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What Issue Is Most Important to You on Election Day?

SodaHead Politics 2010/11/02 16:00:00
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There is no crying in baseball... or after today's election.

If you vote, you deserve what comes next.

If you don't vote, you don't get to complain.

We all have our little worries that mean nothing to anyone else but us. But there are larger concerns that matter to a majority of people and sway elections. Whether it's fewer taxes and less government or a greater safety net and pension programs, everyone heads to the polls today with one or maybe two things that make them choose one overriding concern over another.

There might have been a number of issues that decided it for you. But if you had to, pick the number one issue that swayed you.

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  • boberry 2010/11/02 20:18:45
    None of the above
    boberry
    +12
    Illegal Immigration! I live in AZ and I'm tired of going to sleep listening to gunfire and waking up to sirens. I live in Pinal County and the human trafficking has stepped up as has the drug activity. Heard the automatic weapons out by the tunnels last night. Heard the sirens this morning. They stopped a panel van with about 2 dozen illegals carrying drugs just the other day right down the main drag from my house. It's sickening and it needs to stop.

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  • Barefoot Peace and Love∞ijm... 2010/11/03 22:12:28
    None of the above
    Barefoot Peace and Love∞ijm♥☮♥∞
  • Mudhole Brown 2010/11/03 22:02:46
    None of the above
    Mudhole Brown
    Government spending.
  • Anna E 2010/11/03 18:11:33
    Employment
    Anna E
    No economy can be healthy unless people are working and spending. Unless people are working, they can't be taxed much. With lower taxes, gov'ts won't work.
  • prometheus 2010/11/03 17:40:12
    None of the above
    prometheus
    The Economy.
  • LisaSmith 2010/11/03 17:18:56
    Employment
    LisaSmith
    Secure our borders, get rid of the parasites sucking us dry, end the war and bring the troops home, have them secure our border, they are more then capable of doing this, do something about NAFTA. Stop sending our jobs to other countries.
  • Chaz 2010/11/03 15:58:40
    Taxes
    Chaz
    +1
    illegals is what i wan't them to work on 1st but wasn't a choice shows how much sodahead pays attention.
  • LisaSmith Chaz 2010/11/03 17:21:16
    LisaSmith
    +1
    It is what I would have chosen also. If they would get rid of the illegals and stop sending our jobs to foreign countries, we would all have a job and we would be fine. It seems so simple why can't all those supposed educated people figure it out?
  • Chaz LisaSmith 2010/11/03 17:38:28
    Chaz
    +1
    because of the lobbiest they are the biggest problem. Hopefully the newly elected don't get
    co-op by them. We need to close our boarders and concentrate all our money here at home. Fix our infulstructure and start building energy plants here at home but we need to make it a friendly enviroment by lowering taxes for people who start buisness here in america. Not easy to attract new companys to america when everyother country doesn't have such high taxes. We as american though need to focus on buying and supporting american own company such as ford, gm, etc.... and stop buying forgien cars like hyudia and kia's and so on.
  • LisaSmith Chaz 2010/11/03 18:19:38
    LisaSmith
    +1
    I agree 100%
  • jacktown kid 2010/11/03 15:34:06
    None of the above
    jacktown kid
    One word and one word only ECONOMICS that how the world goes around
  • JP 2010/11/03 13:55:52
    None of the above
    JP
    +1
    I wish I could have selected a couple more. I don't want taxation to service debt, and we need to secure our borders.
  • InTheCity 2010/11/03 13:41:16
  • Dhawgg 2010/11/03 13:33:12
    Taxes
    Dhawgg
    +1
    all of the above. a lot of Americans' biggest concern is the size of government and politicians' refusal to listen to We The People screaming that we want control of our own money to give as we see fit, not as they see fit.
  • IfIdo 2010/11/03 13:06:26
    Standard of Living
    IfIdo
    +2
    ALL OF IT!!!!!!!!!! Lets just get AMERICA back to being AMERICA
  • Corinne 2010/11/03 11:48:21 (edited)
    None of the above
    Corinne
    +2
    I agree with Maggie and boberry, no more supporting illegals that are coming over the border and robbing everyone and leaving trash all over the deserts. I'm all for LEGAL immigration however. Mexico has very hardcore immigration laws themselves, more so than ours, yet will argue about America's immigration laws! Time to face the hard realistic facts about it, it ISNT pretty. We need to take America back. Most that come here have no respect for Americans or this country, not all of them, but many. If you're going to bitch about it then go back where you came from. ♥
  • paul 2010/11/03 11:46:01
    None of the above
    paul
    +3
    OUR FREEDOM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!...
  • shingo0o 2010/11/03 09:50:30
    Taxes
    shingo0o
    +1
    i am sleepingvc
  • Don Leuty 2010/11/03 08:34:32
    Taxes
    Don Leuty
    +2
    Reduce taxation to increase employment, and a 10% reduction in force in federal employment each year for the next three years. Reduce government salaries and benefits to parallel the private sector.
  • Lew Don Leuty 2010/11/05 01:33:56
    Lew
    +1
    Better yet. Government workers have been cheating us for years now. Force them to work for nothing. After their regular eight are up, hire them out for money to defray the deficit. Then, we should confiscate their retirement accounts. That money was fraudulently obtained because those guys were not working like the rest of us. If the deficit is still running high, go after their homes. Mechanics liens are the way to get those extra assets.
  • Don Leuty Lew 2010/11/05 05:58:56
    Don Leuty
    That opens several cans of worms that I don't think we want to get into. I cannot condone involuntary servitude.

