If you are just listening to the pundits, one would conclude that Obama's re-election is the result of demographics. The reasoning goes that because Obama was able to garner the majority of the Latino vote as well as single women, younger women, college-aged students and the African-American vote as well as the gay vote is the reason for Obama's win. I agree, but one thing is missing and that is Obamacare.
What's most interesting is that the Right-wing pundits are not mentioning Obamacare as they were before the election. They were crossing their fingers and hoping the discussion would be about how Obamacare would never see the light of day under a Romney administration. They were counting their chickens before they hatched, because the Right was so fervent about Romney's path to the White House they never thought to consider he might not win. The big first-debate bounce and the "will of the people" to defeat this rogue president--though it was not meant to be. One of Romney's first acts as president was confirmed to be the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. What's so ironic of course is the Right's ignorance of the American peoples' views on Universal Health Care.
"In an extensive poll, Americans by a 2-1 margin, 62-32 percent, prefer a universal health insurance program over the current employer-based system" - ABCNEWS/Washington
Oddly enough it was their own President George W. Bush that passed one of the largest entitlement programs in U.S. history, the Prescription Drug Plan or Medicare Part D. Although there was some inter-party squawking about that move you didn't see throngs of Tea Party crazies filling the streets and demanding "smaller government" no, of course, it was their own Republican president so that move faded into "Didn't happen land" and all was fine.
Enter Obama, Enter Obamacare, Oh! Oh! the horror! The audacity! The usurper of a "free and prosperous America", yeah, that's what happens when sweeping federal programs are implemented under a Democratic president. The same thing happened when Social Security was enacted by Franklin Delano Roosevelt. The Republican party warned of the underlining nefariously Socialistic plot then, as they do now, BOO! scared yet? Fact is, Social Security is the best piece of the legislation this government ever enacted. It has kept countless Americans from falling into abject poverty. They are still impoverished, however they can afford food and somewhere to live. Before Social Security no such thing existed. If you couldn't afford housing then you hoped you had family, if not, too bad for you! Notice the Republican party no longer argues against Social Security due to its overwhelming popularity. But that's not due to a lack of effort. The Republican party is up to the same old tactics, destroy Universal Health Care before it takes hold, because once it does they will not be able to get rid of it. Their worst nightmare, "sharing."
The truth is, that garnering a majority of the Hispanic vote along with the American peoples' concern over health care or a lack of it was as much responsible for Obama's re-election as everything else. You will never hear the GOP admit this, it's all about their "missed opportunity", ignoring the Hispanic vote lead to their defeat. No, it's everything stupids! The current and hopelessly un-realitied Republican party ignores all common sense, all warning signs. Americans are in trouble, our bridges are crumbling and so are our bodies.
The Republican view is that the free-market is a fix-all, that if left alone the market always finds a cure. Ummm! No, I don't think so. I think when the "free" market is left alone it does whatever it wants, it crashes the world economy, it gives unscrupulous loans to people whom never should have gotten them in the first place. The free-market meme has been debunked. A Capitalistic system with no regulations is a slaughter house, it's corruption meets acceptance, it is "I got mine, now you get yours". It is an institution gone rogue. So...if you Repubs are wondering where it all went wrong, you can start there, Miss Ayn Rand was a kooky old lady with some very selfish habits, it's just too bad that the less intelligent among us take her so seriously. America needs balances, a government that works for the people and for business, not for business and then maybe a few people, maybe, sometime.
Get a clue! The Republican party has a bad image. If a Democrat or sane-minded person were asked what word or phrase best describes the Republican party it would be this: out-of-touch, GREEDY.
More bridges, more compassion for Americans. Less wars for profit, less government for the corporation by the corporation. Americans are just asking for all Americans to pay their share. Corporations are people right? Well people pay their taxes based on their income. It makes sense that those that benefit most from our American system would want to give back to the system that made their success possible. The majority of the people want corporations to pay their share, the majority of Americans want a fair health care system, the majority of Americans want new roads and highways. We want more living-wage jobs. Does that mean Mr. CEO fatcat might have to take a 20 million dollar take-home pay instead of 100 or 200 million? Yeah, maybe.