July 9th, 2009
05:00 PM ET

Will voters blame Democrats for economic problems in 2010 election?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

At some point it will become President Obama and the Democrats' recession, not George W. Bush's. If the economy doesn't start to show signs of picking up, Democrats could feel the voters' anger in next year's mid-term elections.

President Obama is traveling a path not unlike the one President Ronald Reagan once traveled and, as my colleague Christine Romans points out, the Democrats could learn something from President Reagan's experience. Both Presidents were wildly popular early on, but unemployment was rising.

In the 1982 elections Reagan's Republican Party lost 26 seats and experts say the scale was tipped when unemployment hit 10-percent. President Obama currently faces a 9.5-percent unemployment rate and now says 10-percent is likely before the year is over. Renowned investor Warren Buffet said this morning on Good Morning America that unemployment could hit 11-percent.

It seems everyone knows someone who has lost their job. While the Obama Administration is busy pointing the finger at Bush, those unemployed Americans who can't find a job will likely be tempted to take it out on whoever is in power when they vote next fall. What remains to be seen is if voters are ready to start returning Republicans to power so soon after the Bush Administration.

Here’s my question to you: Will the voters blame the Democrats for our economic problems in next year's election?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Bob from Kansas writes:
Yes. While I am a Democrat, I will surely blame my Party and my President if they do not utilize this political opportunity that has been given to them by the many populist voters in this past election. Many voters believe that there is really no difference between Democrats and Republicans. The current Democrats are proving the truth of such a generalization.

Willow from Iowa writes:
If things don't start to change, we could be calling my town, Hooverville. Of course, he'll be blamed if things don't improve. That's why we elected him. Unemployment is slowly dropping in Iowa, I read in the paper yesterday. June was much lower than January. So there's hope.

S. from in Palm Bay, Florida writes:
It depends on what happens the month, the week, the day before the vote. I'm patiently awaiting the Democrats passing health care reform of some sort. If they do not succeed, I see trouble for them in 2010.

Jose from McAllen, Texas writes:
Let's not forget that in 2010, the Democrats will have been in power for 4 years. They hold the majority in Congress and it's time they start taking some responsibility for their actions and bad decisions. How long can they keep blaming President Bush for all of their bone-headed ideas and drunken spending? Also, there aren't enough Republicans in Congress to block any piece of bad legislation the Democrats want to ram down our throats.

Mark from Arkansas writes:
By 2010, the era of "George" will be forgotten. Even if the recession starts a recovery, the negative affects will be here a long time. Yes, a lot of the mud will fall on Democrats, because the ones in power are always to blame. It's always been that way.

Andy writes:
Unless the President or Vice President go Republican and have affairs with women, the Democratic Party is in good shape. Americans are much smarter than the Party leadership would ever believe. The only reason the Republican Party still exists is that no one wants a one Party system. We had that during the last administration.

Filed under: Democrats • Economy • Elections • Voter Turnout
soundoff (145 Responses)
  1. BigD Blue Sky, Mn

    The Republicans Have Never Not Blamed Obama's Administration For Everything Bad + All Things Bad to Come!

    Talk About "Euphoric Recall," You Hid It Square on the Head When The Republicans Yearn for the Days of Ronald Reagan, While Denying the Down Side!

    Republicans Have Never Forgiven the Voters for Making The Republicans Lose the Election! hee-hee

    Republicans Have a Basic Childish Flaw of "BLAMING EVERYONE ELSE" + Being Too Obstinate to Even Try to Help Out! They are a Sorry Bunch, Sorry to Say!

    It's the Republican's Fault! hee-hee

    July 9, 2009 at 3:37 pm |
  2. George

    Bush owns the economy disaster, and the debacle in Iraq, and I'm not so sure they weren't brought about in a planned way. You don't see any of the rich oil companies suffering like the rest of us, as you won't see to many rich people who are hurting, except the ones that got taken off by Madoff. Rich people got richer by the housing market fall, as most of them who were investors using the banking loan system to get fat had already had made theirs before it failed.

    July 9, 2009 at 3:43 pm |

    Of course. Its called passing the buck which is synonomous with the word politics. As long as the Hatfields and the McCoys live there will always be feuding and someelse to blame for their incompetence.
    We formed homeland security to join a number of services together to fix the problem of passing the buck. Why can't we have both Democratic and Republican parties join and call it Homeland Goverment.
    This two party thing just creates a breeding ground for finger pointers. They should all be in a three ring circus if you ask me.

    July 9, 2009 at 3:44 pm |
  4. David in San Diego

    Well it depends on how consumers are feeling about the economy in 16 months. If things are improving, Obama will benefit greatly from that and the GOPhers will carwl back into their holes. If we are still getting worse reports on employment, housing, and spending the Republican'ts will try their best to have us forget which administration got us into this mess and to hang the responsibility on the Democrats.

    July 9, 2009 at 3:44 pm |
  5. Michael Coogen, Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: They surely will--particularly if they don't resolve the ecomonic crisis. Bush is gone--and you can only blame him for a while.

    July 9, 2009 at 3:44 pm |
  6. Mary, Tucson, AZ

    Unfortunately, it's very likely the voters will blame Obama for the economic crisis in 2010, unfair as that may be. We ran rampant for at least a decade seemingly intent on destroying our economy, and I'm not sure it's humanly possible to pull us out in less than five years, probably closer to 10.

    FDR did some wonderful things with his depression, but it still took many years and the astronomical deficit spending of WWII to end that. The Democrats don't stand a chance in pulling it out by 2010, even if they could stop their silly in-fighting and concentrate on what the country needs.

    July 9, 2009 at 3:45 pm |
  7. steve in florida

    If the GOP has anything to do with it they will. Its a sad state of affairs when virtually half of our congress is working against the administration that the voters chose to solve the very problems their party created. It can be said the that is up for discussion, but I think it's the wrong discussion. We need all hands on deck, including the boys busy down below trying to punch holes in the hull.

    July 9, 2009 at 3:50 pm |
  8. CJ in Atlanta

    Republican voters will forget the fact that our economic problems originated almost entirely under Bush's eight year presidency. Contrary to what many of our right-wing friends would have us believe, these problems did not suddenly appear on January 20th and they certainly cannot be repaired in only a few months.

