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Joseph Curl | Time to own the election, America

Elections have consequences. So suck it up and own it, America.

America decided on Nov. 6.

More than 121 million of us voted, and more than 62 million cast their  ballots for the incumbent, President Obama.

While some liberal political pundits like Rachel Maddow and Al  Sharpton wrongly claim the president has a “mandate” (he doesn’t, he won  just 51 percent of the vote and 48 percent of America voted against him), they  are correct when they assert, as they have repeatedly since Election Day, that “elections have consequences.”

So, time to suck it up and own it, America (or at least the 51 percent of you  that voted for Mr. Obama). The consequences  of the 2012 election are coming — higher taxes for everyone. And that, you 62  million-plus people, is just what you voted for, whether you like it or not.

Let’s linger here a moment: Yes, America, YOU VOTED FOR HIGHER TAXES! During  his four-year campaign for re-election, the president never said a word about  cutting spending. He still doesn’t plan any, even in the 11th hour of fractious  debate over the “fiscal cliff” (USA Today on  Thursday: “The president is not seeking any immediate spending cuts”).


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