October 26, 2010

The Nation’s Third Oldest College Newspaper

Volume 81, Issue 3

Thoughts on Upcoming Midterm Elections

Letters to the Editor

If you have not heard, let me remind you about the November midterm elections that are soon to occur on Nov. 2.  These elections are coming at a great time for one dominant political party and at the worst time possible for another dominant political party.
For those of you who do not frequently tune-in to the nightly news, allow me to fill you in on what has recently been occurring in this great nation.  
Considering that President Obama's approval rating is not at its best (48 percent disapprove, while 43 percent approve) Democrats seem to be fairly worried about what is to come with the upcoming elections. This anti-incumbent fervor has surfaced in the nation and Republicans are using this to their advantage. By continuing to tell the American people that the Obama administration has yet to do anything about the current economic downturn, and the rate of unemployment, there seems to be this mass hysteria to rid the Senate and the House of these radicals and return to a state of fiscal conservatism. Many Republican politicians are stating that the alleged wasteful spending of the current administration has only exacerbated the already weak economy. But there are many Democrats who point to the Bush administration as the cause for the weak economy that they are attempting to fix.
Most Americans, though, are not particularly concerned about the whodoneit aspect of this economic downturn; rather they are concerned with the who-is-going-to-fix-it aspect.
In New York, this is a similar theme except that both the Democrats and Republicans (when referring to Republicans, I am also referring to the Tea and Conservative parties) are not defending the current governor and the state government. This is interesting because it leads to the obvious question: Who are New Yorkers going to vote for in this gubernatorial race?
Both of the gubernatorial candidates, Carl Paladino (Republican) and Andrew Cuomo (Democrat), claim to be exhausted by the mess that Albany has made in New York state.  And although that is a great statement to run by, because surely New York residents are tired of this mess caused by Albany, as well, what does this really mean for the voters? We should first look at the history of both the candidates.
Cuomo is the attorney general for the state. He has worked in Albany, which some may say gives him an apt qualification for the job of governor because he knows the ropes.  The downfall to this is that he has worked alongside the same people who have added to the demise of the state and caused this economic conundrum that we see today.
Paladino is a successful businessman from Buffalo.
His claim to fame is that since he was able to run his business very well, this means that his commercial success signifies that he is able to run the state of New York. There are critics, however, that say that due to his lack of experience (which is the same statement that many say about President Obama) in dealing with the state government, his qualifications as governor are questionable.
It seems as though the country, New Yorkers in particular, is soon to be at its breaking point. No one can be completely positive as to how the midterm elections will pan out. But one thing that is for sure is, whichever party gains control of either the state and the federal governments, expect serious changes to be made.
Republicans are tired of the way that the Democrats are running things, and the Democrats were tired of the way that the Republicans were running things (during the Bush administration) and do not want to go back to those policies. Both parties are fighting to be on top, and they are fighting hard.  

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