    July 9, 2009 at 3:50 pm |
  9. Jasmine in Germany

    Many are already blaming Obama, Jack. Many voters have short memories, and instant gratification syndrome.

    July 9, 2009 at 3:53 pm |
  10. Paul Kasprzyk

    It all depends on the ad agency! Lets face it...there's a high percentage of voters who would choose Kim Jong Il if he were running as a Republican! It doesn't matter who created this mess. The best TV commercial, and the state of the economy ON election day will determine who the winner is Period. Here is a quick poll. In my 24 unit condo. 7 will vote for a Democrat no matter what. 9 will vote for a Republican no matter what. This leaves 5 units who won't vote at all and couldn't care less, and only 3 units with voters who will actually think about it. What scares me the most is that not a single resident in my building has less than a college degree! America is in deep trouble!

    July 9, 2009 at 3:53 pm |
  11. Loyal Son of Colorado in Colorado

    Voters will never bame Democrates but confused Republicans will.

    July 9, 2009 at 3:55 pm |
  12. Bev - NYC

    Anyone who thinks 8 yrs can be undone in one year is insane. If they want to re-elect the people who spent them into oblivion then we deserve what we get.

    July 9, 2009 at 3:56 pm |
  13. Paul S. Columbia, SC

    Why wait until next year, Jack? Responsible people already know the Democrats are to blame for economic disasters since Bill 'Put the deadbeats in a house' Clinton. Obama has just made the situation a hell of a lot worse.

    July 9, 2009 at 3:57 pm |
  14. Michael McDowell from Ft. Hood Texas

    How can the Democrats be blamed when it took the Republicans eight long years to screw up our country? Jack, our economy is so fried, it may take decades to overcome their incompetence, greed, and stupidity!!! Overnight results are not in the cards!!

    July 9, 2009 at 3:57 pm |
  15. JIM S

    Voters willdefinitely blame the Democrats for the economic problems. The Democrats will probably still try to blame it on George W. Bush. This time I don't think that excuse will work. If they want to blame somebody, it should be Jimmy Carter who did not support the Shah of Iran and allowed a terrorist governement to overthrow him. That is the main reason why the government is spending billions of dollars in the middle east. The deifcit we now have is due to his foreign policy blunders.

    July 9, 2009 at 3:59 pm |
  16. Rasheed Thomas Scranton PA

    Very Simple if the problem is still active and not resolved or very close to being then Yes. Dems will get the blame as if it were them who created it at first.

    July 9, 2009 at 4:00 pm |
  17. Geri - Mead, OK

    When unemployment hits 12.5% the independents will then have a chance to win more elections at the state and federal level in 2010.

    Geri – Mead, OK

    July 9, 2009 at 4:00 pm |
  18. Jason, Knoxville

    Yes, they are making a bad problem worse. We cannot spend our way out of this recession, we need jobs and these "stimulus" bills the democrats are supporting are nothing more than throwing money around and pushing us farther into debt.

    July 9, 2009 at 4:01 pm |
  19. Jeff in Glen Carbon IL

    Not if you in the media tell it correctly. Government has little impact on the economy (nor should it , generally). This time, the federal government should help stimulate, but it has already exceeded the dollar limits of what it should do. Any problems in this economy were caused before the Democrats took office, but you can't really even blame the Republicans for the mess. The Stock Market crash tanked because of bad paper held by greedy stock brokers and investment banks and insurance companies as a result of 15 years of a complacent Congress that permitted deregulation when they did not have a clue as to the affects.

    July 9, 2009 at 4:04 pm |
  20. Terry in Virginia

    Why wait until next year's election to blame him and the Democrats? President Obama inherited the mess but ever since he started adding to the problem, it's become his mess, too. I like our President but from where I sit, he starts things, but doesn't finish any of them before starting something else. To be fair, this mess will take time to correct, but it should have been obvious that a stimulus package for Wall Street and the banks would only help one class of citizens. Now there's talk of a second stimulus. I guess our fearless leaders missed a few rich guys the last time around. Come 2010, I, a member of the struggling middle class, will remember and vote against the incumbents, regardless of party. Mr. Obama may very well find himself with a new problem in 2010: a Republican Congress.

    July 9, 2009 at 4:05 pm |
  21. Mike S., New Orleans

    Of course voters will blame the Democrats in 2010. By then they will have forgotten the devastation caused by the Bush presidency, and they'll also be bombarded by millions of dollars of ads from right wing whack jobs.

    July 9, 2009 at 4:05 pm |
  22. Jerry Jacksonville, Fl.

    If the idiots keep all the pork for parks, and the other junk someone put in the health care bill,then we can damn sure blame the democrats and after voting for them the past election I'll be looking for a good independent candidate to vote for the next election

    July 9, 2009 at 4:06 pm |
  23. Jay in Texas

    I doubt it, Jack, although the Democrats in Congress are just as guilty as the Republicans for this terrible economic mess. There's plenty of blame to go around.
    Brownwood, Texas

    July 9, 2009 at 4:06 pm |
  24. Richard

    I think the economy and job loss is going to be Obamas bigest
    problem there not trying to fix it right. I saw a show on history
    called crumbling american. They showed and talking about some
    importain things that have been forgotten about like water levees,
    bridges, sewerlines.flood control,electric grids,all very inportaint
    but have been neglected for decades. You talk about jobs those
    things would fill thousand of jobs all over the county. Instead of
    a trillon dollar medical plan that will never work. What do think?

    Hanford, Calif.

    July 9, 2009 at 4:06 pm |
  25. Jim

    No Jack. I think most people have been informed enough by the media as to the real cause of the financial situation we find ourselves in. They know that carrying on two wars, borrowing billions from other countries to finance them, spending like a sailor in a bar on saturday night, and failing to have any oversight on Wall Street, the lending institutions, investment bankers, and the housing bubble resulted in a meltdown of our economy. Also a flawed taxation system allowed the very wealthy to avoid paying their fair share of taxes while millions of dollars flowed overseas for corporations and were deposited in off shore bank accounts while middle income people were taxed to the hilt. No, Jack it's clear that most of what we are dealing with is a result of bad leadership and judgment on the part of the Republican party and George W. Bush and not the democrats.

    July 9, 2009 at 4:06 pm |
  26. nora CC TXAS

    The republican voters will. They will neglect to remember the mess our economy was in when the current administration took over. It is the way to play the game. Smart voters who know what is going on around them won't listen to any of it. Thing is you know they will try to blame the democrats again anyway.

