The wrong track

Voters who re-elected Obama kept America on an unsustainable path

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“Ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country.”

– John F. Kennedy

Your world changed. Overnight.

There can be little doubt that America will be a different country in the years ahead than it has been historically. New rails have been laid on the collectivist track we’ve been put on, and the engineer has been told to go full speed ahead.

How goofy is this: NBC reports that a majority of voters polled after they voted Tuesday said the country is “seriously off on the wrong track.” But they voted to stay on it!

The class-envy mentality that encourages taking from others and expanding government handouts has been given a green light – just two years after a 2010 election in which the country was lurched in the opposite direction, toward fiscal sanity and self-reliance.

That’s a nation that doesn’t know what it stands for.

At best, what it stands for has changed utterly, and perhaps unalterably. John F. Kennedy’s legendary inaugural exhortation to think of country first has been flipped on its head. Today, we are encouraged to ask what our country can do for us, with money borrowed from our children and those yet to be born.

That’s immoral.

A country, by the way, that is already $16 trillion in debt and facing $60 trillion or more in future costs for Medicare and Social Security and Medicaid and other promises.

A country in which nearly half the population pays no federal income taxes – many of whom actually receive payments, money taken from a shrinking productive class.

A country facing huge tax increases so deftly hidden in the weeds of the thousands of pages of Obamacare that few see them coming.

Those around the world who see only a telegenic, charismatic leader who diminishes and downplays America’s role in the world may celebrate, but perhaps unaware of what his promised fundamental transformation of this country may end up looking like. Those world citizens whose lifestyles depend on a strong America may end up not liking the new transformation after all.

This country is not on a sustainable track. It is on the same track that is taking Western Europe over the edge. It turns out that we’re no more resistant to the allure of “other people’s money.”

At some point, as Margaret Thatcher warned about the pitfalls of socialism, we will run out of other people’s money.

That day has only been pushed closer.

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Radwaste
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Radwaste 11/08/12 - 06:17 am
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CNN isn't reporting this...

... but the stock market had its worst loss since November 2011 the morning after the election.

If you are an employer, you'd be nuts to hire someone while the Teleprompter is in charge.

And that's not dependent on who else might have been elected.

jack234
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jack234 11/08/12 - 06:49 am
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Sounds like Rush, telling

Sounds like Rush, telling bussiness not to hire so the economy will look bad and our president won't get re-elected. News flash: The election is over. I think businesses are wiser than that now and would rather expand and make more money. Our president has four years now to concentrate on the economy as The Affordable Insurance Act kick in full speed ahead. Look like doing the right thing always pays off in the end. Now if the Speaker can get the Tea party under control and explain the procedure to them, we might accomplish even more. We all want our President to succeed. He has already earned his pages in the history book because of the health care that Rush named after him. I know Rush hate he did that now. WOW!

nofanofobama
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nofanofobama 11/08/12 - 07:13 am
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jack.as a member of the tea

jack.as a member of the tea party i must remind you that we live in a representive republic..49 percent of us who pay the bills have the house and approx 46 to 47 senators to represent us..and with 1 trillion dollars in deficit spending we demand sanity in DC and WILL NOT ROLL OVER.. we dont even know where all the money is spent and how..both sides admit to waste and fraud in the federal budget. so why would you want more money sent there its purely madding the philosphy of the left and is purely greedy and stupid..if the prez doesnt change i want him to FAIL.its about the economy of the country not HIM...Im sorry elementary math and responsibility are not a common denomator of the left..but somewhere really soon if the lefts worship of big govt and obumler doesnt cloud reason and sight you all will see the folly of the community agitator.

Retired Army
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Retired Army 11/08/12 - 07:16 am
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You can bet your bottom

You can bet your bottom dollar that this bunch downtown had an editorial written up begging the nation to come together in support of Mitt Romney had the election gone their way.

