The Politics of the Post-Millenium: Lost Hopes in Barack Obama and Mitt Romney

President Barack Obama and Former President Bill Clinton in the 2012 Democratic National Convention

With the Democratic National Convention underway and the Republican National Convention already passed, it’s time to take a look at politics today.  Although the nation was energized in their original vote for Barack Obama, the economy has not grown, despite the slight bumps.  To his credit, he did salvage the automobile industry at somewhat of an expense of the taxpayers, but the banks, with their stimulus, have not changed.  In fact, the low APRs of 9% for credit cards have all been eradicated in favor of 13.99% at the lowest (or the lowest I’ve seen anyhow.)  The short time of low finance rates for student loans have all but seemingly disappeared too.

In light of this, with these conventions, the economy is still stifled, as the unemployed and under-employed struggle to survive.  Although the stock market has become healthier, the unemployment rate has remained steady at around eight or nine percent.  Government in of itself has become gargantuan.  Even though voting for the President has been touted as directly changing America, you can’t change a glutton’s stripes, no matter who’s in charge.  Republican candidate Mitt Romney is unfortunately only slightly better than Barack Obama.  They are both consummate politicians and a change in the guard will only change the color of the stripes.  Will the economy get better?  I don’t think so.  This is a Generation X-er speaking here.  Skepticism is a bit of a trademark of our generation, and after the disgust of Barack Obama’s ineffectiveness, Mitt Romney is only different in party affiliation.

Politics nowadays is a shattered mirror through the looking glass.  Voting for change in presidents is like voting which devil won’t sell your soul the next day.  I am not suggesting to not vote, but vote locally, deny nationally.  Voting locally and within your respective state, one can feel its impact, whether good or bad.  However, voting for whichever President and Vice President is wishing upon a non-existent star.  Just because you feel you made an impact doesn’t mean that you have.