    July 9, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  27. Paul from New Orleans, LA

    No, the blame is not just Democrats, but Republicans as well because everyone is at fault here. We let the economy slip right from under us, and now our next generation has to pay the repercussions for it.

    July 9, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  28. Dawson from Minneapolis, MN

    I sure hope not. People need to remember that it's generally republicans who gave predatory loans. They need to remember it was a republican who came up with the idea of HMO's that have bankrupted so many Americans. They need to remember it was a republican who dropped us into a war we can't afford... Unfortunately everyone needs someone to point the finger at and I think Obama will be that someone.

    July 9, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  29. Jim from Pompano Beach, FL

    They should have blamed them in the 2008 election, congress was after all controlled by democrats. Hopefully people will wake up and actually look at what is happening, instead of just listening to the spin.

    July 9, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  30. Kevin SW MI

    No Jack! We still remember George W. Bush and 8 awful years of mismanagement. The GOP can not win on there policies or sell there yak,yak,yak,,,,,,

    July 9, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  31. Jane (Minnesota)

    The voting public tends to forget past history easily & will more than likely blame the Democrats if the economy doesn't improve.

    July 9, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  32. Ralph Nelson

    The states are using the stimulus to balance budgets rather than stimulate job creation and creating future tax revenue. Instead they're using it to balance budgets which they well have to cut eventually anyway in their future budgets when even less tax revenue well be coming in because of higher employment and further reduced business activity. The Republicans well win if the economy does not recover and they well block everything resulting in a one-term president and a return to Supply-side economics and even worse economic times when they win back the presidency. Rome well be burning. Ralph, Yakima, Wa.

    July 9, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  33. Janice from Collingswood NJ

    I hope not.....only an unread, uneducated, die-hard, head in the sand conservative Republican will try to do that.

    July 9, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  34. josta

    offcourse, we have a short memory span and eventhough we faced one of the greatest depressions as a result of big spending by republicans and little government oversight on banks, if in 2010 we still see jobloss and poor jobcreation. the democrats will lose a lot of seats in the upcoming election, and that is why they are so afraid to support the Obamaplans because they are looking ahead. and they do not believe in their own plans

    July 9, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  35. Mary Texas

    This generation has to have instant gratification.They should have voted for a magician ibstead of Oboma, He needed to wave a magic wand and the unemployment would dissapear,. the stock market would go back up and the healthcare would be solved without having to pay for it,,,all in 6 months,

    July 9, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  36. Rob in NC

    Probably not, even though most of them were there when this trouble started. I do not blame a "party" I blame the folks that have been there – some for 100 years – and have done nothing in all that time. This is not a "party" problem, it is a government as usual problem that needs to be fixed. Rob in Nc

    July 9, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  37. Pablo in Tejas

    Of course they will. That's what mid terms are for. The question is, will they blame the Democrats for doing too much or for doing too little?

    Arlington Texas

    July 9, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  38. Doug - Dallas, TX

    Of course they will, whoever is sitting in the chair will be held responsible. American's memories are short so if they haven't seen what amounts to instant progress, they'll look somewhere else.

    July 9, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  39. Charles from Bakersfield

    Jack, it's either/or. With really only two parties in the system, what would you expect? I doubt we will see green party senators dominating congress in my or my childrens lifetime.

    July 9, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  40. Missy M

    Of course. Democrats will be held accountable for their actions in the next election. Their decisions will be analyzed and scrutinized and debated - as they should be. They are the ruling party and have made decisions that impact us all.

    Missy M. in CG, Arizona

    July 9, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  41. Joe in VA

    You cannot blame Bush forever so who are you going to blame?

    Chatham, VA

    July 9, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  42. Ken in NC

    Republican voters will blame Democrats. If Republicans were in office then Democrats would blame Republicans. Neither party is smart enough to blame itself. It's the nature of the beast.

    July 9, 2009 at 5:08 pm |
  43. Remo....Beautiful downtown Pflugerville Texas

    Jack, I blame them now. For the TRILLIONS that they spent, they haven't kept track of the money. They haven't instilled consumer confidence. They haven't curbed high(er) credit card interest. They haven't said how my kid's are going to pay for this. All that I've heard are pipe dreams and fairytale ideas. I'd tired of appointed "Czars" who are green behind the ears that want to experiment. "Hope" my you know what! I want results.

    July 9, 2009 at 5:09 pm |
  44. Jason

    Yes, I believe if things do not turn for the better by 2010, then Obama and the Democratic adminstration can no longer get away with their "blame Bush" policy.

    July 9, 2009 at 5:09 pm |
  45. Lew

    Well now, that would be pretty stupid, don't you think?

    July 9, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  46. Sharon Galloway

    No, Obama won't be blamed yet. It hasn't been all that long since Bush and our memories are not THAT short.

    July 9, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  47. Joe

    Yes, we can vote gop for another depression they never saw coming.

    July 9, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  48. Doug

    The voters will and should blame the Democrats for problems in the economy if they still exist or get worse next fall. They have done absolutely nothing positive since 2006 when they got the power. Hopefully it turns around in the next 16 months for the dems sake.

    July 9, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  49. B in NC

    I'm mad as all get-out, Jack. We, here in NC, watched Dole do only for herself for years, and we're now watching the republicans vote NO in lock-step just to make Limbaugh happy and make the dems look bad.

    Will I turn on the Dems because of the Grand Obstructionist Party saying no to spending THEIR stimulus money for jobs? NO.

    We have another R in this state that's about to find that out the hard way.

    Dems are trying hard - republicans are very trying.

    July 9, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  50. deborah

    No! It took 8 years to create this mess. It's not fair to give the democrats a year to fix it. Besides I haven't heard a decent idea out of any of them on how to fix it any quicker. .

    July 9, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  51. Aura Lee

    We have a longer memory then that! We will remember who caused this economic problem, the republicans! It will take time to fix.

    July 9, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  52. Paula in WI

    No-our memories are not that short.It will take 2 terms to fix this mess and we all know that. Another way to save would be to put ankle bracelets on Bush and Cheney and let them pay the bill like the prisoners do instead of providing them security at America's expense.

