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Last spring an old friend, a pollster, came to Raleigh and predicted without blinking Romney was going to win and I said, Why’s that? and he said, It’s simple. A lot of people who voted for Obama last time won’t vote for him again but I don’t know anyone who voted for McCain who is voting for Obama this time.
Over the summer Obama did his best to make the election complicated, calling Romney a greedy bone-crushing capitalist, anti-women, anti-middle class, anti-senior citizens and adding Romney was a liar and flip-flopper to boot.
By fall the swing voters were asking themselves if Romney might turn out to be a worse President than Obama then they watched the first debate and decided whatever Romney’s flaws, bungling the economy worse than Obama wasn’t one of them – so, in the end, it looks like the election has turned out to be simple.
Swing voters only needed the answer to one question.
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# dap916
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 5:33 PM
True deal, Carter. But, the real obstacle is for Romney to overcome the HUGE masses of entitlement receivers in our country that will vote for Obama because they believe they will have to actually be responsible for themselves if Romney is elected. Oh, sure...we ALL know that there are entitlements that are deserving and needed...but, we ALL also know that a HUGE number of those receiving them aren't actually interested in working to be responsible for themeselves or working for a living. Just so many are satisfied to just watch TV all day long...have free food and free housing and free phones and live day-to-day without effort. It's just a fact. There are exceptions to what I'm saying, of course. But, for far too many, that's become their lifestyle. And, our country just cannot afford it. Take all of the wealth from the most wealthy in our country and we'll still have to borrow to pay for the entitlement receivers. It's just a fact. This HAS to change lest we become another Greece.
clarence swinney
# clarence swinney
Thursday, November 01, 2012 8:08 AM
Census Numbers October 2012
15% of population lived in Poverty
46 million below poverty with family income of $23,210 for a family of four
20% of children live in poverty. 33% of Black and Latino are impoverished.
In 2011, top 5% gained 5.3% in income. Middle saw a decline in income.
Safety nets work.
2.3m kept out of poverty by unemployment insurance
21 Million kept our of poverty by social security
3.9M kept out of poverty by Food Stamps.
Do not help the rich get richer poor get poorer by cutting taxes for rich and cutting proven, effective anti poverty programs As Unemployment Insurance, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance, Earned Income Tax Credit, Social Security and new health care coverage.
# dap916
Thursday, November 01, 2012 8:03 PM
Swinney, I somehow doubt that you truly believe that republicans/Romney wants to take away unemployment insurance and food stamps and social security. I really don't believe that you honestly believe that republicans/Romney are just really fine and dandy with poor air quality and don't care if all the polar bears die and all of that other ridiculous rhetoric that is put out there on the radical far left progressive web sites and blogs like Daily Kos and so forth. I think you know it's all a bunch of junk...but hope people DO believe it so they'll vote democratic, regardless who is running or good or bad the democratic candidate is.

We're not fooled here. At least, not most of us.
clarence swinney
# clarence swinney
Monday, November 05, 2012 3:12 PM
Thanks for tolerating me.

Who Dug the Deep Hole? Who Fumbled the ball?
Numbers rounded

Clinton left Bush an 1800B Budget
Bush Left Obama a 3500 Budget

Clinton left Bush a 240B Surplus as far as the eye can see
Bush left Obama a 1400B Deficit as far as the eye can see

Clinton left Bush 5,700B of Debt
Bush left Obama 11,800B of Debt

Clinton left Bush a 237,000 net new jobs created per month
Bush left Obama a 31,000 lowest number since Hoover.

Clinton left Bush 17 Million Manufacturing Jobs
Bush left Obama 11 Million Manufacturing Jobs

Clinton left Bush a 10,800 Dow
Bush left Obama an 8028 Dow

Clinton left Bush Peace on Earth Good Will From Most Men
Bush left Obama Hell on Earth Two disastrous wars. Enmity of 1500 Million Muslims

Clinton left Bush a President most highly rated of any peacetime President in Asia, Africa, Europe.
Bush left Obama the most hated President in history
Bush left Obama an Housing Tsunami and Financial Volcano
Bush left Obama, in 2008, an 8500B Bail out commitment Yes! 8500 not just 700
Bush left Obama his Takeover of Fannie/Freddie, AIG, and first bailout of Chrysler
Bush increased maximum loan by Fannie/Freddie from $153,000 in 2000 to $300,000 then to $729,000
That is how F&F got stuck with so many toxic mortgages. Bush gift to Big Bank pals.
Bush increased FDIC maximum deposit coverage from $100,000 to $250,000. Help the rich.

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