Op-Ed: Obama wins — Pending fiscal cliff will test the President again

Posted Nov 13, 2012 by Burton Wiborg
Voters feel better about Obama than Romney despite four years of economic woes. Has America finally changed its core values?
Barack Obama hugging Michelle moments after learning he won reelection
Barack Obama hugging Michelle moments after learning he won reelection
Released by Barack Obama Twitter account
After 18 months of grueling campaigning, voters of the United States chose to stay on the current path that U.S. President Barack Obama has laid out. Despite the fact of an ailing economy accredited to the incumbent, the ever slight majority of Americans who cast their vote for Obama, along with the opposition, will be forced to endure the consequence of their decision.
Expectations were high for both candidates, with Former Massachusetts governor and Republican Party candidate Mitt Romney offering a 5 point plan with bold ideas to boost our ailing economy. Despite his offer for a new direction, he was narrowly defeated with 48 percent of the popular vote while Obama received 51 percent.
The Obama Administration somehow managed to dodge more significant issues such as high unemployment, job creation and the unfolding Benghazi debacle. Also worth mentioning is the fact that nearly all major media outlets were over zealously prejudice in their reporting on events that would have directly affected the election outcome.
Romney spent more time dodging criticism from his opponent failing to portray a defined direction of his vision for U.S. policies. Although the Romney campaign did convince the majority of independent voters to see his way, the republican voter turnout was slightly less than of Arizona Sen. John McCain's four years ago, who ran against Obama then.
In the aftermath of what some coined as the most important election in American history, Obama faces more obstacles than he inherited in his first term. In the first half of his first term, he directed his priorities to health care, mostly ignoring the economy during its most vulnerable period of recovery. The second half has been centered on his re-election.
Obama's second term will no doubt reface the shape of this country as we know it. To date, his policies have cost the average household income to drop by 8.2 percent since he took office. It's been more than three years since the Democratic led Senate has came up with a budget, the National Debt is over 16 trillion dollars and climbing at an average of 4 billion dollars a day. The U-6 broader unemployment rate is over 14 percent. Gas prices have risen 100 percent since his inauguration.
Considering these issues alone makes one wonder how far gone the United States of America really is. If a people of a nation choose to reelect an incumbent whose policies hinder business progress and support an entitlement nation, eventually there will come a time when the costs of entitlements will outweigh the revenue of business. The nation of Greece is a prime example.
The "fiscal cliff" is our next obstacle to tackle, how it gets handled, in all likelihood, will be the precursor for the next four years.