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November 1st, 2011
12:54 PM ET

The 2012 election is a year from today. Where will we be in a year?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

A year from today, the U.S. will elect its next president, along with a bunch of representatives, senators and governors. A lot can happen between now and then.

Politically we're just getting warmed up. Expect more open warfare among the Republican candidates for the White House once the primaries and caucuses start in January.

And, you never know... Herman Cain may not be the only candidate with a potential skeleton in his closet. Don't forget about those infamous October surprises.

But there's a whole lot more than politics at stake here... starting with the economy.

As the European economy sputters on fears of a Greek bailout not happening, remember we're all in this together. If Europe falls off a cliff, the U.S. could be quick to follow. Expect more dramatic swings in the stock market - and with it the retirement and college hopes of millions of Americans.

Also on the economic front: Unemployment remains above 9 percent... and the CBO expects it to stay there through the end of 2012. Very bad news for President Obama.

What about our skyrocketing national debt and deficits? Washington is waiting to hear the results from the debt super committee in the coming weeks. But it doesn't matter what they do. We will be deeper in debt a year from now than we are now.

Suddenly we're running short of wars. President Obama says all U.S. troops will be out of Iraq by the end of this year. But as that drawdown occurs, the U.S. is reportedly planning to build up its forces in other Persian gulf countries - like Kuwait. Who knows what that could bring.

And, there's Occupy Wall Street. Will the movement fade away with the first winter chill, or will it grow and spread? And to what end? If it has any staying power, voter discontent with income inequality and corporate greed might be a real factor when America votes in 2012.

Here's my question to you: The 2012 election is a year away from today. The 2012 election is a year from today. Where will we be in a year?

Tune in to "The Situation Room" at 5 p.m. ET to see if Jack reads your answer on the air.

And we'd love to know where you're writing from, so please include your city and state with your comment.


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soundoff (137 Responses)
  1. Michael in Seattle

    Most likely voting between candidates from our two major parties, even though what the nation could really use now is a set of solid independent candidates who aren't beholden to anybody but the people who elected them.

    November 1, 2011 at 12:57 pm |
  2. jim claus

    nowhere same place , just less money and less job
    jim in avilla mo

    November 1, 2011 at 1:08 pm |
  3. Noel Sivertson Roswell New Mexico.

    Right where we find ourselves now. A second super committee will be working on budget cuts. The bickering will have become more shrill and vitriolic. The president will have run out of executive orders to sign. And a lot of politicos will be biting their nails down to the quick.

    November 1, 2011 at 1:13 pm |
  4. Ed in Harrisburg

    I am not optimistic about where we will find ourselves next year. I see a depression and Al Quida and Mustim brotherhood flags hanging over official government agencies in the Middle East. I see the Chinese calling in our debt and I see climate change effecting us as we have never seen before. Unfortunately no candidate will be able to get out of this mess because both parties and the corporations catering to our own societal greediness are entirely responsible for the mess we're in. Americans demanding choice will be lucky to have any choice at all.

    November 1, 2011 at 1:13 pm |
  5. Mel - Houston

    Hopefully, Obama winning his second term and at least with a majority in the Senate so that they can get rid of that stupid filibuster rule. If Obama wins by a big enough majority maybe the conservatives will see that they're way is not the people choice and they will slow down the rhetoric of the past term. You have to keeps your goals real. You can't change the world in a day or a year.

    November 1, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
  6. Ken Victoria BC

    This is a good question. I think your country will be in the same divided position and only an election will improve the situation.

    November 1, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
  7. s in fl

    I think Obama will be easily re-elected amid a recovery that's as slow as Red State molasses. OWS is only one sign that Americans came home from the "shopping" trip Bush sent them on and discovered that they they had been vandalized. Everyone's paying attention now. And Americans are smarter than they look. They know who started the fire because they're still waving the matches in everyone's face. It's only a matter of time till they get taken away.

    November 1, 2011 at 1:20 pm |
  8. mike halter

    Jack if Obama wins in 2012 our country will send a message to the Republican /Tea Party that you are out of touch
    with Americans. The Repubicans are in danger of becoming the party of the rich and powerfull only. At least thats
    the way it looks to me.
    Michael Largo Florida

    November 1, 2011 at 1:20 pm |
  9. riley oday

    Exact same place in one year. The people in congress are hiding in the bottom of the fox hole afraid to face any problem. IF IF IF things ever get better they will emerge from the foxhole and tell all how brave they were. They are horriable people only concerned with themselves.

    November 1, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
  10. Dave - Phx

    If I knew that I would just buy a lottery ticket tonight and still wouldn't tell you!

    November 1, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
  11. Pat in Michigan

    I don't know about you but I am hoping for an asteroid to land on washington so we can start over.

    November 1, 2011 at 1:26 pm |
  12. Pete in Georgia

    Where ??
    In a maze of lies and deception from the current administration who will be desperately trying to gain re-election.
    And, the sad pathetic reality will be that somewhere around 45% of America's voting Sheep will believe it and follow the same pied piper over a cliff and give him their vote.
    Lunacy.

    November 1, 2011 at 1:29 pm |
  13. david haines seattle wa

    Desperate for a legitimate 3rd party Independent of unsustainable special interest favors that can actually get on all 50 states ballots and not be blocked by 2 party apoionted judges cheating true democracy

    November 1, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
  14. John from Alabama

    Jack: I believe we will find ourselves better off in one year. We will still be in the recovery mode, but the economy is starting to show progress. I think President Obama will have a tough campaign, but will win a second term. I believe his stumulus plan, health care plan, and his efforts to create a climate for adding jobs is right. The Republicans have done nothing to improve the economy, job growth, or this nation. The negative campaign against President Obama which began 3 years will not set well with voters. The hatred the Republicans have shown for Prresident Obama, and their defense of the top 5% of wage earners from tax increases will leave them out in the cold. Doing nothing gets you exactly nothing.

    November 1, 2011 at 1:37 pm |
  15. Dan Kash

    Jack, In one year our country will be in worse shape than we are now. With the Tea Party’s attitude of no compromise or “it’s our way or else” along with Obamas lack of Guts to stand up to them and the principles he was elected for,, nothing but strife and a downhill slide is in our future! We have accomplished nothing in the last 2 tears, why should we expect it to change!

