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Opinion: What a second term for Obama would mean for America

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

While all of the national focus is squarely on Election Day, Nov. 6, the important day is Nov. 7.

That day we'll know more clearly how our personal lives will be affected and how the future will likely unfold for our children and grandchildren.

So let's look beyond Election Day and peek into the future.

If President Obama is re-elected, the path ahead is filled with an array of costly spending.

The sad truth is he seems hellbent on testing the theory that you can spend your way out of debt.

Tax reform is a virtual certainty. But the Obama definition of tax reform is higher taxes on the prime producers and the long-mentioned "distribution of wealth" toward the nonproducers.

Under a second Obama administration, it's likely we'd see more stimulus packages and bailouts to the lagging economy.

That means more debt bankrolled by China.

Because of overregulation, business will continue to struggle and our ability to address that mounting debt will be diminished.

With the election now behind us, we'd finally discover the full impact of Obamacare.

We'd siphon $750 billion from Medicare and add untold millions to a national health plan. And we'd likely boost health care enrollment by millions with less medical providers.

If Congressional power is divided -- as seems likely -- we'd be governed by executive order.

The balance of power and the checks and balances that have governed this nation since the beginning will slowly fade into history.

But all of this out-of-control federalization will pale in comparison to the massive polarization of the American public.

There are those on both sides of this divide who cannot imagine an election outcome that runs counter to theirs.

And that is a danger.

The extreme elements of both parties have grown substantially in the past four years.

These extremists -- who will reject in some fashion an outcome other than theirs -- have grown both in number and strength.

But the extremists are no longer wild-eyed radicals with strong ideological differences.

Extremists on the right are those who fear their life's efforts are being stolen to hand to those who have never tasted success.

Extremists on the left are those who see the opportunity for government to provide that which they have failed to provide.

Redistribution for them is not a slogan -- it's a promise.

By these definitions, most of us could be classified as extremists.

That's what makes this election both critical and frightening.


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This sounds like it comes directly from FOX news.

-- Posted by Username1 on Wed, Aug 29, 2012, at 7:00 AM

Hire a writer. Please!

-- Posted by foxtrot007 on Wed, Aug 29, 2012, at 7:53 AM

Why bother reading this so called WRITER'S stuff, when all he does is parrot what Rush said the day before. Has this man ever had an original thought?

-- Posted by foxtrot007 on Wed, Aug 29, 2012, at 7:56 AM

Liberals whining again - blah, blah, blah.

An excellent read and spot on comment. The biggest problem with your opinion is this - all these liberals know that what you say is true.

They've seen the debt Obama's compiled. They've heard the nasty partisan rhetoric Obama mouths. They saw his administration tell companies to discontinue breast exams for women until 50. But they love the government money flowing into their homes. And they don't give a tinkers d*** about their kids and grandkids future. It's all about "ME" - "where's mine" - and they are envious of anyone with a nicer car or home.

So they'll post (see above) and whine about "FOX" or "Rush". They'll be the first to cry when their government programs get cut when the debt collapses the country.

I've said it before - I'd take any hard working immigrant if we can send 2 lazy Americans to Mexico. What a great country this would be! Again!

-- Posted by Dug on Wed, Aug 29, 2012, at 9:15 AM

Well, what did y'all expect from Jensen? He's paid by the Rust family to parrot the extreme right.

He's a demagogue, plain and simple......complete with misrepresentations of the truth, illogical conclusions and poor writing.

-- Posted by Raunchy on Wed, Aug 29, 2012, at 10:13 AM

Just name calling and no examples? Illogical - where? misrepresentations - where? poor writing - where? You mean like "y'all"???

-- Posted by Dug on Wed, Aug 29, 2012, at 10:22 AM

George W Bush had a balanced budget when he took over. Four years later he had run up five trillon dollars in debt.

-- Posted by jayrod on Wed, Aug 29, 2012, at 11:02 AM

Get educated. Facts suck don't they? Bush debts were declining hugely until democrats took over congress in 2006. Read it and weep:

http://blog.heritage.org/2009/03/24/bush...

-- Posted by Dug on Wed, Aug 29, 2012, at 12:22 PM

america would still be recovering as planned if Obama could get these knucklleheads in congress to do anything together. As they see, he is not going anywhere until 2016 bud. get use to it and get over it.

-- Posted by kcknown on Wed, Aug 29, 2012, at 1:08 PM

Great source Dug. LOL. Why don't you just quote Rush? And BTW Dug, you're the one who does all the name calling on here and can't put 2 thoughts together.

-- Posted by Username1 on Wed, Aug 29, 2012, at 3:44 PM

Ironically, Mr Jenson could change "second" to "first", "Obama" to "Romney", and sell his dirge to the Huffington Post.

-- Posted by Simon Jester on Wed, Aug 29, 2012, at 6:04 PM

-- Posted by username1 on Wed, Aug 29, 2012, at 3:44 PM

Is that all you got? You libs always look at facts and scream "FOX" or "Rush" or whatever.

Hate those deficit facts don't you? Too bad. You can't change them. You support the largest deficit debt president in history. The worst unemployment in history. And you'll vote for him. Talk about not being able to put thoughts together.

Again, is that all you got?

-- Posted by Dug on Wed, Aug 29, 2012, at 6:57 PM

"FOX wanted to create a Fox News Canada, they were not banned they were simply not allowed a broadcasters license which would allow them to be branded a NEWS network. If you wish to report the news in Canada, what is reported on must be backed up by FACTS not opinion, and the individual broadcaster is held accountable for reported misinformation. Fox then declined to create their network."

That pretty much says it all....

I watch enough FOX to know it's all partisan spin.

And it's BECAUSE I watch it that I can say that.