    July 9, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  53. guy mallarino

    I don't think voters will blame democrats for ecomomic problems
    left to us with the "useless" Bush adminstration....I give people more credit and intelligence than that.........We have to clean up the Rebublican mess......

    July 9, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  54. Ed from Montana

    I hope the voters realize that it is not just Democrats or Republicans, but that the problem is Incumbents. Congress is filled with career politicians who represent no one but themselves, and thay all need to go. Flush incumbents until the water in Congress starts to run clean again.

    July 9, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  55. Betsy Jacobson

    WILL the voters blame Obama for economic problems in the 2010 election? OF COURSE. THEY ALREADY DO!

    Betsy J.
    Brewster, NY

    July 9, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  56. gus

    Jack, our country did not get like this over night, so voters like myself and family will give Pres.Obama time to do what he has to do. He is in office for 4 years so he has about until next year this time.

    July 9, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  57. Del Baldwin

    Too many will but they should not!

    July 9, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  58. Pat Schieffer

    San Antonio, TX
    Democrats inherited the Republican Recession. Obama has done an outstanding job of dealing with the problem. However, Congress has not helped by loading up unrelated amendments and earmarks.

    July 9, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  59. Leigha Butler

    Unfortunately, it's likely that the Dems will be blamed. After all, we can be a nation of short memory and little patience. Some patience is precisely what we need right now.

    July 9, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  60. Marcia

    I sure hope not. Can Americans really expect 8 years of mismanagement to be corrected in less than one year??? I am one of those out of work and looking at being homeless in a few months,,

    July 9, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  61. Clarence

    Unfortunately the outlandish demands of our " give it to me now" society will render the Democrats susceptible to an ousting in the 2010 election. This recession was a conglomerate of many years of economic transgressions,and it will take more than two years to fix. Let's just hope that some of the glimmers of sucess and oppurtunity shine before the dusk of Democratic control in Washington occurs.


    July 9, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  62. Terry

    Without a doubt Jack...and what very short memories we have indeed. The American public is a "right now" culture and any sane long term plans by the President will not be tolerated...A shame really considering who got us here in the first place

    July 9, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  63. joe benkert

    You have to know that the democrats and the Obama supporters will never give up the ship but realism has GOT to kick in at some point. You can only blame the Bush era for so much, who is going to take responsibility for the continuous out pouring of our tax dollars to fund, save, and prop up non viable businesses ??? It's getting insane and it continues to grow !!!! Somebody take responsibility and own this issue

    July 9, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  64. Andy

    When unemployment hit 10% under George HW Bush he vetoed unemployment extensions and under estimated the political fallout. I don't think Obama will deny needed extensions. This is the flaw in your argument

    July 9, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  65. Maria

    Voter will blame democrats only if they have short memories.

    The public forgot the first 4 years of Bush and ended up electing (stealing the elect) for another 4 years. You can't make changes shooting from the hip, they changes must be deliberate and thoughtful in order to be lasting and effective. We have to give the Obama administration longer than 7 months to stop the spiral downwards.

    July 9, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  66. Bruce

    Of course they will, and probably with good reason. The problems at next midterm will be different from current problems and will include rampant inflation caused by the reckless "bottomless pit" spending attitude of the Obama administration. Both R's and D's are now the same: BORROW and spend.

    July 9, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  67. Leigha Butler

    Unfortunately, it's likely that the Dems will be blamed. After all, we can be a nation of short memory and little patience. Some patience is precisely what we need right now.

    Highland, NY

    July 9, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  68. David A Whitaker

    Personally Jack, some will but I believe most voters understand that we are in a hell of a mess. This economy is in deep trouble, it not going to matter what title a person have this country is in big trouble. Only time will help this ecomomy, like it always do and it will not be done in a few months. As a country we'll always survive,


    July 9, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  69. Adrienne

    No. I don't believe that the voter's will blame the economic crisis on the democrats. The economic crisis was headed downhill when Obama took office. He unfortunately inherited the mess that Bush created and is working to rectify the situation. However, he hasn't had enough time to completely change the US economic situation.,

    July 9, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  70. Mark in Arkansas

    By 2010, the era of "George" will be forgotten. Even if the recession starts a recovery, the negative affects will be here a long time. Yes, a lot of the mud will fall on Democrats, because the ones in power are always to blame. It's always been that way.

    July 9, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  71. Michael

    Democratic party will be blame for the economy if it doesn"t turn around by election time, but the republican party doesn't seem to have them self together yet, so I still see the majority of the races being won by democrats.

    July 9, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  72. Annie, Atlanta

    Yes. By then it will be the Democrats' fault. They need to stop being such pansies. I have faith, sort of.

    July 9, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  73. Karl from SF, CA

    We Americans are a ficlke lot. We vote poeple out of office for ruining the country, expect miracles immediately and when that doesn't happen we put the same fools back in again. It's happened before and it wi happen again. Bush caused this mess and it isn't going away any faster by putting the Party of No back in charge. They have been no help so far.

    July 9, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  74. ACE

    Voters will blame the democrats for the economic problems in next year's election because it does not matter who lead us into this problem the question now is who is going to lead us out of this problem and that's president Obama's problem now not Bush's.

    July 9, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  75. Branden Frankel

    The trend since 1980 has been one of deregulating big business, tearing up the social safety net and cutting taxes in the face of spiraling deficits. It amounts to a wholesale attempt to destroy the pillars of prosperity that have held up this nation's economy since WWII, and it is the woefully irresponsible legacy of the Republican Party.

    It will take more than half a presidential term to fix. Voters may be hoodwinked once again by the fatuous Republican claim that tax cuts can solve all our problems, but they do so at their own peril. Republicans got us into this mess, and, although it may be the case that nobody can fix it, putting them back in power will only make things worse.

    July 9, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  76. John Wood

    If the unemployment rate continues to rise as is predicted, then yes. Voters will realize that the huge pork bill disguised by demo's as a stimulas for the average american was just a way to funnel money to their big money supporters.

    July 9, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  77. Howard

    Americans are not to bright and impatient and relected Bush when it was already apparent he was a nightmare.We can go back to stupid at anytime.

    July 9, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  78. hank, montreal

    Jack, I can't even recall where to lay blame for last month's econmic downturn, and you'll expect me to remember who will be responsible for these problems in november 2010!
    You're asking way too much from me.

