August 19th, 2010
06:00 PM ET

Things get worse if Dems lose control of Congress?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Things are pretty bleak for millions of Americans these days... but President Obama says they'll be worse if Republicans take over the reins.
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That's the message coming from the commander-in-chief as he hits the campaign trail for Democrats - in a midterm season that could be a real bruiser for his party.

The president says that the GOP wants to "go back to doing the same things... if we give them the keys back, they will drive this economy back into the ditch."

But experts aren't so sure this message will resonate with voters. Blaming President Bush and the Republicans for what happened in 2008 may not work when many Americans are still hurting badly today - worried about finding a job and putting food on the table.

Meanwhile, polls indicate the Democrats may have reason to worry about November.

A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll shows Republican candidates have a three point advantage over Democrats in the :generic" ballot question... that puts them in almost the same exact position as in August 1994 - months before the GOP took control of the House for the first time in 40 years.

What's more, President Obama's disapproval rating of 51 percent matches his all-time high.

This poll also shows Republican voters are feeling an intense amount of anger over the direction this country is headed in... much like they did in 1994.

When you add all of this to the fact that Republicans have held a significant edge for months when it comes to voter enthusiasm... it doesn't seem to bode well for the Democrats and President Obama.

Here’s my question to you: Will things get worse if the Democrats lose control of Congress in November?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Chaney writes:
I don't think it matters who has control, we have some systemic problems which neither side will engage in an honest debate about. The only person who has any sensible dialogue is President Obama. And you see what happens when he says something sensible, all hell breaks loose. To answer your question, I think it's going to get worse until everyone gets honest – regardless of who has control.

Bob writes:
Dear Jack, The fact that the Republicans are angry about the direction of the country should be fair warning to you all. Just look at the shape you're in now thanks to that course correction in '94.

Dave writes:
Things will get worse no matter which party is in control. Both parties are ruled by rich people. Both parties will still be ruled by rich people after the election. Democrat and Republican mean the same thing anymore.

David writes:
I have found that a congressional majority from one party and a president from the other party to be a very effective check and balance on each other. Clinton and the Republican majority Congress accomplished a lot and they had to work together. There was less talk of personal agendas, more talk of balanced budgets, and the voters actually got the feeling they were being listened to part of the time.

Jan in North Carolina writes:
I believe that things will get much worse is if Obama is allowed to continue with his agenda. If the Republicans do nothing but block him and his administration at every pass until he is finally voted out of office, I would say – job well done.

Sooze in Hawaii writes:
If the Democrats lose Congress then we are in real trouble. The party of NO will step in and take us back to the dark days of the Bush years. Your pointed-finger kind of reporting isn't helping the Democrats one bit. Are you turning into Glenn Beck? You used to be unbiased but I guess times have changed. Time to retire if you can't report fairly.

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soundoff (211 Responses)
  1. honest John in Vermont

    I am not a fan of the Democrats in Congress or the White House, but if the Republicans get in, life will be harder,crueler and meaner for the middle class and the poor. The Republicans will reward the rich and powerful and scorn the middleclass whom they only cater to for the November vote.

    August 19, 2010 at 4:38 pm |
  2. jim in seattle

    Jack Are you kidding. The republicans would love to shut down the federal goverment. The patry of of no is no freind of the american pepole.( Snakes in the grass. ) I will be voteing hear in washington state for senator patty murry.! The party of no has a no vote from me. jim.

    August 19, 2010 at 4:40 pm |
  3. common sense in Texas

    Things are already worse. They're worse than when Obama took over. Back in the ditch? The economy hasn't LEFT the ditch.

    Wimberley, TX

    August 19, 2010 at 4:40 pm |
  4. Dave

    Things will get worse no matter which party is in control. Both parties are ruled by rich people. Both parties will still be ruled by rich people after the election. Democrat and Republican mean the same thing anymore, a rich politician who will say and do anything to get free money from the taxpayers.

    August 19, 2010 at 4:40 pm |
  5. phil, georgia

    Definitely things will get worse if democrats loose congress. Republicans will feel even more as though they have a right to obstruct congress from getting anything done so the country can do even worse for their own selfish reasons to get a republican president elected.

    August 19, 2010 at 4:41 pm |
  6. andyz

    The only thing for certain is that the high end income folks will get to keep their tax cuts if the republicans make a comeback. The rest of the unwashed masses (i.e. We the people) will have to hope the royal republicans will drop a few crumbs for us. In my honest opinion, the bickering, backbiting, and outright hatred between the parties will prevent anything constructive from happening. To quote Cicero: O Tempora! O Mores!

    August 19, 2010 at 4:44 pm |
  7. Subhash

    This is the first indications that they ( Democrats ) are on a loosing ground. This sort of a thing is only to inculcate a sense of fear in the people because the Democrats have failed with the current leader !

    August 19, 2010 at 4:44 pm |
  8. Ed from California

    Not for me, I'm retired!!! How did that "trickle down" work for ya? How did deregulation work for ya? How did the repeal of "Glass-Steagall Act" work for ya? How did outsourcing millions of good American jobs work for ya? How did the Bush Jr. tax breaks work for ya? (That created tens of millions of high paying jobs, not!)(It actually created tens of millions of low paying jobs in communist China. And the "News" reports say that communist China is looking to add a million more workers, in communist China!) How did buying that house work for us/world? This Republican plan worked great for our upper 2% and communist China, Mexico and India, not so much for the U.S. And now you want to put them back in "charge/control"? Good luck all, Don't bother me, I'm retired!!

    August 19, 2010 at 4:45 pm |
  9. Mark in PA

    Jack, I think if The Republicans get control of congress we should prepare for a real great depression. They want to continue Bush's tax breaks to the rich, repeal health care reform to give more money to the insurance industry, privatize social security to again give the rich more money by letting tehm off the hook for their fair share, the list goes on and on. I am a Republican and am ashamed of the greedy members of my party. They rile up the populous with lies and lis-leading information and have absolutely no plan except to give more to the Rich who ship our jobs overseas. They are the reason the middle class is dying. Clinton repealed the tax breaks that Reagan put in place, and he created a surplus which the Republicans Blew with thier tax breaks to the rich.

    August 19, 2010 at 4:47 pm |
  10. Jeff In Minnesota

    Come on Jack, how can it get any worse? We're gridlocked now and will be gridlocked after the election. So, how can it get any worse?

    August 19, 2010 at 4:48 pm |
  11. Chaney. La.

    I dont think it matters who has control, we have some systemic problems that neither side will engage in honest debate about. The only person who has any sensible dialogue is President Obama. and you see what happens when he says something sensible..... all hell breaks loose.To answer your question I think its going to get worse until everyone gets honest.....regardless of who has control.

    August 19, 2010 at 4:50 pm |
  12. Andy in Vancouver, BC

    I have to agree things will be worse for America, and yet better for Democrats. Lets face it, if the Republicans have their way, they'll cut every bit of stimulus that is keeping this weak economy afloat, all while trying to extend the Bush tax cuts. Its like adding more weight to a life raft while punching a hole in it. From the Democrats standpoint, they can sit back and wait until 2012, tell the voters "I told you so" and then mop up in the election.

    August 19, 2010 at 4:53 pm |
  13. EJ in Metro Houston

    people tend to forget that Republican demi-god Ronald Reagan ALSO had a very low approval rating about this time in his term and look how that all turned out. The GOP has offered really NO answers on how they would govern if they were given return power but they have made some hints like MORE tax cuts for the wealthy and backing up Wall Street and staying in "bed" with Big Oil, plus the spending spree didn't actually just start Jan 20, 2009. SO if Americans want to go back to that trickle down economics that worked so well, then so be it. It sure won't be due to MY vote, though.

    August 19, 2010 at 4:58 pm |
  14. Steve in Chula Vista, CA

    No and my memory isn't that short. The best years of our business were 2004-2005, work was plentiful and we couldn't find people to fill our open positions, anyone who wanted a job, had a job. I'll take that over today where the cost of hiring an employee is becoming to costly and that only continues to rise under the Democratic policies, not to mention business is way down with a bleak looking future.

    August 19, 2010 at 4:58 pm |
  15. SLM

    No and it is pretty sad that those who currently control everything have no accomplishment that they can claim victory on and their only argument is it would be worse with them. By now everyone should know Democrats=Union favor, Republican=Private sector jobs.

