As I reflect on the outcome of the 2010 elections, I have to admit that I have certain concerns that make me very uneasy. First, I am not a Democrat. Second, I will admit that I am often labeled a “liberal.” My silver lining is that neither party holds power in both the Senate and the House.
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Here are my main concerns:
First, given the partisan atmosphere currently prevailing in Washington, I am afraid that even though Congress is split, nothing will ever get done. When President Obama took office, there was hope that because the Democrats held not only the White House, but also the House and Senate, things would finally get accomplished. As we have seen, that did not materialize.
Second, I worry that Republicans will try to go back to “business as usual” on Wall Street. The one thing that absolutely scares me to the core is that somehow all of the unethical things that banks have gotten away with that led to the market crash and failure of the economy will be “forgotten” and any regulatory actions that have helped fix any of it will be stopped. We forget that in order to have a good economy, people need to have jobs and, thus, money to spend in our economy. As long as we continue to be unemployed, a situation precipitated by allowing big corporations to outsource, the economy cannot rebound. We need to bring jobs back to the United States so that we can be employed and keep our money here in the States where it will be spent on OUR economy, instead of someone else’s.
Lastly, that the country will be so tired of all the bickering by the next presidential election, nobody will participate and things will get even worse. We had a remarkable upsurge of voters during the 2008 election. It was incredible to see students and young people get involved and work to elect Obama. But I am afraid that because the results have been less than expected, these same young people will decide that it just didn’t matter in the end.
It is time now, if ever, to let our representatives and senators know that WE hired them and they are in Washington to do their jobs on OUR terms. Until we take control and make them accountable, it is hard to see how anything will change.