Voters often select candidates based on certain criteria’s, mainly but not exclusive to (1) economic performance, (2) trends in job growth/unemployment rates, 3) drifts in the stock market and (4) National Security. All of which have been at a steady upward climb since President Obama took office.
For example, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate has dropped from 10.0 percent in January 2009 to its present 5.9 percent- the first time unemployment has been below 6 percent since July 2008; Inflation has remained low, even during times of extreme international turmoil- failure of foreign economies (Greece) and a dramatic slowdown in the European economy; Investors have gained a remarkable 220% over the last 5.5 years which is unprecedented by any administration (Forbes, 2014); Oil prices have plummeted 34% since mid-June to a five-year bottom and are expected to go even lower. The savings so far is the equivalent of $75 billion tax cut for U.S. households, estimates Goldman Sachs; Simultaneously the current administration has reduced the deficit, the Washington Post reported that September was sharply lower than the $680 billion tallied in fiscal 2013 and about a third the size of the record $1.4 trillion deficit hit in 2009- the lowest level as a share of the economy since 2007; The Affordable Care Act has driven the cost of health care down and expanded affordable health care coverage to millions of Americans. Lastly, lets not forget Osama Ben Laden, the founder of the Islamist militant group, al-Qaeda and the mastermind behind the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history is dead!
With impressing facts like these, its understandable why some Americans are baffled at the outcome of the recent 2014-midterm elections. An election that resulted in Republicans gaining full control of Congress and overturning the balance of power between the White House and Capitol Hill: A party that shut down the Federal government, voted to repeal/defund/dismantle the Affordable Care Act approximately 54 times, maintained gridlock in Congress for the past 6 years, refused to pass an Immigration bill or raise the Federal minimum wage swept the elections. The Republicans must be doing something right because that was an impressive win!
With January fast approaching, The American people are anxious to see just what new policies (benefiting all Americans) will come out of the 114th Republican controlled Congress.