    August 19, 2010 at 5:00 pm |
  16. Kirk (Apple Valley, MN)

    Let me answer your question with a few questions of my own: Remember who was in control of congress when we got involved in TWO wars AND cut taxes? Remember who was in control of congress when the Bush administration totally screwed the pooch in Iraq? Remember who was in control of congress when the Bush administration walked away from Afghanistan and allowed Al Qaeda and the Taliban to make a comeback?

    August 19, 2010 at 5:01 pm |
  17. Tim Donnelly

    Fountain Hills, AZ
    It does not matter if the Democrats or Republicans control congress, things will get worse after the November elections because lunitac fringes control both parties. Things will only get better when more moderate individuals can get control of both parties.

    August 19, 2010 at 5:02 pm |
  18. Bob Schroder

    Dear Jack
    The fact that the repubs are angry about the direction of the country
    should be fair warning to you all. Just look at the shape your're in now thanks to that course correction in 94.
    Rgds Bob

    August 19, 2010 at 5:03 pm |
  19. Jim S

    Jack, I realize what it's like to be without a job, because I've been there, done that. However, if voters think for a second that the economy is going to do an about face and a wealth of jobs are suddenly going to be created if they put the Republicans back in control, they've got another think coming. This nation is now dealing with problems that have been years in the making and there are not going to be any quick fixes. Moreover, if the Republicans take up where they left off, in terms of borrowing and spending and giving giant tax breaks to the wealthy, we apt to wind up in a deeper ditch next time and I have no reason to think that they won't. Patience is a virtue here, and not a changing of the guard.

    August 19, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
  20. Jimmy - Houston, TX

    No and never have we seen so much finger pointing and constant blame from our Commander in Chief. If Obama had ever worked a real job for a real business he would understand the no action and constant excuses would have put him in the unemployment line by now. We hired Obama to do the job, not blame everyone else. I really don't think we can afford another 2 years with the tax and spend party bankrupting this country even further.

    August 19, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  21. MIke in TX

    The Republicans have already said instead of working to improve existing legislation such as health care and wall street reform they will spend their time to undo it leaving one to wonder what about moving ahead. There may just be something to the thought that we'll fall back instead of spring forward as they won't have time for anything else. If you think legislation is being blocked now just wait to see what it will be like if Sen. Boehner is sitting in the up top center seat.

    August 19, 2010 at 5:07 pm |
  22. JOE NJ

    How could things possibly get worse? When are people going to realize that THE COUNTRY IS BANKRUPT!

    August 19, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  23. Rich McKinney, Texas

    How could they? We are so far in debt now the government is writing checks that will have to be paid for by tax dollars from children that are not even born yet. The economy crumbled because of years of governmental stupidity under both democrat and republican leadership. Yes, Obama would love to blame it all on the republicans but we all know the truth. He has not once shown where his claim is true and just because he claims it does not make it true.

    August 19, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  24. Hannah

    It would be the best thing that could happen. Since we can't throw them all out and start over, let's put a stop to this partisan control. I can't understand why the Democrats continue to blame Bush, they have been in control since 2006 and 100% control for 18 months....the Republicans have been totally shut out and I would welcome the party of "NO" to stop this mess, we simply cannot afford another 2 years of this.

    August 19, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  25. Ray in Nashville

    Get worse, Jack? One candidate won her primary in part by saring we should get rid of social security, and is suing her opponent to keep him from reminding voters that she did. Another candidate thinks we shouldn't force desegregation on everyone. Yeah, things will be much worse if Democrats lose in November.

    August 19, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  26. Alex in Gig Harbor, WA

    The GOP may not drive the economy back into the ditch, but they will certainly continue corporate subsidies and regulation reductions. Regulations save lives when they are enforced. A lot of real Americans get hurt when unrestrained capitalism runs rampant! Social issues are only a distraction while corporations get whatever they want behind closed doors.

    August 19, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  27. Andrew Amherst NY

    Did things get worse in 1994? No! Infact, if the Republicans don't win the Senate and House... who then will Obama have to blame for his bad policies?

    August 19, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  28. Blake on Long Island


    Do we put the arsonist who burned down a building in charge of rebuilding it? If Americans vote the Repubs back into power, then we deserve everything we got over the last 3 – 4 years...you would think we would've learned our lesson by voting Bush, whom I voted for in '00, back into office in '04. Of course things will get worse...

    August 19, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  29. chris

    nope only a brain dead moron could not see the damage the president and the dem's control of congress so yes dem's loosing is good for the country

    August 19, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  30. Scott

    How can they get any worse. No, the party that is in 100% control of everything isn't listening. Working on passing a jobs bill isn't going to create jobs. We simply cannot afford the rising costs of having employees and have no incentive to grow or hire. Unless their congressional bill has PERMANENT business friendly policies. California is a fine example of what happens when years of liberal policies are in place........businesses leave this state.

    August 19, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  31. Greg Who? Mechanicsburg, PA

    Of course they will get worse if Republicans gain control. A BIG reason things aren't better right now is becuase of Republican obstructionism. Give them the House and just watch this nation grind to a halt. They have already proven that would thwart Obama if it meant the coun try went down the tubes. Their leadership is a bunch of Nazis.

    August 19, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  32. Judy - California

    I am afraid they will. The democrats will have to pull a big rabbit out of their hat just to stay in power. It's important that they do. Things are beginning to come back under democratic rule, and given time it will.
    The mess left by the previous administation was horrific, and should be remembered as theirs and theirs alone. They own it, and they can keep it, even if it means I have to vote for an encumbant. I will vote to see to it they are given enough time to solve the problem, and that's just what the republicans don't want.

    August 19, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  33. Michael Roepke - Dallas

    The majority of Americans believe that Government should do something to make the economy better. The Republicans believe that we should do nothing and let the Capitalistic system work out the problems by itself.
    If the Democrats lose control of Congress in November, it will be proof positive that our education system has failed us. But at least we can hope the Republicans are right and doing nothing will improve schools as well.

    August 19, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  34. Louise

    I didn't know it could get any worse. At the rate Congress is going, their approval ratings will soon be in the negative range.

    Atlanta, GA

    August 19, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  35. Don Desaulniers (Belleville, Ontario)

    Things can't get too much worse.
    President Obama is off campaigning again.
    When will America find a President who focuses solely on being President and leaves fundraising and campaigning to others?
    If Republicans regain control of Congress, maybe, just maybe, Obama will forget about trying to get re-elected in 2012 and spend all his time trying to manage America wisely over the next two years.

    August 19, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  36. andy

    yes because america people are stupid. they forgot that it was 8 years of republicans with lower taxes for the most wealthest and no rules or regulations for companies that got us into this mess.

    August 19, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  37. MEP Knapp

    Of course they will, Republicans have made a point of avoiding answering questions of substance? Can anyone recall what plans they have for the Economy, Jobs, Education, Veterans Issues, the War in Afghanistan? Probably not, they haven't answered any, unless you count what they said on the Sunday talk show circuit, which was to "continue the Bush policies on tax cuts". If stop with their distractions, they could actually answer those questions for Americans, but then I guess they don't want to.

    August 19, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  38. Gale Taylor


    People seem to have conveniently forgotten that the Dems have been in control of Congress for four years. These "wunderkinds" have really managed to screw things up. I cannot believe that things will be worse if they are not in control. At least it's worth a try.


    Houston, TX

    August 19, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  39. Lance, Ridgecrest, Ca

    Jack, NO!! Things will get worse if the Republicans do not get control of Congress. This country cannot pay for the Obama deficits already passed into law. The nation has an additional $4.5T in debt since this President started this irresponsible spending spree, and Obama cannot blame Bush when he is the one signing the spending bills. We know that entitlements are one of the biggest issues in the budget, so WHY does Obama think another $2T entitlement like Obamacare is going to help this country. We better wake up before we fail completely, and stop this guy from spending this country into bankruptcy.

    August 19, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  40. pat kennedy

    Yes, reinstating the party that brung us here will be a disaster for the middle class sliding down ever further.

    August 19, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  41. Rowe

    The "blame Bush" line is just a weapon of mass distraction. True, George Bush won't be on the ballot in November, but his policies will be. They are the same policies Republicans have always had.

    Rather than tell you what I think of the idea of Republicans regaining control of Congress, I'll just quote what a sage prophet said about them retaining control of the White House after eight years of disastrous policies:

    'If any Republican can overcome the wretched stain of eight years of George Bush and win the White House, we deserve whatever bad things will happen to us." –Jack Cafferty, August 2008

    August 19, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  42. Dee in New Paris OHIO

    Jack, the numbers you guys reported on jobless claims (a half million) are staggering. Can things get worse?

