September 20, 2021

Imagine America in four years

Posted on 06. Nov, 2012 by Stephan Helgesen in Politics, Social/Cultural

Take just a moment before you go to vote today and imagine what America might be like under your candidate for the next four years with all of the following problems and challenges thrown his way…

A one-party dominated Congress (or Senate too) stymieing  or eliminating the possibility of bi-partisan legislation

Our enormous rise in poverty (1/6 of the country now lives in poverty)

47 million Americans on Food Stamps (15% of the population)

23 million Americans either without work, underemployed or who have given up looking for work (15% of our total workforce)

Our tepid (approx. 2.0% at best) annual economic growth

The unwillingness of America’s businesses to hire enough workers to even keep pace with the new workers entering the job markets (estimated to be over 200,000/month)

The impending costs of ‘Obamacare’ in 2013 and 2014 to businesses

The continued rise in gas prices (the price has doubled since 2008)

The fear of sequestration, triggering massive defense cuts and the loss of many more jobs

The ballooning $16 trillion debt

Our balance of trade deficit with China (over $250 billion/year) and that country’s growing economic hold over us

Our porous borders with Mexico and continued illegal immigration

The stubborn rise of American-directed terrorism

The escalation of nuclear danger in the Middle East

Our decaying infrastructure at home

Falling literacy and our weakened educational competitiveness.

Now add to these challenges our inability to even talk to one another about these issues without breaking into choruses of talking points or worse, raising our voices, slamming the door on friendships or turning off completely and you can see why strong, tested leadership is needed for America.

Candidates’ actions are always more important than their words. Do not be swayed by a clever phrase, a memorable slogan, a winning smile or celebrity endorsements.

Look at how the candidates have solved problems in the past. Look at how they spend their time, how they give to their community and church, who they associate with, how they succeeded and more recently, how they ran their campaign.

Vote for America today and for the man who has the experience to tackle her problems and who can bring both sides together.

Do not vote against someone or for a rigid political ideology.

The promise of America can never be fulfilled without honest open dialogue, tolerance, sound principled leadership or without dedicated citizens with long memories who are unwavering when holding their leaders accountable.

- Stephan Helgesen, Editor

Stephan J. Helgesen


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