Tuesday, America’s citizens in little towns, rural countryside and big cities took the time to exercise their most precious freedom and responsibility. As a people we voted for President and Vice President, United States Senators and Representatives, governors, state legislatures, school boards and city and county council members and other officials.
Barack Obama won reelection to four more years. Democrats retained control of the Senate and Republicans kept control of the House.
Locally, Republican Tom Rice won the new U.S. House District 7 seat. In Georgetown County, incumbents won reelection and no petition candidates won their contests.
When Obama won in 2008 on a campaign of hope and change excitement was high. The first black person to win the highest office in the land, Obama took with him to the White House a local connection in that his wife Michelle Obama is cousin to a number of Georgetown County residents.
Now, unofficial results show that Obama received 60.6 million votes to 57.7 million for Mitt Romney. The President will likely get 332 electoral college votes to 206 for Romney.
The electors will meet in their respective state capitals on Monday, Dec. 17 to cast their electoral votes. Then the members of the new Congress will meet in early January to officially count the electoral votes and make it official.
It’s now up to Obama and the members of Congress to find ways to work together to approve a federal budget. There has not been a budget enacted since he took office in 2009. Instead, the government continues to operate on continuing resolutions.
Sequestration is set to take effect soon, unless the folks in Washington can find a way to deal with the massive federal deficit.
Obamacare, the economy, foreign and domestic policy issues face every American.
Locally, it’s important that members of the school board and city and county councils work together for the good of all of Georgetown County.
Our wish is that the folks who gather in Washington in January will do the same on a national level.
As for us at the Georgetown Times and our companion newspapers, we held our Wednesday and Thursdays publications — Georgetown and Waccamaw Times and Inlet Outlook — as late as we could Tuesday night. We reported on all of the races as quickly and fairly as we could, but had to go to press before final but unofficial results were in.
As a community and as a nation we face many serious issues. It’s up to all of us to roll up our sleeves, get to work on the challenges we face and call on President Obama, Senators and Representatives to make the decisions that are right for our country.
“Kick the can” used to be a fun game as a kid.
But kicking the can down the road on important national issues should not be done by the grown men and women who lead our nation.
The voters have given President Obama another four years in office.
Let’s all hope he and members of both national parties are wise in how they deal with those four years.
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