    Of course, if the guys who are now managing to leave the already unemployed without any unemployment to live on and if the new half million wind up being unemployed as long as my husband has been (nearly two years), yeah, it will get MUCH WORSE.

    Actually, I wonder how long it will be before we start seeing mayhem in the streets, gangs of roving unemployed just taking what they need. This is not impossible, you know.

    And the Republicans just think that the unemployed should "get a job"! LOL

    August 19, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  43. David from Herndon, VA

    Undoubtedly. The Republicans are the reason it hasn't been fixed yet - they've completely sold us out, Jack. They fight every effort to fix the mess they made, and if they return to power they'll take us even farther down that road.

    August 19, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  44. chris brown fl

    most definitely while i am not impressed with either side ( think 3 rd party) the history of the republicans is to first cut the programs that help the people that need it the most after all they didn't even want to extend unemployment benefits

    August 19, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  45. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    History shows that the best times is when there is an opposite party in power of Congress versus the President so with that in mind, let the games begin and the sooner the better. We the people need to change many of the current policies set out by Congress and the President, for one health care is not a good thing. And the economy can only get worse under the current leadership.

    August 19, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  46. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Allow me some humor here Jack in answering your question but it is a clear message : Things get worse if Dems lose control of Congress?

    Dem right! 😉

    August 19, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  47. Rose

    Not so fast. The Dems have enough time to turn the party around. Our wonderful President has put up with more garbage then any other president in recent memory.
    The hate is race based and ignorant.

    August 19, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  48. Luci

    Yes, these are the same Republicans that adored everything that Bush did and said.
    If you put Republicans back in charge you will be in for a big set back.
    It's too bad that we all have to suffer if that is what happens.
    Please don't let the Republican/tea party influnce you.
    Do you know what it means when they say Privitize Social Security?
    It means that they want to invest your Soc. Sec. in the stock market.
    What happens to your money when it goes belly up?

    August 19, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  49. MDM - Acuña Mexico

    How could they get worse? The only thing that could be worse is if the lame duck majority rams through more of their profligate spending bills.

    August 19, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  50. Tom in Desoto, Tx

    Republican ideas center around military spending to fuel the economy, next they will need another boogie-man war to start, and more tax cut for their wealthy buddies. If/when the tax cut are allowed to expire only those making over $200,000 will see their rate increase 3 to almost 4 percent. Cutting taxes on the rich will further our debt. When was the last time a republican mentioned improving educations?

    August 19, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  51. Ted

    NO...Only if the Dems stay in control will things get worse.

    August 19, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  52. Scott

    Only if you are on unemployment and you would rather collect unemployment than work. We need jobs and a business friendly environment from people who actually understand the needs of businesses both small and large...........and that isn't the passage of some worthless jobs bill, it is policies that are permanently business friendly.

    August 19, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  53. Birddog in Mississippi

    Of course they'll be worse. The GOP got us into a trillion dollar war that made us no safer, passed an unpaid for $750 billion dollar prescription drug bill, rang up 1.35 Trillion in debt with the Bush tax cuts (so far), failed to regulate Wall Street, and bailed out the financial institutions to the tune of $750 billion. Now, when we need money dumped into the economy, they carp on and on about the debt – it's their debt. Fully 55% of today's deficits are a result of Bush's policies. Another 33% are due to the crappy economy he left behind.

    August 19, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  54. Gail, Plano TX

    If the Democrats lose control of Congress in November, we are finished!
    It's kind of like letting the fox go berserk in the hen house! Are Americans that stupid to give the GOP their votes? I feel like I am living in a bizarro world when I ponder the GOP at the wheel again. No one has ever asked me to participate in any poll. While the Democrats are no day at the beach, compared to the GOP they are superpeople!

    August 19, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  55. Don Van V.

    Jack, it'll continue to get worse so long as there are 2 political parties dominating the government. Their extreme platforms are tearing this country to shreds.

    August 19, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  56. Phyl

    I think things will get much worse if the Dems lose control. First of all the GOP will spend much of its time in expensive, time-consuming investigations into everything on the list that the Dems have done so far - and contrary to popular belief, that's a pretty substantial list. Then they'll spend more time and money undoing all of Congress' hard work since the election, while helping themselves to pay raises and perks for corporate lobbyists. We won't even recognize Congress if the GOP gets control. Imagine a world where you can't get ahead if someone believes (erroneously or not) that you're a Muslim, where you have to carry papers to prove you're a U.S. citizen and where American history text books have removed all references to slavery. Sounds a bit fascist, doesn't it?

    August 19, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  57. paul westminster

    There is an old saying "Be careful what you wish for you may get it." The people who want to take the country back have very short memories but if this group whose base consists of hard core racists should win, it will give the party of no the opportunity to finish the job they started in 1994. At their convention speaker after speaker pronounced that it was time to take of their Republican hats and put on their American hats, as soon as Obama was elected they threw away their American hats. Remember that when the polls open because a vote for a Republican is not the same thing as a vote for an American.

    August 19, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  58. Rus in St. Paul, MN

    Jack, things won't get worse if Democrats lose, they likely will get better. We'll still have a Democratic president, and I seem to remember the same thing happening in 1994, and that worked pretty well for America. One a single party is in power of Congress and the White House is when things seem to go wrong.

    August 19, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  59. jay1975

    Mob rule is never good for the country. It wasn't good under the Repubs and it certainly isn't good under the Dems. When there is a balance of power and everyone is truely represented by their government, then we can move forward. So to answer your question Jack, no, things will not get worse if the Dems lose in November, in fact, like under Clinton, things may get much better.
    Jason in COlorado Springs

    August 19, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  60. Chris - Denver

    In a word: yep.

    August 19, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
  61. Bob in NC

    Depends – if you work for a living and want a vibrant and healthy economic environment to return – No – repealing the garbage passed since Obama took office will restore some lost confidence and relieve the uncertainty. If you have advantageously preyed on handouts and entitlements – Yes – the government programs will constrict, and those who can work will need to look for a job – "Party's Over"

    August 19, 2010 at 5:53 pm |
  62. keith in ky.

    Are you serious, haven't you been paying attention to what the democrates have done in the last 20 months– TARP was called a jobs bill– STIMULUS was called a jobs bill–Pelosi said the health bill was a jobs bill,that it would provide 4 million jobs, 400 thousand immediatley–SENATOR KERRY even said that cap and trade was a job bill- but guess what, now they want another stimulus job bill. These people are the most compulsive liars I think I'e ever seen, all they want to do is grow goverment and take more and more of my hard earned money– they don't care about the people of this country unless it benefits them, they want to keep people dependent on the goverment so they will keep voting these losers into office.

    August 19, 2010 at 5:58 pm |
  63. Mark

    Why are we now modeling our country after bankrupt California?

    August 19, 2010 at 5:58 pm |
  64. Allen in Hartwell GA

    Seeing how the Republicans have "governed" themselves these past 18 months, I can imagine how they would act if they gained control of both houses of Congress.
    I pray for God to protect us.

    August 19, 2010 at 6:04 pm |
  65. Michael H. in Albuquerque, NM

    What planet are you living on, Jack? The circumstances we are dealing with are far from '94. Yes we are angry. We are angry at the consequences of free market/ trickel down/ supply side economics. We are angry at the senate rules which hold up progress. We are angry at the supreme court forgiving transnational corporations personhood and greater rights than We The People. We are angry at a news media that has stopped reporting the news, and instead given us entertainment punditry, and screaming bickering halfwits blugeoning us with wedge issues. Do you honestly think that the public is going to vote for republicans when that party has driven us into debt, fed us lies, acted with corruption and insanity, held up progress and offered no solutions? REally, Jack? What planet are you living on?

    August 19, 2010 at 6:05 pm |
  66. Cliff Glass - East Rockaway, NY


    The disintegration of American greatness began with President Reagan who probably made the most obtuse statement in American political history when he opined, " Govenment is not the solution, government is the problem. "
    This opened the floodgates for politicians of both parties to live down to that standard. Since Republicans continue to hold Reagan as their ideological icon, of course things will get worse if they regain power.

    August 19, 2010 at 6:06 pm |
  67. Charles in NJ

    Is it possible to get any worse than what we have now?

    August 19, 2010 at 6:07 pm |
  68. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    To paraphrase Einstein's definition of insanity: Doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.

