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November 5th, 2012, 17:17
Originally Posted by GhanBuriGhan View Post
How much does it matter, I wonder? It seems, given what the Obama administration actually achieved, that the power in the USA resides elsewhere, but not with the president. Financial, corporate and military america, that seem to be where the course is set, and these entities seem unassailable. Do you, as americans, really feel that your choice matters?
While the president is largely a figurehead on policies such as the budget and foreign policy, a charismatic leader can sway public opinion sufficiently to pull congress around. Reagan, and even Slick Willie to a certain extent, shows how the system can work. Unfortunately, if you put a numbskull like Dubya or a fallen messiah like Obama in the position, things tend to go nowhere fast.

So, to answer your question, this election doesn't really matter at face value since neither candidate has the chops to drag congress down a teflon slope. That said, the choice America makes will give some guidance to the real "movers-n-shakers" about the general direction they can safely move, particularly as it relates to the deficit/debt.

Sorry. No pearls of wisdom in this oyster.
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