The Audacity of 51%: Get ready for higher taxes and no spending reform

Posted by on Nov 16, 2012 at 9:58 am

“Maybe peace would have broken out with a different kind of White House, one less committed to waging a perpetual campaign–a White House that would see a 51-48 victory as a call to humility and compromise rather than an irrefutable mandate.”

Yeah, well, shut up, you Republican losers. Obama won, which means a majority of Americans support his policies. Stop being obstructionist and get with the program.

Oh wait, sorry. That quote wasn’t from a Republican but from a recently elected Democrat. It was referring not to Obama but to George W. Bush after the 2004 election. The author: Barack Obama, junior senator from Illinois. The book: “The Audacity of Hope.”

In the following paragraph, Sen. Obama goes on to complain about antitax activist Grover Norquist, who was “unconstrained by the decorum of public office.” On Tuesday, as PBS’s “NewsHour” reports, President Obama met with a group of similarly unconstrained “leaders of labor and liberal groups” at the White House to discuss economic policy.

Dennis Van Roekel, president of the teachers union that styles itself the National Education Association, told the network: “I brought the message that, number one, it’s important that we let the Bush tax cuts disappear for the wealthiest 2%. As we’re looking for a $1.2 trillion solution, $829 billion takes us a long way there.”

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One Response to “The Audacity of 51%: Get ready for higher taxes and no spending reform”

  1. MT Geoff on 16/16/12 at 11:43 am

    Every president claims a mandate, however thin the margin of victory. William Clinton had good electoral margins but never did get a majority of the popular vote — something that GW Bush did achieve in 2004.
    Mandate or no — and no president ever took election humbly except maybe Calvin Coolidge — a president is elected 100% and must govern accordingly.
    His Hopeful Changeness has little claim to a mandate but he still has a job to do. He will do it badly, possibly worse than the last four years, and my great hope is that he’ll be so distracted by the scandals he has earned that he’ll forget to try to run the economy.