This is the fourth in a series of posts about why I find myself, a historical Democrat, becoming conflicted about who I will vote for this year. I guess I’m a swing voter. I’m worried about footing the bill for Baby Boomer retirement, I’m still not over the fact that Hillary Clinton lost and then there’s the abortion and birth control issues.
My Optimistic Prediction
You know what I think is really going to happen? The economy is going to rebound over the next four years no matter who we elect. The President, whoever it is, is going to be able to take the credit, but it won’t result from much of what he’s done. It will simply be a natural correction, the result of Baby Boomers retiring and leaving vacancies for younger workers. The result of natural economic conditions and a free marketplace. It will be a total win for the Prez because he will be inheriting an economy in recovery, just as Barack Obama inherited a total bomb and took the beating for it.
We’ll still have access to birth control. We’ll still have unplanned pregnancies. We’ll still have Roe v. Wade, and we’ll still be debating whether that’s good or bad. We’ll still have expensive health insurance, and health care industries will be profitable as Baby Boomers age and begin to have more health issues. Women will continue to start businesses, becoming less dependent on patriarchal jobs, resulting in a narrowed wage gap. Women will choose to work less and create more balance in their lives in order to continue putting mothering as a priority; men won’t.
Babies will be born, then go off to kindergarten, then college. Every fall families will snuggle on the couch and watch their favorite sitcoms. We’ll spend all our money on pet costumes at Halloween and on crappy toys made in China for Christmas. We’ll worry about eating too much, and obsess about being fat, which is such a first world problem. We’ll drive cars and buy houses. We’ll gripe about the price of gas and groceries. We’ll get married. Gays will get married. We’ll get divorced. Gays will get divorced.
No matter who is president — we’re going to live.
Well, unless everything changes on Dec. 21, 2012.
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