February 19th, 2008
04:02 PM ET

Which party can better address economic problems?

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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

In 1992, Bill Clinton rode into the White House on the phrase, "It's the economy, stupid." 16 years later, it's looking more and more like the economy will be uppermost in voters' minds in this presidential race.

Democrats Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have both been responding to the economic anxiety and fear of recession – especially in states like Ohio and Wisconsin – by campaigning with populist messages.

Clinton stresses economic policies that focus on programs to help families burdened by high oil prices and health care costs, home foreclosures and student loans. She's also going after institutions like hedge funds, oil and drug companies, and trade agreements that she says mean more exported jobs.

Obama is striking a similar tone, describing how the wealthy "made out like bandits" during the Bush administration. He's calling for an end to tax breaks for companies who move jobs overseas and instead giving tax relief to the middle class.

When it comes to the Republicans, John McCain made headlines earlier this week with his pledge of "no new taxes" if he becomes president. McCain says if the economy continues in its current slump, he could see an argument for lowering interest rates and taxes and decreasing corporate tax rates.

McCain says he's open to the idea of helping homeowners who face foreclosure as long as they're "legitimate borrowers". The Arizona senator also believes "the first thing we need to do is stop the out-of-control spending", and promises to eliminate the 10,000 earmarks that Congress adds to spending bills.

Here’s my question to you: Which party is better able to address America's economic problems?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Susan from Lorton, Virginia writes:
Democrats can handle the economy if they nominate Hillary. If we can get the economy to be as good as it was under Bill, we should all be delighted. Hillary is best positioned to know what to do "on day one" to revive the economy.

Ed from Riverside, California writes:
Well, Jack, after watching these two parties for over 50 years, the only way I can tell them apart today is by which pocket they're taking the money out of. So, to answer your question as to which party can bail out this economy, my response is "None of the Above." We really do need a third choice.

Mark from Iowa writes:
The Democrats give the money to the poor and middle class which increases spending on consumer goods. Republicans steal from the poor and middle class and give to the rich. Over 60% of our economy is fueled by consumer spending. The Republicans don't understand this basic principle and their greed destroys the economy.

Jason from Berea, Ohio writes:
The Democrats' rhetoric is full of you know what. The Republicans have been on track for more than 25 years. Just look how good the ‘90s were just after Regan and Bush. The media's "chosen one" Senator Obama wants to be loved by all for being the next Robin Hood of robbing from the "rich" which are the upper middle class and giving it to those who hardly pay anything in taxes as the current system is set up.

Gary from Spokane, Washington writes:
Neither of these two parties can do anything to fix our economy. Within a few years, entitlements will swallow up our entire budget while candidates argue about plagiarized speeches and who's proud to be an American. Ron Paul talked about substantive issues with grown up solutions and see how far he got. It's all style over substance, but I guess I'll hang on till next hour to see how that plays out.

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soundoff (150 Responses)
  1. Keith

    Well, Jack, let's see:

    We're trillions in debt now, after eight years of "W," when he and a Replublican led congress inherited a surplus... The answer ought to be very simple for anyone who's honest enough to answer it.

    February 19, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  2. Lisa

    well here's my thought hillary is the best one for the job she does have the no-how to get things done.

    February 19, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  3. Jeri

    Richmond ,VA

    Duh! Is that a real question? Didn't the Republicans get us here? We're so in debt from a War based on Lies, or children's children will be paying for it! It's the Economy stupid" The Democrats have the "ONLY" plan!

    The Republicans are using the Bagdad Bob approach, " There is no recession here!"

    February 19, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  4. Lisa

    Hillary for the economy,
    Hillary for foriegn policy,
    Hillary for re-building america
    Hillary for the people, all the people
    And we actually know what we will be getting*********

    February 19, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  5. Ed Burns

    The only way to help the economy is to keep the government out our lives and out of pockets, Taxing the rich is not the solution as people making $150,000 a year are the spenders in the american economy. Also, just who ever came up with the idea $150,000 is rich? With that income and mortage payments never mind the tuitions, state and local taxes, utilities etc that is not exactly what I call swimming in it !

    Ed B Worcester MA

    February 19, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  6. melvin harper

    While I cannot agree with a lot of their ideals the answer is the Democratic party.
    As my old grandmaw used to say, both parties are for the elite and rich the Democrats will let a little trickle down to the poor folks.
    My bottom line is how much I have to spend.
    La Junta,Co

    February 19, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  7. Hubert Bertrand

    JACK: No matter which party, All both side want, is money, the more the better. They could care less about the american people, They don't need them when it comes to votes.Our (JUSTIC) is about all gone. In 10 years, if things don't change, I will not be able to buy milk , bread and eggs for less than 50.00 dollars. I'm afraid to guess what my kids will be eating in 10 years.

    February 19, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  8. Nic

    I would have liked this question much better if you were to have asked which candidate do we think is better able to address the nation's economic problems. That said, I believe the Democratic Party will address the issue better and be much more fair to the country. Let's face it, the Republican party only focuses on keeping big business as big as possible, and not the well being of the nation as a whole. Democrats aren't trying to overlook anyone in their effort to fix the economy, they are just trying to make this nation operate on a fair plane. We need our middle class back for the sake of our well being. And I know Democrats will help put a stop to outsourcing, which is killing our nation.

    San Francisco, CA

    February 19, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  9. W B in Las Vegas

    IF by economic problems you mean the loss of good paying manufacturing and technical jobs which has lead to the decline of the middle class, it's definately the Democrates.

    the basic difference between the parties is that Republicans care about profit while the Democrates care about people.

    February 19, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  10. Josh

    The Democrats of course. We had an great economy, an budget surplus and low unemployment. This is course under Former President Bill Clinton. The Democrats can make an great economy once again by undoing the Bush tax cuts, pull out of these stupid free trade deals that we really don't benefit from, go after executives who ship jobs overseas to get cheap foreign labor. The Republicans have destroyed our economy, squandered the budget surplus on Bush's debacle in Iraq. More people have lost their jobs under this Republican administration than ever before. Jack, the reason unemployment is so low under Bush is that the Department of Labor stops counting the unemployed once they have passed a certain date. I can't wait for either Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama to become the next President, so that we can finally close the chapter of the worst President in American history "George W. Bush".

    February 19, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  11. Rick Jeffrey

    The Republican Party always talks about fiscal discipline and lower taxes. However, when is come to responsible spending and fair taxes the Democcrats win hands down. Record deficits, Enron style bookkeeping and faith based inititives that are proven to not work have bankrupted this country. The Republican Party lost all credibility with me when they lost the $8.8 Billion in Iraq. If I remember right the country was in economic crisis in 1992 and Bill Clinton came in and balanced the budget, created a budget surplus and transferred wealth to millions of citizens. As someone who got wealthy in the 90's and lost most of it under Bush, I will put my money on the Democrats. They may spend money on the poor, the sick and the elderly but at least they aren't giving away billions on tax cuts for people who don't need them and faith based programs to passify Pat Robertson.

