Originally Posted by MiddleAgedAl
Like I said numerous times in these various threads before, a vote for Obama is a vote for 4 more years of gridlock. The people spoke, and got what they asked for (or at least a tiny sliver above 50% did, anyways).
If Romney got elected and Congress stayed the same, it would still be gridlocked. It would just be the Dems in the Senate stonewalling.
The "mandate" I see from the voters is that slightly more than half of them realize that the mess the previous administration created could not be fixed in a mere four years. They know it will be a slow but steady climb out. They also saw Romney for what he is, a friend of Wall Street. Americans know that when Wall Street is doing well, it usually means the rich are getting richer and the rest of us are falling behind. Romney would not have turned this economy around any faster and probably would have driven us deeper into debt with more tax breaks for businesses and the super rich.
That said, the Dems and Obama need to accept that right now, starting immediately, some of their pet programs (entitlements) need to be overhauled, pork barrel spending needs to be stopped cold, and compromise is *not* a bad word.
The GOP needs to accept that right now, starting immediately, some of their pet programs (tax breaks) need to be overhauled, pork barrel spending needs to be stopped cold, and compromise is *not* a bad word.
ANY credible economist will tell you that it will take a combination of tax hikes and spending cuts to fix the economy. The current Congress is unwilling to do either. The cliff is coming up fast and the markets are screaming at the driver about it and reacting accordingly. Anyone with sense is quickly moving their money to a safer locale. But once the cliff is (hopefully) avoided, the markets will bounce back in a big way. If we don't avoid the cliff, god help us all.