It's the Economy, Stupid. Again.

By Luke Roniger, Staff Editor

Unemployment. Taxes. Economic uncertainty.

How about all of the above? From Republican primary debates to Obama's efforts to refocus on job creation, it is obvious that the 2012 election will hinge on all things economic. Last month saw Gallup's Retirement Optimism Index fall to its lowest level since the 2008 crash, and few, if any, talking heads would argue against the importance of candidates’ ability to portray themselves as the most convincing economic savior. Observers can expect the rhetoric to focus on job creation, taxes, and each candidate’s plan to cure American economic malaise. If nothing else, as tax issues reveal the ideological core of Republican and Democratic parties alike, we can expect another extremely polarized election. Hold onto your hats.


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