As I write this, officially Ohio is still up for grabs, but we all know it'll go to Bush.
I cannot imagine what people who voted for Bush were thinking. It breaks my heart that my countrypeople have made such a hateful, hurtful choice. They've sold out my children; they've sold out their own children. They've chosen lies, deception, and false idols over truth, humility, and cooperation.
Anyone out there who voted for Bush, are you really better off today than you were four years ago? Because I'm not.
My husband and I went to good colleges. We're smart, hard-working people. My husband survived the first three rounds of layoffs at his company, but was caught in the fourth. He was laid off in 2003, and spent 15 months looking for a new job. 15 months of trying to scrape together freelance assignments. 15 months of two part-time freelance earnings instead of one full-time job with benefits plus a freelancer's supplementary income. 15 months of paying bills with savings. He found a new job a few months ago, but not in his old field--the economy is still in the toilet and no one is hiring. He took a small pay cut for this job, but the real problem is health insurance. His new job doesn't pay for it. By the end of this year, we will have paid just under $10,000 to insure the three of us, all out of pocket.
How much of your yearly budget is $10,000? It's a huge part of ours. Imagine the stress a marriage goes through when you have to make a choice between paying your rent on time or your health insurance. Imagine the stress a marriage goes through when the primary wage earner has been unemployed for 3 months, then 6 months, then a year, then 15 months. Imagine the stress a marriage goes through when the couple realizes that there is no choice--they will have to leave their home, their community, their friends and their child's friends because they can't afford to live there anymore. Imagine the stress a couple goes through knowing it will be another fours years, at least, before they can recover financially and have any confidence that their children will be able to go to college and that they'll be able to retire before they're 70.
So, thank you, Bush supporters. Enjoy your $300 tax cut, traitors. I sincerely hope the devastation that Bush's first term wreaked on my family doesn't come to your door in the next four years. But I wouldn't bet against it (if I had any money to bet).