Politicians always promise to fundamentally change things and fix them forever, but that's just a fantasy that politically interested people get worked up about. They’re like Twilight fans, but instead of teenage vampires, the objects of fandom are pasty old people who talk too much. I can guarantee that none of the attendees of a $25,000-a-plate fundraising dinner are unemployed and worried about their health insurance. The people most active in politics are the ones who will be just fine no matter who is elected, which is good for them, because relying on politicians means you'll constantly get kicked around. Getting out of this economic slump will just mean we're that much closer to the next one. And if, by some miracle rivaling the parting of the Red Sea, a politician actually fixes a major problem, another will be along to break it in the next term as sure as bird droppings will find a new car.
The good news is that you don't need to rely on politicians for anything. We're a rich country, and the only difference between a "bad" economy and a "good" economy in America is how hard it is to succeed in the economy, not whether it's possible. Believe it or not, people actually got rich during the Carter years. Even with double-digit inflation, gas shortages, and rabbit attacks, people still found opportunities in this country. So if you're struggling, the solution is out there -- just not at the ballot box.
If you're really concerned about other people's unemployment and health care, by all means, get involved in politics and work hard for the candidate of your choice. But if you actually are one of those people who doesn't have a job or is worried about his health care, for pete's sake, tune out the politics and work on that. Sure, that might seem selfish when you hear that the very soul of our country is at stake this November, but that's true for every single election.
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