    November 1, 2011 at 1:43 pm |
  16. Rich McKinney, Texas

    Who knows Jack. I suspect we will not be any better off and a year older. If your looking for our government to improve our quality of life then your wasting your time. Our government has gotten so far out of control that no one can save it. We have to borrow money just to keep the government open and we have just about maxed out our GDP with just interest debt. If some how you see some light at the end of the tunnel it must be coming from an oncoming train.

    November 1, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
  17. Doug Ericson

    It could be we are headed for the same old, same old, with Obama winning a second term, but the Republicans winning a majority in the Senate, and holding the majority in the House. Another possibility is that the demonstrations against corruption in Government and Corporations, gain steam in the spring and summer, and elections in the fall become impossible to hold. We could have a Military takeover of the Executive Branch, while the Legislature declares bankruptcy. It would be a lot easier if the legislature did a few simple things now, like making it illegal to sell pooled mortgage securites, and scaleing the federal government back to affordable levels. The present gridlock could also lead to the rise of militias all over the United States. We could have a civil war between the haves and the have nots. I hope nothing serious happens anytime soon, because our kids are to busy going to college, and cracking up cars, and renting expensive apartments, to allow their lucky parents to have enough money to stock up on food supplies. Good question Mr. Cafferty. Doug. Pepperell, MA.

    November 1, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
  18. Michael Bindner, Alexandria, VA

    I suspect the economy will be better, housing will be doing better in some major markets (depending on what the Federal Reserve does and whether it can buy Freddie and Fannie) and we will still be debating what to do about the debt and the expiring Bush tax cuts. If Obama is re-elected, there will be a deal. If not, Obama will likely let the Bush tax cuts expire – precisely because they can't stop him from doing so.

    November 1, 2011 at 1:56 pm |
  19. Jk from Minnesota

    Sick to death of all the nasty campaign ads, Jack.

    November 1, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
  20. Kevin in CA

    We'll find ourselves with the same bunch of politicians that have absolutely NO clue how to really abate the ongoing slide in our economy and standard of living.

    November 1, 2011 at 2:02 pm |
  21. Paul From Austin Texas

    We will become rice farmers to keep the ones we owe in China happy.

    November 1, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
  22. Rich in Gainesville FL

    We'll be all full of hope that there'll be change. I really want to be wrong about this, but it won't work out any better than it did three years ago. Doesn't matter who gets elected, they just slip right into the existing system of power and influence that their predecessor left vacant. The only way that's changing is if we blow the whole business sky high. Stop electing Democrats. Stop electing Republicans too. If we sent 435 independent newbies to Congress in January 2013, the first thing they'd do is re-write all the rules that prop up the corrupt system of legislative leadership that our current congressmen allow themselves to be subject to. 435 Americans would have to come together as individuals to work things out. Just like what happens in some of our local organizations back home.

    November 1, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
  23. Mark

    We will be better off when Herman Cain is president. You'll see a real leader in action compared what we have now. Obama is a disgrace!
    Mark

    November 1, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
  24. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    As we have been the last few decades, at the base of the mountain looking up, stumbling over our own idiocy of our absolute beliefs and rolling back down that mountain. The tragedy is that as long as we continue living in the absoluteness of this ideological fog, we as a culture will never become who we were meant to be.

    November 1, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
  25. A Glover Hampton VA

    One minute Jack ! I will look into my crystal ball and see what it says.

    November 1, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
  26. CRAIG R. MCNEES

    tampa, fl if our bridges and overpasses hold up, we will most likely all be sharing them as our new housing the way things are going. i hear the fema death camps are coming along fine though.

    November 1, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  27. Dave

    We will be well into an economic recovery, but the "aint it awful" campaign rhetoric will make us feel like things are worse than they actually are. Sort of like your blog.
    Dave
    Seattle

    November 1, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
  28. Dennis in Florida

    Unfortunately, we probably will not be better off than we are today. Most likely, things will be a little worse.

    However, there may be a glitter of some hope on the horizon. Perhaps the Mayan prediction of the end of the world on 12/21/2012 will be correct – Merry Christmas ????.

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    November 1, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
  29. kim in pa.

    Jack, We will find ourselves in a deep recession or depression. Our government is to busy fighting among themselves & wasting tax payer dollars that we have no where else to go but down hill. Instead of Washington working together & realizing that WE THE PEOPLE need them to GROW-UP & do what is right for this country.

    November 1, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
  30. Cliff Glass - Rego Park, New York

    Thanks to our activist right wing Supreme Court whose recent decisions have equated free speech with unlimited campaign cash and undisclosed foreign corporation contributions, America will still be awash in debt and will have fully completed its conversion from Democracy to Plutocracy.

    November 1, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
  31. Everett Herring

    If the Nation become much more polarized we may just find ourselves in a state of Civil War.

    November 1, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
  32. Larry -Denver

    In one year from today, I will be one year older than I am today. Nothing will change, just elections , same people, doing the same thing they have done for the past four years-nothing!. Economy will still be in suffer mode, people still angry and whatever is in the senate or house will be just as incompetant as they are today. Do nothing, take money from lobbyists and start their re-election campaigns, after all, its only 4 years until 2016. Get ready Sarah

    November 1, 2011 at 2:44 pm |
  33. Kim , Dodge City, Kansas

    We'll be either in the same situation we are in now, or it will be worse, much worse. With a Congress more interested in elections than in solving the country's problems, we as a nation are looking down the abyss that a Republican ideology of deregulation and job outsourcing has brought us to. From now on, when we tell our grandchildren's generation about the "good old days", we we actually mean pre-Bush, pre-Tea Party and pre-obstructionism.

    November 1, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
  34. Rick McDaniel

    We will be experiencing another debt ceiling battle, as Obama spends to 16.7 trillion debt.
    We will be experiencing anarchy in our streets.
    We will be trying to keep Iran fro starting WW 3.
    We will have an extended jobless rate of 30% (including under-employed, stopped looking, and part-time seeking full time)
    We will have continued illegal immigrant problems, as the Dems refuse to take action to stop the illegal immigration, AND the Feds stand in the way of the states, taking action. Some level of anarchy is possible from these issues.
    We will see the worst economic conditions since the Great Depression.

