Things will get quite busy in the coming 2012 elections.
The biggest question right now is who will be the next president. Will we have a 45th president?
This year marks the United States’ 57th presidential elections. While there are actually a lot of people running for president, the spotlight is certainly focused on Obama and Romney.
Additionally, thirty-three Senate seats will be contested as well as the entirety of House of Representatives seats this coming November.
And just for the record — for posterity’s sake — let’s just talk about the big issues. The biggest topics for elections are the state of our economy, jobs and employment, taxes, immigration, national security and healthcare. News channels and websites are talking nonstop about all of these issues. The more disagreement and arguments that the news can find, the happier they are. All presidential elections always cause intense emotions to come out as this only happens every four years. Soon after the elections, people will settle down.
Here’s what some would have you believe: “Although it is not yet very noticeable, the employment rate is slowly rising. It has been a bumpy road this year and it isn’t going to get any smoother, but we will still pull through. Unemployment also went down for the first time in nearly four years and things seem better than what they had. It is true that there is still more work that needs to be done, but employment reports provide evidence that the economy is continuing to heal from the worst downturn since the Great Depression. Our national government should assist the state and local governments in preventing layoffs and enable them to rehire thousands of teachers and other employees.”
Others say that is — to borrow a phrase — utter malarkey. Let’s see what happens.
Our health industry is highly regulated and dependent on the capital for technology, facilities and labor. Health cost are increasing overall — nobody with a functioning brain stem can argue with hat. Some say, “Our economic recovery has been slower than desired which resulted in a highly fragmented health system.” Well, those in power should focus on cracking down on healthcare fraud — as billions of dollars are wasted away on health care system fraud. And more than double of that is wasted on paperwork and unnecessary administrative costs!
The government — in all its glory — has now implemented new laws to standardize billing and use electronic health records to reduce paperwork and improve the quality of care. Don’t hold your breath.
But whatever. That’s a brief overview of our politics now. Try to get over yourself, turn off the TV for a little while, and maybe even think a little. A thinking electorate helps in times like this.