    Sure let's go back to the insanity of the Republican ideology which has not changed, who were also in power leading up to the great depression and this great recession.

    August 19, 2010 at 6:07 pm |
  69. Deb - Jasper, GA

    I'm not real happy with Mr. Obama myself at the moment. However, that said, Republicans have no solutions to our problems. Back when Gingrich wrote his "Contract With America" and successfully pulled off the Republican Revolution, a very wise person I know said, "it's not a contract WITH America, it's a contract ON America. These fools are on a power trip, and they've just been handed the credit cards and the keys to the car". She was right. And Gingrich wants to come back and finish us off. Does that answer your question?

    August 19, 2010 at 6:08 pm |
  70. Michael Armstrong Sr. Tx.

    No almost half the democrats dont agree with Obama on most bills any way so things wont get worst because of the house seating but things wont get any better either .

    August 19, 2010 at 6:09 pm |
  71. Mark, Oklahoma City

    Well, I guess the earth could open up and swallow all of us or that giant asteroid finally wipe us out, but I don't think those things could be blamed on the Republicans if they win control of Congress in the fall. In case you haven't noticed, Jack, things aren't just too "dandy" right now under the dems.

    August 19, 2010 at 6:10 pm |
  72. James in San Diego

    No they won't, because the Republicans are already calling all the shots on the significant issues (with the tacit approval of the current spineless Democrats).

    James (would be professional leftist)

    August 19, 2010 at 6:11 pm |
  73. Jacqueline Mongeot

    Unfortunately, yes. We would be back to giving free rein to corporations without a thought for the rest of us and without anyone to check their abuses of power, manipulation and money.
    We have to give time to President Obama to accomplish what he promised to try to do for all Americans. Above all he was counting on the Republicans to put aside the partisanship agenda and work to resolve the serious problems most Americans face in a bipartisanship manner. He was wrong and most citizens who entertained the same hope were wrong as well. I wish all Americans remembered the crisis and how it developed. It so easy to forget.
    Jacqueline San Diego CA

    August 19, 2010 at 6:14 pm |
  74. Jim Busher

    Hi Jack, Methinks that things will get worse as long as there is no harmony and unity among the lawmakers and leadership... no matter who controls the reins! Things get done whenever there is unity of purpose and harmonious relations among the people who are working to solve problems. When there is discord and enmity among people.... nothing gets done! I truly hope that our elected leaders grow-up and learn that principle. Jim

    August 19, 2010 at 6:14 pm |
  75. Annie, Atlanta

    Define worse. There’s very little left for the Republicans to destroy, but I’m sure they’ll find a few bones to pick over. It’s what they do best, after all. In their current form they remind me of the ring wraiths in “Lord of the Rings.”

    And who better to answer this than you. Thanks to your two books and your blogs during Bush’s reign of terror, what the GOP is capable of doing to us is well documented.

    August 19, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  76. Anne Marie Pogozelski

    No. If Republicans take control , they have an incentive to make things work for this country. As it is now, they can only hope for continued failure under Democratic leadership if they want to win in 2012. I can't think of a better campaign theme...a long-awaited economic turnaround only after Republicans took control of Congress.

    August 19, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  77. Karl from SF, CA

    To me John Boehner looks like your typical used car salesman out in front of the lot that talks out of the side of his mouth and never looks you in the eye. Mitch McConnell looks like the sales manager in the back office that he has to clear the deal with. After driving this country into the ditch during their last reign, they have taken that same wreck, knocked out the dents, gave it a cheap paint job and set back the mileage and want to sell it to us again as new. All I can say to my fellow Americans is, given their lack of a coherent plan of any kind over the past two years, before you buy that wreck again, ask for the Car Facts.

    August 19, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  78. Linda in Arizona

    Of course they will. That's the plan. By the way, who do YOU think is to blame?

    August 19, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  79. Michael Armstrong Sr. Tx.

    Bringing some of our troops home was the first time he did what the majority of the people wanted him too so it cant get worst using scare tactics is the only weapon he has to use on mid terms .

    August 19, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  80. Sly

    Jack, it's gonna be bad either way. If the Dems keep control, they'll sell the shirts off of our backs to pay for something. If the GOP gets control, we'll be at war for reasons they'll lie to us about. Whatever happened to being beyond party loyalty?

    August 19, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  81. Susan

    No. The tone tone will get better. The republicans will have to share the status of the economy.

    August 19, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  82. Cy Gardner

    The Republicans WANT America to fail. They'd love to see the country fall apart so that they can rule the rubble. They do not want solutions to the problems that face America. That has been what is holding us back and hurting us as a nation. The GOP wants ONE solution: give everything to the rich and all the consumers and employees have to get on their knees and beg them for scraps. If they get a majority in either body of Congress, they will try and stop ANY progress on ANY problem. It disgusts me that Americans are so stupid that they have forgotten what a bunch of lying, hypocritical corporate prostitutes the GOP are. cy gardner arlington, va

    August 19, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  83. Mitch from Tulare, Calif

    surely you jest? how can it get any worse?

    August 19, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  84. Sara

    Of course it will get worse. Republicans are the ones who got us into this mess in the first place. No way they could get us out of it.

    August 19, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  85. Marilyn in AZ

    Things will get worse if you're middle class and care about Social Security ...but if you're rich, things will get better....just like they always do when the republicans are running things. The rich get richer and the rest of us can go fly a kite.

    August 19, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  86. John in Deptford NJ

    Jack...The Dems are No Picnic...that's for sure...BUT, They ARE the Lesser of 2 Evils....sure people are disappointed,but Obama is NOT a Magician...I understand things take time (too long)....could you seriously even Imagine McCain & Palin in charge..? ..all the sudden I hear the Twighlight Zone theme!

    August 19, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  87. Joan

    Things most definitely won't get worse. They almost can't get any worse unless you want to consign this country to third world status. We have rampant unemployment, a President who doesn't seem to have a clue what the American people value or want, and a Congress who believe you can spend your way out of debt.

    August 19, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  88. Jason

    As long as the Dems don't lose enough votes to let the GOP repeal health care I could care less. I'll be voting Dem in the mid term,but I just hope that majority is not lost.

    August 19, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  89. Bob Griffith

    Yes I feel things would get worse. We would see more gridlock and most likely less will get done.

    August 19, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  90. Corey

    Yes. Oh yes. The same thing that got us here...yes. Give the wound time to heal.

    August 19, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  91. Darryl

    Yes, things will definitely get worse if Democrats lose control of Congress this November. Republicans are only looking out for the super wealthy, and we do not need to go back to what does not work. The days of deregulation are behind us, and need to stay behind us. Had Bill Clinton not been president during the 90s, Republicans would have caused a decade-long depression.

    August 19, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  92. Janelle Lazzo

    I cannot even imagine how much worse things will get if the Republicans take over in November. They show me nothing and no one to make things better. We need to stick with President Obama. He has the brains and compassion to make things better; now what he needs is a little cooperation from the GOP.

    August 19, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  93. Jim

    No...things will get much better!

    August 19, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  94. Jim

    9.5% jobless rate, thousands more jobs being lost every month, investors with money are holding on to it, foreclosures galore, unraveling of racial unity, etc. and you want to know if it will get worse if the democrats lose congress?? Only if the dem's stay in power will it get worse. By the way, did you know George W. Bush t-shirts are outselling Obama t-shirts?

    Jim in Newark, NJ

    August 19, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  95. Mark

    Giving Republicans majority control of Congress would be like letting arsonists run the fire department.

    August 19, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  96. Nicole

    Of course things will get worse Jack. Two words for you...John Boehner!

    August 19, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  97. esg210

    things will absolutgely get worse as the conservatives do not have a clue as to how to cope with the issues of today. After all they are the reason we are here in the first place. It only took them 8 years to almost bankrupt the US.

    August 19, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  98. SJH

    Heck no, things won't get worse. They will get considerably better and I am filled with HOPE that CHANGE that puts us back at the head of the pack is just around the corner. Harry and Nancy have to go.

    August 19, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  99. Rick


    Going back to the Republicans is like going back to an abusive relationship. Things will get worse, much worse. Americans need to be realistic. We had a Republican great recession. Two years is not realistic in fixing this. Especially when the republicans obstruct and attempts of additional stimulus.

    August 19, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  100. victor

    yes I think things will get worse if Dems lose control of Congress. Who do you think got us here in the first place. Things were already messed up when Obama became President. Obama is working hard and he's done things that no one has in decades. Don't blame Obama.

