Helping and not helping: California voters, American voters

Helping: California voters

Voters cast their ballots on Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010 in Venice, California/ Courtesy of MCT

Despite Proposition 19 not being favored by the majority of voters, many choices voters made in both ballot measures and on legislative seats are sure to benefit California. In regards to the governor and senate race, Californians weren’t given much of a choice. With the candidates for governor, it seemed like the premise was to choose whoever seemed like less of a crook, and Californians chose as best they could. Jerry Brown has a sketchy past and some skeletons in his closet, but Meg Whitman seemed not only to have skeletons, but fresh corpses as well. As for the Senate, voters chose Barbara Boxer. California senator since 1993, Boxer has become a state favorite.  Additionally, she hasn’t shipped jobs overseas while claiming to want to give back to Californians as a means to redeem herself like Carly Fiorina.

Not helping: American voters

Rep. John Boehner is expected to become the next speaker of the house after Republicans took control of Congress on Nov. 2, 2010/ Courtesy of MCT

Voting out of frustration and impatience rather than rationalization, Americans have once again given Republicans control over the House of Representatives and the majority of governorships. Memory doesn’t seem to be a trait the majority of Americans who voted Republican share. In the last two years, while Democrats have passed policies with promisingly beneficial effects, Republicans have been bashing them while at the same time not coming up with any decent policies of their own. This era has not been one filled with bipartisanship. Owning the House now, Republicans are sure to sit stubborn and proud until perhaps government is stalled completely.