As Thom points out, since Regan when republicans have control over federal policies, they give away all the "savings and earning ability" democrats have developed in our budget creating a false healthy economy, the Santa Clause effect. Now that the republicans have destroyed our economy, what will happen if they get control over policy before democrats can restore the problem republicans have created? Republicans are trying to keep democrats from investing in our economy because it requires taxation from the wealthy, plus takes money out of the budget, something that would put the reigns on the Santa Clause technic if republicans get back in power.
If the republicans take control next term and there is no more money in the budget for them to barrow, then how can they create an elution to the people that they are creating a good economy. In the recent past, republicans removed restrictions to borrowing money and created the illusion that houses were gaining value so that people would spend that fake equity on toys, vacations, food and healthcare. Now that this bridge is burned, how will the republicans if in power, give any more illusions that they are doing something good in order to stay in power?
Obviously republican politicians are actually corporate employees, working to strengthen multinational interests, not the U.S., us. They are constantly trying to fool people into giving away their rights, and creating an ignorant slave class. Thom asked the question why are big companies sitting on their money right now? I would hypothesize they will try to create a fake economic boost if republicans get in power to continue the policy changing rights destroying agenda modern republicans push until the USA is the Unlimited Slaves of America.
Obama needs to point out the potential strategies the republicans are going to use. He needs to educate people how to look out for the con artists that are targeting us and point out all the techniques that may be used. That is the way we will recognize when the attempts are made to fool us.