The Election

Well, the election is over and the Democrats seem to have done better than the Republicans. How this will work out for next year looks more favorable for the Democrats than their opponents, but that is not always true. The mass of information put out in the media about elections, issues, people, becomes (to me) confusing.

It’s too early to start talking about who the Democrats will select as their candidate for the presidency. For the Republicans, the choice has to be Donald Trump if he decides to run. I think this will be a crucial election. Trump and the Republicans are committed to reducing the size of the federal government by reducing the size of the welfare operations.

My first two presidents were Roosevelt and Truman, both of whom had to fight through wars at the same time they were trying to provide more opportunities for Americans to live better lives. Roosevelt was faced with starving people and no economic growth. Working with Congress, they stopped starvation and began public works projects, Hoover Dam for example. When we were faced with World War II sixteen million young men were taken out of the labor market. This provided work for a variety of minority groups which at that time included women and our total black population. The war over, a variety of projects provided veterans with education through college and, for some, health care. Before these benefits could run out, we were faced with another war in Korea.

It seems to me that these two events led to the assumption that the Federal Government could/should deal with the needs of our population. There were those who raised questions about the expansion of benefits, but politicians found that supporting something that benefitted more of the population was a good way to win elections in most districts. This past election was the first time the winners were those who said the end had come.

People who wanted to cut spending won the last national election. However, they are finding that it is not “my” benefits that should go.

  1. #1 by Terry Jackson on November 13, 2017 - 9:47 pm

    I hear rumor that Joe Biden might be thinking of running. I like him very much, but we need to start developing our future leaders in both parties. Just my two cents…

    How are you? I’m working on Chapter 4 and hope to defend in the Spring…FINALLY! Your friend, Terry

  2. #2 by John Boswell on November 14, 2017 - 9:30 pm

    I am delighted! Keep me posted.

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