Traverse City Record-Eagle

Opinion

December 6, 2012

Another View: Time to come together

We believed Mitt Romney was the best person to lead our country and help solve its problems over the next four years. We said so in our editorial endorsement.

But after a long, bitter and hard-fought campaign, our nation voted on Nov. 6 in a democratic election to re-elect Barack Obama.

It's now time for the divisiveness to end — in the halls of Congress and in the neighborhoods of America — and for all of us to come together and make this country strong and prosperous once more.

In his victory speech, President Obama said, in part, "You elected us to focus on your jobs, not ours. And in the coming weeks and months, I am looking forward to reaching out and working with leaders of both parties to meet the challenges we can only solve together.

"Reducing our deficit. Reforming our tax code. Fixing our immigration system. Freeing ourselves from foreign oil. We've got more work to do."

Indeed we do.

In reflecting a day after the election, Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner said, "The American people re-elected the president, and re-elected our majority in the House. If there is a mandate, it is a mandate for both parties to find common ground and take steps together to help our economy grow and create jobs, which is critical to solving our debt."

Again, we couldn't agree more.

Yet a month after the votes were counted, we're still not seeing Democrats and Republicans in Washington come together. What don't they understand?

More importantly, when will they get it?

... The president's plan is to increase taxes on the wealthiest Americans and to provide tax credits to small businesses that add jobs or increase wages.

The Republicans want a solution based on spending cuts.

Until recently, they were solid about not increasing taxes, something we've agreed upon. Some are now reneging. Maybe that's a sign of compromise. We hope so.

The Tribune-Democrat — Johnstown, Pa.

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