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I believe the selection of the next president is fairly straightforward. I was going to say fairly simple; however, there is nothing simple about this election cycle.
I am a 71-year-old retired member of the middle class. I am on a fixed income, some of which is derived from a self-financed 401(k) that has not recovered from the 2008-09 stock-market plunge.
President Obama has pledged, if re-elected, that he is going to help the middle class. That pledge seems hollow. If the president really wanted to help the middle class, he had the best opportunity he will ever have during 2009-10. Those were the years the Democrats controlled the White House and both houses of Congress.
The president chose instead to use this special opportunity to pass his legacy legislation: health care. He will go down in history as the one who gave Americans universal health care. He accomplished this without one vote from the Republicans. In 2008, he swore he would fix Washington by being a bipartisan president, but he rammed health care down Republicans' throats. He refused to listen to their concerns or ideas. This is one reason Washington is so partisan and little gets done today.
I am worse off today then I was three years and nine months ago. The country is also worse off. We are trillions of dollars and counting in debt. I am going to give the other guy a chance to change things. The president had his and decided to do something else, so now it is my turn.