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Thursday, September 29, 2016

What Barack Obama tried to tell America, in the hour of his remarkable victory, is that the nation’s future won on Election Day. Seeking to inspire and to heal, the re-elected president offered an open hand to partisan opponents in the style that has always defined him.

“Tonight,” he said, “despite all the hardship we’ve been through, despite all the frustrations of Washington, I’ve never been more hopeful about our future.”

In the days ahead there will be time to absorb the magnitude of this moment -– achieved under the cloud of persistent unemployment and a multibillion-dollar campaign of calumny —  but the president clearly knows that he returns to the White House with a renewed mandate. Against great odds, he won nearly all the same states that elected him in 2008 and won the popular vote despite an enormous, angry backlash in the old Confederacy.

Victory conferred on him the authority to speak of the days and years ahead whose agenda he will shape, not alone, but as a proven leader who knows that “we rise or fall together as one nation and one people.” He spoke of a future where the children of immigrants can dream of becoming doctors or diplomats, and the children of workers can dream of becoming president; a future not threatened by excessive debt, worsening inequality, and climate change.

It is an inclusive vision of a nation where politics can be big, not small, as he said, because the goals of public life are great for everyone  — and where the best is still ahead because the adversity, prejudices, and illusions of the past are receding.

“That’s the future we share,” he said. “That’s where we need to go… Our economy is recovering, a decade of war is ending, a long campaign is now over.”

How can he “seize that future,” as he urged us all to do? The conventional wisdom of Washington punditry is already telling the president that he must “work across the aisle” with the Republicans, who will still control the House in January. But while he acknowledged the necessity to reach out to his opponents — and alluded to his long-held bipartisan spirit — he hinted that he has learned something else during his contentious first term and this hard, grinding campaign.

If he hopes to leave a legacy of accomplishment in his second term, he cannot count on the cooperation of the right-wing rump in Congress. If he wants to tax the wealthy, reject austerity, implement Obamacare, and begin to cope with global warming, he will have to rely upon on the people who entrusted him with their votes, their energy, their hope.

“The role of citizen in our democracy does not end with your vote,” he said. “America is about what can be done by us, together.” Mobilizing the public is not only the way to win elections, but the way to win an agenda for the future.

Photo credit: AP/Carolyn Kaster

  • Morning in America! The outcome of this election which, while logical, was at times in doubt as a result of the enthusiasm that exuded from both sides of our political spectrum, should give us time to pause and reflect on what happened, what influenced its outcome, and who we are as a nation.
    The outcome was, in my opinion, influenced by the improbable candidacy of a financial investor at a time when our country is in desperate need of leadership, and campaign strategies that, at times, defied logic.
    By blaming President Obama’s policies for the economic malaise we endured in recent years, the GOP encouraged those capable of rational thinking to consider where we were four years ago and where we are today, with devastating consequences for the GOP. The incendiary, and often bizarre, Tea Party rhetoric helped establish a contrast between calm and pragmatic leadership and a party dominated by religious zealots consumed by paranoia and opinions not shared by mainstream Americans. The message of doom and gloom did not resonate in states like Virginia, Ohio and others where the economy has turned around and unemployment is well below the national average. Last, but not least, is the marginalization of minorities in the Republican party. Offensive statements and claims made by the GOP energized African Americans and Latinos and resulted in record turnouts. Even the efforts to demonize President Obama’s commitment to Israeli security did not resonate in South Florida.
    What is important at this point, however, is to remember that while our political ideologies may be far apart, we all share the same goals and aspirations for our families, our communities, and our country. The time for healing, reconciliation and respecting the opinions of others is now.

    • foolsdance

      Welcome back Dominick! I had a feeling this victory would get you up and about again. I hope that you are well and healing – you have been missed!

      • Thanks! I am doing better, but it may be a few weeks before I am fully recovered. You are right, President Obama’s victory was the best medicine I could have had to lift my spirits.

        • Glad to have you back Dominick. It’s a really good morning in America. In all of the comments I haven’t seen MontanaBill or ObozoMustGo giving us their right wing bovine fecal matter (I stole this comment from some other website, it’a nice way to say bulls**t). Now if John Bohner can control the House republicans the Persident may be able to get things done.

        • Great To See You My Friend We Missed You!!! 🙂

    • LoveAguy

      Very intelligently said Dominick. The fact that our country is so sadly devided is depressing. I hope our president can find a way to help all of those who voted for Romney to see the big picture and now realize that it’s not about Democrats or Republicans. It’s about all of us bending, tightning, giving and cooperating with each other in order for this country to regain the credibility it once had of being debt free and highly respected as the number one country in the world. We must humble ourselves and stop placing blame. How we got here and who is at fault is no longer relavent. All we need to worry about now is how to fix it…… TOGETHER..

      • Bamma is not a god, He is a demon and will destroy the us and the USA.

        • okay?

          • More Sour Grapes From The Tea Bagging Trolls!!! LOL

        • Sand_Cat

          Bamma? You’re referring, of course, to Alabama? But they will need some help from their friends in Mississippi, Texas, Georgia, South Carolina, Arkansas, etc. to take down the good ole USA. They failed once back in the 1860s, but now even the northern “conservatives” have written books saying they were right.

      • Mulligatonney

        Seeing the “Big Picture”… how you statists love to think of yourselves as superior.

        The “big picture” is how one group of ideologues (or socialists, communists or marxists, if you prefer) can spend 8 years attacking and undermining their predecessor for pure political purposes during wartime, a year and a half of campaign attacking, distorting and fabricating stories about the challenger, re-packaging a dismal economic and social failure as “progress”, and coercing half a nation of starry-eyed cult members into believing that the compost heap his policies created can be regarded as success instead of disaster…

        …and now, after all the vicious attacks and manure spreading, you have the temerity to call yourselves “rational thinkers” and file for “healing, reconciliation, humility, cooperation, and respect?

        Your president is not the first one to throw out an “Audacity Of Hope” bone to a mass of blind dogs, even as he calls the Animal Control people to come and get you… Not all of you at once, mind you – just a few at a time, until the remaining dogs all look just like he wants them to. Until he has no use for dogs at all.

        George Orwell spoke of just such an organization in his book 1984. Sorry – a book, for most of you liberals, is a bound paper document with ink writing on it that is used to communicate information and concepts – such as history. You don’t normally get instant gratification from it like one might from internet porn, or by wrapping a dirty magazine around your crank, so you most likely aren’t interested. A good book is intended to be thoughtfully pondered. Orwell wrote, about the Big Government that had finally seized control of the people and had propagandized them into believing that opposites are truths:

        WAR IS PEACE

        FREEDOM IS SLAVERY

        IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH

        I’ll add a few OBamaisms:

        FAILURE IS SUCCESS

        UNEMPLOYMENT IS JOB CREATION

        DEBT IS PROGRESS

        You bought the lie. I did not.

        And now you talk about “together” and “big picture” as though you have some superior notion of what that means…on the heels of over a decade of attempting to assassinate the character of two good men. To what purpose? Political? Nah – you are much more concerned with “helping” those who voted for Romney to see the “big picture”…

        No wonder you call yourself LoveAguy – but it really doesn’t matter how many men you have sex with – proliferation of any experience is very unlikely to bring about intellectual metamorphosis or some higher level of enlightenment. Those who cannot see are always the first ones to talk about the “big picture”. Now – whether you are blind from birth or are simply refusing to open your eyes to reality in your latest trip on the Merry-Go-Round doesn’t really matter, then – does it? The only way you get to see is if you open your eyes.

        Here are a few serious question for you that should put your liberal “open-mindedness” to the test, and I will bet you cannot answer them.

        OBama got 94% or more of the black vote yesterday – what’s the percentage of racists among that number? How many of them were voting for him simply because he’s black and have not the slightest inkling about how destructive his policies are for this country? Were the remaining 6% racists because they didn’t vote as the rest of the pack did? What does this tell you about propaganda?

        OBama probably got about 45% of the white vote yesterday. That is a huge number – by far the largest demographic in the total. Are all of those people excluded from the ranks of racists? Were all of the ones who didn’t vote for him racists? If no, how many were?

        Can we conclude from this that there are many more black racists than white racists as a percentage?

        OBama would have lost the election in a landslide if all those white people had not voted for him… Can we conclude, based upon sheer numbers, that it was white people who elected OBama?

        Knowing these numbers, can we now conclude that blacks are far more racist than whites? And do you now renounce your “affirmative action entitlement”? You liberals always talk about “leveling the playing field”. So level it.

        So – now, its time for “cooperation” and doing things “together”, eh? You should have thought of that when you were busying yourself with character assassination and propagating untruths about things of which you knew not. Democrats had their chance to set an example of “cooperation” during the Bush Administration and the 2012 campaign. You cannot file for cooperation and togetherness now…

        In the words of the immortal John Paul Jones when his ship was torn apart by English cannon and called upon by the British Commander to surrender, “Surrender? Sir, I have not yet begun to fight!”

        The battle for liberty goes on through the millenia… Every generation must win it anew, or lose it for future generations… The government is taking them, one by one, and you can’t even see it.

        Because Ignorance Is Strength.

        • darkagesbegin

          funny, I am pretty sure that is what Karl Rove does: repeat the big lie until idiots like you believe it. What a fool believes, he sees.

          • Mulligatonney

            Ahh! Name calling. That’s what those with “superior intellect” do. I must make a note of this for the next campaign.

            How many times have I heard indoctrinated parrots repeat the “repeat the big lie” axiom… That’s why slogans work so well with the uneducated masses. It makes them feel “smart” and “well-informed”…

          • Zooli

            Mulligatonney has read many books–anyone who ever wrote a book knows ALL. Did you read the right books Mulligatonney?

            The battle for liberty goes on through the millennia…
            Every generation must win it anew; or lose it
            for the future generations…
            The corporate cronies are taking them;
            one by one; and you can’t see it;

            Because you cause division; and that is their key
            If you were so smart, you’d not be here by me

            They got us all Mulligatonney! You aren’t immune.

            Because Ignorance is bliss (some say)
            I don’t count; just blame me

          • Mulligatonney

            Yes. I read the right books. And the left books. And all the books that remained as well as those that were left. Unfortunately, I have not read ALL of the books, and fortunately, only God knows all. But I have learned much.

            One of the most important things I have learned is – One can learn much more by watching what people do. It is amusing to say clever things, but the things one does reflect what goes on in the heart. If it were otherwise, it would be possible for men to say one thing and do another, and it would go unnoticed – but it does not go unnoticed. Why does the human spirit demand that a man’s actions match his words? Why is honesty so important? How can we interact with our fellow human beings if we cannot trust what they tell us?

            That is why a man’s history is so important. Who he associates with and what he does is difficult to hide completely. Stuff always gets out. Strangely different with this OBama fellow. He has a lot of power behind him, attempting to cover the tracks of his past. But they cannot be completely hidden. Not in this world or in the next.

            You speak of corporations. Of government. Of sides. Of Democrat and Republican. And you say they got us all and that I am not immune… That observation may be true in a worldly sense. But the real game is being played on a different plane.

            Who and what is the enemy? Our founders knew… That knowledge has been watered down by generations of self serving, half-hearted citizens.

            Corruption. Sin. Call it as you please. Man’s inability to keep his own character defects at bay. Greed. Wealth. Power. Lust. Envy. Covetousness We leave consideration for each other behind as we reach for the desires of our flesh. This is the nature of man.

            Knowing this “nature of man”, our founders set out to create a government that would be limited in its power and not become too large a weapon for corrupt men to wield. Those power limits are breaking their restraints now, due to the very thing they tried so hard to counterbalance. Human Nature.

            The enemy is you. The enemy is us. Our nature. The instant we get our hands on anything, we begin to try to “capture” it, “organize it: and corrupt it.

            Limiting the power and reach of government is the best answer to the problem of “us” that I have ever studied, even though I have not read ALL of the books. But history bears out my opinion.

            I believe the warning of George Orwell, based upon what I have seen since I have been on this planet. He was a little premature about the date (1984), but he was right on with the dynamic.

            Political Correctness is the new State Religion.

            “And the people bowed and prayed, to the Neon God they made”… Paul Simon

          • I think you need to go find a good book to read.