    February 19, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  12. Mike Smith, New Orleans, Louisiana

    The Democrats. They cleaned up the mess of deficits left by Reagan and tax increases instituted by Bush Sr. If anyone thinks that staying on the current Republican collision course is logical, let's just hope they aren't in the majority in November.

    February 19, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  13. Bruce St Paul MN

    Since the Republicans are married to upper level tax cuts along with a beefed up military budget, they will only continue to ruin the economy. It did not work in 1981, it did not work in 2001, it never works. The mirage of supply side economics keeps the rich and powerful on their side, but has disastrous effects on everyone else. The Republicans once espoused low taxes, low spending, deficit control. Now it is low taxes for our "base", low domestic spending, high military spending, and obscene deficits. The Clinton years my have been helped by the stock bubble, but he did a lot of things right. The 39 percent top rax bracket obviously did not hinder growth, and a budget surplus made a lot of problems solveable. The Democrats have the high ground on this one.

    February 19, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  14. Christopher in NM

    The democratic party will be best to lead America from its demise of President Bush. McCain chants no new taxes , well buddy without them our country will slide so deep into recesion we will become South AMerica. No Bush Tax cuts for the wealty should live on the books, this further divides the nation in half. makes the rich get richer and the middle class becomes a statistic of poverty. I personally think Ms Clinton is the only choice to help our nation, If she is not the nominee from her party I will vote McCain, he is actually a blue Republican. Or maybe just write you in, at least you are knowledgeable on economic issues unlike McCain, and your a patriot who has ALWAYS loved his country unlike Ms Obama.

    February 19, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  15. Daniel Schmid in Chicago, Illinois

    Neither! Both parties want to continue massive government spending, continue to regulate the economy, and have no intention to reform monetary policy or save our nation's currency. These days it seems Democrats are worse than Republicans and vice versa.

    February 19, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  16. Roy P

    Neither party has a plan for reducing or controlling the interest on the debt,, a strategy (stable energy) to make us more competitive in world markets or a plan to restructure social security before it goes into default. To continue to allow foreign groups to control production of energy, to profit on hedging energy prices of product under their control and to manipulate our legislative and legal system to ensure our inability to create fair and real free trade seems to be the goal of both parties. We really need an independeent candidate that cannot be controlled.

    February 19, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  17. Mike McKibben, Lady Lake, Fl

    The Democrats. The only thing the Republican Party has achieved over the past 8 years is to get us in a war of choice in Iraq, ran up the federal deficit, ignore the people that make up 2/3's of the American economy, let big business run wild and amuck without regulation, and ultimately drove the economy to the brink.......................again. But what the heck, the rich got richer.

    February 19, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  18. David Bakody

    Sorry Jack, this is a really a no brainer, did you have a bad night? CNN has been reporting almost weekly the cost of the War/Conflict in Iraq/Afghanistan and it's money toll on the American economy. The latest number being $12.8-Billion per hour. Senator Mc Cain (R) wants to stay there for many more years to come. Senators Clinton and Obama (D's) want to withdraw the troops and spent the money on Americans. Hello?

    Dartmouth NS

    (Your Northern Cousins)

    February 19, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  19. Dick B

    Dick from Indiana

    I believe a St. Patricks Day party has the best chance. Nothing gives people more stimulus than a few glasses of Irish cheer.

    February 19, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  20. Jess, Ohio

    Hey Jack,

    I don't really think either party trumphs the other in this case. The Republicans had their chance when they over powered the Hill. The Dems now over power the Hill and I still haven't seen any drastic changes in regards to any new reforms.
    I would hope that there is a concensus brewing right now among party's with the recession that's knocking on the door. Too many people's happiness is at stake. And yes, I said recession and he's right outside the door, huffing and puffing.

    February 19, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  21. Josue

    I don't understand the McCain mathmatics. Would you please explain how we can stay in a quagmire and not raise taxes? Is it by lowering fed rates and printing more money? Doesn't that lead to inflation?

    Caracas, Venezuela

    February 19, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  22. Linda , Ontario, Canada

    If those are the only choices.........We could be sunk..........Time will tell

    February 19, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  23. Harry

    Democrats, Jack you ask this questions after 7 years under bush. If truth be told bush screwed up the economy a few years back.

    February 19, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  24. Allan,Cameron Park, Ca.

    The Democratic Party. The Republicans say they are for smaller Government but look what happened in he last 7 years, the Government has grown by leaps and bounds. We are in a never ending war, which is dragging down the economy.
    This Administration has increased the national debt more than all previous Administrations combined and now increasing it further with this borrowing from future generations (Economic stimulas package ) which is a farce.
    we need Hillary & Bill to clean up the mess we are in.

    February 19, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  25. Mary

    The Democratic party as the republicans look out for their rich buddies.

    February 19, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  26. Robin, Henderson NV

    Hi jack
    Republicans are good for looking out for themselves and emphatically degrade any and everyone who do not think like them, while setting the nation backwards. The Democrats on the other hand are really better for economic issues, but I would have to say they need to grow a spine and show the nation exactly what the republicans are made of, regardless of how the FOX news channel blatantly distort reality.

    February 19, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  27. Robert


    The question isn't which party can better address economic problems, but which candidate. So the obvious answer is, yup, you guessed it, Ron Paul. To date, there has not been a single candidate that understands the economic problems we face, and how to fix them like Ron Paul. Give me a break Jack, during the recent hearings with Bernake and Paulson, it was discussed that the government is actually considering buying up stock in companies (probably banks) to prevent them from going under? Isn't that communism where the "State" owns everything? Do you seriously think that McCain, Obama, or god forbid Clinton, can fix the economy of this country? If you believe one of them can, then you probably believed Bush when he said that he dosen't think that the $10 billion a month we're spending on the war in Iraq is hurting the economy either!


    February 19, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  28. Kristi from Indiana

    Such a no-brainer! In the 90's I got married, bought a house, bought 2 new cars and had 2 kids. I have not been able to repeat this process during the Bush Adm. So I have kept the same old house, 2 old cars and same old husband because I am scared to death to upgrade anything with the Republicans in the White House. Bring on the Dems please!

    February 19, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  29. Janet Ford

    Neither party, the Democrats or the the Republicans are able to address America's economic problems. They have collectively rubberstamped the overspending which has us trillions of dollars in debt, wasted their time on a useless agenda and neglected to regulate a greed driven industry which has us on the brink of collapse. I am a responsible American who is mad as hell. My house is losing value, my stock portfolio may be ready to go down the crapper and the future prospects of life include a mountain of debt which will suck the life out of social programs and services that would otherwise be funded. For joy, ain't life in America grand. Maybe it's time we give a long hard look at another party system, one without the corporate apron strings. The Democrats and Republicans have failed us terribly.

    February 19, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  30. Mateo

    My vote will be for a divided government. No more blank checks for our elected officials. They tend to do better when one group holds the other accountable.

    February 19, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  31. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    Jack, that depends on so many different factors. If you own shares in Haliburton and make a lot of money, then the Republicans. If your worried about social programs and social security and health care costs, then the Democrats; So what is the choice probably neither and vote for none of the above, hoard your money, don't drive a car, and seek an independent for office that doesn't have any ties to China, Mexico, or any other country; but don't hire an economist to determine the prime interest rates, buy a super duper delegate.

    Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    February 19, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  32. Penny Lane Fairview, Texas

    The republican party is our best bet. All the democrats ever want to do is raise taxes and add more government and increase government spending. The republicans want to do away with wasteful spending and unnecessary government departments. The democrats have started every major war in this country with the exception of Iraq. A democrat in charge is the last thing this country needs.

    February 19, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  33. Patricia

    Dems will do a better job. For the last 7 years the Republicans have been spending the taxpayers money like a drunken sailor on leave.

    February 19, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  34. Bill, Quarryville, PA

    It's the democratic party, because they want to bring an end to the Iraq war which is costing us billions of dollars a week. John Mccain wants to stay there indefinitely. The democrats want to make the rich pay the same amount of taxes as the working man. The trickle down theory just doesn't work, I never even felt a drop hit me on head since the republicans made it popular. But both parties seem unwilling to cut pork barrel spending and make the hard choices when it comes to social security and Health Care. I guess we would need a third party for that.

    February 19, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  35. J.D. in New Hampshire

    The Republicans crow about cutting taxes, but we don't hear a peep about cutting the Chinese Visa Card into pieces. They're the charge and spend party and the current state of the economy is why they should not be in power for many years to come. Oh, what a mess they've made for the next Democratic president to clean up.

    February 19, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  36. Todd Lowery, Dallas, Texas

    The last time we had a decent economy was under the administration of Bill Clinton, a Democrat. The two biggest reasons we have such a horrible economy now are the expenses and costs of war and gross negligence in regulating early enough the lending and borrowing practices of home sales. These problems aren’t new but they are unique. Unique to an economy under the leadership of a Republican party that has demonstrated its willingness and ability to exploit these very desperate situations. The war on terror is akin to the war on drugs and perhaps even a war on smog. These are all amorphous and undefined money holes which allow the disbursement of funds to be indefinitely, loosely and widely scattered into the pockets of favored contractors, public officials and administration cronies. In answer to your question, it’s a no brainer -the Democrats are far better able to address America’s economic problems hands down, more specifically and with more recent experience in doing just that is Hillary Clinton, and no one else.

    February 19, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  37. James in Cape Coral,FL

    An Independent third party not loyal to big buisness. A party that believes in investing in America instead of selling it off piece by piece. And how the hell can McCain stand there and say he want's to stop out-of-control spending and stay in Iraq for 100 years at the same time. Does he really think war is cheap?

    February 19, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  38. Richard in Denver

    This goes back as far as Herbert Hoover who ushered in the great depression. Then Reaganomics really did a number on middle class and poor Americans. Then George Bush Senior left us with a large deficit. When Bill Clinton left office, we were in good shape. Look now at the mess the present Republican is leaving and we had better hope the Democrats get back in charge in November.

    February 19, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  39. O'Flesher

    Any Third Party. God save us from this Corporate-owned 2 party system we have.

    February 19, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  40. Mat (Cleveland, OH)

    Those 5% unemployed will be relieved to have no new taxes if McCain gets into office. In addition, McCain's theoretical policy only works if he can find somewhere to draw for increased military spending. Ron Paul and Huckabee may put more cash in our pockets, but at what relation to the euro or the yen? At this point, I'd rather trust Obama or Clinton to right the economic ship, if it can even be saved at this point.

    February 19, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  41. Ern

    As much as I hate to admit it, I believe the Democrates can do a better job of turning our economic straits around.
    For the past 7 years my party (the Republicans) have paid little attention to the economics of the working class and been more intrested in making their pals (the already well to do,Oil, Haliburton, and others) obscenily rich. At this point only they will be able to weather our current situation and come out ahead!
    At least I think the Democrates will have the common man more at heart than the Republicans.
    Ern In Turlock, Ca.

    February 19, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  42. Jerry

    Jack this is a no brainer, just look at the mess we've had the past seven years with the Great Decider and the answer will slap you in the face.

    February 19, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  43. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    How about the parties of China and Japan being better to address our economic problems since we are so economically indebted to them.

    February 19, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  44. Paul, Moscow, ID

    Jack, the answer is simple: the Democrats, stupid.

    February 19, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  45. earl illingsworth

    Hillary Clinton is my hands down Party Candidate for solving our economic( fiscal) problems. Bring back Robert
    Rubin and Lawrence Summers,etc.,etc. Earl from Provincetown,Mass..

    February 19, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  46. Jim Galvin

    One of your 'comment posters' says that Hillary has the "no-how" to handle the economy. I wonder if that is a typo.

    It's not which party, but what people. And right now Barry Obama is the man who should be hired for the job.

    February 19, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  47. Dave Brooklyn, NY

    Traditionally, the conservative Republican party has been strong on the economy – that is until reaganomics, and 41’s version of voodoo economics. Clinton rescued us from those two economic lunatics but 43 just turned us toward the cliff and opened the throttle. If you have noticed, part of the economic problem with modern Republicans is that they all start wars, which drains our economy. These are not real Republicans but neo con artists who have no idea what “conservative” means. So a “liberal” Democrat seems to be our best bet in absence of the real Republicans.

    February 19, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  48. Evan FL

    Well, since we are already in such great debt, why not let the Democrats take a shot at it. Maybe something good will become of it.

    February 19, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  49. Bob from Traverse city Michigan

    Jack it seems like ever since Reagen declared war on the middle class that the republicans have been operating under the premise that they must eliminate the middle class and aquire more for themselves, because if everybody was rich like them there wouldn't be anyone willing to do the crappy work.

    February 19, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  50. Terry North Carolina

    I dont think either the Democrats or the Republicans have the ability to get us out of this hole George W.Bush has dug for us. Take a look at our present leaders in congress, these are our law makers who help determine our economic policies. What do you think ?

    February 19, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  51. Roger

    Jack, how many times do the Democrats have to come behind and clean up the mess the GOP makes of our economy. The answer for the GOP is always to cut taxes for the wealthy and the hell with the other 98% of the people. Thats why the GOP is the party of two, they only represent the top 2% wealthiest Americans. Roger, Mn

    February 19, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  52. Doug from Bloomington IN

    The reality is that while commentary and action (or the lack of it) by anyone in government does little to affect the economy. There might be lumps and bumps as a result of government programs, but it will still fall to the spirit of the people to contribute to the country's prosperity through hard work and visionary company policies. Things like keeping jobs in the U.S., investing in the comany instead of the bonus pool and being willing to train new employees with potential will lift this country higher than any government stop-gap measure ever will.

    February 19, 2008 at 3:36 pm |
  53. pam moats

    well it certainly will not be john mccain nor will it be hillary clinton. what this country needs right now is eight years of newt gingrich. pam greenwood s.c.

    February 19, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  54. Sharon

    The Democrats. We may still have big government with a democrat but at least it may be a competent government. When the Republicans won control, my only solace was they would take care of my money. What a joke!