    This is a world wide depression, and not a recession, and it always has been. We need to recognize that it is impossible to reconcile that fact, without severe economic pain, and that economic pain, will likely lead to some degree of anarchy within the country, and especially in the cities. We should not look for any improvement in these conditions, before late 2014, and if Obama is re-elected, we may actually go into default, and indeed our existence as a country, and our governmental system, will be at risk.

    November 1, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
  35. Bill in Penna

    Jack,
    Will be home with: heat further down, now at 65, but will go to 58. Gas tank low. School and property taxes up, sales taxes up and lots of beans on the menu. But not to worry: the top1%ers will be having their filet mignons wild caught Alaska Salmon and Halibut as their taxes go down and corporate welfare checks roll in; confident that their voting instructions are heeded by the followers of the sports and talk radio and tv they have purchased.

    November 1, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
  36. Paulette in Dallas

    More Demonstrations,increased homelessness, more in debt and the rich getting richer.

    November 1, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
  37. Gordon NJ

    It won't much matter Jack. On Election Day, November 6, 2012 , it will be only 45 days and a wake-up the Mayan Calendar's End of the World. That's if President Cain doesn't get us into WW3 with Russia and China first by attacking Uzi-becki-becki-stan-stan.

    November 1, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
  38. pierre glenn

    We will still be in debt, still have childish government officals. They still be protecting rich n wall street n big corporation.It will be more American into poverty n health care be so high only rich be able to get it. thanx yu Columbia, Mo

    November 1, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
  39. Kenneth in California

    Same place as now, except higher unemployment, and the "Party of No" saying no up to election day.

    November 1, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
  40. Cy Gardner

    We will be broke. We will be desperate. We will be a nation that has become a banana republic, but whose citizens are mostly too dumb or too arrogant to see that. We will be a burned out machine that runs on borrowed money, foreign oil and hot air. We will be a "democracy" whose representatives bar old people from voting to protect their benefits, young people from voting to protect their futures or people of color from voting to protect their communities. We will be told that paying less taxes will bring more revenue and firing more people will cure unemployment. We might have hope. We will want change. We will get neither. cy from arlington, va

    November 1, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
  41. David from Herndon, VA

    Depends. Is Congress going to grow a conscience by then or just more of the same?

    November 1, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
  42. Ken from Pinon Hills, California

    A depression! It has already started, but we have to wait for the market to crash to call it that.

    November 1, 2011 at 3:14 pm |
  43. Bill of New Mexico

    A) A very weak recovery

    B) The Super Committee will have accomplished nothing.

    C) Automatic cuts in entitlements and the military's budget's base will be forced.

    D) Unemployment will fall to 7%.

    E) Due to frustration, Independents' numbers will swell.

    F) The vote of 2012 will be a vote out of frustration–not intelligence.

    G) The Republicans will win the White House, Senate, and House.

    H) But the Republicans will only have two years to do something on their own before the Republicans lose the House.

    November 1, 2011 at 3:15 pm |
  44. LA Belle

    We will all be at the voting polls getting rid of all members of Congress who have been on a mission to destroy this country on behalf of the wealthy and corrupt businesses. We don't need to pay anyone a salary with our tax dollars to go on this ride.

    At 74 years of age, I've never seen such audacity in my life-time where some member of Congress are so sure of keeping their positions all-the-while behaving in the most vulgar manner.

    They are paving their own way out of Congress; and we can help them with that move.

    November 1, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
  45. Lori - PA

    Jack,

    Only God knows the answer to that question.

    November 1, 2011 at 3:19 pm |
  46. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    Gas prices will be where they were this time last year so the GOP can claim credit or they may be higher yet so the GOP can blame the President and the democrats. We will still be very divided and the only hope that we have is to hit bottom soon so we can start going back up. Term limits should be on the table for Occupy as well as fair tax reform that helps all people, not just the super rich. Oh yes, unemployment will be around 10% so Romney wins.

    November 1, 2011 at 3:22 pm |
  47. Dave, Orlando, FL

    We’re in the toilet now, I’ll give you three guesses what the next step is and the first two don’t count. The sad part is that Obama had enormous political capital and could have begun to turn the country around to pre-Bush prosperity if he really wanted to. But instead he squandered it all on worthless healthcare reform, just as Bush did with his political capital.

    November 1, 2011 at 3:25 pm |
  48. Wilhelm von Nord Bach

    I think the country will slip back into "Great Recession II" with unemployment remaining about the same OR getting worse because the Republican controlled Congress and filibustering Republican's in the Senate will do NOTHING about JOBS. also Corporate Outsourcing Quislings like Whirlpool, who just closed yet ANOTHER American plant, this one in Fort Smith, Arkansas, will continue to lay off American workers.

    without some kind of "21st Century New Deal" to put poor and middle class people back to work, we will be TOTALLY SCREWED going into the election. hopefully the "99%" will realize who REALLY put us in the situation we are in and VOTE accoringly.

    November 1, 2011 at 3:25 pm |
  49. Steve, Clifton, VA

    In a year from now I pray that we are more politically mature than we are today.....

    November 1, 2011 at 3:26 pm |
  50. ken, atlantic city, nj

    It doesn't matter. obama, or romney will not bring us the change we need to help main street. More wars, more tax breaks for corporations and millionaires, more wall street gambling by hedge fund managers, more illegals taking jobs from americans, more job outsourcing, and more lies.

    November 1, 2011 at 3:26 pm |
  51. Tom Bulger, Canandaigua, NY

    Greece will not be allowed to default. Merkle is arm twisting the banks into sharing some of the loss.

    It costs much less to have a Mid-East presence in Kuwait than to have a blood bath in Iraq. The savings will go to rebuilding America.

    Many Republicans will not rally around Romney once his competitors have all burned and crashed. Mrs. McCain was wrong to have thought they would hold their nose and pull the lever, and Republicans like McCain more than they do Romney.