This is the company that recorded people and hacked into voicemails illegally in order to "break the news"....

Yeah, the "news" they were CREATING.

News organizations don't create the news, they report the news in an UNBIASED way.

-- Posted by the_eye on Wed, Aug 29, 2012, at 8:54 PM

What a crock of lies.

I was in Canada two weeks ago. Fox news is carried, reported and heavily watched in Canada on Canadian stations. Where do you make this stuff up from?

-- Posted by Dug on Wed, Aug 29, 2012, at 8:59 PM

" What a second term for Obama would mean for America"....

A third world nation!

-- Posted by GREYWOLF on Thu, Aug 30, 2012, at 5:07 AM

"If President Obama is re-elected, the path ahead is filled with an array of costly spending."

Not necessarily true. The Simpson-Bowles plan

has a rational combination of spending decreases and revenue increase.

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"The sad truth is he seems hellbent on testing the theory that you can spend your way out of debt. "

The only individuals the make this claim are conservatives. Some stimulus can accelerate economic growth, but Simpson-Bowles is the best approach.

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"Tax reform is a virtual certainty. But the Obama definition of tax reform is higher taxes on the prime producers and the long-mentioned "distribution of wealth" toward the nonproducers."

Also not true. Tax reform is a basic reduction of rates with elimination of loopholes and deductions resulting in higher revenue. "Distribution of wealth" toward the non-producers" is a figment of conservative imagination.

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"Under a second Obama administration, it's likely we'd see more stimulus packages and bailouts to the lagging economy."

Not necessarily. As of right now, Speaker Boehner is in charge of the checkbook.

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"That means more debt bankrolled by China."

Again that is not necessary if reasonable compromises can be achieved.

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"Because of overregulation, business will continue to struggle and our ability to address that mounting debt will be diminished."

What "overregulation?"

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"With the election now behind us, we'd finally discover the full impact of Obamacare."

There is no such thing, The Affordable Care Act improves the health insurance nationwide. The majority of Americans will be little affected. State insurance exchanges will reduce costs.

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"We'd siphon $750 billion from Medicare and add untold millions to a national health plan. And we'd likely boost health care enrollment by millions with less medical providers."

The $750 billion is over a 10 year period, and comes from holding down cost growth, efficiencies, and less unnecessary testing, etc. It has no affect on the numbers of medical providers.

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"If Congressional power is divided -- as seems likely -- we'd be governed by executive order."

If power in Congress is divided, they will have to do their job and find the right compromise solutions.

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"The balance of power and the checks and balances that have governed this nation since the beginning will slowly fade into history."

That is just plain silly.

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"But all of this out-of-control federalization will pale in comparison to the massive polarization of the American public."

The public is much less polarized than Congress or political parties. For example about 80% of Americans favor extension of the President Bush tax cuts only for the 98%.

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"There are those on both sides of this divide who cannot imagine an election outcome that runs counter to theirs.

And that is a danger.

The extreme elements of both parties have grown substantially in the past four years.

These extremists -- who will reject in some fashion an outcome other than theirs -- have grown both in number and strength.

But the extremists are no longer wild-eyed radicals with strong ideological differences.

Extremists on the right are those who fear their life's efforts are being stolen to hand to those who have never tasted success.

Extremists on the left are those who see the opportunity for government to provide that which they have failed to provide.

Redistribution for them is not a slogan -- it's a promise.

By these definitions, most of us could be classified as extremists.

That's what makes this election both critical and frightening."

All of the above statements are ludicrous, especially the two about "extremists." Americans will accept the results of the election no matter which way it goes.

-- Posted by commonsensematters on Sat, Sep 1, 2012, at 9:37 PM

Obama's 2nd term. We still struggle to get out and improved economically. Economy is coming back, not as fast as some wanted it to, but it is coming back. Congress and senate seats will finally change enough people to finally get some republicans and or democrats in the senate to get something done and some bills and a new budget passed.

They realize Obama is there until 2016. Might as well work with him, since trying to destroy him didn't work in 2012. The people came out once again and re-elected Obama back into office. Sommon sense finally kicked in. Don't mess with what the people want!

Information comes out that shows Donald Trump is not born in American territories. Obama lets him stay anyway since Trump is useless in american politics anyway. 2nd term of Obama brings about many positive changes in attitudes and "they" stop whining their "take america back" slogan.

We already know what they meant by take america back and from whom means. We kniew what was meant behind that slogan from the first time Obama was elected.

The superrich (so called job ceators continue to hoard as much money as they can and still crying about they need tax breaks so they can hire people. It's a bunch of crock as they cry and it was suspected as they cry anyway and the job unemployment will still be high.

The president finally cuts them off from more tax breaks and middle class families do receive some breaks and some things become affordable again.

Some things change and some remain the same during Obama's second term. But keeping him is so much better than putting romneyboy in. What makes you think richboy romney is going to cut his own throat financially if he were to be elected? HE is not going to do that! So if you are republican and you think romeney can lead you somewhere where you will be making a lot of money down the road, if you ain't already rich, you ain't gonna get rich under romney. First of all you have to met his republican criteria. YOU have to already have money maannn!

-- Posted by kcknown on Tue, Sep 4, 2012, at 9:37 AM

You support the largest deficit debt president in history. The worst unemployment in history. And you'll vote for him. Talk about not being able to put thoughts together.

Again, is that all you got?

-- Posted by Dug on Wed, Aug 29, 2012, at 6:57 PM

And that's what you got? Hmmm - you forgot to credit the do-nothing Republican led House of Representative for the record deficit and unemployment - why did you leave them out, Dug? I know Dug, all ya got is blah, blah, blah.

-- Posted by Username1 on Wed, Sep 5, 2012, at 4:37 PM


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