The End of Cooperation

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This week, President Barack Obama assumes the role that he loves best-candidate for president of the United States. As we have seen over the past two and half years, Obama enjoys being a campaigner much more than he does enjoy being president. As president, he is being held accountable. As a candidate, mistakes he makes can be attributed to speaking to his base.

As president, he proposed a budget for the 2012 fiscal year.(That was quite a feat as he did not do this the year before.) As a candidate, he did a do over. In response to the Republican's budget as proposed by Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan, President Obama proposed his own budget that was to drastically reduce spending. Obama proposed what he called a more compassionate budget. Translation-spending is not going to be reduced so that more people can confidently become dependent on the government.

Last December, the president reluctantly compromised on a budget proposal which extended the Bush tax cuts. A week ago, he compromised on shopping $38 billion from the remainder of this year's budget. And when delivering his speech for the do-over, he vowed to not do either of those again.

Earlier this week the president was not speaking on behalf of the American people, but as a partisan candidate when he somehow found or try to find logic in a statement in which he wants people to believe that keeping money that you would have earned and received as a paycheck is equivalent to government spending. Yes, according to the administration anything you have earned belongs to the government and it is the government spending through the tax code that allows you to keep your portion. Does that actually makes sense to anyone?

Instead of being optimistic about the future of this country, President Obama spent much of his time criticizing Republicans and Paul Ryan. This of course is to convince us that we need four more years of Obama. It does convince us that we need to have a strong Republican opponent. And when the strongest Republican opponent becomes Donald Trump, we know we're in trouble.

The four-year presidential term of President Obama sure went fast. The pragmatic move to the center went even faster. But it's all over now, because from now on everything that President Obama does is going to be geared towards winning a second term. So are we to expect more political payoffs for the left? The next year and a half is going to look more like the political process which occurred just before the passage of the health care reform bill. There will be no more cooperation, no more bipartisanship, and no more transparency. It's all about reelection.

So what can we expect in the next year and a half? To be a lot more spending, a lot more pandering towards the special interests of the left. Yes, they have their own special interests groups too. Any pragmatism will be come us versus them. The change in tone that President Obama wanted after the shooting of Congresswoman Giffords in January became very short-lived. The 2012 campaign has begun. And from what I've seen, it's going to get a lot more nasty a lot faster. America is going to get a lot more divided and a lot more polarized. And this is even after not becoming un-polarized. But this is the president's vision of the future-name-calling and polarization. It's what he calls winning the future.

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