    President Obama will have an increased majority in Congress. Filibusters and roadblocks to legislation will abate as Republicans try to position themselves for a comeback in 2016.

    November 1, 2011 at 3:35 pm |
  52. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: If I'm still above the grass, I will be watching the elections returns of an election that I did not vote in.

    November 1, 2011 at 3:39 pm |
  53. Janne from NC

    As the wise profit Tennesse Ernie Ford sang " another day older and deeper in debt"

    November 1, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
  54. JONIQUE

    This smart Black educated woman from Virginia predict that we will be celebrating the second term of President Obama. After a hard fought electioin, he will persevere. If folks want Romney or Cain, so be it- Rich Romney, with dollars falling out of his pocket will take care of the one percent- you bet! The rest of you will suffer. He is for the Wall Street folks.

    November 1, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
  55. Tony from Southport

    Hopefully at the start of a lowering of unemployment. A shrinking of big government intervention in our lives. The ability to shop and buy insurance across state lines. A reduction in frivolous lawsuits with tort reform. Reduced wasteful spending and lower taxes. The ability of small and large businesses alike to operate with less restrictions and the ability to hire more employees and to grow their businesses with profits for their investors. A Republican controlled Congress and a Republican in the White House to make these things happen.

    November 1, 2011 at 3:45 pm |
  56. bret

    Jack a year from now 99% of the country will be sleeping in parks no one will have a home you have a group in there that only cares about screwing the 99% of us so 1% can be better off this country needs to get there head out of there rear ends in one year there will not be anybody to vote in some stste they won't you to show you are hear legaly or you have to show I'D haw can you show where you live when you don't have a home or address becuase it was taken from you by the banks you know the guys we bailed out who are now wanting to stripe the new laws that will keep them in line when did this coutry get so screwed up does Reagan sound right are seeing the end of this country for what so big bussiness can make more money for what no one will have any money will we live in parks or other places a long time ago there were called hoovervilles when poeple lost everything they called that the great depression you know something republicans sre trying to rewrite history saying that FDR'S ieades did work lets see infustructere projects/social security / and more this is what lead to are victory in WW2 but then again republicans will say this is wrong to

    November 1, 2011 at 3:46 pm |
  57. Dan in Albuquerque

    Jack, it depends on the supercommittee outcome, which I suspect will be disastrous with more obstructionism and failure to
    compromise on taxing millionaires. If it happens, look for another downgrade and bad news for an economy that does have some growth now. That will continueuntil election day with Obama doing what he can on his own until voters decide to remove obstructionists from office,

    November 1, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
  58. Morley, Burbank

    We'll be further up a muddier creek with a shrinking paddle. Or, to mix metafors ... in the land of Kick-the-Can-Down-the-Road, we'll finally smack up against the dead-end. While the U.S. and other members of the global economy are busy borrowing from Peter to pay Paul to pay Peter in a continuing ludicrous attempt to create consumer demand, consumers will be storming political and economic citadels demanding an end to madnesss. This it folks ... this is where the paddle meets the road.

    November 1, 2011 at 3:54 pm |
  59. Larry in Houston

    Jack – You ask where will we be in a year from now ? To answer your question : your first paragraph is true, it says we are just getting warmed up – & yes, when next october rolls around, there will be more surprises, sometimes the candidates will wait till the month before – or a few weeks before the election, so they can possibly sway the voters with some story against another candidate they will find in their closet – that will be very BIG. I told my wife the other day when the Dow was at 12,000 + to pull everything out – & get out of it, while she could get the most out of it. but do you think she would ever listen to me ? nope, and I told her that it will Never be up that high for a long, long time. Last, but not least, You're right, Obama will not be re-elected as long as the un-employment is around 9% next october. That's just about guaranteed.

    November 1, 2011 at 3:57 pm |
  60. Terry Wells -Hoosier Hillbilly-IN

    Halloween will be extended next year to include election day because all those that go to vote will want masks on so nobody will know who they are. I wish I'd wore one last presidental election.
    we'll have a 'new' different rep presidental candidate that will run away with the vote, one 'we' haven't heard much about yet.
    Where will we be in a year?
    For 'me' it will either be here @ home where 'i'm @ now or (wait aminute) there aren't any poor houses anymore is there? I guess 'i'll be letting gov provide housing,utility subsidizing,food stamps & medicaid for me- of course they're broker than 'i' am. It's hard to say what's going to happen.
    Maybe they'll declair open season on the wealthy, but 'i' won't be able to afford a stamp, license or whatever it is 'i'll need to bag one. But 'i'll have what 'i'need to take one down. I'm going to hunt for the "BIG game" Nancy is my first target and 'i' hope Barny Franks is in my sights 1st time, no it won't be with nancy maybe Reid.

    November 1, 2011 at 3:58 pm |
  61. Lucille

    In the political arena, a year is a life time. A lot can happen, or not and with the current contenders nothing will remain the same. This should be a time for the american public to learn about each candidate and start forming opinions and decisions. Well the only opinions that have bee formed is that both parties are incompetent and 1, 2 or 5 years won't make them any smarter. Joe the plummer has the best chance to make it to the white house.

    November 1, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
  62. Mitoosense Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    If your looking for predictions my crystal ball is saying 8000 Dow and sooner than you might expect. The Occupy Wall Street are increasing in political capital and the White House is at risk.. Similar to the Muckrackers of 1900.. Teddy Roosevelt won the election promising to reign in capitalism 2big2fail empires of Rockefellar, Mellon, Carnigie and JP Morgan. 2012 election will be won on global reforms rather than national.

    November 1, 2011 at 4:08 pm |
  63. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    We'll be re-electing President Obama. The unemployment number would go down if Obama's American Jobs Act had been passed, but the Republicans in Congress' number one goal was to make Obama a one-term president. Once the voters are reminded of that (hopefully in ads) they'll know whom to vote for, and it won't be Republicans-for the presidency AND for congress.

    November 1, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
  64. Pete from Milton

    One year from today. SSDD – different day, same story. The rich will be richer, everyone else will be poorer, politicians will be even more dishonest and incompetent than they are now, Obama will resign in disgust, and "sort-of" Tea Party candidate Joe the Plumber will win the White House when everybody else in the country refuses to run for the office.

