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President Obama vs. The GOP.

November 28, 2012 by  
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( The conventional political wisdom is that now that President Obama is safely back in the White House and does not have to worry about reelection, he can do what a few other freshly minted second term presidents have done. And that’s take off the gloves and let fly with a series of bold, reform initiatives. FDR, Harry Truman, LBJ and Bill Clinton did that. President Obama gave an early hint that he may be more aggressive in pushing the GOP on his plan to hike taxes on the wealthy. He also met with a cross-section of civil rights and African-American community action organization leaders. The meeting was billed as a talking session to discuss Obama’s proposals to deal with the coming battle with the GOP over tax and budget issues. The leaders were in lock step with Obama’s plan to hike taxes for the wealthy and to minimize the damage of spending cuts on programs that aid minorities and the poor.

A handful of black and Hispanic critics, though, have relentlessly lambasted President Obama from the instant that he entered the White House to do more and say more about the dire plight of the black poor and to push harder for  immigration reform. They argue that blacks and Hispanics made the colossal vote difference in ensuring that he became the first African-American president in 2008. In 2012 they again turned out in big numbers to ensure that he stayed in the White House. They don’t buy President Obama’s frequent retort that he’s the president of America, not black or Hispanic America. They counter that American politics is rooted squarely on appeals to and support from economic, gender, ethnic and economic special interest groups that have their own unique problems, needs and demands. The Democrats’ big tent of special interest groups include blacks, gays, Hispanics, labor, single mid-income women and students. The GOP’s special interest group tent includes major corporations, Christian evangelicals, conservative rural voters and the military. Presidents and presidential hopefuls can’t afford to ignore their needs since they provide the muscle for them to win presidential elections.

But in President Obama’s case it ignores too much. The GOP is far from dead. It still controls the House, still has sufficient numbers in the Senate to dither, delay and obstruct Obama’s judicial appointments, implementation of health care reforms, tax and budget proposals, and regulatory reforms that still need bipartisan cooperation to pass.

The GOP, with its sabre rattle of Obama over the possible appointment of UN ambassador Susan Rice to replace Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, quickly provided ample warning that it can and will go to the barricades to hamper the president. The Supreme Court still has a five vote conservative majority and will decide a number of crucial cases on affirmative action, criminal justice, civil liberties and corporate liability issues. These cases will have a profound impact on law and public policy.

The GOP holds the majority of governorships and state houses nationally. They are major players when it comes to implementing the array of federal spending programs. This is especially vital in implementing health care reform. Some GOP governors have already played hard ball and said that they will not set up health provider exchanges and challenge the White House to do it. They also noisily announced that they will sharply pare back Medicaid allegedly because of unsustainable costs. This presents both an added challenge and headache for the Obama administration. It will require intense political jockeying to get the GOP run states to fully enact the health care provisions.

Then there’s the tumultuous history of second term presidents who have barrelled ahead in the face of staunch opposition from the other party. FDR watched in anger and dismay as conservatives successfully pecked away at a big chunk of his New Deal initiatives. He also was soundly rebuked by Congress and incurred a backlash from the public when he tried to pack the Supreme Court. LBJ faced massive demonstrations and a major challenge from other Democratic presidential hopefuls when he escalated the Vietnam War. That played a big part in his decision not to run for reelection. Clinton faced a divisive and rancorous effort by the GOP to impeach him. The turmoil these presidents endured weakened their presidencies, emboldened their opponents and made it nearly impossible for them to get anything done.

President Obama is in an equally tenuous position. He won big in the Electoral College, but his popular vote totals fell short of what he got in 2008. The near fifty percent of the popular vote that Romney got strongly signalled the country is still deeply divided, and the legions of Obama loathers that viciously hectored, harassed and slurred him during his first term have not faded away. This doesn’t mean that Obama has to pander, conciliate or wet nurse the GOP to get things done as he was forced to do much of his first term. It does mean that he will not abandon the measured, balanced approach to governance that stamped his first term. The GOP’s continuing challenge to him assures that.