Devisive as ever, filled with sour grapes and wrong as usual.

nofanofobama
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nofanofobama 11/08/12 - 08:11 am
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RA dont accuse the

RA dont accuse the republicans as not bipartisain ..they teamed with the dims in the senate and voted down by 98-o for 3 or 4 years obumlers budgets. we have a divided govt because we have a divided country further agitated along the last 4 years by an incompenant community agitator. and the 49 percent of us who pay the bills will not roll over we demand our elected official to represent the best for the country and us..not the takers..

soapy_725
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soapy_725 11/08/12 - 08:16 am
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If anyone in America stills lives in a Representative Republic
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please tell the rest of us so we can relocate. Is it one of the "twelve federal districts" that can over rule any state? Or are we represented by appointed for life federal judge? Congress represents themselves. We have not had a representative anything since the end of the Civil War. And maybe we didn't have true representation before.

Techfan
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Techfan 11/08/12 - 08:21 am
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Some detest Obama. Others

Some detest Obama. Others simply don't like or trust him. Fair enough. As a president who seeks to let freedom ring, he understands not everyone will agree with his policies - those who feel that trying to spread liberty and self-government around the world could be too costly in terms of lost lives and treasure. And why undertake such huge risks when the price of failure could be disastrous?
But even if you do dislike and disagree with him, how can you not, if you're a real American, hope he succeeds? How can America win if Obama fails? How can anyone hope that freedom doesn't make it in other countries? It makes absolutely no sense - in fact, it borders on being traitorous - to hate Obama so much that you want him and the nation to fail, and for other nations to stay mired in tyranny.
His presidency could turn out like that of Harry S. Truman, who was held in contempt by many of his contemporaries during much of his tenure - yet history now ranks him as one of the nation's greatest and most beloved presidents.
In the meantime, though, let's not only hope and pray that he succeeds; let's pitch in, in whatever ways we can, to help him succeed. Our country's and the world's future hangs in the balance.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 11/08/12 - 08:25 am
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Twice the American voters have elected
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a man who idolized European Progressive Socialism. Where else could we be going. With an impotent Congress and egomaniac Justices the path is clear.

The French hated the rich. The Communist hated the rich. The Nazis hated the rich. A very good choice to demonize. They are few and vulnerable to mobs. But then the state seizes the wealth and become the rich. Go figure?

The religion of socialism believes their cause is inevitable. Most other major religions believe the same. Socialism has even won converts from Christianity who have lost faith and decided they, not God, will save the world. It is "onward socialist soldier marching as before, with the state your master, going on before;"

Socialism is the champion of right, fair and just for all.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 11/08/12 - 08:30 am
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" You can bet your bottom
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"
You can bet your bottom dollar that this bunch downtown had an editorial written up begging the nation to come together in support of Mitt Romney had the election gone their way.

Devisive as ever, filled with sour grapes and wrong as usual."

Yet more baseless accusations from "Retired Army." Will it ever stop?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 11/08/12 - 08:46 am
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Reeducation Camps Next

Black sedans will start rounding up conservatives to send to reeducation camps. Kim, Kourtney and Khole will be the instructors.

nofanofobama
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nofanofobama 11/08/12 - 09:14 am
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TECH i stated i want him to

TECH i stated i want him to fail if he doesnt change..its about policy his policy..and if its not good for the country I WANT HIM TO FAIL..and i am a real american who believes in the principle our founding father gave us. do not hide behide general remarks...how naive can people be not to see his poloicies are bankrupting us , and his foreign policy has left radical islam on the rise and a dead embassadoor and a burning consulate..yet i am lectured to support failed policy ..how naive hes a man not the messiah and his policies are bad for our country..

carcraft
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carcraft 11/08/12 - 09:16 am
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The most telling reality of

The most telling reality of this election is Darren Restaurants going to more part time workers to reduce benefits and cut employee costs for Obama care! Darden is a big Obama suporter yet instead of shouldering the cost of programs his support of Obama generates he is shoving that cost on others! Paul Klecley of Deloitte Center for Health statistics says a law may need to be passed to prevent this type of employee dumping! Now if you are an employer will you hire part time or full time? The information came from huffington. Welcome to the world of Durden, or should I say John Galt!

