I don't write political issues on my family blog, but this is my thoughts blog, and few people see it anyway so here goes.
I am perturbed by notion that the Democrats are the party of the middle class, when it appears to me the opposite is true. Jose Hernandez, who is running under the Democrat ticket for congress said in his ads vote for me and stop the Republican attack on the middle class. Class warfare is silly, but it seams to me the opposite is true: Vote Republican and stop the Democrat attack on the middle class. Obama has not been a good president for the middle class. Let me give some examples.
1) Obama Care is a tax on the middle class. It is a drain on the economy, and effects all. You may say, not everyone has to pay the tax, only those who don't have insurance. Take my situation. My employer pays for insurance. However the cost of insurance has gone up with new regulations. My employer passes this on to me in the form of no cost-of-living increases and forced furlough hours. It is hard for a Union to negotiate when they start in the whole because of the increase in insurance costs.
Also Obama Care drains the economy, as the cost of employing someone goes up. Small businesses, especially, are wary of hiring, and highers unemployment effects us all. So under Obama Care it is nice my children are covered to age 26. However since young people have the highest unemployment as a result of this economy, partially due to the new taxes of Obama Care, they are more dependent on this as finding jobs with insurance becomes harder and harder. It is a catch 22.
2) Environmental policies under Obama have added regulation, slowed down energy production, and effected us all. When Obama took office, they decided to review drilling permits issued in the last year, to make sure the Bush administration had done it right I guess. This put energy production behind a year; adding expense to process. He then put a moratorium on drilling the the gulf. Obama never admitted it, but his decisions had an effect an doubled the price of gas. Now, I am one family, middle class. Calculating quickly, his energy policy has cost us about $5000 a year. We have two vehicles and fill them about a week. Thanks Obama.
3) Obama's crippling debt increase--$ 5 trillion and counting will effect the middle class for years to come. Our children's children's children, as Hook says, will be paying of this debt. Obama tries to blame it on Bush, but we are not stupid. Most of the increase from the first year was Obama's Stimulus. Why he tries to blame this on Bush is beyond me.
4) While developing alternative form of energy is noble, throwing money to political donors for crock pot ideas is disturbing. Algae will not be made into fuel without a process that takes more energy than it produces. Solyndra is crazy. How many Solyndras are out there? At least the executives got their bonuses to donate money to Obama's campaigne.