          • Mulligatonney

            Another powerful, philosophical discourse coming from a superior intellect.
            I think, based upon the compelling rhetoric of your statement – I am now convinced to join your socialist party…

        • What century are you living in? I always knew that you righties were poor loosers. The right man was elected, how can someone who spent most of his career tearing down companies, shipping jobs over seas be trusted to build jobs in the USA? I fear that if the right had it’s way that freedom for women & minorities would go back to the 1700’s. No matter what you think the world is not going to come to an end.

          The results of the congress that was elected should be a clear signal that the conservative line of bull is not acepted by the majority of the people. This should serve as a signal to the house to learn to compromise. As the article that was published in the Wall street Journal sighting a study that was done by a non-paritisan group revealed that there is no conection between lower taxes for the upper class & job growth or GDP. Mitch Mc Connell couldn’t face the truth & made the article pulled from the paper. You can still find it on line.

          • Mulligatonney

            You might try answering your own question…. Aren’t you being discriminatory by profiling my response and concluding that I am a “righty”? By your own definition, you “higher thinkers” are more tolerant of opposing points of view, yes? Thank you for making my point for me.

            Does it make you uncomfortable when one speaks about the principles of limited government upon which this country was founded? Does it scare you enough to attack me? If I hold to those founding principles, does that make me a “righty”? Someone to be held in contempt? That makes you intolerant, does it not? And is that not the same thing you condemn the “right” for?

            You say the “right man was elected”… Okay – right according to whose principles? Not our founders… That is exactly why they were so careful to be explicit in defining those principles. You easily find out what those principles were by reading the Articles Of Confederation, The Federalist Papers, The personal writings of Thomas Jefferson, John Locke, Thomas Paine, James Madison, George Washington, John Adams, and as a last resort, the Constitution and Bill Of Rights.

            They all knew from their education and experience that people are basically corrupt (the “for all have sinned” idea…) and that in order to create a successful government of the people, by the people and for the people, the power and reach of the people in government must be limited and counterbalanced. That’s all…. Nothing more complicated than that, really. The history of despotism, dictatorship, communism and theocracy, among others, clearly illustrates this. The lesson of history is that they all have turned into a super-small, super-elite politburo that has all the wealth and power of the nation they control and the people are all in need and wondering exactly how they allowed that to happen…

            According to the United States’ founding principles, the government has become a multi-tentacled monster, reaching far beyond its intended scope into the private businesses and lives of the people it is supposed to be guarding the liberty of…

            This is what makes Mr. OBama exactly the wrong man. Government has and will continue to grow exponentially during his administration. Study his history. A candidate with his “credentials”, history and associations should have been disqualified from running for anything.

            Now – what do YOU stand for, if not those founding principles that I just mentioned?

            There may be other choices out there better than Romney – but there are none worse than the one you just re-elected.

            Unless you have some other criteria you haven’t stated that makes him the “right man”… Such as you think the Constitution is a “living document” or is archaic and outdated – an anachronism…

            What do you stand for?

        • ez_web123

          Looser!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        • Hey moron where was all this crap when bush was in the whitehouse?Or did you conviently forget about him LMFAO

          • Mulligatonney

            Again – name calling must be one of the major tools of the “intellectually superior”, because every person that responded to my post has used that questionable tool rather than actually speak about what they stand for.

            That was the 8 years of character assassination I was talking about, Mr. LMFAO… Democrats spent 8years undermining the Bush presidency and a year and a half doing the same to Romney. Now all of a sudden, they want to “reach across the aisle” and speak of cooperation, mutual respect and coming together.

            Not surprising – when the only tool in your toolbox is a hammer, no doubt you perceive almost everything as a nail…

        • Zooli

          Obama would have won by a landslide if those whose right to vote was taken away were allowed to vote.

          You are very snappy with the words-you are passionate! I laughed really hard –thank you for the LOL!

          My right to vote was illegally taken–so nanny nanny boo boo-you cant blame me–and the FL R was behind that- so I could not help if I wanted to.

          I am a white woman so the R’s made it clear that we are nothing more than incubators at best–toss me into your snappy synopsis any where you wish! I don’t care I don’t count!

          I asked Paul Ryan to reimburse me for the 8K I lost in 14 months investing in the Market he promoted during the VP debate–He is just winding down from campaign efforts though, I will be reimbursed any time now—hee hee I paid 5K in taxes that year as a single Mother whose child was in private school–working my behind off-(my “broker” got 9K BACK after he filed his taxes) -I owned property–paid those property taxes too–YOu know working paying raising child…but I’m just a lazy no good hand out incubator to the R party! My Dad was a Republican-he passed away-thank God–he’s rolling over seeing a party platform the R’s are now–I can’t bring myself to call them Republicans.

          Here’s another line for you snappy self;

          Hardworking American is called a no good lazy handout to fill WOMAN-bleck!

          Don’t you worried–I’ve been leveled alright.

          Sir surrender? But to whom is it I am fighting? I thought the R’s were Americans.

          • Mulligatonney

            First of all – If you really ARE a white woman, you have certainly been a victim of our educational system, and could use a few English and grammar classes.

            Other than that, you are quite amusing yourself.

            And you should understand that you are being cultivated like a crop by the Democratic Party for your vote. They poll you, find out exactly what “stuff” you want, and borrow and print money to give you everything you ask for in return for your vote…. They are like Santa Claus asking you for your Christmas list. They don’t really stand for anything. They certainly do not stand for the principles upon which this government was founded. They just want you to know

            Let me see if I can put it into terms you can understand:

            The Constitution is based upon individual liberty, religious freedom, protection from foreign enemies and the right to pursue opportunities unfettered by government interference. It does not promise you “stuff”… But, everybody wants “stuff” now, so politicians promise them more “stuff” so they can get their votes. BUT – “stuff” costs money, and the “stuff” that the politicians have promised costs more than what they make. So the quadrillion dollar question for the politician is: “Let’s see…where do we get more money?” and not, “How do we budget appropriately?” They know that sooner later the American people are going to find out that they have borrowing on their future to give them the stuff they are asking for, so they decide to blame the whole thing on the rich people. So to avoid making the Americans who have gotten used to getting “stuff” mad by cutting back on the “stuff” they are giving them, they borrow and print money to give them even more “stuff” in even greater amounts than they did the year before. This has gone on for decades. The government and the people have been warned constantly and unceasingly by fiscal conservatives but their warnings have gone unheeded. Now, the crisis is upon us, and they are looking for someone besides themselves to blame. But they are responsible. So what does the American voter do? We reward them by re-electing them because they made another promise that the will “fight” for us and our rights and see to it that OUR government money isn’t cut. But that is a false promise as well, because they are promising everyone that they are giving money to that THEIR benefit won’t be cut!

            They are bribing you with your own money! And betting on the notion that you want to be taken care of so badly that you will believe anything they say even if they are telling you something completely opposite to what you are watching them do!

            And that, my dear, is what happens when government gets too big. Our founders were very concerned about this and set up the government and our Constitution accordingly. But the firewalls have been broken down over time, under the guise of

            The Republicans do the same thing, although not as brazenly as the Democrat Party, in my opinion. They at least try to stand for something, but in this modern society that constantly demands more and more “stuff”, a society increasingly eager to embrace “moral relativism” they are regarded as anachronisms, people whose thinking is old, passe’ and antiquated.

            So – the secret is in the framers’ ideals and principles, who knew that men were not angels, and as such would corrupt and taint everything they got their hands on. (Read “Federalist Paper 51 by James Madison)

            To answer your last question – who are you fighting? Why madam, the answer to that should be shouting at you…you are fighting yourself! Human nature. Self Centeredness. Greed. Corruption.

            The essence of small government is that we don’t give too much power to creatures we already know will use it for their own selfish gain with no regard for the people who bequeathed it to them

            Tell me about those whose right to vote was illegally taken…. I don’t understand that.

            Or – dare I say it – “Stuff” it!

        • mjw1952

          I’m sorry you are so depressed that your man lost, but he did. I understand, i thought we were doomed when Bush won, you’ll get over it. We lived through it too. This was a true test of where we want to go as a country, the differences were great. And America decided they want to go Forward., not back to the 1950s.

        • 345_719

          Mull to make you feel better, you now have four more years to WHINE!!

          • Mulligatonney

            No need to project your insecurities upon others – shortly you will see the consequences of what you have done and why studying a man’s history and paying attention to what he says is important, instead of feeling the “thrills in each other’s legs” everytimee your god says, “Forward”…
            You have chosen to dance to the tune of the Pied Piper. Soon he will demand payment.

      • paulyz

        Our country is divided, badly, and the policies of Obama and Dems are the Party of division, not uniting. Their class, race & gender warfare were nauseating. Their bragging og almost all minority backing and critizing white America when Whites had voted for Obama, but almost no minorities voted for Romney except the enlightened ones. The Republicans DID try to compromise several times on a budget only to be told “Dead on Arrival by Obama.

        You know, the Democrat Party of the past with JFK; “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.” That Democratic Party is gone. Now is is income re-distribution, spending and debt, and Amnesty. Higher unemployment for everyone, especially minorities. How do you reconcile that when Obama had 4 years with almost complete control of Congress?

    • DukeDacat

      Welcome back Dominick!…………..

      We all missed your wise counsel ………

    • agnessue

      Very well said.

    • Dol5

      Welcome back! It is great to read your take on last night’s event. Yes we did it, but now we mush continue the fight for the future of this great country. Those of us who care about America will need to continue to push for equality for all. Keep on writing!

    • TheOldNorthChurch

      Do you find it interesting that where a States Economy has turned around it is do to Republican Governor leadership?

      “What is important at this point, however, is to remember that while our political ideologies may be far apart, we all share the same goals and aspirations for our families, our communities, and our country. The time for healing, reconciliation and respecting the opinions of others is now.”

      Is what you say sincere? Are you willing to reach middle ground with us or is this just talk?

      • The problem has never been the Democrat’s willingness to compromise, but the Republican’s refusal to do the same. Unfortunately, most of the moderate Republicans that contributed so greatly to the achievements we made as a nation in decades past are no longer in Congress. Experienced politicians, like Richard Lugar, were replaced by candidates whose stated definition of compromise meant the opposition accepting the GOP agenda. That is not compromise. A more accurate term is capitulation.
        I expect President Obama to approach senior Republican leaders immediately after Inauguration to discuss the need for bipartisanship and compromise, especially on issues associated with the need to further strengthen our economy, reduce unemployment , deficit spending and accumulation of debt. Whether or not the GOP reacts responsibly will be evident before 1/1/13, when the automatic spending reduction triggers they put in place as a condition to raising the debt ceiling will soon become evident.
        Nobody expects Republicans to abandon their core values, we simply expect them to bend a little a meet us half way.

        • TheOldNorthChurch

          The Democrat’s did not accept a single proposal to the ACA when there were more moderates in the congress. But, let’s not debate that now. The question was: Are you willing to reach middle ground with us? The make up of the House is what it is.

          So if the proposal is cut real government spending by 1% per year for the next ten years will democrats be willing to cut tit by .05%?

          If the President wants to meet with the Republican leaders then in the Senate he needs to include Rubio, Paul and DeMint. Not Graham, McCain or Hatch. He can include others but if you leave out these three it will do no good. If you want I will make suggestions for the House?

          You already know we will not abandon our core values. We accepted a compromise with Romney, but in return the Press and the President demonized him.

          • grammyjill

            The President wanted Simpson-Bowles passed. Talk to Paul Ryan, he was the deciding vote and voted against it.
            The President wants a budget that has 1 dolla of spending for every 2.50 that is brought in. I think that might work i it gets passed. Write to your buddies and tell them to pass it.

          • TheOldNorthChurch

            The President did not back Simpson – Bowles. He should have in 2010. We now need a more aggressive plan as things are worse than the were then. How about 2.5 dollars in real spending cuts (Not projected) and a 5% surtax on all Income.

          • grammyjill

            Actually he did back Simpson-Bowles. As soon as he said yes it became a non-starter with the GOP in the House. And things are not worse now. Things are getting better every day. Get your news from your local news station and not from Fox Entertainment. They never have any REAL news. They could see the economy was getting better, that’s why they kept telling you it was horrible and we were going into another recession. To scare you into voting for the guy that would put us there. You probably don’t believe me or agree with me, but with so many of us on this blog that live in reality, can we all be wrong? And as I told a few, Montana & Bozo, I got broken at work 17 years ago so I get alot of TV time. I hate soap operas and game shows, so I watch the House and Senate. I get my news from the horses mouth.

