Destination 270

SMU Students Analyze the 2012 Presidential Election

The results are in, now let’s get to work

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No matter how you feel about the results of the election last night, I think everyone can agree on one thing, this country has a lot of work to do. Our biggest task is revitalizing the economy and putting Americans back to work. Being months away from graduation the reality of our economy is beginning to hit very close to home. Thousands of college students are facing the same challenges as I am and we are all wondering how this administration will remedy the situation.

Looking back on the President’s last four years the unemployment rate is the same as when he first came into office. In January of 2009 the President dealt with an unemployment rate of 7.8 percent, in October of 2009 it hit 10 percent and then it steadily decreased back down to 7.8 percent today. In 2011 53 percent of college graduates were unemployed or underemployed. This means that basically one out of every two graduates worked hard for their education and can’t find a job. So what does President Obama have planned for the next four years? What is the plan to ensure my fellow graduates and I aren’t mastering the phrase, do you want fries with that?

President Obama’s jobs plan aims to strengthen manufacturing, help small businesses, improve education and lessen dependence on foreign oil. By 2016, he hopes to have 1 million new manufacturing jobs and more than 600,000 jobs in the natural gas sector. This sounds promising however we have to remember that this needs to pass through Congress in order to be put into action. Hopefully Washington has learned that partisanship and constant gridlock isn’t helping anyone. I think this election may be their second chance to get their act together and for Obama to try and make strides towards positive change. Everyone needs to accept the reality of the next four years and understand that in order to create jobs and stimulate the economy we need to dig deep, work hard and strive towards a common goal.


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