    February 19, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  55. john b

    neither. as long as their jobs are secure they won't do anything

    February 19, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  56. Tom, Avon, Maine, The Heart of Democracy

    Ending Republican exporting of jobs will retain a source of income for Americans. With their wages middle class workers will buy life's necessities and stimulate the economy in this country.

    Republican tax breaks for the rich and corporations will result in more Halliburtons setting up in Dubai, avoiding taxes and the long arm of the law. Seems clear to me.

    February 19, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  57. Jim Farkus

    Anyone who knows anything about economics knows that the Federal Reserve is the only office who can truly manage the economy since they are in control of interest rates.

    I do know the following will not fix the economy:

    1. To the extent that congress does not balance the budget that can have upward pressure on interest rates, but it must be taken in context, for example, a $300 Billion deficeit is OK if your economy brings in $13 Trillion in revenue.
    2. Promising people aid who took on mortgages they could not afford is not the answer to fixing the economy.

    February 19, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  58. David,San Bernardino,CA.

    As of right now,neither party. All they are interested in is raising campaign cash to get re-appointed to their phony jobs. If these scum had to get a real job,they would all be on welfare.

    February 19, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  59. Timothy Ellis

    You can't argue with results. 8 years of Republicans has left us with a blossoming budget deficit, record debt, a tanking dollar and a rising unemployment rate. All this, coming off of record surpluses bequeathed by 8 years of Democratic government.

    Economics is a science that is all about the numbers, and these numbers don't lie. The Democrats can fix this country. McCain offers only more of the same.

    February 19, 2008 at 3:43 pm |

    the democratic party is best able to deal with the economy because they promote the middle class which drives the economy. we have seen what the republican party can do over the last seven years and we can thank them for the recession we now have.

    February 19, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  61. Jim, American in Paris

    The Democrats. Just look at the economic prosperity we had under Bill Clinton.

    Hillary will do even better!

    February 19, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  62. John - Chicago

    A Republican and a Democrat were at dinner. The Republican excused himself to make a "phone call" and walked out the door. The Democrat was forced to pay the bill or wash dishes.

    Republicans always disparage "Tax and Spend" Democrats. I would argue that they are better than "Spend and Spend" Republicans.

    February 19, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  63. Thomas, Tallahassee FL

    While McCain has next to no credentials for handling our economy, he would do a far better job than the Democrat nominee. He would probably make some modest improvements, while the Democrat would shower anyone who isn't successful in entitlements right off our trusty Chinese credit card. What's the monthly minimum on that thing anyway?

    February 19, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  64. Jim Farkus

    Raising taxes is not the answer to fixing the economy; tax increases reduce economic growth whereas tax cuts increase economic growth. For you Dems who don't believe this you need to seek out the advice of of one of the smarter Dem presidents – JFK, who was the first to use tax cuts to improve the economy.

    This is bacic ECON 101. Under a Democratic administration, O'Bama or Hilliary, your taxes will increase.

    February 19, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  65. NelsonR

    Why eight more years of prosperity equates to Republicanism with trillions benefiting our war effort. Our infrastructure can await our conclusion of enhancing the world with our leadership and opinionated righteousness. We truly have the world's best interest at heart with the beacon of love exuding from every nation towards America's past values. Yeah right, eight more years of love with more Republicans in power.

    February 19, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  66. Don in Grand Rapids, Mi


    Clinton and Obama's Liberal tax and spend policies will cause this country to fall further into ression or perhaps a real depression!

    February 19, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  67. MIchael Coogen in Lorton, Virginia

    To be honest............neither

    February 19, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  68. John from CT

    The democrats are better able to address America's economic problems Jack. Why ? because of the failure of the republicans.

    February 19, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  69. J.R.

    I believe it is readily reflected in the actions of those who have been President over the past 27 years. While the R's & D's have philosophical statements in text, in reality what they say is not always what they do! As a Republican I would "like" to say they are best up to the task. However over that past 27 years the reality is that Republicans run the country as though its task was to churn profits for the elite, damn the debt. Under the Democratic President the process appeared to tilt toward running the country for all the electorate with even a surplus in Federal funds. So much for "superior" Republican management skills -vs- "tax & spend" Democrats!


    February 19, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  70. Eugene in Northern California

    Jack, both party's are responsible, for our nation's economic crisis, due to their constant pandering and bickering and we shouldn't look, to any of them, for an answer. The party that terminates all trade, with Communist China will have taken the first step, to correct our nation's economic woes. Oursourcing jobs, to a country that constantly sends us deadly products is outrageous and criminal.

    February 19, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  71. Abc

    The first question is which party got us in this mess?
    Therefore the democrats will do better on the economy.

    February 19, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  72. MIKE in Arizona

    While the Dems seem to have the best ideas to get the economy working again for the middle class, it all comes down to who's sitting in the oval office with their hand on the veto stamp. Until the Dems have a veto proof majority, nothing of significance is going to get done if there's still a Republican president blocking their way.

    The problem is regardless of who's the Dem candidate, there's still a good chance McCain could win. So, just to be safe we need to remove as many Republicans from both houses as possible.

    Mike in AZ

    February 19, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  73. Roland Madore, Fort Collins, CO

    The American public thinks the Democrats can best deal with our current economic mess, and so do I. Of the two candidates, only Barack Obama is a catalytic, transformational leader who has been able to figuratively whack the American public side of the head to get their attention first with the added substance to take us–Deomcrats, Independents, and moderate Republicans where we need to go; whereas, Hillary, the bureaucratic policy wonk can't seem to unite anyone but the Democratic Party establishment and the Bush Republican base.

    Also, which is worse? Republicans who charged billions on a Chinese charge card for fear and a phony war, or Democrats who just might have to raise taxes to pay off their debt?

    February 19, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  74. Ted in Portland OR

    Thje GOP has their deficit no holds barred spending, and the Dems raise taxes to cover the bills and WANT TO turn the US into a welfare state. Neither party has an enviable record of stewardship. For most politicos, the Oath of Office is only referred to on January 20th. Two words..... NO INCUMBENTS.

    February 19, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  75. snoopy

    That is a no brainer...the DEMOCRATS with HILLARY leading the pack. She is great on the economy and without her we will just have more of the same.

    February 19, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  76. Kyle Lou

    I speak with my heart. I don't care about politics and so that much ...

    But one thing to be certain. I am working average 10 hours in office plus 2.5 hrs on commute every day, I work at home at night and weekend too when its needed, I earn about 150,000 a year and I am trying to support my wife and kid. When I look at the housing price/education in NYC area I feel hopeless...and now I am going to be tagged "RICH"...

    Yes I might have a living standard higher than those who lives on social security or government aid but I worked so hard to earn it.

    For whatever greater good some people would regard, I do not care!

    February 19, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  77. Ehsan in San Francisco

    Economy in US is not something that any of the parties can fix... they can only help a lil bit – we have a free economy. However, not spending billions of $$$ in Iraq will certainly help us to spend the money in our infrastructure that will create some jobs so middle class families would have some money to spend.

    February 19, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  78. Max (Miami)

    That's a stupid question.
    A Democrat, of course, Hillary Clinton will save our economy.