          • TheOldNorthChurch

            Actually he did not support Simpson-Bowles or it would be in effect today. He had plenty of support from Republicans including Tom Coburn. I also do not get my facts on th economy from Fox, CNN or MSNBC. I get them from the BLS, The BEA, the Government Accounting Office and the Trustee of Social Security and Medicare.

            Do me a favor – research GDP and tell me if you subtract all the borrowed money (Deficits) from GDP over the last four years, did we have any economic growth? Also go to the BLS and do a twelve month rolling average of employment and tell me how many jobs were really added since 2009?

            I live in a very real world. I cut my pay in half so that my factory workers could have a job and we could continue to put money in the bank to finance our company. Yet all the time my home was on the line for the company. I have put off my retirement for ten years to keep this company employing its good workers.

          • latebloomingrandma

            I went to a town hall meeting in the summer of 2009 with Sen. Casey (D-PA), who stated and gave a presentation that the Democrats accepted over 160 Republican amendments to the ACA. He is on the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee which did all the mark-up in committee to the ACA. Still no Republican votes. Some compromise.

          • TheOldNorthChurch

            This was not the bill that was passed.

      • You the old north church are again stretching the truth, most states have turned around economically not just the ones with Republican leadership. I know my state who has a Republican Governor and Republican controlled state Congress has lost businesses because of them and they haven’t tried to replace the lost businesses but they sure do like to give out that corporate welfare especially when a business is owned by another Republican.

        • TheOldNorthChurch

          Look up an article published in USA Today last month. It will give you the statistics. As far as corporate welfare I have lobbied for ending it all. GM should not get welfare for anyone buying an electric car and T Boone should not get Tax Breaks for building windmills that he shuts down because they are not profitable to run.

    • Barneyson

      I wholeheartedly agree with the writer who expressed my thoughts in a very articulate and reasoned way. I think that now that President Obama has earned and won a second term, he will be able to put increasing pressure on the “naysayers” in Congress so that they will realize the American people are now insisting that the two Parties begin to work together to get things done . Obama’s vision for the future is a sound one – fairness for everyone regardless of race, gender, ethnicity etc. Let’s get started.

    • Your comments are insane and if you really believe you are right in what you say you are truely insane. When you find you are less than a slave and have nothing except what they want you to have This barbaric usurper will laugh in your face for the fool you are to let him doop you into believing him. We are all lost and you do not see that it is your fault for trusting him,

      • Replying to Walter

        So, let me get this straight. We should trust Ryan, Rush, The Koch Brothers, Rove, etc?

        The people who wanted George the Second, Version 2.0, to run the nation into the ground, and let those who are not rich and powerful to grovel for the scraps they toss to us.

        Yeah, that seems like a game plan to me.

        • LOL We Will Trust Them Alright!! Like We Will Trust Poking A Cave Full Of Hungry Grizzly Bears!!! NOT!!!

    • Very well written, I couldn’t have said better myself.

    • daniel bostdorf

      Adlai Stevenson said it best when he conceded the election to Dwight Eisenhower:

      “Trust the people.
      Trust their good sense, their decency, their fortitude, their faith.
      Trust them with the facts, trust them with the great decisions.
      And fix, as our guiding star, the passion to create a society where people can fulfill their own best selves—where no American is held down by race or color, by worldly condition or social status, from gaining what his character earns him as an American citizen, as a human being and as a child of God.”

    • Good Day To You My Friend It’s A Wonderful Watching All The Big Hog Head Rich Men Having Tantrums Let Little Spoil Bitches!!!

    • Good Day To You My Friend It’s A Wonderful Watching All The Big Hog Head Rich Men Having Tantrums Like Little Spoil Bitches!!!

  • foolsdance

    It is important to remember that during Obama’s first term the republicans had one goal: make him a 1 term president. They worked very hard at it – to the detriment of their party. Obama may have had the senate the first two years, but the GOP used filibusters, obstructionist tactics, and every other nasty trick they could to try and make him fail – with utter disregard for the people or the nation. They were happy to watch America fail as long as they made Obama fail too.
    Clearly it did not work – they underestimated Americans. Now in Obama’s second term they must scramble to recalibrate, to start acting in the interest of this country and its people or the GOP will die off, or splinter irreparably. I hope they see the people’s mandate this clearly, and get to work WITH THE PRESIDENT to fix our nation’s problems.

    • FredAppell

      Unfortunately it isn’t that easy. Romney nearly won half of the popular vote and that may serve to motivate their base because in their minds it somehow validates what they believe. Only time will tell how the Congress and Senate will react to last nights message.

      • I expect a lot of soul searching – and a blme game – within the Republican party in weeks to come. Whether or not they look beyond the obvious and consider the implications of only carrying the South and the Bible Belt remains to be seen. Intolerance, lack of compassion and overt hatred may be acceptable for some, but not for most of us.
        The GOP alienated women, African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, gays, and those who consider simplistic rhetoric an insult to their intelligence. Radicalism never lasts long, and if the GOP is honest and pragmatic in their evaluation of what transpired they will conclude that the Tea Party was their worst enemy.

        • FredAppell

          Dominick, you are so eloquent and classy. It is fantastic to have you back and i hope you are feeling much better. Apparently the excuses have already begun. It remains to be seen if the GOP and their base can even muster enough empathy to begin soul searching. Conservatives are so afflicted with tunnel vision that they fail to recognize America is and has been changing for many decades. They want to cling to the past as if it were the greatest time in human history. Now, I have no doubt that it probably was for some of them. They are bitter that the color of America is changing. I actually believe that their fear has less to with racism and more to do with their unwillingness to share power. America’s so diverse now that she is becoming a microcosm of the world. I am one white man whom happens to be extremely excited about that. I know it is so cliche to pray for the world to finally be as one but that truly is what I care most about. Conservatives think the answer comes from free markets and building wealth to lift people up. I disagree! I think the answer lies in education, understanding mutual respect for all others and cooperation. My two cents.

        • latebloomingrandma

          I think there’s a real chance to accomplish bipartisan immigration reform.
          If the Republican party wants to ever be relevant again, they can see that they can’t ignore the large group of people known as Latinos.

    • latebloomingrandma

      I just heard on MSNBC that issued Mitch McConnell’s statement, and he sounds as obstructionist as ever. Poor sport, not worthy of someone who fashions himself as “leader.”. I don’t know why the Senate Republicans don’t vote for a new leader with that attitude. Boehner sounded a little more concilatory. The only thing that worried me was his little dig about not raising taxes. The president should seize the momentum real soon and get those 2 over the the White House for a little tete-a-tete. From what I’ve been hearing , many in the Senate are anxiious to start solving problems and making deals. I am excited about all the female Democratic Senators.

      • foolsdance

        And did you see, grandma, that Wisconsin elected it’s first ever female senator – and she’s openly gay? I am so happy to see that change is possible. I was losing faith from all the vitriolic rhetoric from the right – it seemed like a groundswell of bigotry and racism. It is good to know that while they may be loud and nasty, they remain an insignificant few.

        • The sweetest part of our victories in Wisconsin is that they happened in Paul Ryan’s home state!

          • neece00

            That is pretty amazing,

          • ARepublicanNorthlandGrad

            Ryan lives in the far southeast part of Wisconsin, nearer to Chicago than to half the population of the state. Get him out of that area and he just ain’t that popular here.

          • latebloomingrandma

            And Romney apparently is not popular in any of the states he has homes in, nor the one he was born in!

        • It is great that a Democrat woman won in Wisconsin, to bad Ryan kept his seat in the House of Representative. He should not been allowed to run for both the vice president office and his house seat. If you are going to run for vice-president then you should have to resign from the House of Representatives because you won’t be there to represent the people who elected you

      • grammyjill

        Anne Kuster D-NH wnts to freeze the congress pay until they pass a budget.

    • johninPCFL

      Obama had the Senate for three months of the first two years. Between Kennedy dieing and several Senate seats taking months to settle, that was the time. And the majority was available only if both independents voted with them. Unfortunately, Lieberman was not very reliable.

    • fooldance I agree with you.we are all in this together. let’s get the job done and move forward.

    • 345_719

      Well said. Boener made a public statement that the republicans would not sign anything the president put on the table. He is the next one to GO

  • Jim Lou

    It is time for all of us to work together for the common good. No more of the partisanship that has been happening in Congress, especially the House.

    We aren’t going to overcome the major issues that the Nation faces unless we work together.

  • Compromise is not a dirty word as Republicans think, compromise is the only tool that can be used to foster a meaningful outcome. Extremism must be abolished , civility restored and these elected personnel must work for the good of humanity

  • Today I am very happy. Thank you ALL that supported Obama/Biden ticket. Because of you I feel safe, and unthreaten.

    • neece00

      I heard that even Big Bird was singing.

  • joujou228

    He won because he made the right and heartfelt decision about the auto industry!

    • neece00

      and you have to agree that this decision was not popular on either side. But the issues that he tackled were huge and very controversy, take healthcare. Every president for the last 20+ years has wanted to work on healthcare but non did until Barack.

      • joujou228

        Agree!

    • johninPCFL

      Yes, but the GOP started the process. That’s the truly stupid part of the “oppose everything” strategy they undertook. The auto industry support programs started under GWB, but just as with every other GOP program (healthcare, deicit reduction, etc.), once the President added his support, the GOP ran away in horror.

      • When the President told the Auto makers that they would have to pay the money back and sign an agreement to that effect. The Republicans ran because they knew the money would turn the auto industry around and the money would be repayed . Unlike the money that Bush 2 gave the to big to fail banks without any kind of agreement for them to pay back the loans and they haven’t.

        • johninPCFL

          GWB also started the auto industry bailout and recovery process with no requirements for repayment. The money that is still “owed” to the taxpayers that might come from the sale of the remaining GM stock is the money given without strings by GWB. The money Obama paid to the companies has been recovered.

  • jnsgraphic

    There was too much to lose for the middle-class, minorities and diversity in America with a Republican win… a Republican led House and Senate would have picked two conservative Supreme Court Justices; Women would have had regulations on contraception and abortion; Gay & Lesbian efforts for equality would be diminished; Immigrants would be looked down upon and unwelcome in our society; and the protection of the environment and global warming would go ‘Backward’. The voucher program for Medicare and Health Care programs would be inadequate; and living adjustments for those still on Social Security eliminated; Students would see higher student loan interest rates; and the Military would have received their ‘wish list’ not their needs, funds that could better be used for education, training, jobs, health and wellness. Wall Street would be free again to gamble other peoples money, once again corrupting the marketplace; not learning from their mistakes, Republicans would repeat the same failed leadership and we would be in a bigger mess down the road.

    Voters still blame the recession on 8 years of failed leadership by the Bush administration, the greed of Wall Street and the last 4 years with the GOP blocking progress, rather seeing the president fail than succeed; which ultimately helped the President win his second term. I voted again for Barack Obama! Mr. President, you don’t have to do all in one day, and have accomplished plenty considering the GOP standing in your way, and will accomplish much more in the next four years, hopefully with more support from both sides of the aisle. ‘The best is yet to come’… let’s keep moving ‘Forward’ to a better future for ALL AMERICANS!”

  • William Deutschlander

    We the People of the United States of America, have spoken, we recognize that the President has done an excellent job of stewardship in leading our country out of the dismal abyss that the Republican failures of Reagan, H W Bush and certainly G W Bush had created.

    The LEADERSHIP of the Obama/Biden Administration can now cement our ECONOMIC RECOVERY, along with Health Care, Consumer Protection, Financial Reform, Education, Collective Bargaining and a host of other Progressive Issues that strengthen the poor and middle class. We can now put the 99% FIRST and strengthen our economy for 100% of Americans.

    We are now in a position to increase REVENUE and pay down the REPUBLICAN GENERATED NATIONAL DEBT, it is only fitting that Republicans start paying their share, to pay down their debt that they generated through fiscal insanity.

  • Interesting was that Romney’s and Ryan’s Home State did not vote for them. I find that odd. However, we, the people, have already lost, no matter who was going to win. Why people would vote for the same candidates who. Created this fiscal mess is beyond me. Only a politician can create havoc and then campaign against it and convince you that it is all our fault. Americans need to get more educated before we can move on.

