Color me highly skeptical, but I’ll offer it for what it’s worth:
Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia says he’s unsure whether he’ll vote for President Barack Obama or likely Republican nominee Mitt Romney.
In a statement Friday, Manchin said he has real differences with both Obama and Romney. He also said many West Virginians believe the last 3 ½ years have not been good.
It’s almost like he wanted the economy to tank again… or is that still?
The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said Friday that President Obama’s 2013 budget will hurt the economy in the long term, arguing the larger deficits it would produce would reduce the amount of capital available to businesses.
After five years, the CBO says the Obama proposals would reduce economic output by between 0.5 percent and 2.2 percent.
That’s not coming from an American pundit, but from Britain’s Daily Mail‘s Toby Harnden:
Romney may be a wealthy, somewhat aloof blue blood from Massachusetts but he is no John Kerry. Indeed, the central part of his biography – the turnaround businessman – is almost ideally suited to this election, which is likely to be a transactional one in which voters ask: “Who can best deal with this economy?”
Obamanomics at work (emphasis in original):
The Congressional Budget Office said Thursday that 45 million people in 2011 received Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, a 70% increase from 2007. It said the number of people receiving the benefits, commonly known as food stamps, would continue growing until 2014.