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Do you think the economy is headed in the right direction?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on September 22, 2012

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“ I think the economy is headed in the right direction. Since the depths of the recession, we’ve seen a big bounce back, and we need some time on this path. ”

Photo of Kacey Schmidt

“ I don’t think the economy is heading in the right direction. I do think Brownback has good ideas. It really is up to the voters.”

Photo of Ben Gerrard

“ On a national level we are going in the right direction, but on a state level we are not.”

Photo of Joe Swank

“I’d say sure. It depends on what you think is good in the economy. It’s supposed to go bananas the fall and winter.”


labmonkey 5 years ago

Kansas budget = balanced. US budget, over 1 trillion annual deficits and 16 trillion in debt. Ben the social worker = fail.

We are on a path to ruin if we keep spending trillions more than we take in. Social security and Medicare need reformed now, not when the baby boomers have taken this country to the grave with them. As Rand Paul said, both Republicans and Democrats are going to have to kill some sacred cows if we are to get it done.

Wesley Willis 5 years ago

the economy's goin in the right direction when my music is makin me money!

Liberty275 5 years ago

If down the toilet is the way we want the economy to go, it's not only on the right track, it's on the fast track under our current redistributionist-in-chief.

Armstrong 5 years ago

This would have been more credible if they had asked people working in the manufacturing sector or small business. Notice none of the people asked produce anything. Coincedece ?

Liberty275 5 years ago

The first one was probably a bankruptcy attorney.

kernal 5 years ago

Never ceases to amaze me how people thought what Bush and Cheney wrought could be fixed in four years. Dreamers.

Don't feed the trolls!

Flap Doodle 5 years ago

The Mope at 1600 Penn Ave. said that if he didn't have things fixed in three years he'd be a one-term President. Let's take him at his word.

Armstrong 5 years ago

You know the record defecit, unemployment, debt.... Nice going Barry

Flap Doodle 5 years ago

Workplace participation is going down. Welfare participation is going up. That's an economy headed in the wrong direction.

Eddie_Haskell 5 years ago

I think we missed the left turn at the intersection of Pelosi and Boehner. It doesn't matter who's President. As long as these crybabies in Congress refuse to understand the meaning of "compromise", nothing will get done. All this hatred started with Eisenhower. Basically unaffiliated at the time, Truman asked him to run as a Democrat. Boy, he hated Truman. So he ran as a Republican and blew off the invitation to the White House breakfast on Inauguratiuon Day. No one had done that, ever. Since then, nothing really has changed. So if it's up to these half-wits, nope it's not better and won't change anytime soon.

Eddie_Haskell 5 years ago

Let's talk Locally. I grew up here, moved away in 1988, and moved back in 1996. Sure, there were jobs, but nothing to pay the rent. I went to work at Sallie Mae. The pay sucked. I was a 30-something working with a bunch of college students. Then lightning struck and I got a job with a federal institution here in town. Making more damn money than I knew what to do with. Lost the job 6 years ago. NOTHING has changed locally in 16 years except the federal minimum wage! Big businesses prey on the this town for it's tax breaks and it's low-wage students. See DST, who got a tax break and then went on to hiring 80% students part time with no benefits.

Eddie_Haskell 5 years ago

No, tange, I just drank too much again. BTW.... tange= Peppermint Pattie on Charlie Brown g_rock= Daria on Beavis and Butthead Or vice-versa. Figure it out.

absolutelyridiculous 5 years ago

I'm having the best year ever! Despite the screwed up mess in Washington. Glad Brownback is taking the lead and shaping stuff up in Topeka...along with the budget.

Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming.

gbulldog 5 years ago

No I do not think the economy is going in the right direction. I am on a fixed income with no hope of a cost of living increase. It appears more people must be in a tight financial position and can not borrow. Withing a mile of my home, we had two payday loan companies. Now we have six. Do you know how much interest they charge? With such low interest rates, why has credit cards, especial store brand cards, remained so high. Maybe because if you have a major illness, and even if you have health insurance, your financial security ends.

FlintlockRifle 5 years ago

Likewise there Bulldog, me thinks for a fixed incme person, the answer would be NO. Lets try someone new for the next four years-------OK. Maybe someone has a magic stick to help us get out of this mess

jafs 5 years ago

If it's the failed policies of the '60's (50 years ago) that are the cause, why do you blame Obama?

Richard Heckler 5 years ago

Is the market value of your home worth less than your mortgage? How much value have home owners lost since 2007? Sam Brownback was there and he is a Reagan/Bush republican.

Let's talk about those entitlements that have literally destroyed jobs,economies and retirement plans. And made owning a home a risky investment - now that is remarkable.

DC republicans have been successful at wrecking our economy big time twice in the past thirty years. Because of the pattern I am convinced it is their economic policy established under the direction of Reagan/Bush.

Bush/Cheney have accomplished a remarkable achievement by destroying the world economy which of course makes it difficult for the USA to bounce back quickly. The question becomes how in the world did they sucker financial institutions worldwide into buying bundles upon bundles upon bundles of bad USA home loans worth trillions of dollars in bad debt?

What an incredible and criminally insane economic policy? I don't believe the entire world can afford the economically reckless republican party that was born in 1980.

Let's talk about those entitlements that have literally destroyed jobs,economies,retirement plans. And made owning a home a risky investment - not that is remarkable.

This ENTITLEMENT - Bailing out The Reagan/Bush Savings and Loan Heist aka home loan scandal sent the economy out the window costing taxpayers many many $$ trillions (Cost taxpayers $1.4 trillion), Plus millions of jobs, loss of retirement plans and loss of medical insurance.

This ENTITLEMENT Bailing out the Bush/Cheney Home Loan Wall Street Bank Fraud cost consumers $ trillions, millions of jobs, loss of retirement plans and loss of medical insurance. Exactly like the Reagan/Bush home loan scam. Déjà vu can we say. Yep seems to be a pattern.

This ENTITLEMENT - Bush/Cheney implied many financial institutions were at risk instead of only 3? One of the biggest lies perpetrated to American citizens. Where did this money go? Why were some banks forced to take bail out money?

Is the market value of your home worth less than your mortgage? How much value have home owners lost since 2007?

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