    • porscheman

      Viola,do you get it,we voted for the candidates that ARE getting us out of this fiscal mess.

    • msrita

      Oh my they don’t like them either?

  • msrita

    Note to Koch Brothers, Karl Rove. We are the American People and we will never let the wealthy buy Elections. I have to Laugh since My Ex-Husband was shaking in his boots. I said wait until 8pm when California’s results come in and he will win this Election.

    Thanks Billionaires for wasting your money you evil people got what you deserved.

    Trying to keep Blacks, Hispanics and all the other races excluding White People from Voting . I have to say we Regular Folk can not be fooled. White People our now outnumbered. Its called the Melting POT.

  • Progressive Patriot

    Forward!

    For those of us in the 99%; the 47%; Well done!

    Looking ahead… Jobs, Income Equality and living wages for ALL workers (the real job creators); Policies that support American Manufacturing; Saving Democracy by putting an end to Corporations as People, and Money as Speech. Tax Fairness; Protecting and Strengthening The Big Three; Reducing Corporate and Plutocratic Entitlements (Welfare); Continuing to improve access to quality Health Care and Education for We The People; Realistic Defense Spending; Civil Rights; Honest efforts to address Climate Change; Wall Street and Banking Reform; returning truth and integrity to journalism…

    Let’s let Congress know that 2014 is just around the corner (Mr. McConnell and Boehner), and that we expect honest efforts at Real Compromise (not my way or the highway Corporate Party Compromise).

    We can’t stop now. I doubt that Sheldon Addelson, the Koch Brothers and other Aristocrats, the Hedge Fund Managers, Big Banks and Wall Street are going to stop here either.

    Liberty and Justice for ALL!

  • nobsartist

    Lets help AMERICANS make America’s future by suspending all work visa’s until we have full employment.

    Lets educate AMERICANS by eliminating allowing foreign students to come here for education until WE are all educated.

    Lets STOP all exporting of AMERICAN JOBS until we have full employment.

    Finally, lets come up with TAX BREAKS FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS. A fair tax would be NO INCOME TAX for anyone making up to 500% of the poverty rate.

    • johninPCFL

      Sorry, the tech sector is at fll employment, with no more qualified AMerican candidates to hire. We either allow foreign engineers in while we redirect our school efforts, or our engineering jobs follow our manufacturing jobs offshore.

      • nobsartist

        Sorry but if you think people from some university in india are more qualified than Americans, you need to pull your head out of your ass.

        deport all non-American engineers and we will be able to foster more innovation. my experience in the technical field has had me involved with numerous foreign “doctorates” that couldnt find their own ass’s with both hands.

        By the way, you sound like one of those “foreign experts” yourself.

        • johninPCFL

          You missed the point. THERE AREN’T ENOUGH WARM BODIES FOR THE EXISTING JOBS.

          Do you understand now? Either the companies stay local and hire using H1Bs, or they relocate to where the warm bodies are. It isn’t about the quality of the talent, and Americans are still the best in the world, it’s about the volume available.

          House painters can’t develop electronics widgets. Apple still designs in the US, but they use all the local talent they can round up and still hire from overseas to fill the gaps.

          • nobsartist

            you missed the point. you also fail to understand that the financial meltdown was orchestrated to break the unions and lower salaried workers pay. The government protected the unions and sold out the salaried workforce so corporations could bring over H1B’s for $12.00 per hour.

            The same companies that are quick to move American jobs over to china and india are the same companies hiring these “degreed” idiots for $12.00 per hour.

            Until we have FULL employment in America, there should not be any foreign people allowed here to work whether it is making “widgets” or “practicing” medicine.

          • johninPCFL

            We have full employment in the tech sector. That’s why H1Bs are in such high demand there. The offshore engineers are now setting up their own shops and doing some jobs via the internet. Once American companies get a taste of cheap offshore software development (that actually works) that will be another industry we invented that will migrate.

          • nobsartist

            wrong again pal. you must be one of those $12.00 per hour “doctorates”.

          • johninPCFL

            I’ve been in this business 35 years. I started on the bottom and now own my own place with 10 employees. I’ve worked to repair and finish the offshored work products here.

            I also keep abreast of the times using the latest industry journals. As of last July they quoted the unemployment in the tech sector at 4%. Much below 5% and you begin to tap the chronically unemployed. Microsoft, Intel, Apple, Dell, HP, Cisco, Boeing, Visa, etc. are unwilling to bet their multi-billion dollar businesses on the work products of the chronically unemployed.

          • nobsartist

            Thats nice. I have been in it for 45 years and there is a substantial shortage of tech employees indicated by the large amount of ads for such employees.

            Since you have been in this business so long, do you wonder where all of the “HR” people have come from and what value added asset they bring to the game?

            All I see is another reason to not pay people what they are worth and another hindrance because now potential employees are forced to get thru the barrier of interviewing with an idiot.

            You know, Ford, Edison Jobs and Gates are not qualified to work in the “tech industry” today. Explain that.

          • johninPCFL

            “substantial shortage of tech employees” indicates full employment in the tech sector, right? That’s what I’ve been saying this whole exchange. The advantage of HR people is time savings. Weeding out the chronically unemployed from the good employee is their job. If they do it badly, management should be told. And yes, HR is tasked with reviewing the latest employment statistics to see where salaries stand in today’s marketplace.

            Gates certainly is. He was one of the first group to gain access to a timeshare terminal in his highschool. That’s where he learned to program in the first place. He left Harvard to work in the nascent computer industry, wrote Applesoft, and tweaked Seattle Computer Works OS to specifically target the new IBM platform. That indicates a pretty tight understanding of the technology involved. Similarly, I have a friend without a college degree who works with Boeing, ATT, IBM, etc. because his skillset fits their needs. He doesn’t work for $12 per hour.

            Ford was one of the group that founded Cadillac as a totally new industry. Drafting and welding were the two skills needed, so I think he’s qualified in that period.

            Read the Isaacson biography on Jobs and you find that he’s a perfectionist and excellent salesman. He doesn’t get bothered with the stuff inside, as long as the inside looks as good as the outside. Gates started on the technology end and grew into the business end. Jobs started on the business end and had a great technology partner.

            Edison? His period was very low technology and mostly trial and error empirical experimentation. The single most technologically advanced item from his collection was the alkaline battery. They’ve gelled the electrolyte, but other than that it’s the same today as when he invented it. The rest of his collection of inventions have been so modified by “technologists” that they barely resemble the products he introduced. Lots of the modifications occurred during his period of manufacture, and his estate was nearly bankrupt when he died.

          • The people that have been unemployed long time should have to be hired first if they can do the job before bring in all these foreign workers.Most of them that worked in the tech field have kept with what is going there and many went back to school to update their skills and still can’t get hired because American Employers had rather bring in foreign workers than hire American citizens and they do that because they are so greedy that they don’t want to pay an American a decent salary when they can bring in people that will work for less money,and put more money in the owner’s pocket.

          • johninPCFL

            “chronically unemployed” is not the same as long-term unemployed. There are many reasons for chronic unemployment, among them family issues, drug issues, continuing education, and just bad luck. While it seems reasonable to give preference to these folks, lets change the field for a moment and see how it plays: is it OK to force a transport company to hire a chronically drunk person to drive a fuel truck through a city? By requiring companies to hire Americans only, you force them to hire folks that don’t fit the requirements for the jobs at hand.

            I’ve hired physicists to perform as electrical engineers and embedded systems programmers. These folks were good physicists, and really good folks. But knowing the underlying mechanisms did not allow them to perform beyond their training. Similarly, hiring a programmer whose child requires extensive medical care and time off at random intervals doesn’t provide the assurance that I need to certify our performance on a timeline for a customer.

            In the tech sector, the cost of getting a suitable candidate through the immigration process into the US is $10k to $50k depending on the specialization. In may cases it is not about reducing the labor cost, it really is that the people with the necessary skills are not in large supply.

      • Sand_Cat

        Sorry, but there is NOT full employment in the tech sector, and many of those who are employed there are hanging by a thread in the face of exploitation of cheap foreign labor against them.

  • bcarreiro

    WE THE PEOPLE WON AND SO DID THE 47% OF AMERICANS WHO LOST HOPE. GOD BLESS AMERICA.

  • IThinkthereforeIVoteMHO

    Good Day All … Hey “Obozo Must Go” … “Have a Nice” … Four More Years …

    • Sand_Cat

      Maybe they went!

  • Canistercook

    Love the fact that one side is always hoping the other side can ‘See the big picture’. It takes both sides to ‘See the big picture’ and the debt crisis and government union crisis.

    • Sand_Cat

      Spoken with true sour grapes and refusal to acknowledge that the whole campaign about these things was conducted by the people who caused the deficits and scapegoated those fighting for fair wages.

      Remember your buddy Dick (Cheney) who preached that “deficits don’t matter,” a line lapped up by you and others like it was honey sent from heaven until the other party inherited your mess? The only union crisis is the one caused by Scott Walker and like-minded wing nuts, and the debt “crisis” is the direct result of the destruction of the government’s revenue and drastic increases in spending on top of criminally-negligent regulation of the financial sector, all done by George W. Bush and his henchmen with your approval.

      Solve them yourself, moron!

      • Canistercook

        Wait a while and you will find out what it took to provide the American Standard of Living and what created it in the past versus countries like Mexico! When you pay a man or woman ‘fair wages’ you have to earn the money somehow. You can keep printing paper monopoly money like Zimbabwe did until its not worth the paper its printed on. We are heading that way.

      • Sand Cat, like all Republican Canistercrook has a selective memory when it comes to the bad that Republicans have done and are still doing. They forget about 2 unfinanced wars, 2 big tax cuts for the rich and 2 small ones for the rest of us while his wars was being fought, loosening of regulations on banks and Wall Street, no warrant phone taps and many other things that were against the Constitution and the law. He also forgets what Bush 2 said when he was told what he was doing was not lawful according to the Constitution and he said” The Constitution is just a piece of paper. I threw it out the window”.

    • The only money crisis states have is the crisis caused by their Republican governors giving all the states money away to big corporations, in other words,corporate welfare. Republican governors are getting bills passed that lets an employer keep the state income taxes that their employees pay so there goes more money out of the coffers. Government unions in most states have not caused the state to be in the red, they are in the red because of corporate welfare, letting employers keep state income taxes and doing things for special interest groups. If you work in a safe, clean working conditions you should be thanking all the union men, women and children that died so you can have that right and there was many of them.

      • Canistercook

        Wasn’t it OObama that gave the money to Solyndra, and the electric battery company both of which went bankrupt on the taxpayers dollar. Who gave our money to GM the broke unprofitable car manufacturer. Who gave the money to manufacture of the failed Volt electric car that the taxpayer is subsidising. You need to check your facts. You have been brainwashed.

        • Replying to Canistercook

          IF YOU CHECK, ROMNEY REPLIED TO ONE CRITIC THAT, YES, SOME OF THE BUSINESSES THAT WERE TAKEN OVER BY BAIN CAPITAL DID FAIL.

          HE ALSO STATED THAT SOME BUSINESSES FAIL, REGARDLESS OF WHAT IS DONE. THAT’S JUST A FACT OF LIFE.

          So, why do so many on the right criticize President Obama for some of the Businesses that failed under his Administration?

          With the exception of his baseball team, President George W. Bush ran every business he ever owned into the ground.
          Not being happy with that, he then did the same to the United States Of America, and all 50 States.

          Blaming President Obama for not being able to balance the budget, and also for a few failed businesses is like blaming the first responders for not cleaning up the train wreck fast enough, while the Engineer and Crew all sneak away in the night.

  • Romney never thought the middle class had any brains, but we are the 47%, we are the women, mothers and he wanted to take away family planning, Obama care, he out sourced, and now will he help and get these supposed twelve million jobs. We will never be able to understand how he thought his money could deceive us all and to have us all, ever believe his so richeous croney lies., and he can go away and count all his monies he got from taking peoples jobs to china. The evil do eventually go away…….. Now his son can go beat up Gov Scott who thsought he could quell the voters in Fla., Scott is the next one to go. and you Red Necks get over it, and stop your hatred and racist ways. I LIVE IN FLA, AND THEY TRIED DURING THE EARLY VOTE TO GET RID OF THE VOTERS, WELL FLA. NEEDS AT LEAST 2 WKS OF EARLY VOTING. OH WELL,,,, THE BEST MAN WAS ELECTED FOR A SECOND TIME. AND I AM A WHITEY…….

