What are your favorite election phrases?

Herman Cain signs a supporter's '999' sign after unveiling his 'Opportunity Zone' economic plan in front of the Michigan Central Station October 21, 2011 in Detroit, Mich.

Today does bring with it a whiff of nostalgia for the electioneering words and phrases we've all come to know and love. Take a listen above for some of our economic favorites.

So here's the test: How many of the hard ones -- not Romney or Obama or Clinton -- can you identify? There were three, if you were listening well.

Tell us your answers -- and what phrases you're going to miss. We're on Twitter @MarketplaceAPM. We'll post the answers on Thursday at 1pm ET.


Did you get 'em all? Here's an answer key:

"9 - 9 - 9" --- Herman Cain.

"Obamneycare" --- Gov. Tim Pawlenty

"It's almost like an Etch-a-Sketch" --- Eric Fehrnstrom, campaign advisor to Gov. Mitt Romney

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Kai Ryssdal is the host and senior editor of Marketplace, public radio’s program on business and the economy.
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I don't care about any of them. I am so sick of the whole process. The money, the vitriol, the repetition of meaningless promises, I think it is a waste of time that the media hypes to the detriment of real news.

"Wasteful Spending!!!" My kids walk around the house throwing that one out as an answer to any question.

Me: "Did you do your homework?"
Kid#1: "Wasteful Spending! Your support of Wasteful Spending! has led to this homework overload!"

Me: You pick up all the cr*p on the floor in your room?"
Kid#2: "Wasteful Spending! There's cr*p all over my floor because of your Wasteful Spending!"

Thanks goodness the next campaign won't start until, what, January 2013?

A lot of the election phrases are all B.S. Its all the PR boys can do to keep the masses dazed and confused, bewildered, frightened and scared of the future.

I have a few phrases which apply here.

The American people are sheep. They're comfortable, rich, working. It's like the Romans,
they're happy with bread and their spectator sports. The Super Bowl means more to them than any right. Jack Kevorkian

"Fifty men have run America, and that's a high figure."- Joseph Kennedy, father of JFK, in the July 26th, l936 issue of The New York Times.

Government is the Entertainment Division of the military-industrial complex.

“Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.” – John Adams

We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office. ~ Aesop, Greek slave & fable author (620 BC - 560 BC)

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