    July 9, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  79. Chris--Illinois

    2012 will be the defining moment for me Jack! But not 2010 because its too soon!. President Obama had stated months ago that it will be a rocky road and it will get worse before it gets better, he was then vilified for being TOO NEGATIVE!. I certainly still have nightmares about the 8yrs of the Bush administration and I loss a friend of mine who died in Iraq!. I have no intentions of voting for ANY Republican next year-its just too soon!. President Obama must focus back on the economy and the 6 MILLION jobless Americans who just want to get back to being employed again or this economy will not improve because no one is spending, no one is hiring!

    July 9, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  80. Phil in Bremen, Indiana

    Voters live in the now. "What have you done for me lately" is forefront when it comes to politics, Jack. If you don't see signs of a steady recovery by midterm's, the Democrats are toast. Oh, wait, maybe not. The Republicans have zero ideas. Who's left?

    July 9, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  81. Trevor Alford - Norfolk, NY

    Public opinion swings left and right like a pendulum. I believe that voters will reflect this if unemployment numbers don't change. We live in a primarilly conservative nation, with liberal coastlines and the finger pointing will never stop. People will continue to blame the party in power regardless of the facts. This is what happens with a two party system, and I see no reason why it shouldn't this time.

    July 9, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  82. Kay O'Gorman

    The President has only been in office for a very few months. The Democratic Party is not responsible for this mess and all intelligent people will realize that fact. It took years to get into this mess and will take years to fully recover. The conservatives are too stupid to think for themselves and will believe and act on what rush tells them to do. I hope the Obama Administration is at the very least as effective as F.D.R.'s administration was. We need help, not more of the same Republican harm.

    July 9, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  83. moni forbes

    They should be blaming the Rep....Half the Rep Governors have failed to use or have stated clearly that they will not use the stimulus money....how many have actually used the funds allocated to stimulate their state....I think they are thinking politics and not about the people,economy or your country....good luck....

    July 9, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  84. Kelby, In Houston, Texas

    Jack, you are giving the American public too much credit. The voters are ready to blame democrats for economic problems NOW. We have become so addicted to instant gratification that we expect immediate results on everything. We need to slow down and give the solutions we have already enacted a chance to have and effect. Patience is still a virtue

    Kelby, from Houston, Texas

    July 9, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  85. joy

    well we Americans have shot term memory don't we? they will be these who will blame the democrats, not me, it tooks us 8years to get here, is going to take
    The Presdent more than 6 months to fix what Bush has destroy. Thank you very much.

    July 9, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  86. Nurselady

    No, voters will not blame the Obama administration for unemployment in this country. The blame lies squarely on GW Bush and the Republicans who drove this country into this downward spiral. There is no way that, given the disaster President Obama and the current administration was handed, any President would have been able cure all of this country's ills. President Obama has worked miracles in getting significant things done for the people of this country, in my opinion. He has done more positive for this country than Bush and company did in eight years. In fact, all of us need to remember the manner in which Bush and the Republicans systematically took this country apart along with other countries in the world community when we go to the polls from here on out. President Obama and his administration face difficult challenges and we need to support our President and allow the time needed to repair all of the damage done to us in the eight years prior to President Obama entering the Oval Office.

    July 9, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  87. Bernie Powers

    Accountability is only fair for the Democrats too since they have gotten everything they asked for and more to fix this economy. President Obama might be popular, but what we need is effectiveness. If the Democratic promises are as empty as the Republicans were, we might as well make another change until someone gets this right.

    Bernie in California

    July 9, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  88. Frank B Fort Worth TX

    Voters will blame anyone and everyone they think is connected with the high power that they think is causing the problem. Voters need to remember that Pres Obama is actually DOING something to fix the unemployment problems, unlike the Bush Admin who were apparently too busy bullying the opposition into THINKING they were "doing" something about the umemp.

    Outsourcing and deregulation began eroding the job market when implemented in the Bush Admin. Bush should get his house taken away and he be outsourced to Bangladesh.

    July 9, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  89. Ron

    Obama blew it with his Stimulus Plan. It was no more than a supplemental budget plan to take care of constitutents...not to solve the recession. Obama will pay for it in 2010 with big losses in the House and could lose two or three Senate seats. Obama flunked his first test and continues to stumble along.

    July 9, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  90. Jan - Lancaster, PA

    Remember when Aaron Sorkin in the "American President" said in describing an opposing political party, "... they will tell you what to be afraid of, and who is to blame for it." Well, right now the media is doing a pretty good job of trying to transfer blame from the last decade of incompetent government to the next Administration. If you will recall, the media covered the Obama Admin.'s projection the beginning of the year advising that this economy will get worse through the course of the year, before it starts to turn around. The media would help diminish some of the concern by reminding the public of those predictions. The media could also leverage pressure on those state's / politicians who have not used the stimulus as intended which would be assisting with the economy & employment, instead of using the funds for their own agendas.

    July 9, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  91. Michael Houston Texas

    Yes, only thing is the Repubican party has no champion. Perhaps its time for more independant parties.

    July 9, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  92. Rick in Arizona

    Why should the public even consider adding members to Congress from the party that got us deep into the downsliding economy that President Obama has slowed considerably? Lack of oversight kept the warning signs from being addressed at a time when that might have saved us from the desperate measures that were required later. The Republican Party is for less oversight! Is the economy really ready for that?

    July 9, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  93. Adam Castillo

    Since the recession started in 07' and the last administration did nothing.
    With only 11% of the stimulus money used so far, I am confident the worst is near the end. Most of us realize that the GOP is the culprit to this weak economy, I recall back during the 04' election that the Economy was one of the main issues but the GOP refused it, instead anti-gay and flag burning was more important. And GB was not that bad?? RIGHT.

    July 9, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  94. Lucas

    This economic recession has become the legacy of former President Bush. Way before Obama even took the oath of office the unemployment rate in this country was destined to be a MINIMUM of 10%. The struggle that Obama and the Democrats have had to endure against Republicans concerning economic issues is proof enough that the GOP is truly responsible for the mess that is our economy. Voters will NOT blame Democrats for an increasing unemployment rate.

    July 9, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  95. Susan Ashman

    Hmm.........I seem to remember reading that when Moses
    led the Jews from slavery in Egypt, after some time in
    the desert, they were all complaining and blaming
    (read with yiddish accent)
    you are lost.
    maybe we should have stayed in Eygpt.
    maybe slavery wasnt so bad.

    human nature hasnt chgd.