    August 19, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  101. g. boyles

    considering that Republicans in the current congress have done nothing
    to alleviate the situation created under their con trol, what would make
    people believe they have any answers except "NO"!

    August 19, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  102. Don Desaulniers (Belleville, Ontario)

    Yes, some things will get worse.
    At the moment President Obama seems to be spending only about half of his time either campaigning or on vacation.
    If the Republicans win control of Congress, then we can expect Obama to redouble his efforts to assist his fellow Democrats.
    Oh. Oh. That means that he will be spending almost all of his time campaigning. The poor man won't have much time left over for holidays, and of course will have no spare time to devote to running the country.
    Hmm. Will that be worse or better for America?

    August 19, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  103. Dottie Plater

    Not for the 2% wealthiest people in America, but Hell yes! for the rest of us!
    Dottie in Texas

    August 19, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  104. Joe

    The working class lose out every time the GOP control, thats way 2% of the people control 95% of the wealth

    August 19, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  105. Donna Touchberry

    Things will only get worse if the Dems don't get out of office, they are completely out of touch with what is going on and what will make a difference in this county, I am wondering are there seasons on those planets they are from! I think a panel of true blondes could figure out things better than the Democraps!

    August 19, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  106. Gigi Oregon

    The best thing you could have done was printed Pres. Bush's ratings his last four years but then that would have strengthened the reason for Pres. Obama statement. Therefore you'd having nothing to say on the subject. We haven't forgotten all the money poured into a war with the wrong country and the tax cuts for the rich at the same time. Maybe in six years some will forget the mess the Republicans made with the runaway debt. But right now it's still fresh in our mines.
    If the American Republican people cannot remember why we are in trouble then they deserved to be burned again, I don't have to be burned twice to feel the pain.

    August 19, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  107. n salter

    Yes it will. If people bring the republicans back they deserve everything they get. I fee sorry for the people that will continue to loose more under the republicans. The american people better start paying attention. Others can see the difference. People have very short memories. It's the american people that have to change not just one man.

    August 19, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  108. George N.

    Asking a question like that after the Bush Administration nearly destroyed the United States of America, the effects of which are going to be felt for decades, is kind of like asking if water is wet.

    August 19, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  109. Time for a change

    No, the economy will not get worse in the Republicans retake Congress. The Obama administration is just using phrases to rally the base kind of like "Change You Can Believe In". There is been change by this administration but since it isn't working, they are resorting to blaming Bush. They need to take responsibility for failed policies as well as successful policies.

    What I want from both parties is leadership. Saying Yes to everything is not leadership which is what they believe on the left and saying No to everything is not leadership from the right.

    One last note. I am guessing that none of our elected officials have a credit card or any concerns about how it gets paid each month. If they did, they would have a better sense in how they spend our money and realized that the bills do have to be paid some day.

    August 19, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  110. Claire, Melbourne FL

    Absolutely Jack and they will start with their supoena power by investigating Pres Obama just like they did Pres Clinton. They wasted 50 million tax payer dollars on that 6 year fiasco, that brought down Newt Gingrich, Bob Livingston and outed Henry Hyde. All cheating on their wives while they were hunting Pres Clinton.
    Sadly the R's have no idea how to lead, govern or balance a budget.
    All I ask is sanity, stability and accountability from our "Leaders". We will not get that from the "R" party

    August 19, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  111. Robert

    It's a no-brainer Jack. Of course it will. It's almost impossible to get things done now with a Democratic majority. If the Dems lose seats in Congress, then less things will get done than they do now because Republicans will have a stronger "Party Of No" votes that they need. Since the Repubs took a surplus and created a deficit and we started losing jobs because of their policies, then of course things will get worse.

    August 19, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  112. Ron

    No,the Republican's will make this country worse.How in God's name can anyone think that the party of no will make things better!

    August 19, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  113. Jeff in Houston

    Lets put it this way: If/when the Republicans regain control, then i would have to say Canada is looking better and better. Lets face it, I would not survive: I'm educated, open-minded, my brain has not been stunted by religion, I am not a bigot, I am not a homophobe, I distrust all major corporations, and i speak in coherent sentences. If they get get back in power, I'm doomed.

    August 19, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  114. Diane

    absolutely not. If democrats lose in November, both the President and congress will be forced into bipartisan policy, which is ultimately the goal...right?
    Davenport, Iowa

    August 19, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  115. Janelle Lazzo

    The Republicans will make things much worse. We need to stick with Prsident Obama. He is the only one on the horizon with the brains and compassion to make things work.

    Janelle Lazzo

    Roeland Park, KS

    August 19, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  116. Vic

    I cannot help but think that the economy will improve, and investment in the private sector will escalate thereby creating jobs. Let's remember that the Democrats took control of Congress in 2006, and the economy has only gotten worse since then, and especially the past 18 months with Obama giving them Carte Blanche on spending. Remember that Clinton was running a deficit until the Republicans took over Congress during his first term, and a surplus resulted. Hmmm.

    August 19, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  117. Corey Dockser

    Simply put, Yes.

    August 19, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  118. jimmy wilson

    It cant get any worse let the republicans try

    August 19, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  119. Lynn Eichhorn

    Things will get much worse for the American public if the media (left, right and center leaning) don't stop prognosticating about the November elections so far in advance of the election. This turns the voting public off and we run the risk of having only those on the far left or far right who are political fanatics in the voting booth. That will be the real disaster!

    August 19, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  120. John Cavataio

    I think things will get worse. The GOP has tried to stop every piece of legislation since President Obama was elected. Some legislation they favored when Bush was in office.

    August 19, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  121. Bill M - Bristow, VA

    Yeah – they probably will get worse – but then they'll get worse if the Dems keep control too. So I say – vote 'em all out – elect new ones, and give them one shot – one term – and if they also don't listen to us, then hire new ones in the 2012 election. Time to start getting rid of the class of royalty in America called professional politicians.

    Bill M.
    Bristow, VA

    August 19, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  122. Steven jones

    Things will certainly get worse if voters hand the reins back to the Republicans- look who enabled President Bush to screw things up!

    Severna Park, Md

    August 19, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  123. Allen Gingrich

    Only if the Democrats lose control of both houses, will things get worse. Much like Clinton did during his second term, an equilibrium in government between the executive office and legislative branch is the reason why our checks and balances system works - and can often result in surplus years in both the financial system and job market.

    August 19, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  124. Peter, El Paso, Texas

    Yes, without question. The reality is that an "instant results" demand is unreasonably. It took years for the republicans to destroy everything Bill Clinton did; at least give the democrats a few years to recoup.

    August 19, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  125. David A Whitaker

    Jack come on nothing has changed for the Republicans, the big company business as usual. It so much hatred toward this President for all kind of dumb reason he not a US citizen, he a Muslin if that a bad thing. there is so much misinformation. Jack I would be terrified if the Republicans take back the congress.


    August 19, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  126. Mfawcett

    Don't know if it will get worse, but I don't think the GOP knows how to make it better on main street. It took nearly a decade to get where we are and I think it'll take more than just a couple of years to recover.

    August 19, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  127. Rick


    Going back to the Republicans is like going back to an abusive relationship. Things will get worse, much worse. Americans need to be realistic. We had a Republican great recession. Two years is not realistic in fixing this. Especially when the republicans obstruct any attempts of additional stimulus.

    August 19, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  128. Kyle

    The Republican Party has no idea how to solve anything. They do not present idea's on how to make things better, they would rather tell you why Democrat's idea's are wrong. I am not interested in hearing complaints about everyone else... I'm interested in hearing how you would fix it. Yes, Jack, things will get much worse. Because Republican's just don't grasp this simple idea.

    August 19, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  129. fred

    It will take several years for the economy to return to a healthy state no matter what party is in power. I am one who will support the present party as I believe we will grow out of this recession. This country has over the years become a great nation and democrats have been in control for may of those years. Whyh will that not continue.

    August 19, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  130. Dancer

    Things will be much worse. More deficit spending, more taxes,
    more power-grabs. I didn't think this much damage could be done
    in 4 years–what happened in two to our country could quadruple
    in 4. I heard some politician in Washington say the gov't should
    take over the entire housing industry!!!!!!!!!

    We mus take back our country.

    August 19, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  131. fran

    I stood in line to vote for Dems because I was gullible. Promises of taxing outscourcing and cleaning uo waste and corruption in government gave us "hope" now I realize that all politicians are only interested in their own wallets, not the country.
    I will vote Republican for the first time my life ,so that there will a " check and balance" hoping that it might keep corruption from growing exponentially faster than the economy.

