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Sound Off: Who's Your Pick for President?

It's time to check in once again on where your allegiances are when it comes to the 2012 presidential race.

Time to check in once again on the pulse of the community when it comes to next fall's presidential election. 

On Wednesday, the four Republican candidates debated in Mesa, Arizona, as a prelude to next Tuesday's Arizona primary. Michigan is holding its primary on Feb. 28 as well.

As it stands, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum are reportedly neck-and-neck in the Republican primary race. 

To see how much the landscape has changed in just the past few months, let's look at our previous Sound Off poll on the topic. 

In our October asking who the Republicans' best hope was for 2012, Mitt Romney took 42 percent of the vote, Herman Cain had 24 percent and Ron Paul claimed 16 percent of readers' votes. Cain is no longer in the race. Santorum, who was polling at less than 5 percent nationally at the time, wasn't even included as a choice in the Patch poll. 

In our December , Romney barely edged out Paul (35-34 percent). Newt Gingrich took 10 percent of the vote. Santorum, now surging, received only 2 of the 315 votes cast in the poll.

So let's get to it...Which of the presidential nominees are you favoring at the moment? Vote below and share your thoughts in the comments.

Fred Stewart March 02, 2012 at 04:28 PM
if regulations always benefitted the big guy, why would there be such a mad de-regulation hysteria going on? it was deregulation of the financial sector (the evisceration of the glass-steagal act), that led to the current world crisis...(greece bought toxic assets from Goldman-Sachs, which absolutely contributed to their current crisis)... deregulation allows polluters to pollute with impunity, financial businesses to steal with impunity, and generally, ends up screwing the 'little person'... and while you're entitled to your opinion that "the only thing the Government should do is protect rights and protect property and protect sound money", it is not the only opinion... the bill of rights guarantees promotion of the general/common welfare/well being. ps. Steve Keen of Austrailia debunks some common concepts of the Austrian school of economics... I think he's 'right on'!
Chris Barcelo March 02, 2012 at 05:06 PM
Fred this is simply not true. The reason for the currency crisis is the way in which the Federal Reserve operates it's monetary policy through inflation and artificially low interest rates. This creates moral hazard and mal investment. Banks used to operate on a commodity standard in which the banks could only lend what they had on hand in form of valued commodity (gold, silver, etc.). If I had a hundred dollars I could then lend only 100. This then turned to a fractional system whereas the banks could then lend a certain percentage, which through legislation was raised and raised, more then they had on hand. It go to a point where if they had 100 dollars they could lend out over twice that amount. This of course fell apart during the great depression when people went to withdraw. The money wasn't there because the FED lent out more then they ever actually had. This caused the crash in the stock market as then people tried to sell and preserve whatever wealth they had now that it had all 'vanished'. Needless to say the Federal Reserve then started with further government intervention into the system and by 1971 we went full paper. So what we do now is we borrow money and print to pay it back. If you go to the FED website you'll see that since it's creation the dollar has lost almost 98% of it's value or purchasing power. To keep this whole system from collapsing again we do a few things...
Chris Barcelo March 02, 2012 at 05:12 PM
1st - We borrow money (Though as of early this month China has stopped buying and reverted to selling of our treasuries) 2nd - To repay this we simply print more bonds and sell them as others mature 3rd - We restrict peoples ability to use for exchange any other form of money (try paying your taxes in gold or silver) 4th - We inflate and devalue the money as we flood it's circulation 5th - Artificial intrest rates and price controls 6th - Bail outs. In a shorter sense though think of it like this. Why would banks be careful with your money if they know they can just get more an it's insured? Don't you think that if that safety net wasn't there you would be a little more cautious with your money as it could be lost by a non trustworth bank? Why give an alcholic more liquor? It simply doesn't make sense. Commodities are rising in value because the dollar is dropping. If you were allowed to own and use a commodity backed currency or commodity itself wouldn't this allow you to safety store your own values as well without being forced to inject your wealth into the ponzi bank system? There really is no 'short' answer but I encourage you to start looking it up and learning about this as it is a very interesting and critical subject.
Chris Barcelo March 02, 2012 at 05:14 PM
<THIS IS POSTING OUT OF ORDER> One great video to start is here: Why is ANYONE SURPRISED about the meltdown? (It's 1 hour get popcorn) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgMclXX5msc Without understanding this though I think it is impossible to understand the problems.
Laura March 12, 2012 at 11:13 PM
I am very happy to see that Patchogue's residents are tired of the change we can do without! All I can say is get out and vote at the primary and then for the general election! Vote as if our lives and the lives of our children and the lives of their children AND the lives of their children depend on it because THEY DO!

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