I don't for a second think that I will personally gain no matter who our next President is. No one is going to send me a check; I am way too old to be drafted. I am retired and don't even want a real job, not one I would have to work at every day anyway. I realize that our President is the Head of State, a figure without much power, only one cog in our Democratic Process, a spokesperson. Nothing happens suddenly in our political system; it is so full of "checks and balances" that it moves at a snail's pace, and that is a good thing. It is designed to prevent the sudden emotions of the moment to prevail. It is not about majority rules; it is about law and order, rights and responsibilities. What will be really interesting to see this November will be the Republican and Democratic Platforms. These are statements of belief and offer us a sense of direction as to where we are headed.
Now the arguments you hear and the criticisms of our President are pretty much nonsense. Eight years of Republican Rule got us to where we are, a very, very deep hole on the brink of a precipice so deep we are reluctant to admit it. The "Bailout" of the banks and auto industry was initially instigated under the Bush Administration, an admission of their failure, that deregulation was a bad idea that led to the wealthy getting even more at the expense of working people. The banking failure almost made our money worthless. Four in ten American jobs are directly connected to the auto industry. President Bush did the right thing in offering this bailout and Obama did the only thing possible to save the American economy as we knew it. Now from a comfortable distance looking back Republicans are critical of this idea. It was their idea. It was the only thing possible and Obama followed through with it.
Mitt Romney thinks they (the auto industry) should have filed bankruptcy, basically an opportunity to crush the Unions and further degrade the American Worker. Santorum would have prayed, I guess.
What do I want? I believe that a society will be judged by how it treats its women and children, how it treats those who become ill and need assistance, how it treats the disinfranshised, how it treats the elderly and how it treats the Earth. This is what I will be looking for in any platform.