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Discuss, Debate: Obama's Second Term

Let us know in the comments what you expect in President Obama's second term.

Election Day drama may be behind us—and a second term for President Barack Obama ahead—but heated political discourse isn't likely to die down.

Patch wants to know: what do you expect from President Obama's second term? What are you hoping for, and how might his policies affect you?

Sound off in the comments.

Bjorn Olsson November 12, 2012 at 04:19 PM
In the brave new Fox News world it seems only black people are racists.
Bjorn Olsson November 12, 2012 at 04:21 PM
Jenga, unemployment is already shrinking, which will increase revenue and lower the need for foodstamps. What logic do you base your arguments on?
Bjorn Olsson November 12, 2012 at 04:25 PM
Bush sure has a BIG blame to shoulder, but previous administrations, including the Clinton one were part of the deregulation wave that enabled the bank mess. Obama has not done nearly enough to curb this dragon, and Romney would have fed it red meat.
Bjorn Olsson November 12, 2012 at 04:33 PM
Margie, there's actually a world beyond Israel. Quite a lot of it, in fact. Besides, what favors did Bush do Israel?
Robertp November 12, 2012 at 10:32 PM
Bjorn, you are absolutely right. There is a world beyond Israel-- it's called Islamic terrorism and it's right on their door step. Have you noticed? Do you think the threat is gone now that bin Laden is dead? I think Israel is on the right side of this struggle, don't you think. I think it behooves us to give them as much support as we can. Do you agree, Bjorn? And, please, oh please, explain how you can figure that our deficit will decrease and the jobless rate will as well? I can't wait to hear this one...
dita von struedel van trappyodel November 12, 2012 at 10:42 PM
This is so right. Obama is a fool but those who voted for him are complet lunatics.
dita von struedel van trappyodel November 12, 2012 at 10:43 PM
As I noted above they are right on the money. Anyone who voted for Obama is a left wing nutjob. Unfortunately there are many of them... we should all ship them over to Greece if that is the kind of country they want.
Bjorn Olsson November 13, 2012 at 12:30 AM
Robertp, the world beyond Israel also goes WAY beyond "islamic terrorism" as well. I have no answers for the Middle East. I think until Israelis and Palestinians can truly hammer out a strong compromise nothing much will change. Israel cannot "win" this conflict. I don't see how Obama has changed the situation either way. Beyond this little corner of the world we have Russia, China, Europe and other, much more important connections to keep up with. The unemployment rate will continue to go down, and probably at an accelerating rate. This will make tax revenue go up (lowers deficit) and with fewer people on foodstamps and unemployment government spending will go down (lowers deficit). It seems pretty simple, but I take it you disagree?
Bjorn Olsson November 13, 2012 at 12:33 AM
HH, what records are "sealed", specifically, and by whom? There's so much paranoid nonsense in your posts it's hard to even argue with it, but I agree that there are some civil liberties concerns in general, stemming from the perpetual state of war, quite Orwellian. This has been long in the making, we had all hoped Obama would scale this back some, but no such luck yet. I guess once you're in the White House you want to have as much power as possible.
Bjorn Olsson November 13, 2012 at 12:38 AM
HH comes across as a Doomsday Prepping paranoid type, I'm afraid. If you really think Obama (and everyone in his cabinet and the entire Democratic Party, I suppose) has a secret plan to willfully destroy the country, you are definitely nuts, no nicer way to say it, sorry. And what is with this "are you better off than 4 years ago" nonsense? Yes, in many ways we actually are. 4 years the entire economy was collapsing, now it's not. 4 years ago we had nothing that could be called a health care system, just a ramshackle collection of huge insurance companies that decided over your care and drove up costs. Today we at least have an embryo of something that could become a real health care system that covers everyone.
Bjorn Olsson November 13, 2012 at 12:40 AM
It's funny, someone pointed out the other day that because the Tea Party crazies call any policy Obama proposes (even the health care system the Heritage Foundation and Mitt Romney both designed) pure socialism, people are now starting to say the LIKE socialism. If healthcare reform is socialism, I am a socialist!
Bjorn Olsson November 13, 2012 at 12:42 AM
Greece is nice, climate very mild this time of year.
bruiser November 13, 2012 at 01:42 AM