    July 9, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  96. Gigi

    Since most of the people consider the Presidential elections beauty contest they probably will. The ones who have a memory bank will not. When a either party doubles the size of the national debt that should be a clue that this little fiasco will take many years if not decades to correct if at all possible.

    Nixon was the first President I voted for. I will never forget Watergate or Pres. Nixon. I became a conservative Democrat over night. I turned again, this time, to vote against the Democrats for not picking a experienced candidate. Never underestimate a woman's scorn or her memory bank.


    July 9, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  97. Jacqueline Mongeot

    If voters blame the Democrats for our economic problems in next year's elections it means they have a short- lived memory. It means they would have forgotten the state of the economy in the last half of 2008 and the huge deficit created by the Bush administration. It also means they do not understand the huge problems those who tackle the inherited problems are facing,. What would they expect? an instant miracle?. Before being elected, President Obama made it clear that the economy would get worse before it gets better. Patience is the most difficult quality most of us lack but should acquire, Jacqueline. CA

    July 9, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  98. Ted Graden

    It took 8 years to get us into this mess (destruction of "middle class" lower taxes for the wealthy, the war he started because of "weapons of mass destruction", etc.). It's going to take the president a few years to get us out of it. Have faith....he will.
    Ted Graden

    July 9, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  99. Sue

    It took Bush & his Republican Congress 8 years to get us into this mess, yet Obama's expected to turn it around on a dime. I hope that voters remember that fact. As I recall, President Reagan was a fan of "trickle down" economics, unlike President Obama. The one comparison between them is that they are & were well liked.

    July 9, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  100. John Kelley

    We are still 1 year and 4 months away from the 2010 elections. Obviously, in 2010, if the economy continues to be poor, Obama will suffer with significant lose in the House and what ever seats are up in the Senate.
    But wait, let's not rush to judgement, we are 16 months away. A cup is either half full, or half empty. I'm going to go with the half full approach and say our economy will be better. But there is one catch to making our economy better. That is those who have money have got to spend their money. People must start spending money – buying cars, houses,etc. Save yes, but not all of your money savings.
    We all have to believe our economy will improve and at the same time Obama must focus only on the economy – then health care.

    July 9, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  101. DJ in Denver

    I hope not. Tom Peters wrote a great book on the economics of the Reagan years published October 19, 1987, a date that the Republicans could not reverse history on. Please check the archives of any paper in this country. The book was called Thriving on Chaos. Reagan created a large part of his problem and ours then. GW Bush was one of those GOP members that thought Reagan was the greatest thing since sliced bread. We are all living the side effects of that now again. At least Reagan could claim he didn't remember any of it. What's Bush's excuse? Obama may win or lose but he will always be remembered for trying. Trying to get the economy to do what you want is like herding cats. I pray Obama leads us to a better day.

    July 9, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  102. Peter

    Yes, I think they will. The "I inherited this economy" excuse is getting old fast and is insulting to the American people. President Obama needs to start taking ownership of his administration and its actions and stop blaming everyone else for the current situation. He and the rest of the liberals are starting to sound like whiny little children.

    July 9, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  103. Donna Colorado Springs,Co

    No, I don't think so. Any reasonalbly intelligent person will realize that you can't fix a disaster that fermented for eight years in four years. At some point, Obama will have to take direct responsibility for the economy, but not yet. The Republicans seem to have that CRS disease that makes them forget their fault in all of this. They sit up on Capital Hill and point their crooked fingers at everybody else and act so smug.....like they didn't do anything wrong in the past!

    July 9, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  104. Matt

    Sure they will. We are a nation that tends to react quickly and forget about the past. Despite how much negative press Republicans have had in 2009 by acting like complete fools, voters are going to lash out at Democrats simply because they are the party in power. All Republicans have to do is use the religion card or make ridiculous claims that Obama is a Communist, and voters will be quick to jump on the bandwagon.

    July 9, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  105. WaltinAZ

    I'm sure some will blame the adminstration if unemployment hits and stays at 10% (which I do not think will remain there), but hopefully cooler heads and common sense will remind Americans that the Republicans do not have any solutions of their own and that the GOP created the problem. If our budget surplus had not been squandered under G.W. and GOP wasn't so busy catering to their big company buddies maybe someone would have realized that our nation's economy was going implode due to the GOP sins. Who was that that said, We must "stay the course. Stay the course!"

    July 9, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  106. Penny Johnston

    Absolutely not! Voters see the damage to economy done by Republicans has hurt our economy deeply, and its going to need lots of time to heal.

    July 9, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  107. Sean Poughquag,NY

    Hey Jack, I was on the unemployment line this morning and I ask the lady at the desk, "is the lines like this everyday"? She replied "it gets busier as the day goes on." I don't think there is one person to blame for this. We all made mistakes some way or another. But yes, the Democrats want to fix the world by printing as much money as they need and it still isn't helping. Why not listen and see what the real problems are instead of caring more about polls. President Obama has a lot of grass to grow if he wants to keep the Democrats on his side. The Republicans are destroying themselves so if the left can just get things in order and stop blaming all there problems on someone else. Mr. President, your in charge! Stop just acting like it and try to do your very hard job that you wanted.

    July 9, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  108. Joe

    The recession did not happen over night, it cant be fixed over night. American's know who got us into this and will not forget on election day

    July 9, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  109. GP

    The economic problems that we are facing now start months ago. These are the results of naive economic policies of hand off and huge tax cuts that added to the deficits and national debt. Even though the Obama administration is doing its best to slow the recession. All experts recognize the worst of the recession has passed and the economy is taking on its long term path. 70 % of employers plan to hire in the next 12 months according business surveys. The current unemployment data do not reflect future economic growth. Unemployment is a lagging indicator, It reflects pas t economic conditions. These conditions were caused by the irresponsiblity of the past republican administration and Congress. The Democrats do not own these.

    July 9, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  110. Lee Cohen

    President Obama inherited these negative economic problems and in the business sense the situation will get worse before it gets better.
    Although these are difficult times there is a light at the end of the tunnel and I feel the voters will not blame the democrats in next year's election.