    The money and benefits they obtained are a matter of contract. The milk is spilled, just mop it up, or let the cat have it.

    A reduction in force is pretty harsh, but it is a necessary evil. Salaries need to be brought into line with the amount and quality of work product.

    Since unions are the agents of federal employees, the Hatch Act should be amended to restrict their participation in political activities.

    There may be restrictions in the Hatch Act that could result in dismissal of political activists. That is a matter for the legal beagles and possibly a special prosecutor.
  • Lew Don Leuty 2010/11/05 14:43:25
    Lew
    +2
    Let's face it. Government employee excesses are only the tip of the iceberg. (According to the Washington Times, there are 2.15 million federal employees, so laying off 30% or 600,000 of them--- assuming they earn about $100K each--- would only reduce the FY10 federal deficit of $1.3 trillion by only 5%!) It would be good (and democratic!) if Americans could vote on salary/force reductions in other sectors of the economy, not just in government. I've noticed that over recent years that tradespeople and store employees deliver less service and obviously, with socialist policies like minimum wage regulations, are being paid more. Break the unions, by all means, but let's also abolish minimum wage laws and hourly and age restrictions on labor. This nation's greatest growth was during the period between the Civil War and the Great Depression. Americans worked much harder and longer during those days, but they created more and built our country into the powerhouse it is today. Americans understood at that time that they were responsible for their own health and welfare and as a result, developed the traits of self-reliance that carried us through two world wars and a major economic depression. This is the America we should return to now. But to do that we need to dismantl...
    Let's face it. Government employee excesses are only the tip of the iceberg. (According to the Washington Times, there are 2.15 million federal employees, so laying off 30% or 600,000 of them--- assuming they earn about $100K each--- would only reduce the FY10 federal deficit of $1.3 trillion by only 5%!) It would be good (and democratic!) if Americans could vote on salary/force reductions in other sectors of the economy, not just in government. I've noticed that over recent years that tradespeople and store employees deliver less service and obviously, with socialist policies like minimum wage regulations, are being paid more. Break the unions, by all means, but let's also abolish minimum wage laws and hourly and age restrictions on labor. This nation's greatest growth was during the period between the Civil War and the Great Depression. Americans worked much harder and longer during those days, but they created more and built our country into the powerhouse it is today. Americans understood at that time that they were responsible for their own health and welfare and as a result, developed the traits of self-reliance that carried us through two world wars and a major economic depression. This is the America we should return to now. But to do that we need to dismantle the entire socialist welfare state, eliminate social security and medicare, scale back public education, and terminate government's foray into libraries, museums, and other sinkholes. Social security and medicare is where the real money is. Eliminate those and we become solvent again.
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  • Don Leuty Lew 2010/11/05 17:11:25
    Don Leuty
    A trillion here, a trillion there and before you know it we're talking about some real money. The debt service on 1.3 trillion dollars alone is worth the effort.

