With the upcoming presidential election looming, we’re seeing a lot of coverage of candidates and a lot of promises being thrown about. Anything that bothers you about the election, or in politics in general? Here’s my list:
1) Concentrating so much on the war. Yes, it’s a big issue that we’re in this war and we do need a plan to get out of it, but I think there are many more issues that we need to concentrate on, like education, the environment and health care
2) Political ads - on my telephone. Don’t call me and ask me for my vote, it will make me less likely to vote for you
3) Why is gay marriage hot topic? I don’t think our government has any place in forbidding it. Anyway, when you think about it, it’s good for the economy. Think of how much a gay wedding would cost! *wink*
4) Flip flopping - I hate the term. It’s so casually thrown around without the consideration of what the situation was when the first decision was made. Someone could have voted for the war when they were misled into thinking there was evidence. Now that we know the truth, it’s a different story.
5) Sometimes I feel like our government cares more about defending other countries than taking care of its own people. If we were to get attacked by another country, it’s over. If another Hurricane Katrina were to happen, we wouldn’t have enough military to take care of it.
6) Red or Blue? I know that I could be Independent, but the fact that it’s such a big deal if the Democrats or the Republicans make up the majority bothers me. These politicians have been elected to speak for their people, not to follow along the voting lines of the party. It’s because of this that America’s youth doesn’t believe that their vote counts or their voices will be heard. Another think is this “us vs. them” mentality, the impression that Republicans are against Democrats and vice versa. Aren’t we all living in the same country?
7) Foreign Relations - I remember when the US was admired and loved by other countries. Now we’re loathed and hated. How did that turn about so quickly?
8) Government spending - a 3.1 trillion budget has been proposed, intended to “keep America safe” which really means that the money is going towards military spending for the war. With such a huge budget, it’s a shame that many “unecessary” programs, like encouraging art and music in schools and providing assistance for low-income students for field trips are on the chopping block to be eliminated
9) Lies! Lies! Lies! I’m sure I don’t have to come up with examples of politicians lying.
10) The political power of some lobbyists. Tobacco groups keeping cigarette taxes low, infant formula groups censoring public awareness ads of the benefits of breastfeeding, etc.
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