I watched a good portion of the election results reporting last night. Presently it looks like the Democrat party just has control of the House, and Republicans the Senate. What was surprising watching the numbers were the ones they thought were guaranteed wins weren’t, people voted in women veterans, some old timers got the boot, and a great deal of races were very close. Now that all the posturing is over they will get some work done.
Anyone that managed to keep their seat did so by a slim margin. There were a great deal of races where the difference was only 5%, some results I saw for more rural areas where the total votes were around 15,000 people voting, races were decided by as few as 400 people. There were many voting records shattered which I was very happy to see. What I have not been thrilled to see are the attitudes of a great many people. Those that have made the conscious judgment that anyone that voted Republican is a bad person, or that feel that the only way things will get done is if the Democrats have full control. And that is a shame. Those are the people that will just vote a party because they have a mindset. Myself personally? My voting was on both sides depending on the candidate and the job they were running for. I actually used the internet to research those I had to choose from.
I guess I never realized that researching the person you were voting into political office wasn’t the right way to do things, until I saw how many Twitter famous people enlightened me to their way of thinking by badgering me because I shared a different view. I did chuckle quite a bit months ago as a read people saying you need to embrace all views and share your opinion, when what they really mean is you need to listen to me and change your mind to the way I am thinking. And I refuse to do that. Certainly there may be point I will agree with the views of others, just as I am sure many will agree or disagree with mine. I vote because it is how we do things in this country, I read up on those I have to choose from, I make decisions based on how a persons platform will affect me, my family, my friends, my job.
For those that just voted one party or the other because that is what your parents did, or because that is the popular trending thing to do? I honestly feel for what you will have to look forward to in years to come. It is not a perfect system, but it’s worked for a few hundred years. We never get all we hope for. I just hope that those that got voted in will stop with the whole us v them. We see in our Warcraft world how well that is working. Perhaps WoW is a reflection of the way the world is run. Boy that is a scary thought.
In other news millions of people got up and went to work like they do every day, later this week they will look at their paycheck and wonder if there is enough to pay the bills and maybe have enough for food. I really have to stifle a laugh at those that think finally now we can get things done, or that this is a good start to changing the world. You really do live in a glass bubble. Some things will get better for some, some things will get worse for others. In New Jersey people voted to borrow $500 million dollars to fix schools, they wanted to borrow a billion. Union contractors are already lining up to grab at the money. What everyone, well most people, failed to read was the little clause towards the bottom that said if they could not pay for the bond with what they anticipated collecting, they can raise property taxes statewide to pay the bill. I am beyond tapped out. I read locally all the time how our high school needs repairs to the buildings where the kids are taught. I voted yes to the school districts borrowing to make them. What I did not vote yes for was their desire to improve the high school track and football field that they only re-did 4 years ago to a world class stadium with all new artificial turf that would need to be replaced every few years at a significant cost, to install new lighting and video recording and broadcasting equipment, etc. My primary concern is that your child gets a good education, not that you were able to watch highlights of their nighttime football game from home.