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  1. mikefive

    mikefive said, over 1 year ago

    This theme has been beat to death.

  2. Clark  Kent

    Clark Kent said, over 1 year ago

    I didn’t watch the “debate” because my mind is already made up to vote Democratic. On the radio (the Bill Press show) they are skewering Jim Lehrer on his pisspoor job of “moderating”.

  3. ARodney

    ARodney said, over 1 year ago

    Obama allowed Romney to get away with lies on pre-existing conditions, welfare, tax cuts (really, Romney? a 20% tax cut is not a tax cut?), and Medicaid. Romney’s campaign had to come on afterwards and re-assert all of the policies he denied in the debate. It was a cynical attempt to lie when people are paying attention, take it all back afterwards when fewer people are paying attention. I’m disappointed in Obama for not calling him on such blatant lies, but it hardly makes me like Romney more.

  4. mencvlle

    mencvlle said, over 1 year ago

    @ARodney

    Guess President Obama was still thinking about how to respond to 8+ percent unemployment, or 47 millon on food stamps or average lost median of $4000 per family income or the 90 Billion in subsidies for Green Energy.

  5. neuturn

    neuturn said, over 1 year ago

    @mikefive

    I agree. It was cute and on a whim. I think so many things have become beaten to death in this campaigne from both sides.

  6. mikefive

    mikefive said, over 1 year ago

    @neuturn

    “I think so many things have become beaten to death in this campaigne from both sides.”

    Amen, neuturn, amen.

  7. Ardvarck

    Ardvarck GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @mikefive

    Please let’s have the election before I wear out my mute button.

  8. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    If you think being a rude agressive fool like Romney is winning we are in deep trouble.

  9. Dredpiraterobt$

    Dredpiraterobt$ said, over 1 year ago

    The debate:
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    Hey Lehrer should have said “Enough! When I say ‘Hold it’, everybody whoa!” But, on the other hand, as long as they both got to speak, so what?
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    Winner? I’d call it a draw, lean to Mitt on style points verbally, lean to Obama on the style point attitude. Lean to Romney on message, lean to Obama on control.
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    Obama on control: First, his message to America is; “Adults can discuss our issues without all the rancor!” Which implies “The reason we haven’t been able to get things done is the obstructionist in the Congress.” Now Mitt tried his dangdest to get Obama to actually say that out loud several times during the evening. Obama didn’t take the bait. Those are big points for Obama, even though they won’t be scored that way. Mitt was throwing uppercuts that Obama was out of range of.
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    Obama controlled the tone of the debate, Mitt was shifting from foot to foot like he was going to pee his pants if there didn’t break out a good fight here. Obama stood with one foot casually draped behind the other. He was relaxed, without seeming to be disinterested (no looking at his wristwatch).
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    Mitt dominated, steamrolling the moderator. That plays well for those who favor him, against for those who are against and it looks good to those undecideds, he looks like a take control guy. He offered nothing in defense of his positionlessness. When Obama filled in Mitt’s blanks, Mitt had nothing to say other than “No I won’t”
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    Mitt loses points for the doing the same thing that Obama got no points for. Mitt was asked a direct question and challenged on the specific point of “How are you going to pay for tax reductions, increased defense spending and Medicare without raising revenues?” Mitt never deflected the question he simply said the same thing he had said before “No I won’t” without explaining the voodoo of his economics.
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    Obama’s strongest observation of the night was (not quoting) ‘He says he’s going to reduce taxes while being revenue neutral, but he won’t tell you what loopholes he’s going to close. He’s says he’s going to eliminate Obama care but he won’t tell you what he’s going to replace it with,. He says he’s going to increase education, but he won’t tell you how…"
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    His weakest points were (ironically) “…it’s math…arithmetic…” it came out as very lame. And “…If you think that…. then….then he’s your man…” it’s a dumb line that is sort of like the flea flicker, it only works once per game at most, usually once per season!
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    Mitt’s weakest points? I forget, but there was more than once that he flip flopped in the same sentence. But I don’t remember what they were. He did unfurl a zing that fell flat.
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    I think that historically, Obama won. In that this debate was the real change that Obama promised in 2008. He promised to bring civility back to the electoral process. That was a civil debate. It was an exchange of ideas. It is now up to the Republicans to try to rise to the challenge. America starts to see what it looks like when there are adults talking.

  10. Dredpiraterobt$

    Dredpiraterobt$ said, over 1 year ago

    Oh, and this “How about if we cap household deductions at $17,000…maybe rich people the number can be higher…”
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    First of all… If you’re going to pull something out of your ass, could you at least have the decency to wipe it off and see if it’ll pass a smell test before you pass it around?
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    You are the guy who says that most small businesses pay taxes at the individual rate.
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    There are approximately 27million small businesses in the USA. A small business is defined as one having 499 or less employees.However, of the 27million around 21million are single person shops! the other 6 million are between 2and 499 employees (owner included).
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    What the candidates are referring to is the S Corp business structure, where all earnings flow through to the owners and are taxed at the individual’s tax rate.
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    Therefore if you cap deductions at $17,000 then you are dooming those earners to a much higher net tax rate. that means that the buisness owner has less in his pocket, which means that his business is going to have to make up that difference, and that means his business is going to have less to invest in new products and employees!
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    $17,000 doesn’t cover taxes and mortagage interest! Then what about those medical expenses? My personal deductions in 2010 were in excess of $43,000. So Mitt wants me to pay an additional $7,280? Oh and while I’m at it, I need to save an extra $1,000 per month so I can afford the $6,000 per year shortfall in my Medicare vOUCHer should I retire in 10 years at 64 and expect to be dead by 84!
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    Sure Mitt, no problem! Thanks for that! What’s $20,000 a year to a guy who makes over $100,000 per day!? Nothing! But to me it’s a big reason NOT to vote for Mitt!
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    But the number could be higher for richer people. Oh thanks some more, I’m so glad my misery needed be equally shared by Jay- Z, of that great job creator Matt Lauer! I’m so glad I’m not forcing Will i. am to move his company offshore by making him pay more in taxes!

  11. DenBow

    DenBow said, over 1 year ago

    The Curtain was pulled back, and the naked Emporer stood there…no TelePrompter…no hope…no change.

  12. disgustedtaxpayer

    disgustedtaxpayer said, over 1 year ago

    Way to Go, Varvel…!!!
    I watched all 90 minutes of Debate # l, and Lehrer lost control on the first or second “2 minute answer” of Obama, who began a night-long filibuster…..and Lehrer being a PBS Liberal, did not “interupt” the President until much later, a feeble effort that roused Obama’s anger….and Lehrer had to omit an entire segment on Qs on “government”……
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    Both candidates agree ahead of the debates on the rules…but no one can make Obama obey rules….proven since Jan.2009.
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    Orthodox Catholic, well said. Obama and all the Democratic Liberals got a shock, they saw the REAL Romney, not the invented charicature they ran millions of dollars of ads against.
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  13. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, over 1 year ago

    @HOWGOZIT

    You really think that “Tuck” Carlson beat him? What a joke that is.

  14. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, over 1 year ago

    @ARodney

    The way they acted you would almost think that it was scripted that way. Remember the Dems and Repubs control this whole thing and write it out in secret. It is a sham of all shams.

  15. Dredpiraterobt$

    Dredpiraterobt$ said, over 1 year ago

    @HOWGOZIT

    So , the guy who hosted a show called “HardBall” is the last word on civility? Not in my world Howgozit.
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    I laid out what I saw and how I saw it. If you have an actual comment on what I actually said, I’ll be happy to hear it.

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