    February 19, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  79. anita, Dallas TX

    Neither, give it to someone neutral like a CPA firm.... they couldn't do any worse and would probably have any easier time telling them no and keeping them within their budget.

    February 19, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  80. Sharon

    Sounds like Mccain is using someone words also, President bush stated, read my lips, no new taxes and what did he do when he got in.... raised them.

    Hillary cannot keep all her promises to the people, the universal health care is just another waste of tax payers money. She is running on Bill Clinton's success but she is far from bill Clinton. I doubt if he even gets to reside in the White House, let alone suggest anything to her.

    Barrack Obama can and wil deliver, he will choose the best administration and get this economy back on track. We need change and neither Mccain or Hillary is that change.

    February 19, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  81. Clark, Milford, Indiana

    Iam done with both of them. Bring on the independents. Both parties think money grows on trees, some kind of renewable energy. Spend Spend Spend is all they know, Oh one other thing they are both adapt at putting my money into their buddies pockets.

    February 19, 2008 at 3:56 pm |

    It’s not the charge and spend Republicans
    There is something honest about tax and spend
    Something very dishonest about no new tax’s and tax cuts.
    They just charge it to my children and grandchildren
    What ever happened to finical conservatives?
    I guess the demo,s did a flip flop and they are
    the true believers in financial responcablety

    February 19, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  83. John Ferebee

    Jack, I noticed that Republicans destroy the economy by giving the money as tax break to rich people. But the Democrats repair it by putting the money in the hands of the people. The GOP does not understand, if people have money to spend, they will spend it at the nearest stores and malls. Their (GOP) thinking is to give money to rich people and they will enrich the economy. No way. They will think of ways to increase their riches, not decrease it. Repulican politicians are business people and lawyers. They favor big business over workers.

    CNN has the best politicial team and the other stations are trying to copy it. No way, it's not gonna happen.

    February 19, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  84. Richard Sternagel

    Jack the Democrats only address the needs of the average American household! As far as McCain is concerned he is only a Bush protege who will keep us in Iraq for 100 years and who like Bush doesn't have a clue to the economy!

    February 19, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  85. Scott

    the party of hillary, nuff said.

    bowling green, mo.

    February 19, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  86. mike

    some things never change. your income level if it is under 200,000 a year the democrats are the only ones that will include you in the american dream. if your income level is over 200,000 a year the republicans will be looking out for your interests. the current administration should be gospel truth about those facts.

    February 19, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  87. tina Texas

    Dems are always for the good of the people where the Gop is always for themselves and their rich croonies. Who do you want? The choice is yours.

    February 19, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  88. doug gengler

    the democrats!! republicans need to realize after 8 years of their spending practices someone has to balance the budget, which means raising taxes, unfortunatly it falls on responsible democrats to be the badguys.

    February 19, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  89. Calvin Clayton, NC

    All the government has to do is create an environment where the job market is an employee job market. The individual has no power to bargain for a fair living wage. Average people need jobs with decent salaries. The government has to be willing to get unemployment not just down, but also raise the standard of living for the average uneducated american. I live in NC. The worse thing that happened here was when the textile industry left and went to Mexico. All thanks to NAFTA.

    February 19, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  90. Christian-Chicago, IL

    Jack, I don't think that this is a question that can be drawn up along party lines. I believe that John McCain can do a great job in improving the economy by eliminating earmarks and pork barrel spending. Hillary Clinton has the experience of being the first lady and seeing first hand how her husband was able to turn the deficit into a surplus and boost the economy. Obama is only a few years removed from the Illinois state legislature, and before that had only the experience of a community organizer. he is proposing spending in the hundreds of billions of dollars. If he is given the reins of this country, we must be ready for the days of the depression.

    February 19, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  91. Clay

    I guess it would depend on what you prefer. Tax increases or borrowing money from other countries to support/sustain ourselves? Regardless, both parties have no problem spending it.


    February 19, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  92. Tony G

    The Clintons did it in 90's, & she is the one to do it now, Obamba has been a senator for 21/2 years. Nothing but words from him. His only claim to fame is he says he voted against the war. Well if that is only qulification needed to be Pres. vote for him, unfortunately I think it is a little more involved. He copies other speeches & has a nice way about himself, we have a Pres. now that people said that they would like to have a beer with, & I never had a beer with anyone I would like to be Pres. I guess that is another qualification in Obamba's favor. Maybe he does deserve a vote. Republicans keep blasting Clinton because thay feel they can beat her. Well it is just the opposite they blast her because if she loses they know the can beat Obamba or they would be blasting him.

    February 19, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  93. Aleesa from Atlanta

    Jack, the Democrats make the money, the Republicans spend it. Put it like this, the Democrats are your parents, and you're the child, the Republican. They hand you money, and you spend it all on a pointless X-Box.

    February 19, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  94. Scott in Hartford, CT

    Let us review:
    Take the 2000 a recession (post Tech Bubble and President Clinton economic failures); add 9/11, a space shuttle crash, Tsunami relief to the Pacific rim, Katrina and her two relatives the summer of 2005, a victorious war in Afghanistan followed by a quagmire in Iraq, corporate scandals (don't forget Enron), a housing bubble and now new weakness in the Markets and we find ourselves with President Bush may be the most out of touch republican in America. However, the past 8 years is not a realistic look at the Elephant’s approach to the economy! With ALL of that said, John McCain will be the best president for the economy by bringing back the Republican Party that we all know and should love. The party that believes that the economy is better when people can get a job, make money and use that money to stimulate the economy. Not give it all back to an inflated government that wants to tax you to cover their plethora of spending ideas they promised during a campaign. As President Reagan said, “Government always finds need for any money it gets.” So keep the Democrats out of office so taxes do not allow them to get more then they need!

    February 19, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  95. Marilyn

    The democrats will do a better job with both the economy and our standing around the world. We need competency this tim around and not more of the same "with us or against us.

    February 19, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  96. Suzanne

    I've given up on both Democrat and Republican...my vote goes to the Independent Party. They are the only one we haven't seen screw up American yet.

    February 19, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  97. Robert


    Let's see. It was a recession during the first Bush presidency, followed by 8 years of prosperity under President Clinton. When the 2nd Bush came into power in 2001, the economy was humming along, we had a surplus and a balanced budget. Now, eight years later we again are either in or approaching recession, we are broke and we have a deficit that rivals the budgets of many nations. This is one test we don't need to stay up all night cramming for. Once again, "it's the economy stupid" (not directed at you personally), and like her or not Hillary hit the nail on the head with her reference to it taking a Clinton to clean up after the first Bush, and it will certainly take either a Clinton or an Obama to clean up after the second Bush. We should have limited George W. to the same one term that we gave his Dad.


    North Port, FL

    February 19, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  98. David Navas

    Which "party" can address our economic problems? When was the last time you solved any "problems" with a party? Parties are good for having, and they make lovely things to talk about around the water-cooler.

    How about, "Don't buy stuff you can't afford"?

