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Obama won, but not by a landslide

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Posted: Tuesday, November 13, 2012 12:00 am

Obama won, but not by the "vanquishing" and "overwhelming" defeat of the other candidate. Sure, he got the number of electoral votes to win, but the popular vote was virtually split down the middle, with each man getting over 50 million votes. This is hardly an overwhelming mandate or vote of confidence to declare "we won the election" and we can do whatever we want.

I hope that this second time around, Obama has learned this lesson and will indeed reach across the aisle and compromise to get the solutions to the very serious and real problems, and get them going in the right direction.

We saw on the East Coast what happens when we don't have enough power, and when bureaucracy gets in the way. Certainly when half the new college graduates can't find a job, new jobs aren't being created fast enough. They have to find ways to free up and encourage the job creators to do what they do best — create jobs

This nation needs a renewed attitude of "We can" instead of "Let someone else do it." With this dependency on someone else to do it, we will eventually run short of the ones willing to accept the risk and capital to do it. As Romney said in his concession speech, "Pray for Obama to tackle the nation's problems."

Rick Aguila


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