I can see from Obama's presidency is that America has started down a very perilous road in electing extremists as president. Obama is an extreme social liberal who has concentrated his time as president trying to get better rights and privileges for the poor and needy in this society, which for the most part concerns minorities. However, our politics and society constantly going from pillar to post and back again with a total-opposite new president is not what is needed and best for societal stability. Moderation at all times is what is needed, plus the public demand to constantly maintain it, but humans historically cannot seem to learn that fundamental truth so must always bear the consequences of their erratic and extreme behavior that never learns the best way to live without the constant upheaval that pillar to post behavior always and perpetually causes.
Romney is the polar opposite of Obama, so the moronic and destructive pillar to post game goes on and on. What a pathetic species we are, despite our "great brains" which would easily allow us to thrive if used in the best ways for species survival.
People see and hear what they want at the debate.The people that hate the country and
hate Obama still feel the same.Iguess once a hatefull Republican, always a hatefull
The markets are tanking just as expected before the election.
Obama win= market lower and more job loss.
Romney win= market will soar and job will be created.
Be sure to keep this post and prove me wrong.
you most be retarded if you had worked and bought stocks and realestate you would be a head go to school and stop winning mitt is not going help you he will put you in the marines
The winner/loser spins on political debates is unfortunately a reflection of our society as a whole. It is more of a popularity contest and has little to do with capability or substance. It is like a musician winning a talent contest with litle talent but choosing a pop song most recognize, sure to gather votes when other contestants are far better on their instruments.
Can you imagine that anyone pays attention to hollywood ignoramus intellect on political issues. If many do, we are in a lot deeper trouble than we realize. Throw talk show celebs in to that category also.
Mitt needs to realize that it's not the size of the Navy that matters.
It's the motion on the ocean...
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