    November 1, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
  65. Will Laurence

    We will be doomed in a year if we the people continue to fall for the many lies that current politicians tell us while they are campaigning, yet they never actually do what they promise. They only say what they think we like to here so that they will win election and once elected they follow their own agenda and screw over all of the hard working people that trusted them and put them in the position of power. They need to remember why they are in office which is to represent everyone and make sure our voice is heard. Politicians these days only care about making money and being in positions of power so that they don't have to follow the rules like everyone else.Its time for the modern day politician to change mind set and start acting like adults instead of a bunch of whining children fighting over a new toy.

    November 1, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
  66. Ann-Hickory, NC

    Isn't it clear that our country as a whole will never be happy with either the far right or far left in charge? Would we like to use our own energy in a responsible way? Sure! Would we like to preserve our natural resources? Sure! Would we like to provide adequate health care and preserve the benefits of the elderly? Yes! Do we want more jobs and a stronger econony? Of course we do! Can we do it overnight or with extremists of either side in power? NO! Balance and cooperation in a comprehensive sensible plan. That's what we need! Wake up and get to work, Congress! Do that and we'll be in a good place a year from now. Fail and you've failed us all.

    November 1, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  67. Kent - Iowa City, Iowa

    The circus. It's been coming to town ever since the Republicans started campaigning.

    November 1, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  68. Dennis north carolina

    as long as we have a divided government we will be in the same place!!!!!

    November 1, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  69. Roy in Denver

    Romney, Perry, Cain, Obama? All the same to me. We are moving to a socialistic society. Maybe thats what everyone wants anyway. As leaders of the "free world" we are in so much debt to the leading communist country. And the four idiots I just named want to borrow more money and keep piling on the debt. China might make us a state soon. Ron Paul would bring about real change to our country but he is a long shot to even win the nomination. Romney hires illegals and lies about it. Perry lies about taking money from drug companies. Cain's tax plan SUCKS. Obama bows to foreign kings and wants the government to run everything. Screw all of them!

    November 1, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  70. Mark Zimmerman in New Jersey

    Obama winning re-eletion and he can finally focus more on creating jobs rather then worrying the national general election.

    November 1, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
  71. Pete/Ark

    Able to watch TV without campaign ads...for about a week...then some fool will aim for the 2014 midterm election.

    November 1, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  72. Rex in Portland, Oregon

    In a year? Hmmm..

    Wall Street occupied still? No. Them cops getting tired of being patriotic.

    Europe out of financial funk? No. The top 1% still too hungry for more.

    National debt still growing? Yes. Still paying for reaganism, clintonism, and bushism and still practicing same.

    Unemployment still high? Yes. No jobs being brought back, all creation blocked by top 1%.

    Skeletons is closets? Hell, Jack, Rove ain't even warmed up yet. If the press can't find some, Rove will manufacture some. As they say, "that's Swift Boat sure".

    Wars? No matter. If there is, the republicans will be against them, if not "we should have acted".

    As for me, my soc. sec. and retirement checks will keep coming. And I'll still be offering you my sage advice.

    November 1, 2011 at 4:34 pm |
  73. Pat - Hampstead, Maryland

    Jack – we will not be better off 12 months from now because the Party of No and Hate is doing everything in its power to prevent any progress. The occupy wallstreet people are doing what Americans have done in every generation, standing up for their rights and voicing their opinions on injustice. As long as joblessness and hoplessness prevails, this movement will continue to grow. The only person who has maintained his dignity and courage through this farce, despite incredible odds, is President OBAMA. As promised he is bringing troops home from a war that should have never been waged, has offered a jobs bill and a jobs for veterans bill. The Republicans are miscalculating if they think Americans aren't keeping score.

    November 1, 2011 at 4:34 pm |
  74. AB

    Stop the gloom and doom Jack!! Some realiistic optimism is in order. Our nation's economy is improving. Our nation's GDP has grown 2.5%–that's a start. Gas prices have gone down and will stay down for a while. I know people who have gotten jobs recently. Greece will resolve its debt crisis with EU help and support. By early next year, the economy's improve will be stronger than it is now and Obama will be in a stronger position to beat the person who wins the Republican nomination in the 2012 general election. So cheer up and be optimistic.

    November 1, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
  75. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    Another year older and deeper in debt. Just like the rest of the 99%.

    November 1, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
  76. Jeff in Minnesota

    What an understatement – "a lot can happen between now and then." No one has a crystal ball that good.

    November 1, 2011 at 4:43 pm |
  77. Marion Haffey

    It doesn't matter who is elected. We will continue to get more of the same. Nothing but cuts on the American Taxpayers. Why are all our programs cut? All these Countries receiving billions from us. they don't pay taxes we do. The Government answers to Major Corporations, Not us. We should be able to vote on where our money goes. I am just sickened by all the cuts on programs so badly needed. Our voices need to be heard. All the Government hears is what those who fund their elections want and get. The people know this now and want our money spent here. We want all our programs back. Politicians are full of garbage. If they answered to us this economic crisis would be abated. The answers arew easy. We are tired of all the arguing. Just a bunch of hogwash. Hey Government listen to the people. We pay your wages.. If they don't listen this is not going to end well.

    November 1, 2011 at 4:43 pm |
  78. Karl in Flint

    Unless the Republicans let us progress we will be right where we are now. The capitalists have become foreign investors now and have no concern for America any more. They have paid off enough of our Congress to block any progress our economy can make. Unless the greedy change course it won't matter who the next president is because Congress rules the roost. Sad comment on what out forefathers designed as equal power in government.

    November 1, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
  79. Warren Democrat

    I think we will be in a HUGE depression with 25% Unemployment Rate nationwide and massive riots in most major cities, a few rogue civilian groups fighting the U.S. Government, New reports saying that all them rich 1%'s are moving to Monte Carlo, Obama loses and Herman Cain takes over and now poor people got to pay much more $$$ for sale items with a 9% sales tax increase which is $4 + 9% = $4.35. Not so good I don't think.

