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United States Presidential Election Tuesday November 6...
Tuesday will be a huge day across the country as well as around the world, as
registered voters let their voices be heard as Americans votes are counted for
the election of the 45th President of the United States. The fate of the new
world leader lies in the hands of everyone who has been given the right to voice
their opinion and want their vote to be counted. Throughout the past few months,
political bickering has been overwhelming. The majority of TV ads don't try to
persuade voters to support one candidate but rather try to convince viewers not
to vote for the other candidate. Endless political commercials, debates,
interviews and speeches. Its time we get down to business, as one team, to
rebuild America as the great nation we know we are. Many Americans, perhaps 90
million who could vote, will not. Many of the nation's unlikely voters report
hard times during the past four years with about a third referring to their
household finances as good or excellent. Close to half say their annual
household income is less than $60,000 a year. These Americans tend to have lower
levels of education than those likely to vote and nearly six in 10 have no more
than a high school diploma. The main reason given by unregistered voters for not
having registering to vote - their too busy. Among the top reasons given by
registered voters for not bothering to go to the polls: not liking either
candidate and not feeling that their vote really matters.
When you step back and think about it, whether the President of the United
States is a Democrat or a Republican, it really makes no difference because
we're all in this together. We all have one goal. We need to focus on coming
together as a nation and set aside political differences. After all, its just
about politics. We are a people, one nation. We are the people that make a
difference in the world and we can do just that, by coming together.
Early voting has proven a valuable tool for voters in thirty-two states and the
District of Columbia who have been able to voice their opinion either early or
by absentee ballots - no excuse needed. Voters in these states do not need an
excuse to vote early - they can take advantage of early voting even if they are
capable of voting at the polls on Election Day.
President Barrack Obama currently receives an annual salary of $400,000, an
annual expense account of $150,000, a $100,000 nontaxable travel account and
$19,000 for entertainment. So as President, they aren't paid an exceptionally
high wage, for the job they must do. The job of Commander in Chief.
Regardless of who the next President of the United States is, they have yet
another mass catastrophe in front of them to oversee the repairs of, with heavy
hearts. The unfortunate people of New York and New Jersey had their lives
literally turned upside down, many lives have been lost. We as a country must
come together as a nation as we face uncertain times and struggle to rebuild our
economy and now, entire towns after the path of destruction left behind by
Everyone should exercise their right as an American to vote on Election Day.
Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy...
Understandably, patience is wearing thin for residents in the Northeastern U.S.
states in the wake of the massive devastation from Hurricane Sandy. Frustration
is mounting as residents await help with simply necessities such as food, water
and shelter. With ongoing power outages across the states of New York City and
New Jersey, simply fueling up at the gas station has become an exhaustive
nightmare. The storm is responsible for the loss of power to more than 8 million
homes, shut down 70 percent of oil refineries on the East Coast and inflicted
worse-than-expected damage in the highly populated New York metro area. An area
that produces nearly 10 percent of U.S. economic output. Many people in the
hardest stricken areas remain with no heat, no electricity and no running water.
Enough to drive anyone stir crazy as November temperatures slide into the
thirties. New York City was all but closed off by car, train and air. The
Superstorm overflowed the city’s waterfront, flooded the financial district and
subway tunnels and, cut power to hundreds of thousands.
Most homeowners who suffered losses from flooding will not be able to benefit
from their insurance policies since the standard homeowner policies does not
cover flood damage. Few homeowners have flood insurance. Hurricane damage to
homes, businesses and roads reduces U.S. wealth however; it does not subtract
from the government’s calculation of economic activity.
Hurricane Sandy will likely be among the 10 costliest hurricanes in U.S.
history. The cost of cleanup from the wreckage and destruction created from
Superstorm Sandy, rebuilding homes, businesses and extensive repairs from damage
done, is expected to reach $80 billion. Property damage alone is estimated to
reach $20 billion. Lost business is expected to reach upwards toward $30
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