Politics: Then and Now from my point of view

Presidential candidates – Millionaires, Billionaires and Jokers, Oh My!!

What a year this is for a presidential election.  I wish we could enlist several more to run and maybe there would be one worthy of my vote.  So far I am finding it hard to endorse any candidate.  When it comes to the presidential election I’m one who will endorse and vote for the candidate who I feel best represents me and the issues I support. 
I remember the first year I was old enough to vote in a presidential election. Wow, to me I felt like I had truly reached a milestone, an even bigger one than when I reached the age of 16 and got my driver’s license. 

I mean there I was, actually standing in line holding a copy of the sample ballot that I had pre-marked.  I remember feeling the closer I got to the voting booth the more anxious I became, but in a good way.  I was going to cast a vote for my choice for our next president and my vote would actually count, at least in my mind I thought it would.  Our next president would be either Richard M. Nixon or John F. Kennedy.  We know the outcome of that election.

That year prior to the election I had watched all debates, read as many articles I could and looked up as much information I could find about each candidate.  This was serious business and I don’t think on that day you could have found anyone as proud as I was. 

That was then but that has all changed now. 

It seems like each election year from then on has been a disaster.  Each year the cost to even become a candidate has become so outrageous that the possibility of the one person who would or could be a great president can’t afford to even toss their hat in the ring.  To me, that is wrong.  –A president should not be allowed to buy their way into the White House.  -A president should be one who knows what it is like to face the day to day issues that people other than millionaires face.  -They should know what it is like not to be able to afford everything and possibly know how it feels to be told you need surgery but don’t have enough insurance to pay for it.  -To know what it is like being a citizen and go to the health department and be denied a service only to see immigrants being approved.  -They should be aware of the struggles of being a senior citizen.

Every candidate running this year is a billionaire/millionaire.  I’m not a journalist so I can only write from my heart and tell how I feel.

As a millionaire, can a candidate relate to the majority of the people who are living in what I would say is the low to poverty income level.  It used to be middle America but to me that has changed.  I see too many who are struggling from day to day not to just make ends meet but to stay afloat to keep from drowning. 

As a millionaire, can a candidate relate to being told you have cancer and need surgery but the surgery has to be put off as you don’t have enough insurance and the doctor won’t touch you unless you have X amt of money.   

As a millionaire can a candidate relate to waiting for the surgery as they had to apply for state aide and while sitting and waiting to be called in the office you see immigrants go in and come out and head right over to the health department.  It’s your turn, you go in and apply and are told it will take a month for the approval to come through.  Can a candidate relate?

As a millionaire, can a candidate relate to the senior citizens who are struggling to live on a monthly budget of social security and pensions.  Their SS and pensions do not adjust to the increase of the cost of living so their 3% increase is barely a drop in the bucket when you consider once they become a senior citizen they become government dependant.  It isn’t a choice, it’s mandatory. 

As a millionaire can they relate to relinquinishing their health insurance to the government’s mandatory Medicare Insurance which causes many to give up the doctor they have been going to for years and having to choose one who takes Medicare and those are becoming less and less. 

As a millionaire, can they relate to having to go on Medicare which does not cover medications so then they have to find a prescription D drug plan.  The premiums for these plans are outrageous.  If your monthly premiums aren’t bad enough you do get a brief discount on your drugs until you reach an out of pocket expense of $2100 then you pay FULL RETAIL until you reach an out of pocket expense of $3600.  This is when, as a senior citizen, you will at some point most likely have to decide whether to spend money for food or medications.  Can a millionaire relate to that? 

I could go on forever but there has to be a stopping point so I will do just that.  I am not against those who have money, I am against the fact that there is a price to pay for running for the highest office and I don’t feel that a millionaire/billionaire sitting in the oval office can relate to important issues.  Just like a priest, I could never understand how they could be considered a marriage counselor.

If you have read this I appreciate your sticking it out.  If I have made any sense, again I appreciate that too.  If you have any comments I welcome them as well as discussions.  I haven’t decided who I will cast my vote for but I am going to follow them all very close. 

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