    I know, we could make a list of things we can't afford!
    100 year occupations of multiple foreign countries
    Free Health Care for everyone and their pets
    Buying three quarters of a trillion dollars more from other countries than they buy from ours.
    Selling 20 billion dollars worth of military hardware to one of the countries who furnished the population that ran our own planes into our own buildings.

    But, lists are boring.

    Not as fun as PARTIES!


    February 19, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  99. DavidJ from Atlanta

    The republicans would do the best job. Unfortunately the economy will always take a back seat to war-mongering and under McCain I don't see that changing.

    February 19, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  100. Jeff Johnson in San Diego, CA

    Which party? Most likely the democrats. In order to truly fix our economy the new president will have to increase jobs and domestic manufacturing/production. That means reducing cheap imports from China through trade restrictions and tariffs. Right now our economy is more consumer than production and when we spend money on foreign made goods, that money leaves our economy. Fixing our economy requires ending the big business love affair and addiction to cheap overseas manufacturing. No republican is going to end that elite gravy train. I think Bill and Hillary to too close to that same elite establishment. Obama is most likely the candidate that would make the most positive and real changes for our economy.

    February 19, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  101. Pat in MIchigan

    If the Republicans remain in office it will mean four more years of pouring billions of dollars into Iraq and neglecting our needs here at home......so you tell me how that is gonna help the economy here? Neither of the Bush's knew how to keep the economy flowing. They think everyone is a rich oil man like them and the millionaire friends they've catered to. Lets get a Democrat in there that even if he messes up will be spending the money here and not in Iraq. Last I knew Iraqi's weren't paying any taxes here.

    February 19, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  102. Ken

    Well listen, the economy is in such crisis because of inflation and everyone with a brain knows it. The value of the dollar is rapidly declining because the FED prints way to much money for the government to spend on welfare and warfare and foolish Americans who decide to live outside their means. We need sound money and Republicans used to be the ones to look to. Now all we have are neo-cons and socialists. Any independents out their for us to revamp the monetary policy?

    February 19, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  103. Rodney

    Answer is neither reason is because none of them want to spark innovation which spark the economy. Bill Clinton did this with the internet even if as some argue it was strictly marketing. We could do it by using new techs in the housing (aerated concrete), oil (using trash to make oil and gases), faster intertnet speeds. Helping create the middle class by giving business more tax to pay employees more and allowing government to get their tax from the employees. Making a socialize health care that doesn't tax business's more see GM. Telling Mexico no immigration reform until you have labor rights reforms. That way wages aren't suppressed. Are any of the candidates talking about any of these things NO.

    February 19, 2008 at 4:10 pm |

    It’s not the charge and spend Republicans
    There is something honest about tax and spend
    Something very dishonest about no new tax’s and tax cuts.
    They just charge it to my children and grandchildren
    What ever happened to finical conservatives?
    I guess the demo,s did a flip flop and they are
    the true believers in financial responsibility

    February 19, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  105. Jorge


    February 19, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  106. Bob B in Boise

    Jack, it's a cinch that another 4 years of a neo-Bush administration won't do the trick. And inasmuch as Hillary is little more than a stealth-good-ole-girl-republican in a donkey suit, it seems to me that it's time for a sea change in the person at the helm. That would make Obamma the reflex choice even for those who might still be fooded by the edge frayed rhetoric of "Team Clinton" and "George the lesser" er, sorry make that "Team John".

    February 19, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  107. Charles Liken

    While both parties leave much to be desired there is no question that the Democrats have a better mind set for dealing with National economic policy. The Republicans accuse Democrats wanting to tax and spend while they borrow and recklessly spend, continuing to saddle our children and grandchildren with more debt and taxes. Our enemies wait and watch while we bankrupt oursevelves in Iraq. The Republicans have promised to continue this shame while the Democrats are agreed we must leave.

    February 19, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  108. Robert from Germantown, MD

    The DEMS! The republicans don't have a clue. They are supposedly the Government of the People (GOP), but want nothing to do with the people at the lower end of the socioeconomic scale. Those are the people that impact the economy the most, and the DEMS will see to it that they are not forgotten and able to contribute to this national economy.

    February 19, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  109. Delmar

    Jack, I wonder how John McCain plans on paying off that 10 trillion dollor debt we owe.. I wonder what the interest comes to?,, We saw Bush #1 and Bush #2 break the economy in our country,, I don't believe we have been told the truth about inflation,, every time I go to the store prices went up another 25 cents,, no wonder the Walmart family has over 65 billion dollors,, The republicans only seperate the poor from the rich by wider margins,, give me a democrat and maybe I can get off this boiled shoe diet I have been on for the last several years,,,, and soon

    February 19, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  110. Nathan from Indiana

    There is not good party to choose from. We need to geet rid of the party system enitrely and allow the right people to run for president. The voting system is rigged because if anyone has paid attention there have been so many times the voting system used today was wrong. Lets go back to the start and choose our canidates publicly so then we will know who really won. Both parties suck and our nation's citizens need to over haul the whole system.

    February 19, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  111. Frank

    Is this a trick question? And now McCain laughs and says we'll be in Iraq 100 years. Do the math: $265 Million per day X 365 days per year X 100 years. Our economy could use that waste, and we can start by rebuilding America's infrastructure.

    February 19, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  112. Chuck B Coastal NC

    The Democrats, they have a look at the futher,the middle class and the nations wellfare. The GOP only knows one way to work, thats cut taxes for the top 2% of american, allow big business to control them like puppets and look for a war. That their MO. The GOP has forgot one thing, this nation was built on the middle and lower class. Yet they want too polarize them/us.The GOP has a few good idea's, ECONOMICS IS NOT ONE OF THEM.

    February 19, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  113. Matthew Anderson

    Neither party can address the problems (economic or otherwise) in America because both parties are controlled by their radical wings (the left and right) which have no real interest in helping the middle class.

    If either party had any idea how to "fix the economy" they would never have let the "economic stimulus" package pass. This stimulus package is the most foolish government intervention in the economy since the dawn of the United States and the fiat money system. We are borrowing money from the chinese; and shipping it to wal-mart and the nations of OPEC. The "economic stimulus" package was passed solely to push the issue of the economy past the election because none of the candidates have a clue.

    The two party system has forced Americans into a damned if you do; damned if you don't decision and we are sick of it.

    Matt – North Dakota

    February 19, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  114. Mary True

    I think that both candidates will get good advice from their economic advisors. I think Hillary Clinton will be better at discerning the proper method to advance the economy for all the people of the US, both the poor and the well to do, as well as the middle class. She is a woman who is capable of hearing the needs of the general population as well as businesses. She is indeed a Woman for all Seasons. We need more women in government. Women Leaders in many different Countries are far outstripping their current or past male counterparts. Mary True

    February 19, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  115. Evelyn, Austin Texas

    Instead of looking at which party–look at which candidate of the three left–Hillary, Obama, or McCain has shown a better grasp of economics- she's the smartest candidate out there- hope the Democratic Party wakes up before she doesn't get a chance to run in the general election.