smellpanties,if you want to know why the republicans lost their bid for the white house,you do not have to look far just look in the mirror.
bruiser November 13, 2012 at 01:50 AM
I can't believe that you still can't see it,let me see Karl Rove,the fox news line up,Pat Buchanan(with his stupid comment) about we just lost white America,when are you going to wake up.The demographics in the country are changing and you will have to change with it or your party will be lost.OH ya i forgot Grover norquist( obama won because he called Rmoney a poopy head)LOL.
dita von struedel van trappyodel November 13, 2012 at 02:12 AM
Bruiser - you must be an eighteen year old girl. No one I know who is a real "bruiser" would have voted for Osama Obama or spew the vile you do. Your an IDIOT!
dita von struedel van trappyodel November 13, 2012 at 02:14 AM
OSAMA won because of hurricane sandy
bruiser November 13, 2012 at 02:35 AM
Actually smellbelly your the moron,you on here everyday campaigning when in fact you lost and by a bigger margin than was first thought.I will make a suggestion,stop listening to the likes of rush limpbaugh,he is very bad for mental health. The hurricane had nothing to do with it really,but i do believe the flea party honey Chris Christy might of helped a little.
Robertp November 13, 2012 at 02:40 AM
Bjorn, how exactly do you propose the unemployment rate will decrease? You still haven't explained exactly how that's going to happen. Just wait til your taxes skyrocket when Obamacare takes effect. Oh and the folks on foodstamps and other government assistance? Are you awake at all? There are just as many people relying on government assistance as there are people who collect a real paycheck. And it isn't just Israel dealing with Islamic terrorism-- it's a threat that's felt around the world including Europe, China and Russia. It just so happens that Israel is an important ally that we need to continue to support. Instead Obama has repeatedly ignored requests from Netanyahu to side with Israel in drawing a line in the sand against Iran and, even worse, Obama is siding with the Palestinians! Huh? You seem to think it's all peachy-keen with Obama in the Oval Office-- think again. Let's hope we can all recognize this country in four years after Obama completely destroys it.
Robertp November 13, 2012 at 02:46 AM
Ok, Bruiser, the grammar police here... it's "might've" or "might have" not "might of"-- you must be a product of the Osama Obama education system.
dita von struedel van trappyodel November 13, 2012 at 02:51 AM
Yeah "BRUISER" big man, its not your the moron its you're the moron.. and you are the moron. Please do not post any more. I'm offended by your lack of intelligence and knowledge. YOU ARE AN IDIOT!
bruiser November 13, 2012 at 02:59 AM
Smelly,no i will not stop posting thats a fact jack,you may be offended by a lack of intelligence but your the one with out it,your party favor romney is the looooooser and the way i and many view it so are you for picking a loooooser.
dita von struedel van trappyodel November 13, 2012 at 03:02 AM
I beg you , PLEEEZE stop posting. You are an illiterate, stupid, uninformed voter... typical of the kind of nuts who voted for Obama. Can't you please go away?
dita von struedel van trappyodel November 13, 2012 at 03:17 AM
Noel was a close family friend... what are you implying?
bruiser November 13, 2012 at 03:22 AM
Actually i might be an uninformed voter,but i must of had the brains to vote for the best man because he did win..
Bjorn Olsson November 13, 2012 at 09:19 AM
Robertp: Well, unemployment is already going down, and will continue to do so at a faster pace as the economy recovers from the recession. This is not some kind of wild theory, it's what most people expect to happen, I think.
Robertp November 13, 2012 at 11:37 AM
LOL!!! You think??? Think again!
bruiser November 13, 2012 at 07:35 PM
Roberttp, I am so so sorry for the error(NOT) if you are looking for perfection out of people you will be looking for a mighty long time.
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John Gruber November 17, 2012 at 06:48 PM
please explain how a NATURAL DISASTER can help a president? I mean if that's the case, to bad Bush never had a severe natural disaster to make him look better....you really shouldn't be calling anyone "idiots" with comments like that
John Gruber November 17, 2012 at 06:54 PM
smelly, the Republicans are officially going to start distancing themselves from people like you. You are such a hypocrite it's disgusting. just to drive home my point smellypants 11:35 pm on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 "You have nothing better to do than hurl your hate and slime towards good people who have beliefs and value systems different than yours. You guys are the real haters"

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