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Remember back when Bush threw us a bone and gave everyone a free check? Well, that money isn't free for you and me.
He deserves a second term simply because he kept us afloat
The deficit didn't decrease during Obama's stay in office. It expanded. When you have a deficit in your budget, you don't spend more, you spend less. Obama didn't.
He poured out money everywhere. "Stimulus Money," got it. Spending money you don't have.
The government didn't have the money to spend, so they "borrowed" it. The USA has (currently) a AAA credit rating, as an entity, and can borrow money on a whim, with the promise of paying it back, with interest.
We now have completely unpayable debt, no means left to pay it, and the system needs re-set somehow.
While Cenpuppie came out with a nice Romney versus Obama approach that, I wish, could have been more detailed, Druid42 clearly came out with one of the best opening statements I have had the pleasure of reading since these debates have restarted. This Round is definitely his. I really enjoyed reading Cenpuppie’s rebuttal as he answers various points from his opponent while putting out fires from the previous administration. Druid42 expands on the economy only, expanding on a point which was already raised in his opening statement. An enjoyable read from both but this Round goes to Cenpuppie. Both closing statements further fall for the economy but Druid42 makes it a stronger case as to why one should not reconsider Obama for re-election, the con position in this debate. While I wish that both debaters would have deepened their thoughts on other important factors to consider in these election times, it was still an interesting read. For taking both the opening and closing statements, Druid42 is the winner.
In this debate, on whether our current President deserves a second term, Cenpuppie seems to approach the argument with the "impassioned plea" approach, which will resonate with people who agree with him, but largely be ignored by those who either disagree or are undecided.
This is contrasted with Druid42's presentation of facts and figures associated with the current administration's performance and clearly demonstrate President Obama to be an incompetent bumbler who has caused serious damage to the country and would likely bring it to utter ruin in a second term.
Unfortunately, Druid has made a number of mathematical and factual errors in his representations (such as confusing "budget deficit" and "national debt", as well as how interest rates are calculated,) which cast doubt on the "utter ruin" conclusion, but Cenpuppie fails to catch these errors and dispute them.
Rather than an impassioned plea, I think that Cenpuppie would have been better served to focus on hard data associated with the achievements of the Obama administration (slight though they may be) and to verify the facts presented in the "con" position, and refute those that are invalid. As this was Cenpuppie's first debate, I have no doubt that things will change as debates continue.
Druid42 clearly wins this debate.