November 8th, 2012
07:54 AM ET

How to rebuild trust – and infrastructure

By Fareed Zakaria

Over the course of this campaign, commentators on both sides of the political divide seemed to agree on one point: this was a campaign about nothing. Barack Obama’s supporters wanted him to lay out a detailed and ambitious agenda for his second term. Mitt Romney’s fans wanted to hear more about the radical restructuring of government. But in fact, by the standards of most elections, this was a campaign about something very big.

Obama and Romney presented two distinct visions of how to rebuild the American economy. Romney emphasized the need to cut taxes and spending and, in general, shrink government. Obama talked about core investments that would allow the country to compete in this century. (Both agreed, without being specific, that they would pursue their agenda while reducing the deficit.) This is not a trivial divide, and the fact that Obama won should have consequences.

Read the full column at TIME here


Topics: 2012 Election • Politics

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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. JAL

    I am afraid that there will be an over-correction in the financial markets, meant to push the lawmakers into action. The only thing that will save the rest of us from the consequence, is if the DC folks have solid contingencies on the ready, when the push comes to shove. The cliff is one thing, the push is another.

    November 8, 2012 at 8:41 am | Reply
  2. Obama's Mandate

    Suck my 8=======> Romney!!!!!!!!!

    November 8, 2012 at 9:51 am | Reply
  3. Muin

    We might not have any idea how a U.S president will govern but we know what kind of world we live in. We live in a world where hard work is discouraged but capital is greatly rewarded.

    November 8, 2012 at 10:37 am | Reply
  4. Name*Michael Colson

    After Getting Re Elected I Would
    By Michael Ego
    After getting re elected I'll go to New York and Jersey and ask companies like Walmart Kmart BJ's Costcos and Sams to donate blankets socks water water dry foods and canned goods. I would also ask the surrounding states how to open up shelters to the elderly and open hospitals for emergency cases such as pregnancy dialysis and other severe cases. Also I would get with Congress and ask for a mandatory blank check for the victims of Hurricane Sandy and the snow storm. Also put into play a budget for those such as clean up men electricians and plumbers to be compensated for their time effort and energy. This would be the first step in showing that the government is for the people and that congress can finally get something done. Also it will show the world that the US cares about its people first and will always come together in times of need.This is good for foreign policy and homeland security.
    I would speak briefly in the rose garden at the white house and declare these things on Friday or Monday no later than Tuesday of next week.
    If I were re elected I would do this first
    Words by Michael Ego
    (keep smiling cause I am)

    November 8, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Reply
  5. j. von hettlingen

    Good idea, Fareed, it wouldn't hurt Obama's administration, if he would take Romney on board to tackle economic issues. A bipartisan solution is needed to reduce the high deficits and to create jobs. It's up to the intransigent bunch of the GOPs to contribute their share of responsibility.

    November 12, 2012 at 4:48 am | Reply
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    April 15, 2013 at 6:17 am | Reply

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