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An Election Without a Mandate

Posted by Lee Trepanier on

Lee Trepanier

Lee Trepanier

After the elections are over, the winner usually can claim a mandate to govern the country on his or her policies.

However, this year's presidential election has lacked any serious discussion on addressing some of the most serious problems that this country currently confronts: the federal government's debt crisis, the growing social and economic inequality among our citizens, and how to reform our education system to make it competitive in a globalized economy.

President Obama has essentially run a campaign that targets white suburban women, ethnic minorities, and the bi-coastal elites while offering no new ideas or programs of his own. He may win the election, but what will we have to look forward to other than recycled polices that he already tried in 2009?

By contrast, Governor Romney's campaign offers proposals that address some of the serious problems facing this country, like entitlement reform, but he lacks any philosophical core beliefs that nobody knows what he really stands for.

The end result is we will continue to have more partisan grindlock whoever wins the election because this year's presidential campaign has been one of small and shallow ideas.

Opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Andy Rapp, Q-TV, Delta College, or PBS.

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