It is interesting to me that both Republicans and Democrats will argue they are the ones for this and the other party or candidate is not. Both sides claim they are the side that fights for the prosperity of our citizens under the constitution. With the average turnout in our elections being less than 50%, it is important to our prosperity we turn every citizen’s attention to this important task of honesty and integrity in our elected officials.
We have been traveling down this same road in our economy for a little more than five years and the only thing that has seem to grow is inflation, the stock market, and of course our taxes. According to Yahoo Finance, The Dow Jones Industrial Index has gone from 8,574.65 this week in 2009 to closing at 16,512.89 last week. My favorite soft drink Dr. Pepper has gone from $4.99 for a 24 pack to $7.38 at my local Wal-Mart, and don’t even get me started on the price increases of Milk or Peanut Butter. Gas prices at the beginning of 2009 were just over $2.04 according to GasBuddy.com are now above $3.58 for a national average. Tax breaks have been removed, while tax penalties for not having health insurance are due to take effect.
It is the democrats who are usually trying to claim they are fighting for the lower and middle class while claiming that republicans are only interested in helping the rich. However, under the democrats the richer have gotten richer, yet the middle and lower class have lost their health insurance, lost their jobs, and are paying higher prices for almost everything. So, when President Obama campaign themes were hope and change it should have really gone with less and more. Less money in your pockets and more costs for everything you will buy.
But wait, the republicans are not much better. Just this year, they have passed a budget that will actually take money away from retired veterans until they reach they age of 62. On the “promise of repealing” the law before it is supposed to take effect. In this game of opposites it is usually the republicans trying to protect veterans but it was more democrats that were against this law than the republicans. The really sad part is that our elected officials are betting that our nation’s veterans will not live to the age of 62 and therefore will save the government money that would take effect in cost of living increases at that age.
Another example can be seen in immigration. In the first years of the Obama administration more illegal aliens were deported than during the entire Bush administration, but it’s the democrats that claim the republicans do not want aliens to gain citizenship because it will help the democrats win more elections. While I am not a minority, nor an illegal alien I would seriously consider who I supported based on the results and while the president may have put into effect the executive order to stop deportation of illegal aliens the fact is that they have done more to hurt that cause than help it. Oh and while they had both houses of Congress and the White House, not one piece of legislation was proposed to fix this issue.
Now we can look at the most divisive issue our country has faced. Even today the topic of racial equality can cause strong emotions on all sides. Let’s start with the obvious President Lincoln (REPUBLICAN) freed the slaves. First black congressional representatives were all republicans. It was the democrats who were the segregationists in that time frame. Another interesting note, when President Johnson signed the equal rights bill into law it was reported that he said the Democratic Party had lost the south for at least the next generation. Southern segregationists flipped almost overnight to the republicans.
Finally, let’s talk about gender equality and just to be clear neither side can claim this one either. Recently the White House tried to take the claim that democrats and not republicans fight for gender equality. That a woman who works in the White House is treated and paid equally to their male counterparts, while it did make for good press it was also false. Women in the White House are paid 88 cents for every $1 a man makes. So much for equality but they did point out that they are better than the national average of 78 cents. Once they were called out on the 88 cents mark actually achieved. I believe if either side really was trying to affect this it would have been corrected already.
While more examples are readily available on both sides of the aisle, it leads me to contend that neither can be trusted. Both parties want what is important to them, the power over the government and the people. It is my contention, that we should look at all of the alternatives at every level of government and vote for the person you believe will get our country back on the best track of prosperity for all of its citizens.