Hey Phantom, please remember that the economy was doing fair under Bush (even during a war) and didn't turn nasty until the Democrats controlled the purse strings in 2006. Of course, the seeds of a bad economy were already sown under Clinton and the Dems under Bush 1 and even some under Reagan, when they couldn't control the spending. We are now reaping the whirlwind. But Obama has made it MUCH, MUCH worse than it needed to be. Romney may be the only one who can get us out, but we will not be unscathed.