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Radio Smart Talk: Obama's second term

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Jan 21, 2013 8:46 AM

Radio Smart Talk for Monday, January 21:

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President Barack Obama will be inaugurated for a second term in office Monday. 

Radio Smart Talk begins witf's coverage of the Inauguration by focusing on what to expect in the next four years from the president and his Administration.

Political Science professors Dr. Shirley Anne Warshaw of Gettysburg College and Dr. Jim Hoefler of Dickinson College will join us to look ahead to Obama's second term.

We also would to like to hear from you.  What do you want to see the president accomplish between now and 2017?

NPR and witf's Public Insight Network have been soliciting responses for the past week.  Here are just a few examples:

"This is a second term. There is nothing to lose. I have an impression that you are still too cautious. Be more courageous even bold."

"The time to act is now. Your administration has put off climate action for way too long, and the climate cliff is so much more important to my son’s future than the fiscal cliff. Please act with haste to stop global warming, and commit the US to substantial cuts in greenhouse gases that are so dangerous for our planet."

"I am a working parent, with three children. I am an average, middle class family. I pay my mortgage on time, and save for my children’s college education. But, I am confused as to why you keep raising taxes, and squeezing the middle class."

Comment below or call us between 9 and 10 a.m. Monday to explain what you would like to see in the president's second term.

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Comments: 2

  • Tim Brixius img 2013-01-21 09:35

    Looks like Republicans don't necessarily accept the social capital Obama has tried to spend: http://m.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2013/01/who-are-you-calling-antisocial-gop-skipped-lincoln-screening-dinners/267183/

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2013-01-21 09:45

    E-mail from Dan:

    "I want the president to flush the tea party koolaid down the memory hole, and reveal the lie of austerity that the media and Congress is forcing upon the American people. We need only look to history, and the lessons learned during the Great Depression. President Roosevelt, when faced with the all too real threat of political, social, and economic rethinking of the nation's power structure with the rise of unions and collectivist political organizing, went to the leaders of industry, and told them that in order to save capitalism as they knew it, they would support his programs to benefit that rest of the nation's populace. Thus was born Social Security and numerous other initiatives which ensure economic security.

    With the cost of borrowing for the Federal government at record lows, now is the time to borrow and spend on infrastructure and educating and readying our populace for tomorrow's challenges. Cutting spending will slow growth, put additional people out of work, reduce research into future advances in medicine. Contrary to public opinion and the televised enconiums of our elected officials, our taxes are at a record low as a percent of GDP. How can we be the "greatest nation on earth" without investing in ourselves."

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