British Columbia, Canada
I just wish there were some feelings of security. I don't put the blame on one party or another since I have voted both sides before.
I am not happy though, when in these small towns and boroughs with local governments and taxes, the people running for office say one thing to be elected with the knowledge of future benefits that come along with it, as they move up into higher positions...but end up doing the same as their predecessors, not improving a thing.
We saw some signs and wondered about them when we were on I-5, and wondered why they did that. It was a fleeting moment, and then gone. Both my son, and his wife bought brand new cars this year in the US, and brought them back here. The reason was money saved. So many here are doing it, as a lot of our dealerships also were affected and closed down. Canadians go across the line lots, and leave our money behind, and it is almost at par now, so not too many bargains anymore.
Maureen, I go down with my family across the line a lot for specific groceries, and other things for seasonal spending as it were, during the school year. I can feel, and also see the tension in people's faces, and hear it in people who are suffering down there, and that is only about three hours from my home. I can not imagine what small town folks are feeling. Well yes I can in a way, as I have a lot of rural American friends feeling the pinch.
You have just stated the absolute truth in that comment of yours. You can't blame one party or another, the fact is when you have BIG troubles like you have in the States right now, there is never going to be enough money to make everyone happy. People always want or need to blame "someone." Voting out Obama won't help, as the next person is going to fall into mud up to his knees too, and try to plow through it with the same hip waders full of promises. Whatever President you have can only hope to be as good as his supporters will let him be, and a good PR man trying to settle everyone down in his own country, while looking good to everyone in other countries. They will just do what they can with what they have, no more or less, like the rest of us do. Humans tend to make so many mistakes, and a body that runs a country are no different, as they are humans.
It scares me up here as I sympathize for all of you that are not of the filthy rich. I envy you your small town living, and wish I could afford to do that myself, I would actually be living in Cape Cod Maureen.
It makes good sense to put your energy into what you do best, and that is teaching our youth, as that is just the most worthwhile job, however non-rewarding at times. I commend you for that, as teachers are my heroes.
If I had one wish for the USA, it would be you all stand united as one, like you did before all this mess started. I have faith you will get there again too.
I am not a Rhodes Scholar, so this is a pretty simple submission, but trust me it is from my heart to you all.