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Old 10-25-2012, 05:31 PM  
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Obama's Second Term Agenda

You'll find it in the quoted block in the piece below.

It is, essentially:

1. Leverage the sequester into a grand bargain on the deficit/debt. Ideally, he says, on a 2.5:1 cuts-to-revenue ratio.

2. Leverage the growing concern of the Republican Party over the country's changing demographics to get them to the table to work on comprehensive immigration reform.

3. Effective implementation of Obamacare.

4. Continuing to write the rules in Dodd-Frank.

5. Continuing to boost infrastructure investment.

6. (Added by me.) Withdrawal from Afghanistan.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/...s-second-term/

President Obama lays out his second term
Posted by Ezra Klein
October 24, 2012 at 4:09 pm

You may have heard about a weird campaign kerfuffle where President Obama did an interview with the Des Moines Register but insisted it be kept off the record. The paper then wrote a blistering (and correct) piece arguing that the interview should be on the record. The Obama campaign folded and the transcript is here.

The result of this back-and-forth is an interview thatís unusually revealing, as the president, presuming this was off the record, was a bit more candid than he tends to be in on-the-record settings. One of the questions the Register asked was about how Obama plans to overcome congressional gridlock if heís reelected. His answer is about the best summary weíve heard from him on how he sees his second term going:

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When you combine the Bush tax cuts expiring, the sequester in place, the commitment of both myself and my opponent ó at least Governor Romney claims that he wants to reduce the deficit ó but weíre going to be in a position where I believe in the first six months we are going to solve that big piece of business.

It will probably be messy. It wonít be pleasant. But I am absolutely confident that we can get what is the equivalent of the grand bargain that essentially Iíve been offering to the Republicans for a very long time, which is $2.50 worth of cuts for every dollar in spending, and work to reduce the costs of our health care programs.

And we can easily meet ó ďeasilyĒ is the wrong word ó we can credibly meet the target that the Bowles-Simpson Commission established of $4 trillion in deficit reduction, and even more in the out-years, and we can stabilize our deficit-to-GDP ratio in a way that is really going to be a good foundation for long-term growth. Now, once we get that done, that takes a huge piece of business off the table.

The second thing Iím confident weíll get done next year is immigration reform. And since this is off the record, I will just be very blunt. Should I win a second term, a big reason I will win a second term is because the Republican nominee and the Republican Party have so alienated the fastest-growing demographic group in the country, the Latino community. And this is a relatively new phenomenon. George Bush and Karl Rove were smart enough to understand the changing nature of America. And so I am fairly confident that theyíre going to have a deep interest in getting that done. And I want to get it done because itís the right thing to do and Iíve cared about this ever since I ran back in 2008.

So assume that you get those two things done in the first year, and weíre implementing Wall Street reform, Obamacare turns out not to have been the scary monster that the other side has painted. Now weíre in a position where we can start on some things that really historically have not been ideological. We can start looking at a serious corporate tax reform agenda thatís revenue-neutral but lowers rates and broadens the base ó something that both Republicans and Democrats have expressed an interest in.

Iíve expressed a deep desire and taken executive action to weed out regulations that arenít contributing to the health and public safety of our people. And weíve made a commitment to look back and see if there are regulations out there that arenít working, then letís get rid of them and see if we can clear out some of the underbrush on that. Again, thatís something that should be non-ideological.

My hope is, is that thereís a recognition that now is a great time to make infrastructure improvements all across the country. And we can pull up some of the money that we know weíre going to be spending over the next decade to put people back to work right now at a time when contractors are dying for work and interest rates are really low.
So thatís the plan. Leveraging the fiscal cliff into a deficit-reduction bill with a spending cuts-to-tax hike ratio of 2.5:1. A big push on immigration predicated on a Republican Party increasingly concerned about the Latino vote. Continued implementation of Dodd-Frank and the Affordable Care Act. An effort to clear out old regulations and boost infrastructure investment.

Thereís no huge news here, but pay attention to the presidentís emphasis on immigration as a first-year priority. This was intended to be an off-the-record interview and the Des Moines Register isnít known for its unusual concern over immigration issues, so thereís little reason to believe that itís mere pandering. In addition, my previous reporting has also suggested that the White House sees immigration as a big opportunity in a second term. So if Obama is emphasizing it, itís probably because heís actually planning for it.

