Four months out, a presidential race is a cliffhanger. That creates for an sparkling contest, though it’s not accurately a shot in a arm for a smashed economy, a No. 1 campaign issue.
Nearly all vital inhabitant polls uncover President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney sealed in a statistical passed feverishness — a deadlock that reflects a scarcely 50-50 nation.
This political polarization, and associated congressional gridlock, all though guarantees that no vital legislation inspiring taxes or a economy will pass before Nov when electorate confirm who will lay in a Oval Office come January.
Lack of clarity about a economy’s instruction and European debt woes are gripping financial markets jumpy and deterring businesses from employing new workers or investing in plants and equipment, many economists suggest.
That isn’t assisting possibly a liberation or a incumbent’s second-term prospects.
Adding to a stress on both Wall Street and Main Street: a appearing year-end “fiscal cliff” of failing tax cuts and involuntary spending reductions if Congress fails to act.
Both Obama and Romney were campaigning Tuesday in bridgehead states.
Obama was in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, compelling his bid to get Congress to extend Bush-era taxation cuts for families earning underneath $250,000 while vouchsafing taxes arise on wealthier people.
Romney, who would extend all a Bush taxation cuts, was focusing Tuesday on jobs.
“The president’s policies are not formulating jobs,” Romney told a town-hall character assembly in Grand Junction, Colo. Romney pronounced his policies would emanate some-more energy-industry jobs.
But there is small inhabitant accord on possibly taxation or appetite policy.
“It would be good if policy-makers could spike some of these issues down and that positively would help. But even after a election, it might be tough,” pronounced Mark Zandi, arch economist during Moody’s Analytics. “Expectations are very, really low.”
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