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Our View: Time to get to work on state, national issues

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On Wednesday morning, a new day dawned across the U.S.

With the conclusion of the hard-fought state and national elections, there is a newfound hope for a brighter future.

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Incumbents and newcomers have been given the voters' approval for the work they promise to do in Madison or Washington, D.C. on our behalf.

Not that the newly elected officials are expected to perform immediate miracles when they take office in January.

But we do expect the successful candidates to quickly roll up their sleeves and find solutions to the obvious challenges we face in this state and across the U.S.

Now that the campaign is done, the finger-pointing can finally stop. The only people our elected officials can blame now is themselves if things don't change.

It will be interesting to see how everything shakes out over the next year or two, however.

Will we still be in Iraq? Will we be putting greater military emphasis in Afghanistan? Will we be at peace?

Will the federal deficit be reduced, or will our government continue to outspend its tax collections?

Will the health care crisis finally be resolved, or will middle-class and low-income families continue to struggle to pay for the care they need?

Will our nation's economy rebound as optimism grows among consumers, or will the U.S. fall deeper into a recession?

Will the housing industry begin to see gains again, or will potential buyers and sellers remain on the sidelines and wait for more hopeful times?

At least with the fresh, new start afforded us by the Nov. 4 election there is always an opportunity for improvement. Now we just have to wait and see if the positive change that has been promised us over the past two years actually materializes.

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