    August 19, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  132. Bob Duckett

    How can anything get worse if the democrats loose control? The sooner we get them out along with Obama the better off we will be. This is the worse president and bunch of democrats we have ever had. Get worse? GET REAL!!!

    August 19, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  133. Laura in Florida

    Let me just say this as an American, if the republicans take over this country again I, my husband and my 3 children will be moving to Australia. We have done our research and will be ready to go if the GOP begins to move into the white house and starts moving this country down the tubes. There will be no turning back for my family and this poor country that I love.

    August 19, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  134. Ron Richards

    Heavens no-Things will only get better--for big bussiness, special interest groups, and the rich. Thats what the right only cares about. Those people, other than wealthy, that beleive its bad now, only need to put the republicans back in to find out how good it is now.

    August 19, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  135. Albert Wight

    The Republicans have nothing to offer. They can only criticize but have no solutions to the many problems we face. They are interested only in winning politically.

    August 19, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  136. loye dice

    you've got to be kidding me!
    go back to the middle ages.. do we have a lap of consciousness?
    just remember what got us into this depression.. wars.. huge deficit..and bank and corporate rape and corruption..republican dominance!!

    August 19, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  137. Glin

    How can things get worse? The ccountry is deeper in debt than when the Republicans were in power, and it appears as long as the Democrats are in power we will continue down the same path. The country voted for change and now that is all we have left. It is time Obama and the democrats take responsibility for driving the country in the wrong direction and stop blaming Bush. He has been out of office for almost two years.

    August 19, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  138. Daniel Storto

    Since American Idol gets more votes than election night for a President. Maybe Obama should replace Simon Cowell. That just might beef up votes for Democates.

    August 19, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  139. Elliot Dallavalle

    Things not only will get worse, it could be devastating for the middle class. The Republican party is only beholden to large corporations and financial institutions. They masquerade as a party for small business but they haven't addressed the real concerns of small business – health care. The costs are enormous and rising and the Republicans, as was witnessed in the Health care debate, have no answer other than keep things as they were. Small businesses will no longer be able to grow and develop under a new Republican leadership and large corporations will devour them.

    August 19, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  140. RON

    Jack: If the Republicans take over control of the House does that mean that both the House and Senate will sit on their hands like the Senate Republicans did on every issue presented to them. Jack, I will give the Democrats two more years to turn around 8 years of the Party of no.

    August 19, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  141. Sharran

    No, I think things will improve. Republicans have some good ideas that the Democrats don't like because they don't include entitlements and bailout programs. Hopefully, Republicans will have the courage to cut spending and reduce the deficit as they have proclaimed. I am willing to give them a chance since that will never happen under the Democrats.

    August 19, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  142. Rose Enger

    I was very ready for change when President Obama won the presidency. The change that has happened is far from what I wanted or what the country needs. The healthcare reform, the financial reform and the multiple stimulus' have done nothing for our country and is hindering our economy. The current party in power has not listened to what the a majority of people in this country wants. We will be better off if the Republicans balance the scales and win this November.

    August 19, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  143. Denman

    Yes they will get worse. Just remember the Bush years and that should send a shudder down your spine. The republicans have no new ideas just keep the taxes low for weathy Americans.

    August 19, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  144. Herb - Tampa, FL

    History says absolutely, positively, Jack. During the last 20 years of GOP administrations they raised the National Debt from $1 Trillion to over $11.5 Trillion, never had a balanced budget and a minimum annual deficit of over $100 Billion. Expect more of the same if they regain control. It will take longer to fix the problems they created than 1.5 years.

    August 19, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  145. Mel

    We gave the republicans 8 years to run the shop. We ended up with a situation even they didn't like. We have given the democrats 1 year and they have made some progress toward repairing the damaged economy. I feel we should give them a reasonable amount of time to fix the many mistakes made by the past republican congress and the Bush administration.

    August 19, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  146. Perry V.

    It is my opinion that the best government should consist of a balanced debate; republicans and democrats. Give the congressional keys back to the republicans and keep the President a democrat, or vice versa. Our government runs the best with the check and balance system. It's not working now because of single party domination.

    August 19, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  147. Susan from Idaho

    The republicans had eight years to mess things up,,why would they be miraculously better in 20 months? All one has to do is evaluate the intelligence of Palin, Mccain and those that supported them less than two years ago to see the hand writing on the wall. If Mccain were president now we would have had a blithering idiot at the helm.

    August 19, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  148. Corey in Hattiesburg, MS

    Yes. Oh yes. The same thing that got us here...yes. Give the wound time to heal. Yes.

    August 19, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  149. Thomas

    yes it will, it took 8 years to bring the country down. Know everyone wants a quick fix well that ant going to happen. The Republicans will only make it worse. They can't even tell the truth about anything. The Democrats aren't that much better but they do have a plan. so let them get on with it.

    August 19, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  150. ed/al

    plse jack no is the answer – if congress is split nothing will get done
    and this has happened in the past- the republicans are hoping
    they can put pressure on after nov and feel like they are not 2nd class
    party.. this will be a real test of our goverment system...

    August 19, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  151. Marty Koellhoffer

    I believed in President Obama when he said he would balance the budget, provide more jobs for Americans and get the current economic problems plaguing America under control. I believed that with an all Democratic congress backing a Democratic President he should have been able to do all he promised.

    That has not been the case. He's provided no new jobs, hasn't found a way to fix the economy, and Congress is fighting more within their own ranks than ever.

    I say that the country will be in better off if the Democrats lose control of Congress in November. They have shown that the Dems can't get anything done except to spend more taxpayer money on things that won't benefit us until 2014 or later.

    August 19, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  152. betty massachusetts

    jack, it can only get better. having a run away congress and senate has been disaterous. remember obama,s and pelosi's chant after the election "WE WON' REAL MATURE. THAN PROCEDED TO RIDE ROUGH SHOD OVER EVERY REPUBLICAN. then complain that the republicans are the party of no. where is the great communicator when has this country been more divided? throw the bums out starting with pelosi

    August 19, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  153. CHARLIE

    Our country has had over 2 trillion dollars added to the already staggering debt in Obama's first year in office. We're just under 10% unemployment after he promised we'd never get over 9 if his stimulus package was passed. Congress is spending like kids with their dad's credit card, and they won't even bring up the subject of a balanced budget amendment now. I'll vote in the Republicans and take my chances. They sure as Hell can't do any worse than these clueless idiot Democrats!

    August 19, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  154. Wayne

    NO! NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    But either way, this country is going to hell in a hand-basket, at super-speed. Something drastic needs to change to get us back to the democratic republic based on "The Constitution", as when this country was born.

    August 19, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  155. Ron Harwood

    How could things get any worse. The USA is already in the ditch and the reckless spending has spelled doom for the current administration from the President on down. The old saying is "A change is as good as a rest
    and a way forward !!!!!!!!!!!

    August 19, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  156. Tom in New Hope, MN

    I'm not sure what the American electorate thought was going to happen when we're trying to recover from the second worse financial disaster in American history. What are the Republicans saying they would do, the same things that got us into the mess in the first place. Some of the Republican politicians even admit their party doesn't have any new ideas. The Republican noise machine has been pretty effective with an uninformed electorate. The Republican's were willing to break the country down but unwilling to help bring it back up. It has been nothing but obstructionism. How can the Republicans fix anything when they can't even tell you who their leader is.

    August 19, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  157. Gina Lacava

    It is totally unreasonable to think that President Obama could easily turn an economy totally around in a short 1 1/2 years. It is very easy to say, "Hey, the economy is still not fully recovered, let's jump ship and vote in the for the other party." The fact is, the Republican Party could, and after assessing their behavior in the last 2 years, most likely would, make things much worse! I would be in greater fear to see power return to the Republicans.

    August 19, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  158. Jack, Tennessee

    Yes. Government won't crawl because of the 'Party of No,' it will come to a STOP. The government has passed some critical legislation over the last year and a half, only because of a Democratic majority.

    August 19, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  159. Kevin

    No, they'll get better. If the current Congressional ratios stay as they are, things will get much worse. This combo of Obama, Pelosi, and Reid (and Rahm Emanuel) reminds me of the four horsemen of the Apocalypse.

    August 19, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  160. Tom-Vermillion Ohio

    If the Republicans gain control of Congress, not only will things get worse, it will be a concluding disaster for the United States. The Republican Party is not what it used to be. It has evolved and not for the better.

