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This is one election I am not looking forward to.... I'm not going to stay up to watch the election results; I will be content to read the results next Wednesday morning. On the national front ,it doesn't really matter who wins because I have not heard clear-cut solutions on how to fix the short and long-term problems we're facing. I know many will just say it's sour grapes but I'm a harden veteran in losing, remember I'm a Texas democrat and an Astro,Cowboy and Longhorn fan.... I just don't feel that hope and optimism for tomorrow, but my vote has been cast,so all I can do is hope for the best.

I agree with a quote from today's Tom Friedman's column, where he says " that a dysfunctional political system is one that knows the right answers but can even discuss them rationally, let alone act on them, and one that devotes vastly more attention to cable TV preachers than to recommendations by its best scientists and engineers."...That quote angered conservative Joe Scarborough this morning but he takes it as a knock on religion. Since I keep my politics secular, I think I know what Mr. Friedman is trying to say... He is saying that we have a lot of professional people/politicians who cater to the fringe element of their party rather than trying to compromise on what's best for the country. No one is asking the representative to give up their principles or religious beliefs but to have an open mind, when it comes to recommendations by our best scientists and engineers.

It's been a very entertaining campaign but I have not heard democrats or republicans addressing the fact that we are 6th in global innovation base competitiveness. We are 22nd in broadband Internet access, 48th in math and science education, and 24th in life expectancy at birth. I hear the republicans wanting to repeal the programs the Obama Administration passed and revert back to the policies of the Bush administration. I've heard the democrats in conservative districts saying they won't vote for Pelosi or Reid but not anything of substance. I even heard one democratic canidate say he voted for John McCain. Why is he a democrat? The pundits are just as bad because they just want to report on the racist ads of Sharon Angle or the latest outrageous statement of a candidate. They may ask pertinent questions but they settled for spin. Why is it that it's only in presidential election years that we get proposals for fixing our problems? A lot of it is our own fault because we don't learn the issues and just settled for politician spin. We cannot get an answer for why we want to add $4 trillion to the deficit by retaining the Bush tax cuts, continue two costly wars, not willing to cut anything other than discretionary spending, yet we expect the 112 Congress to lead us to prosperity.

This election is supposed to be about economics' and more precisely JOBS but we hear little talk about outsourcing and trade deficits. We want to blame other countries for manipulating their currencies while we're satisfied being consumers of cheap goods rather than demanding investment in infrastructure and our manufacturing base. The U.S. Imports more than it exported from 90 countries around the world. We can't prosper by tax cuts alone, we can't keep ignoring our obvious problems hoping that they will just go away.

This is a sample of what we will get from the 112th congress, Mitch McConnell said "The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president." ... Not taking things out a context because he also said""Our single biggest political goal is to give our nominee for president the maximum opportunity to be successful," McConnell told National Journal in his first extensive interview about his aspirations for the Senate Republicans of the 112th Congress. "We need to work smarter than we did [in 1995], and not become the foil off which [President Obama] pivots.". There you go, the incoming party is already thinking about the next election and not our current problems .

As usual Tom Friedman summed it up for me, and he chastises both parties but if you want to read more.