So the consensus is that Mitt Romney won the debate because he attacked the President more. In my years of studying and competing in debates, this is NOT how you win a debate per se, but I guess if the goal is to make the other guy look bad by any means, then yes you have won the "debate."
I couldn't even keep up with all the shit Romney threw out, but a few things caught my attention;
* Romney's assertion that tax breaks for oil companies (subsidies) is only $2.4 billion: All I could find is that this number comes from a bill that failed (twice) to eliminate a few subsidies to the big 5 oil producers, and the generally agreed upon number is about $41 billion (http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/2011/0309/Budget-hawk s-Does-US-need-to-give-gas-and-oil-companies-41-billion-a-ye ar). I did also make note of this because Romney defended retaining what he thought to be a $2.4 billion subsidy, but then explicitly stated (to a PBS newscaster nonetheless) that he would eliminate a $26.55 million subsidy.
* Obama has subsidized green energy to the tune of $90 billion: (sorry, I did miss the exact number he quoted but it was in the 90s) I can't find any exact number that says x amount of dollars went to green energy, but as a Joe Simpleton I took this assertion that that percentage went towards the companies that Romney rattled off (Solyndra, Tesla Motors, etc.). I can already tell that at just face-value, this is misleading because I'm sure this number also includes the $4.3 billion set aside as Home Energy Tax Credits and the $13 billion Renewable Energy Tax Credits from the stimulus bill, and possibly the $3 billion Cash For Clunkers program. If you're going to at least argue that this is a waste of money, then explain why reinsulating your house, or buying a more fuel-efficient car, or relying on renewable sources is bad for the country.
* Unemployment, gas prices, and health insurance are up, wages are down: I feel like I don't have to dignify this assumption that the President of the United States has any true control over the private sector to intelligent people. If you're stupid enough to believe this, then make sure you hold these things against President Romney.
* "Vote for me and I'll create 12 million jobs, get you better wages, etc...": Mitt Romney's closing statement sounded like a pathetic car sales pitch to me. Even worse, this man gave NO specific details on how any of his plans (that he also didn't detail) will accomplish any of this. Over the months though I've heard some of his promises (regular unemployment numbers, foreign oil dependence cut in half) will occur regardless, so it sounds like he's banking on the inevitable happening.
So this is apparently how Mitt Romney "won" the debate; by lying out of his ass. I guess Obama should've used the average 30-minute dissertations he gave for his 2-minute allotments to refute most of these lies, but I'm guessing the narrative then would be that he was being "unpresidential" in yelling at his opponent. Realistically, Mitt Romney won because this makes the race seem closer so the news has something to talk about for the rest of the month. Truthfully, both of these guys seemed like they were running for class president in high school instead, so I guess you'll have to decide which person you'd rather blame everything on for the next 4 years.