    February 19, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  116. Jabriel Ballentine

    I definitely think classical liberalism is the best philosophy for solving our economic problems and advancing the economy for all. Paterrnalism of the Democrats is not the answer. However, the robber-baron tactics of mainstream Republicans are not the answer either. What we call "free markets" imprison the poor. And, what they call "social safety nets" cripple the poor. We need truly free markets and – more than social safety nets – we need rehabilitative safety nets...that help people walk on their own again.

    February 19, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  117. Ray Montero

    Which party is better able to address America’s economic problems? The answer is neither party. I see where some say that when Clinton came into office he balanced the budget, which is a lie. The budget has not been balanced in this country since Andrew Jackson. They balance it on paper, but they leave out a whole lot of hidden costs. Who ever is elected will do nothing about it, but talk, no one has the will to balance this budget, because all everyone can think about are their own special interests. We are going to have to make some hard choices in the near future and they will be made for us, not by Republicans or Democrats, but by the system going bankrupt. Social Security alone is going to take up 100% of our budget and it will be hitting us real soon, as we have no Social Security reserves. I know on paper we have reserves, but we have spent those reserves, they are in the form of IOU’s. Worthless.

    February 19, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  118. Dorian Sidhu

    Well, any of the mainstream candidates will not help the economy. Mccain will spend more and more on foreign policy and wars we can not afford. The dem's will increase gov't spending on social programs that give incentives for people to remain in a welfare state. The only candidate who would address the real problems in this economy is Ron Paul. I still can't believe people don't see this. Once things get bad enough, everyone will.

    Former Marine current UW Economics student

    February 19, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  119. Dale - Anadarko, Oklahoma

    ROTFLMHO! Democrats would get us out of Iraq and get us back into making consumer products, ... not war stuff. WalMart's sales are down? I wonder why? It's time to get our families back together again, and then we can force the Military to keep their promise with bonuses and treatment needed due them.

    February 19, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  120. Jeff in E. Lyme, CT

    You're kidding with this question, right? The lying, theiving, self-serving, treasonous SCUM that inhabits the Whitehouse has ruined our economy in ways we never imagined. What the Republican Party has morphed into this last decade cannot be trusted. Just look at the record of Dems vs. G.O.P. at the end of their administrations. There's your answer.

    February 19, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  121. Annie, Atlanta

    Both parties are now better able to make sure they take care of themselves personally, first, and the hell with the rest of us. I want to know how so many of them become millionaires during and after service to their country.

    February 19, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  122. BB

    I think its pretty simple, if anybody took the time to listen to some of Dr. Ron Paul's ideas. Stop outsourcing our jobs. Change to a constitutionaly legal fair tax system so we can start paying off our countries' debt. Stop the outrageous spending of government. And possibly change back to the Gold Standard that we had before the federal reserve system came into power.

    Which ever canidate and party is willing to accomplish these things will aid the economy in fixing itself.

    Oh, and here's a thought. People should remember that the government is supposed to work for them. Not the other way around. Accountability folks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 19, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  123. Julie

    Franklin, New York
    I'm not a died-in-the-wool anything, I am an Independent (used to be a Republican) and I don't think the Democrats are going to help the Middle class at all if they get in power. All these social programs they want to set up to "help" the middle class cost dollars and whose dollars will they be using?... the middle classes' of course, those of us who have jobs and are just getting by will be paying the bill for all those who are not. Everytime democrats are in power our taxes go up, but they are "helping" the people..My union is for the Democrats, I swear they'd vote in the donkey if he ran! Doesn't anyone THINK anymore?? Maybe my thinking is jaded, but I've been around a long time and remember other elections from Eisenhower right on up. Now they are trying to make a HERO of Bill Clinton - give me a break! We've had enough of the Clintons! The Presidency has been Hillary's goal for a long time, that's why she ran in New York state and all those poor, down-trodden downstaters voted her in! Well I've said my piece!

    February 19, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  124. Lloyd Creech

    Let's see –
    When Bush took over there was a huge surplus and things in general were still improving.
    Now after 7 years of Bush there is the largest deficit in US history.
    The trade deficit grows continually.
    The Middle Class is disappearing, repaced by low income. People having to work 2 or 3 jobs to survive.
    Hundreds of thousands of jobs lost to out sourcing as companies increase their profits.
    Less regulations so there are thousands of products that have to be taken off the market, including things poisoning children and bad food.
    Any Democrat would be a huge improvement over Republicans.

    February 19, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  125. Ron


    It's amazing how many of your respondents have regurgitated the media's inane conclusions about the economy. All we have to do to improve the economy is raise taxes – ya right. The largest tax increase in history in 1998 by Bill Clinton started the 2001 – 2003 recession. Add more spending like mandatory national health care and it's a recipe for disaster. Don't forget our annual national debt is 1.8% of GDP. It averaged twice that amount for 40 years when the Democrats were in power. Wake up people. Keep the tax cuts permanent and CONTROL SPENDING.

    February 19, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  126. Praetorian, Ft. Myers, FL

    I'm a little concerned over both Clinton and Obama's populist message–on how the "wealthy have been reaping profits!!"

    Depending on the year I make from $65K to $100K, but my wife doesn't work. We aren't exactly living high off the hog?

    I'm a former Democrat..I recently changed to Independent.because the messages of both Obama and Clinton are SO socialist in nature they are alien to my ideals.

    I believe they should define who the rich fat cats are they are going after–many of their supporters may find they're THEM!!

    February 19, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  127. Tim in Minnesota

    It's going to be a long, lengthy battle with both sides crowing over their virtues and castigating each other over their failures. From all of the senseless folderol there should arise a great rallying call for the next great party – the Independent Party. The need (and opportunity) may never be greater.

    February 19, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  128. Billy in Iowa

    The republican party is a slash and burn party. They take as much as they can and get out before they get caught. The Democrats do promote a policy that allows middle income American to get some of the pie and in recent history the Democratic party is the party that promotes a more balanced budget.

    February 19, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  129. Paul

    Both parties look like much of the same. I don't believe that a politician knows enough about money to fix our economy. Politics is not Economics, and lets face it, all they know how to do is spend money.

    February 19, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  130. paul

    It's not a question about parties but rather who the leader is and how they can bring everyone together. Look at the earmark spending, the top spenders are pretty even between both parties. It's not about the parties, it's about the individuals and the ability to bring everyone together for the best possible solutions. This is like asking who is better with finances, men or women? This is a dividing question that is more damaging than good as it unecessarily profiles good and bad individuals into single groups rather than judge them on their own merits.


    February 19, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  131. Beldon

    IN this cycle of our economy, I believe a democrat President would do a better job with it. America goes through economic boom or bust cycles. I think new leadership in party and directions may rejuvenate America's trust in rebuilding the economy.

    Big Island, HI

    February 19, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  132. Ralph

    The Republicans practice "Supply-Side Economics". It comes from Standford University's Herbert Hoover School of Business Administration and Economics. It's Hoover's economic program from 1929 to 1931 combined with Keysian Economics (the huge tax cuts to stimulate the economy). Because most of the tax cuts go to the wealthy it results in high deficits and lesser economic stimulus than if the majority of the tax cuts went to the middle class. The Democrats practice Keysian Economics but direct almost all the tax cuts to the middle class resulting in greater economic stimulus and lower deficits. Always go with the Democrats...they know economics. McCain's cuts in government spending well cause a recession. Rick, Yakima, WA.

