In case you didn’t know, tomorrow is a mid-term election day in the U.S. If you live here I really don’t understand how you could not know it’s a voting day given the emphasis placed on it by the news media and advertising groups for months now. It should be interesting given the frustration many people in both parties are having with functioning of the current government.
Everyone has their reasoning for why they chose to vote or choose not to vote. That reasoning can easily turn elections to one side or the other. In the past presidential election, we now know that 4 million conservatives stayed home, choosing not to vote. That groundswell of opposition and apathy towards their candidate followed by their subsequent inaction when it came to voting turned the election for the incumbent.
Whatever your political persuasion, I hope your beliefs are deep enough that money isn’t the only consideration when it comes to choosing an elected official. Too often voters only vote with their wallet, casting a ballot for the candidate they think will improve the economy, thus making their financial life better off than it currently is. I’m not saying the issue of improving the economy should be ignored. We just can’t base our entire decision on that one factor.
Money isn’t everything.
The Government and Your Money Problems
I’ve voted in 5 presidential elections. When it comes to the issue of money and economic progress, I’ve always ranked that issue as third most important behind 1) the sanctity of life and 2) a strong and free America. In my opinion, those two issues outrank money because they speak to the precious nature of human life both young and old and to our historical roots as a beacon of hope and freedom for the entire world.
I know not everyone agrees with that but here’s the thing…the government can’t solve your money problems and they don’t control how you live your daily life. Sure, they can put policies in place that might impact our wallets but they don’t spend our money or hinder us from pursuing our dreams. Those choices are our own to make.
Some of you are no doubt really squawking right now. “Haven’t you seen my new healthcare premiums? They have skyrocketed!” Listen, I get it. I just found out mine are going up by 75%. We don’t know yet what we will do to stay covered.
The point is that we are still the biggest determinate of our success. Our effort dictates how well off we become. Our financial progress is more about what we do to and for ourselves than what the government does for or to us.
I know because we’ve lived it out through arguably the highest spending (stimulus plan), freedom crushing (vis-à-vis mandatory healthcare) and bungling (Benghazi, ISIS, Ebola, etc.) administration in my lifetime.
Take Matters Into Your Own Hands
In 2011, my wife and I took a radical step to change our lives. Mrs. Luke1428 left her career as a high school math teacher in an attempt to become a certified public accountant. To do so she had to return to graduate school to earn a new degree and I had to step down from my principal position in order to direct more of my attention to family responsibilities. The ultimate goal was for us to make more income and reduce life stress by her working full-time and myself becoming a stay at home dad.
It seemed like an audaciously crazy goal at the time. We didn’t know for certain if it would unfold as planned. How could we? It’s impossible to project into the future and know what will happen down the road with 100% certainty.
The transition would end up taking 3 years. My wife obtained a Master’s in Accounting, an add-on MBA and a job working for one of the largest public accounting firms in our local area. This past May I was able to quit my career in education to take care of the family at home. Life has certainly changed and it’s better than we had dreamed it would be when we started the journey.
And you know who didn’t help us one lick?
The government didn’t subsidize us and help us pay our way through grad school.
The government didn’t assist with the countless hours of study and test preparation.
The government didn’t manage our family budget to adjust for the changes in income.
The government didn’t counsel my wife on where to find a job.
The government didn’t lend me a helping hand with increased household responsibilities as I still held down a full-time job.
All this was up to us. No elected official came by to offer an encouraging word or volunteer to help. The burden was on our shoulders and we were happy to bear it, all in the pursuit of a better life.
Vote For Yourself
Elections are important. The issues are important. A candidate’s character and their vision for the country are both important.
However, elections are about what happens at a macro level. Those macro level policies can have a trickle down affect as we are seeing with healthcare. But if you are looking for real life change you don’t need the governments help.
You can make those changes by voting on yourself.
You possess the keys to change. You have the willpower to push through difficult times. You can control what happens with your life and money as you pursue happiness.
Forget about relying on the government to solve all your problems. History has shown us that’s not their strong suit. You on the other hand know exactly what you need to succeed. Vote for yourself today and go make it happen.
Who do you think is more responsible for your success – you or the government? Do you look to the government to solve your problems? Do you vote based on how well you think a candidate can facilitate economic growth or is another issue more important to you?
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