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OBAMA WINS!




WASHINGTON -- Now President Barack Obama has some promises to keep.

His 2012 campaign wasn't nearly as full of measurable commitments as his first one in 2008, but there were still plenty -- some of which are due in a matter of weeks, not months or years.

The most immediate deliverable -- and the one for which he has the clearest mandate -- is a tax hike for the rich.

Obama can deliver that fairly easily because the Bush tax cuts expire at the end of the year. Without doing anything, he can restore the top marginal tax rate to 39.6 percent, up from 35 percent, restore the estate tax, and raise the capital gains tax cap from 15 percent to 20 percent.

But in that process, Obama also has repeatedly vowed to strike what is often referred to as a "grand bargain" -- a bipartisan deal that would link tax increases for the rich to budget cuts, possibly involving Social Security, in order to start along the path to long-term deficit reduction.

In his victory speech early Wednesday morning, Obama restated his biggest promises. "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."

But there's no way for Obama to fulfill any of those major promises unless he gets House Republicans to go along. So he has essentially promised to deliver Republicans, starting very soon. Of course, he promised to do that in 2008, too.

Post inauguration, Obama's first big deliverable is comprehensive immigration reform providing a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. In September, Obama told a Miami audience that his inaction on immigration was the "biggest failure" of his first term. In October, he told the Des Moines Register, he is confident he can deliver because he has new leverage.

"Should I win a second term, a big reason I will win a second term is because the Republican nominee and the Republican Party have so alienated the fastest-growing demographic group in the country, the Latino community," he said. But his assumption -- that the GOP will realize it can't afford to keep its hard line position on immigration any longer -- is unproven.

Obama can keep some of his promises even with an obstructionist GOP if he's willing to take bold, unilateral steps that he shrank from in his first term. For instance, Obama has talked about addressing the continued housing crisis; the obvious next step would be to allow principal reductions for troubled borrowers whose mortgages are owned by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Obama is expected to start soon by firing acting Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Ed DeMarco.

Obama has promised to reduce air pollution and other environmental hazards, and a more muscular approach to agency rule-making could go a long way in that direction.

But if second-term Obama is focused on establishing a historic legacy, then he's going to have to take on the issue of climate change -- going far beyond the innovation agenda of his first term, and establishing some a carbon tax or emissions caps.

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney mocked Obama for having "promised to begin to slow the rise of the oceans” in 2008. Environmentalists, by contrast, are hoping the president will now act on that promise. The path to such an agreement is far from clear, however.

Similarly, it's hard to see how Obama can deliver on his most frequent campaign promises, which related to the middle class and job creation. Underlying those promises is his vow to invest in education, research, but most of all infrastructure -- and he can't do that without Congress.

In the same town hall where he discussed his failure to achieve immigration reform, Obama said "the most important lesson I’ve learned is that you can’t change Washington from the inside. You can only change it from the outside.” He seemed to be suggesting that the American public help him pressure Congress.

But it's not just Congress. Progressive activists have learned the hard way that Obama himself is best at keeping his own promises when he is held to them by organized and mobilized grassroots campaigns.

Here are some of the major promises made by the Obama 2012 campaign in ads, the Democratic Party platform, Obama's major speeches, debates, and other sources.


Middle class/Taxes

Return to Clinton-era tax rates for families earning above $250,000.

Give middle-class families and folks trying to get into the middle class some relief.

98 percent of families will not see a tax increase.


Job creation/Business/Manufacturing

Close loopholes that allow companies to deduct expenses when they export jobs.

Tax breaks for companies that are investing in the United States.

97 percent of small businesses will not see a tax increase.

Reduce corporate tax rate to 25 percent, while eliminating many deductions.

Create a million new manufacturing jobs in the next four years.

Help big factories and small businesses double their exports.

Invest in advanced manufacturing.


Energy/Gas/Environment

By the middle of the next decade, cars and trucks will go twice as far on a gallon of gas.

Open more land for oil-and-gas exploration.

Cut oil imports in half by 2020.

Develop new sources of energy in America.

Reduce carbon pollution.


