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POLL: Does Obama Deserve Second Term?

Make your voice heard in our poll.

Does President Obama deserve a second term?

He is currently running ahead of potential Republican rival Mitt Romney in recent polls from key battleground states, according to USA Today polls.

But the election season is a long one and opinions are subject to change, particularly depending on the activities of candidates and the state of the nation.

So what do you think? Does the president deserve a second term?

Will you vote for him enthusiastically, reluctantly or not at all?

Vote in our poll!

 

james foley April 05, 2012 at 09:41 PM
Obama did inherit a mess... But as President, he has failed to lead or get anything done. President Truman had a sign on his desk that said "The Buck Stops Here" which means - for all who aren't aware of the meaning of the phrase - to lead and take full responsibility for missteps and failures. President Obama treats responsibility and leadership like a hot potato, never acknowledging his role as The Commander in Chief. I have nothing against the guy, but his lack of experience set him up for failure. Is that his fault? No, its the voters who lacked the understanding of the job they assigned him to undertake in the first place. He simply has not gotten anything done, and his finger pointing throughout his presidency, most recently scolding the Supreme Court over his Obamacare, shows he hasn't learned on the job. It would be a huge mistake to give him another chance, all he has proven is he cannot lead nor take responsibility, only speak smugly and point the finger.
Ralph April 05, 2012 at 10:03 PM
Well said James. President Carter was much the same during his term in office. A lot of finger pointing, even scolding the American people towards the end. Like this President, Carter was in over his head. And I agree, we need someone like Truman right now. Imagine how he would have felt about the 'bailout'.
Bill Shander April 05, 2012 at 10:26 PM
I'm no fan of the bailouts and the fact that those dollars paid obscene executive bonuses. But for the record, the bailouts came from the Fed and cost taxpayers $0. Yes, they were guaranteed by taxpayers and COULD HAVE cost money, had the banks or auto companies defaulted. BUT, they didn't. Much of that money has been paid back at a profit. While the bailouts feel wrong, they did, in fact, work. The auto bailout saved the industry and hundreds of thousands of jobs. The bank bailout prevented a Depression.
Ralph April 06, 2012 at 01:29 AM
Well, I'm not so sure that ultimately that tax payers don't end up holding the bag on this. The Fed prints more money and hands it out, which can't be good for inflation. The Treasury sells bonds to get the cash and has to pay interest to the holders. There is always consequences for the taxpayer somewhere down the line. True -many companies didn't default and made good on the loans, but how many did default- do we know? And, quite frankly, maybe it wasn't officially a depression, but it sure felt like one to me.
milfordman April 06, 2012 at 08:30 AM
The auto bailout stiffed the bond holders, steamrolled bankruptcy law, and bailed out the unions, not the industry. The industry was doing just fine. So consumers buy Hondas made in Ohio instead of Buicks made in Michigan. Who cares? And of the US automakers, the one that didn't take a bailout, Ford, is doing the best. This was all about handing billions of dollars to unions. Nothing more, nothing less. So, now the government has foisted Volt on GM, making taxpayers subsidize its production to the tune of $200,000 per vehicle over and above the tax credit consumers get if they buy one, launched an unprecedented attack on its largest competitor, and declared new CAFE rules that will virtually eliminate the sale of their most profitable vehichles. And BTW, taxpayers are out billions of dollars, because despite what they want you to believe, GM, has not repaid all the money taxpayers gave them. This is what happens when you let hacks pick economic winners. Let this crowd stick around long enough and we'll all end up driving the Obama version of the old soviet Volga.

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