Thanks for responses. I guess I am just irritated how helpless our society has become. I personally am a moderate that tends to vote Democrat. Politics aside, I have seen the president thing from both sides of the fence (Bush with Katrina and Obama with Sandy; Bush with the wars and Obama with the debt and unemployment rate) and I sit there and think...since when does a president cause a hurricane, since when is a president alone starting a war--there was a Congress back then when the Iraq war (and Afghanistan) was started, since when is the president your employer or potential employer at the hospital or whatever place of employment you work at in your community, and to be honest (I know I am going to be hated for this comment), even though I know it is important to pay down the national debt, I don't understand why so many people use the national debt thing as something to complain about. I know from the few jobs that I have had, I don't ever look at my paycheck and think "Hmmm, I wonder how much of this is going to pay down the national debt". It has very little, if any, impact directly on your living conditions. Notice I said directly.
I am from the (lovely) state of Virginia. I personally am underemployed. But, it is for a couple of reasons. The first one, and the most important one, is because I can't work in health care until approved. That was my fault--I did the things that got me into this situation. I cannot blame the Board, I cannot blame employers, I cannot blame any sort of politician, including the president, for my underemployment. Second, I looked at a employment statistics map of Virginia (a recent one) and I noticed that my area has a rather high unemployment rate compared to the rest of the state. Well, looks like I will be looking outside the area for employment. Notice how I said that my area
has a relatively high unemployment rate, not the state or region or country. That means, the local politicians are doing very little to bring jobs to the area. Now, on to other issues. Any sort of legislation passed on a federal level involves Congress (which is made of House of Rep. and Senate; these people are from each state
) Citizens of each state can write their respective Congressional members and tell them how they feel on certain issues (my mom made her students do this in nursing leadership--yes, my mom is a nurse and one of their assignments was to pick a health care issue/bill that was up for being passed/amendment and write to their Congressional member about how they felt. There is a format that they had to follow, but they did write their Congressman. A few of them actually heard back from the Congressman's office).
I just wanted to throw this out there as we have an election in less than a week. Someone will win--Romney or Obama (along with your state Congressional members); they have very different ideas on how to fix things. Neither of them are perfect (neither are the Congress members). You can change what you find wrong with their ideas by writing to your Congress members as the president cannot sign anything into law without approval of Congress.
Also, become more involved. As I have shared many times, I have a mental illness. In Virginia, next year, NAMI is participating in something called "Lobby and Rally Day" in Richmond. I have marked it on my calendar (I am going to try and attend if I am not doing anything that day). I truly believe in rights for people with mental health issues and we have a long way to go in the care and treatment of people with mental health issues. I think the stronger the voice and participation in these types of events, perhaps, something can change for the better. I am sure everyone has a cause that they believe in. Our society would be so much better if people started participating rather than sitting back and waiting and hoping things will change for the better.
After the election, you do not have to wait another 4 years to make your voice heard.
Have a good day.