Two weeks ago Democrats around the country took beating during the mid-term elections. Democrats lost Senate contests in Arkansas, Alaska, West Virginia, South Dakota, Montana, and Georgia. Democrats also lost elections in purple states such as North Carolina and Colorado; and were in an unexpectedly close race in Virginia. The pain didn’t stop there for Democrats. Democrats were poised to unseat unpopular governors in Florida and Kansas, not only did Democrats lose those races they also lost the governorship in the Democratic states of Massachusetts, Maryland, and Illinois. House Republicans also increased their majority and now have their largest majority since the 1940s. So, how did President Obama respond to the Republicans new advantage in the Senate, House and across the states? Meh!
Following the electoral beat down President Obama didn’t seem distraught like some on the right were expecting, as a matter of fact the President seemed more determined than ever to press forward with his agenda, an agenda that saved the US and world economy from depression, saved the American auto industry, killed Osama bin laden and provided millions of Americans health insurance. Obama in his post-election press conference vowed to move forward on executive action regarding immigration reform but that was just the beginning of Obama’s New Deal.
Before departing for Asia, Obama came out in support of net neutrality. In a letter and a video posted on the White House website, President Obama said he believes “the FCC should reclassify consumer broadband service under Title II of the Telecommunications Act,” allowing Internet Service Providers to be more heavily regulated (Dashiell Bennett). While in Asia President Obama agreed to a historical climate change agreement with China. President Obama announced a new target to cut net greenhouse gas emissions 26-28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025. At the same time, President Xi Jinping of China announced targets to peak CO2 emissions around 2030, with the intention to try to peak early, and to increase the non-fossil fuel share of all energy to around 20 percent by 2030.
President Obama will ignore angry protests from Republicans and announce as soon as next week a broad overhaul of the nation’s immigration enforcement system that will protect up to five million unauthorized immigrants from the threat of deportation and provide many of them with work permits, according to administration officials who have direct knowledge of the plan (MICHAEL D. SHEAR, JULIA PRESTON and ASHLEY PARKER).
Obama’s new deal agenda of net neutrality, climate change and immigration executive action builds upon his prior administrative successes such as saving the U.S. economy and providing millions of Americans with health care. Republicans had six years to work with Obama and decided to obstruct and sabotage his national agenda. Now that the president is being presidential they are threatening to impeach and shut down the government. Obama’s posture might be new and more aggressive but Republicans are promising more of the same.