McCarl: Americans must make best of Presidential outcome
Published: Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, November 7, 2012 01:11
Let’s face it. Either candidate who won office come Jan. 20 would be facing a country filled with their supporters and their opposition. There is no middle ground or way for every citizen to be happy. Americans must make the best out of the situation and support their president.
CNN.com predicted that the partisan balance of Congress would likely remain the same with a dominant Democratic force in the Senate and Republican control of the House of Representatives, though the margins of their control would be smaller. Some things won’t change, and neither will the presidency.
Obama has won a second term, and the economic crisis will remain on his radar. The president plans on vetoing any proposal that would extend the Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthy. He has made tremendous spending cuts already and plans to continue reducing the economic deficit.
Democrats close to Obama have commented that he has learned from his first term about approaching the Republican-controlled House and is prepared to stand his ground. A senior Democrat said of Obama that “he’d (Obama) rather work with them (Republicans) than against them.” An addition to the statement was included quickly, adding “he won’t give them two years to jerk him around like he did last time.”
Romney marketed himself as a much-needed change, aiming to “bring people together.” The presidential hopeful fought a long, hard battle deep in traditionally blue states. The irony of this is not lost on the public audience. This campaign has proved a challenge for both candidates, Romney being no exception.
Romney wanted to make an easy transition into office. The passing of health care reform in his state hinted at the chance for the candidate to work with both parties on key issues. Between the Tea Party Republicans who hold little room for compromise and potentially irked Democrats coming off of a loss of president, Romney would have faced constant opposition at every turn.
Regardless of which candidate won the election, the future of our nation would still rest on a tentative see-saw of power. With each main party controlling one part of Congress, Obama will have a challenge in keeping things settled and working smoothly.
Now that a second term has been won, Obama will have to try to repair the damage from criticism of his first term. If Romney gets the chance to take a crack at the highest office in the United States in four years, he will have a lot to develop if he wants to implement many of his policies.