Dallas Morning News
In a second term, without the pressure of a reelection ahead, President Obama must work to fulfill his campaign promise of four years ago to become a bipartisan healer.
Improving the fiscal health of the nation will take sacrifices, compromises and strong leadership. It also will require a new mindset among Republicans. Please, let us not hear about a cabal of elected officials deciding before inauguration day that their top goal is to thwart the president. Americans simply can’t afford that old way.
President Obama’s victory is good news for Americans who wish for accessible and affordable healthcare. The next four years should be devoted to rolling out and refining the Affordable Care Act and adding more cost-saving initiatives.
Priority No. 1, however, must be the nation’s fiscal health. Mr. Obama should finally embrace the concepts of his own bipartisan deficit reduction commission and work with congressional leaders to put those sound principles in place.
Kansas City Star
Mr. Obama, you should lead.
You should embrace the spirit of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform — the commission you appointed — which called for a combination of spending cuts, tax reform, changes to entitlements and increased federal revenue over a period of years to put the federal budget on a more sustainable path.
If Congress does nothing, the U.S. economy would be plunged into anther recession, the Federal Reserve and the Congressional Budget Office agree. The direct hit to the economy of higher taxes and large spending cuts all at once would be that harmful.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel