If you look back and take a moment to evaluate what has happened in the past 4 years around the nation, and even around the state, it hasn't been good. Here are a few items worthy of reflection.
- Gas prices. They constantly go up, and only go down during election seasons.
- Food prices. They are soaring.
- Utility prices. Thanks to the two-tiered program and the constant work of the PUC we pay more for gas, electricity and other utilities than ever before.
- Home prices. They plummeted into more of a "normal" range for awhile, but seem to be climbing once again.
- Raw materials costs. Have you built something lately? You will know how expensive it is to just buy the raw materials.
- Taxes. Everyone wants more from you for their project. Oh, it might be a bond issue that will cost you "just $60 more per year," or it will be good because "it's for the children." But the bottom line is this. Every government entity from school district to city, to state, to federal wants the money that you work to earn every day. This takes chunks of serious money out of your hide.
- Discretionary needs. Vacations? Scaled back! Recreational items? Priced to sell. Why? Because we don't have the funds at our discretion. They are now taken by the government.
- Medical costs. Soaring, despite Obama care and the impending "great one" and his ways.
- Coupons. It seems everyone is using them these days. Why? Because they have to. It's not an option any more. People are doing everything they can, to cut costs and save money. Just ask the girl scouts and their cookies this year.
With all of this on our plates, take a good look at our candidates. There is the impostor in chief on one side, and a few people displaying more of the same on the other. Who would reset the fundamentals this nation needs to survive? That is a key element in this election, or else we will be like Greece within a few short months.