    November 1, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
  80. Harry Wortz

    We'll be in worse shape because the "do-nothing" Congress will still be doing their best (along with the media) to divide and conquer the people for profit and power by trying to make us believe the most extreme positions are the norm.

    The king is dead long live the king.

    The ONLY difference between Democrats and Republicans in Congress is the speed in which their knees hit the carpet when a lobbyist walks through the door.

    November 1, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
  81. Bob Schroder Piedmont Quebec Canada

    Probably in the same shape as we are today, except you guys will be prattling on about how the 2014 midterms will be the most important election in the nation's history.

    November 1, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
  82. Ralph Nelson

    Depends on European debt crisis. Depends on Republican Congress. If Europe fails, we go down. If Republicans continue to trash the economy for the benefit of the rich, we go down. Given it's a year off: Can't the Republicans come up with a decent presidential candidate?

    November 1, 2011 at 4:57 pm |
  83. Gail, Plano TX.

    Don't know, Jack. I do not have a crystal ball. But I do know this. Washington is corrupt. A new President will not change it one iota. Until we change our government, we will continue to decline. Term limits need to be put in place. The filibuster should be abolished. The rich should pay their fair share of taxes. And we should have single payer health insurance for all! Have to start somewhere!

    November 1, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
  84. DON EVANS

    No under present conditions it really doesn't matter who is President. However I do believe President Obama cares more about the 99 percent than the others.
    Maybe we need a select group of non partisan citizens to make some decisions instead of the congress. I'm sure the people can solve this problem.

    November 1, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
  85. Loren

    I wish I could say a better place, but given the failure of President Obama to compromise on any issue, using his lapdogs in Congress to push policies which we have no hope of funding, nothing will get fixed. Even worse, our media seem to offer time to every nutcase and empty suit who says he's running, while those with solid ideas on fixing government and the economy struggle to be heard. I am concerned for my children's future.

    November 1, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
  86. Rios

    This one is a no brainer Jack.......we will all be broke.

    November 1, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
  87. Paul Scott

    All you have to do is look back a year. The Koch brothers' drones (i.e. Tea Party) elected enough far right wing nuts to render Congress totally useless. With clueless Boehner and the ever devious Cantor in charge the House has become a chamber of horrors. Other than the mathematically challanged Paul Ryan's attempt to destroy social security and medicare the House has done absolutely nothing. They have simply refused to act on jobs, the deficit, immigration, climate change, energy policy or any of a hundred other things they should be addressing. And the Senate, because of its filibuster rule has been equally as inadequate. What will happen over the next year? More of the same. And if the voters in this country don't come to their senses and toss out the tea pparty stooges the great nothingness will continue ad infinitum.

    November 1, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
  88. Greg - New York, NY

    It will be Obama/Clinton edging out Romney/Christie in the Presidential election. Gold will be at $2500 an ounce, Kim Kardashian will announce her engagement to Justin Bieber with The Herman Cain to provide the vocals at their nuptials and The Celebrity Apprentice will be the number 1 show on TV yet again.

    November 1, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
  89. Brian Samuels (Chicago)

    4 years from 2016. Let the campaigns begin!!!!.....again.

    November 1, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
  90. MARK, OKLAHOMA CITY

    We will be welcoming thousands of GREEK immigrants to our shores after we decide to make Greece the 51st state and bail it out.

    November 1, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
  91. Duane North Dakota

    Same as today, dazed and confused.

    November 1, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
  92. Zack Austin, Texas

    Jack, we will be the same place this time next year as we are now.

    November 1, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
  93. Peter

    The best thing would an an Independent as President who is not beholding to EITHER party. The two parties are equally corrupt and equally self-serving. An Independent President would act for the best interests of the COUNTRY not THEIR PARTY.

    November 1, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  94. Ron (Denver)

    It matters – everything matters when the stakes are this high.

    We are well on our way to becoming a fascist country. When the rallying cry is prevent the preseident from accomplishing anything, well, you see the mess we are in. A repub messed up the country along with control of both houses at the beginning of the century and now the repubs are wanting to keep it messed up (hmm – sounds like the early days of the depression). And their un-holy alliance with the religious nutcases makes it even more dangerous.

    It's all very, very sad.

    November 1, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  95. Guy-Texas

    We have to be optimists that there is another Ronald Reagan in our midst. Most of us that fed into the rhetoric of a charismatic Barack Obama thought he might be the next Reagan or JFK. The CHANGE he gave us was only the removal of the change out of our pockets.

    As with the birth of our children we never really know how they will turn until they grow up. Most of us simply see a Congress and President that have not grown up and may very well not do so. I/We can only pray that the next President looks upon careers for Americans in America (not just short term jobs), reinstatement of Family Values, and a return to fiscal policies that make common sense (reduction of Washington federal jobs and involvement in our lives), and finally solutions to the major issues still facing us such as healthcare costs, movement to a greener environment, etc. VOTE FOR REAL CHANGE IN 2012

    Guy Blanco, Tx.

    November 1, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  96. Scott Stodden

    Well Jack Let's Just Hope That Things Will At Least Start To Turn Around In 2012 But I Just Don't See That Happening! The Country Is In Severe Debt, The Country Of Greece Is Falling Apart, Unemployment Is Well Above 9%, Etc... President Obama Has Done Everything He Can Do To Try To Get Us Out Of This Mess And I Appaullad Him For His Efforts Which As An American Voter I Will Vote To Re-Elect President Obama! I Think No Matter Who Is President Weather Its President Obama Or A Republican Candidate I Think Its Going To Take A Long, Long, Long Time To Turn This Country Around! Thank You George W. Bush For All Your Work At Ruining The Country! Re-Elect President Obama In 2012!

    Scott Stodden (Freeport, Illinois)

    November 1, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  97. Steve

    Best case scenario: we elect an intelligent man like Huntsman to the white house and we're able to solve the problems within Congress.

    Worst case scenario: same problems from the past 4 years.

    November 1, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  98. Nik

    We may not have a government and economy next year, Jack, with the way things are going. If the politicians and the corporate jugheads don't bring this country down, the Occupy Movement will grow and spread and overthrow this whole damn country. Civil unrest and possible civil war is what may be in our future.

    November 1, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  99. Trisha- FL

    Trying to smuggle American's into China for jobs.