    August 19, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  161. Brent (las Vegas)

    Of course it will get worse! Republicans got us into this mess and the majority of states that are in the worse financial situations and have the worst unemployment rates, have Republican Governors.

    August 19, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  162. Connie, Utah

    I believe President Obama is working very hard to get our economy turned around. Republicans are doing their best to derail this current administration. I don't believe the Republican party is concerned about what is right for our country. That is evident by their attitude about all the issues that the President is trying to work on. They have the same "no" answer as usual.

    August 19, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  163. Jeannette Schultz

    Of course it will get worse (again) if the GOP makes significant gains in the upcoming elections. But, people have short memories, and as history proves over and over, their decisions are anything but thoughtful. We are fortunate to have come so far, so fast since the economic meltdown in 2008. A President who has achieved amazing accomplishment, only to be brought down by angry, unthinking, impatient people is unthinkable. But when the opposition plays on the prejudices and fears of the uninformed, I guess we can't expect anything good to come of it. One can't help but ask why they want so badly for him to fail. I shudder at my own suspicions.

    August 19, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  164. G. Joseph Colucci

    Really is this a for real question Jack?
    Of course things will get worse if Republicans get elected.
    How much employment will be created building a fence along the Mexican border? How many jobs will be created rounding up illegal aliens and sending them back to where they can from?
    How many jobs will be created giving the rich a bigger tax break?
    The only thing a republican majority will do is help President Obama get re-elected in 2012 because he can run against a do nothing congress.

    August 19, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  165. Marilyn

    It can't get any worse. With the current president, it appears he's only intrested in how popular he is and can't seem to make a decision without changing him mind or going on Air Force One everyday. Has anybody stopped to figure out how much it costs to fly that big bird every day . He just can't seem to get out of the campaign mode with the economy as bad as it is he should stay home and do his job.

    August 19, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  166. StokeS

    Things have only been getting better. It takes a while to dig yourself out of something when you're neck deep in it, let alone having to drag along a nation and republicans kicking and screaming. The country is finally standing with it's head up higher than it's been in years and it's only been a year! Do the math America and keep the vehicle in D for drive forward, just make sure that all hands help steer!

    August 19, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  167. Terry from Winthrop Harbor, IL

    A Republican named Hoover was in office when the 1929 Depression started from the GOP policies he pushed and another Republican named Bush was in office in 2008 for America's second worst economy in American history started.
    Obama did not create the 10% unemployment of today, the Republican Party policies did ! Republican tax cuts to businesses for "outsourcing" jobs offshore" created 10% unemploymentso the 8 years of Bush policies can not be corrected in 2 years of Obama. Obama has a good point of driving America backwards if the GOP gets back in office.
    Look at history for your proof. American voters should pay attention instead of listening to the GOP rhetoric and "swift boat" tactics !!!

    August 19, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  168. Gordon Mead

    What seems to be missing from your muse is the fact that it is conservatism that is being voted for not what we have had since 1988 with Bushes and Clintons, Now this full blown Socialist. RINOs and Liberals are the ones in trouble for the simple fact their policies don't work!

    August 19, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  169. Kay

    If you think things will get better by allowing politicians who care more about party loyalty, obstructing progress, and feeding into the paranoia of the mob than the general well being of the majority of Americans, then you are sadly mistaken. Republicans need to quit the mudslinging and begin offering ideas on how to fix our nation to even get consideration when we go to the polls. If they get in, the average American loses.

    August 19, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  170. Katy

    As a small business owner I have seen firsthand the devastation to small business. I will not vote for one democrat. I have also seen the stimulus package at its worst, Our family of five, had six, yes six censes workers come to our home to count us. Complete waste of money. The answer is NO!!!!, my 11 year old could do a better job!

    August 19, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  171. tony distefano

    Jack: Things will definitely get much worse and very quickly if the Democrats lose Congress in November-unless you think that cutting taxes will solve all our problems. As bad as the Democrats are, the Republicans are much worse. The Republican Party is clueless, and its leaders have no conscience.

    August 19, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  172. Bill Helton

    Do we have that short of a memory? Look what happen last time the Republicans had Congress. This time there would be millions cut off from unemployment and made homeless with starving children so we can pay for another tax break for the rich.

    August 19, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  173. Joyce

    I am an Independant, I have always voted for the man not the party. Of course it will get worse if the Republicans take charge. Did everyone forget the 8 years of Bushdum. How do you suppose we got in this mess. It is totally rediculous for anyone to blame Obama for any of this mess. Black I hate that word, he is as white as he is black, what does it matter anyway. I lived trough World War 11, when the people of America were proud of our country and worked together. we have two republican senators in Oklahoma, I call them poopydo, and poopydee. They do not vote anything but "NO" on everything, no matter what it is. Why do we need them?

    August 19, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  174. Bobby E.Lahmon Jackson MS

    Well to begin with I don't think things are quite as bad as the right wing media has painted them to be a lot of progress is constantly being made by president Obama but seems like it almost always get distracted by some stupid thing or another that has no bearing at all on the real issues we are facing today but my answer to your question is YES republican take over anything will make us worse off

    August 19, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  175. Olga

    The Party of "NO" is worse than the party of 'CHANGE'...

    Self-serving public servants are so narcissistic that they don't even register on the human plane. They are the 'just me' generation of losers and the Republican Party flat-lined after Sarah Palin and Rush Limbaugh.

    Austin, Tx

    August 19, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  176. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    It will be worse for Republicans because they won't have anyone to blame because they are the ones saying to stop blaming Bush. Republicans are going to have to "put up or shut up" and a lot is at stake for them to put up because the President still holds the power of VETO.

    August 19, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  177. thom richer

    I believe that to be true. The reason being that very little has changed since the Dems took over in 2008. This can be attributed to a very weak and unchanged Congress since Bush's 8 years of horror. In order for change to have occurred, we would have had to oust incumbents by the score. We didn't. The second and main reason is the unwillingness of the Republicans to support anything Obama puts forth. So Bush's policies remain for the most part in place. Thus, if the GOP regains the White House, it will be Bush Business as usual because they have nothing better to offer. That is why we are no better of today and will not be better off then. Not to mention, we are still a "Plastic Economy" and change for the better will NEVER take place with no employment for Americans. Jobs is the catalyst to recovery and without it nothing will "change."

    Thom Richer
    Negaunee, MI

    August 19, 2010 at 6:29 pm |
  178. David T.

    Which one of you out there thought that this mess would be cleaned up in just one year? This President has inherited a country fighting two wars and fighting its way through the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.
    Obama is getting things done, but fixing this will take a lot of time. It is a refreshing change after eight years of Bush, to finally have a President with a brain.
    The Democrats aren't perfect, but giving the keys back to the idiots that got us into this mess(Republicans) would be short sided and idiotic, but then again, the American public does have a very short attention span and many of them are not terribly intelligent. A lot of them did vote for Bush after all, didn't they?

    August 19, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  179. Kooky in CA

    Since we are still the mess the Republicans left us in 2008 and their refusal to help improve the situation, give back to them and let them completely demolish what is left of this country.

    August 19, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  180. Jeannette Schultz

    Of course it will get worse (again) if the GOP makes significant gains in the upcoming elections. But, people have short memories, and as history proves over and over, their decisions are anything but thoughtful. We are fortunate to have come so far, so fast since the economic meltdown in 2008. A President who has achieved amazing accomplishment, only to be brought down by angry, unthinking, impatient people is unthinkable. But when the opposition plays on the prejudices and fears of the uninformed, I guess we can't expect anything good to come of it. One can't help but ask why they want so badly for him to fail. I shudder at my own suspicions.

    August 19, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  181. Diane in Las Vegas

    Most certainly they will get worse. They haven't had a new original IDEA in 60 years!

    August 19, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  182. Rudy

    This is a now brainer, Yes, it will get worse , it would not improve if the Republican take over , this party is the Party of NO. This President took over with two wars, medicaid part D, that was not paid for, bad economy at the time. The President tried very hard to be Bi Partisan, but all he gets is NO from the Republicans. Can we all get along

    August 19, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  183. Barbara

    Yes! Republicans control the congress now through their unethical, historical and shameful use of the filibuster , that has literally stop our country’s ability to move forward and rebuild from their decades of raping the middle class and selling out ourselves to the highest bidding corporation.
    Lynnwood, WA

    August 19, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  184. Alex O

    Are you kidding me?
    How things can get worse than this?
    Unemployment, racial tension, Iran nukes, N Korean defiance, States boycoting states,China and Russia, immigration issues and a president that only cares for golf, vacations and blamming everybody else than his administration, plus the Congress corruption scandals.
    Go figure...
    They need to be removed ASAP.

