Oct 282010
Authors: Robyn Scherer

Come Tuesday, the current power distribution of the Senate and the House could change drastically. The Democrats currently control both the House and the Senate, but with recent political problems on voter’s minds, the polls could dictate a very different outcome.

We all remember Obama’s promise of “change;” however, I don’t think the current change is what we, the citizens of this country, anticipated.

Now, according to the Gallup polls, Obama’s approval rating has dropped from 66 percent in February of 2009 to just 44 percent as of Oct. 24.

Want an even worse number? Look at the approval rating for Congress. According to a new poll released by Harris Interactive, the approval rating is at a mere 11 percent.

So what does this mean for the future of the government? It means more change. But this won’t be the type of change that was previously promised.

On Wednesday night, President Obama taped an episode of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and said, “When we promised during the campaign ‘change you can believe in,’ it wasn’t ‘change you can believe in’ in 18 months,” Obama said. “We’re going to have to work for it.”

Unfortunately, or fortunately, depending on how you look at it and your political affiliation, the American public expects results quickly. When you make a promise, and don’t deliver, people tend to get upset.

This is the general problem with the politicians we have now. They make promises to get elected, and then never deliver on those promises. People get upset, and then they get voted out of office.

What would happen if we had a political candidate who actually represented what we, the constituents, wanted? Would that person remain in office for several terms?

I know it would be hard. Politicians need money to get elected, and a lot of that money comes from donations from interest groups. It would be interesting to see how much less money politicians would spend, if they didn’t have to run smear campaign ads and cover-up ads for smears against themselves.

How nice would it be if we could actually have someone who was honest, didn’t lie about the other candidates, and actually represented the constituents’ interests?

I feel like the operative phrase is, “Dream on.” I don’t think that in this day in age that is ever going to happen. Many of the politicians campaigning for office this year will pretend to be that person, but let’s be honest, most of their act is a lie.

At this point in time, there is not a single party that really represents what the people of the United States want. The Democrats don’t and haven’t while controlling Congress. The Republicans don’t, and have instead just tried to stop any legislation the Democrats have tried to pass.

Now we have the Tea Party, which is not what most people want either. Wouldn’t it be helpful to all if both of the main parties could get along, and move forward with legislation that actually helped people instead of the agenda of one political party?

That seems like a novel idea. Again, dream on.

If the Republicans do take over the House, the Senate, or both chambers, it will cause even more political problems. President Obama will veto anything the Republicans try to pass. Anything the Democrats try to pass in the Senate or the House will get shot down by the Republicans.

I encourage all of you to go out and vote on Tuesday, but remember this: Even if the House or Senate switches who is in power, or nothing changes at all, change is not something that will happen quickly. Let’s just hope it is the change that we want this time.

Robyn Scherer is a graduate student studying integrated resource management. Her column appears Fridays in the Collegian. Letters and feedback can be sent to news@collegian.com.

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