US elephants stomp donkeys

Mid-term elections don’t go as planned for President Obama

By Jennifer Hughes

Despite President Obama’s final push, the Democrats lost a significant number of seats in the US mid-term election on Nov. 2.

All 435 seats of the United States House of Representatives, which consists of members from each state depending on its population, and 37 of the 100 seats in the United States Senate, which is made up of two senators from each state, were up for election. As well as this, 37 states were electing governors.

The election resulted in the Republicans winning a majority over the House. The Democrats held onto the majority of the Senate, though they lost a number of seats to the Republicans. In addition, the majority of the 37 governors elected were Republicans. This was a major blow to President Obama and the Democrats, who had held a majority over both the House and the Senate going into the mid-term.

Because the House and the Senate make up the United States Congress, the Democrats will have difficulty getting their bills passed. As a result of this, Obama will now have to change some of his ideas to work with the Republicans, reported CBC.

The main reason for the Democrat losses is the current state of the American economy, reported BBC. “There is no doubt that people’s number one concern is the economy,” Obama stated in the Presidential Address, “and what they were expressing great frustration about is the fact that we haven’t made enough progress on the economy.” With the US recession since Dec. 2007, the US economy has yet to fully recover.

“I am very eager to sit down with members of both parties and figure out how we can move forward together,” Obama stated. “I’m not suggesting this will be easy. I won’t pretend that we will be able to bridge every difference or solve every disagreement.”

One of the Democrat’s concerns is the reform of the heath-care system. Some Republicans, as well as the Tea Party, a growing libertarian movement that has held protests since 2009, feel strongly in opposition to the Democrat’s health-care bill. With their new power, Republicans are talking of repealing this bill.

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