07 November 2012

A Note to Liberals

"Our economy is recovering. A decade of war is ending. A long campaign is now over. And whether I earned your vote or not, I have listened to you, I have learned from you, and you've made me a better president. And with your stories and your struggles, I return to the White House more determined and more inspired than ever about the work there is to do and the future that lies ahead. 

Tonight you voted for action, not politics as usual. You elected us to focus on your jobs, not ours. And in the coming weeks and months, I am looking forward to reaching out and working with leaders of both parties to meet the challenges we can only solve together. Reducing our deficit. Reforming our tax code. Fixing our immigration system. Freeing ourselves from foreign oil. We've got more work to do"
These two paragraphs come from Obama's victory speech last night. Notice what his agenda includes and what it neglects. Deficit reduction. Tax reform. Energy independence. Immigration reform. This sounds like the Romney/Ryan platform minus the assault on reproductive choice and health  insurance reform. Nothing on political economic inequality. Nothing on unemployment - except insofar as that is taking care of itself, however slowly. Nothing on enforcement of financial sector reforms. This is what Obama has in store for you. More center-right policy with a garnish of bi-partisanship.

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