    November 1, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  100. Bruce

    Jack we will be about 2 months from Dec. 21 2012 when it is all surpose to end( LOL) maybe they are right it sure is heading that way. And if it doesn't the dollar will be worth .25 cents.

    November 1, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  101. Kaphonius

    In the immortal words of George Carlin- "circling the drain."

    November 1, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  102. Clayton Kua

    According to the Mayan calendar we'll be 6 weeks closer to doomsday. At this rate I think Congress and President will will get us there way ahead of schedule.

    November 1, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  103. Ed Fertik

    A year from now, with the liberal medias help, we could be faced with another four years of the Obama regime and its destructive hold on America. Obama could become the Dictator he wants to be and the ruler of the Muslim world as well. OWS has been endorsed by our President, the Communist Party and the American Nazi Party. Will the OWS movement become Obamas Brown Shirts in a year. Maybe Jack and its your network and others that would have made it happen.

    New York

    November 1, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  104. Bob K in Boston

    How about that old song
    12 more months and whatd'ya get
    Another year older and deeper in debt
    I said Congress don't you call me, cause I won't go
    I owe my soul to the government store

    November 1, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  105. chabby59

    Complete Chaos Jack!!!.......We need to fasten our seatbelts... Its going to be a very ugly ride.

    November 1, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  106. T.S. Schurk

    I'll be watching the last week of election coverage because the election takes place on Tuesday November 6th,2012 which is not one year from today (November 1st,2011) as stated in the question of your heading.

    November 1, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  107. James

    Come on Jack, anyone who's followed politics knows the answer to that, the same exact place we were when we voted for change in every other general election, only worse.

    November 1, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  108. StevensB

    Probably in a full blown depression , if the republicans have their way . They will blame it on President Obama and use it as a campaign strategy to defeat him . Of course the reason for all the economic distress has nothing to do with the president and everything to do with the republicans serving only the interests of the wealthy and global corporations for the last 30 years !!!! Reaganomics has destroyed the American Dream !!!!

    November 1, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  109. Sergio

    Simple. The 2012 "end of time" predictions will come true. The aliens return, and the meek shall inherit the earth.

    November 1, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  110. Steve D

    As long as Bernanke keeps interest rates at 0 we will be in the same place in one year as we are now. People out of work will still be out of work but one year angrier. People that are homeless will have been so for an additional year (and a year angrier). The companies surviving off the haves will continue to do so. the companies needing the have not to participate will do worse and need to lay off additional people. We will elect the wrong person for the wrong reason and things will continue sideways to down.

    Steve D
    New Windsor, MD

    November 1, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  111. Justin

    We're going to be in the exact same spot with the exact same problems, the exact same partisanship and the exact same failed policies from both sides of the aisle. We've dug ourselves so deeply into a stalemate in this country that the average American's voice no longer matters. The tea party movement and the occupy wall street protesters are all exposing the deep divide between government and the electorate yet nothing has gotten better. We can only move forward together once we all realize compromise is the only solution. We all won't get what we want but we need something substantial in order to bring back the American dream.

    November 1, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  112. Larry

    Jack,

    Good question. Unfortunately in the same place as the Republicans will be pulling in one direction while the Dems will be pulling in the other.

    Larry
    Boston

    November 1, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  113. Gigi Oregon

    After the cold of winter where do you think the unemployed will be...duh...if they are not working they will be a part of the biggest Wall street Occupy march in he history of the United States. Along with the 50 million seniors and soon to be seniors expecting to receive the Social Security they have paid into. And pray tell Jack, which party supports greed on wall street. And you say we are running short of wars...just where I want to have my tax money spent. Just to feed the rich and their lust for greed. But Shh, the republicans think they have the election in the bag. The are still trying to figure how to get the knot undone come election day. I don't think hanging chads will work this time around.

    November 1, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  114. Eric in Mississippi

    A year from today will be November 1, 2012, and we will still be five days away from the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November. Election Day is Novemeber 6, 2012. Hopefully Jack will check his calendar before heading to the voting booth.

    November 1, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  115. Kionte S. from chicago,il

    In a year from now we will still president obama ,who is a president trying to get the economy moving again and, a congress that will do the job they were sent to washington to do, and not the do nothing congress we have now.

    November 1, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  116. Dixion

    The USA will be in a better place economically for sure. Look at what happen last month? We picked up pretty good in economic numbers. It is interesting that some folks just decide to see the negatives only.

    November 1, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  117. Fred F - CA

    In one year, we will be down the drain unless Congress gets its act together. If Herman Cain becomes president, we will be in an even worse situation.

    November 1, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  118. Kevin

    We will no doubt be worse off, America has turned its back on God, and God has removed his hand from America, unless we repent (which we will not do) this country will reap what it has sown.

    November 1, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  119. PiedType

    A year from now we'll be more deeply divided than ever. Elections do that to a country. The economy might have stabilized a bit, but only if the government stops trying to "fix" it. Other than that, nothing much will have changed.

    Susan
    Denver

    November 1, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  120. Gerard, Newfoundland, Canada

    US will be much the same shape in 12 months. With a Democratic President who will likely get a second term and a Republican Congress preoccupied with one job (to oust the Democratic President), very little will be accomplished. Jack, from the outside looking in, I think the Democratic leadership lack strength and too many high-profile Republicans lack integrity. The Republcan leadership battle seems like a gong show for misfits.

    November 1, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  121. Mac

    Jack, this country is in a dire situation mainly because our politicians care more about their own agendas than the country's. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. This calls for N.I.R.E. action. No Incumbant Re-Elected. Once our politicians realize that they answer to us, maybe they'll do something. This Congress hasn't worked. We're not insane. Let's start again. N.I.R.E. Can't get any worse.

    November 1, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  122. Martin from Houston

    Everyone is projecting their own meaning onto the occupy movement.

    To my mind occupy is riled, not by corporate greed, per se, but by the devastating effect of the poorly regulated markets of the past few decades, a lesson we learned in the 30's and abandoned.

    Do we really need perfectly efficient markets if they ignore the social costs, as they clearly do?

