Let me start by saying, the way we’ve built our society is completely political. It’s not bad but it’s not exactly what we need as well.
In California, everything from gas prices to foreign policies is dictated by the whims of its leaders and it’s also not uncommon for politicians to change their stances on issues like climate change or trade policy based on the season—and even then, the change can be unpredictable.
The green economy is starting to take over and one thing remains consistent: Democrats are viewed as environmental protectors who will fight for cleaner air and water—and therefore they get more support from voters than Republicans do. I guess that’s why they can afford to give away money in rebate checks that look like refunds but are actually just damage control for midterm elections.
What do I think about the results?
I think the results of this election are a little bit surprising, but of course, not in a bad way. As a matter of fact, I’m actually excited to see what happens next. I was mainly surprised that the Senate did not transition to Republican control. It might seem like it would have been a given, but there are actually more people who want things to stay the same than I would have guessed.
The fact that Congress is now Republican is something I’m really excited about too. I think we really need strong leadership from both sides of the aisle if we’re going to make any real progress as a country, and with Republicans controlling both houses of Congress, we’ll be able to see some real change happen at long last.
We shouldn’t forget the DNA of this country, founded on the idea of having two different parties with two different agendas, and now we’ve got that in spades.
When it comes to politics, good and bad economies are like the yin and yang of a political campaign. A good economy is often considered a boon for incumbents, and a bad economy can be their downfall. Look at it this way:
The president’s approval rating tends to rise during good economic times, as voters take credit for their own personal successes, and blame the other party for any failings. But if they feel they’ve been left behind in these good times, they’ll be more likely to vote against the incumbent in an election.
This isn’t just true in elections—it also applies to legislation. If legislators pass legislation that improves people’s lives during a recession, they can expect a boost in approval ratings (and possibly even reelection). However, if people feel that the government could have done more to help them during hard times, they may vote them out of office as well.
The economy is a cycle, and the leaders we elect are basically template-book politicians who never really had to think twice. It’s a different thing to learn how to do it and be in it.