    July 9, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  111. Juanita Anderson

    If you remember the 1980's Ronald Reagan's Republican Party lost seats due to the recession. It might be possible that the Democrats will likely lose congressional seats so they(Democrats) must do what they can to get the economy back on it's feet.Mobile,Alabama

    July 9, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  112. MJ

    NO! I think the people understand that the country is in a real mess. Obama is working hard to revive the economy, but he can't do it by himself. With the problems that he has with the Republican and the Blue Dog democrates how can you get anything done. The people have to let their representatives know that they will support Obama or they will lose their job. Obama is the 44th President and this drama going on now is business as usual. They need to understand CHANGE. The government work for the people. They are paid to much for what they do. NOTHING.

    July 9, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  113. Cynthia in Novato, CA

    I believe that staunch Democrats will be patient and give him a chance to succeed, but some will have a short memory, especially if they are still out of work. We all need to give him a chance to find ways to dig us out of the huge mess that the previous administration put us in and it may not be corrected in 4 years, maybe not even in 8 if he's re-elected. Good policies take time to create, to write, to implement. What's important is to make your voice heard. No more apathy. If you don't agree with an important issue, then let President Obama and your local politicians know how you feel. Remember, they work for us!

    July 9, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  114. Ken in Indiana

    If the Democrats don't start to turn this economy around they will be held accountable come election time. This may not far well for the Republicans either afterall they had 8 years of a stagnant economy. This may be just what opens the door for third parties to rise as we witnesseds this with Ross Perot! These two parties better stop the bickering among themselves and get to doing the people's work as appies to the average working class middle American!

    July 9, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  115. David Porter--Mesa, Arizona

    No, I don't believe so. The American people understand it will take time for the economy to recover.

    July 9, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  116. SHARON: Anchorage, Alaska

    YES, as the populace is developing a “ZERO” sense of confidence. There will be a large turnover IN 2010. The Democrats have held majority since 2006. They are as much to blame, if not more so, for the current mess we are in. The Bush team & Republican mistakes that lead us here are being covered over by the current decisions. Since January; the White House, Senate & House have been primary decision makers and will be held accountable come 2010.

    July 9, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  117. Lisa D

    YES. He can't blame Bush forever, he is making unprecedented changes. Not for the better in my opinion. Thank God there are checks and balances in this country, even though this administration seems to be side-stepping them; I hope he is called out on them if it gets too far out of hand! Just saw an article about the worst violence in Iraq since we pulled out, and protestors in Iran standing up to police despite warnings not to. What is our president doing? Making speeches asking poorer countries to do their part about Global Warning. I just CAN'T believe this president. It is embarrassing.

    Lisa D
    Orlando, FL

    July 9, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  118. Harley Olson

    No, they shouldn't blame the Democrats for the economy. It was the republicans that allowed things to get so out of hand. As a matter of fact they helped it get out of hand with vigor. To blame the dems. would be like blaming termites for eating wood.

    July 9, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  119. wm jones

    There is no question that this is still Bush's economy and the Dems are trying fix it . This is going to take some time .Americans know who is responsible and there will be fewer Republican seats after the next election.Anyone who can't understand this is just plain stuck on stupid.

    July 9, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  120. K

    of course. The democrats allowed spec ial interests to rule and those who helped create the problems keep their positions, take hefty bonuses for job nonperformance while sticking the bill to the taxpayer. If the democrats had cleaned house and started with new management on wall street and the banks and the auto industry they would have more credibility

    July 9, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  121. Barbara

    If the voters are smart, they will not blame the democrats for the economic mess that was left by the Bush Administration. It took Bush eight years to get us in this mess. There is no way Obama can get us out of it in six months. He needs more time to try and fix some of these problems. I remember in the beginning of his term when President Obama said that our economy was going to get a lot worse before it gets better and he is right. People have to have more patience. We have got to give him more time and the Republicans need to get on board with the Democrats and stop pointing fingers at what is wrong. They need to work together. By the way, I have been unemployed since Oct. 2008. I live in Las Vegas, NV and I still believe we can get through these rough times if people quit bickering and get things done the right way.

    July 9, 2009 at 5:25 pm |
  122. d2wave2

    President Obama is doing the best he can. Voters should blame congress for our economic problems.

    Dave of Melbourne Beach

    July 9, 2009 at 5:25 pm |
  123. Sandra

    Barring dementia, I expect to remember - and be affected by - the disastrous policies of Bush the Younger's administration for the rest of my life! Unlike so many who voted for him - TWICE - and are, apparently, afflicted with 5-minute memories (a growing problem), I can still connect cause and effect. Punishing Democratic Congressmen/women and/or Senators prematurely doesn't make sense in the face of the several crises facing them, especially since our current problems have been begging for attention for many years. In short, let's have a little patience people!
    - Sandra, Colorado Springs, Colorado

    July 9, 2009 at 5:25 pm |
  124. alice

    Dear Jack, Our troops MUST be protected; however, it pains me to see the millions/billions of dollars that it takes to protect them. Whoever is profiting from war related industry will not want it to end anytime soon. If laws were passed to make it illegal to profit from war, it would all be over very soon.

    July 9, 2009 at 5:25 pm |
  125. Jonathan from DC

    I don't think so. The current economic crisis was caused by the aggressive expansion of the government under the previous administration, two wars, a dismal stimulus package, and the housing crisis. That coupled with the fact that the number of Republican extra-marital scandals is steadily climbing brings to question their questionable judgment.

    In my opinion, the Democratic party has the numbers now to plow ahead. President Obama needs to stop trying to be everybody's friend and be the President of the United States who vowed he'd fight for us.

    July 9, 2009 at 5:25 pm |
  126. DeAnna Orsbun

    I hope they won't, but they probably will. Americans are like spoiled brats. We expect instant gratification and can't stand to wait for anything. Short term planning means next week and long term planning means next month. If there is a problem, we expect someone to 'wave a magic wand' and solve it for us, right now. Well we created this huge problem because of decades of greed and it can't be fixed in a few months. It is going to take years to fix and will require major changes to the way we do business, live our lives and interact with each other and the rest of the world. If we don't make these changes now, we will be facing the same or worse problems later.