    There is, at least, 15% of federal programs that can be completely done away with due to overlap and ineffectiveness.

    We haven't even talked about the biggest boondoggle of them all, the IRS. Get rid of the Swiss cheese, progressive income tax, altogether. It takes a small army just to interpret out tax code. Take 1000 IRS agents and you have 1200 interpretations.

    In the last 33 years, I have been audited for IRS foul-ups. Both times some well-meaning flunky has "recalculated" our return and increased our refund by $4000 and $5500. A year and a half later, we got an notice of audit. Someone else had recalculated our taxes again to within $200 of our original filing. We figure it is about time for another screw up to waste our time and money is about due.

    A simple flat tax. No fuss, no frills. Use a simple pencil and paper calculation. For those of us that don't have enough fingers and toes, pocket calculators are cheap these days.

    Want to break a union? Let the union members do it for you. Make it illegal for employers to deduct anything from you paycheck except State and Federal taxes and levies. Without the...

    A trillion here, a trillion there and before you know it we're talking about some real money. The debt service on 1.3 trillion dollars alone is worth the effort.

    There is, at least, 15% of federal programs that can be completely done away with due to overlap and ineffectiveness.

    We haven't even talked about the biggest boondoggle of them all, the IRS. Get rid of the Swiss cheese, progressive income tax, altogether. It takes a small army just to interpret out tax code. Take 1000 IRS agents and you have 1200 interpretations.

    In the last 33 years, I have been audited for IRS foul-ups. Both times some well-meaning flunky has "recalculated" our return and increased our refund by $4000 and $5500. A year and a half later, we got an notice of audit. Someone else had recalculated our taxes again to within $200 of our original filing. We figure it is about time for another screw up to waste our time and money is about due.

    A simple flat tax. No fuss, no frills. Use a simple pencil and paper calculation. For those of us that don't have enough fingers and toes, pocket calculators are cheap these days.

    Want to break a union? Let the union members do it for you. Make it illegal for employers to deduct anything from you paycheck except State and Federal taxes and levies. Without the check-off, the union, not the employer would be forced to collect the dues, reducing the amount of money available for political spending.

    The check-off is almost like a hidden tax. You never see the money, so you don't miss it. When members have to make their dues payments in person month after month. Take away the union shop and make unionism voluntary, too, and the members will do the rest.
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  • Tpem 2010/11/03 07:32:21
    Taxes
    Tpem
    Our whole problem stems from politicians misusing our taxes and out of control spending just to get re-elected. We have to repeal the 16th amendment and eliminate the IRS if we ever have a chance at repairing our problems.
  • den Tpem 2010/11/03 11:12:58
    den
    that is a nice idea but it is out of the realm of possibility
  • Tpem den 2010/11/03 20:52:17 (edited)
    Tpem
    If you can dream it , you can achieve it. Especially since the Tea Party has sent a strong message to the rest of Congress. There is already a bill with lots of co-sponsors to adopt the FairTax and to repeal the 16th amendment. This would eliminate the IRS. We just need the right people in Congress like rand paul and marco Rubio sign on and run with it and put the pressure on the rest. Check it out at FairTax .org.

  • maggieb 2010/11/03 07:03:35
    Taxes
    maggieb
    +2
    And Immigration , No more supporting illegals
  • Spider20 2010/11/03 05:59:33
    Employment
    Spider20
    +2
    The US economy.....
  • Little Tina 2010/11/03 05:25:47
    Employment
    Little Tina
    +2
    My biggest thing was making Obama a lame duck. He was trying to make America a socialist country instead of a Capitalist Republic. God bless the USA!!!!!!!!!
  • VICTORIA Little ... 2010/11/03 08:27:33
    VICTORIA
    +1
    You understand don't you, that a President can only be a lame duck in the last 2 years of his second term, and then only if his party doesn't; control the House and Senate?

    This is Obama's first term, and the Democrats still control the Senate.

