What Else Is In Scott's Head?

The blog site for writer Scott C. Smith. Some observations on the world we live in and life in general. And maybe some politics.

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Election 2004: Finally Over

John Kerry gave it his best shot, but in the end, fear ruled the day and George W. Bush won a second term as president.

John Kerry just could not convince voters that he'd been a better choice at fighting the war on terror than George W. Bush.

For a while, it seemed we might have another Florida 2000 on our hands as the voting in Ohio was very close, and at first John Kerry did not concede his loss. However, it wasn't long before Kerry accepted his fate and called Bush to congratulate him.

I know there are liberals who are angry right now, perhaps even emotional, over Kerry's loss. And I feel bad, too. Unfortunately, I cannot change what happened and will deal with the reality of Bush's win as best I can. The voters spoke and they picked the man they thought best able to do the job of running the country.

I'm hoping that Bush will turn his focus on domestic issues over the next four years. There's a lot of work left to be done in the United States. Here are some things I'd ask Mr. Bush to address if I ever had the opportunity to speak with him:

-- Ensure the VA is funded fully, and that no veteran loses health coverage at VA hospitals.
-- Work to restore the peace in Iraq quickly and begin the process of bringing troops home. The reserve force has been stretched thin, with many reservists pulling multiple tours in Iraq.
-- Ensure the troops have everything they need to be safe, from body armor to armored vehicles.
-- Capture Osama Bin Laden.
-- Fully fund "No Child Left Behind."
-- Reign in unnecessary spending to help prevent deficits.
-- Offer tax incentives to corporations that do not send jobs overseas.
-- Raise the minimum wage. $5.15 an hour is not a wage families can live on. If one of this country's economic goals is to have consumers spending their money on goods, the minimum wage has to be higher. It wouldn't be unreasonable to raise it to $7.00 an hour.

There are more things to add to the list, but hopefully Bush can work on some of those issues over the next four years.

I think Democrats have a very good chance of winning back the White House in 2008. Dick Cheney has said on many occasions that he is not going to seek a higher office.

I can share with my fellow Democrats the disappointment over our candidate losing the election. But I'm not angry. For me, anger wouldn't be very productive right now. I know people do not want to hear "let's move on," but that's exactly what we need to do.

On a happier note: here in Oregon, almost every major Democratic incumbent or candidate won election or re-election: Ron Wyden in the U.S. Senate; and in the House of Representatives: David Wu; Darlene Hooley; Earl Blumenauer; and Peter De Fazio.

Here's hoping the next four years will be productive for the entire country.


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