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#1 NanuqoftheNorth

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 03:57 AM

You’re going to have a moderate Republican president for the next four years: Barack Obama.

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By William Saletan|Posted Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, at 11:27 PM ET

Dear Republicans,

Sorry about the election. I know how much it hurts when your presidential candidate loses. I’ve been there many times. You’re crestfallen. You can’t believe the public voted for that idiot. You fear for your country.

Cheer up. The guy we just re-elected is a moderate Republican.

I know how stupid that sounds. Barack Obama is the head of the Democratic Party. For five years, conservative politicians and media told you he was a raving socialist. In the heat of the campaign, when you’re trying to beat the guy, it’s hard to let go of that image of him, just as it’s hard for Democrats to see past the caricatures of Mitt Romney. But now that the campaign is over and you’re staring at a second Obama term, the falsity of the propaganda may come as a relief. By and large, Obama’s instincts are the instincts of a moderate Republican. His policies are the policies of a moderate Republican. He stands where the GOP used to stand and will someday stand again.

Yes, Obama began his presidency with bailouts, stimulus, and borrowing. You know who started the bailouts? George W. Bush. Bush knew that under these exceptionally dire circumstances, bailouts had to be done. Stimulus had to be done, too, since the economy had frozen up. A third of the stimulus was tax cuts. Once the economy began to revive, Obama offered a $4-trillion debt reduction framework that would have cut $3 to $6 of spending for every $1 in tax hikes. That’s a higher ratio of cuts to hikes than Republican voters, in a Gallup poll, said they preferred. It’s way more conservative than the ratio George H. W. Bush accepted in 1990. In last year’s debt-ceiling talks, Obama offered cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid in exchange for revenue that didn’t even come from higher tax rates. Now he’s proposing to lower corporate tax rates, and Republicans are whining that he hacked $716 billion out of Medicare. Some socialist.

Yes, Obama imposed an individual mandate to buy health insurance. You know who else did that? Romney. You know where the idea came from? The Heritage Foundation. Personal responsibility—insisting that people carry private insurance so we don’t have to bail them out in emergency rooms and hospitals—was a Republican idea. Same with Wall Street reform: There’s nothing conservative about letting financial institutions gamble with other people’s money in ways that would force us to bail them out again. Even Obama’s cap-and-trade proposal echoed the market-based emissions-control policies of the 1990 Bush administration and the 2008 McCain campaign. And last year, when the EPA proposed a new air-pollution limit, Obama ticked off environmentalists by killing it on the grounds that it might jeopardize the recovery.

Remember how Democrats ridiculed George W. Bush’s troop surge in Iraq? Obama copied it in Afghanistan. He escalated the drone program, killing off al-Qaida’s leaders. He sent SEAL Team 6 into Pakistan to get Osama Bin Laden. He teamed up with NATO to take down Muammar Qaddafi. He reneged on his pledge to close Guantanamo Bay. He put together a globally enforced regime of sanctions that is bringing Iran’s economy to its knees. That’s why Romney had nothing to say in last month’s foreign policy debate. No sensible Republican president would have done things differently.

Obama’s no right-winger. You might have serious issues with his Supreme Court justices or his moves on immigration or the Bush tax cuts. But you probably would have had similar issues with Dwight Eisenhower, Richard Nixon, or Gerald Ford. Obama’s in the same mold as those guys. So don’t despair. Your country didn’t vote for a socialist tonight. It voted for the candidate of traditional Republican moderation. What should gall you, haunt you, and goad you to think about the future of your party is that that candidate wasn’t yours.

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#2 jake14wl

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 04:06 AM

tl;dr

#3 NanuqoftheNorth

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 04:51 AM

tl;dr


ok;thx

Short Version:

Cheer up GOP!

Obama is really not a Democrat, he is a moderate Republican!

You kinda won.

#4 GOOGLE RON PAUL

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 04:58 AM

ok;thx

Short Version:

Cheer up GOP!

Obama is really not a Democrat, he is a moderate Republican!

You kinda won.


but he's not on their team!

#5 NanuqoftheNorth

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 05:03 AM

but he's not on their team!


Apparently, someone forgot to tell Obama.

#6 jake14wl

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 05:09 AM

I don't care either way. People get too bent out of shape off left vs right & thinking that one side is any better than the other. They both suck & have mutually ruined a once prosperous country. The sun will still rise in the morning & everybody will still have bills to pay.

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 06:33 AM

If Obama is a moderate (and that is debatable) its because he is smart enough to realize he has no choice in the matter. Move to the left (as I think he wishes he could), and he would run a more significant risk of losing middle ground voters. Not to mention he would have no chance of getting his legislation through congress. Not that he has much of a chance of doing that anyway.

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 08:16 AM

http://www.marketwat...wins-2012-11-06

To me, the whole election was about responsibility, mainly financial. I am much older than 99% of you guys and grew up thinking that you had to live within you means. Our economy for the last 12 years have gone against this at an ever increasing pace.

Personal and governmental responsibility seems to be a thing of the past. Maybe we can just give people stuff with no consequence, start and carry on endless wars with no consequence, keep people in your corner with financial aid, with no consequence. All the while borrowing the money to do it. No tough decisions ever in this world. No disappointment here, no leadership, and no responsibility.

I have had to run my business, home, etc. based on what we could afford. Maybe the world and namely the US economy have a different set of rules. If so, guess I could quit fighting so hard and become, like many others, a kept man.

When a whole campaign is based on what the other side might take something from you, then it indicates that the gov is giving out too much and people will give up or trade their liberties and freedoms for benefits derived from the government. We then become dangerously close to losing the golden goose.

Not many of the 20 year olds here have a clue as to what I am speaking of and sadly, they might never have the opportunity.



#9 Darth Biscuit

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 08:40 AM

Based on Obama's first term, he was much more centrist than expected... and I believe it was because that's where you have to be to get elected.

He now doesn't have to worry about being re-elected... and nobody's gonna vote for Biden in 4 years, so he can do whatever he wants.

I do not believe Obama to be the muslim, socialist, leftist that apparently a large percentage of people believe him to be, but I do believe that he will move noticeably left over the course of this term.

We shall see.

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 08:50 AM

i will say this for a full year till Nov 2013. the key is # of jobs being ADDED on a monthly basis. it HAS to be 100k plus or we are in serious trouble.

you can talk about gay marriage and gender rights and health care and legalizing weed and infrastructure and free porn on your ipad, but the jobs aren't adding up or trending in a way to replenish the job market, it just won't matter.

#11 FurdTurgason

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 08:54 AM

To hell with the job numbers. Who does he like in next year's March Madness?

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 08:57 AM

Running a government like a business is pretty much the worst thing you could do. Other than running it like a household, of course.

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 08:57 AM

I think it needs to be well over 100k jobs per month. More like 200k minimum or we are going backwards. And yet, the big tax increases coming early next year along with Obamacare costs kicking in, going to be a roller coaster for businesses. Would not be surprised to see tons of companies drop healthcare (which was the intention all along) just so survive.

Then the same folks that brought you FEMA, will bring you healthcare. Next 4 years are going to be epic.

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 09:06 AM

Running a government like a business is pretty much the worst thing you could do. Other than running it like a household, of course.



saying the job market needs to add significant # of jobs is no where near saying the govt needs to be ran like a biz or a household is goofy.

smart, lean and flexible govt is what i want. not pork projects and glad handing and let's appease the lobbyist first.

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 09:16 AM

I know he isn't a Muslim, but why in the world would he not make a trip to Israel during his first 4 years? He is the only president to never do that... It's like he wanted people to bring this type of stuff up.


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