Education

Hire 100,000 new math and science teachers.

Create 2 million more slots in our community colleges so people can get job training.

Cut tuition increases in half over 10 years.


Health care

When Obamacare is fully implemented, costs will go down.

Lower Medicare health care costs.

Improve benefits, cut payments to hospitals and other providers by $700 billion.


Deficit

Put U.S. on path to cut deficits by $4 trillion over 10 years.
Immigration

Pass comprehensive immigration reform.

Give young people a path to citizenship.
Foreign policy

Transition out of Afghanistan by end of 2014.

Iran will not get a nuclear weapon.


Gun control

Keep guns out of the hands of criminals and those who are mentally ill.

Increase enforcement of current laws.

Reintroduce assault weapons ban.


Source:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/07/obama-promises_n_2088276.html
CHIVIS FOREVER
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Congratulations Mr. President!
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Anon
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Whatever, nothing changes. Economy will lag and the deficit will grow. The U.S is going down the path of Western Europe. Okay, election is over, no more politics. Who will the next capo to be caught be? Cuarenta?
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DaBlueLine
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where are all the haters????


thats right, STFU
>>A conservative is a man who just sits and thinks, mostly sits.
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Baggy
LOOOL. all the haters probably out giving beatings to people they paid to vote for romney! Wow so many better uses for all that cash.. both of them wasted massive amounts of funds... sosad, But congrats to obama, least this might put world war 4 on hold for the time being
Patriotism is a propaganda tool used to make people blind to the lies of their government through unquestioning devotion.
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ToPHeR
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The Great Divider in Chief. Yes, congrats on successfully dividing the country and bringing us back to Civil War era boundary lines. I can't wait for the next 4 years to be exactly like the last 2 where nothing gets done because of the gridlock in Congress...can't wait...
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elotero
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Yea Let's cheer for Obama, wait wait about fast and furious?  What about the deficit?  What about the medical insurance every business is now required to buy which means more layoffs are coming because not all companies can afford that.  What about the fact that the average income has dropped almost $3,500?  What about that fact that everyone who votes for Obama wants free hand outs instead of working hard for what they earned.  This country will go father down the trash but so many americans love obama and think he walks on water.
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Anon
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Yeah, I simply don't get why people want more of the same. Man 8 years of Bush and now 8 years of Obama. I don't hate anyone, much less the President of my country, but we can do much better than these guys. On a much brighter note, Washington and Colorado legalized pot!
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DaBlueLine
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elotero....get over it. none of that shit was important to the electorate. ask people about fast and furious and theyll think about cars. the deficit? who gives a fuck about that?!! no one seemed to care during the Bush years. Shit, even dick cheney said "deficits dont matter". no one i know is losing sleep over it.

your guy lost and now its time to compromise. republicans got slammed yesterday. while the house is still in control of R's, theyll split into 2 groups and the moderate wing will work with the dems.

or you could cling on to your conspiracy theories and join karl rove at fox news, and come out 4 years from now.

---In the city by the lake.

>>A conservative is a man who just sits and thinks, mostly sits.
Woodrow Wilson<<
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tonebowski
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You forgot to mention the rise of militant islam in the middle east on Obama's watch....Tunisia, Egypt, Syria, Libya.....
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hermano_chilfado
@dablueline

so did you vote for obama just to vote for a black guy? or did you want to continue getting government handouts while my taxes pay for it?

hope you like socialism..
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ToPHeR
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I'm happy about Colorado and Washington too! But let's see what the DoJ does now because it's still illegal on the Fed level. In 2008, Obama campaigned that he would not go after California dispensaries, but sure enough he did.


Also, this election is the exact same as the 2004 election when Bush narrowly was re-elected and we all know how that turned out 4 years later....This will be the same scenario...

You gotta love the stock market plunging 200 points at the open too today. LOL
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WonderBread
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It doesn't matter who the president is.  Congress is the one who passes laws and budgets.
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Havana
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Phew!  

Now let's see if the jerks in the Congress can actually do the most difficult thing of all-work together for the good of the country.  I don't know why another term in office would miraculously heal the mega divide and make congress start down this new path other than to actually get something done.

