Archive for Tuesday, November 11, 2008

In other’s view: Election winners face tough road

November 11, 2008

A recent Lawrence Journal-World editorial had this to say about the election: The 2008 general election may give new meaning to the term “sympathy vote.” Just about everyone elected on Tuesday deserves our sympathy for the difficult problems they now face.

The election of our first black president was an historic moment, but President-elect Barack Obama now must figure out ways to deal with a U.S. economy in its greatest crisis in almost a century.

The American medical care system is in serious need of reform, and the national debt continues to grow. Although there are glimmers of hope in Iraq, the situation in Afghanistan is growing worse, and there are many other festering situations that will demand the new president’s attention.

The same is true of members of the U.S. Congress elected or re-elected on Tuesday. It’s hard to find many bright spots right now in the federal agenda.

As they celebrated their election victories, Kansas legislators received word they could face a billion-dollar deficit by June 2010. The slumping national economy is dragging down tax receipts and created a financial outlook that veterans of both crises say is worse than 2001-02, when Gov. Bill Graves ordered across-the-board budget cuts.

Who would want these jobs? As we’ve noted before, it takes courage to run for elective office. It takes even more courage to take a leadership role during such a troubled time.

Comments

Jason Bailey 6 years, 1 month ago

I respect the writer's opinion, but it really doesn't take much courage at all to run for office.

In my experience, based on watching politicians over the years make promises and then operate in their office, all it takes is egomania and the ability to "blend into the woodwork" once they get into office. Of course, the Presidency is unique but Congress is nothing but a bunch of folks who have no new ideas on how to fix problems.

I believe in can count on one hand how many people I've met or studied over the years that I believe truly had the best interests of their constituents in mind. Most people in elected office are there to feed their need for power; thus, the fact that so many problems continue to linger. Why aren't we further on alternative energy when it was a concern 30 years ago? Why don't we have reform to a broken and inevitably bankrupt social security system? The answer is clear.

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