    July 9, 2009 at 5:25 pm |
  127. gary

    Yes the voters will! they had unrealistic expectations for Obama when he became president and are impatient to wait for the results. gary Greenville, SC

    July 9, 2009 at 5:26 pm |
  128. Chuck, NW Arkansas

    The GOP has already started a campaign to blame Obama for the condition of our economy, just as they attempted to blame Clinton for the attack on the World Trade Center. We already see the GOP complaining that there is no improvement in the creation of jobs. Will they be able to make Americans forget that 8 years of Bush and 6 years of a Republican House and Senate got us into this mess in the first place?

    July 9, 2009 at 5:26 pm |
  129. Eli from Orange Park, Florida

    I was an independent voter at last years elections and I can say that I will hold the Democrats soley responsible for the poor handling of the economy and for the poor Obama staff choices that were thrust upon us. I am upset that we have so many more expensive czars in place and our progress as a country is zero just like my bank account.

    July 9, 2009 at 5:26 pm |
  130. Gideon O'gbeide

    GOP would be ashamed to pas any blame yet. They elected, nutured and honored a "prodigal son" now in Texas. The reminant fron robust President Clinton's harvest is what Obama is gathering and the davastating storm of real Estate has to settle. As an Appraiser I don't think I would ever appraise any property any more. There is a career change in the making for most displayed persons, Any crash program that made a person train for less than a year most likely would not yield divident in employability immediately. Having said that, it would be very premature to pass a blame because it would raise alarm and forment resistance from "Neighborhood"

    July 9, 2009 at 5:26 pm |
  131. Michael Woods

    Banks receive billions of stimulus money but tighten credit. The auto industry is bailed out but cuts jobs and closes plants. The democrats and the Obama administration face election day peril if they are not able to get a clear handle on unemployment. Instead of padding their balance sheets, the beneficiaries of the stimulus funds need to use the money to create and maintain jobs. It sickens me to think that we are spending at magnanimous proportions while sacrificing the financial futures of our children and receiving little benefit in economic growth or in reduced jobless claims. Obama needs to use some political capital or risk turning the Congressional majority back to the Republicans. It may be an indication that one party in control is really not in the best interest of the country.

    July 9, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  132. Pam Martin

    The right-leaners will–despite the fact that it was the Republican majority who spent us into Bush's deficit and then looked the other way as the symptoms of a looming crisis began to emerge. It should be no surprise to any of us that everyone seems to be looking for a quick, painless fix to a worldwide crisis whose roots are embedded in our continued desire for profit at the expense of everything else. History teaches us that this recovery will expensive and slow–much slower than Obama wants to admit.

    July 9, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  133. louell

    why would you blame democrats? they know nothing about the economy...

    July 9, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  134. robert strickland of yorba linda ca.

    neither party seems to ever get it right, take the money and power out of politics and we will have a decent system of democracy. I have been a registered libertarian for all the twenty four years of voting privilege that i have been granted, always urging others to join the good fight.

    July 9, 2009 at 5:28 pm |

    They already are, since January 20th. What are the Democrats supposed to do with the GOP mess? If the voters think the Republicans can do any better, that is a laugh. The GOP will give it to the wealthy and carry on the Bush Agenda. If they quack like a duck in Alaska, then the probably are a duck. Please do not vote her in.

    July 9, 2009 at 5:30 pm |
  136. Andrew in Pinehurst, NC


    People have, and always will, vote their pocketbook. They vote hoping that the person they vote for will keep their promise, for once ,to improve their living conditions. The problem is politicians make promises that they know they can't or won't keep. Politicians bank on the short memories that voters have in order to be re-elected. Americans are spoiled and impatient. Voters are basically ignorant of the responsibilities and powers of elected officials. If their fiscal status improves then Democrats will maintain their status. If not, they will make more promises that they know they won't keep. Either way, we lose.

    July 9, 2009 at 5:31 pm |
  137. Tom D

    Referencing Reagan to ask if voters will punish Obama for unemployment seems like planting a seed of “self-fulfilling prophecy” is this what you’d like to see? Jack, you’re a fine fellow but perhaps a nattering nabob of negativism? Enough Obama bashing!

    July 9, 2009 at 5:32 pm |

    Republicans have been blaming the Democrats for all the increases for years, even when it was the Republicans doubling the deficit ands increasing entitlements from $20 trillion to over $50 trillion over the past 8 years.

    Only the most gullible people believe them.

    If you want some REAL enlightenment, take a look at the government's own EMPLOYED figures for the past two decades! There are millions out of work that haven't even been counted sisnce 2002!

    July 9, 2009 at 5:33 pm |
  139. Michael Odegard (PDX, OR)

    Voters usually do blame leadership when times are tough. The legitimate blame, however, is shared by a group of people who are emotionally and intellectually incapable of owning up to their mistakes: baby boomers. Our leaders are more like scapegoats for a selfish and rather unAmerican generation that talks the American talk; but can't walk the American walk.

    July 9, 2009 at 5:34 pm |
  140. Dave in Saint Louis!

    Jack I heard Obama speak the other day and I was left with the impression that Bush is still running this economic mess and that is why it is getting worse! Was I mistaken?

    July 9, 2009 at 5:34 pm |
  141. moni forbes

    They should be blaming the Rep….Half the Rep Governors have failed to use or have stated clearly that they will not use the stimulus money….how many have actually used the funds allocated to stimulate their state….I think they are thinking politics and not about the people,economy or your country….good luck….Toronto, Canada

    July 9, 2009 at 5:35 pm |
  142. Bruce

    Voters have for the most part figured out that there is no difference between the parties. No point throwing blame. But many do see the need to revolt against the global corporations and the Illuminati.

    July 9, 2009 at 5:35 pm |

    For over forty years, Republicans have never been able to lower the deficit even for a single time. The economic problems and unemployment only become worse under the Republican presidency. Mr. Obama has been in the government for only four months since the stimulus package was approved. Until when banks and the speculators are regulated, it is much difficulty to create jobs without regulated financial institutions and instruments.

    Temba Anicetus

    July 9, 2009 at 5:36 pm |
  144. Umaru

    Voters should exercise patience, Obama has only been president for 6 months. It took bush eight years to destroy the economy, I think we are setting an unrealistic time line for economic recovery.

    July 9, 2009 at 5:37 pm |
  145. Angie, Des Moines, Iowa

    No one who actually takes the time to consider how we got into this mess in the first place can believe an eight-year problem can be solved with a two-year solution. It's going to take some time to dig ourselves out of this considerable hole left by Bush, et al.

    July 9, 2009 at 5:38 pm |