my belt. yet year after year, i found myself having to work harder and harder. Longer hours and spending more and more time away from my family. This did not seem right. Despite my advancements in my career and impressive resume, i was facing fewer opportunities and a stagnant quality of life. I stopped again to take a look around noticing that there was a huge increase in foreign nurses being hired into the hospitals often for lower wages. Healthcare costs were on the rise and I found it harder to provide quality comprehensive care to my patients due to budget restrictions in the departments.
My husband at the time, had over 25 years of experience as a driller. Yet when the economy crashed in 2008 and building came to a screeching halt, he lost his earning capabilities as well. Suddenly, along came Barack Obama carrying a message of hope and change. Desperate for change and growth, the country elected him President of the United States. In 2012, there was a slight improvement in the economy, but not near enough to make a difference for the middle class I used to belong to . Yet, giving him the benefit of the doubt, given the huge challenges he inherited after the Bush administration, we gave him re-election.
This brings us now to 2016, the american people have had enough. Tired of being lied to, broken promises and seeing no light at the end of the tunnel are faced with a big decision. Whom do we elect our new president. On one hand, we have Hillary Clinton, the modern day Jackie O’. She heralds a 30 year political career serving in various areas of government. She present herself as a role-model for women and women rights and defender of civil liberties. But her record is marred by questionable ethics, uncertain policy convictions, an aura of inaccessibility to the average joe and a seemingly insincere appeal to her would be voters.
Our alternative, a billionaire celebrity businessman with no political experience nor military service. A man who, granted, has a history of some unacceptable behavior that offends many. He presents himself as the answer to Americas problem which caught everyones attention. He made some very blunt statements and proposals that offended many, but we were all still listening. He was loud and in our living room almost every night. He repeatedly reminded us of the problems we face every single day in our lives and said he was going to change it. This man who could be sitting back in his plush penthouse and lavish lifestyle and just watch the world implode and be scarcely affected. But he chose to put his life on hold, subject himself and his family to severe public scrutiny. He vowed to be self funded thereby rendering him free to do as he chooses answering to only himself. He withstood a biased presentation by the media. He withstood viscid vile attacks not only from the pundits, but from the public, the media, his opponents and even the sitting President. Despite all of this he stood by his message of bringing jobs back, securing our borders, fixing the healthcare system, and renegotiating trade deals to benefit America.