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The starting gun has sounded; the 2020 Iowa caucus is in the history books.
Buttigieg, Sanders, Warren, Biden and Klobuchar did well. The New Hampshire primary is Tuesday, Feb. 11, followed by the Nevada caucus Feb. 22nd and the South Carolina primary on the 29th. Virginia will join fourteen other states on Super Tuesday, March 3rd, and this will bring Michael Bloomberg into the picture, as well. Voting by absentee ballot, in person or by mail, has already started in Culpeper. It is time to stand up and be counted.
Voters have an exciting cast of candidates, each one with a different personal and professional story. As primaries and caucuses progress, we will have an opportunity to see how voters from different parts of the country respond to the diverse Democratic candidates. We voters are equally diverse and come to the ballot box with different prospects and expectations
Economic issues, along with health care, are always high on the list as a concern, especially because the current economy has thin rewards for its middle class. The financial outlook for those under 50 is relatively dire, compared to the Boomers (who were born between 1946 and 1964).
Millennials, now 26 to 40 years old, and those in the younger Generation Z, may never catch up to the economic prosperity enjoyed by previous generations, even by working two or three jobs.
The Dow Jones average looks good if you have extra money to invest. But farmers and multi-job Millennials do not make up the part of the economy that is receiving disposable income. What is rising for these groups is debt. The farm sector is fighting climate change, tariffs and trade wars.
Generation Z is combating rising college expenses, just as Millennials are struggling with massive student debt. They feel the consequences of past Republican Virginia General Assemblies cutting government support for higher education year after year. Educational spending has decreased 8 percent in the last decade. Student tuition increases inflate student loans, leaving families with less income to invest in the economy.
We are all now fully awakened to the enormous job of righting the ship of state and making it serve the people, not the wealthy. The wide range of presidential candidates is proof of the diversity of the Democratic Party and its broad interest in every nook and cranny of the nation. The American melting pot is the future of a much more diverse America that cannot be stopped by a mere wall or serial violations of our Founders’ Constitution. The trash can of history is where Trump’s hateful misogynistic and xenophobic rhetoric and policies are headed.
Our job as voters is to use every opportunity to inform ourselves so that we may dissect problems and find solutions to heal those parts of our society that are aggrieved, sick or are suffering financially because of the damage caused by Republican tax cuts for the wealthy. Those trillions of dollars could have been invested in repairing our transportation, educational and medical infrastructures with the added benefits of providing jobs and reducing the burgeoning national debt—something Trump’s tax cuts were promised to do, but failed to deliver.
Choosing your advocate is challenging. All are persons of ability, character, magnanimity and sound judgement. Once that’s decided, choosing our next president will be easy. It is vitally important that all of us—especially young people who have the incredible power to determine the direction of the country, if only they will exercise their rights to vote—flood the polls on Super Tuesday, March 3rd, to pick our champion.
Editor’s Note: this originally appeared in the Culpeper Star Exponent, and has been re-posted here with the author’s permission,
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