Friend of mine sent out a very passionate email about our electoral process and how neither candidate is ideal. He ended his email by stating how we all need to work together in order to solve our problems. I think that sounds extremely nice. I think it is important for us to all work together to solve our problems. Unfortunately, over the last 15 years, as our politics has become more and more polarized, we have done less working together. When I look at the really big issues that are facing the United States, I don't believe that Congress, state capitals or even our local governments are honestly tackling any of these problems. I would love to be able to sit here and tell you that once Barack Obama gets reelected as president we are all going to live in harmony. Hogwash. Fox News still exists.
One of the most interesting things that has happened in this election is that the president has figured out a coalition of states to get to the magic number 270. At the beginning of this election cycle all of the smart electoral gurus said that everything came down to Ohio and Florida. Without winning Ohio and Florida it would be difficult for anyone to win the presidency. It looks as if the president has put together a coalition of states which could compensate for Florida. (Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, Colorado and Nevada)
I suspect that President Obama will win reelection. I also believe that he has probably six to twelve months of momentum and political clout. During that time, he should be able to get a couple of big things accomplished. The question is what is he going to tackle? Look for the opposition to any of his ideas to be extremely fierce. The makeup of Congress will be critical to his ability to get anything of substance accomplished.
In spite of some of the pessimism that I have dished out, I hope that we do address some of our problems – deteriorating roads and bridges, a desperate need to upgrade our electrical grid, the need to truly transform from a petroleum-based economy. We must figure out a way to raise the average salary of middle-class America. These are just a few of the things that we need to tackle. I'm still optimistic that somehow, someway, we'll begin to address some of our core issues.
The whole process starts with you and me being informed and involved. Vote!