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On the day after, we’re as split emotionally as we are politically.
 
Democrats celebrate President Obama’s historic reelection. America has now twice elected a black man to the highest office. His win validates his policies: the stimulus, auto bailout and financial reform. Health care reform will survive. He will fill Supreme Court vacancies. He will preside over America’s inevitable economic comeback.
 
North Carolina Republicans celebrate their rise to total power. They now can shape the state’s future. They can set about the transition, which James Carville once defined as a Latin word meaning “the time when you stop screwing your enemies and start screwing your friends.”
 
North Carolina Democrats face a tough climb out of a deep hole. But there is hope. They lost the governor’s race simply because Governor-elect Pat McCrory faced little competition. The legislative and congressional districts were rigged against them. North Carolina proved that it’s a real presidential battleground state. Democrats on the Council of State overcame McCrory’s tide. North Carolina is becoming more urban, younger, darker and more socially tolerant – all trends that favor Democrats.
 
It is a time to remember Larry O’Brien’s dictum: “In politics, there are no final victories and no final defeats.”
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Carbine
# Carbine
Wednesday, November 07, 2012 2:19 PM
His win "validates" his policies? There's more to validation than political outcomes; there's the real world consequences of those policies. The only real world outcome of the stimulus so far has been a massive increase in our national debt. The auto bailout worked for him politically but accomplished nothing that a bancruptcy court could not have achieved, and with more fairness. His financial reforms have become an impediment to recovery. He may get to nominate a Supreme or two, but there's no guarantee that he'll get the ones he chooses confirmed. And as for his health care law, wait 'till millions of middle class people start getting billed by the IRS for it, while millions more on Medicare find it harder and harder to locate a physician willing to take care of them, and everyone finds it harder to get an appointment for anything due to the sudden influx of people getting "free" treatment. We'll see how long that law lasts in the real world.

And do you really think economic recoveries are "inevitable?" If he stupidly insists on draggin the country over the fiscal cliff this winter because of his party's sacred-cow obsession with raising taxes, he'll get to preside over an "inevitable depression" instead.

This president has far, far luckier than good. But the thing about luck is that one day, it runs out. He just signed up for four more years worth of hoping that his holds.
clarence swinney
# clarence swinney
Wednesday, November 07, 2012 3:12 PM
OECD NATION RANKINGS
#1 Percent of workers in low pay jobs
#2-Least tax on corporations
#3-Least taxed below Chile and Mexico
#4-Inequality
third world? no America!
clarence swinney
# clarence swinney
Wednesday, November 07, 2012 4:55 PM
REPUBLICANS EARNED THEIR DEFEAT
Obstructed bills that helped millions,
Killed the jobs bill. Fought middle class tax cut.
Killed the bill to disclose information on big campaign donors
Fought the Debt Ceiling Increase. Blackmail unemployment checks
Killed Pay Equity Bill
Fought a bill to limit student loan rates
Fought the Transportation Bill
Demanded a16M cut in the FAA funding
They have been labeled one of most Do Nothing Congress in history
They have made warfare on attacking the president on everything he does
or proposes. REPUBLICANS EARNED DEFEAT

dap916
# dap916
Thursday, November 08, 2012 7:19 AM
The way to determine whether or not America has an economic comeback will be in the numbers. I'm talking about the number of people on unemployment. I'm talking about the number of people receiving food stamps (many that now offer the ability to get cash money) and the number of people receiving government-assisted housing. I'm talking about the number of people that are getting all of the so-called safety net items like welfare right on down to free phones.

The Dow and NASDAQ numbers will mean squat. People care about losing their homes and their inability to educate their children and their inability to accumulate wealth because of no private sector jobs. There can only be so many government jobs...so the unemployment number can only be affected just so much by that.

We'll see just what kind of true recovery we have in the next 4 years. It will be interesting. If Obama & Co. makes it easier for companies to grow and if they put into effect policies that help job creators, then I will change my opinion of this administration. If cost controls are enacted in entitlements and if enforcement of fraud within those entitlements begins to happen, then I will have a far better opinion of this administration.

I don't believe many of those things will happen. It would be to devastating politically to the democrats. Many pundits will try to paint a very different picture of why Obama won his second term, but the truth is, those that would benefit most by continuing to maintain and increase our entitlement system showed up in groves to the polls...and that was Obama's margin of victory.
clarence swinney
# clarence swinney
Thursday, November 08, 2012 7:20 AM
REPUBLICANS EARNED THEIR DEFEAT
Obstructed bills that helped millions,
Killed the jobs bill. Fought middle class tax cut.
Killed the bill to disclose information on big campaign donors
Fought the Debt Ceiling Increase. Blackmail unemployment checks
Killed Pay Equity Bill
Fought a bill to limit student loan rates
Fought the Transportation Bill
Demanded a16M cut in the FAA funding
They have been labeled one of most Do Nothing Congress in history
They have made warfare on attacking the president on everything he does
or proposes. REPUBLICANS EARNED DEFEAT

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