As every parent knows you can try to teach your children some lessons based on your experience which often doesn't work or let them make mistake and learn from their mistakes. Republicans tried to explain to the general population how the economy works and how the current spending trends are unsustainable. Also how important the military is in a dangerous world. They weren't paying attention. If we can't convince the electorate to vote for a president who supports policies that make the economy solvent and the country safe then the country is going to face some tough times ahead. The people who voted for Obama will soon find out what they have done.