To the Editor:
Election Day had hardly ended before we heard the familiar mantra from both sides of the political spectrum – “The people have spoken.”
Yet the ink was not yet dry when we heard from Speaker John Boehner: “There will be no new taxes.” This coming from the losing team hardly bespeaks an air of compromise.
If we want to achieve a nonpartisan mood, we need leaders of both parties who are skilled in leading. Boehner is not one of those.
The successes of many of our recent congresses has been due more to the leaders of each party than who resided in the White House. At least Mitch McConnell and many Republicans will not be able to declare, “My chief aim is to make the president a one-term president.”
It seems that the winning team is able to say with some degree of credibility that “the rich should pay more,” “we need revenue as well as cuts,” “a fairer system.”
President Barack Obama won with his agenda. He shouldn’t be afraid to take charge. Our Medicare is intact, our health care can move forward, the women of this country can choose for themselves and be more equal in the workforce wages. And oh, by the way, our wars will come to an end. Please, Mr. President, pull back on our military industrial complex
And so, Northwest Herald, your favorite son, Mitt Romney, was defeated. Wake up and lead McHenry County in the real world.