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Will the US improve in Obama's second term?Do you think our country is going to improve...

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mfeldpausch | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 8, 2012 at 12:00 AM via web

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Will the US improve in Obama's second term?

Do you think our country is going to improve with Obama as our president again this year?

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted November 8, 2012 at 12:14 AM (Answer #2)

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I certainly hope the country improves.  The Congress wanted to make sure Obama was not re-elected, so they tried not to make any progress.  Now that they don't have to worry about that, hopefully there will be some changes!

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted November 8, 2012 at 12:48 AM (Answer #3)

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It is not likely to do any great improving unless both Obama and the Republicans decide there is a need to compromise.  Both sides showed a pretty serious unwillingness to compromise at various times in his first term.  If they keep on simply fighting one another nonstop, nothing will get done and it will be part Obama's fault and part the Republicans' fault.

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literaturenerd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted November 8, 2012 at 2:05 AM (Answer #4)

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I, too, hope that our country improves. Actually, I just had this talk with a family member. What we both decided is that Obama has nothing to lose. He cannot run for re-election, so he has nothing to really worry about (for lack of a better phrase). Actually, the way I look at it, without the pressure of a possible re-election, Obama will not have to be as guarded as President. Instead, he will be able to go forward with things which he may have thought would cost him the re-election. He can work on change without thoughts of repercussion (in regards to a re-election).

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rrteacher | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted November 8, 2012 at 5:09 AM (Answer #5)

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It depends on perspective. As the last four years have shown, one person's "improvement" is another person's catastrophe. The Obama Administration succeeded in getting a health care bill through Congress, something Democrats (and some Republicans) have been trying to achieve since the Truman Administration, and he could rightly point to that as a success, or an improvement. I do not need to discuss how Republicans saw it. My feeling is that the President has regained a bit of political capital, and will probably gain some successes on policy priorities, beginning with the issue of taxes. Whether one regards that is improvement is up to the individual.

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mfeldpausch | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 8, 2012 at 10:12 PM (Answer #6)

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I know what you mean.  It seems like everything that he does I wish he would not do.  His laws and everything.

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Kristen Lentz | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted November 11, 2012 at 5:59 AM (Answer #7)

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Hopefully, our hard-working civil servants in Washington will work across the aisles following the election to balance the budget and grow the economy.  The election definitely did an excellent job of raising concerns of the constituents across our country, and with any luck, our public leaders will take their concerns to heart and make changes for the better.  I definitely have some reservations, but remain optimistic!

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bullbudder | Student, Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted November 19, 2012 at 12:19 PM (Answer #8)

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The best of life is always ahead

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trophyhunter1 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted November 23, 2012 at 12:58 PM (Answer #9)

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If taxes are raised like I think they will be, and the economy remains as it has without the creation of new jobs, then I believe we will stay the same or it may even become worse.

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megan-bright | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted December 18, 2012 at 3:42 PM (Answer #10)

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The potential for the country's improvements are definitely there now that he has been re-elected. It's really difficult to see immediate improvements because so many other powerful politicians continue to work against his plans with no solid reason as to why. Disagreement on some issues is to be expected, but the political divide has really gotten out of hand, and that's one of the main reasons this country will have a hard time improving. 

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