November 2 is around the corner and I hope every citizen over 18 is registered to vote. We will be electing 37 of 100 senate seats, 37 governor seats and 435 house seats. Right now, the Democratic Party controls both chambers of the Congress, but the Republicans are hoping to either gain control of the House and Senate or impact the margins. This election is important. If you are not registered, do whatever it takes to get registered as soon as possible.
We all know the main issues right now include the economy, healthcare reform and the budget-deficit. The only way we can do anything is by voting. I plan to do my research on each person running for our state because I am so tired of the way this country is being led.
Clearly, our economy is in the dumps. The fact that our government leadership is leaning more towards socialism scares me even more. A system in which everything is equally distributed does not work. Look at Cuba, the majority of the citizens have what they need but they go without quite often. Desirable items and necessities are often unaffordable; making the only way to do business and make a living is in black markets. I do not believe people should just be given everything in life. I believe people need to work for what they want, which drives the desire to be alive. Work hard to play hard.
Along with giving people everything they need is Obama’s healthcare reform, also known as Obamacare. The bill that was signed by the president in March 2010 was over 2,000 pages long. Do any of us really believe that the politicians read the entire thing? That’s hard for me to believe. I don’t think giving equal healthcare to everyone is the right decision. Citizens need to be responsible for their own healthcare.
We need to stop publicizing fast foods, cigarettes and alcohol as much as we do and start marketing gyms, exercise and healthy restaurants. Americans’ are fat and lazy and we need to get out of this rut. It’s our own fault for not being accountable for our health care. I have a health savings account and it’s honestly been the best thing for my health insurance coverage. I think about every transaction I make and what I’m really going to the doctor for. On top of that, if I need some allergy pills or cold medicine, I can use my HSA card to get the medicine I need. What HMO has that? Better yet, imagine how long you’ll have to stand in line to get those cold medications when you need them because Obama has made it too easy.
Our budget problem has been ongoing for so long, I’m not sure I even remember the days there wasn’t a budget problem. I do know that we are in the worst position we have been in a very long time. Is there a politician out there that stands for what I believe in when it comes to the budgeting problem? I keep hearing this term fair tax and I wonder if this would be a positive thing. The FairTax plan is a proposal to replace federal and income tax with a progressive national retail sales tax so we are only taxed on what we choose to spend on new goods or services, not our earnings. Rumor has it that this could bring us out of the deficit pretty quickly.
This is the time that we need to have faith that our vote counts. The direction of this country is sad and disturbing. Internationally we are looked to for help and strength in times of need, I fear soon without the right leadership we will not be asked for that help, no matter our expertise. Do the right thing and vote. Let’s help our country first for once. If you don’t vote, think about where we will be in 5 to 10 years and what’s going to happen to our kids.