Its Time we got started

by jonrolph

Hello Everyone,

Now that both the DNC and RNC are both over, I suppose its time for a few thoughts.  To start with, this election is not about the best choice to run our enfeebled country.  Neither Obama or Romney are absolutely stellar choices.  One is a rich businessman who wants to play president.  Romney has no foreign policy experience, I suppose he intends to rely on whomever he picks for Secretary of State.  But as “leader of the free world”, we should expect the man to know something of the world outside of the boardroom.  Romney’s choice for a running mate is just awful, and I predict will hold the Republicans back this election.  Paul Ryan has made a 16 year career of anti-gay, anti-abortion, anti-anything non Christian.  I don’t really understand the mindset that led to this choice, probably because every one else turned him down.

President Obama is a better choice, but not because he’s done anything vaguely resembling effective leadership.  Obama spends most of his time campaigning, not governing.  One of the major themes that kept reverberating throughout the DNC speech was that he knows what the average American is going through.  As I stated recently in a piece that I wrote for’m the Wilmington Labor Examiner), the president gets $400,000 a year, plus a $50,000 discretionary stipend.  The average American worker makes $40,000 a year.  None of our elected leaders has any idea what we, the working class of America, go through on a daily basis.

In real life I’m a partially employed member of a trade union.  My wife, Dottie, has had brain cancer since 2007.  If were lucky, we get by on $25,000 a year.  This has been going on since 2010 when I got fired(illegally mind you, the labor board said so) from Home Depot.  The Republicans say I should pull myself up by my bootstraps, as if I hadn’t that about that.  The Democrats fling money at retraining programs that don’t give a damn if you get hired after graduation.  For example, I graduated from Delaware Skills Center HVAC program in March 2011.  They got $5,000 for each of the 12 students in my class.  What they neglected to tell us was that local HVAC companies, facing a glut of good people with many years of experience, just aren’t hiring apprentices.

I joined the union after graduation, and have worked sporadically the last 18 months.  I stopped paying dues, until I got steady work.  Im also looking at possibly joining another union, just to be able to feed my family of four, not two mention 3 dogs and 6 cats.  Neither Obama, nor Romney for that matter, ever have to decide between paying the mortgage or paying for Dottie’s chemo.  Neither has to make the choice between going to two meals a day to pay the overpayment that my local unemployment office says I defrauded them out of, even though it was an actual mistake, and paying for the car to be fixed so my wife can ride to Philadelphia to get.  If these leaders claim to know what I’m going through, why has my American dream be sent over to China?

As stated earlier, this election isn’t about the best choice to lead the country, this election is about which one will destroy our country just a little bit less