    February 19, 2008 at 4:27 pm |
  133. Dodger

    One word: neither. Only Ron Paul and his "extreme" stance of fiscal responsibility could curve the outrageous spending and printing of fiat money.

    February 19, 2008 at 4:27 pm |
  134. Lee

    Hillary is at least talking about what she will do specifically, Obama sounds a bit like Robin Hood with his take from the rich speeches, and that doesn't really work.

    There's a lot to fix that Bush broke, every facet of government is broken. I want someone that stays up at night reading not someone with a magic wand that doesn't do anything.

    As for Mcain, at least he is the anti-earmark guy, but using nuclear power to fix global warming doesn't sound like he is planning on spending less money.

    February 19, 2008 at 4:27 pm |
  135. Mike from Glen Rock, PA

    As a Republican and a Realtor I think the answer is very simple, Barack Obama. It is more in depth than what party, it is which candidate. Barack Obama has the best vision for what is needed to fix the economy, his campaign is a direct reflection of his ability to organize and drive his visions, and he has the ability to unite Republicans, Democrats, and Independents. He has my vote !!!

    February 19, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  136. carla

    hillary, of course, she has the most experience. when are you people going to WAKE UP?carla

    February 19, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  137. Rosie R. Echeverria

    All things considered, the Republican Party is better qualified to turn the economy around. Under the Democrats, we have to brace ourselves for more entitlements, taxes (for us those left to pay). In one word: socialism

    February 19, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  138. A_Sen

    Why in the world Jack doesn't get it? Well, probably Lou Dobbs independent party. By the way Obama will be better and Clinton will be the best. But does the majority care? If so, then why don't they vote in the primary?

    February 19, 2008 at 4:34 pm |
  139. Michael

    It boils down to what you really think is best at this point in time. The Democrats offer tax and spend , The Republicans offer tax cut and spend like drunken sailors. If I were old and nearly ready to go I would definately vote Republican, However the 50 and under crowd should think twice before casting that vote.

    Michael Inverness FL

    February 19, 2008 at 4:34 pm |
  140. Brian, Columbia, Md.

    The Boston Tea Party. A rebellion against King George is just what this country needs to fix the economy.

    February 19, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  141. Teresa, OKC, OK

    Whichever party is willing to do the "unpopular" thing....RAISE TAXES!!!!! Why is it so unpopular to raise taxes right now? We are in a time of war. Our soldiers are being asked to make sacrifices with their lives in a costly unnecessary war in Iraq, but the civilians don't want to make a sacrifice and have less money to spend on a day to day basis. If this war is just as so many Republicans believe, then do the right thing and finance it the right way. Stop borrowing from foreign countries and raised the taxes. I believe history will show that during times of war, taxes have been raised and for a good reason. You can't finance a war with tax cuts.

    February 19, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  142. Pete in Oregon

    Neither party. Leadership and how it manifests itself in terms of both economic CONFIDENCE and GROWTH with the American people (and around the world more and more so every day) is more important than any memories of the "good old days". Attack politics, rhetoric and irresponsible fiscal policies (debt, deficit) of today only delay and exacerbate huge fiscal, economic and social problems stemming from medicare, social security and the ever-increasing foreign competition for jobs, resources, savings (retirement), and corporate profit.
    The leader/party who inspires AND persuades Americans to acknowledge ugly realities and sacrifice luxuries for the health of the country's future best addresses economic concerns.
    Wars don't solve the problem; reliving old memories or pandering to entrenched constutuencies don't solve them either. No wonder the presidency is sought by so few forward-thinking and humble candidates.

    February 19, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  143. Mike - Iowa

    Jack until I start seeing labels with "Made in the USA" the economy will never be fixed.

    We used to be proud of "Made in America".
    I guess our new slogan should be "Proudly Consumed by Americans".

    February 19, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  144. Ed

    None of the currrent crop of candidates will or can do much to fix our economy. Once apon a time republicans were the party of fiscal responsibility, not any more. Now everyone in Washington has the same problem: addiction to spending – other peoples (tax payers) money. With McCain the war and tax breaks will keep us in the red. With Hillary or Obama it won't be much better. It's sad to say that Rommney was the only candidate that offered some business sense and experience and he's out of the picture now. Until we have a mandate to have a balanced budegt and enforce rules against pork barrel spending/ear marks -which I can't see happening – we will get more amd more into debt with China and drown in red ink!

    February 19, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  145. Julie Davis

    Jack, Jack, Jack....As usual, the voters can only take so much of the Republicans before they realize a Democrat needs to step in and save them. A word of advice for those of you who vote Republican then regret it later....Stop voting for them!!!

    Julie Davis
    Yorktown, Va.

    February 19, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  146. Apryl

    Well it sure isn't the Republicans. Look where the country is. America can not afford another Republican right now. The Democratic party will clean up after their mess yet again.

    February 19, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  147. Susan Norris

    The Republican oil machine kept bragging about how all those tax cuts for the wealthy would help the economy get stronger and it seems they were dead wrong. Seems the wealthy folks took all of our US treasury money and put in their own bank instead of re-investing in America.
    The Republican oil machine will never all us to end our dependency on oil because that would be like asking GM to build a better car for Ford. Bottom line, the Republicans will never cross the oil line because it's against their religion.
    For all these reasons and more, Hillary and her fellow Democrats, including Obama, would the best to dig us out of this mess we are in, thanks to the Republican oil barons and their failed policies. .

    February 19, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  148. Curt D. From Atlanta, GA

    The GOP had 7 years to get it right, and look what that got us. I have worked in the telecommunication industry for over 15 year and I have been laid off 4 times in 7 years. I have been without a job for the past 13 months because my job is being done oversea. I voted for Bush twice and have always got a lot of ribbing for it. Being a black man and voting for Bush wasn't very popular in my circle. Right now I'm unsure if McCain is the right person for the Job. I must admit, I still like Bush. I genuinely believe that Obama will do a much better job than Billary. I don't trust the Clinton's.

    P.S. Mr. Cafferty
    Growing up in NYC. I watch you all the time on channel 5. I value your opinion. I now know why I switch from Foxnews.

    February 19, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  149. Jay, Niagara Falls, Ont

    Remember what Reagan, Bush 41 and Bush 43 did and has done to the US economy? Remember what Bill Clinton did for it? Which party has the better track record? Shouting "Lower taxes" from the rooftop is a great way to score some votes, but running the government, like running your life, costs money. When was the last time you requested a pay cut at work? People that beleive in that kind of economics should not even be in charge of an outhouse.

    February 19, 2008 at 4:39 pm |
  150. Les Young

    Jack how could the Republican party help they have been the problem for the past seven years. The thing that is so funny is if the Democrats had been in office for the last seven years the Republican would be screeming they caused it. But since we have had a Republican adminstration they say that goverment has little to do with the ups and downs of the market. You can't have it both ways.

    February 19, 2008 at 4:39 pm |