Okay, half the country got its way and we will have four more years of an Obama Administration and at least two more years of a Senate controlled by his party. The opportunity for any of the conservative agenda to be implemented now moot for at least two more years, and we will live with what we have for the interim. Today I'm looking at a long list of businesses who already have or are in the process of laying off people. Many waited until after the election to do this at the request of the Administration. And I'm looking at reports of thousands of small businesses who have shelved plans to expand and hire or get back into the game and/or who are paring back enough people to get under the threshhold at which they would be subject to Obamacare penalties. The market has not been happy since the election so far. Is all of this the way it will be for the next four years, or is this a temporary glitch and will soon pass? No doubt many who voted to keep Obama in power expect things to now get better and/or think all is well. This thread is dedicated to a discussion of economic matters, what is happening, what needs to happen, and our best hopes and fears. The poll is to express our expectations in the immediate post-election environment. Four years from now, it could be interesting how accurate we were in our projections. Of course some of us will have criticisms and complaints about policy and actions, and others will have defense for the same, but if we could keep a reasonable level of civility it would be much appreciated.