  • old_timer_37

    There are three essential requirements for President Obama to become a great president in his second term. First, and most important, he must attract, select, and manage a support network of competent people through which his objectives are clarified and implemented. Secondly, he must have a clear set of objectives and priorities which he communicates to all key stakeholders in a way that promotes their support. Thirdly, he must act boldly to implement his objectives.

    I voted for President Obama, and (as a retired CEO of 16 years) consider him a far better leader than Mitt Romney. However, he did a relatively poor job in his first term on all three points. He is, by nature, a reserved person who must force himself to network with key stakeholders in Congress and among the people at large. I think he has to force himself to develop far more personal relationships of mutual trust and respect with members or his own party, members of the opposition who are able to put the nation’s good ahead of partisan politics (and juvenile pledges to Grover Norquist), and with the American public. He might learn from Roosevelt’s fireside chats about how to use the public.

    I supported Obamacare, but considered it priority #2 rather than the first priority of his term. He made it his first priority, then was too passive in supporting it…leaving the leadership to Nancy Pelosi and other members of Congress…. who then took the slings and arrows of supporting it.

    He must act more boldly about the economy. The difficulty with his first term economic recovery program was that, at $837 billion, it was good enough to stop the bleeding but about $500 billion too small to snap us out of the economic doldrums. (He ignored economic advice for a larger sum, most probably because he was trying to be too rational and too timid about the support he could get from Congress in 2009.)

    I believe he’s capable of becoming a great president. The challenges, beginning with the fiscal cliff, are there. It won’t be easy. Step one: step back, rest for a week or so and take a fresh look at the challenges, resources, and people you need to work with.

    • FredAppell

      I just need to pick your brain a little. Was there a way for President Obama to avoid the obstructionism and foster an atmosphere of cooperation from the start? I do agree with you 100% on the timing of the health care bill. As soon as it was passed I told family and friends that it was done too soon. Obama explained to the public why he made it priority #1 and on the face of it the rationale made sense at the time but I still had a bad feeling about it. So I guess my question is how can someone be a good leader if the opposition outright refuses to play fair before that leader has a chance to even do a single thing. I’m not trying to be combative. I really don’t understand the dynamics involved here. Any feedback would be appreciated thanks.

  • browninghipower

    I hope to see better people in his new Cabinet. Maybe Robert Reich; Paul Krugman; Howard Dean; Wesley Clark to name a few. I deeply hope he does not recycle any more Wal Street types or Blue Dog Dems. He has been given a 2nd chance here. Do not throw us under the bus again. I’ll sure know his direction and commitment when I see his new Cabinet/Staff choices. Here’s hoping. And by the way, he’d better have learned how to negotiate. The GOP has not changed one bit. Uh, and Reid had better do something about the Filibuster as well. Obama and Reid need to show that they’ve grown a set this time around.

    • He knows how to negotiate. He would negotiate and the Republicans would agree to the bill then turn around and vote against in the house and filibuster it in the Senate.

  • daniel bostdorf

    Joe:

    Thank you and The National Memo team for helping to expose the neo-Republican agenda;

    the fascists and billionaires behind the lies and propaganda;

    and paid off Karl Rove workers who anonymously posted here in an attempt to silence us.

    Sure it is a time for us as a nation to come together, but you stated it best:
    “If he hopes to leave a legacy of accomplishment in his second term, he cannot count on the cooperation of the right-wing rump in Congress. If he wants to tax the wealthy, reject austerity, implement Obamacare, and begin to cope with global warming, he will have to rely upon on the people who entrusted him with their votes, their energy, their hope.”

    We….the people… must remain ever vigilant against the forces of fascism.

    • Justin Napolitano

      Joe, when government runs business it is Fascism, when business runs the government it is Plutocracy. It is important to know the difference.

  • deraw

    Yes we have done it and yes we can do more and the rest.

  • daniel bostdorf

    “obozomustgo” is gone, discredited….but his fascism can never be forgotten along with the rantings of Montanabill and few dozen other Rove paid propagandists who posted here.

    • ObozoMustGo

      danny b…. I’m not gone at all. Disappointed? Yes. Giving up? Hell no!

      Have a nice day!

      “It is indeed difficult to imagine how men who have entirely renounced the habit of managing their own affairs could be successful in choosing those who ought to lead them. It is impossible to believe that a liberal, energetic, and wise government can ever emerge from the ballots of a nation of servants.” ― Alexis de Tocqueville

      PS> Count yourself amongst those servants.

      • Hey Obozo.. I own three tech related businesses and have for over 20 years. I employ 43 people and I pay for their health insurance. I voted for Ronald Reagan.

        The Republican Party today, is a sad and pathetic shell of it’s former glory. From my perspective, it needs to rebuild itself; it needs to rid itself or the religious right, the Tea Party lunatics; it needs to get back to understanding Science and logic… it needs to renounce the racists within the party that continue to drag it into the gutter.

        Within the Republican Party of today, hatred of anyone different has become accepted; letting imbeciles like Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck drive your policies is a recipe for disaster; allowing dogma and politics as a religion to outweigh common sense, fact and truth is cause for introspection.

        If the Republican Party cannot separate truth for lies and cannot stop substituting lies for truth (Romney lied and lied and lied and lied; no amount of protestation from you can make it other than that).

        When a loud and vocal contingent of your party, continues to persuade themselves of fantasies like “Obama is a Muslim” and that Obama is a “Socialist”, you are doomed. Obama is factually NOT a Socialist by ANY definition of that word! Obama is a centrist who is presently taxing the wealthy at the LOWEST RATE IN 50+ YEARS! Obama has given Corporations and Banks, HANDOUTS.. That is the very DEFINITION of being a Capitalist.

        Seriously; you HAVE to separate your PERSONAL beliefs from actual fact.. Whether YOU believe Obama to be a Muslim, or a Socialist, or that he isn’t a citizen is irrelevant, because the FACTS show other wise…… You Obozo are entitled to ANY opinion you wish; the problem is that you aren’t entitled to your own facts.

        The Republicans LOST this election and rightfully so; the sheer volume of lies that came out of Romney’s mouth was astounding and his constant flip-flopping was embarrassing quite frankly.

        • Well stated. Thanks.

        • ObozoMustGo

          Mort… Obozo absolutely has socialist tendencies and a belief in collectivist ideals. The evidence falls from his own mouth. Perhaps you are so jaded that you cannot hear the individual notes that make up the tunes that the Pied Piper Obozo plays, but you cannot deny what he says himself. Believing in wealth redistribution is a socialist idea. He admitted it. Plain and simple. No other way around it. You cannot deny it. Playing class warfare, millionaires and billionaires pay their fair share crap is clearly a Marxist bourgeois vs. proletariat world view. Read his own books. Listen to his reading of them in the audio books. For crying out loud, Morty, what the hell does a socialist belief look like if not those 2 simple facts?

          By the way, while I don’t think Obozo’s a muzzy and don’t really care, his applications for school in Indonesia claim him as a muzzy for what it’s worth. Whether it was fact at the time, or just a lie to get him in school is unknown, but Lolo Soetoro filled it out that way. I think he was born in HI, also. Not sure why you run on and on about what you think I believe when I don’t, and never professed as much. You just assume and mischaracterize like all leftist freaks do.

          Tell me all of Mitt’s lies. I keep hearing that from the leftist freaks, but I never see any evidence of it.

          Speaking of lies… what do you call Obozo blaming Benghazi on a protest of a stupid video for a month when he knew within minutes it was terrorist attack and there were no protests?

          One other point Mort. When government controls business through the granting or not granting of funding or other favors, that’s actually more akin to fascism than anything to do with capitalism. Fascism grants the appearance of capitalism with control behind the scenes by government, be they dictators or democratically elected politicians. Obozo is a lot of things, but a capitalist he is NOT!

          Have a nice day!

          “It is above all in the present democratic age that the true friends of liberty and human grandeur must remain constantly vigilant and ready to prevent the social power from lightly sacrificing the particular rights of a few individuals to the general execution of its designs. In such times there is no citizen so obscure that it is not very dangerous to allow him to be oppressed, and there are no individual rights so unimportant that they can be sacrificed to arbitrariness with impunity.” ― Alexis de Tocqueville

          • Justin Napolitano

            Businesses always have the option of refusing Government help so what’s the problem. It is not like the money is being shoved down their throats.
            Romney would have instituted full blown Plutocracy where business fully controls the government. Too bad he wont get to do that.
            Just to remind you obozo, you lost; loser!

          • You are just WRONG.. Deal with it.. Your hatred of Obama warps your view of reality and the World at large. Facts are irrelevant to you.. P.S. I am an Economist by educaton and I can tell you that you are factually wrong. Obama is nowhere near to being a Socialist.

            EVERY single President in the history of the USA has “redistributed wealth” that’s what freaking taxes are you simpleton. Obama taxes us at the lowest rate in 50 years. You are dense if that fails to penetrate your thick skull.

            I am used to debating with intelligent people that use reality and fact as a basis for discussion; you are someone that “feels” that something should be true and that’s what you believe.. it must be a brutal impediment to go though life with a complete disregard for facts and truth.

            FACT Obama has gone to the same Church for 23 years, but you think he’s a Muslim.. In a nutshell, you have a serious problem.

          • ObozoMustGo

            Morty…. the words come from Obozo’s own mouth. He’s said he believes in redistribution of wealth. This is a socialist practice and a socialist belief. Go to YouTube and search on “Obama speech to Loyola University”. You can listed to him in his own words. Look at what he said to Joe Plumber 4 years ago. Look at what he’s done. The record and his own words speak for themselves… literally.

            While taxation may be “redistribution” in the most broad sense of the term, the practical meaning of “redistribution of wealth” in a political sense implies taking from those who earn and giving it to those who don’t. Paying for military is NOT redistribution of wealth in that sense. We need defense, and soldiers provide that service to us. Food stamps IS an example redistribution of wealth because it is wealth that was earned by one person, was confiscated, and given to a person that did not earn it. If you learned economics in school, you should ask for your money back because you got ripped off.

            You also got ripped off because you apparently have difficulty understanding the English language. Read what I wrote about Obozo and you’re stupid, out of the blue, assertion that I think he’s a muzzy. Read it again.

            How do you get through a day without wandering out into traffic you slack-jawed moron? And wipe that drool from your chin.

            By the way, your village called. They said you can return now since they’re one idiot short.

            Have a nice day!

            “A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations has been 200 years.” ― Alexis de Tocqueville

          • Again, your version of reality is bizarre. You don’t get to invent your own facts, yet you still are trying to. Roads, schools, sewage and the military are NOT redistribution, but foodstamps are?? By the way, REAGAN, BUSH 1 and BUSH 2 ALSO GAVE OUT FOODSTAMPS………HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH..

            Obama won, you lost end of story. I’m so glad this is sticking in your craw to the point that it’ making you this nuts.

            Obama winning is the best revenge on dullards like you with no education and no grasp of facts.

            Bye bye now.. enjoy the next 4 years.

          • ObozoMustGo

            Morty… Obozo has more in common with Hugo Chavez than he has in common with George Washington. You’re just too blind to see it. Maybe you’re black and that’s why you have blind loyalty to a Pied Piper that’s leading you off the cliff.

            Have a nice day!

            “The trouble with our Liberal friends is not that they’re ignorant; it’s just that they know so much that isn’t so.” – Ronald Reagan

          • I’m Not black (who really cares these days except the KKK and mentally ill people) and it’s plain to see that your racism blinds you to the truth; your hatred makes you impervious to fact.

            Why did Bloomberg support Obama, why has the Economist endorsed him? Why did Romney lose? And he DID lose.

            The more people like you there are out there, supporting Republicans, the less likely they ever are to come into power.. Don’t you get it? You lost, Obama won a SECOND TERM.

            Racist, idealogs like you are the best weapon that Democrats have… It’s so funny that the angrier you get, the more deranged your posts are, the more it helps my side.

            Keep posting; get madder and more rabid.. the rest of us love to stand back and watch your self-implosion irreparably damage the very thing you are ranting and raving to protect.

            Soon people like you and Akin and Mourdock will be consigned to the trash can of history.

