Up for Debate: What now for U.S. government?

Friday, November 9, 2012 at 1:02am

Now that the campaigns are done, what issues must President Barack Obama and Congress tackle over the next four years at least, starting with the most pressing? How might the parties work together, ideally in a different manner than over the last four years?

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211 Comments on this post:

By: Captain Nemo on 11/11/12 at 10:18


I never voted for Bredesen until his last run for governor, but that is another story. It would still be good to live in America even if the election had gone the other way. However the very good outcome of this election is that the Tea Party lost their grip on the GOP some what. The next two years will tell us more.

By: Ask01 on 11/11/12 at 10:37

Thanks parnell3rd, and the same greetings to you fro an old air force guy.

Captain, you are right, regardless who won, this would still be a great country in which to live.

Just to introduce a new topic if the editors are a little behind, did anyone else see the story about Karl Rove claiming President Obama stole the election by "suppressing the vote?"

I know there is extreme pressure to paint a rosy picture on an otherwise gloomy (for Republicans) outcome, but please!. There is some limit to what the truth can bear.

Particularly when the most outrageous attempt at voter suppression was exercised by mostly Republican legislatures in mostly red states.

More comments such as this will further minimalize and erode the integrity of, not only the regular Republicans, but also the 'way out there' Tea Party fringe element.

Even living in Tennessee, I believe these will be interesting times.

By: bfra on 11/11/12 at 11:44

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama paid tribute at a Veterans Day ceremony at Arlington Memorial Cemetery to "the heroes over the generations who have served this country of ours with distinction."

He said the wreath he laid earlier at Tomb of the Unknowns was intended to "remember every service member who has ever worn our nation's uniform."

In a speech at the Memorial Amphitheater, he said America will never forget the sacrifice made by its veterans and their families.

"No ceremony or parade, no hug or handshake is enough to truly honor that service," the president said, adding that the country must commit every day "to serving you as well as you've served us

By: Captain Nemo on 11/11/12 at 12:24


That was one of the funniest things that took place the night of the election, a friend told me. He was watching and when NBC was about to make the called for Obama, he turned to FOX. Ti his surprise they too were calling for Obama. Carl Rove was in shock and would not believe it. He made them people experts doing the count go over there figures again and again. Even has Romney was about to make his concession speech, he said that it was too soon.

Now the funnies thing about this is that has gotten the big money players to spend enormous of money on Romney winning and several other races and got nothing in return,

Life is good.

By: yogiman on 11/11/12 at 2:34

Question, Ask01.

I believe you "graduated" (retired) from the Air Force, which took you 20 years (it took some dumber ones more) to earn your diploma (discharge).

Did you get to vote in every presidential election while in service? Was you stationed overseas during any of the elections?

They didn't seem to be able to get the papers to the guys overseas early enough to get them back on time.

By: bfra on 11/11/12 at 2:43

Dodohead troll can't offer a legitimate link for that info, either!

By: Captain Nemo on 11/11/12 at 2:53

There is none for him to offer.

By: Rasputin72 on 11/11/12 at 3:59

Karl Rove did indeed make a fool of himself. He was not alone however. I was astounded by the numer of very bright people who were sure enough of a Romney victory to say to me
"name the amount and let's wager. I only took "gentlemens wagers".

My friends and acquaintances did not understand that the deciding votes were not necesssrily for Obama but a vote against the lifestyle of the people with whom I wagered and myself.

Some are stll reeling. Some are even resorting to hoarding food and taking self armanent
classes, putting in home safes and building up cash reserves for emergency.

I on the other hand think armageddon is still a couple of decades away.

By: govskeptic on 11/11/12 at 4:47

Every Republican, every Democrat, and every voter has an opinion as to what went
right or wrong with both candidates. Every Press person has two or three different published reasons either way. Most are exactly like our common famously named
body part and everyone has one!

By: yogiman on 11/11/12 at 6:43

Sorry I don't have your brilliance, bfra.

How about my asking you a question also. Have you ever used the word [Dhimmitude] in our language? No? Do you know what it means?

I suggest you look it up through google and let me know where it came from and who put it the new healthcare bill. Thanks.

By: whitegravy on 11/19/12 at 6:19

COMPROMISE between not only REPUBLICANS and DEMOCRATS, but all the other FACTIONS that divide our country and make us WEAK like squabbling kids..........any REAL issues that our country faces can never be fully addressed until the factions get on the same page about the things that the COMMON MAN cares about versus what the SPECIAL INTERESTS/LOBBIES want.............but alas, politics is all about money and the guys with the most money ( corporations/lobbies) have the most say so about about national direction........our FOREFATHERS intended 2 PARTIES as a means of checks and balances of our government so no 1 man could drive our government,but our 2 party system has DIGRESSED into a bipartisan/greedy/impotent/bickering/beaureucratic monstrosity.......not what our forefathers intended........ there werent any corporations back then...i foresee much worse before it gets better, but it will problably take some MONUMENTAL social upheaval for positive change to put us all on the same page....if then............GREED is at the center of our countries troubles, CORPORATE and otherwise