By Brian Howey
The Hendricks County Flyer
Tue Jan 29, 2013, 03:53 PM EST
A little over a week before the New York Times' page one banner headline would proclaim "Obama offers liberal vision: We Must Act" - an acknowledgement of sorts came forth.
U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita, a sophomore Republican was asked if his 4th CD constituents had come to grips with the likely fact that Barack Hussein Obama would be president for the next four years. Rokita responded, "I think my constituents understand. Who I hope understands is House Republican leadership. For my first years in Congress, we weren't supposed to do anything too bold for fear of rocking the boat before the election and a chance to get a Republican president. Quite frankly, that time has come and gone. So we have nothing left but to be bold."
It was a recognition that doing whatever it took to get America back to work after the Bush wars and economic disaster took a second seat behind the 2012 election, with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell stating the "top priority" was making Obama a "one-term president."
What followed was an array of party-line votes, the rise of the Tea Party, threats to shut down the government and default on its debt. They accused Obama of perpetrating the trillion dollar deficits that were nearly identical to the costs of the military adventures in Afghanistan and Iraq and forged by President George W. Bush.
Bush's TARP rescue as well as fishing General Motors and Chrysler out of the liquid abyss were to become Obama's millstone, as was his precarious stimulus program.
On Monday, President Obama ushered in his second term with a defense of "collective action" and the role government, though he acknowledged the limits and "skepticism" of central authority.
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