According to sources, about 20-40 million people watched the events put on by the Republicans and the Democrats -- which is down from the conventions of 2008. I don't know if there is a story in there somewhere or not, other than not many citizens watched the conventions.
Clint Eastwood reminded us that we own this country and politicians work for us. Interesting. Just try and get an appointment to speak to one of our senators/legislators (our employees). He also said if they don't do the job, then we need to get rid of them. (I think he means fire them.) President Obama reminded us that he is the president and he needs four more years to accomplish his first set of promises made in 2008.
As a dad, a husband, a grandfather and an American citizen, I have to figure out, as we all do, are we better off now than we were four years ago? If the answer is no, then we have to do what Mr. Eastwood suggests.
A couple of things we do know. Unemployment remains above 8 percent. Gas remains around $4 -- double what it was four years ago. Grocery costs are rising fast, and it is a scramble for many families to serve nutritional meals. College grads are having a difficult time finding jobs and many small businesses are folding. We all have friends upside-down on their houses, cars and other large-ticket items. I see more and more people carrying signs saying they need work and will work for food. Volunteer agencies are being overwhelmed by requests for help and the national debt is rising out of sight.
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The big question to me is, "Are we American enough to make the tough decisions, and will we exercise our duty to vote or will we sit back and let a 'few' make our decisions for us?"
-- LENNY PERKINS, Richland