After endless speeches, rallies, campaign ads, robo-calls, signs and stickers, the 2012 presidential election is over.
Yes, America, there is a numerical winner and a numerical loser. But, in the aftermath, is one candidate’s political victory a real victory for Americans?
One thing for certain, this election has once again made our country a “house divided” on a 50-50 basis.
With a Republican House and Democratic Senate, we are virtually assured of four years of gridlock when there is pressing business like the national debt, national health care and national defense.
Gridlock is guaranteed by a sitting president with little ability to reach across the aisle and forge the bipartisan bonds that are needed to move the United States forward. Nothing that I have seen or heard during the campaign convinces me that there will be a spirit of collaboration or compromise to change this situation.
So who wins? Not the middle class, as the rollout of the Affordable Care Act will surely drive up the cost of their insurance premiums to ensure coverage for those unable to pay their own way.
Definitely not businesses required to provide health care if they employ more than 50 workers – businesses that will now consider foreign job outsourcing or layoffs.
Future health care workers with substantial educational loans to pay off? I don’t think so. How about college graduates whose job prospects are as dim as they have ever been?
The saddest part is that our national elections now look like Dancing With The Stars, an entertaining show that often eschews talent for tweet-ridden popularity.
Really, America, did you want Kirstie Alley dancing you and your loved ones into the future?