I always follow presidential politics because it just fascinates me regarding what people will say and do to gain power. I've been called all sorts of names by friends and acquaintances for following something that they didn't think mattered to Black folks. It's like some people don't get that who is in office has everything to do with the quality of life that they are able to lead.
And, that ties in 100% with the workplace and employment. The president and congress have direct input on supreme court judge appointments (deciding class action lawsuits, health care issues, how businesses treat workers, etc.), decisions that impact how business is done, including workers rights, the length or extension of unemployment benefits, payroll tax cuts, etc.
GOP presidential hopeful, Newt Gingrich, called President Obama the finest food stamp president in history. We ere still in a recession. People of all races are needing assistance. Children are hungry. Families are struggling. And, the GOP feel comfortable announcing that they don't give a crap about the 99%, who are barely treading water. They expect people to vote against their own interests or not vote at all.
How else do you explain members of the GOP saying and defending the wild claim that poor children in housing projects never see anyone going to work and they should be used as janitors in schools? If you put a video camera out in the projects, you would see many, many poor people racing to catch trains and buses to work--sometimes to their first job. But, this is the red meat that many Republicans want to hear. They want their candidate to be a good-old boy/anti-minority. Right now the GOP is refusing to extend the payroll tax if it means the rich, the 1%, must go back to Clinton-era tax rates and pay their fair share. They are also redistricting and changing voter id requirements to increase their chances to win key state and to stop the poor and minorities from getting Obama a second term.
It matters, who becomes president. If you read this blog, then you know it matters. Start following the issues. Spread
the word to your friends and family. We have to get the vote out or WE WILL HAVE SUFFERING AND MITERY!