Every four years, we as Americans, are lucky to have the freedom to vote for the next President of the United States. The months leading up to the election are exciting with knowing that the next four years could be even better.
This is a meaningful election for me. It is the first time voting as a wife and mother. Now the stakes are a bit higher! I need to vote carefully as I have even more to worry about.
I am very hopeful with this election. As a country, we have been through a lot in the last decade. The last couple years have been a bit better, but we still have long way to go.
Here are the issues that I’m voting for with hopes they continue to get better in the next four years.
Economy. Ugh. I am the least economical person. When the money experts talk on the news, it sounds to me like the adults talking in the Charlie Brown cartoons. I am learning but there is so much to know. The one thing that I do know is our household economics. The fact is: the same about of money is coming in but the bills are getting higher. Taxes, insurance, groceries, gas, diapers and entertainment have all gone up. We are staying above water but it feels like I’m holding a brick over my head while treading.
Healthcare. Wow. We need healthcare. Everyone needs it. It’s amazing how many people don’t have it. According to PBS.org:
“About 44 million people in this country have no health insurance, and another 38 million have inadequate health insurance.”
That is a total 82 million Americans! From the 2010 census, the United States has 300 million people. That is over 25% of our citizens that don’t have enough health insurance.
As family of three, we are lucking to have full coverage from my husband’s employer. We are grateful to have coverage but in 2013, we will be paying over $600 a month for our health insurance (insert image me in deep end of the pool with brick over head).
Our son was in the NICU for 7 weeks. I’m scared to think of what we would have done if we didn’t have insurance. What do Americans do who don’t have health insurance? If they can’t afford insurance, they probably can’t afford the extra large medical bills that come by not having insurance. Maybe the next four years can help?
Education. My son is 18 months old and we need to start saving for his college. Crazy right? Nope. According to CNN.com:
“In 18 years, the average sticker price for a private university could be as much as $130,428 a year. The situation isn’t much better if you go the public route. Sending your child to a state university could set you back at least $41,228 a year.”
OMG. That’s $164,911 for four years at a state university. That means we need to save $9,161.77 a year ($763.48 a month) for 18 years (add another brink over my head in the deep end).
I feel that education is very important. My son will go to college. But my son can’t have mortgage size tuition payments when he’s 22 while looking for a job. Especially if the economy and unemployment are the same as it is now, his ship will be sinking before it’s even sailing.
Equality. It’s so sad that I have to write about this. It is 2012 and Americans are still fighting for equality. It’s sad that I will have to explain to my son why some people are ignorant and can’t treat people equally. I’m hoping over the next four years this will improve even more.
What is important to you in this election??
Next Tuesday is Election Day! Please educate yourself on the candidate that will best represent you. Then go vote. You can even vote early. Google has a great page devoted to the election. You can find a lot of information here.