I have always been a political junkie. My father was a jack of all trades, and from my earliest days, I was his assistant, fixing plumbing, cars, and carpentry. We talked constantly and our discussions revolved around politics, religion, or family. I was one of the only kids in my elementary school who could name the candidates in every cycle, and what they were running on. Because of this, I see Election Day as an early Christmas. I was really excited about the election results from Tuesday, but I do have a few concerns now.
My local congressman’s office was working with me on a tax issue I had. I have been working on this issue since February, and finally got my congressman’s office involved two months ago. I handed over some documents last week to them, and got a letter from the office yesterday requesting the same documents. So I called my official yesterday to see what was going on and was told that unfortunately the office was in the process of closing because he lost on Tuesday, and that they were no longer taking calls. What this means for my tax problems is sadly a mystery. I am back to dealing with the IRS and its representatives, unless the congressional aide surprisingly calls me.
Like many people, I am concerned about gridlock. With the House firmly in Republican hands, it will certainly disagree with the Senate, which is decidedly Democrat. I sadly don’t see how much will be accomplished by either party with the government so definitely split. Honestly, though, with all the bills that have been passed in the last few years, gridlock may be a good thing. I am just not sure.
To further this problem, our president came out before the election and said that the Republicans would be stuck in the back of the bus. Now, I won’t comment about how this sends a message reminiscent about segregation. However, if definitely sends the message that he won’t be talking to the Republicans as much as many of us may want. It’s also reminiscent of the argument over the stimulus, in which no Republicans were involved in the drafting of the bill at one point.
The election was a clear sign to the government that Americans are not happy with the direction of the country. The Republicans were swept into a large majority of the House and gained six seats in the Senate, which is not an easy feat. Also, the majority of the local congresses and governorships will now be dominated by the Republicans. This doesn’t mean that Americans want Republicans, they just don’t want the Democrats in charge. The only people who could possibly miss the point is, apparently, the Democrats.