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.
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.
The President is not King and doesn't have unilateral control over our country. There's plenty he didn't get done in 4 years, but that's because the republicans were fighting him tooth and nail, even when they agreed with him, just so he couldn't claim he accomplished anything bipartisan.
That's the current republican model, let the country burn if it hurts the democrats even just a hair more than the republicans.
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?)
Romney is wrong....the rich do not create jobs, consumers create jobs.
The rich are not going to build factories or hire more workers unless someone is buying their goods and services. No mater how much you reduce taxes for the rich, no new jobs will be created.
Why don't people understand that?
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.
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!
This debate showed how little Romney cares about voters, the moderator, and the president of the US. His main goal was to get the last word in so he could try to spin and confuse the electorate. We have been watching the same strategy with the rebulican congress for at least 2 years now. Time to fire these unpatriotic self proclaimed fiscal conservatives which their record shows they are not.
They are not behind american workers
They do not support the middle class
They do not support a separation of church and state and are ready for government to dictate health care based on their religious beliefs.
They are not pro environment
They are not pro science
They will deregulate so that we go back to the mess Obama has helped us to get out out of.
Time to move forward as a country and oust these jokers. We do not need them.
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