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What could Obama accomplish in a second term?

Given the results of last November’s mid-term elections and the approach to economic growth favored by congressional Republicans (as indicated in numerous speeches delivered, policy proposals outlined and legislation written — and sometimes even passed in the House), the president’s jobs bill stood no chance of in that GOP-controlled chamber. It may have failed even in the Senate where some Democrats who voted to end debate may well not have voted for final passage of the costly initiative.

At a time when 57% “of Americans believe the federal government today has too much power“, the president is going to find it hard to sell his policies even to members of his own party facing re-election in “red” or “purple” states — as well as swing districts.

With his failure to advance any of his agenda since his party lost the house, how then will President Obama be able to accomplish anything in his second term?

This year, he can no longer run on the vague mantra of hope and the promise of changing Washington.  He has instead chosen to focus on labeling his partisan adversaries as extremists.  That may well work in securing a second term, but it doesn’t give him a governing agenda.

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  1. I am afraid he would use more Executive Orders than we could keep track of and I do not see the Republicans having the backbone to enact legislation to overturn them.

    Comment by Not Always RIght — October 13, 2011 @ 6:34 pm - October 13, 2011

  2. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the end of free elections during a second term of, Obama, Pelosi and Reid.

    Comment by Richard Bell — October 13, 2011 @ 6:49 pm - October 13, 2011

  3. That is such a scary question, I don’t even want to think about the answer. Nightmares would surely result.

    Comment by Lori Heine — October 13, 2011 @ 7:10 pm - October 13, 2011

  4. Obama would use his executive orders & his shadow government, the czars, to make the executive branch stronger. It would still be 4 more years of constant campaigning & gridlock. I can’t take 4 more years of Obama.

    Comment by Sebastian Shaw — October 13, 2011 @ 7:41 pm - October 13, 2011

  5. I have traveled the second and third world extensively. The dictator must co-opt the military and the military leadership or he is yesterday’s toast.

    Just how does Obama raise the national police force necessary to carry out his putsch. I call it a putsch, because Obama has to boldly walk around the Constitution and operate as de facto emperor/dictator/supreme leader. To do so, he must have the obedience of the military which the Constitution gives to the Commander-in-Chief. I am not inclined to believe that our military would blindly follow this clown or that the FBI and National Guard can be called out to redistribute the wealth.

    Comment by Heliotrope — October 13, 2011 @ 8:31 pm - October 13, 2011

  6. Probably, boosted by an election day win, he could get some capital to spend on another jobs project. The problem for Obama is that he will not have any help in the Congressional branch as it seems incredibly unlikely that the Democrats will hold on to the Senate.

    I think tax reform is a real possibility, since both parties agree that it needs to be done. It wouldn’t be a huge leap forward but it would definitely be an improvement, something sculpted together by both parties.

    A jobs bill would get done, since the election is over, both parties can focus again on actually working and not smashing each other for votes.

    His agenda will be paired down to the realities of the times, unless 2014 gives him a Democratic House to get one last hurrah in before the 2016 election.

    Comment by darkeyedresolve — October 13, 2011 @ 8:52 pm - October 13, 2011

  7. Not sure I buy into the police state concerns, but I am pretty sure by 2015 we will all be saying “Remember when gas was only $3.00 a gallon,” and “remember when unemployment was only 9%” and “Great news! Somebody died! Now I can get my MRI in eight weeks instead of eleven!”

    Comment by V the K — October 13, 2011 @ 8:53 pm - October 13, 2011

  8. Dissolve the USA into a North American Union with Mexico and Canada, declare himself dictator for life, seize all private property, regulate food distribution to save the earth…I can go on.

    Comment by Az Mo in NYC — October 13, 2011 @ 11:51 pm - October 13, 2011

  9. “Great news! Somebody died! Now I can get my MRI in eight weeks instead of eleven!”

    Remember the waiting in line at the Central Bureaucracy on Futurama from Season 2?

    Comment by TGC — October 13, 2011 @ 11:58 pm - October 13, 2011

  10. ‘Futurama’ is the glue that holds my family together.

    Comment by V the K — October 14, 2011 @ 6:27 am - October 14, 2011

  11. A jobs bill would get done

    What would that be? Democrats are against the overarching measure that would truly create jobs: namely, a massive shrinkage of government. Obama’s present so-called “jobs bill” is, insofar as it adds new government spending, a jobs destruction bill.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — October 14, 2011 @ 11:18 am - October 14, 2011

  12. I call it a putsch, because Obama has to boldly walk around the Constitution and operate as de facto emperor/dictator/supreme leader. To do so, he must have the obedience of the military which the Constitution gives to the Commander-in-Chief. I am not inclined to believe that our military would blindly follow this clown or that the FBI and National Guard can be called out to redistribute the wealth.

    One saving-grace with the US Military is that it’s allegiance to the Commander-in-Chief only extends to “legal orders within the bounds of the US Constitution”. A central part of Officers Training deals with military ethics, war crimes and lawful orders…and serving officers are very cognoscente of this every day dealing with their own rules of engagement. Plus in-contrast with many western countries with a military officer caste, the US Military’s officer corps is solidly middle-class with a solid sprinkling of officers from the working-class due to the centuries-old system of the Service Academies and ROTC being built-around scholarship-educations. If anything, the US Military’s officer-class is the most upwardly-mobile population-cohort in America….and one of America’s great meritocracies.

    Unlike in US movies or on TV, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and senior theater commanders are the LAST PEOPLE in the Universe a President or high political official would approach to join a putsch.

    Comment by Ted B. (Charging Rhino) — October 14, 2011 @ 11:46 am - October 14, 2011

  13. I remember when we were discussing SnObama’s campaign in 2008 and either Bruce or Dan addressed a question to one of our trolls (Levi maybe? I can’t recall the poster’s name) as to why they were supporting the Man-Child.

    The response went exactly like this: “Hope. Change. An end to the war in Iraq.”

    Looks to me, 3 years on, that the Poser-in-Chief has failed in all three categories.

    Anybody else recall this conversation?

    Regards,
    Peter H.

    Comment by Peter Hughes — October 16, 2011 @ 10:46 am - October 16, 2011

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