    Where will we be in a year? Hopefully we will be deep into the work of rebuilding the tools from our last depression which were foolishly abandoned.

    November 1, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  123. Kevin in Alaska

    We will no doubt be worse off Jack, America has turned its back on God, and the sin of greed has begun to show in our country. Unless we repent things will almost certainly be worse, ( of course America will repent right)???.

    November 1, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  124. Jim Green, Seguin,TX

    Jack, If we do not demand that the Republicans apologize for driving our economy into a ditch—their vitriolic attacks will continue, and America will continue to be the whipping post, so they can undermine President Obama! Absent their apology it will only get worse a year from now!

    November 1, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  125. marybeth, massachusetts

    Jack,

    Like Tennessee Ford sang in his song 16 Tons "another day older and deeper in debt" and "I owe my soul to the company store".

    I'm not optimistic at all that things will be better a year from now. We still have the obstructionists, the party of no no matter what it is doing their best to vanquish the president, with the added bonus of destroying the middle class in the process. They will protect and give even more to the top 1%. I'd like to think that people won't vote against their own best interests, but I fear that with all of the gerrymandering going on (thanks to republican governors and republican majorities at the state levels), and with tea party folks perfectly willing to vote on single issues, I fear that we will have more of exactly what we have now.

    The public seems to like divided government, so they keep returning the same people to Washington. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results.

    On the other hand, perhaps, if the depression we're in now gets worse, there will be a revolution. That's what happens in countries that have a plutocracy and no strong middle class. Add lack of jobs, falling wages, increasing prices of housing, food, insurance, oil/gas, etc., and you will have the perfect storm–people who have lost everything have nothing else to lose, and when they see that their government doesn't look out for them, they may decide to act more strongly than just voting. I truly fear for this country.

    November 1, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  126. Dennis from Sag Harbor NY

    Dear Jack,
    More of you know what... and a never ending stream of useless political "discussion" and nauseating commercials
    with a background of nonsense from the "Super Committee" all funded by super packs to the tune of an asurd billion or to to elect the next or same. What a waste!

    November 1, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  127. abby

    I don't know. I am hoping that the occupy movement will have some measure of success. If we do not change the political system as it exists today, we can just forget having elections and just let the corporations choose their favorites. Cynical? Of course. With corporations now deemed people, they are able to buy all the politicians they want and, unlike most Americans, they have the money to do it.

    November 1, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  128. Joe in Florida

    We'll be up the legendary creek without a paddle.

    November 1, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  129. David P Vernon

    It really boils down to either finding something they can all agree to and pass, or electing a working majority in the Senate to get things moving there. Truth is, the Senate is where we are, and have been, stuck since the election of Scott Brown. Mr McConnell used cloture to sabotage Democratic policies and impose his, slowing banking law reform and choking credit just as the stimulus was spent. The weak results were the output of the Senate's "conservatism." The Republicans obstructed, slowed recovery, and won the election of 2010 on the "weakness" of the recovery. Since they took the House, no improvement in growth has been made, but they have induced a couple of hiccups that nearly choked us. The United States cannot control the world, the least it could it do is take a more realistic view of its assets, liabilities, revenues, and spending, and make some smart changes that would at least not hurt us getting up out of the trench the W Bush Administration left us in. Instead, partisan interests sabotage compromise, ideologists pump up fanatics in the streets, and government daily does less and less, as well as nothing to make anything better. Progressive tactics saved the economy in 2009, conservative policies are holding it back, and it takes 60 in the Senate to win.

    November 1, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  130. Mark in Houston

    Probably sitting in front of the TV watching huge protests in the streets, beyond anything we saw in the 60's and 70's.
    Won't matter who is elected or who controls the majority...what is going to matter is the lost dream of the American people, the continuation of fraud and criminal activity by those too rich to go to jail, corporations and elected officials thumping their noses at those not in the inner circle of power and wealth. The middle class and the poor will be in the streets....the revolution will be underway.

    November 1, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  131. Paul - Philadelphia, PA

    Hi Jack,
    It's a two-edged sword. You have a President that has basically stated that he should only be a one term president, if he cannot turn things around in his first term. On the right, you have candidates who just can't seem to gain traction: Romney is a flip-flopper, Cain has selective amnesia, and Perry hasn't really made a strong presence as a presidential candidate. It will be interesting to see how things play out. Hopefully, the focus will be on the issues (like putting people back to work and revivifying this economy) in this critical, important election, but as you may already know, "the more things change, the more they stay the same."

    November 1, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
  132. Thomas

    The earth goes around the sun once a year. So one year from now, we will be just about in the same place we are now but there will have been a complete revolution.

    November 1, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
  133. Wesley Barker

    We will probably be voting in the most important presidential election ever in 2012. If we keep going the way we are we will be over 16 trillion in debt. Its do or die time we have to find a president who promises to at least submit a balanced budget and keep his promise because I think if we go over 20 trillion in debt we will have a whole lot of countries waging war against us. Riner Va.

    November 1, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
  134. Patricia in Georgia

    In denial. We recognize we have tremendous problems with the country, yet all we see on the news are personal slights against candidates running for office. Please, as newscasters, help give direction on what we, as individuals, can do to be productive members of society. It's the same old thing... the crisis is glaring us in the face but we're fed distractions.

    November 1, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
  135. Toni from OK

    I I hope we are doing better and some of the jobs programs that Obama wants to help this country has moved forward Everyone knew the stimulus wasn’t enough but it was politics as usual. Actually he should have went bigger like S Jobs wanted him too.

    This is a complex world and I don’t see any of these Republicans who can even compete with Obama. He deserves one more term. This President will get a lot of credit at the end of the day

    November 1, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
  136. Laura

    Doomed Jack. This country is consumed with pure hatred and absolutely no willingness to compromise on anything so abolishing the federal government and becoming a top notch regime state is about the only thing I see coming for our future.

    November 1, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
  137. bill in california

    if the politicians both dem and rep keep pulling in oposite directions, their 200,000 dollar salaries wont be buying the common sense they were hired to deliver.without a common goal to run this country responsibly,we'll probably be right where we are right now, just deeper in debt

    November 1, 2011 at 5:44 pm |