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Huge amount of buyers remorse in the country. Obama's performance only cemented their feelings.

Bad night for the empty suit, chair, head, etc. Nothing that a few rounds of golf won't solve.

I will say it again like I did last night. With Obama looking so inept, their only option is some backdoor, late October surprise.

Romney will have some out of left field woman accuse him of harrassment or some Chicago trick in his near future. It is all they have left. Obama has no substance, and no record that is positive.

Obama cannot win, he has to make Romney lose.

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Obama probably had a false sense of superiority after besting John "I served in Vietnam" Kerry over the last few weeks.

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raise revenue with a larger tax base that actually contributes. obama speaks of simple arithmetic but can't grasp this somehow

Yes, I did like Romney's plan of raising tax revenue by not doing anything. He is going to pay for a massive tax cut by closing deductions even though that is just not enough, and he promises to cut insignificant things like PBS while practically begging to give medicare another $700 billion. Fiscal conservatism- complain about the small things while promising to do nothing about the big picture. Wait thats not how it works, oh well

I also liked Mitt running on his ability to work across the aisle while governor- well yeah I'm sure it was easy because you were a democrat back then.

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Yes, I did like Romney's plan of raising tax revenue by not doing anything. He is going to pay for a massive tax cut by closing deductions even though that is just not enough, and he promises to cut insignificant things like PBS while practically begging to give medicare another $700 billion. Fiscal conservatism- complain about the small things while promising to do nothing about the big picture. Wait thats not how it works, oh well

I also liked Mitt running on his ability to work across the aisle while governor- well yeah I'm sure it was easy because you were a democrat back then.

it's a well-documented maxim in economics called the law of dimishing returns with respect to the tax code. that doesn't even breach the ethics of spending money confiscated at the barrel of a gun. i would rather people embrace massive cuts in governmental expenditures as history has proven that our problem has to do with spending, not revenue. let the states live or die by their own fiscal policies. if people that actually contribute don't approve of how their local taxes are being spent, they can vote with their feet. as of right now, only the wealthiest can vote with their feet if they wish to leave the US.

personally, i think ron paul would have wiped the mat with these guys last night

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It was clear that Mitt was more polished as he has been debating much of the summer....a polished turd with little substance but polished nonetheless.

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it's a well-documented maxim in economics called the law of dimishing returns with respect to the tax code. that doesn't even breach the ethics of spending money confiscated at the barrel of a gun. i would rather people embrace massive cuts in governmental expenditures as history has proven that our problem has to do with spending, not revenue. let the states live or die by their own fiscal policies. if people that actually contribute don't approve of how their local taxes are being spent, they can vote with their feet. as of right now, only the wealthiest can vote with their feet if they wish to leave the US.

personally, i think ron paul would have wiped the mat with these guys last night

Thats funny, its a well documented maxim in politics that Mitt Romney will change his policies at the drop of a hat if he thinks it will help him get elected

Also Mitt was pretty clear last night that there will be no "massive cuts to government" if he gets in charge

Oh, and Ron Paul would have been destroyed because these debates are about telling people what they want to hear, not what they need to hear

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Btw, English is my 2nd language. What's ur excuse?

lol, you owned him on this, nice.

I watched it until about 9:50 and couldn't keep my eyes open any longer...

My thoughts, in no particular order:

Jim Lehrer is the worst host ever. Get somebody that's not 95 years old and can control it, holy poo... or put the candidates in a glass box and cut off the mic when their time is up...

Romney looked prepared and Obama looked bored and tired...

Obama kind of dug himself into a hole with his comments like the teacher with 42 kids, etc... he acted like when he gets elected he's gonna fix all these problems... um, hello, you're already president... fix them now. Pointing out current problem and solutions he's going to have for after he's elected is not the best debate strategy.

I've seen Romney come off as an elitist douchey type before, but I didn't get that vibe from this debate as much... I could actually see the guy being pretty presidential.

Romney def won the debate from what I saw, but we'll see how it goes, he's got a lot of ground to make up for... and I'm still undecided on who I'm voting for. I really, really wish there was a valid 3rd party candidate that wouldn't just suck votes away from these two...

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The debate was live.

No help or hurt or spin or selected quotes from the media to "form" opinions in the electorate. Not surprised that folks found Romney to be much different than he has been protrayed by the "even handed" media. And in turn, found Obama, with no help, to be void of an ability to think on his feet. He is a very "handled" president. It showed.

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Didn't watch it, but I do like Lehrer. He is a really smart guy, but probably not the best for this format (ie asking question which the candidates will never answer).

Fwiw, neither candidate will do what they say they will, primarily because there is a huge difference between running for office, and actually being in office, and having to deal with congress and the courts and entrenched bureaucracy in government.

I do think Romney has a better chance to accomplish things because republicans will control the house. They could control the Senate as well, because the Democrats have more vulnerable seats in this election, but that remains to be seen.

But even if Obama wins (and he probably will), I don't think he will be quite as arrogant as he was during his first administration. He really thought that he could convince people to follow him, which showed how naive he was. I don't think he will make that mistake in his next term. And some republicans might be more willing to work with him on a few issues because they know this is his last term.

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Thats funny, its a well documented maxim in politics that Mitt Romney will change his policies at the drop of a hat if he thinks it will help him get elected

Also Mitt was pretty clear last night that there will be no "massive cuts to government" if he gets in charge

Oh, and Ron Paul would have been destroyed because these debates are about telling people what they want to hear, not what they need to hear

I'll have to concede that Ron Paul wouldn't fare well as the republican primaries bore that out.

As for a politician playing for the vote... what else is new?

The post that I responded to was simply about how tax revenues can be raised without raising the rate. Obama came off like the douche in "laying out an informative point" with his basic arithmetic comment.

It's the same crap you hear in academia from people that think they're smart when they clearly aren't versed in reality nor have they applied the supposed critical thinking skills that are supposed to be honed in our country's joke for higher education.

That simple arithmetic escaped Obama when he failed to figure that more people paying their actual fair share (not from the 35% to 45% bump for the wealthiest in America as opposed to 15% for the lowest tax bracket). Millions more actually contributing to revenue generates more money than a few persons paying more while cutting salaries and positions to maintain their bottom line which further increases the deficit of entitlements as they currently exist.

The American Dream of living free is dead. People are interested in buying the slickest used car salesmen time and again after being burned for the umpteenth time.

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