Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | February 16, 2016

Picoblog Question – 2016 – Post #13

Picoblog Question – 2016 – Post #13

What will be the biggest issue in the 2016 general election?

My two cents, but please share yours:

Since the S&P 500 index is in a correction and the trend line isn’t optimistic, I think this election will be like every other general election. The number one issue will again be the economy.

Yahoo S&P 500 Index chart set to Max

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Responses

  1. I think the biggest issue may become the electoral college if it varies far from the popular vote. The other times the electoral college votes came into play the popular vote was close. I don’t think the popular vote between the two leading candidates will be close, which could mean that we, the people, need to eliminate the electoral college and elect by popular vote only. It’ll be interesting to see if the FISA courts will rule if super delegates don’t reflect the majority of their party.

    • If the popular vote is not close, then there’s no way the electoral vote would put the other candidate in office. This is a total non-issue.

      • Since I did say that the electoral college would matter if the vote was close, I am wondering why you repeated what I already stated? Perhaps you don’t think the popular vote will be close?

    • No, Linda, you said: “I don’t think the popular vote between the two leading candidates will be close, which could mean that we, the people, need to eliminate the electoral college and elect by popular vote only.” The electoral college was established by our founding fathers for good reasons, and we need to leave it as it is.

      • Yep, caught the negative after I hit reply. If you scroll down the comments you’ll see it.

      • Hi Linda and David, The two of you have inspired me to write a couple of posts on the Electoral College. Thank you so much. Cheers, Ashley

  2. I’m afraid you’re right, Ashley. People vote what they think is best for their own pocketbooks at the moment rather than what’s best for the long-term interests of the nation. Sad.

    • If we do slip into a recession this year, perhaps the pocketbooks and the long-term national interests will coincide, David. Cheers, Ashley

  3. I’d love to see the Dow get back about 18,000 and the price of oil back to at least $80. The Dow increase would definitely help my wife and me. However, I would not vote for a candidate who doesn’t have the best long-term interests of the country at heart, no matter what promises he or she made about the economy.

    • The good news about DOW and S&P-500 bear markets is that they are often quickly followed by long, generous bull markets, David. We just have to wait patiently for about 1-3 years. Cheers, Ashley

  4. Oops, I see it’s the negative that slipped in there. I meant to state that I think the popular vote will be close hence the electoral college comment.


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