Now that President Obama has been re-elected, we hope the two parties can come together and at last tackle the serious crises facing the country, starting with the so-called “fiscal cliff” we’ll all jump off at the end of the year if automatic spending cuts are not averted by the seemingly lost art of compromise.
We’re not encouraged, however, by the first post-election press conference held by Republican House Speaker John Boehner, who stuck to the right-wing, Tea Party, hard line position that there will be no tax increases on anyone ever.
The president must lead, and the GOP must negotiate with him. It’s that simple. Obama earned a new mandate. He, and we, deserve better than what we got on Wednesday from Boehner. Ronald Reagan compromised. Why can’t those who adore him so follow his lead?