This is to be the one and only political statement from this editor and I can only hope that it is recieved with a light heart and a smile, as it was intended.
I have been doing quite a bit of reading as of late on the political canidates who are vying for the job of commander-in-chief. Mostly I have been following the contributions of Vikkitikkitavi at Bells On , as well as the comments laid down by chris at Some Guy's Blog.
I trust them implicitly, as we tend to share the same political views, and it is only people I know and trust would I be willing to take their reporting as fact and make my decisions accordingly, as I know they have filtered through the bullshit and spin that each camp turns out on a daily basis. These are some smart cookies. And yet, for all their brilliance, I must depart from them slightly.
I know that the Republicans won't win the highest seat in the land. That is a given. Too many holes have been shot through their platform. No one would back them and history has proven this time and again. Even the die-hards are ready for something else, if for no other reason than to prove the Democrats don't have the answer and it provides them with something to complain about for the next four years. (We will be in Iraq and Afghanistan for the next twelve years)
So be it.
As I see it, and mind you this is just me talking here, but our problems won't be solved by one administration. And yet whoever is elected won't win a second term as Americans are looking for a quick fix and won't be satisfied by someone who doesn't provide that in the first 100 days in office, e.g. Jimmy Carter. Republicans will win the next election with their canidate as they have the deepest pockets. Just ask the Coors brewery.
Now if I am right or wrong in this eight year prophecy, it makes no difference whatsoever to the man on the street. He will still be working longer hours for less pay and his dollar will continue to purchase less. A cup of coffee will be $2.50. A cheap meal will still be $8. A first run movie ticket will be $15 and the 29 cents worth of popcorn will still be $7. Funding for schools will be slashed and our children will suffer from a sub-par education as amendments to "no child left behind" are added. Teachers will be paid less as the need for education grows. Bread will be $4 a loaf and the sales of ramen noodles will soar. Vienna sausage will be a new staple of the American diet as well as Spam, hot dogs, and bologna. The Salvation Army might get a lot of new recruits but they won't be getting a lot of old clothes as makers will only be selling to those who have very well paying jobs, but perhaps the loan foreclosures will give them that much needed boost. The stagnation will affect us all. Sales will be down and that causes a lot of companys to "downsize" or fold. Only the largest will survive. Your retirement fund could be lost by one bad banker. Grown men with families will be selling apples on the street to feed their families. One major hurricane or drought could spirial this into a greater depression than the twenties ever knew.
The truth is: The rich get richer and the poor get screwed. End of story. It has been this way since the dawn of time and only the rich write the history.
Dear and Gentle reader, I so very much want to be wrong. At no point do I want to be right. I have never wanted to be more wrong in my life. Never. I hope for the best every day. I have two girls and I would like to gift them with a world that was full of promise, but the trouble is, I'm not so certain that there is a reliable promise left.
Please, please, please, prove me wrong. I dare you.
I double dog dare you!