Originally Posted by BigRedChief
I think Obama won by more than 100K votes. Your views were soundly rejected by the country.
|Candidate || Popular vote || Percentage || Electoral votes (270 to win) |
|Barack Obama || 62610717 || 51% || 332 || |
|Mitt Romney || 59136717 || 48% || 206 || |
Obama won in 2008 with a 7.27% lead. His support dropped because he won with 2.8% recently. He also did not win the Independent vote. The Christian right did not all turn out for Romney either. They didn't all vote.
Now let's look at this election another way:
There are 207.6 million eligible voters in the U.S. The number who voted is 123.7 million. About 40.4 percent didn't vote.
Applying the Austrian economic analysis, we can conclude that 40.4 percent of possible voters, for many reasons, did not find it worthwhile to vote or found that the costs of voting exceeded the potential benefits. This non-vote is, in effect, a vote against their government and against any candidate for president. The preceding conclusion is solid as a rock. But I'd go further and speculate that their non-vote is, in effect, a vote against the system of voting.[<-the latter part I don't really agree with but it is true for some people who don't vote.]
Obama won with 62.6 million votes. He got 30.2 percent of eligible voters' possible votes. What he should do is immediately resign. He has failed even to get any reasonable fraction of his countrymen behind his presidency. Romney, of course, did slightly worse.
Obama's slimmer margin
The Republicans still have a majority in the House—that's the only place any revenue bill can originate. It's not one of the President's powers. The power of the purse belongs to the House. They don't have to give him what he wants. He has no right to dictate to them either as if he's an elected dictator. That's what you're demanding. He already dressed the SC down twice. We have checks and balances.
"An elective despotism was not the government we fought for; but one in which the powers of government should be so divided and balanced among the several bodies of magistracy as that no one could transcend their legal limits without being effectually checked and restrained by the others." - James Madison, The Federalist Papers, No. 58, 1788