Obama, buoyed by reelection, faces stark fiscal battles with Congress in second term

When I closed my eyes last night, I wondered how long it would take the Republicans to start up with their nonsense.  Well, it doesn't seem like it has taken them that long.  I sincerely hope that Speaker Boehner will take a bold stand against his party and stand with the people. As my mother used to say only time will tell.

Hours after Barack Obama’s soaring victory speech and a gracious concession by Mitt Romney, Republican leaders in Washington made clear Wednesday that whatever mandate the president won for his second term will be sharply limited by the losing party’s starkly different view of the nation’s challenges.

After an election in which the nation essentially ratified the status quo — keeping an embattled but broadly admired president, a Democrat-controlled Senate and a Republican-run House — Obama called for healing and cooperation on key issues such as the deficit, tax reform and immigration.

But Senate Minority Leader    Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who said during the president’s second year in office that his party’s chief objective was to make Obama a one-term president, quickly announced that “the voters have not endorsed the failures or excesses of the president’s first term.” He urged Obama “to propose solutions that actually have a chance of passing the Republican-controlled House.”

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