"Yet he still pretends that the election is a mandate, ..."
He won. Close enough to a mandate as he needs. You bring up the Obama budgets that NO Dem voted for. Too bad Romney and the R's never brought that up. You bring up "only a jack a$$ would raise taxes and grow government in an environment like this". Too bad very few Americans know that. In fact, it is exactly what FDR did and FDR got a large monument in DC for his efforts. The rest of the country got the Great Depression.
If no one besides yourself is articulating what is going on, then what difference does it make? The R party will refuse to articulate a defense. Expect a tax increase.