It's Over: Election cycle comes to an end…briefly 2012.11.14

Written by David Green.

The long, long election season has come to a welcome close, leaving people frustrated with the length of the campaign and disgusted by the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision that helped fuel the flood of television ads, campaign mail and robo-calls.

Many people weren't just relieved that it was over; they were also shocked with the outcome of the Presidential vote. However, many citizens made it tough on themselves by believing so much of the claptrap that they probably learned through those e-mails that "must be forwarded to all your friends immediately!!" and by the misinformation of popular cable television programs. They shoved rational thinking to the side and instead went with a host of conspiracy theories.

For those of you who were really hit hard by the election results, consider these facts, some of which were listed by commentator Rachel Maddow:

• President Obama really is an American citizen, born in Hawaii, and he's the legitimate president of this country. Just drop all the Kenya talk.

• Taxes really are lower now than when President George W. Bush left office. In the first few months of Pres. Obama's first term, he pushed through Congress one of the largest tax cuts in American history. It's odd that so many taxpayers still don't know that.

• Despite the cries about bankrupting our children, the federal deficit is dropping.

• Members of the Democratic Party are not communists. Many of your friends and colleagues routinely vote for Democratic candidates.

• Regulating the banking and financial trading industries is not socialism. It's smart work to help prevent another Great Recession like the one underway when Obama took office.

• No one is coming to take away your guns.

• Climate change is real, rape can lead to pregnancy, and, as Maddow adds, the moon landing was not a fake.

Another timely fact to consider is that there is no evidence that cutting taxes for the wealthiest citizens helps the economy grow. There is ample evidence that it can lead to an enormous federal deficit.

Maybe this will help when considering the work now facing Congress in regard to tax cuts for the wealthiest two percent: Think of it as a tax restoration, of returning taxes to the level before George W. Bush came into office. And think about why you find this so repulsive.

The election is over, but the most depressing thing about the end of the process is this: The campaign for 2016 has now begun.

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