On Nov. 6, our nation voted to move forward with the policies and programs of the Obama administration, which has been cleaning up one Republican mess after another since 2009. Our nation voted for a Congress with a more progressive tilt.
More citizens cast votes for congressional Democrats than Republicans, even though Republicans maintained control of the House through gerrymandered districts. Republicans lost seats in Congress.
Our nation voted to keep the Affordable Care Act in place to help 30 million Americans have access to affordable health care and in the process save the lives of those who, but for the law, would die.
The majority voted for maintaining a woman’s right to control her own reproductive system, even though the Republican leaders in the Statehouse in Columbus don’t seem to think so.
The nation voted to keep Medicare from becoming a voucher program and not to touch Social Security in reducing the debt caused by the failed Republican policies of the Bush/Cheney years.
We voted to invest more in educating our children so that they can have the skills to compete with children in other countries in the global economy. Our nation voted to reform the tax code so that a member of the armed forces fighting in Afghanistan doesn’t pay a higher tax rate than a hedge fund manager on Wall Street.
The majority of voters want our nation to invest in cleaner green energy sources to complement the fossil fuels that we are now using to fuel our homes, businesses and automobiles. We voted to end billions of dollars in energy and farm subsidies to multinational corporations who don’t need them.
The voters chose to have the government invest in rebuilding an infrastructure that has been neglected for decades.
This has to be done in order for our nation to compete globally, to keep bridges and roads from becoming a safety issue and, most important, to put Americans back to work.
Finally, voters rejected the failed conservative economic philosophy of borrow-and-spend, trickle-down supply-side economics that has proved only to raise debt, create deficits and produce zero job growth.
Voters want a balanced approach to debt and deficit reduction, not reducing the debt on the backs of the poor and middle class, who have sacrificed enough.
Richard M. Thompson
Not so sneaky
This is in response to Nov. 18 letter extolling the virtues of socialism (“Those sneaky socialists”). Does the simple fact that I was born give me the right to come to you, pistol in hand, and take from you that which you have earned in order to provide me with things I desire or that I want — or even that I need?
I’d like to believe that most folk would say, “No, that’s stealing, armed robbery, in fact.”
But if I have no such right, then I would ask: Do I have a right to approach my elected representatives in government and demand that they do the dastardly deed for me?
I think not.
Start with voters
Many people speak of our legislators as voting strictly on party lines.
They then go to the polls and vote a straight Democratic or Republican ticket. They do not educate themselves about the issues or candidates.
People must understand that bipartisanship begins at the polls.
When voters become nonpartisan, then legislators will have to follow.
I’m not saying don’t belong to a political party, just be able to see beyond party lines.
Gerald C. Wise