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- Category: Politics
Polls Show Presidential Elections Won't Change Economy
When the second term of George W. Bush came to a close, the entire nation understood that rough waters were ahead. The country was in the midst of two overseas wars, a Financial Crisis and still feeling the pain of a housing bubble burst. Unemployment was rising, consumer confidence was fading fast and the American people decided that it was time to move forward with democratic leadership.
Fast forward four years later and what is visible are many of the same problems that existed in 2008. The country is still engaged in oversea operations, unemployment is still high and the country is in more debt. This situation has left many voters with little confidence that incumbent Barack Obama or challenger Mitt Romney will have little impact on the many problems facing this country. Although both are clean-cut, smooth talking politician types, neither is Ronald Reagan or Bill Clinton, Presidents who improved the health of the economy. This is why a recent poll conducted by the Associated Press-GfK showed that roughly 50% of Americans believe that regardless of the candidate elected that the state of the economy will not be improved once November comes around.
"The sustained level of high unemployment and statistics showing one out of seven Americans are now on food stamps has led many Americans not to buy into political rhetoric of a economy bouncing back", explained a political analyst for GPS Tracker Shop. "People believe what they see and what they have seen is years and years of growth stagnation".
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Supporters Still Want To Paul On November Ballot
Although he is still technically in the race for the Republican nomination, it is all but certain Ron Paul will not be representing the elephants come election day. Even though big names such as Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich have bowed out of the race, Paul appears to have every intention on sticking this thing out until the end.
And why wouldn't he?
With Paul continuing to draw in supporters by the tens of thousands to his speaking engagements, the candidate who has been essentially alienated by the media has almost a cult like following of young, old, conservative and liberal voters. With Mitt Romney already having the Republican nomination in the bag, the only question remaining is whether or not Paul will continue his quest for the White House by running as a independent candidate?
Could Paul Really Win As A Independent?
Candidates running for the Oval Office who are not Republicans or Democrats have not had any success competing in for the presidency in recent decades. Ross Perot was one of the only independent candidates who had a potential shot at the White House, but he had a great deal of financial influence and political connections. He was cool talking businessman from Texas that a lot of people could relate to, and even he failed to make a substantial splash. Although the past indicates that Paul would not be successful in running for the presidency as a independent, there is a wide belief that he could potentially create some waves in the 2012 election.
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Presidential Candidate Already Getting Grilled About Wealth
With the recent passing of what has been dubbed the Warren Buffet law, the richest people working in the United States will soon be forced to pay more in income taxes. The signing of this tax legislation was discussed by current United States President, Barack Obama, when he released his personal income figures for the last couple years to the public. What was surprising about the documentation was that according to the figures in the income tax paperwork, Obama will not be paying the new Buffet tax because his personal income is not at the upper elite level. Although the Obama income tax information may not seem like anything newsworthy, personal income is very much likely to be a key argument on the political front in what is certain to be a brutal campaign for the Oval Office come this November.
When the President released his income tax information, his re-election campaign team was very quick to point out that republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney has continued to drag his feet to release his most current income tax figures. Although the Romney camp will surely provide some clarification about the Presidential hopefuls' income tax records in the near-future, it is clear that the Obama camp is going to paint the politician from Massachusetts as a mega-rich corporate suit that simply could never relate to the struggles and hardships of the common American worker.
Phrases such as "corporate bailout", "Occupy Wall Street" and "corporate greed" are all likely to be tossed around frequently in the coming months as the race heats up closer to November. This will put Romney at a distinct disadvantage because many poor and middle-class voters will simply refuse to cast their voter ballots for a person who has made hundreds of millions of dollars without basically ever breaking a sweat. Not to say that the incumbent himself is a rags to riches story, but Romney is likely to be painted as the face of what is wrong with America, an intelligent/cunning corporate suit with the type of wealth that is unimaginable to 99% of Americans.
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How Fuel Could Determine The 2012 Election
With the Republican primaries coming to their conclusion, it appears all but certain that Mitt Romney will be the one facing incumbent President Barack Obama in the general election come November. Mitt Romney was able to easily overcome his closest rival in the primaries, crazy "conservative" Rick Santorum, by essentially outspending him nearly 10:1. Unfortunately, his cash supply will do little good in the general election, as it is widely presumed that Obama will be able to raise nearly one billion dollars for his re-election campaign. Although Romney may not be able to use the weapon of money to defeat his opponent in the next race, like he did in the primaries, the slick looking Mormon from New England will have record-high gas prices as an ally that could prove to be enough to break Obama's back.
Most voters understood that when Obama got elected that he was inheriting a massive mess. In 2008, the economy was still deep in the hole, wars in Afghanistan and Iraq were still raging on and the financial crisis, bail outs and corporate greed were dominating headlines. People understood that there was not going to be a quick fix, as it was evident that the entire global economy was being rocked. Although the American people would be patient for hope and change, nearly four years later not much has changed. The economy is still struggling, while corporate earnings are near record-highs. The unemployment rate is boiling hot, and Occupy Wall Street has become a household phrase. However, it is the daily reminder at the gas pumps that has many Americans considering a new leadership in the oval office.
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Political Breath Of Fresh Air
Ron Paul began his campaign for the Republican nomination with a great deal of buzz, but after months of campaigning, it now appears that Mitt Romney is more than likely going to be the elephant going up against President Obama in the 2012 election. Sadly, politics is a money game, and that is why it is no surprise to see the candidate with the most personal wealth leading the nomination with 419 delegates, which is more than Santorum, Gingrich and Paul combined. With the Republican campaigns moving into the next phase, many in the GOP are whispering that the candidates with the lowest delegate count, such as Paul, should drop out of the race so the Republican party can strengthen it's core as it prepares to do battle with Obama.
Ron Paul is a man with integrity, vision and a plan that focuses on getting America out of debt and back on top. Paul stayed away from the polarizing topics that many Republicans focus on such as gay marriage and abortion, instead emphasizing the things that really matter such as American foreign policy, the Federal Reserve System and the growing national deficit. Paul was able to draw huge support from young voters, independent voters and even many Democrat voters, but with mainstream media essentially alienating him, and the core of the GOP deeming the man as "unelectable", he was never able to get a fair shake from the start. However, that has not stopped thousands upon thousands of people from attending his support rallies and listening to his speeches. Paul was even able to generate more financial contributions than many in the Republican party ever thought was possible. Although Paul still continues to be a champion for the average American, will the controversial political figure make a decision in the near future to end his campaign in order to shore up support for Romney?