Maybe it’s the medicinal marijuana fumes wafting through the air or maybe there’s some unknown salty calming agent in the offshore California sea breeze. Whatever it is, it’s refreshing to know that voters from the Golden State did not panic when it came to the recent election.
As the rest of the country went stampeding to the polls frantically looking for change by voting for all people Republican, most people on the West Coast were far more relaxed. And quietly more optimistic and realistic.
Any political expert will tell you, it usually takes a few years before a new administration’s strategies take effect. In fact, quite often it’s not until after a president leaves office that the country actually sees overt signs – be they negative or positive – trickle down to our everyday lives.
So, to vilify the president and Congress after only two years in office and demand a reverse of course is not only a spastic, knee-jerk reaction, but an erroneous one. Evidence of the new approach is just now starting to emerge and guess what? Things are actually starting to look good.
The stock market is up nearly 40% since President Barack Obama took office and both private and public companies across America are announcing their best profits in years.
Yet, because of unsubstantiated anxiety, most of the country demanded an immediate about-face on election day.
With recent gains in the Senate and majority control in the House of Representatives, members of the Grand Old Party are hitting the airwaves proudly declaring victory. They are claiming the outcome is a referendum on the Obama-Nancy Pelosi agenda and the American people have turned to Republicans to help save the country.
Despite the economy being the number one concern, these conservative “saviors” have already stated one of their first course of actions will be to repeal “ObamaCare” – a health plan that most actually like. People with pre-existing conditions will also finally garner medical coverage (personally free and clear of cancer for 18 years, but can’t find coverage). This GOP focus will not just be disliked by the majority, but will be a huge waste of time and money. Which, ironically, is the same sort of squandering many cite as their main displeasure with Democrats.
Bottom line, the country doesn’t need saving. The unemployment rate hovers around 10% and the housing market is still sluggish, but the economy is alive and well. While still on the mend, it is well out of the intensive care unit and there was no need for Americans to panic on election day.
But, that is just what they did. Thankfully, while this tumultuous political storm fumed its way through the rest of the country, all was calm in sunny California.