            I welcome your venom, your seething denial of fact, your naked racism, your illogical and poorly thought out rants… All it does is prove to me and the rest of the thinking World out there that bigots and racists still exist and that we need to keep taunting you into saying what you REALLY think.

          • ObozoMustGo

            Morty boy throws out the race card… the last ditch effort by a weak minded moron who has nothing left to say. The race card is the political equivalent of “I’m rubber, you’re glue……….” and it’s equally immature. What’s funny is that you leftist freaks are the ones the judge people by the color of their skin. Your suggestion that anyone who disagrees with Obozo must be a racist is laughable, and foolish enough that anyone knows you don’t actually believe it…. unless of course you are as intellectually challenged as I have accused you of being.

            Answer one question Morty boy: Who would I vote for? A black conservative or a white liberal?

            Come on Morty, I dare you to be what you leftists rarely are…. honest. Answer honestly.

            Have a nice day!

            “I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that’s a storybook, man.” –Joe “Plugs” Biden on Barack Obama

          • ObozoMustGo

            Morty…. what else do you need to see other than this? The link is at the end.
            ——————————
            Communist Party USA leader Sam Webb, has hailed the election of Party “friend” Barack Obama, as the “dawn of a new era.”

            The Party is cock-a-hoop over Obama’s victory, seeing it as both a repudiation of the conservative agenda and an opportunity to move the United States further towards socialism.

            From the People’s World:

            After a long and bitterly contested battle, the forces of inclusive democracy came out on top yesterday…

            An African-American president was re-elected to the office of the Presidency, the Democrats unexpectedly strengthened their hand in the Senate and House, and victories, including big ones for marriage equality, were registered at the state level.

            Moreover, the balance of forces – that is, the ground on which people fight going forward – has shifted in a progressive direction. And thanks in large measure goes to what might be the most notable development in this election – the emergence of a multi-racial, male-female, working-class-based electoral coalition that has the potential to transform America in the years and decades ahead.

            The Communist Party said a year ago that the 2012 elections would be the main front of the class and democratic struggle, and subsequent events have confirmed that fact.

            Indeed, we argued that defeating right wing extremism was the key to moving the whole chain of democratic struggle forward in the coming period.

            Conversely, we said that a victory by right-wing extremism would set into motion a far-reaching assault on the people’s living standards, rights, and organizational capacities, the likes that we’ve never seen.

            Had Romney won the Presidency and the Republicans the Congress, it would have accelerated to warp drive a capitalist class counterrevolution – a reversal of seventy years of social progress. In a matter of three months time, the entire body of social legislation dating back to the New Deal could have been expunged…

            Above all, what was decisive was the unmistakable election imprint of a rainbow working-class based electoral coalition, which has the potential to effect a process of long-term political renewal and realignment the likes of which we haven’t seen since the New Deal coalition of the 1930s…

            This was not a vote for savaging social programs like Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid; or rolling back domestic spending; or resolving the budget crisis on the people’s backs.

            It was instead a vote for jobs, housing relief, withdrawal of our troops from Afghanistan, an end to U.S.-led wars in the Middle East, the preservation of the package of benefits and rights that the American people now enjoy, equal pay for women, health, and reproductive rights, infrastructure renewal – marriage equality, a larger commitment to public education, a tax system in which the wealthiest families and corporations pay a much larger share, reform of our punitive and anti-democratic immigration laws, a reduction in the unconscionable inequality that sets us apart from other advanced capitalist countries, and, not least, an America that stands for fairness, tolerance, and decency…

            Without catching its breath, the AFL-CIO and its allies are organizing actions against a bipartisan resolution that falls on working people. But organized labor can’t do it alone.

            The coalition that mined the country for votes over the past several months and the rainbow electorate that elected the president and defended democracy yesterday must spring back into action. Tens of millions must be mobilized. Diverse forms of struggle must be employed. Not everyone has to be an Obama voter. The fight to get the anti-austerity message heard above the din of the major media is a real challenge. But it can be done.

            Whatever the outcome of this immediate battle, the struggle to put the people’s needs and nature before corporate profits and war spending will be a long one. This still- emerging multi-racial, working-class based coalition will experience victories, like we did on Election Day. But it will also encounter defeats. The main thing is that it never lose sight of the necessity of deepening and extending its reach, unity, and multi-racial, class-based character.

            The task isn’t to replicate the movements of the 1930s and 1960s, but today’s activists would do well to draw the lessons from those movements and adapt them to current conditions.

            Both have much to teach, but given the concentrated corporate economic and political power that the American people are up against, today’s movement has to eclipse them in terms of scope, depth, and class and anti-racist understanding and unity. We are at the dawn of a new era.

            trevorloudon(dot)com/2012/11/communist-party-leader-obama-victory-dawn-of-a-new-era/
            —————————-

            Have a nice day!

            “Democracy extends the sphere of individual freedom, socialism restricts it. Democracy attaches all possible value to each man; socialism makes each man a mere agent, a mere number. Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word: equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude.” ― Alexis de Tocqueville

          • Kansan

            The implosion of Bishop Willard and his Wall Street buddies seems to have set you back. Usually you post at the National Memo about 15 times a day.

            I think it’s wonderful that a boy like you has a hobby. Someone has to warn us about the CP USA. They claim 2,000 members but they’ve always exaggerated by at least 100%. I know you’re worried that you’ll find them under your bed. If they are there, and there are more than four of them, they must have decided to hold their national convention in your mother’s basement.

          • ObozoMustGo

            K… you apparently struggle with reading comprehension, don’t you? I’ll bet you failed those “Which one doesn’t belong” quizes in kindergarten, as well. A low IQ, slack-jawed idiot like you can’t understand why the communists are excited about Obozo being elected? Maybe it’s because he supports the same things they do. In fact, if you read the statement by Sam Webb, you’ll realize that he and Obozo use very much the same rhetoric. It’s hard to tell the difference between the 2 of them.

            I don’t expect you to actually read, however. Learning and being able to draw rational, objective and honest conclusions may make you aware of that which you know nothing about as of now: that you are a fool! That could be dangerous for you.

            Go back to Obozo sponsored crack pipe now. It’s calling you. Can you hear it?

            Have a nice day!

            “We can state with conviction, therefore, that a man’s support for absolute government is in direct proportion to the contempt he feels for his country.” ― Alexis de Tocqueville

          • Kansan

            Go back to flossing your teeth with Rush’s public hair. You’re meant for each other.

  • deraw

    With this win, I feel thrilled to be a part of American political process. I would not have been able to walk with Romney’s arrogance. President Obama’s persistence and belief will continue to sustain and shine our nation.

  • TheOldNorthChurch

    As of 1:05 p.m. ET, the Dow Jones Industrial Average slumped 270 points, or 2%, to 12975, the S&P 500 slid 28.5 points, or 2%, to 1400 and the Nasdaq Composite fell 67.6 points, or 2.2%, to 2944.

    The Dow fell below the 13000 mark for the first time in intraday trading since early September. If the blue-chip average closes below that mark on the day, it will be the first time since August 2.

    The sell off was broad, with every major sector falling at least 1%. Leading the way lower were financial and energy stocks. Volatility jumped 7.7% as tracked by the CBOE’s VIX, regularly called Wall Street’s fear gauge. Meanwhile, traders took shelter in the safety of U.S. Treasury bonds. The yield on the 10-year dropped 0.0113-percentage point to 1.638%.

    The sense of business as usual cascaded to Congress as well, where Republicans held control of the House of Representatives and Democrats held the Senate. As a result of the remaining sharp divisions in the White House and on Capitol Hill, market participants almost immediately shifted their focus to the looming fiscal cliff. The fiscal cliff refers to the painful spending cuts and tax hikes that will automatically go into effect in January should politicians in Washington, D.C. not get the nation’s fiscal situation under control.

  • Barneyson

    It is a great day for the US . The intelligent, thoughtful and rational people have voted to support President Obama and his vision for the future. He warned everyone when he was first elected that the road to prosperity and greatness would be difficult – and it has been unbelievably so because of the deliberate obstruction of the Extreme Religious Right faction in the Republican Party. With his re-election, he will now have more power to put pressure on those obstructionists to begin to cooperate to get things done in Washington. And hopefully the newly-aroused public will also put pressure on their representatives to cooperate to push for progressive policies which will benefit all Americans

  • ObozoMustGo

    Congrats go out to all of you leftist freaks and useful idiots. We shall eat humble pie today, but the battle for America goes on. Here’s a great article on what the press is likely to discover now that they don’t have to run interference for Obozo. Hat tip to Investors Business Daily.

    5 Big Stories The Media Will ‘Discover’ After The Election
    Posted 09:42 AM ET

    Job applicants wait for the opening of a job fair in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Sept. 17, 2012. Three years of subpar growth have left the middle… View Enlarged Image
    Now that the election is over, one thing is clear the country will have to deal with several major problems that the mainstream media largely ignored to protect President Obama.

    On issue after issue, in fact, the media didn’t cover Obama’s first term as much as they’ve covered up for him, whether it was the dismal state of the economy, the failure of his policies or the increased troubles abroad.

    The effort worked remarkably well, helping to shield Obama from responsibility, protecting his image, providing a solid floor under his approval ratings, and ultimately a second term in the White House.

    But now that Obama is safely in the White House for another four years, the press is sure to churn out what can charitably be called “now they tell us” stories about these matters, now that any potential election impact has passed.

    On Tuesday, Yahoo News provided a glimpse, with a story by seasoned journalist Walter Shapiro, who finally got around to wondering whether “anyone outside (Obama’s) family and the inner sanctum of the White House staff really know Obama or have a clear handle on what he would do with a second term.”

    That’s the sort of question you’d expect the press to pursue in the weeks leading up to the election, when it might have helped voters make up their minds. But it’s of little value after they’ve left for the polls.

    Among other stories the media are likely to “discover” now that voters have made their decision:

    • The economy really does stink. The press studiously ignored the ongoing economic catastrophe under Obama, while parading any “green shoot” they could find that suggested growth was around the corner.

    Don’t be surprised if, after the election, they start to notice that three years of subpar growth have left the middle class further behind and more mired in poverty, and created a vast pool of long-term unemployed.

    • Massive debt and entitlement crises loom. Despite four straight years of $1 trillion-plus deficits and a national debt that now exceeds total GDP, the media largely treated the debt crisis with a collective yawn.

    Ditto the looming bankruptcy of Medicare and Social Security. These crises are nevertheless real and will have to be dealt with soon, a fact the press will almost certainly acknowledge after Nov. 6.

    • The debt ceiling limit is fast approaching. Another story that went largely unremarked this campaign is the fact that the country is approaching the new debt ceiling limit. The Treasury Dept. warned last week that it expects the government to reach its borrowing limit before the end of the year.

    Congress and the White House will have to deal with that just as they’re trying to avoid the fiscal cliff.

    • ObamaCare isn’t what it was cracked up to be. After two years of ignoring health reform’s fundamental flaws, the press will likely admit that ObamaCare is fundamentally flawed.

    Reports are sure to appear pointing out the law’s lack of cost controls, its adverse impact on doctors and hospitals, and the fact that, after spending $1.76 trillion, it will still leave 30 million uninsured.

    • Obama’s deficit-cutting plan won’t work. The press let the president get away with one of the biggest whoppers yet — that his tax hikes on “the rich” would be enough to pay for his spending binge and bring down the deficit $4 trillion.

    Obama’s own budget proved this wasn’t the case. And after the election, you can bet the media will be “shocked” to find that his numbers didn’t add up.

    • Questions about Benghazi still demand answers. After almost two full months spent burying the Benghazi story, expect the mainstream press to wake up and notice that, as the Washington Post admitted in an editorial last Friday, “a host of unanswered questions” remains.

    So far, only Fox News has bothered to pursue this story, but we expect that other outlets will pick up on it after the elections.

    We could go on. But you get the idea.

    Note: This editorial has been updated to reflect the outcome of the presidential election.
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    Have a nice day!

    “The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money.” ― Alexis de Tocqueville

    PS> It is apparent that the discovery was made years ago, but came to fruition in full light yesterday.

