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January 21, 2013 12:00 AM

Thomas Friedman: What Obama should do in second term

If election campaigns are supposed to be an exercise in coming to grips with our biggest problems, then the one we just went through was a dismal failure. Our only real solution – a strategy to reignite consistent growth so we can narrow our income gaps and lift the middle class – never got a serious airing. Instead, each side was focused on how to secure a bigger slice of a shrinking pie for its own base. This lousy campaign produced the worst of all outcomes: President Obama won on a platform that had little to do with our core problems and is only a small part of the solution – raising taxes on the wealthy – so he has little incentive to rethink his strategy. And the Republicans did not lose badly enough – they held the House – to have to fully rethink their strategy. It does not bode well.

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