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Do you feel Policitcal Correctness has gone too far?
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After a stinging rebuke at the polls, President Obama vowed Wednesday to respond to the frustrations of the American electorate by using his final two years to forge compromises with newly empowered congressional Republicans and break the political gridlock that has defined Washington over the past several years.
“I hear you,” Obama said at a White House news conference, “Obviously, Republicans had a good night, and they deserve credit for running good campaigns.” But he emphasized that there was a message for both parties in the results — and the two more years of divided government they will produce: “The American people expect the people they elect to work as hard as they do. They expect us to focus on their ambitions and not ours. They want us to get the job done. All of us in both parties have a responsibility to address that sentiment.”
Obama pledged to work with his rivals on areas including taxes, infrastructure and trade, and the hopeful notes he sounded were matched by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) “We’ll see whether we can work with the president. I hope so,” McConnell said at a news conference. “We’re going to pass legislation. Some of it he may not like, but this gridlock and dysfunction can be ended.”
Even as both sides suggested openness to new cooperation, there are several stumbling blocks, including potential White House action on immigration, the ongoing standoff over the stalled Keystone XL oil-sands pipeline and Obama’s appointment of a new attorney general. All have the potential to quickly reignite the toxic political environment even before McConnell takes the Senate gavel.
During a roughly 90-minute press conference Wednesday, Obama gave no sign that he’d accept major revisions to his signature health care law, change his mind on bypassing Congress on immigration or consent to Republican demands on energy and the environment.
Will we see more cooperation from all of the parties or will we see another two years of road blocked negotiations? Whether the American people voted for Democrats or Republicans it was obvious that they wanted a change. Will we see the change or are we stuck in a loop of uncooperative agendas?