    • Justin Napolitano

      Obozo, you lost, lost, lost, lost lost, lost, lost, lost lost, lost, lost, lost lost, lost, lost, lost lost, lost, lost, lost lost, lost, lost, lost lost, lost, lost, lost lost, lost, lost, lost lost, lost, lost, lost lost, lost, lost, lost lost, lost, lost, lost lost, lost, lost, lost lost, lost, lost, lost lost, lost, lost, lost lost, lost, lost, lost lost, lost, lost, lost lost, lost, lost, lost lost, lost, lost, lost lost, lost, lost, lost lost, lost, lost, lost lost, lost, lost, lost lost, lost, lost, lost lost, lost, lost, lost lost, lost, lost, lost. Please go put your head back together; I know it exploded.
      No one is paying you now so you can go away.

    • darkagesbegin

      Day 1383 of the Obama administration. Sky still has not fallen. Rush, Rove, Bozo non-plussed. Trump apoplectic.

    • Replying to ObozoMustGo

      I realize that this is late in the process, however, I do have one comment to make.

      Regarding the deficit, if the “Conservatives” were as militant about deficits during the terms of Reagan, Bush the First, and George the Second, the deficit would not be nearly as big a problem as it is today.

      Dick Cheney made the comment that “RONALD REAGAN TAUGHT US THAT DEFICITS DON’T MATTER.”

      Except when there is a Democrat in the White House.

      • ObozoMustGo

        Jim… you can throw blame around all you want, but that does not change the situation we are in today. Our debt now exceeds our GDP and is growing. Any 1 of Obozo’s 1 year deficits in term 1 was larger than all of GWB’s combined in term 2 when his spending escalated. That is the truth. To be fair, Obozo inherited a recession. But so did other presidents and we came out of them. We have never really come out of the one Obozo inherited. GDP growth of just over 1% is pathetic and doesn’t even match inflation. In fact, most of that growth has beeen growth in government, not the private sector. This is the situation we find ourselves in today. Yes, Bush was a spender, but Obozo is 5x worse than Bush. I don’t understand how you guys slam Bush, but give Obozo a pass when he is factually worse. Look at the graphic posted below with this post.

        So, to be an adult and have an adult conversation, no one that is rational or sane can look at our national fiscal situation and say that we do not have a problem. We do have a problem. The question is, what do we do about it?

        Awaiting your adult response I remain…

        Have a nice day!

        “The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money.” ― Alexis de Tocqueville

  • S-3

    Glad to hear you’re alright, Dom – but I can’t America will be better off. Rest up, exercise, stay educated, and continue to fight accordingly (not in that particularly, but w/e).

    Now, while I’m basking in some positive (I wouldn’ completetly say good) news, the situation still stands – Obama still may be in power, but gridlock with extremists and a loss of Senate seats are new issues to continue worrying about… The out-of-touch still on’t get this; well, here’s hoping they do when things need to be rolled back and cut inevitably to improver budget status…

    Bett er than Romney/Ryan being in charge, if that means anything at this point, though.

    I speak the way I do because I’m cautious about our fragile nation and the world looking surprisingly enough, up to it in some ( hopefully, they’ve got better things to worry about) small ways.

  • there wont be anything done it will be the same old stuff more spending no jobs .you get what you vote fore people voted for more of the same and that is what we will get

  • FredAppell

    Montanabill tried it with me several days ago regarding some bull crap story he heard from Fox News concerning non union tree and electrical crews from Alabama being denied from helping out with the recovery from Hurricane Sandy. I set him strait when I told him that I went through Sandy and I saw crews from Alabama. I have not heard from him since.

  • obama won because blacks voted for him because hes black .that is just plan stuped but its true .if he was white do you think they would vote for him .hell know

    • patuxant

      Now the racist KKK people are shedding their skins! Always knew what bigots you were!
      Might try learning how to spell– No and Know—two different things. Stuped? did you mean stupid? Go suck an egg with your Coors Light!

    • neece00

      I voted for Obama, I am not black, I am not poor, I am not unemployed or lazy but I am still one of the 47% and I pay my 28% taxes every year but I do not support the policies of the Republican party and what they have become.

    • darkagesbegin

      If he was republican, you guys would be saying what a great job he has done and is doing. If he was white and republican, you would be calling him the next ronald reagan

    • Justin Napolitano

      I know many people that voted for him that are white as snow.

  • patuxant

    Charismatic and honest and inspirational. Always rising above the fray and the polarizing! Hip! Hip! Hooray! Obama for 4 more years….

  • darkagesbegin

    does anyone know if there might be something wrong with the phone system? For the past 2 months I have been getting 6 or 7 calls everday from republicans, and then today not one call. What gives?

  • amarquez647

    I am afraid that those who are from the tee party will keep opposing anything that president Obama tries to do. If you have any doubt the House leadership “John Boehner” just went on the air and said that they would cooperate if, and that if is cutting entitlement. He said that there is no mandate for raising taxes. Are they considering Social Security an entitlement? I paid Social Security Insurance for 45 years. Is it Medicare? Medicare supplements and deductable coast me over $3400 year. I receive approximately $15000 a year from Social Security. Is it Medicare that pays for medical expenses for my nephew who suffers from cerebral pulse and my neighbors wife who is in a nursing home after living a productive life. Oh yes we can reduce the founding for traffic controllers, police, education, etc, etc.
    We need to be vigilant and vociferous. Congress needs to know that liberals and moderates also take extreme interest on their actions.
    REMEMBER THAT THEY WANTED TO DEFOUND FEMA.

  • When this usurper won America died. He has done nothing to help this nation. He will do more damage in the next four years. We will have all our freedoms striped from us by executive order. He has already put in place.

    • Justin Napolitano

      Go away Walter, you lost, deal with it.

  • RodgerMitchell

    ” If he wants to tax the wealthy, reject austerity, implement Obamacare, and begin to cope with global warming . . .”

    Reject austerity? Yes.
    Implement Obamacare? Yes.
    Cope with global warming? Yes.

    But don’t be stupid enough to tax the wealthy. ALL taxes, whether on the rich or on the poor, reduce GDP. Here’s the formula:

    GDP = Federal Spending + Non-federal Spending – Net Imports.

    Taxes reduce Non-federal Spending. And the federal government neither has needed nor used taxes since August 15, 1971. “Tax the rich” is a relic of the gold standard days.

    If all federal taxes were reduced to $0 or raised to $100 trillion, neither event would affect the ability of the federal government to spend. We are Monetarily Sovereign.

    So please, please, please stop telling Obama to increase any taxes, or to balance the budget, or to reduce the deficit, or to cut the debt. These all are paths to recession.

    Rodger Malcolm Mitchell

    • Justin Napolitano

      Your logic is nonsense. You would suggest that there is no level of Federal spending that is necessary; that we don’t need to pay for the things that the Federal Government provides like: the military, Aviation authority, Federal courts; Social Security that people paid into and are entitled to collect; Medicare – same reasoning, Federal highways, State department and world wide diplomats, Federal debt service, Legislative, Executive and Judicial branches of the government, and on and on and on. Out taxes are the lowest they have been in 80 years and it is time that we paid for the things that are absolutely necessary and quit worrying about the rich.
      You are like so many other people in that you want what the government provides but don’t want to pay for them.

      • RodgerMitchell

        A Monetarily Sovereign government is different from a monetarily non-sovereign government. You and I (and the states, counties, cities and euro nations are monetarily non-sovereign).

        The U.S., being Monetarily Sovereign since August 15, 1971, no longer needs to receive its sovereign currency from anyone. It creates dollars, ad hoc, by the simple act of spending.

        Taxes no longer pay for anything.

  • ARepublicanNorthlandGrad

    I do have a problem wih the idea that anyone has a “mandate”. Half the time we vote against someone, not for someone. Just because you win doesn’t mean that everyone that voted for you agrees 100% with you.

  • The Republicans in the House of Representatives have a choice. Work to co-operate with the Administration, or look to a time in the future when a Republican is in the White House.

    I doubt that a second term for President Obama, marred once again by the obstructionists in the House, will be forgotten if the next President is a Republican. The Democrats may not want to inflict retribution on a Republican President, but the voters who send them to Congress may demand their pound of flesh.

    It is not too late for the Republicans to work towards compromise.

    HOWEVER, IF THEIR FIRST ALLEGIANCE IS TOWARD GROVER NORQUIST INSTEAD OF THE COMMON GOOD OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, WHATEVER BEFALLS THEM IS OF THEIR OWN DOING.

    As a moderate to conservative Democrat who crossed party lines in a few Presidential elections in the past, I am loathe to ever do so again. George the Second and the “Great White Hope” that failed this time out have convinced me that the Republicans do not have the good of our nation at heart. Only the best interests of the wealthy and powerful.

    You may have lost my vote in future Presidential elections, and in the process turned me into a moderate to liberal Democrat. However, it is not too late to become more centrist and appealing to future generations of voters.

    THE CHOICE IS YOURS. BECOME MORE RADICAL AND APPEASE THE EXTREME RIGHT, OR BECOME A LITTLE LESS MILITANT AND ADDRESS THE WANTS AND NEEDS OF WOMEN, MINORITIES, GAYS, AND, YES, EVEN DEMOCRATS.

    However, I fear that your pledge of allegiance to Grover Norquist and the extremists on the Right will still cloud your judgment.

    • grammyjill

      There is a petition on care2 to get Norquist thown out.

  • lancesharpe

    Walter I think it’s time for your meds you seem to be getting a little irrational!

  • Mandate?

  • Not threatened by excessive debt?

  • Inclusive?

  • Decade of war is ending? Benghazi!

  • I think the majority number of peoples message is that no the economy is not where we want it but we see it getting better and know that things don’t happen overnight. Many people I have heard also think Congress is more of the reason why Obama couldn’t do more in his first term. I think he did a great job and i am looking forward to the benefits of future success.

  • lana ward

    America lost last night. the uninformed on this site will see it too, but it’s to late now. PRAY for America, that’s all thats left now

  • I would like to think that the President runs our government, but all I see on TV is the Republican leader of the Congressional House dictating what the rich will accept in exchange for entitlments. WHO RUNS OUR GOVERNMENT, CONGRESS OR THE PRESIDENT? If the Republicans had won the Presidential Election, they would have already cut our entitlements and not said shit to Obama, especially Ryan. The President is fixed up for four years and the Congressmen are only fixed up for two years, so if it hurts too much to give up a cup of coffee beside your enemy, I guess you will have to choose who your enemy is, the people that worked their ass off for you, or you would rather have coffee with the enemy that wouldn’t say shit to you if you had lost the election. You know there’s thousands of people in Hollywood that can produce tears when they want to, so don’t be a jerk just because your in high society.

  • mymovement

    many steps need to be taken to correct this mess…we need to:

    Regulate Regulate Regulate the Banks
    Tax the top 1% at the same rate as a secretary
    move quickly to solar & wind …eliminate nuclear power and need for oil
    secure Social Security and regulate to keep the gov’t sticky hands off the coffers
    move to single pay health plan…Health Plans should be available for all
    Remove the legislation declaring Company’s are people and Money is Freedom of Speech
    Get out of the Middle East and use money to Balance the Budget..

    just to name a few very important issues.

  • Really Joe… because as I recall he promised a lot of the same last time he was elected. I recall hearing about the “bipartisan” efforts he would make yet he rammed Obamacare down the throats of the American people without a single Republican vote in congress. I also recall him pledging to have the most transparent administration in the history of the US but most of his big political meetings were held behind closed doors cutting the same “Washington Deals” that he pledged to eliminate. He pledged to cut the deficit but rather he doubled it…he promised to reduce the debt but again he added more to our national debt than any president in history and most of them combined!!! So, you’ll pardon me if I don’t share your optimism about Mr. Obama’s honesty or his true intent to honor anything that comes out of his mouth!! What he has proven is that he is the most divisive and underhanded president in our history!! I will give you that Mr. Obama inherited an ugly situation and where that originated is up for debate…Bill Clinton and his cronies in congress started that ball rolling by forcing Fannie and Freddie to lower standards and the banks simply worked within that framework as any business would in a fee market system. However, I would remind you and any of your misguided readers that Ronald Reagan inherited a situation much worse than Mr. Obama did and by this time under his “leadership” we saw very strong economic growth and a reasonable unemployment rate with a national debt a fraction of what Mr. Obama has and a budget deficit to match with government revenues way up from the Carter years. So give me break with this BS about GWB being the problem here…liberal tax and spend and anti-business policies are to blame for this economy and it’s high time Mr. Obama take responsibility for this job and the office he holds and stop playing the oh so typical liberal and blaming someone else for his woes!! You wanted the job Mr. Obama…well, get to work and be a leader and stop blaming others for your job failures!!!