TParty
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TParty 11/08/12 - 09:34 am
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Radwaste and others:

For those who talked about the stock market dropping yesterday- it's because of the announcement of economic stagnation in Germany, whose data has been worse than predicted. Obama winning was very likely- and all of that was already calculated into the market.

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 11/08/12 - 09:35 am
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wrong track....

OK, a majority thinks the country is seriously on the wrong track.
Voters in the polling booth were faced with two choices, the Obama administration in charge of a country "going in the wrong direction" or Romney / Ryan vowing to make changes. More voters choose to stay with Obama. The question is why? The most obvious answer is a majority decided that as bad as things might be with Obama, they'd be worse with Romney / Ryan! At some point, Republicans are going to have to look at themselves in the mirror and ask themselves why they failed to find candidates a majority would prefer to the President. So far many conservatives blame the voters (too stupid, too greedy, too self regarding) when they they should be blaming themselves.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 11/08/12 - 09:42 am
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TParty said, "For those who

TParty said, "For those who talked about the stock market dropping yesterday- it's because of the announcement of economic stagnation in Germany, whose data has been worse than predicted."

Heh, heh, heh. Even you don't believe that. Although it's apparently going to rebound today. I'm in QCOM and it actually went up yesterday. Hopefully, today, too.

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 11/08/12 - 09:42 am
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Get ready for Hillary!

Ol' Bill did his part, helping Obama win a second term. As the economy slowly improves, the Democrats will be in perfect position to win again in 2016, and Hillary will be our first woman President. She will have the opportunity to name replacements for Scalia and Thomas, turning SCOTUS into a liberal court for a generation. [Scalia, by the way, will retire to scowling at himself in the mirror, Thomas to hole up in his bedroom watching dirty movies.] HILLARY IN 2016!

loblolly
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loblolly 11/08/12 - 09:43 am
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The ACES
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like to report stories out of context and eliminate the other positive things voters said about obama's handling of the economy and trust they have in him to put us on the right track. Voters are begging for Congress to quit playing partisan games and support the President. It looks like Bohner heard that, and is extending an olive branch.

Jane18
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Jane18 11/08/12 - 09:45 am
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Distrust, Not Hate

You just do not get it, do you Techfan? None of us hate obama, we hate what he stands for, obamacare, the idiotic bailouts, apologizing to other countries, failing to act in desperate situations, the people in his background that hate America, we could go on and on with every negative said and done by "your man"! I, personally, would love(you hear me?)to see and hear something wonderful for America come out of The Oval Office, but, Techfan, it ain't gonna happen(your guy has an agenda)! Do no ask us to trust in someone that has not earned that trust. He needs to prove himself first..........................

loblolly
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loblolly 11/08/12 - 09:49 am
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The ACES
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must be licking their wounds to see the country's demographics steadily growing more diverse in its ethnicty and political philosophy. The bottom line is the Republicans will have to disown their extreme right-wing views. For example, fightig against gay marriage is as futile as was the fight against civil rights. It will eventually be legal everywhere in this country, as attitudes of upcoming generations will make it so.

loblolly
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loblolly 11/08/12 - 09:53 am
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Finally ACES
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it would be nice to hear your analysis of Bronco winning the Catholic vote after the right-wing determined he waged a war on religious freedom, which the ACES certainly tried to expoloit. Rome did eveything to convince Catholics to vote against the President, but for some reason they did not listen. I am interested in your analysis of this fact. Thanks!

Techfan
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Techfan 11/08/12 - 10:03 am
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Unsubstantiated claims? Like

Unsubstantiated claims? Like radical Islam is on the rise when they've been devastated? Darden Restaurants is a member of ultra right wing ALEC and has given 61% Republican to 39% Democrat for 2011-2012?
http://influenceexplorer.com/organization/darden-restaurants/edef9d4cf48...

