Opinion: Two-year gridlock a major worry

Luan Watts
Yahoo! Contributor Network
Sarah Palin and John Boehner

I, along with plenty of other Americans, knew that the Democrats would lose some seats in the November 2010 midterm elections. What I wasn't expecting was the shocking and overwhelming Republican sweep that took place across America.

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I believe in democracy and I believe in America, so I have to trust that the voters feel that they voted in the best interest of this country. That being said, I have to admit that I was a bit disappointed and I have three major issues about the mid-term elections that cause me concern.

Number one on my mind and the minds of the rest of the country is the economy and jobs. These are very uncertain times and many of us are struggling to make ends meet.

A few years ago, a college graduate would have been snatched up by prospective employers right out of the gate. Now, I am nearing the end of my master's degree program and I am very uncertain about what the future may bring. More and more college graduates are finding themselves unemployed or underemployed and I have yet to see a plan of action from the incoming party for creating job growth and economic recovery. During the election they all said it was important to them, but they lacked specific plans.

Number two, the Republicans have vowed to de-fund or repeal the Health Care Reform Law. I refuse to call it Obamacare because after getting chopped and shaped and edited by the house and the senate, it really wasn't the vision that Obama had intended or promoted. Nonetheless, it was a baby step towards universal health and that is an issue that is important to me and my family. Thousands have already experienced benefits from this health care plan and I think it would be cruel to take away something that is aiding Americans. I am in favor of tweaking it a bit and making modifications, but full repeal would be a mistake, in my opinion.

Third, and probably the most important of all, is my fear that the next two years our government will be in gridlock and get nothing done. It seems that our government process has become one big political campaign and not a bipartisan effort to improve America. With the 2012 election promising to be a volatile time in our country, my concern is that our elected officials will spend more time outing our current President and focusing on the next campaign, than focusing on the issues that are devastating the Americans people.