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Ride the tide

November 2, 2010 - Bill Speer
If the political pundits are indeed correct, today's election should result in a major color change of power across the United States from blue to red in almost every political category.

Some will blame President Obama and his policies. Others will credit the Tea Party for the change. Still others will cite historical evidence that such mid-term power switches are more the norm than the exception.

I blame the economy. If people aren't working, they're upset and they should be. If people have watched their life savings dwindle away to nothing, they're upset and they should be. If people have inherited more work and less pay due to downsizing at their office, they're upset and should be. If people haven't seen a raise in three years but instead, watched the cost of their health insurance triple in that same timeframe, they're upset and they should be.

Until we get people back to work, it won't matter what party you are, voters will be angry. Until we get money being pumped back into the economy, voters will be frustrated. Polling the end of October showed that most Americans (59 percent) have more faith in their own abilities than they do of the President when it comes to economic matters.

I expect before the day is over the color of the country will switch from blue to red.

All that won't matter much, however, until we as a country get the economy back on track and chugging along again.

 
 

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