    You're going to have to wait, at the very least, another 4 years, and then only if the GOP manages to take the Senate in 2012. And House of course.

    Stay in school.
  • den VICTORIA 2010/11/03 11:15:11
    den
    and if we can vote the evil odumbum out he has plenty. of dishonest tricks
  • VICTORIA den 2010/11/03 13:47:10
  • JP VICTORIA 2010/11/03 13:58:27
    JP
    +1
    As far as the Dem's controlling the senate, any that want to keep their jobs are certainly going to move to the center. Or they can listen to the extreme left and get punished again.
  • VICTORIA JP 2010/11/04 08:01:41
    VICTORIA
    That one of the more simplistic analyses I've seen.
    It doesn't really depend on moving to the center.
    If the GOP introduces resolutions to create jobs- I am positive they will more than meet them halfway.

    I don't know how getting elected to the Senate would be considered a punishment.

    But the GOP is on the hook now- and must do more than say NO.
    It's time for them to work.
  • JP VICTORIA 2010/11/04 18:09:41
    JP
    Obama is dipping the veto pen already, with jobs less people need government help and that doesn't reelect democrats.
  • VICTORIA JP 2010/11/17 07:17:27
    VICTORIA
    Actually, to your first point, the middling Blue Dog Dems were the ones who lost their seats, it is the left of center Dems who won.

    But none of this answers the question, how will the GOP create jobs?
  • JP VICTORIA 2010/11/17 14:43:32
    JP
    In my region the progressives got shellacked, with the exception of Dayton. Feingold, one of the most progressive of the progressive caucus got shellacked as did Oberstar.

    By creating an environment that isn't hostile to profitable business.
  • VICTORIA JP 2010/11/17 20:25:14
    VICTORIA
    And the past 10 years of massive tax breaks for the wealthy WASN'T business friendly?
    How will the GOP create jobs?
    I still see no platform, and no mention of job creation by the GOP.
    It is what it is.
  • JP VICTORIA 2010/11/18 00:51:38
    JP
    I look at jobs here in mostly liberal and high taxed MN, and then I look at mostly conservative and lesser taxed ND, and the economies are completely different. You go out to eat in MN, pick your chair. Go out to eat in ND, get in line. Get a hotel room in MN, how many choices do I have...try to get a hotel room in ND just so you don't have to sleep in your car.

    The housing crisis had a lot to do with the job market, and now that business is staring down the liberal agenda, they are nervous. The owner of the business I work at will be paying 61.5 cents on the dollar if Obama can get everything to stick by 2014. That is not a good incentive for business to try and expand.

    Dem's have been writing legislation since 06, and most job loss occured in this time. Let's not pretend the left had any answers other than debt spending and now QE2. Massive fail as far as us working folk are concerned.
  • VICTORIA JP 2010/11/25 23:46:33
    VICTORIA
    Corporate Profits Were the Highest on Record Last Quarter
    (Posted on New York Times at Tue, Nov 23, 2010 at 09:32PM)

    http://onespot.wsj.com/busine...

    I think this answers your assertion that the environment is hostile to business.

    With 10 years of tax breaks, we should see evidence of job creation, but we haven't.

    Insanity is repeating the same action, and expecting a different result.

    I'm not sure how the varying tax rates of states is relevant to the federal budget.

    The GOP has no solution, nor platform. Revenge won't get them re-elected in 2 years.
  • JP VICTORIA 2010/11/26 22:09:29
    JP
    I wonder how many of those unnamed corporations had received stimulus money, and as far as unemployment goes this is a relatively new problem, arising after 2 years of Democrat solutions. Obama would kill for unemployment numbers that W posted for most of his presidency.

    The point of many businesses moving to the Dakota's is a perfect example of why many jobs are leaving the country. Jobs create revenue for the government and for the people, so if you could imagine that principle holds true for every level of government the picture will come into focus.

    The DNC's job proposals have been an absolute joke. Let's have the Dept. of Energy grant 2 billion to create a few thousand temp construction jobs while creating 1500 permanent jobs. That is a huge cost per job created, and the piggy bank is toast. That isn't a real attractive platform either.
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