Our nation has been facing major problems for over four years now and Congress has done next to nothing to address any of them. We continue to experience unacceptable levels of joblessness, the cost of health care and health insurance continues to rise, and we have done nothing to address the threat of climate change, or to shore up financing for Medicare and the Social Security system.
If you (like me) are tired of gridlock and inaction and want to see the federal government actually do something to address our problems, my advice is to embrace partisanship. In November, I will be voting a straight party ticket for the first time in my life.
Republicans have been unified in their opposition to nearly every proposal put forth by President Obama and the Democrats. And the Democrats need to be just as unified in stopping the Republican agenda. Give the voters a clear choice between the competing agendas of the two major parties and a compelling reason to move beyond individual candidates. This will make it easier for voters who want a Congress worthy of our approval to ignore the attack ads, the polls, the exchange of sound bites that pass for debates, and the media’s insistence on reporting elections as if they were sporting events.
Focus instead on the legislation each party has introduced and supported. Decide which party you believe will address the problems and issues of most concern to you in a manner that you believe will be most effective. Then vote a straight party ticket.
You should support Republican candidates if you believe:
* The best way to create jobs is to give more tax breaks to wealthy “job creators” (because they just don’t have enough money to invest as things stand) and to deregulate Wall Street, banks, and large corporations (because they have proven so responsible and trustworthy in the past).
* The Affordable Care Act should be repealed. Private, for-profit insurance companies should control health care and decide what doctors you can see and what treatments you will receive.
* Climate change is a hoax, or is not caused by human activity, and we can go on burning fossil fuels indefinitely without suffering any consequences.
* Money earned from buying and selling stock should be taxed at a much lower rate than money earned from working.