Jennie's Journey

Election results bring hope, conjecture

"The American people spoke, and I think this is pretty clear that the Obama-Pelosi agenda is being rejected by the American people," House Republican Leader John Boehner said following Tuesday's election results.

I believe he is right. Regardless of political affiliation, I feel it is important elected officials listen to their constituents.

That is what angered me most in 2009...elected officials were busy traveling the country, telling those opposed to the health care bill, "I know what's best for you."

The American people became angry and the Tea Party formed in response to law makers imposing their views upon the voters.

Our founding fathers developed the constitution to prevent lawmakers from imposing their will upon the people. Lawmakers are elected to represent the will of the people, and the people did not feel as if their voice was being heard.

President Obama said the massive victory for the Republican party was a referendum on the economy. But, it goes deeper because the economy is directly affected by the policies put in place since he took office.

I am not saying it began with President Obama and his position as the leader of this nation. It goes back much further to the Clinton era, and we, the American people should take ownership for our own role in the economic decline.

The American people, seeking the American Dream, did not make wise decisions when seeking home loans...there has always been a set standard rule of thumb in place that many ignored when signing those mortgage papers.

However, Obama's failure to extend tax cuts to everyone, including what he has named "the rich," keeps the country in limbo. Business owners are waiting to see what taxes they will need to pay in the coming years. The health care bill, too, has already been directly affecting the economy as employers have seen insurance premiums rising.

The stimulus packages...well, some will say we would be worse off. We don't really know that the stimulus bills have truly benefitted this country since most of the money has not even been spent. Maybe some people did get to keep their jobs, but the outlook for many others remained dismal at best.

"We will loudly oppose future stimulus bills that only stimulate the deficit and fight any further job-killing regulations," said Senator Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader, when asked about future stimulus bills.

Democrats during the election season blamed Wall Street for the economic crisis, but approved stimulus packages to save businesses on Wall Street. Well, those big bad banks on Wall Street were not the first to get into trouble...Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were.

I am grateful we won't any longer be exposed to the political ads this year, but they will soon start making their way back to the television screen as politicians prepare for the election that is only two years away.

There may be a different tone then, but only time will tell. I say this because the Obama administration and leaders in both the U.S. Senate and Congress are now talking about how they will move forward with the change of powers.

The Democrats have a narrow majority in the Senate with at least 50 senators, 51 if Patty Murray is confirmed the victor in Washington state. The Republicans, who were huge winners in Congress, however, are going to demand some changes because they realize it is what the people want.

Also, don't forget those newly elected Tea Party members. They might have an R next to their name, but many of them were elected to send a message to the establishment. I believe they will speak loud and clear for those who elected them.

Obama's policies will be reviewed, and one way or another, the Republicans and their Tea Party "cousins" will demand revisions at the very least.

For now, the lawmakers are speculating about the changes that will result from this past Tuesday's election.

As for me and my house, we will be watching the lawmakers as if they are under a microscope.


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