This is subject to all the usual caveats about presidencies being driven by events and opportunities that frequently lay waste to even the most carefully laid plans. But this is, at the least, the way Obama sees it, at least right now.
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Old 10-25-2012, 05:34 PM   #2
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Why would a newspaper do an interview like this and keep it off the record?
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Old 10-25-2012, 05:35 PM   #3
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Old 10-25-2012, 05:40 PM   #4
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Why would a newspaper do an interview like this and keep it off the record?
And if it was off the record, why would the go ahead and publish it anyway, that would surely guarantee that they would never get another interview with Obama again, given that they violated his trust.
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Old 10-25-2012, 05:41 PM   #5
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And if it was off the record, why would the go ahead and publish it anyway, that would surely guarantee that they would never get another interview with Obama again, given that they violated his trust.
More deception stemming from cowardice. The bullshitting community organizer is afraid to tell the truth; he would make a better street corner crack dealer than he does President.
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Old 10-25-2012, 05:43 PM   #6
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And if it was off the record, why would the go ahead and publish it anyway, that would surely guarantee that they would never get another interview with Obama again, given that they violated his trust.
The Obama campaign granted permission for it to be published, eventually.
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Old 10-25-2012, 05:44 PM   #7
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And if it was off the record, why would the go ahead and publish it anyway, that would surely guarantee that they would never get another interview with Obama again, given that they violated his trust.
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You may have heard about a weird campaign kerfuffle where President Obama did an interview with the Des Moines Register but insisted it be kept off the record. The paper then wrote a blistering (and correct) piece arguing that the interview should be on the record. The Obama campaign folded and the transcript is here.
I'm taking this to mean they relented.
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Old 10-25-2012, 05:50 PM   #9
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Gee, I could swear I heard him say in the debate he would not sign the sequester. Did I miss something?
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Gee, I could swear I heard him say in the debate he would not sign the sequester. Did I miss something?
The sequester is automatic, no signature required. What the President said was "The sequester will not happen."
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I'm taking this to mean they relented.
Ah, yes it would. Missed that when I scanned the article earlier. Thanks!

He does assume that winning will give him a clear mandate. I am not sure that is the case.
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The sequester is automatic, no signature required. What the President said was "The sequester will not happen."
K, same difference
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His second term agenda is so important that he waited until 2 weeks before the election to reveal it.

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You'll find it in the quoted block in the piece below.

It is, essentially:

1. Leverage the sequester into a grand bargain on the deficit/debt. Ideally, he says, on a 2.5:1 cuts-to-revenue ratio.

I don't see a grand bargain taking place. If Obama wins the election, the House R's won't give in. And if Romney wins, the Senate D's won't give in either. The sequester takes place on January 2nd, and will be blamed on Obama since he signed it into law. Because of the massive defense spending cuts, you'll see thousands(perhaps tens of thousands) of layoffs in the defense industry just days before the election. Not good for Obama.

2. Leverage the growing concern of the Republican Party over the country's changing demographics to get them to the table to work on comprehensive immigration reform.

Obama promised immigration reform in his first term. He could've done any type of reform he wanted in the first 2 years when the Dems controlled Congress. But he waited until this year to do anything. He used Executive Order to effectively grant amnesty to 1 million illegals, and directed DHS to not enforce the law when arresting other illegals. All they have to do is claim "DREAMer" status and law enforcement has to let them go without verifying the truth. Complete bullshit in my opinion.

3. Effective implementation of Obamacare.

Its already having a negative effect. Businesses are dropping their private insurance since it'll be cheaper to pay the penalty. They're going to change many full-time employees into part-time employees. And they're not going to hire, expand, or reinvest in their business since costs will be going up. The original estimated costs of Obamacare have already tripled, and it hasn't even been fully implemented yet. Its just another gov't entitlement that will end up being a fiscal disaster.

4. Continuing to write the rules in Dodd-Frank.

So they passed it before they finished writing it? Not surprising at all.

5. Continuing to boost infrastructure investment.

The first time he did that, it was called the Stimulus, and it was a complete failure.

6. (Added by me.) Withdrawal from Afghanistan.

At least he told the enemy the exact time we're leaving. Great strategic move.
A few more things on his agenda:

- Introduce a new Assault Weapons Ban
- More crushing EPA regulations (backdoor cap and trade)
- More worthless green energy "investments"
- Will continue to ignore the Keystone Pipeline
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His second term agenda is so important that he waited until 2 weeks before the election to reveal it.



A few more things on his agenda:

- Introduce a new Assault Weapons Ban
- More crushing EPA regulations (backdoor cap and trade)
- More worthless green energy "investments"
- Will continue to ignore the Keystone Pipeline
The fact he is trying to push this bullshit two weeks before the election while doing a road tour that is a weak attempt at comedy shows how desperate this clown is. Uhhh....hee....uhhh...suffers from Romnisha....rimshot~
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