Written By Earl Ofari Hutchinson

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4 Responses to “President Obama vs. The GOP.”
  1. Ford says:

    ….Actually Michael it is the democrats who wish to take us over the fiscal cliff. Watch closely. Who is saying there IS NO fiscal cliff? You must have noticed. Hint:MSNBC for starters. Obama wants this. Huge jump in taxes and slash the military blame Republicans.

  2. Billy says:

    [Here’s something I found while on my computer.]

    Obama Enslaves & Destroys Inner Cities

    ( I experienced all this while trapped in a large American city.)

    The suburbs are booming, but not fast enough. Yessir, you ghetto folks
    in inner cities have started a good thing, but there are still lots of acres
    outside the cities without any houses on them. So you’ve gotta move into
    “untouched” city blocks and do the following:
    Throw trash everywhere. You’ll insure that your friends who pick up trash
    and distribute free rat poison packets will keep their jobs. And folks can
    predict the weather by the direction the trash is blowing!
    Walk down the street. Better yet, rhythm down it. And when I say street
    I don’t mean sidewalk. Save sidewalks for your friends on cycles. Besides,
    it’s hard to fit many cursing, screaming, drinking, pot-smoking kids on a
    sidewalk, and it’s also hard to spot keys and other things left in cars when
    you’re walking on a sidewalk!
    When walking down a street, turn your head when you hear a car coming
    and stare at the driver. For all you know, it might be one of your enemies
    out to get you. On the other hand, it might be only your neighbor and all
    that hateful staring might make him want to move out.
    Be sure to beget lots of unloved, unsupervised, unwashed two-legged
    “Obama welfare meal tickets” – either through wedlock or (preferably) out of
    wedlock. And let them often ring doorbells, begging for money.
    Turn quiet streets into noisy jungles. Have a blast – a
    long blast with your car horn under your neighbor’s window at
    3:00 a.m. Let folks know who the real honkies are! Blow your horn when (1)
    you see the police coming (2) you want to buy some dope (3) you want to sell
    some dope (4) for any other reason. Play your stereo so loudly that folks can’t
    hear sirens going to the latest holdup or arson. Be noisy, man, noisy!
    Be cruel to animals, especially “man’s best friend.” Tie your dog on a
    short chain under a blazing sun with no water or food or love or license or
    dog shots. Make him as mean as you are. Better yet, let your dog run loose.
    Neighbors love to find freshly killed cats (after hearing their screams) and
    other goodies on their lawns. Pit one dog against another in bloody “canine
    cockfights” while friends lounge on car hoods and cheer and make bets! And
    what madness is it where folks move out and abandon pets in the house,
    leaving them nothing to eat but their own droppings? This happens often in the
    ghetto, and almost no one will help the animals.
    Keep a good supply of Saturday Night Specials – also Sunday, Monday,
    Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday Night Specials. Your criminal
    presence will improve your neighbor’s light bill; when he isn’t watching you
    at night (with his lights off), he will be able to read books at night by
    the light of the police helicopter searchlights!
    Here’s more insanity: Uncle Sam spends millions of our tax money to
    move you into our neighborhoods where we lose much when we sell our homes.
    So you have your nerve when you glare and swear at us when we don’t move
    out quickly; but you’re the reason we can’t find good buyers! I really wonder
    what you and Uncle Sam will do when lots of folks move to the wilderness and
    live off the land and consequently don’t have to pay taxes to support such
    Finally, spread the rumor that all of your troubles are associated with
    skin, even though you and I know that your problem isn’t skin. It’s sin!!!
    What makes a ghetto? It’s not the paint on a house (or lack of it) but all
    of you two-legged pains in the neck!
    For more information on Blockbuster Obama, Google “The Background Obama
    Can’t Cover Up.”

    (anyone is free to copy and air this paper)

  3. Peter says:

    This is a compelling article! Thanks!

  4. Michael Chester says:

    Even more important is the G.O.P. leadership’s willingness to hold the American economy hostage to thwart Obama. Watch this fiscal cliff debate closely.

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