In the wake of Barack Obama's victory in the 2012 US presidential election, Democratic Party officials have proclaimed their intent to collaborate with Republicans to slash billions of dollars in social spending.
In his victory speech, Obama made clear his priorities in the aftermath of the election, saying that “in the coming weeks and months, I am looking forward to reaching out and working with leaders of both parties to meet the challenges we can only solve together. Reducing our deficit. Reforming our tax code. Fixing our immigration system…”
In the midst of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, the president said nothing about poverty, mass unemployment or any of the other social ills afflicting tens of millions of Americans.
Obama's rush to slash spending comes despite the sentiments expressed in the election itself, where Obama, the candidate generally portrayed in the media as favoring social spending, won over the Republican Romney, who was viewed by millions of working people as a proponent of deeper spending cuts and an enemy of social programs.