Deloitte? 69% GOP, 31% Dem?
http://influenceexplorer.com/organization/deloitte-touche/55d2760b974a41...

faithson
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faithson 11/08/12 - 10:08 am
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empty chair...

Eastwood's characterful talk with the empty chair was instructive to all people of good faith in the republican party. Eastwood was a metaphor for the 'talking heads' in conservative media, there is NO ONE in the chair, yet they continue to hack away at the supposed 'straw man'. Of course when the lie is what an unthinking mind wants to hear, the ratings go up. If there is anything that should be taken from this election, it is that a majority of the national voting public see through the feckless Fox talking heads who speak to a population that is being marginalized and found inept in explaining their message to women, latino's, minorities and the youth. Forgoing a literate message to this contingency, the republicans and the Editorial board at AC will be relegated to the party of George Wallace, a powerless voice in the wilderness.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 11/08/12 - 10:14 am
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This election just

This election just demonstrates half the population is too lazy to bother to research issues and the negative and comedic adds easily swayed them against Mitt. They created a strawman of Mitt as an evil greedy capitalist, with no heart, a liar, Romnesia. OMG such rhetoric and demogoguery is just unbecoming a standing president but what else could he do-couldn't run on his record or any details about how he will finally solve our fiscar problems. We really have two cliffs the quick one immediately and the slow one that Obam will implement-some choice because of polarity. Either tax and spend or ridiculous austerity which is doomed to failure. The first cliff should let all the Bush tax cuts subside for all tax payers and then a measured austerity with a new stimulus to no state or govt entity but solely small busninesses. It ain't rocket science. But neither side will ever come to such an agreement.

Techfan
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Techfan 11/08/12 - 10:14 am
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Since the Democrats have won

Since the Democrats have won the popular vote in 5 of the last 6 elections, maybe the GOP needs to understand that the people want Democrats to lead. Perhaps they can try some of their policies for a change instead of hanging on to rehashed GOP plans. We've found that "trickle down" doesn't work, and instead means "flood up". When only a few at the top see all of the gains in the US, we'll never succeed or come out of this recession. When we spend over half of our revenue on military spending (and half of the entire world's military spending) we're going to go broke. In 2011, we had revenue of $2.9 trillion. $1 trillion is from payroll taxes and needs to be reserved for that use. That leaves $1.9 trillion with a real military budget of $1.3-$1.4 trillion. That leaves only $500 billion for the entire rest of the US government.

faithson
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faithson 11/08/12 - 10:18 am
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Conservatives do have something to say

When the likes of Ronald Regan could NOT get the party nomination of the republican's in the last two cycles, you have to believe that there is a problem within the general party. When republicans have lost 7-8 senate seats over the last 3 cycles, most in republican strongholds, a realist must look to message problems within. We need a fiscally conservative republican party that can stand up to the excesses of the democrats. What we don't need is a national political party that acts like a theocracy, with all the inherit problems religion brings with it.

faithson
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faithson 11/08/12 - 10:27 am
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biz

'half the population is too lazy', you know this is a specious argument to make. We both know that this criticizm can be had with both parties. As to a workable fiscal solution, a real definition of 'small business' needs to be brought to bear. The existing definition under the fed's is way off target. It should be pared down to help the smaller companies that ARE the springs of american entrepreneurship.

carcraft
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carcraft 11/08/12 - 10:41 am
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Well Darren maybe

Well Darren maybe conservative,but your still haven't answered the question! Would you hire full or part time workers if you may be find for laying them off or reducing them to part time later to avoid obama care?

HenryWalker3rd
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HenryWalker3rd 11/08/12 - 10:54 am
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no pun intended
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Those who call themselves repubs always seem to feel that THEY are the smartest people in the nation and know exactly what to do and how to do it the right way.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 11/08/12 - 11:04 am
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"Those who call themselves
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"Those who call themselves repubs always seem to feel that THEY are the smartest people in the nation and know exactly what to do and how to do it the right way."

I've noticed the exact same thing with Democrats, except they insist that socialism will work this time because they are smarter.

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