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By Pam Stevens
Managing Editor 

The votes are counted, now what happens?

 

November 15, 2010



It looks like all the votes are in and counted and while we wait for the elections to be certified and the new year to begin, it makes one wonder what exactly will be accomplished in Washington D.C. next session.

We have a Democrat as our President, along with a Senate who will be lead by the Democrats and a House, which is now being run by the Republicans.

Will anything actually get accomplished or will there be constant head butting and backbiting?

It’s obvious by the initiative votes that Washingtonians don’t want their taxes to go up so the big question now is—can congress keep taxes down and still move the country forward?

I’m not sure much is going to get accomplished in the next two years. Party lines seem to be drawn in the sand and most politicians aren’t willing to risk the backing of their party to cross them.

Sometimes I wonder why we even have parties. Why don’t more of us vote for individuals and stop voting party lines?

We need to stop voting for someone just because of the party they belong to. Voters need to take more time to really get to know their candidates, which did seem to happen a little more than usual this year.

I understand that Democrats are usually more liberal while Republicans are generally more conservative. But what happens if a politician, or a voter for that matter, is liberal on some things, like unemployment benefits for example, but still want to see less government in our everyday lives—a generally conservative (or Republican) view?

While most politicians start their campaigns with their own viewpoints, it seems that once elected, many turn to their party’s views to ensure they have continued party support.

When Mitt Romney was running for President, many were conflicted with some of the decisions he had made while Governor of Massachusetts.

Romney is a conservative yet he supported pro-choice as Governor. While to many it seemed he was wishy-washy, to me he truly listened to his constituents who wanted to be a pro-choice state. No, this wasn’t his personal view, however, he supported what those who voted him into office wanted.

If all politicians did this, voters would probably have more trust in politicians and politics as a whole.

I hope that those we have elected will realize that the American people need them to stand behind their promises, make good decisions and listen to their constituents.

Politicians need to stand behind their words, not hide behind their parties.

With so many close numbers this election, our representatives should have received the message that things can change quickly and voters are watching.

 

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