"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
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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