If Romney won I still would think the same thing, put the differences aside and get to work, otherwise Americans are getting totally, completely ripped off again by our politicians who act like a bunch of quibbling kindergarden students with no results except thwarting their opponents.


@Hermano Chiflado- Ludicrous statement about Dablueline. My observations tell me many people vote over issues and not color. Most people on this site seem to have moved beyond that limitation.  
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El Regio
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DaBlueLine wrote
elotero....get over it. none of that shit was important to the electorate. ask people about fast and furious and theyll think about cars. the deficit? who gives a fuck about that?!! no one seemed to care during the Bush years. Shit, even dick cheney said "deficits dont matter". no one i know is losing sleep over it.

your guy lost and now its time to compromise. republicans got slammed yesterday. while the house is still in control of R's, theyll split into 2 groups and the moderate wing will work with the dems.

or you could cling on to your conspiracy theories and join karl rove at fox news, and come out 4 years from now.

---In the city by the lake.
Wow....

lol @ compromise.


"The Tea Bag Party has a 10-15% approval rating. Depending on who you ask. ja ja ja" The wise Ajulio.
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elotero
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@ Dablueline - typical democrats - they want everyone to be open minded and blah blah blah but when someone brings up important things that do matter - they say exactly what you did.  You sound childish.  I hope you enjoy your free obama phone, free handouts and continue to sit on your @$$ while I work my butt off to pay for your free crap.  

***Look at the markets today, you think they like that Obama was reelected?  I'm sure you also heard about how many companies said prior to the election if Obama is reelected, there will be lots of layoffs because he forced heatlh care down their throats which they can't afford, so I hope you're happy that he is going to make the economy worse.
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elotero
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I would like to know what good things OBama has done other then give millions free food and free phones and free housing.  
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WonderBread
elotero wrote
I would like to know what good things OBama has done other then give millions free food and free phones and free housing.
Killed Osama Bid Laden!  He also helped ease the financial crisis that Bush started.
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ToPHeR
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LOL!

 First, Obama didn't kill bin Laden...the Navy Seals did

Second, Obama didn't "ease" any financial crisis. He spent $1 Tril on a stimulus that he said would lower unemployment to around 5% at this time....it's still above 8% and even higher if you include the millions who aren't counted anymore because their unemployment benefits have run out after 99 weeks. There are still 23 million people out of work or in search of better jobs.  Instead of trying to repair the economy, he decided that focusing on Obamacare and getting that passed was more important than any kind of financial help for the economy.  According to experts, the recession ended in June of 2009 and the recovery began. What has Obama done since that time to aid any kind of recovery? The economy is still dragging along and on life support. Be prepared for a second recession because it's right around the corner...

Did you even pay any attention to this election? Because if you did, you would realize that Obama did everything in his power to talk about anything BUT the economy.  He focused on Obamacare, women's right to birth control, and attacking Romney's economic plan. He didn't even offer up any kind of plan for the next 4 years! He ran the most negative, divisive campaign in history for any seated President and won! Now what does that say about America?

USA 2012: The Divided States of America
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DaBlueLine
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free food?!?!? where, i want free food. and free housing, shit....sign me up!
and a phone too? do you think i can get xbox live for free too?
millions? how far up your ass did you have to go to dig that number up, pai?


I work for mine.

im not a democrat. Im a Liberal. im not a socialist, or communist or a nazi. Im a liberal.
i believe in equal justice for all, no discrimination based on anything. i believe in a social net for people that need help. i believe in a hand up, not a handout. i believe if you are getting any type of gov assistance, then you should give back to the community somehow. i believe we should all have healthcare ins.  for me its too expensive. but i take care of myself in other ways. I believe we shouldnt have to fight wars for faulty reasons. i believe we should heavily invest in schools, so were not left behind in the world.

but i must be some socialist according to the wingers here.

your side lost. now suck it. yeah, im gloating and it feels so good.
>>A conservative is a man who just sits and thinks, mostly sits.
Woodrow Wilson<<
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