  • In response to some of your other readers…I agree, we need to start working together and stop blaming. That should start by people taking responsibility for themselves and stop expecting the government to take care of them and fix their problems!! Government is not the answer to private problems…the “Nanny State” mentality is the biggest problem we have in this country. There is a certain segment of our population that claim to want equality and equal rights and to abolish prejudice and racism…however, they don’t take any responsibility for their own situations. All they ever do is perpetuate the very issues that they claim to fight against. How is this country ever going to get beyond these that ugly past if they just keep stoking the fire!! They really should learn from some of their early leaders and move on and put the past behind us or we will be compelled to relive it. They just make it worse with all of the rhetoric constantly spewed all over the TV and News outlets.

  • BTW…I love it how all of these ignorant and uninformed readers make comments under the guise of anonymity. Doesn’t that make it easy to speak your “mind” without repercussion…such a liberal trait. Make a stink about something without any real facts to back it up and then go hide.

  • Zooli

    It is scary–they really act like womens lives are secondary to the life created. I really don’t understand why the face of Congress wasn’t changed in this election. They are our biggest soft spot.

    I know we absolutely need jobs–but to me going back to the Clinton tax structure is about paying back the 16T debt. I do not expect it to create jobs–although I of course want jobs to be created. The Wars were fought & paid for–The taxes should not be anything other than handed over to bring that debt down.

  • Zooli

    Mulligatonney–Where do you get the idea that that started in his administration? That has been going on long time. Have you read East of Eden? Systems develop out of the good ole “how do we get some fed money.”

    It is a well researched work of fiction–but it paints the way these systems develop pretty clearly.

    If you go off like a well read nut on one guy when the problem is much bigger–well your going to waste valuable time. It does give you a good platform to flex your reading material though. You have a big vocabulary, despotism is very much going on; but I’d like to tame the octopus; you are all excited about extracting a suction cup.

  • Zooli

    That was a good one!!

  • DOMA will be upheld. Marriage should only be between a man and a woman. The majority of voters passed Yes on Prop 8. The Yes on Prop 8 man is openly straight. The Yes on Prop 8 man can prove that you cannot marry an AKA. the Yes on Prop 8 man will win in the US Supreme Court. We are all voting on the ending of My Fair Lady. Freddy Eynsford Hill will receive all of the George Cukor Estate. Mitt Romney will become President and Paul Ryan will become Vice President in January. Mitt Romney should remember that WGBH Boston is located in Massachusetts which is his home state!

  • ridemybroom

    @mulligatonney….you sound as if you not only ignorant but stupid…you sound and do what stupid says stupid does…your racist hating john boehner is a good example of what you just spoke about and you sound as if you follow suit…get a grip and get over the fact you lost…we won maybe to a muslim and a christian but we sure in hell didnt lose to a Mormon (sect-religion) Jim Jones type, nor did we lose to an atheist…so go follow your nose up someone else”s arse and see if you can get one of the racist hating lobby groups to follow your brown nosing act !

  • It is sad that the great divide in this country over politics is becoming so vast. This divide has been widened by the Tea Party candidates being accepted by the Republican party. It has surprised me to learn that the Tea Party ticket resembles the traditional Libertarian Party’s platform. It is a little known fact that David Koch ran for vice president in 1980 under the Libertarian ticket. Wikipedia states: ‘The Clark–Koch ticket promising to abolish Social Security, the Federal Reserve Board, welfare, minimum-wage laws, corporate taxes, all price supports and subsidies for agriculture and business, and U.S. Federal agencies including the SEC, EPA, ICC, FTC, OSHA, FBI, CIA, and DOE’ (go to Wikipedia and search for David Koch). Is this what the Republican party stands for? In 1980, the Libertarians got 1% of the vote, and were proud to get that. Part of the impetus that widens this great political divide are the debates heard on news programs about the relative merits of the various government programs, and the conservative alternatives. Predominately, the so-called ‘experts’ that are representing the ‘Republican’ view in these debates on TV news programs are people that are employed by think tanks that are funded by who?? The billionaires that want to continue to promote and expand the Libertarian agenda, to make the rich richer, and everyone else poor. The data is presented in a manner that makes it look legitimate to eliminate Social Security, or social programs or any benevolent cause that is on their agenda to eliminate. This is why so many people are so out of touch with what the facts are — these ‘experts’ are allowed to promote that agenda as though it is perfectly sane, correct, and for the betterment of all US citizens, when it is not. What needs to be done? Educate people, so the House and Senate can work to a sane agenda that is for the people. And at the same time, open the eyes and ears of good, hard working people that are helping to build the billionaire’s empires, and simultaneously destroy all that this great country has become!

    • ObozoMustGo

      gen… you are a stone cold idiot! There is no other way to say it. Have you ever read the Constitution? Have you ever read the Federalist Papers? Do you have any clue that the principles upon which America was founded are actually libertarian principles?

      Now obviously, you must be either a government worker, a union thug, or one of those mendicants who believes you are entitled to benefits provided by the labor of your neighbor. What makes you think it’s moral for you to give politicians the authority with your vote to confiscate the fruits of another man’s labor under threat of imprisonment for YOUR charitable purposes? This is exactly the opposite of the principles upon which our governing documents were created. Think of it this way. If a charity came to your front door and asked for a donation and then they told you that about 85 to 90 cents of your donation will go to adminstrative overhead and only 10 – 15 cents will make it to the intended needy person, you would rightly tell them to get the hell off your property. But when politicians tell you the same thing but actually lie to your face, you get all dreamy-eyed and cheer them on. It’s height of stupidity.

      Clearly, reading your foolish post reveals that you are much more drawn and attracted to the Marxist, proletariat vs. bourgeoisie, way of thinking. If that is the case, there probably is no hope for you. You’re lost.

      Have a nice day!

      “Socialism is a philosophy of failure,
      the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy,
      its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery..”
      — Winston Churchill

  • Mulligatonney

    …so 50% to 49% is a true test of where we want to go as a country? Those are not the words of a truly “open-minded”, inclusive liberal…

    Another victim of public education opens their mouth and provides evidence of their indoctrination. How does that expression go, “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than open your mouth and remove all doubt.”

    Our country loses by electing a communist – that’s all… If you are inclined to feel depressed when you don’t get what you want, it is not a mandate to project your insecurities upon others.

    Meanwhile – while you tally the score between Republican and Democrat, just as the politicians that manipulate you want, our founding principles fade further into the distance as the government seizes more control of the people.

    …and you have been deceived into thinking that this is what “forward” means. It’s just a slogan designed to capture as many gullible followers as it can.

    Now let’s see if your hero proves me right or wrong over the next four years. His first four years have certainly shown us that he is at best – a socialist. Let’s see what kind of an ideologue he really is now that there is no election motivating him to keep his real intentions hidden.

    I can understand your zeal for wanting something different. That’s what a lot of people thought when they supported Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez. But history has shown that when people throw their support behind ideologues like that, they are always not only disappointed, but are almost always enslaved by the new government.

    True – I voted against him. But 94% of the blacks voted for him. Is that a mandate for my stupidity or theirs? Does that mean that they all know something I don’t? They must be really smart and up to speed on what’s going on in America. But – liberal studies have shown that as a demographic, they are the most ignorant ethnic group in the United States… Does that truth make you feel a little uncomfortable? Or, maybe – like you, blacks have been led to believe something that is not true. Or maybe America has gone black and can’t go back…

    The politicians make you one promise after another and toss you tidbits that you gobble up greedily, never suspecting that you are being marched into a prison camp.

    Read the Constitution. Unless you think that “Forward” means leaving that behind as well…

    • ObozoMustGo

      Excellent post, Mulli. Well done. Funny how 94% of blacks vote for him, and its about 50/50 for whites that do. The blacks vote because of skin color, and they’re not racist, while the whites vote against him because they hate socialism and leftist policies, but they are racists. The whole definition of racism has been turned upside down. Nowadays, if you DON’T account for skin color and deal with that person in a different way that acknowledges their race, you are a racist. This is the way these leftist freaks think. They are truly fu&$ed up.

      Have a great day, Mulli!

      “I am afraid that there is a certain class of race-problem solvers who don’t want the patient to get well, because as long as the disease holds out they have not only an easy means of making a living, but also an easy medium through which to make themselves prominent before the public.” – Booker T. Washington

      • Mulligatonney

        Thank you, Mr. Obozo Must Go…

        I see you get mine and Booker T’s point… That paragraph that you quoted from him would probably put him in the 6 percentile of black voters who have a mind of their own….

        Never fear, though – the “progressives” have an answer for that one, too – he’s a racist. You know – for wanting for his people the thing that the Constitution provides. Liberty. The freedom to work for a future that is determined by their own desire and hard work. To decide their own destiny.

        He’s an “Uncle Tom” for saying that.

        He chooses to live under the shadow of Big Jim Crow…

        Just like I am a racist for standing up for founding principles. Because thinking that it does not make fiscal sense to give my tax money to people who are not required to work for it is just another way of expressing my hatred for blacks. And I am also a racist for thinking that people who sneak into our country illegally and openly defy our laws are criminals. And I am “closed-minded” for thinking that it is unnatural for men to shove their cranks into each others butts and for not wanting them to show my children how to do it. And I am intolerant for thinking that it is contradictory for a real, live baby living inside the sanctity of his mother’s womb to be deliberately sucked out of it and killed while at the same time a driver accidentally running over a pregnant woman can be tried for a double homicide…and I am a “planet hater” for wanting scientific evidence from all the Chicken Littles of the “Global Warming Cult” to prove their theory on the heels of the very same group sounding the alarm over “global cooling” a couple of decades earlier – with the same root cause of carbon emission being cited for both!

        Wasn’t that life support system for a penis named Bill Clinton and his VP quoted as stating the perfect axiom of contradiction, “global warming can actually cause global cooling”, or vice versa or some such “progressive doublespeak”?

        Mark my words, sir – political correctness is the new State Religion. And I know just the messiah to run it…

        Oh, sorry – the minorities, homosexuals, marxists, abortionists and entitle-ists have already elected him…perfect! Now they can have all the stuff they were promised!

        But…but… where is the money going to come from to give them all the stuff they were promised during the campaign?

        They are going to be very angry when they find out they were lied to and will take to the streets in protest after the economy collapses and they discover they have zero. Nada. Zilch. Nil. They will demand their stuff.

        The messiah may have to declare martial law.

        And there you have it – Soylent Green really IS People…

        Full circle.

        Progressivism – just as it was over 2,000 years ago. And the liberal socialists think they have discovered something new.

        Nope – they re-discovered something old that was rejected by the people of those societies because their economies collapsed for the same old reasons. Government promising people stuff that it eventually could not pay for.

        But modern day progressives are “advanced thinkers” and “well-informed”, “university-educated” ideologues who have everything figured out.

        Except for the obvious – I refer you to Federalist Paper 51….

        Good hearing from you, sir.

        • ObozoMustGo

          Mulli… you’re on a roll, my brutha from anutha mutha!!!! hehehehehe

          Leftist freaks remind me of the band continuing to play happy songs while the Titanic went down. Or the Roman legislature meeting to debate what other free stuff they can give away while the city burns. Like I have said a hundred times before on this site: these leftist freaks would vote for Obozo even if they had video of him performing lewd acts on a child. It doesn’t matter to them. This is what happens when the cult of personality takes over.

          Liberalism is the disease that presents itself as it’s own cure.

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          Have a great day!

          As William Voegeli put it in Never Enough: America’s Limitless Welfare State, “Liberals don’t want the government to grow indefinitely. They just want it to be bigger than it is right now. The corollary of this stance is liberals’ refusal even to entertain questions on the dimensions of a welfare state that is exactly the right size.”

  • Robert: There is no money is solutions there is only money in problems.
    Here are your classic example Obama careno tax required.
    Education spend more and worse results
    War more money they approproiate the more they spend.terrible results.
    Taxes more taxes the more they spend
    Gasoline prices the higher the price the less the more you pay
    The more stimulus given to the Banks they refuse to pay Federal and State Taxes.