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View Poll Results: 2008 in review
Very good Year 8 6.72%
Good year 25 21.01%
Average year 28 23.53%
Bad year 56 47.06%
dont know 2 1.68%
Voters: 119. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 07-02-2008, 10:47 AM
 
Location: Western Hoosierland
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now that the first half of 2008 at is over would you say that 2008 has been a good year for you so far? why/why not?
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Old 07-02-2008, 10:53 AM
 
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30% income reduction. Relocation plans and plans to start a small business are now a mess.
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Old 07-02-2008, 04:44 PM
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Location: Suburban Dallas
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I'd say it's been good so far, but it's awfully early to do a Year In Review. See you in December with more.
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Old 07-02-2008, 04:56 PM
 
Location: still in exile......
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well the first half so far has been kinda....meh. been allright, except for gas prices, sure hope the 2nd half is better
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Old 07-02-2008, 04:59 PM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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Its only a little over 1/2 over, but so far its been really great. Gas prices blow goats, and the economy needs help, but other than that its been good. Hopefully it stays that way.
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Old 07-02-2008, 05:53 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth/Dallas
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I voted bad, but (using my moderator powers) will change that to a good year. I was looking at things from a mere economic standpoint, but there is much more to life than money.
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Old 07-02-2008, 06:10 PM
 
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I'm going to say "bad".

The economy is really scaring me. We're not in Great Depression mode or anything like that. People are still living comfortably. But I'm a bit scared for corporations (Starbucks, for example, is closing 600 stores at the end of the month). If major corporations continue to fail like this, the rest of us will come down with them.

Oh, and I wasn't too fond of all the drama over the primaries. I hate election years in general.
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Old 07-02-2008, 06:15 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Starbucks almost certainly would have had to trim stores even in the best of economic times. That's because they had no qualms about cannibalizing their own sales to the point where I half-expected to see the day when a Starbucks opens in the storage room of an existing Starbucks. It's not uncommon around here to see two Starbucks on the same block; at one intersection, there's literally a Starbucks across the street from another Starbucks.

Creative destruction happens no matter the economic conditions. Starbucks will be fine.

GM, on the other hand, I'm starting to worry about. I seriously would not be surprised to see Toyota buy out GM before the middle of the next decade.
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Old 07-02-2008, 06:21 PM
 
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I've heard that both GM and Ford might go bankrupt in the next few years if things don't change.

So they're basically trying to produce and sell as many hybrids as possible, just so they can make money again for a change (no one's buying trucks anymore, and those were the big sellers for Ford/GM).
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Old 07-02-2008, 09:03 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC (in my mind)
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Economically, this has been the worst year since 1929 for this country. Personally, it hasn't been a bad year - that is until my job gets the axe due to this economy and these gas prices.
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