    PS: Ah!.. the G Cero Mosque new gem!Sorry if I've forgot something else...

    August 19, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  185. Mary

    NO! I'm an Independent & this isn't the change I voted for.

    August 19, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  186. Butch Starr

    I believe if the American public will just be patient, and not expect everything to magically return to better times, our country's situation will improve if the Dems will remain the majority in Congress. Rome wasn't built in a day, and it took George Dubya, Dick Cheney, and the rest of the greedy Republicans eight years to economically destroy this country.

    August 19, 2010 at 6:32 pm |

    tampa, fl things will get worse if any incumbents are re-elected, no matter which party.

    August 19, 2010 at 6:32 pm |
  188. Will from Mn

    Yes it will unfortunately. But not as bad as it will if Democrats stay in control. I hear from every news station that they present us unbiased news. How different do you think the media stories would be if a Republican President and legislature followed the same steps we have seen since our beloved Democrats took control? President Obama's disapproval rating is 51%. What is his current "approval" rating? I bet it's not 49%.

    August 19, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  189. Steven P

    The less Congress is allowed to do, as a rule, the better off the American people are. Leave us alone. Stop pandering for votes by promising pork. Keep your hands out of my bank book, you damn thieves.

    August 19, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  190. Larry, Providence

    Jack, with each question that you ask, you seem to be implying that you want the Republicans back in power. My only question to you is-– Why? Don't you remember the mess they made?

    August 19, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  191. ruben Q

    The Party of "NO" have not done much to show this country that they care much for the country; they are more concern about politics.

    August 19, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  192. Kathy, Willcox, Arizona

    This citizen thinks it will be worse if the Dems lost control. But, if they do lose, it's a guaranteed 2nd term for Obama. Two years of a GOP controlled Congress at this point in our history should be enough time for a majority of Americans to realize that the GOP has no viable ideas for governance.

    August 19, 2010 at 6:34 pm |
  193. joyce

    The Republicans have not said what they WILL DO to help cut the deficit – they want to cut taxes and they are too eager to go to war. They oppose Obama and I have trouble understanding the hatred. I voted for Bush Sr but was opposed to George Bush but diidn't hate him.

    How can we forget so soon the mess we were in in 2008. I very much fear Republicans getting control of Congress.

    I have always been an Independent but the Republican party is too far to the radical right and until they become more moderate I will vote Democrat

    August 19, 2010 at 6:34 pm |
  194. Robert

    Republican got control of Congress in 1994. Did things got worse?
    I don't think so.

    August 19, 2010 at 6:35 pm |
  195. Connie

    It is a "no brainer" Jack. The Republicans cannot actually run a country for the people. they can't actually DO anything for the people or Do anything to improve the status quo. The Democrats have to pull the country back in shape after every Republican term. We are still sweeping up after after Bush and need to be allowed to keep sweeping.
    Connie Florida

    August 19, 2010 at 6:35 pm |
  196. CHARLIE

    The party of "change" would have you believe that all is well. Looking at our nation's economic health and the statements of Obama and ther rest of the Democratic leaders reminds me of the husband caught in bed with the neighbor lady and telling his wife, "Are you going to believe what you see, or what I tell you, honey?" If I remember correctly, the economic good times of the 1990's didn't happen until we elected a Republican congress. Coincidence?

    August 19, 2010 at 6:36 pm |
  197. Name*Gus Los Angeles

    Dems have control of congress?... It looks like republicans have control of congress with their NO atittude and their reluctance to come together with the Dems in fixing our economy, it would probably stay the same.

    August 19, 2010 at 6:36 pm |
  198. Arnold

    Not to sound pessimistic (like that's possible when our country is doing as great as it is today), but does it matter which party is in control? It seems like both sides of the aisle are rife with corruption charges, shady deals, greed, and plain old ineffectiveness. For the past decade this country has gradually been sliding deeper and deeper toward a cliff and both parties are to blame. If we can get a few people elected who love their country more than their pocketbooks or political careers, then maybe, just maybe we can pull ourselves out of the mess we're in!

    Arnold, Los Angeles

    August 19, 2010 at 6:37 pm |
  199. K. Tracy

    You betcha things will get worse. It's not about blaming Bush; it's about the difference in ideologies: non-regulation of the free market and tax cuts for the rich for starters. If it's "Back to the Future" you want, vote Republican. If you want to try to repair the damages of Bush's disastrous presidency, give the Democrats at least as long as his administration was given.

    August 19, 2010 at 6:37 pm |
  200. Wes in GA

    Things are going to get worse in the immediate future either way. The 2010 elections will at least provide this country an opportunity to put the brakes on Obama's re-shaping of America. However, if the Democrats are left in power until and after the 2012 elections, I fear we may never be able to recover from the addiction to big-government dependence that we are hurdling closer and closer to...

    August 19, 2010 at 6:38 pm |
  201. Mary

    No! I'm an Independent & this isn't the change I voted for.

    August 19, 2010 at 6:38 pm |
  202. lynnej in nc

    Is this a trick question? What do you expect they'll do? They vote 'NO' on anything he likes already.

    We're in a ditch now and trying to push the car out. These idiots will come in and flood the car, get out and charge double and blame the public for it. It will be worse I kid you not.

    August 19, 2010 at 6:39 pm |
  203. Cal in Denver

    Yes, the Republicans want to return to what they were doing before. The end result is the deep recession we have endured for the past couple of years. They want to dig a deeper hole, no thanks!

    August 19, 2010 at 6:40 pm |
  204. art

    I guarantee the Democratic candidate, Patrick Miles, will win the Congressional seat in Michigan's Third Congressional District. There will be a lot of astounded Republicans this November who believed what the polls were saying.

    August 19, 2010 at 6:40 pm |
  205. Paul Crist

    Eight years of Republican tax cuts and fiscal mismanagement, on top of 3 decades of right-wing trade, tax, and monetary policy skewed to favor multinationals and Wall Street. Workers got stagnant wages, unemployment, a decimated manufacturing base, and years of bubbles and busts as a legacy "supply-side" economics. Now voters are set to bring us more of the same by voting in Republicans that brought us to this point. We've got a demand problem, and government is the only sector capable of stimulating demand that will we create jobs, increase tax revenues, and pull the economy out of this hole. Republican wins in November will make things much worse.

    August 19, 2010 at 6:42 pm |
  206. JP Brooks

    Anything, anyway that rids us of Pelosi is a good thing. I remember thinking "anyone but Hillary" last election.... be careful what you wish for... I would now welcome her with open arms if a Dem has to win (from a conservative, non-TEA party person but I like them).

    August 19, 2010 at 6:42 pm |
  207. Tony

    I think President Obama has done more to fix this country in less than 2 years than most presidents have done in 4 or 8 years. So far he is the BEST president we have ever had! Look at all that he has already accomplished. Yes the economy still sucks but it is still what he inherited, not created. Some problems will take time. it's too bad you have so many impatient people who don't realize this. I think he will get this country back to where we will all be proud! The sad thing would be getting republicans back in office who almost destroyed this country.

    August 19, 2010 at 6:42 pm |
  208. David Campbell

    Historically it takes a Democratic President with a congressional majorityat least 2 terms to clean up the mess the previous Republican administration has made. After Mr Hoover it took FDR and Truman 4 terms. President Clinton left office with a government surplus and then a Republican President-I forget his name- cut the tax base for the rich folks and left us a deficit that is beyond comprehension. It may take 3 terms to clean up the mess the Republicans have left.

    August 19, 2010 at 6:43 pm |
  209. Overby from Melbourne

    As much as Clinton goes around bragging about how he was a fiscally balanced president, everyone seems to have forgotten that he was in almost as big a mess as Obama is now, and that it was Gringrich and the Republicans that got the economy back in shape after the '94 takeover. Short memories......

    August 19, 2010 at 6:43 pm |
  210. Jen Smith, Nevada

    The party of "No" divides and deregulates and doesn't want to pay their fair share, how is that supposed to make things better?

    August 19, 2010 at 6:44 pm |
  211. Richard Montgomery

    It's time to ask if we are better off under Obama than we were under Bush. I think not. The economy is tanking-jobs are under water and higher taxes are coming under Obama.

    August 19, 2010 at 6:45 pm |