Whatever your opinion on President Obama, here is something no conservative has been able to explain to me. Why would the same policies that turned a booming economy and government surplus at the end of Clinton's 2nd term into the worst recession in 80 years and extreme government overspending and debt at the end of Bush's 2nd term suddenly work now? Deregulation, giving more money to the rich and cutting social programs are not new ideas, they were the policy from 2000-2008. It failed. They are what got us into this mess. These aren't fresh faced candidates with sparkling new ideas, it is simply the same message from different faces. We tried these things from 2000-2008 and they simply did not work.